Government

  • McHenry to allow LED signs

    McHENRY –Businesses will now be able to use LED signs and have extra signs up for their grand openings.
    April 8, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Ill. House OKs Chicago pension overhaul

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a plan to overhaul two Chicago pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of ...
    April 8, 2014 - 3:57 pm
  • School funding overhaul advances in Ill. Senate

    SPRINGFIELD – A proposal to dramatically overhaul the state's school funding formula and allocate more money to poorer districts moved ahead in the Il ...
    April 9, 2014 - 12:36 am
  • Senate approves jobless bill

    WASHINGTON – The Senate voted, 59-38, Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican suppor ...
    April 7, 2014 - 10:16 pm
  • Letter reveals investigation into jail contract

    WOODSTOCK – A letter from an upset former McHenry County employee has a County Board committee wanting answers from the State's Attorney's Office rega ...
    April 7, 2014 - 11:05 pm
  • Fox River Grove considers restrictions for Ringers Landscape Services

    FOX RIVER GROVE – Ringers Landscape Services may have some new rules under which it would have to operate.
    April 8, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • Hagel tours China's new aircraft carrier

    BEIJING – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a rare tour Monday of China's first aircraft carrier, becoming the first foreign visitor to go aboard ...
    April 7, 2014 - 9:12 am
  • Forensic audit wasted Grafton Township tax dollars, officials say

    HUNTLEY – A recently released special audit that found former Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore often exceeded her authority while in office was ...
    April 6, 2014 - 11:51 pm
  • Illinois’ next pension issue: Police, fire funds

    SPRINGFIELD – After addressing Illinois’ own employee pension crisis, lawmakers now face an equally challenging task with the state’s cities, as mayor ...
    April 8, 2014 - 3:56 pm
  • Report: Illinois should make government consolidation easier

    Eliminating barriers to consolidation will be the best way to pare down the state’s almost 7,000 units of local government, a commission created by a ...
    April 6, 2014 - 8:53 am
  • GOP Immigration backers see service path to status

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stymied on comprehensive immigration overhaul, House Republicans are pushing a plan to give young immigrants brought to the country ...
    April 15, 2014 - 3:55 pm
  • Prim official winner, Zinke to ask for partial recount

    WOODSTOCK – Undersheriff Andy Zinke plans to ask for a partial recount now that the vote totals have been canvassed and certified by the County Clerk.
    April 4, 2014 - 7:18 pm
  • One-year township tax freeze passes House

    SPRINGFIELD – A one-year freeze on township tax levies has cleared the Illinois House.House Bill 531 ...
    April 4, 2014 - 10:01 pm
  • Illinois weighs making students pay to take ACT

    SPRINGFIELD – As they juggle school-reform demands with budget cuts, state education officials are considering retaining a traditional college-readine ...
    April 8, 2014 - 12:03 pm
  • Illinois Republicans seek to close appointment loophole

    SPRINGFIELD – Senate Republicans crying foul after Gov. Pat Quinn used a rare procedural maneuver to try to aid the confirmation of two appointees ann ...
    April 3, 2014 - 9:32 pm
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