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Ill. Lawmakers: School Funding Plan Narrows Rich-Poor Disparities

Ill. Lawmakers: School Funding Plan Narrows Rich-Poor Disparities

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate on Tuesday approved a school funding overhaul that supporters hailed as “historic,” saying it will increase aid to all of the state’s more than 800 districts and eliminate large disparities between rich and poor schools.  Senators voted 38-13 to send the measure to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who […]

Immigrant Families in Illinois Praise New TRUST Law

Immigrant Families in Illinois Praise New TRUST Law

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will limit how local and state police can cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, a move that puts the first-term Republican at odds with his party on immigration issues. The narrow measure, which had support from immigrant rights advocates and families, […]

“No Foreigners” For Sale House Sign Violates Civil Rights, Official Says

“No Foreigners” For Sale House Sign Violates Civil Rights, Official Says

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A veteran’s front-yard sign advertising the sale of his home violates state and federal anti-discrimination laws because it indicates the owner won’t sell to foreigners, according to Michigan Department of Civil Rights officials.  The sign in front of James Prater’s home in Mason says “Terms No foreigners Iraq vet” next to […]

Chicago Challenges Trump Administration on Sanctuary Cities

Chicago Challenges Trump Administration on Sanctuary Cities

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities on Aug. 7 to sue the government over what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.  The 46-page lawsuit was […]

Is Gov. Rauner Pitting Chicago Schools Against Others in Illinois?

Is Gov. Rauner Pitting Chicago Schools Against Others in Illinois?

CHICAGO (AP) — By extracting Chicago money from a measure all Illinois public schools needed to get state funding this fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner reignited an age-old but divisive political strategy on a new front.  Pitting Chicago against the rest of Illinois has been a popular tool for Rauner, who drummed up enough support outside […]

Some Relief Is Coming in New Illinois State Budget

Some Relief Is Coming in New Illinois State Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in more than two years and ending the nation’s longest fiscal stalemate since at least the Great Depression.  Although the vote will help ease some financial woes, the new […]

Will Illinois Finally Have a Full Budget to Help Its Residents?

Will Illinois Finally Have a Full Budget to Help Its Residents?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a $36 billion budget package fueled by a $5 billion tax increase designed to start digging out of the nation’s deepest budget crisis since at least the Great Depression.  The Democratic-controlled chamber completed its work within 30 minutes of […]

At Risk in 3rd Year With No Illinois Budget? Students and Social Services

At Risk in 3rd Year With No Illinois Budget? Students and Social Services

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 1 million Illinois residents are feeling the impact of the state’s unprecedented budget impasse, a situation that’s expected to worsen with the prospect of entering a third straight fiscal year without a spending plan.  State legislators adjourned this week without an agreement for the fiscal year that starts July […]

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