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By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Apr 03, 2015 4:26 PM
A state report found The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services failed to correct more than a dozen problems found in past audits. By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services failed to correct more than a dozen problems found in past audits — some dating back [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Apr 03, 2015 4:05 PM
Scott Reeder is Executive Editor of the Illinois News Network By: Scott Reeder | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD – What the heck is the Overton Window? It’s a political theory that there are a range of ideas the public will accept. An idea’s political sustainability depends mainly on whether it falls within that window rather than on politicians’ [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Apr 01, 2015 7:43 PM
The latest battleground for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda is turning out to be city council chambers. By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — The latest battleground for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda is turning out to be city council chambers. The Rauner administration, by way of organizations including the Illinois Municipal League, is providing city councils and [...]
By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Apr 01, 2015 5:00 AM
Illinois lawmakers are close to banning — or partially banning — new versions of some of the most popular products on any convenience store shelf.
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Mar 31, 2015 10:21 PM
A coalition of advocates for the developmentally disabled is calling for the eventual closure of six of seven of the state’s residential centers. By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — A coalition of advocates for the developmentally disabled is calling for the eventual closure of six of seven of the state’s residential centers. The Going Home [...]
By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Mar 31, 2015 5:00 AM
Paper, pencils and textbooks won’t cut it anymore. Thirty eight families are going online with the help of a pilot program here, and another 600 will likely be added next year when the district offers Internet to all low-income families with students in junior high.
By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Mar 27, 2015 5:00 AM
By Benjamin Yount SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Springfield Alderman Sam Cahnman is the latest to pitch a plan that would have the city raise its minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour. He’s less sure about listening to local voters who may want to see Springfield, or Sangamon County, become a right-to-work zone. “My job as an alderman is [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Mar 26, 2015 6:24 PM
By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — The state Senate on Thursday sent a roughly $1.6 billion budget patch to Gov. Bruce Rauner so the state can limp through the rest of its fiscal year. By votes of 32-26 with one member not voting, the Senate approved a pair of bills that are the result [...]
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | Mar 26, 2015 3:32 PM
Municipal bankruptcy is something the state has to consider, says state Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downer’s Grove. By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — Do Illinois cities need the option of filing bankruptcy? It’s something the state has to consider, says state Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downer’s Grove. Sandack, a former mayor, is sponsoring House Bill 298, which would [...]
By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Mar 26, 2015 5:00 AM
Buy a ticket for an Amtrak train in Illinois, and your chances of being late are one in three. There's also a good chance the train is half empty.