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State Rep. Mell Wants Lesbian Replacement

One of the Illinois General Assembly’s few openly gay members says she hopes a fellow lesbian will take her spot in the state House if she’s named to the Chicago City Council.

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Legislature Overrides Quinn’s Concealed Carry Veto

Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns as lawmakers rushed Tuesday to finalize a proposal ahead of a federal court’s deadline.

Quinn Needs to Sign off on Budget for Employees to get Paid

Gov. Pat Quinn has yet to sign a bill that would put key pieces of the state budget in place.…

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Illinois Tourism’s New Voice

Veteran broadcaster Bill Kurtis will be featured in ads for Illinois tourism. The Illinois Office of Tourism announced Monday that…

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Harris Wants New Trial

A Logan County man convicted in May of beating to death five members of his ex-wife’s family in their Beason home wants a new trial.

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Rauner Raises $915k in Q2

Venture capitalist and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner raised more than $915,000 in the quarter ended June 30 for his effort to become Illinois’ next chief executive.

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Springfield Sharefest Looks to Improve More Schools

Two Springfield schools will get an “extreme makeover” thanks to the Springfield Sharefest program.

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State Reports Tourism Spike

Illinois has seen another record year for tourism, with more than 99 million visitors from across the U.S. last year.

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Job Creation, Unemployment and Illinois

Job creation is a big issue for a state that has a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, higher than the national…

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Beardstown Man Charged with Murder

A west-central Illinois man is jailed on charges that he stabbed a carnival worker to death during a fight at…

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DeWitt Co. Settlement OK’d in Dispute to Put Toxic Waste Over Aquifer

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DeWitt county has approved a settlement with a landfill company.

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Kankakee Co. Sheriff Describes Security Lapses that led to Inmate Escape

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Sheriff Tim Bukowski says investigators found no inmate count had been done.

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House Approves Springfield High Speed Rail Oversight Act

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An attempt to make sure fair hiring practices are implemented on Springfield's high speed rail 10th street consolidation project is moving forward.

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Rauner Admin. Plans $106 Million in Medicaid Cuts

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Cuts to Medicaid will make up about one-third of the $300 million in spending reductions by Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

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Butler: Future of $26M in Social Service Funding Unknown

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State Representative Tim Butler says who knows if that $26 million Governor Bruce Rauner is holding from a number of state social service programs will be restored or not.