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Lawmakers Fighting for Murray Center

State Representatives are once again asking Governor Pat Quinn to keep the Murray Developmental Center open. State Rep. Charles Meier says…


Rutherford Announces Gubernatorial Run on WTAX

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford told WTAX’s Ray Lytle show that he’s running for governor.


Harris Found Guilty In Beason Murders

Chris Harris is guilty. A jury says there’s enough evidence to prove he killed five members of the Gee family in Beason, back in 2009.

Topinka: Illinois as Zimbabwe?

State Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka may not be in the trenches fighting the budget battles but she is far from just…

Fracking to Bring 45K Jobs to Southern Illinois

The Illinois House has approved a series of regulations on the practice of fracking. Lawmakers supporting the new rules were…


An Economic Development Bill Gains Momentum in Illinois

Legislation touted as a win for the entire state has passed the Illinois House. The bill, which materialized late Thursday…

Madigan’s Pension Overhaul Fails in Senate

State Senators have overwhelmingly defeated House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension overhaul proposal on a 16-42 vote.


Prosecutor: Harris Defense “Laughable”

“Laughable” is what prosecutor Mike Atterbury called murder defendant Christopher Harris’ claim that he killed a 14-year-old boy in self-defense.

Senate Passes More Budget Bills

The Illinois Senate has sent a handful of budget bills to the governor, including a supplemental budget bill that will…


Springfield Man Gets 29 Years for Drug Dealing

A Springfield man will serve 29 years in federal prison for dealing crack cocaine.

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McMenamin Not Pleased with CWLP Plan


The Springfield City Council will vote Tuesday on a rate restructuring plan for City Water Light and Power to shore up the electric fund's debt.

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Durbin: More Gun Control, Please


Dick Durbin is sounding a familiar tune.

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Peorian Selected to Replace Peorian in Illinois Senate


Chuck Weaver is the man tapped by a committee made up of Republicans to replace Darin LaHood in Springfield

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AAA: Springfield Enjoys Lowest Average Gas Prices in Illinois


The Pain at the Pump is less painful these days.

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Illinois Schools Prepare for New Rating System

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The system will grade the schools and districts much like students taking a traditional classroom test are graded.