Skillicorn says Chicago needs spending reform, not bailout

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — As pressure mounts on the city of Chicago to address its debt crisis, some have suggested the state should help the city cover its expenses. “Chicago has spent at least two decades digging itself into a massive financial hole,” Nicole Gelinas wrote in The City Journal. She went on to say that since 2000, More...

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By Jake Leonard On Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Section of Illinois DUI law ruled unconstitutional

CHICAGO (Heartland Newsfeed) — Law enforcement officers investigating cases involving pending DUI charges will now require a warrant to be presented before drawing blood and urine samples from suspected impaired More...

By Jake Leonard On Friday, January 5th, 2018

Illinois legislative ethics commission under fire for neglecting complaints

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — The ethics commission that oversees the Illinois General Assembly has been hit with a complaint for neglecting to follow through with their duties for years, with the question More...

By Jake Leonard On Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Marijuana legalization stance by Barickman not shared by fellow Republicans

BLOOMINGTON (Heartland Newsfeed) — Contrary to the position of Gov. Bruce Rauner and many fellow Republicans, state Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) recently issued a statement supporting the legalization More...

By Jake Leonard On Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Wind chill advisory active until Sunday evening

ST. LOUIS (Heartland Newsfeed) — Dangerously cold conditions will be present this weekend going into next week, according to an advisory and subsequent warning issued the National Weather Service in St. Louis More...

By Jake Leonard On Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Proof standardized testing doesn’t work? 64% of students in Pleasant Plains fail annual tests, 59% fail English

PLEASANT PLAINS (Heartland Newsfeed) — Academic results data released recently reveals 36 percent of Pleasant Plains Middle School students are considered on track for the next grade level, according to a More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Skillicorn calls for end to Illinois Municipal League annual conference

EAST DUNDEE (Heartland Newsfeed) — Responding to a Daily Herald report detailing the cost to taxpayers, Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) recently called for an end to the Illinois Municipal League’s More...

By Illinois News Network On Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Taxpayers cover costs of bad pension fund investment return predictions

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — As municipalities across the state determine how to spend taxpayers’ money for the next year, they’re looking at what to expect for pension fund investment returns. More...

By Illinois News Network On Monday, December 11th, 2017

Hundreds of donated trees taking root at Illinois State Fairgrounds

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — When the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced in 2015 it would lose more than 200 trees at the State Fairgrounds, primarily due to the emerald ash borer, one of More...

By Illinois News Network On Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

New inspector general to victim: Hand over your cellphone and passwords

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — The newly appointed Inspector General in Springfield told the victim of alleged sexual harassment by a lawmaker to turn over unlimited access to her cell phone and social More...

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