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Illinois officials waited more than five months to alert dozens of domestic violence programs that their funding had been eliminated, an omission that forced layoffs and other cuts.  Officials providing services to victims of domestic violence say they were unaware that about $9 million in state funding was left out of the stopgap plan that expired in December. 

The monarch population in Illinois has decreased 90 percent in the past two  decades because of changes in habitat.
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A Senate Democrat is proposing a special Illinois license plate to help preserve the monarch butterfly.

The plan by state Senator Melinda Bush of Grayslake is to allow motorists to pay a surcharge for stickers to indicate their support for the insect's viability.

The monarch population in Illinois has decreased 90 percent in the past two decades because of changes in habitat.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says his legal staff is reviewing an executive order issued by Gov. Bruce Rauner that eliminates dues paid by workers who aren't public union members.  


 Rauner says 6,500 state employees are forced to pay ``fair share'' fees at an

average of $577 a year for each worker.


 Cullerton is a Chicago Democrat. He and others are skeptical about whether the

Winnetka Republican has the legal ability to challenge the fee. Unions have

Two Illinois lawmakers are speaking out against the recent decision to end federal funding for a clean-coal project in Meredosia.

Congressman Aaron Schock says he will pay for the redesign of his office. The Peoria Republican's new digs received a lot of attention after a Washington Post article said it was modeled after the TV show "Downton Abbey".

Bruce Rauner has been sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.


 The Republican businessman took the oath of office Monday during an inaugural

ceremony in Springfield. He is the first Republican to lead the state in more

than a decade.


 Rauner defeated Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November with promises to ``shake

up'' state government. He faces an immediate challenge in working with a

Democratic-controlled Legislature to eliminate a multibillion-dollar budget



Rain or snow could fall across a big swath of the nation's midsection as holiday travel gets underway.