• Comptroller won’t go along with Rauner’s order on union dues

    by  • February 13, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois comptroller will not follow an executive order by Gov. Bruce Rauner to hold up so-called “fair-share” union dues from non-union members. Republican Leslie Munger’s office said Friday she will “defer to the guidance” of Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The Democratic attorney general’s office says fair-share fees are part of...

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    Rauner budget consultant recently pays off IRS lien

    by  • February 13, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD  (AP) — A consultant hired by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to address the state’s budget crisis recently paid off an Internal Revenue Service lien. The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that Florida-based consultant Donna Arduin paid off the $166,000 lien on Jan. 26. It had been in place for more than a...

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    Rauner appoints wife of top aide to commerce post

    by  • February 13, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed the wife of a top aide to a $121,000 post at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Rauner’s office Friday said Andria Winters of Chicago would be replacing Dan Seals as the department’s assistant director. Winters’ husband, Aaron, is Rauner’s deputy chief of staff...

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    Three killed in head-on collision in Franklin County

    by  • February 13, 2015

    FRANKLIN COUNTY — Authorities in Franklin County say three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash around 10:40 Thursday night on Route 149 just west of the intersection with Parrish Circle between Zeigler and West Frankfort. Sheriff Don Jones says 22-year-old Nicholas D. Beasley of Zeigler was driving his car east and crossed over...

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    Illinois doctor pleads guilty to receiving nearly $600k in illegal kickbacks

    by  • February 13, 2015

    CHICAGO — An Illinois physician pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to receiving illegal kickbacks and benefits totaling nearly $600,000 from two pharmaceutical companies in exchange for regularly prescribing an anti-psychotic drug — clozapine — to his patients. Dr. Michael J. Reinstein also agreed to pay the United States and the state of Illinois...

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