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Hopes dim for overhaul of school funding formula

Hopes dim for overhaul of school funding formula

SPRINGFIELD — Despite a revamp to ease partisan and regional opposition, Illinois lawmakers now see little chance of passing legislation this …

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Pumpkin pie measure advances in Legislature

Pumpkin pie measure advances in Legislature

SPRINGFIELD — It seems most Illinois lawmakers are fans of pumpkin pie and because they are, it's a step closer to becoming Illinois' official…

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Bill seeks ban for conversion therapy for gay youths

Bill seeks ban for conversion therapy for gay youths

SPRINGFIELD — A group of Illinois lawmakers, along with a statewide gay rights organization, say conversion therapy should be banned for those…

April 16, 2015 10:30 am(9)

Political donor sues Schock for reimbursement

Political donor sues Schock for reimbursement

SPRINGFIELD — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's legal problems expanded Wednesday as a contributor sued to force the repayment of millions of ca…

April 16, 2015 8:45 am(0)

House OKs plan to pay union back pay

House OKs plan to pay union back pay

SPRINGFIELD — Although state finances are stretched thin, the Illinois House approved a plan Wednesday to pay out more than $60 million owed t…

April 15, 2015 6:33 pm(0)

Madigan: More needs to be done to help sexual assault victims

Madigan: More needs to be done to help sexual assault victims

NORMAL — With as few as 5 percent of sexual assault victims on campuses going to police, more needs to be done to help victims feel confident …

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Streator school board vote may invite state takeover

Streator school board vote may invite state takeover

STREATOR — Streator Elementary School District 44's board members challenged the state of Illinois on Tuesday to fix the financial mess they b…

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House observes moment of silence for plane crash victims

House observes moment of silence for plane crash victims

SPRINGFIELD — Members of the Illinois House of Representatives held a moment of silence Tuesday in honor of the seven men who died in an early…

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Counties want Schock, state to help cut election costs

Counties want Schock, state to help cut election costs

BLOOMINGTON — McLean County has joined the list of counties asking former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock to use campaign funds to help cover the cost …

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Minority lawmakers want tax hike

Minority lawmakers want tax hike

SPRINGFIELD — At a time when Gov. Bruce Rauner is looking to close a budget gap of over $6 billion by axing programs and services, members of …

April 14, 2015 6:15 pm(9)

Rauner aide: More cuts could be coming

Rauner aide: More cuts could be coming

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget chief signaled Tuesday that the governor may not be done when it comes to cutting programs this spring.

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Rauner closing in on new state school chief

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's pick for a new state schools chief could come later this week.

April 14, 2015 9:00 am(2)

Catholic hospitals warn of budget woes

Catholic hospitals warn of budget woes

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to slash Medicaid spending could trigger a loss of over 3,000 jobs at the state's 44 Catholic-run hospi…

April 14, 2015 7:00 am(0)

Emanuel win could jump-start casino expansion talk

SPRINGFIELD — When it comes to tackling Illinois' deep budget problems, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's election victory last week could have a r…

April 12, 2015 7:45 am(2)

Delavan High to be replaced after voters approve bonds

Delavan High to be replaced after voters approve bonds

DELAVAN — Delavan will receive a new high school.

April 10, 2015 11:00 am(0)

Groups warn of gas tax hike

Groups warn of gas tax hike

SPRINGFIELD — A potential boost in Illinois' gas tax could help repair Illinois' roadways, but organizations affected by such a hike say that …

April 09, 2015 4:15 pm(5)

State school takeover in play as Streator tax increase fails

State school takeover in play as Streator tax increase fails

STREATOR — LaSalle County voters said overwhelmingly Tuesday they won't be responsible for bailing Streator Elementary District 44 out of its …

April 08, 2015 4:30 pm(12)

Cuts to state burial program puzzling to Rauner backer

Cuts to state burial program puzzling to Rauner backer

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to suspend state payments for indigent funerals has left one of his supporters "confused and surpri…

April 08, 2015 10:00 am(11)

Budget roadshow: Senate panel talks cuts in southern Illinois

Budget roadshow: Senate panel talks cuts in southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner isn't the only state official hitting the road during the Legislature's spring recess.

April 08, 2015 10:00 am(1)

Hayek, Hitchins join incumbents on Unit 5 board

Hayek, Hitchins join incumbents on Unit 5 board

NORMAL — Two newcomers will join three incumbents on the McLean County Unit 5 Board of Education.

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McLean County voters decide area races

BLOOMINGTON — McLean County voters on Tuesday decided a number of contested races for cities and schools in The Pantagraph area.

April 08, 2015 6:45 am(1)

Wylie, Almeda, Houtzel elected to District 87 board

Wylie, Almeda, Houtzel elected to District 87 board

BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington District 87's Board of Education will welcome three candidates who were elected for the first time on Tuesday.

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New Bloomington aldermen stress positive tone

New Bloomington aldermen stress positive tone

BLOOMINGTON — Two aldermen appointed in 2014 by Mayor Tari Renner to fill unexpired terms on the City Council and a political newcomer whose c…

April 07, 2015 10:30 pm(54)

Woodford voters choose aldermen, school members

EUREKA — Woodford County voters on Tuesday decided a number of contested races for cities and schools in The Pantagraph area.

April 07, 2015 10:00 pm(0)

Livingston voters decide city, school races

PONTIAC — There were few contested races in Livingston County for Tuesday's election.

April 07, 2015 10:00 pm(0)

2 newcomers, Fritzen elected to Normal City Council

2 newcomers, Fritzen elected to Normal City Council

NORMAL — Two newcomers, R.C. McBride and Kathleen Lorenz, and incumbent Jeff Fritzen were the top vote-getters in the race for three open seat…

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Tazewell voters decide village, park seats

PEKIN — Tazewell County voters on Tuesday decided a number of contested races for cities and schools in The Pantagraph area, including a schoo…

April 07, 2015 9:45 pm(0)

Buragas wins in Ward 4, Normal incumbent loses

Buragas wins in Ward 4, Normal incumbent loses

BLOOMINGTON — Voters on Tuesday went to the polls to decide a variety of races, including contested contests for the Bloomington and Normal ci…

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Logan voters choose village, school leaders

LINCOLN — Logan County voters on Tuesday decided several contested races for villages and schools and also weighed in on a tax referendum in Delavan.

April 07, 2015 8:45 pm(0)

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Photos: Tuesday elections in B–N

Photos: Tuesday elections in B–N

Voters took to the polls on Tuesday. View election results and more at Pantagraph.com/Elections.

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Photos: Central Illinois Votes

Photos: Central Illinois Votes

Early morning turnout to vote was heavy for a non-Presidential election across most of central Illinois.

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Presidential Campaign Contributions in Illinois

See who gives money to Obama or Romney in your neighborhood. Data from the Federal Election Commission.

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Erickson Blog

Erickson: Lawmakers must get creative with revenue sources

Erickson: Lawmakers must get creative with revenue sources

It's been three years since Illinois lawmakers and former Gov. Pat Quinn signed off on a unique way to raise money to help battered women.

April 19, 2015 7:00 am Related (4)

Erickson: Rauner's corruption checklist keeps growing

Back in March, it seemed like such a quaint, old-fashioned idea: Invite the new governor to watch the Illinois Supreme Court in action.

April 12, 2015 7:00 am(9)

Erickson: Team Rauner mum on 'painful' specifics

When Illinois lawmakers voted last month to fill a gaping hole in the current year's budget, they used the word "painful" to describe their action.

April 05, 2015 7:00 am(1)

Erickson: GOP leverage empowering, treacherous

Thursday's vote in the Senate to fix the state budget must have been painful for some Republican lawmakers.

March 29, 2015 7:00 am(10)

Erickson: No budget, but we do have a state veggie

Illinois lawmakers left town for the weekend Thursday having made no visible progress on resolving the myriad budget problems facing state government.

March 22, 2015 7:00 am(2)

Erickson: Rauner attacks Big Labor, but says he's not anti-union

Gov. Bruce Rauner marked his two-month anniversary as Illinois' 42nd chief executive last week by continuing his tirade against Big Labor.

March 15, 2015 7:00 am(15)

Erickson: Different governors, same smoke and mirrors

Republicans have rightly criticized Democrats and former Gov. Pat Quinn for approving a budget last year that wrongly relied on revenue from a…

March 08, 2015 7:00 am(5)

Erickson: Rauner's budget could be trouble for downstate lawmakers

Gov. Bruce Rauner put Republicans representing downstate legislative districts in a sticky wicket with his budget speech on Wednesday.

February 22, 2015 7:00 am(11)

Erickson: Just how fair are the numbers in Rauner's "fair share" lawsuit?

As part of his strategy to squish organized labor, Gov. Bruce Rauner filed a lawsuit in federal court last week.

February 15, 2015 7:00 am(21)

Erickson: Rauner still tryin' to be a regular guy

In his successful campaign to become governor, Bruce Rauner made it his mission to remind us he was not a politician. As his self-written narr…

February 08, 2015 7:00 am(24)

Local Election News

Delavan High to be replaced after voters approve bonds

Delavan High to be replaced after voters approve bonds

DELAVAN — Delavan will receive a new high school.

April 10, 2015 11:00 am(0)
State school takeover in play as Streator tax increase fails

State school takeover in play as Streator tax increase fails

STREATOR — LaSalle County voters said overwhelmingly Tuesday they won't be responsible for bailing Streator Elementary District 44 out of its …

April 08, 2015 4:30 pm(12)
Photos: Tuesday elections in B–N

Photos: Tuesday elections in B–N

Voters took to the polls on Tuesday. View election results and more at Pantagraph.com/Elections.

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Hayek, Hitchins join incumbents on Unit 5 board

Hayek, Hitchins join incumbents on Unit 5 board

NORMAL — Two newcomers will join three incumbents on the McLean County Unit 5 Board of Education.

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McLean County voters decide area races

BLOOMINGTON — McLean County voters on Tuesday decided a number of contested races for cities and schools in The Pantagraph area.

April 08, 2015 6:45 am(1)
Wylie, Almeda, Houtzel elected to District 87 board

Wylie, Almeda, Houtzel elected to District 87 board

BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington District 87's Board of Education will welcome three candidates who were elected for the first time on Tuesday.

April 08, 2015 6:45 am Photos

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New Bloomington aldermen stress positive tone

New Bloomington aldermen stress positive tone

BLOOMINGTON — Two aldermen appointed in 2014 by Mayor Tari Renner to fill unexpired terms on the City Council and a political newcomer whose c…

April 07, 2015 10:30 pm(54)

Woodford voters choose aldermen, school members

EUREKA — Woodford County voters on Tuesday decided a number of contested races for cities and schools in The Pantagraph area.

April 07, 2015 10:00 pm(0)

Livingston voters decide city, school races

PONTIAC — There were few contested races in Livingston County for Tuesday's election.

April 07, 2015 10:00 pm(0)
2 newcomers, Fritzen elected to Normal City Council

2 newcomers, Fritzen elected to Normal City Council

NORMAL — Two newcomers, R.C. McBride and Kathleen Lorenz, and incumbent Jeff Fritzen were the top vote-getters in the race for three open seat…

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Tazewell voters decide village, park seats

PEKIN — Tazewell County voters on Tuesday decided a number of contested races for cities and schools in The Pantagraph area, including a schoo…

April 07, 2015 9:45 pm(0)
Buragas wins in Ward 4, Normal incumbent loses

Buragas wins in Ward 4, Normal incumbent loses

BLOOMINGTON — Voters on Tuesday went to the polls to decide a variety of races, including contested contests for the Bloomington and Normal ci… Updated:  

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Logan voters choose village, school leaders

LINCOLN — Logan County voters on Tuesday decided several contested races for villages and schools and also weighed in on a tax referendum in Delavan.

April 07, 2015 8:45 pm(0)

Clinton mayor defeated for 2nd term

CLINTON — Clinton Mayor Carolyn Peters was defeated Tuesday in her bid for a second term Tuesday as voters elected former mayor Roger Cyrulik …

April 07, 2015 8:40 pm(1)
New dates proposed for elections to replace Schock

New dates proposed for elections to replace Schock

CHICAGO  — Illinois and federal officials are proposing new dates for the special elections to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.

April 06, 2015 4:43 pm(0)
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