Rauner signs civil asset forfeiture reform into law

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — The new law will transfer the burden of proof to law enforcement in forfeiture proceedings. In a signing ceremony Tuesday alongside criminal justice reform advocates from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Illinois Policy Institute and others, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed historic civil asset forfeiture More...

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By Jake Leonard On Monday, September 18th, 2017
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Christopher Howick informs voters in Illinois House District 88 that Jill Blair isn’t the only candidate in race

BLOOMINGTON (Heartland Newsfeed) — With recent increased attention directed toward Democrat Jill Blair’s declared intention to run for state representative in Illinois House District 88, Christopher More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, September 17th, 2017
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Raffle item donated for Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar

PANA (Heartland Newsfeed) — Ron and Jan McMillen of Pana have donated a hand-crafted children’s table with four chairs painted in bright primary colors, which will be among one of several raffle items More...

By Jake Leonard On Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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Attorney General Lisa Madigan won’t seek new term in 2018

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — Four-term Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Friday she will not run for re-election in 2018, reversing plans announced earlier this summer. “I still have More...

By Jake Leonard On Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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Which Illinois State Fair Grandstand concerts made, lost the most money?

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — While country music is usually a staple in the Illinois State Fair Grandstand concert lineup, they were outshone by two completely different types of music — a cappella More...

By Associated Press On Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie won’t seek re-election in 2018

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The first woman to serve as majority leader in the Illinois House of Representatives and a top lieutenant to House Speaker Mike Madigan says she won’t seek re-election. The Chicago More...

By Jake Leonard On Friday, September 15th, 2017
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Edgar County Watchdogs see apparent plague of FOIA failures in city government

CARLINVILLE (Heartland Newsfeed) — The Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW) are speculating that the same attorney is offering the same bad advice regarding Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the villages More...

By Jake Leonard On Friday, September 15th, 2017
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Allen Skillicorn, David McSweeney call on legislature to repeal Trust Act

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — Illinois State Representatives¬†Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) and David McSweeney (R-Park Ridge) have asked the General Assembly to convene a special session to immediately More...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
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Manar/Bourne: Bipartisanship in General Assembly led to historic landmark school funding reform

Educating children should be a bipartisan issue. Two weeks ago in the General Assembly, it finally was. After years of working on this issue and months of intense negotiations, the General Assembly passed a landmark More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
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Letter To The Editor: Montgomery County Board faces potential cuts for Fiscal Year 2018

The tentative Montgomery County budget for fiscal year 2018 came in with a deficit of approximately $600,000 in the General Fund. The General Fund supports many of the offices and services citizens use everyday. More...

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