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Illinois lawmakers say they're open to some higher education reforms

Michael Carroll Apr. 11, 2016, 7:23am

Some state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle seem open to at least a few of the reform ideas recently proposed by an Illinois think tank to help reduce higher education costs and make colleges and universities more affordable to students in the state.

Boost in lawyer registration fees will benefit Illinois substance abuse program

Michael Carroll Apr. 5, 2016, 11:35am

CHICAGO – The registration fees paid by attorneys who want to practice in Illinois will go up by $3 next year to benefit a nonprofit program that helps law students, attorneys and judges get confidential help for alcohol and substance abuse problems as well as depression, the Illinois Supreme Court announced last week.

County Board members' debate over lawsuit costs not drawn on purely political lines; History shows county has had its share of costs, verdicts and settlements

Michael Carroll Apr. 5, 2016, 9:39am

A recent press release critical of Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler's handling of a former employee's discrimination claims, was called "ill-timed, misleading and political" by five county board members who countered with their own ammunition on Friday.

Tort reform group doesn't see comprehensive Illinois budget deal anytime soon

Michael Carroll Mar. 14, 2016, 3:27pm

MARION – An Illinois watchdog group that has championed the causes of litigation reform and ending lawsuit abuse doesn’t see a comprehensive state budget accord on the horizon anytime soon.

Illinois higher education crisis pushes lawmakers toward compromise

Michael Carroll Mar. 14, 2016, 8:38am

SPRINGFIELD – With the Southern Illinois University (SIU) system on the verge of lowering a budget ax that will slash both jobs and classes, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are vowing to step up efforts to find a solution even as the House adjourned for a four-week break.