The Daily Northwestern

Rauner vetoes automatic voter registration bill despite bipartisan support from legislators

Nora Shelly, Assistant City Editor

August 15, 2016

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, State

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a voter registration bill Friday that would have automatically registered voters seeking a new or updated license, saying the law would be at odds with federal law. The bill, which would take effect...

Illinois drops PARCC college readiness exam

Mariana Alfaro, Web Editor

July 13, 2016

Filed under City, Latest Stories, State

Illinois high school students will no longer take the short-lived PARCC college readiness exam after parents, teachers and administrators said it distracted from regular class instruction, the State Board of Education announced...

Evanston construction projects to resume as planned

Jerry Lee, Summer Managing Editor

July 4, 2016

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, State

Two Evanston construction projects will no longer be cancelled as officials had previously expected now that Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a stopgap budget approved Thursday by the Illinois House and Senate. The Dodge Avenue Protected...

Rauner signs temporary budget to alleviate year-long stalemate

Nora Shelly, Reporter

June 30, 2016

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, State

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a stopgap budget Thursday that will fund the state until January, compromising with lawmakers a full year after Illinois began operating without a spending plan. The six-month budget, which passed by...

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus reported in Evanston

Khadrice Rollins, Summer Editor

June 23, 2016

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, State

The first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes were found in Evanston by the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District on Thursday. According to a press release, the NSMAD collected a batch of mosquitoes Wednesday, and they tested...

Despite not passing 2016 budget, Democrats advance 2017’s budget

Robin Opsahl, City Editor

May 27, 2016

Filed under City, Politics, State

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a state budget for next fiscal year late Wednesday, despite not passing the budget for 2016 and heavy criticism from Republicans. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 passed...

Illinois Senate passes automatic voter registration bill

Billy Kobin, Reporter

May 24, 2016

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, State

The Illinois Senate passed a measure sponsored by Evanston representatives last Thursday that would automatically register state residents to vote when they receive their driver’s licenses. Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) co-sponsored...

Illinois Department of Public Health confirms measles case in state

Robin Opsahl, City Editor

May 22, 2016

Filed under City, State

The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed a case of measles in Illinois after an out-of-country visitor contracted the disease in the state last week. The infected person visited several locations in northern Illinois,...

Despite new upgrades in July, Illinois state IDs will not be federally compliant

Robin Opsahl, City Editor

May 17, 2016

Filed under City, Politics, State

Illinois IDs will be upgraded with anti-counterfeiting and identity theft features starting in July, but the cards will still not be compliant with federal standards. The issue has prevented Illinois residents from using their IDs ...