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Madigan Blasts Corporate Incentives Packages

House Speaker Michael Madigan has sharply criticized corporate requests for tax breaks and says he’s unlikely to support deals for companies that pay little in taxes.

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Even with New Pension Law, State Is Troubled, Says Expert

U of I expert predicts deficits will continue

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Finalists for School Superintendent Meet the Public

Public meets the top candidates for school superintendent.

Lottery Day at the State Board of Elections

Who shows up where on the next state-wide election ballot has been determined

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Proposed Ordinance Would Raise Aldermanic Pay Slightly

Pay for Springfield city officials could climb slightly.

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Ameren Gas Rates to Climb, But Not As Much As Requested

Utility bills to climb again this winter.

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Springfield Police Nab Video Machine Thiefs

A couple of incidents have brought five arrests in thefts from video poker machines at gas stations – three in Springfield and one each in Auburn and McLean County.

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Dropout Numbers Can Be Misleading

Change in definition makes the story look better

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Farm Data Is Big Business

Farmers are willing to sell the information

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Bond Houses React to Pension Deal

It has been a while since anybody heard this, but somebody is upgrading its view of Illinois’ financial condition.

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Reid Suggests Schumer, Not Durbin, Should Succeed Him

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is praising Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid as "one of the ablest leaders of the Senate Democratic caucus in modern history.''

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Kirk, Durbin Back Changes to Disaster Declaration Process

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The measure has been introduced twice previously without success.

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Mayoral Candidates Debate on WTAX — And Ask Each Other Questions

3-26-15 Mayoral Debate

Minimum wage, right to work zones, and other questions were posed.

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Springfield Opens New Park

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Children wasted no time Thursday morning running to play in the new "Bounties of Nature" playground at Center Park in Springfield, once it officially opened.

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Legislature Passes Budget Fix, Governor Says He’ll Sign

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The Illinois Legislature has approved a plan ending weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1.6 billion hole in this year's state budget.