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Illinois Home Sales Higher For 2016, Despite Dip In December

Sales of existing homes in Illinois were down in December, but up overall in 2016.

The trade group Illinois Realtors reports that 162,380 houses and condos were sold in the state last year --- up 3.9% from 2015.  

State Senator Daniel Biss, a Democrat from Evanston.
Office of state Sen. Daniel Biss
January 24, 2017

Biss Brings Pensions Into Ed Funding Debate

The last time the General Assembly tried to make school funding more equitable across Illinois, the legislation got derailed largely due to a fight over teacher pensions. Now pensions have cropped up again, this time in a bipartisan commission working to overhaul the school funding formula.


The Capitol is seen in overcast skies as the 115th Congress convenes in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.
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January 23, 2017

Illinois Asks Congress To Avoid Hasty ‘Obamacare’ Action

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is urging congressional leaders to avoid "hasty" or "incomplete" action as they proceed with a planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act. A letter dated Jan. 17 signed by Acting Illinois Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer says Congress and the states "must work together" to achieve "important reforms" in health care policy.


Participants in Saturday's Women's March in downtown Champaign make their way down Park Avenue.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
January 21, 2017

An Estimated 5,000 Attend Women’s March In Downtown Champaign

On a day that has seen huge crowds in cities across the country, the Champaign County Young Democrats brought out an estimated 5,000 people to protest Friday's inauguration of President Donald Trump. Following a series of speeches in Westside Park Saturday, the group made its way through downtown Champaign. The event was touted as an official sister march to the national Women's March on Washington.


Protesters demonstrate against new U.S. President Donald Trump in Sydney, Australia.
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January 21, 2017

Women’s Marches Go Global: Postcards From Protests Around The World

As the Women's March on Washington has swelled in support, attracting attention and supporters in the lead-up to Saturday's demonstrations, its name has become something of a misnomer. Sister marches have been organized in all 50 states, and in countries around the world.


In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 photo, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks to reporters outside Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 20, 2017

Cullerton, Radogno Promise Budget-Package Vote Wednesday

Illinois Senate leaders plan to vote on a compromise budget deal next week. Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago and Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont told the Chicago Tribune editorial board that they will put the proposal to a floor vote Wednesday. It would raise income taxes, borrow to pay off overdue bills, expand casino gambling, and freeze local property taxes.


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