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Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:00 am

Lawsuit filed on behalf of prisoners in solitary confinement

For 23 hours a day, a roughly five-by-ten-foot concrete box is what Aaron Fillmore calls home. He’s been living in a room like that for the past 15 years.That’s according to a lawsuit filed las
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Thursday, June 25, 2015 12:00 am

Lawmakers highlight importance of funding for universities

 The Illinois Senate met June 16 to discuss the cost of college in Illinois in anticipation of sending the higher education funding bill to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who included a 30 percent cut to col
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Thursday, June 4, 2015 12:00 am

Lawmakers propose “road map to fiscal stability”

At the close of a contentious regular session and a vicious budget battle in the Illinois General Assembly some lawmakers are making an effort to streamline the budget-making process. State repre
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Thursday, June 4, 2015 12:00 am

Last-minute changes to collective bargaining rules pass

The Illinois General Assembly has voted to strip state workers of the right to strike, and the unions actively lobbied to make it happen. A bill passed Saturday would apply mediation and arbitra
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:00 am

Bill allows prosecutors quicker access to personal records

The Illinois House passed a bill last week which would allow prosecutors new access to personal records in criminal trials.Senate Bill 1688 adds state’s attorneys to the list of people who can submi
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:00 am

New report calls for sales tax on services

As the May 31st legislative deadline looms, tax experts are making one more push to extend the state’s sales tax to services.The Center for Budget and Tax Accountability (CTBA) and the Taxpayers Fed
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:00 am

Republicans accuse Democrats of political theater over right-to-work

 Capitol observers could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu. For the second week in a row, the Illinois House of Representatives ran legislation modeled after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda, and for the second week in a row, Republicans raised objections.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 12:00 am

Illinois rates improved after last reforms, but not fast enough for businesses

 Gov. Bruce Rauner wants state lawmakers to reform workers’ compensation, but the jury is still out on the last attempt at reform.          &nb
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Friday, May 8, 2015 12:00 am

House Dems vote to fund targets of Rauner cuts

 The first pitch was a swing and a miss, but after that, Democrats in the General Assembly were swinging for the fences, passing amendment after amendment to a budget bill funding many of thei
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Thursday, May 7, 2015 12:00 am

Rauner continues tradition of dodging the press

 Last week was a turbulent one in the media for Gov. Bruce Rauner. He dodged questions from journalists, took questions from union adversaries, and held a press conference for an empty room. Raun

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