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Judge Rules Comptroller Must Pay Lawmakers During Budget Impasse

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:06:33 GMT

The former Republican comptroller said with no budget, lawmakers' paychecks will be delayed - just like payments for other critical government services. This afternoon a Cook County judge ruled Illinois' comptroller can not delay paying the salaries of state lawmakers during the budget impasse.

Illinois Has Unusually Strong Jobs Growth in February

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:00:30 GMT

Illinois Policy Institute I n February 2017 Illinois surpassed its previous jobs peak from September 2000.

The FTC and State of Illinois Solidify Victory Blocking Chicago Hospital Merger

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:39:40 GMT

The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Illinois successfully concluded their challenge to the proposed merger of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University Health System earlier this month, when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction enjoining the health systems from consummating their proposed merger. The parties subsequently abandoned the transaction without appealing the district court's decision.

Marijuana Legalization: Illinois Lawmakers Propose Legal Recreational Weed

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:17:03 GMT

Recreational marijuana legalization may someday be a reality in Illinois. Earlier this week, legislators filed a bill allowing persons over 21 to buy, possess, and grow cannabis in the state.

Pot Growers Win Right to Influence Politics in Illinois

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:13:36 GMT

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois struck down an Illinois law that banned licensed marijuana businesses from making contributions to candidates, PACs and other political committees. Judge John Z. Lee ruled that the ban violated businesses' First Amendment rights.

Illinois governor vetoes Chicago pension fix, angers city's mayor

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:56:14 GMT

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday vetoed a legislative fix favored by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for two of the city's struggling pension funds and castigated it as a "kick-the-can approach." The financial footing and credit ratings for the nation's third-largest city have slipped precipitously as its unfunded pension liabilities grew to $33.8 billion for Chicago's four retirement systems in the most recent accounting.

1.4M Illinoisans affected after state agency vendor hacked

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:46:42 GMT

The governor's office says about 1.4 million Illinoisans are affected after one of the state's employment security agency vendors was hacked. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office said Friday afternoon that the Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the Illinois General Assembly about the hack.

Man gets 45 years for killing grandmother for inheritance

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:39:36 GMT

A Texas man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison in Illinois for killing his grandmother for an inheritance. Rich A. Schmelzer was convicted in December in the slaying of 85-year-old Mildred Darrington of suburban Chicago.

Home Depot must again face lawsuit over employee's murder -US court

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:28:42 GMT

A federal appeals court on Friday said Home Depot Inc must face a lawsuit claiming that the retailer's negligence led to a supervisor's murdering a pregnant employee by strangulation and raping her corpse. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Alisha Bromfield's mother may pursue claims that Home Depot should not have employed the supervisor, given his known history of sexually harassing, verbally abusing and physically intimidating female subordinates.

What struggling Illinois should learn from fellow blue state Rhode Island's success

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:05:58 GMT

Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo delivers her State of the State address to lawmakers and guests in the House Chamber at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo delivers her State of the State address to lawmakers and guests in the House Chamber at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Can a heavily Democratic state plagued by slow growth, crippled by a pension crisis and burdened by ruinous public-sector finances find a path to economic stability and success? Yes, if we're talking about scrappy Rhode Island. Not at all sure, if we're talking Illinois.

Illinois man sentenced to life for 2011 slaying of parents

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:50:09 GMT

The Daily Southtown reports 22-year-old John Granat Jr. was given the punishment Thursday for the deaths of John Granat Sr. and Maria Granat. Authorities say the couple's skulls were crushed with aluminum bats and the dying mother was repeatedly stabbed.

Illinois Manufacturers' Association warns government is closing Illinois one day at a time

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:25:57 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, IL There's an urgent need that exists in Springfield to improve Illinois' manufacturing climate and to revitalize the middle class. The numbers are striking: Illinois lost 10,900 good, high-paying manufacturing jobs in 2016 and more than 304,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000.

Restarting the Fight Against Terror-Funding Charities

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:21:41 GMT

Busting terrorist charities here in the United States was a low priority for the last eight years under Barack Obama. It's time for the Trump administration to instruct the bureaucracy to get back into this important fight.

Illinois judge rules in favor of lawmakers seeking pay

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:20:13 GMT

In this March 20, 2017 file photo, Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaks to the City Club of Chicago in Chicago. A judge has ruled that Mendoza must pay lawmakers even though the state doesn't have a budget.

Illinois could be next to legalize recreational marijuana

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:48:50 GMT

And we all knew this was coming next ... an effort to legalize recreational cannabis in Illinois. Onethat completely ignores federal drug laws.

Missouri woman gets Illinois prison time in son's death

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:23:21 GMT

A Missouri woman has been ordered to spend a quarter century in Illinois prison for killing her infant son in 2012. Twenty-four-year-old Wallisha Bland of St. Louis was sentenced this week in southwestern Illinois' Madison County.

Governor addresses Illinois Terrorism Task Force

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:55:15 GMT

SPRINGFIELD Governor Bruce Rauner today attended the quarterly meeting of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and thanked the members for their work on behalf of the people of Illinois. He challenged the Task Force to be cognizant of cybersecurity and other risks that are growing across the country.