By Jake Leonard On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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‘Unmarked’ government vehicles targeted by transparency group

Local governments throughout Illinois own a total of more than 270,000 cars, according to the Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW), who also say they are working on a system to allow anyone to quickly identify municipal More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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Manchester United boss José Mourinho subject of Spanish tax fraud investigation

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United’s boss may be following those of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar in a similar fashion as the other three: a summons to appear in court. Manchester More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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Elections board will be ‘toast’ without new computers by 2018 elections, official says

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ ongoing budget problem has left the Illinois State Board of Elections in a financial hole so deep that agency officials claim they can’t afford the new computers they need to handle More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, June 19th, 2017
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Coles County can’t fix debt by upping assessed value, group argues

MATTOON – Raising the equalized assessed value (EAV) can’t dig a county out of millions of dollars in debt, according to a recent argument made by the Edgar County Watchdogs on their Illinois Leaks More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, June 18th, 2017
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Skillicorn offers insight into budget plan at Crystal Lake town hall

Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) will talk to constituents about his “Right Now” budget proposal and address concerns about the state’s budget impasse on June 26 at a town hall meeting, according to a More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, June 18th, 2017
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Illinois Policy Editorial Cartoons for the Week of June 11-17, 2017

Editorial cartoons from this past week from Illinois Policy Institute cartoonist Eric Allie:                                                      More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, June 18th, 2017
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UPDATE: Matt Hughes Awake and Responsive One Day Following Truck-Train Collision

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — A report from former UFC welterweight champion and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes’ long-time manager confirms that Hughes has improved since his truck-train collision Friday. Monte More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, June 18th, 2017
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Carlinville, watchdog group information battle moves ahead

The ongoing tug-of-war between the City of Carlinville and John Kraft took another official step forward when Kraft’s attorneys entered their court appearance and filed a motion for partial summary judgment More...

By Jake Leonard On Friday, June 16th, 2017
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UFC Hall of Famer & Former Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes Airlifted To HSHS St. John’s Hospital After Morning Accident With Train

RAYMOND/SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — A UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC Welterweight Champion was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield following an accident that involved his vehicle’s More...

By Jake Leonard On Friday, June 16th, 2017
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Stuart accused of going against voter wishes by backing abortion bill

Katie Stuart’s (D-Collinsville) recent support for a bill to provide taxpayer money to state workers seeking abortions proves she is out of touch with her constituents, a Metro East anti-abortion advocate More...