In this April 30, 2013 file photo, a poster projecting job and economic growth related to "fracking" is used by lawmakers  at the state Capitol in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
July 12, 2015

Appeals Court Upholds Illinois Fracking Rules

The 5th District Appellate Court Friday issued a ruling that upheld the state's rules for the oil and gas drilling technique.  The appellate court sided with a Madison County judge, rejecting a challenge from an environmental group.


Adolf Tolkachev leaving his car at a roadblock on June 9, 1985.
Courtesy of H. Keith Melton and the Melton Archive
July 10, 2015

A Tale Of Real-Life Espionage In New Book

David Hoffman details the story of Adolf Tolkachev, the most valuable Soviet spy during the Cold War, and the CIA agents he passed hundreds of thousands of pages of information to in his new book – the Billion Dollar Spy. 


In this Jan. 9, 2015 file photo, Illinois lawmakers listen to Speaker of the House Michael Madigan in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
July 08, 2015

Illinois House Moves Forward On Temporary Budget

Illinois House Democrats say they intend to pass a budget Thursday that would cover many state services through the month. But Governor Bruce Rauner would not say Wednesday if he would veto the plan.


Darrin LaHood and Robert Mellon
(Photo: LaHood and Mellon campaigns)
July 08, 2015

Lahood & Mellon Win Congressional Primaries

Schock resigned in March after mounting scrutiny of his spending, including redecorating his office in the style of the estate in the television show "Downton Abbey.''


Dollar Symbol
(Svilen.milev / CC-BY-SA-3.0)
July 07, 2015

Judge: No Pay For Illinois Workers Without State Budget

A Cook County judge has ruled that Illinois can't pay state workers in full during the ongoing budget impasse.  Some workers covered under federal law will receive federal minimum wage plus overtime.


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