The Latest: Rauner signs stopgap budget deal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that ensures public schools stay open for a year and provides colleges and social services programs money for six months. The Republican governor signed the partial budget Thursday evening after he and Democratic leaders crafted a deal after days of negotiations. The agreement brings short-term…

Nixon backs Missouri power line for wind energy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Gov. Jay Nixon is backing a proposed power line in Missouri that’s part of a multistate wind energy project. Nixon on Wednesday announced Clean Line Energy Partners has promised to adopt what he described as landowner protections. The project would transmit electricity from Kansas, across northern Missouri and Illinois to Indiana.…