Personal Firework Shows Banned in IllinoisViolating the Illinois Explosives Act can be a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Federal Cuts in Madison County Impact Social ServicesWith no budget passed at the state level and a recent $225,000 decrease in funds from the federal level, officials are calling this a crisis.
Illinois Borrows Millions for Building Despite Budget MessIllinois borrowed $550 million Thursday for construction projects, taking advantage of historically low interest rates as the state approaches one full year with a budget.
Nixon Signs Bill to Cut College Costs for Military MembersTo get in-state tuition, students currently must get a full-time job or live in Missouri for a year and meet other requirements.
Illinois House Fails to Override Veto of Union BillDemocrats failed to override Rauner's veto of a similar bill last year.
Missouri Legislature Sends Photo ID Amendment to VotersDemocrats say such a requirement could disenfranchise thousands of voters who don't have a driver's license or other identifications.
Illinois Schools Warn of Closures, Layoffs Without BudgetThe challenge facing superintendents is that the epic partisan gridlock that has left the state without a budget for 11 months is spilling over into education.
Illinois Schools Receive $600 Million to Stay OpenSchools haven't received any money in at least 10 months, which is when this fiscal year started.
Illinois Seeks to Limit Use of Solitary ConfinementAs many as 82,000 inmates are in solitary on any given day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Petition Effort To Force Audit Of Hazelwood SchoolsGrassroots group about halfway to required 5,000 signatures.
KISS to Perform at Illinois State FairThe Illinois State Fair continues to announce Grandstand acts for this summer in Springfield.
Late-Payment Penalties Cost Illinois Over $900M in 6 YearsOfficials from the governor's office said in February that they'd be willing to explore the idea of borrowing money to reduce the bill backlog if the Legislature passed a balanced budget.

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