Students walk past the Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois Urbana campus in April 2014.

(AP Photo/David Mercer)

March 19, 2015

University Presidents Plead Case Before Senate Committee

A week after a House committee heard testimony from university presidents on Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts, state senators heard from administrators, including U of I President Bob Easter.


Schock talks with House Speaker John Boehner in a file photo from January 9. 2015.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/File)

March 17, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schock Announces Resignation

Republican Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock says he's resigning his House seat amid questions about his spending. In a statement on Tuesday, Schock said he would step down effective March 31. A special election will be held to name his replacement.


Congressman Aaron Schock visits with WIU agricultural professor Win Phippen.

(Emily Boyer/WIUM)

March 16, 2015

Donors Had Role In Schock’s 2014 Property Deal

Records show that a shell company linked to GOP Congressman Aaron Schock paid a political donor $300,000 last year for a commercial property in Peoria, then took out a $600,000 mortgage for the property from a local bank run by other donors.


Gov. Bruce Rauner visits with employees of Combe Laboratories in Rantoul on March 11.

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March 16, 2015

Gov. Rauner To Pursue Pension Plan Regardless Of High Court Ruling

Rauner says his proposal- to place current state workers into a lesser plan going forward or giving them the option of taking a payout, then converting to a defined contribution plan - is better whatever Illinois' Supreme Court decides.


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