Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
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January 13, 2016

Rauner Takes Shot At University Spending

A memo from Governor Bruce Rauner's deputy chief of staff sent to lawmakers Wednesday says colleges are top heavy with administrators, pay executives too much and fund exorbitant "golden parachutes" to leaders who resign for misconduct.  University leaders, including U of I President Timothy Killeen, responded later, saying the school has taken steps since Rauner assumed office.

President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
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January 13, 2016

Reactions To President Obama’s Last SOTU Address

In this election year, members of Congress each side of the political aisle had a different take on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, and what it could mean for his legacy.  Area lawmakers praised some plans, including a pledge for criminal justice reform, but Republicans say he's taking the wrong approach to battling ISIS.

Bruce Rauner
(Bruce Rauner)
January 12, 2016

Rauner Says He Has Plan To Stop Court-Ordered Spending

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will outline a plan to get Illinois out from under court-ordered spending that's plunging the state further into debt during a seven-month budget stalemate.  

The Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Homeland Security
January 09, 2016

Illinois ID Accepted At Airport Security Two More Years

Your Illinois driver's license will continue to be accepted by airport security for at least two more years. The state has yet to adopt stricter federal rules under the Real ID Act, and Illinois IDs could have been refused for air travel as early as this spring. 

Verse on a 1909 picture postcard says New Year's resolutions "always break as easy as soap bubbles".
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January 08, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions For State Leaders In A Word: Budget!

It's a week into the New Year, and gyms across the country are packed with people who've vowed to get in shape.  Illinois Public Radio's Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky had resolved to be one of them ... but admits -- already, she's fallen short. Maybe Illinois' leaders will have better luck.  Vinicky asked around for their civic-minded resolutions. 

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