Government

  • Kirk demands background checks on immigrant kids

    CHICAGO – Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is demanding criminal background checks on the unaccompanied children that have crossed the U.S. border with Mexico.
    July 11, 2014 - 8:49 am
  • County taps Hartman as deputy administrator

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County government has tapped a familiar local face to take over as its second in command.
    July 11, 2014 - 12:17 am
  • McHenry County Board committee nixes slew of advisory referendums

    WOODSTOCK – Three advisory referendums proposed by a local state lawmaker and a longtime anti-township activist were squashed by a McHenry County Boar ...
    July 11, 2014 - 12:09 am
  • Border surge overwhelming, officials tell Congress

    WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. border have overwhelmed the government’s abilit ...
    July 9, 2014 - 11:15 pm
  • State lags in hiring to oversee ‘fracking’ accord

    CHICAGO – More than a year after a much-lauded compromise paved the way for high-volume oil and gas extraction in Illinois, the agency in charge of ov ...
    July 9, 2014 - 11:12 pm
  • Illinois sends schools checks on time, a rare move

    CHICAGO – Illinois schools have received promised grant payments from the state on time for the first time since 2007 – but in another sign of the sta ...
    July 9, 2014 - 11:09 pm
  • Algonquin puts plans for police gun range on hold

    ALGONQUIN – A planned gun range for the police department is on hold, as Algonquin officials expect to reject bids for the project, which came in over ...
    July 9, 2014 - 11:22 pm
  • China, U.S. differ on global plan to cut emissions

    BEIJING – China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and No. ...
    July 9, 2014 - 10:11 am
  • Quinn to sign bill expanding adoptees rights

    CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he will sign legislation to designed to help adoptees and their birth family members learn more about their his ...
    July 9, 2014 - 8:45 am
  • Obama inches into competitive Colorado Senate race

    WASHINGTON – For the first time, President Barack Obama is inching into one of the highly competitive races that could determine whether Democrats mai ...
    July 8, 2014 - 11:31 pm
  • 8 leaks in Springfield’s Executive Mansion roof

    SPRINGFIELD – Workers have started patching eight leaks in the roof at the nearly 160-year-old Executive Mansion after Gov. Pat Quinn approved the eme ...
    July 8, 2014 - 11:29 pm
  • Cary considering facade grant for new pub

    CARY – Two beer brewers are hoping to buy the Cary Public House at 208 W. Main St. in order to open a pub and restaurant called the Cary Ale House and ...
    July 8, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with border kids

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the ...
    July 8, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • 2nd IHSA hearing before state lawmakers canceled

    CHICAGO – A second Illinois legislative committee hearing has been canceled involving the not-for-profit association that's in charge of high school s ...
    July 8, 2014 - 9:16 am
  • Obama signs intelligence bill into law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. intelli ...
    July 7, 2014 - 3:02 pm
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