Local

frerichs

Frerichs Releases Treasurer’s Office Audit

The state treasurer says an independent review of his office has found problems with an internship program and a college scholarship program that needs a complete overhaul.

jobeuber

Jobe Supports Historic Preservation Agency Consolidation with DCEO

Illinois' historic sites are -- if the governor gets his way -- on their way to being part of an expanded Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

3-11-15 Langfelder

Langfelder Updates on Transition

What does Springfield Mayor-Elect Jim Langfelder expect his transition team to help him with?

lincoln

Lincoln Funeral Coalition: Still No Word on Obama Appearance

"I've not heard from the Secret Service, so I don't know that [Obama will be coming]."

immigration

Welcoming Centers for Immigrants Affected By Funding Cuts

The immediate cuts to immigrant services include closing 10 welcoming centers around the state.

Budget Cuts

College Students, Sickle Cell Anemia Victims Impacted By Budget Cuts

The cuts most recently made to the Illinois state budget affect college students and residents in the Chicago area with sickle cell anemia.

Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner greets Henry Kinion, right, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The Republican stopped in Springfield Friday on a six-city tour to thank supporters after his victory Tuesday over Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

Zell Gives to Rauner’s PAC

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has a new million-dollar supporter: billionaire developer Sam Zell.

Lisa Madigan

Madigan Calls for More Help for Sexual Assault Victims

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is continuing her push for legislation to help victims of sexual assaults on college campuses move through the legal system.

jobs

Eastern IL Fertilizer Plant to be Constructed

Cronus Chemicals will start building on the site near Tuscola.

state_capitol_4

How’s That Budget Coming?

Governor's budget depends on $2.2B in pension savings which have not been introduced as a bill

policetape2

Police Instructors Say Cops Must Be Culturally Aware

Lawmakers recognize a hot-button issue

local_news_generic

Senators Say Real ID Is Not a Real Good Idea

Federal act does not gain favor with senators

electricity

Clean Jobs Bill Examined

Citizens Utility Board pushes bill

jan schakowsky

Schakowsky: Revamp Income Tax to Hit Millionaires Harder

Right now, $413,200 puts you in the top tax bracket

Tony Smith

New Illinois Schools Chief Says Funding Fix Could Take Years

Smith also says charter schools should be part of the mix.

Illinois General Assembly

Debate in General Assembly over Civics Class Requirement

Bill also passed to use e-learning in Illinois schools during inclement weather.

autism

Autism Programs Hopeful Lawmakers Will Come to Their Rescue

Providers say some programs may not survive if funding is not restored.

water

DeWitt Co. Settlement OK’d in Dispute to Put Toxic Waste Over Aquifer

DeWitt county has approved a settlement with a landfill company.

inmate_exiting_kamron_taylor

Kankakee Co. Sheriff Describes Security Lapses that led to Inmate Escape

Sheriff Tim Bukowski says investigators found no inmate count had been done.

National Headlines

in National, Sports

Boston bomber’s lawyer urges ‘unrelenting punishment’ over death

bostonbombing

Convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers are urging jurors to reject the death penalty, saying "no punishment could ever be equal to the terrible effects of these crimes."

in National, World

PHOTOS: Nepal earthquake

AP546135173131_11

Rescue and relief efforts are underway after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday.

in National, World

Death toll climbs as Nepal scrambles to organize quake relief

nepalevac

Thousands began fleeing the capital Kathmandu on Monday after two days of powerful aftershocks and shortages of food and water.

in Lifestyle, National

Gas prices jump 13 cents; could climb further

gas

The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has jumped in the past two weeks to $2.58.

in National, World

Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments

congress

The Senate plunges into a high-stakes debate this week over empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear deal with Iran.