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By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 27, 2015 11:22 AM
U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman is keeping an eye on how well Illinois complies with her order to meet its obligations to citizens with developmental disabilities.
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 26, 2015 11:09 AM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — It’s back to court for the Illinois Comptroller’s Office and the Department of Human Services. Attorneys representing people with developmental disabilities on Tuesday filed an emergency motion. They are asking  U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman to bring into her courtroom the state’s comptroller, Healthcare and Family Services director and [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 25, 2015 12:24 PM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — It would appear a few people in Illinois state government has been coveting more than their office mate’s stapler. A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed Monday the administration is looking into reports that a half-dozen state government email accounts have shown up in hackers’ public data dumps from [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 20, 2015 12:52 PM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — The state Senate on Wednesday overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the interest arbitration or “no strike-no lockout” bill — much to the governor’s displeasure. The Republican governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1229 was overridden on a vote of 38-15, with one Republican — Sen. Sam McCann of Carlinville — joining Democrats [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 20, 2015 12:32 PM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — With or without a budget, the state will meet its obligations to developmentally disabled beneficiaries that were promised in a consent decree rising from a 2005 lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled. Advocates including Equip for Equality and the American Civil Liberties Union earlier this month filed a complaint contending [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 18, 2015 11:34 AM | 17
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday said he’s again proposing  legislation for a two-year freeze on local property taxes combined with what he calls local cost controls. This time, the governor added what it appears he hoped would be sweeteners for the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools system, including two [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 14, 2015 1:26 PM | 14
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — From a professional police officer’s point of view, Illinois new legislation to improve policing and strengthen community trust is a win, said Rep. John Cabello. Cabello, a Rockford police detective on leave while he serves in the General Assembly, was among the lead negotiators of Senate Bill 1307, which [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 14, 2015 11:08 AM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants House Bill 218 rolled a little differently before he’ll sign it into law. The Winnetka Republican used his veto pen Friday to seek changes to the bill, which currently would put possession of small amounts of marijuana on par with a traffic offense. The bill, sponsored [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 13, 2015 12:01 PM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House on Wednesday ultimately gave Gov. Bruce Rauner the “clean” spending bill he asked for, but only after a bruising debate. In the end, a bill to OK the state’s spending about $5.2 billion in federal funds on human services, as well as $166 million in state money [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Aug 12, 2015 10:12 AM | 18
Rauner likes the legislation the way the Senate passed it. He says it’s a “clean” bill that would not affect the state’s budget deficit because the funds in question are federal.


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