Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected legislation that would prohibit retailers from charging fees on rebate cards. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a Medicaid funding plan that changes the way hospitals are reimbursed for treating low-income patients.

The Illinois Senate has OK'd a revised Medicaid funding plan for hospitals. 

An Illinois man is set to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to charges that he defrauded an elderly person out of nearly $100,000.

A congressman representing a large portion of downstate Illinois will be listening closely to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has pledged federal support for fixing problematic water supplies at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy where Legionnaires' disease has claimed 13 lives since 2015.

Unsealed court records indicate that former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock was issued a federal grand jury subpoena seeking campaign and congressional records the day before he resigned his seat.


Hundreds of bridges are structurally deficient or obsolete in Central Illinois. To that end, Representative Cheri Bustos says Congress needs to pass a long-term transportation bill. Marty Helfers is the Executive Director of the West Central Illinois Building Trades. He says long-term funding means more stability for local jobs:

Federal grant to help homeless veterans get jobs

Jun 23, 2015

Goodwill of Central Illinois in Peoria is getting a federal grant to help homeless veterans.  Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced the $200,000 in funding through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration program.  The money will help pay for programs that help find jobs for homeless veterans. Possible services include occupational and classroom training, and job placement assistance.

The latest long-range transportation plan for the region includes dozens of projects. But adequate funding is a constantly-looming concern:

Gun violence was the focus at a ceremony Monday to install the new top federal prosecutor in Chicago.    Zach Fardon’s first day last month as the new U.S. attorney brought a public rebuke from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  He told the Sun-Times that federal prosecutors do a horrible job on gun crimes.  At Fardon’s swearing in ceremony yesterday, with Emanuel in the front row, U.S. attorney General Eric Holder said solving gun violence is hard work.  HOLDER: It is the product of cooperative endeavor and sustained effort. This is simply not a time for institutional friction.  Illinois U.S.

Ripples in IL from federal shutdown

Oct 21, 2013

The fallout from the federal shutdown continues in Illinois. More than 500 government employees have to pay back unemployment benefits they collected while on furlough.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says more cuts to child care services are likely coming if federal sequestration remains next year. Bustos made those comments visiting Webster Head Start in Peoria. The federal sequester this spring cut $400 Million dollars from the national Head-Start program. Bustos says the financial impact will continue past October first:

New Veterans Drive segment now open

Sep 13, 2013

The City of Pekin is celebrating the completion of the central part of Veterans Drive. Local, state and federal officials cut the ribbon Friday for the additional portion of the city’s ring road project.  The one-mile stretch of pavement connects Broadway to Sheridan Road. It costs nearly $5 million. Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra says finishing this part of Veteran’s Drive means additional economic investment and better traffic flow:

The Peoria Police Department would hire six additional officers if it secures a federal grant through the Department of Justice.  City Manager Patrick Urich says the initial grant application was to hire 10 officers over four years with a 25-percent local match.  Urich says new changes mean that the city would instead pay for the majority of the officer salaries if it receives the grant.  He says the city plans to only hire six officers to compensate for the change:

Justice O'Connor speaks to Peoria leaders

Apr 10, 2013

The nation’s first US Supreme Court Justice concluded her two day visit to the Tri-county with brunch at the Federal Courthouse. Sandra Day O’Connor spoke before a room of about two hundred people. She says she’s traveled to see the highest courts in other countries and still believes in the US court system.