• State Board Wants Extra $1 Billion

    State Capitol - The Illinois State Board of Education wants lawmakers to approve an extra $1 billion for schools next year. The state board on Thursday approved a budget request it will send to lawmakers
  • Lawmaker Raffles Guns

    Springfield - A freshman state legislator has come up with an interesting, if not controversial, way of raising money for his campaign. Rep. Josh Harms, (R) Watseka, is raffling guns through March 2nd
  • Grants To Failing Schools

    Springfield - Lanphier High School is one of 27 schools in the state receiving federal money to improve student performance. At this point the $5.5 million School Improvement Grant (SIG) appears to be
  • Lawmakers Nix Pay Raises

    Springfield - The Illinois House of Representatives is sending a message to state employees who are in the midst of negotiating a new contract: don't expect a pay raise. The House voted 84-29 Wednesday
  • Your Tax Dollars - Loaded With Pork

    Springfield - Like watching cable TV? So do Illinois prison inmates. And your tax dollars have paid the bill for the past two years to the tune of $2.2 million dollars. That's just one of the findings
  • 13TH District Race A Cesspool

    Champaign - Calling the 13 District congressional race a "cesspool" Representative Tim Johnson is calling for an end to negative campaign ads and attacks. Johnson, (R) Illinois, is retiring at the end
  • Pension Reform Fizzles

    Springfield - "People around the nation laugh at us," said Rep. Mike Bost, (R) Murphysboro. And after a special legislative session the nation may continue to chuckle. With billions of tax dollars on
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