Illinois

Former Bank Manager Sentenced for Staged RobberyHe was sentenced to nearly 3 1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay $140,000 in restitution.
Illinois Roads Could Benefit from Potential $84.7M WindfallA spending bill approved by Congress in late 2015 contains a clause allowing unused transportation earmarks to be dispensed to states for related work.
Illinois Governor's Mansion Renovation Gets $1M in DonationsThe mansion has fallen into disrepair in recent years with a flooded basement, leaky roof and peeling paint.
Residents Voice Concerns Over Mine Expansion RequestForesight Energy is seeking to extend Deer Run Mine, which has an underground fire.
Vehicle Emissions Test Notices Suspended Amid Budget ImpasseThe EPA said in a news release that it was forced to suspend mailing of vehicle emissions test notices, starting with license plates that expire at the end of March, due to the lack of a state budget.
In Illinois, Obama Issues an Appeal for Political UnityPresident Barack Obama returned Wednesday to the Illinois capital where he launched his national political career and appealed for help ridding politics of "polarization and meanness" that discourage participation in civic life.
Pres. Obama to Address Illinois General Assembly WednesdayIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner hopes Wednesday's visit from President Obama will foster a renewed sense of bipartisanship.
SIUE a Step Ahead of Cancelled Illinois Education FundsSchools that suspend operations or close could lose their accreditation.
Illinois Urges College Students to Apply for Financial AidFunding for the grants has been frozen due to a stalemate between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats.
Illinois Business Writer Says NGA Will Save Scott Air Force BaseIllinois Business Journals' Al Ortballs says there is a big division in the Metropolitan area.
Amtrak Cuts Illinois Nearly $5 Million DealThere won't be passenger rail service interruptions due to Illinois' budget impasse -- at least not this year.
Illinois Medical Marijuana Patients Now Number 4,400The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday it has approved 4,400 patients for the pilot program.

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