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The Finish Line Is Near for Lawmakers

Pension proposal is not ready yet

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Obama Salutes Chicago Blackhawks

President Obama saluted the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks at the White House Monday, a rare moment for a president…

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Another Rally in Springfield in Favor of Gay Marriage

It’s possible the Illinois House will vote on same-sex marriage when lawmakers return to Springfield for the final three days…

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Group Gathers 150k Signatures to Support Graduated Tax System

A push is on to change Illinois’ income tax structure to a graduated system, like the one used at the…

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Park District Exec. Director Search Moving “Methodically”

The clock is ticking for the Springfield Park Board to meet its self imposed deadline of hiring a new executive director.

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Pension Deal Elusive in Final Days of Fall Session

Is there a solution that will solve Illinois’ $97 billion pension crisis? Maybe, but it’s unlikely there will be a…

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West Side Bank Robbed at Gunpoint

A bank near the Gables on Springfield’s west side was robbed shortly after 9:30 Monday morning.

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Police Investigate Pair of Armed Robberies

Springfield police are investigating a couple of armed robberies.

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UPDATE: N. Illinois Rattling a Quarry Blast, Not Earthquake

The U.S. Geological Survey now says a quarry blast shook northern Illinois at a magnitude 3.7.

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Meet the Mayor Sessions Scheduled for Monday

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston is hosting another “Meet the Mayor” session tonight in his downtown office.

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UPDATE: Budget Plan Passes Amid GOP Outrage

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$7B unbalanced; $700M bump for schools

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Bomb Threat Unfounded at Butler Elementary School

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Butler Elementary School is back to normal after a bomb threat caused it to be evacuated for a short time Wednesday.

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AP NewsBreak: Rauner Board Asked Builders to Lobby Lawmakers

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Good-government advocates are criticizing the head of an agency managing state construction projects for asking builders to lobby lawmakers to restore funding.

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House Fails to Override Labor Arbitration Veto

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The labor arbitration bill remains dead.

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Another Leaders Meeting, Optimism Dissolving

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The last days of session are a flurry of activity, if not progress.