Gov. Bruce Rauner at an AutoZone distribution facility in Danville
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 29, 2016

Rauner Expects Illinois Fair Share Case Fight To Reach U.S. Supreme Court

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing labor unions to collect fees from non-members is "tragic'' and a lawsuit aimed at banning the practice in Illinois will continue. Justices divided 4-4 Tuesday in a California case over whether public workers represented by a union can be required to pay "fair share'' fees.

Jack McCullough
Illinois Department of Corrections/via Associated Press
March 29, 2016

Judge To Appoint Counsel For DeKalb County Cold Case

Jack McCullough will get a new attorney to help him pursue freedom from his conviction of murdering seven-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957.  Last week, the DeKalb County State's Attorney said a six-month review turned up serious missteps during the investigation.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagjevic in 2009.
M. Spencer/Associated Press
March 28, 2016

High Court Rejects Blagojevich Appeal In Corruption Case

The U-S Supreme Court has rejected former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama. 

Congressional candidate David Gill
Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media
March 28, 2016

David Gill Runs For Congress, This Time As An Independent

Gill, an emergency room physician from Bloomington, ran four times for the U-S House as a Democrat, but now plans to collect petition signatures to run as an independent in the 13th District.

Congressman Rodney Davis
Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media
March 28, 2016

Davis: Trade Embargo With Cuba Won’t Be Lifted Soon

GOP Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says despite the positive news coming out of President Obama's recent visit to Cuba, there are some obstacles before Congress will consider lifting the U.S. trade embargo with the island country.

In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, marijuana plants are seen in Chicago where officers say they discovered two football fields worth of pot plants growing on the city's South Side.
Teresa Crawford/Associated Press
March 26, 2016

Illinois Lawmakers Give Pot Decriminalization Another Try

State lawmakers are advancing another attempt to decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana, removing the possibility of jail time. But they face strong opposition from law enforcement and anti-pot advocates.

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