White House grants ethics waivers to 17 appointees, including four former lobbyists

The waivers exempt the appointees from certain portions of ethics rules aimed at barring potential conflicts of interest. In letters posted on the White House website, the White House counsel's office wrote that the waivers were in the public interest because the administration had a need for the appointees' expertise on certain issues.

Rauner vetoes bill that would set minimum teacher salary at $40,000 within five years

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sunday vetoed legislation that would have raised the minimum salary for an Illinois teacher to $40,000 within five years, putting the re-election-seeking Republican at odds with teachers unions once again. The
bill approved by lawmakers in the spring would make the minimum teacher
salary for next school year $32,076. The number would rise to $40,000
for the 2022-23 term and grow with the Consumer Price Index after that.