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2 weeks ago

Caterpillar Reports 4Q Loss, But Tops Expectations

Caterpillar reports a fourth-quarter loss as sales for equipment continued to slide amid weakness in the mining and energy industries.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about the money when questioned by the FBI. The indictment two weeks ago alleged Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from his days as a high school teacher not to reveal a secret about past misconduct.

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Judge Allows Delay in Hastert Sentencing

A judge has agreed to delay Dennis Hastert's sentencing in a hush-money case after his attorneys said the former U.S. House Speaker nearly died last November.

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Local Lawmakers React to State of the State

Reaction from McCann, Jimenez, Butler

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The State of Education

Fairer funding - and less collective bargaining - are needed, guv says


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Body Cameras, Pay Raises Part of SPD Budget Discussion

There's a part of the Springfield Police Department's budget for the 2017 fiscal year that, if Chief Kenny Winslow has his way, will be reality.


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WIU Moves Forward with Layoffs

Western Illinois University is firing 30 faculty members as the school tries to cut costs while it waits for long-overdue state funding.


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Wife of Dead Fox Lake Police Officer Indicted

The wife of a northern Illinois police officer who killed himself after embezzling from a youth program has turned herself in after being indicted by a grand jury.

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Leaders React to State of the State

Both sides say the next year should seem familiar.


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LISTEN: Governor Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address

Here, in its entirety, is Governor Bruce Rauner's State of the State Address, as heard live on WTAX January 27th.


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Medical Marijuana Advocates Deliver Signatures

Illinois medical marijuana advocates say they delivered 25,000 signatures to Gov. Bruce Rauner ahead of the State of the State address.

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Rauner Gives State of the State

Governor Bruce Rauner sounded optimistic throughout most of his second State of the State address, but spent many moments being critical.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his inauguration address Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill., after being sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

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Governor Bruce Rauner: Some Optimism, Some Criticism

Governor Bruce Rauner uses both optimism and criticism in his second State of the State address.

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U of I Employees to Wait for Back Pay

Officials say that about 1,750 union employees at the University of Illinois who ratified new contracts will have to wait two weeks for negotiated back pay.


2 weeks ago

Downtown WiFi Still Possible, Says City

Springfield will soon be joining the likes of Albany, New York; Madison, Wisconsin; and San Jose, California.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner enters the House to applause to delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Rep. Greg Harris is seen on the far right.

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What Groups Expect from State of the State

State of the State addresses usually aren’t centered on budgets, but the ongoing stalemate remains a big concern today for interest groups both for and opposed to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda.

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The State of Our State

Noon today on WTAX and wtax.com


2 weeks ago

Aldermen to CWLP: “Do the best you can” with Budget

Springfield aldermen see the fact the state owes City Water Light and Power $10 million is only one of a number of potential problems with the utility.

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Responsible Budget Coalition Rails Against Rauner

People who don't much like the way Illinois is going since Gov. Rauner took office are lining up and taking their shots.

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Unions Say Rauner Only One to Blame for Budget Impasse

Unions complain ahead of the State of the State address.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his inauguration address Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill., after being sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

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Rauner Unloads on Dems and on Rich Miller

State of the State message: noon Wednesday on WTAX

National Headlines

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Congress likely to give final OK to local Internet tax ban


Congress is a step away from sending to President Barack Obama a bipartisan compromise that would permanently keep state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.

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U.S. preparing for Zika


President Obama is asking Congress for over $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad, and pursue a vaccine.

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In Illinois homecoming, Obama calls for improved tone in U.S. politics


Obama won the White House in 2008 partially on a promise to overcome partisan divides in Washington. He has called his failure to do that, seven years after taking office, a regret.

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Republican field narrows as Christie, Carly bow out


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former business executive Carly Fiorina are ending their campaigns for the 2016 Republican nomination, narrowing the field of rivals facing businessman Donald Trump for the right to compete in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, Feb. 11


Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.