The Illinois Senate has approved small pieces of the far-reaching budget compromise plan it's debated for six weeks.


  A Democratic Illinois lawmaker wants to send a message to President Donald Trump by lifting prohibitions on state coverage of abortions.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner used his State of the State address to call on lawmakers to work with him to resolve the state’s budget crisis, saying both parties agree something needs to change. 

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Illinois is urging congressional leaders to avoid "hasty" or "incomplete" action as they proceed with a planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner kicked off planning for the state's 200th birthday by unveiling the logo. 

In an effort to take advantage of the intimate relationships between stylists and their clients, a new law in Illinois will require salon professionals to receive training in domestic abuse-prevention as part of their licensing process.

The law, which goes into effect Sunday, aims to educate beauty professionals to recognize signs of abuse. But stylists won't be required to report violence, and are protected from any liability.

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A northern Illinois judge has granted an injunction protecting health-care providers who are suing the state over a law that requires them to provide information or referrals to patients seeking abortions.

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Nearly three dozen Illinois legislators from both parties are asking Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to resume contract negotiations with the state's largest public-employee union. 

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he hopes lawmakers don't just focus on overriding vetoes when they return to Springfield for a brief session next week and instead work on trying to end a budget impasse. 

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has asked top leaders in the General Assembly to meet ahead of the veto session next week.