News Around Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers are expected in Springfield for the second day of a legislative special session on school funding. However, not much action is expected Thursday after a slow first day. Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’ll reject a plan the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved that changes how Illinois distributes school money. However, Senate President John Cullerton says the Senate won’t send the bill to the Republican governor until Monday. Rauner has vowed to use his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the bill over objections to additional funding for Chicago schools. If lawmakers want to override, they’ll need a three-fifths majority vote. If they don’t have the votes, the plan dies and questions remain about when schools will get funding. Another option is for lawmakers to write a new plan.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois Department of Natural Resources is providing information to controlled pheasant hunters for the 2017-18 hunting season. In a news release, the department says hunters can now go online for information about the pheasant hunting season at 20 sites. The online permit reservation system for the IDNR sites opens on August 7. The daily fee for permits purchased online for controlled hunting pheasant hunting is $30 for Illinois residents and $35 for nonresidents. Hunters are required to buy the permits online over a secure Internet system. For information on the 16 sites operated by the IDNR and four sites operated in a public/private partnership arrangement between the IDNR and concessionaire T. Miller Inc., go to or via a link on the IDNR website at .