Home-care workers in Illinois seek raises

SPRINGFIELD - Friedrich's ataxia - a disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system - has confined Pat Riley of Champaign to a wheelchair and left her unable to speak clearly.

Lincoln´s Challenge Academy wants stipends back

SPRINGFIELD - Up until two years ago, graduates of the Lincoln's Challenge Academy for high school dropouts in Rantoul were able to get a little extra financial help as they settled into post-high school education, work or military life.

Focusing on political ethics

SPRINGFIELD - Political ethics in Illinois may seem like an oxymoron.

Corrections audit finds need for improvements

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Corrections needs to keep better track of its guns and other property and be more vigilant about notifying the proper parties when sex offenders and juvenile inmates are released, according to a state audit released Wednesday.

Entrepreneurship project expands

SPRINGFIELD - Budding entrepreneurs will apparently have twice the opportunity to get help for their businesses in Champaign-Urbana later this spring.

Tech chief says Google looking into the future

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State to apply for 1-year loan

SPRINGFIELD - Relief may be on the way for the hospitals, pharmacies and nursing homes awaiting months-late Medicaid reimbursement checks, people and companies owed tax refunds and school districts in need of state aid payments.

UI trustee appointment confirmed

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate Wednesday confirmed Chicago attorney Devon Bruce's appointment to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees after a Senate committee approved him earlier that day.

Committee approves UI Board of Trustees nominee

SPRINGFIELD - After weeks of delay, University of Illinois Board of Trustees nominee Devon Bruce, a Chicago attorney, won unanimous recommendation from the Senate executive appointments committee this morning.

School budget cuts studied

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Senate Republicans are launching a task force to examine the potential impact of cuts to state universities contained in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's budget proposal.