Illinois

This State May Allow Restaurants to Accept Food Stamp Benefits

A bill awaiting the governor's signature in Illinois would give some SNAP recipients the option to use their benefits at restaurants and to purchase hot prepared food at grocery stores.

Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry

As video gambling has grown in the state, so have the industry’s links to lawmakers.

$831 Million Project to Repel Invasive Fish From Great Lakes Gets Army Corps Greenlight

One advocate describes a “race against time” to block Asian carp, which pose a threat to native wildlife.

Behind the Movement to Kick Chicago Out of Illinois

Many rural, often conservative, residents of large Democratic-controlled states are pushing to create their own states.

This State Could Require Public Employees to Live Where They Work

Lawmakers in Illinois are debating a residency requirement for all new state employees.

Considering a ‘Progressive’ Income Tax in a Fiscally-Stressed State

What if Illinois scraps its flat tax structure and made higher earners pay more? A new study offers possible insights.

Purdue Pharma Settles With Oklahoma in Major Opioid Crisis Lawsuit

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Chicago Mayoral Election Could Bring a ‘Nightmare Scenario’

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Candidate Pitches Plan for Chicago to Annex Its Suburbs

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The Promise and Peril of Borrowing Money to Manage Pension Costs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week proposed issuing bonds to improve the city’s pension funding levels. Is that a good idea?

County Official’s Claim Her Firing Was Political Retaliation Fails in Federal Court

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals says the financial resources director position falls under a special exception.

The Geography of Street Resurfacing in Chicago

As Rahm Emanuel prepares to leave City Hall next year, this map helps cement his transportation legacy in the nation’s third-largest city.

U.S. Circuit Court’s Big Ruling in Smart Meter 'Warrantless Search' Case

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Where Black Homeownership Is the Norm

“We wanted our kids to grow up in a place where there are African-American role models other than their parents,” said one resident of community with a high black homeownership rate.

How Chicago’s Poorest Residents Are Driven Into Debt

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Five States To Get A Smart Tech Boot Camp

The states will be the first in the multi-year "Smarter States, Smarter Communities" learning lab, which grows out of National Governor Association Chair Brian Sandoval's 'Ahead of the Curve' Initiative.

Mueller Indictment Lays Out Russia’s Hacking of State, Local Election Infrastructure

The charges bring into question previous statements from vendors and state officials.

Public Worker Unions Brace for Fallout From Court Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that fees the unions have been able to collect in over 20 states are unconstitutional.