A state report shows the amount of money taxpayers owe five state pension plans hit $100.5 billion on June 30. But that's $3 billion less when not using a counting method adopted five years ago that made the pension picture brighter.
A three-month extension of federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless Americans won a key procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday.
The Senate has voted to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen as the next leader of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Two more groups of retired government workers have sued to block a law that cuts pension benefits for Illinois state employees.
A published report says groups with ties to the pension-reform law adopted last month have contributed close to $3 million to Illinois Supreme Court justices who might decide its fate.
People with chronic conditions will be better protected from crippling medical bills starting in January, as the health law's coverage requirements and spending limits take effect.
Gov. Pat Quinn won't say what he thinks should happen when an income tax increase is set to expire in January 2015.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said the jobless rate rose in nearly all of the state's metro areas during November, including most of East Central Illinois.
President Obama on Thursday signed the bipartisan budget bill agreed upon earlier this month, setting the stage for an easing of mandatory spending cuts over the next two years.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to prevent lenders from selling a home if the homeowner is applying for federal mortgage assistance.