CHICAGO â At least one Republican lawmaker says heâs filing a protest after an Illinois House committee recorded a 9-0 vote to commit $100 million to bring President Barack Obamaâs library to Chicago, even though only five Democrats â and none of the committeeâs four GOP members â were there.
SPRINGFIELD â Most of Illinoisâ 860 school districts would see cuts in funding if the stateâs temporary tax increase is rolled back as scheduled, according to a document being circulated as part of Illinois Democratsâ campaign to preserve the tax hike and push to update the stateâs school funding formula.
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MADISON, Wis. â Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.
SPRINGFIELD â Public health officials are investigating a sharp increase in the number of mumps cases recorded in central Illinois.
ST. LOUIS â A top administrator with the Illinois state agency that regulates coal mining and other energy interests has been fired, becoming the latest official to depart in the last two months.
SPRINGFIELD â Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assemblyâs top ethics officer said Friday.
PERTH, Australia â A robotic submarine has finished its sixth trip to the bottom of the Indian Ocean in the hunt for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, six weeks after the aircraft mysteriously disappeared, the search coordination center said Saturday.
WASHINGTON â Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clintonâs White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
MOKPO, South Korea â The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need â three of whom were seen lifeless in the drowned vessel by a diver who was unable to get them out.
DONETSK, Ukraine â Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev.
KATMANDU, Nepal â An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the worldâs highest peak. Several more were injured.
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ROME â Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.
URBANA â University of Illinois trustees have named a 19-member search committee to look for President Robert Easter's replacement.
CHICAGO â Illinois regulators crafting the first rules for the state's new medical marijuana industry have lowered patient fees and deleted a section that had angered gun owners â changes that are going down well with the law's supporters.