Politics and Government

Politics and Government

GOP debate field is set: Trump, Bush in; Santorum, Fiorina out

STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

State workers' twice-dismissed suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid

ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press

Debate stage drama: GOP awaits top 10 announcement

STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press
KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — They crowded the stage in New Hampshire for a debate-style faceoff.

Rauner signs bills sponsored by Bennett

SPRINGFIELD — Two bills sponsored by freshman Rep. Tom Bennett were signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The first, HB 1498, provides an exemption to the state Open Meetings Act for school boards to discuss safety and security measures behind closed doors. The measure passed the House, 113-0, and the Senate, 54-0.

Urbana's Madigan will decide on state Senate race around Labor Day

URBANA — The Republican nomination for Illinois' 52nd Senate District seat is there if Urbana City Council member Mike Madigan wants it.

He said he'll decide around Labor Day.

Champaign restaurateur Rob Meister already has opted to run for Champaign County recorder of deeds instead of the Senate seat.

Chicago-based nonprofit gets $7.2M from Chase settlement

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation is benefiting from a $7.2 million windfall that the state was given in a settlement with Chase.

Who wins and loses under Obama's stricter power plant limits

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Kraft recalls cheese slices

NORTHFIELD — Check your cheese before you make your next sandwich.

Kraft is voluntarily recalling 36,000 cases of American and White American individually-wrapped Singles cheese slices over a choking hazard, the company said.

Champaign drivers' facility opening next week

SPRINGFIELD — Champaign's new drivers' services office will open next Tuesday, Aug. 11, said a spokesman for Secretary of State Jesse White.

Champaign-Urbana has been without a full-time driver services office since last November, when the old facility on Bradley Avenue was closed after employee complaints about poor air quality.

Districts helping students get medically prepared for school

All Illinois sixth- and 12th-graders can expect an extra bit of pain at the doctor's office this summer.

In addition to the 11 other disease-prevention vaccinations kids are required to receive at various ages, Illinois students now must also get a meningitis prevention shot upon entering grades six and 12, the Illinois State Board of Education announced last week.