Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring his and future administrations to pay employees from the budgets of the agencies they're working for.

Peoria Public Schools has purchased stun guns for its security officers, who have been trained and certified to use them.

New data from the University of Illinois' expanded background-checks policy show that the school withdrew 35 job offers across three campuses last year.

Illinois lawmakers have formed a subcommittee to explore state policies over decentralized digital currencies like bitcoin.

Illinois has turned to an online database to help form policy decisions on health, safety, education and work opportunities for residents younger than 25.

Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs has won approval of a law making it easier for survivors of deceased family members to claim life insurance benefits. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved the creation of the Illinois Muslim American Advisory Council. 

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When District 150 board members reconvene next month, they’ll face an issue that hits close to home for some -- literally.

A board committee last week discussed ways to address and prevent cases of nepotism, or favoritism granted to family members. 

Board Vice President Rick Cloyd drafted a policy that would forbid staffing situations where relatives, spouses or even roommates engage in a supervisor-subordinate role.  Cloyd says the topic poses the potential for "some difficult discussion," as family ties exist within district staff and administration. 

Peoria County is crafting an anti-nepotism policy amid tensions between administration and a former employee with the county emergency management agency. Former EMA Assistant Director Carolyn Hayes resigned earlier this month. County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says Hayes’ husband was paid more than $40,000 for a variety of county maintenance jobs since 2005. She says the current county anti-nepotism policy needs to be firmed up:

District 150 explains purchase card system

Oct 15, 2013

District 150 is defending the way it uses purchase cards to buy items throughout the year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move comes after citizens questioned the process:

Central Illinois churches react to new Boy Scouts policy

Jun 24, 2013

A month has gone by since the Boy Scouts of America National Council voted to begin accepting openly gay scouts, effective next year.