Lawmaker Wants To Erase Word "Alien" From State LawAn Illinois state senator has proposed eliminating the word alien from state laws when referring to people from other countries.
Rauner Signs $600M University Funding PackageGov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation authorizing $600 million in emergency funding to keep major Illinois universities operating until fall.
Illinois Lawmakers Pass Bill To Fund Colleges, UniversitiesRepublican Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to sign the bill, which is a one-time deal and includes nearly $170 million in tuition grants for low-income students.
Chicago State Student Leader Unimpressed By Rauner's Push For Budget DealGov. Bruce Rauner has urged lawmakers to come together and negotiate an end to the budget impasse that, among other things, threatens to shut down Chicago State University, but the head of student government at CSU said faculty and students have been saying that for month
Charter Schools To Lobby State Lawmakers To Pass A BudgetStudents, parents, teachers, and administrators from charter schools in Chicago rallied Wednesday morning on the South Side before heading to Springfield to lobby state lawmakers to get moving on the state budget.
Democrats, Social Service Groups Say Rauner Agenda Creating "Armageddon"Some Illinois Democrats who defeated opponents backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in the primary election said the governor has created “Armageddon” for home healthcare and childcare agencies owed tens of millions of dollars by the state.
Court Rules AFSCME Not Owed Pay Raises Without AppropriationThe Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former Gov. Pat Quinn was correct in 2011 when he denied state workers promised pay raises because lawmakers had not appropriated the money.
Illinois Lawmakers Consider Ending Tax On Feminine Hygiene ProductsSen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) said tampons and other feminine hygiene products are not a luxury but a necessity.
Big Debates Expected On Illinois Bills On Unions, CollegesThe Democrat-led Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto last month of a bill to add funding for community colleges and tuition grants for low-income students.
Dunkin-Stratton Debate Turns Out To Be All About MadiganWhen state Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) met Thursday night for a 90-minute debate with 5th District Democratic primary challenger Juliana Stratton, virtually every topic circled back eventually to Dunkin's estrangement from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Lawmakers Seek Relief For Homes Plagued By Increased O'Hare NoiseWhile Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly haven’t been able to find much common ground lately, those who represent people around O'Hare International Airport have banded together to try to bring some relief from increased jet noise.
Rauner: State Takeover Of CPS "Very Likely"A day after the Illinois State Board of Education launched a financial probe of the Chicago Public Schools, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he believes state lawmakers eventually will give him power to take control of the Chicago school system.

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