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Civic Federation: Higher Taxes, Spending Limits Needed To Fix State BudgetA research group has offered a laundry list of suggestions to help pull Illinois government out of its financial mess.
President Obama Urges Bipartisanship In Speech To State LawmakersPresident Barack Obama was talking up the values of compromise and cordiality in a speech to Illinois lawmakers in Springfield, nine years to the day after he announced his campaign for president, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Guardian Angels Back Proposed Ban On Posting Fight Videos OnlineThe leader of the Guardian Angels has applauded an effort in Springfield to make it a crime to film violent incidents and post the video online.
President Obama To Address State Lawmakers In SpringfieldThe White House has said the president will address the Illinois General Assembly to make a plea for unity, to discuss "what we can do, together, to build a better politics - one that reflects our better selves."
Illinois Lawmaker Wants To Ban Online Videos Of FightsRepublican Rep. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro in southern Illinois was so disturbed by the behavior of spectators who posted a Facebook video of a fight between two boys in Murphysboro that she's proposed a bill making it a crime to record fights to share online.
Chicago State University Students Rally In Loop To Protest Possible ShutdownTwo weeks after they shut down part of the Dan Ryan Expressway to protest the possible closing of their school amid the state budget impasse, students from Chicago State University took their protest to the governor’s office downtown.
Rauner Curious To Find Out What Obama Will Tell State Lawmakers Next WeekGov. Bruce Rauner said he’s looking forward to hearing from President Barack Obama, who will visit the Illinois State Capitol next week, to speak to the General Assembly.
With No Budget, Rauner Repeats Calls For Pro-Business ReformRepublican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his State of the State address Wednesday to make another case for changes he says would make Illinois more competitive, even as he acknowledged that huge opposition from Democrats has prompted a record budget stalemate and crippled social services and other programs.
Despite Budget Impasse, Rauner To Continue Push For Government TransformationGov. Bruce Rauner's speech at the Illinois State Capitol was expected to be much different from his first State of the State address to the Illinois General Assembly.
New Law Expands Background Checks For Student TeachersWhen education majors return to Illinois colleges and universities in the new year, they'll have to submit to sweeping criminal background checks before student teaching.
Activists Buy Lottery Tickets To Help Fund State Services, Bring Attention To Budget StalemateIn a symbolic gesture to urge the governor and state lawmakers to come up with a budget, a group of community activists on Monday purchased Illinois Lottery tickets, and pledged to donate any winnings to the state.
Black State Lawmakers Say Many Social Agencies Still Suffering From Budget Impasse African-American state lawmakers are pleading with the governor and legislative leaders not to forget those who are still suffering under the prolonged budget impasse, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

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