Latest Illinois state government News

Illinois Medicaid legislation too late for nursing home

Aug. 13, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

PLEASANT HILL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent signing of bills to reduce the backlog of patients waiting for Medicaid approval won't save a small-town nursing home from closing next month. Pleasant Hill Village Administrator Maryann Walker told the State Journal-Register that she's happy...

Illinois inspectors climb over, under fair rides for safety

Aug. 11, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The legs of the carnival ride called "Downdraft" rise and spread before they start to spin, the empty cars on the ends leaning outward, as amusement ride safety inspectors Bill Szerletich and Brian Brown watch. A bystander at the midway of the Illinois State Fair suggests that a...

New law lets students take unlimited dual-credit classes

Aug. 11, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A new state law will allow Illinois high school students to take an unlimited number of dual-credit courses and earn both high school and college credits. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that he says will give students better access to higher education. The General Assembly...

Tax dollars off-limits for sex-harassment settlements

Aug. 10, 2018 7:27 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Using tax dollars to settle sexual harassment claims is illegal under a law Gov. Bruce Rauner signed. Rauner acted Friday on the plan by Republican Rep. David McSweeney of Barrington Hills and Democratic Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park. They pushed it after the resurgence of the...

Gov. Rauner signs law requiring state jobs be in capital

Aug. 10, 2018 5:35 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring state jobs to be located in the capital city unless there's good reason to put them elsewhere. The Republican's action Thursday is designed to save state money — and Springfield's pride. It makes Sangamon County what Rep....

Rauner blames Chicago mayor for 'failure' on violence

Aug. 9, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner blamed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday for the city's gun violence, saying the mayor has "failed horribly" on public safety after gunfire last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11 . The Republican governor said Chicago police...

The Latest: Chicago mayor raps Rauner rejection of gun curbs

Aug. 9, 2018 4:23 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's comments on the "failure" of Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stem gun violence (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel dismisses Gov. Bruce Rauner's complaint about gun violence in Chicago. The...

Labor Department monitoring Illinois State Fair ride safety

Aug. 9, 2018 5:40 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials will make routine inspections of all amusement rides at the Illinois State Fair . The Illinois Department of Labor reported Wednesday that inspectors will be reviewing 65 rides at the state fair's Carnival Midway, Adventure Village, and Happy Hollow pavilions....

Illinois governor will not send National Guard to Chicago

Aug. 8, 2018 7:23 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not dispatch the Illinois National Guard to Chicago to stem gun violence. The Republican said Wednesday that "the National Guard is not for neighborhood policing." He dismissed suggestions that he call up the Guard after more than 70 people were shot...

Streamwood issues big cat warning

Aug. 8, 2018 2:45 PM EDT

STREAMWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A big cat warning has been issued in a northwestern Chicago suburb. The alert comes after a cougar was reported late last month in Streamwood, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of O'Hare International Airport, authorities said. A resident contacted the Illinois Department of...