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Illinois Farmers Looking for Rain

It’s no drought, just a dry spell. But Illinois farmers are probably ready for it to be over.

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Springfield BOE Approves New Teacher Contract

The Springfield Board of Education has approved a new teachers’ contract for the upcoming budget year.

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Auburn to Allow Video Gambling

Video gambling is coming to Auburn.

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Zoo Quarantine Building Comes in Over Bid, Exec. Director Search Nearing End

The Henson Robinson Zoo is moving forward with plans to build a new Quarantine Building… at least it’s trying to.

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Senate Ed. Funding Committee Holds First Meeting

Ideas for making Illinois school funding less of a “haves versus have-nots” story could surface in the next six months.

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Chatham Family Seeks Answers for Daughter’s Fundraiser

A Chatham family is seeking answers after thousands of dollars raised for their daughter wasn’t used for that purpose.

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Progress Made on Downtown Springfield Rehab

Progress on rehabilitation of a downtown Springfield building is moving along — with major construction now taking place on exterior facades.

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Brief Terrorism Scare at DCFS

A brief scare at the Department of Children and Family Services building in downtown Springfield turned out to be a false alarm.

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Interstate Speed Limits to Increase in 2014

Illinois drivers will soon be able to drive 70 mph on rural interstates under a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.

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Federal Study: I-55 Among Most Traveled in Nation

A new federal report says Illinois highways are the fifth-busiest in the nation, I-55 is the most traveled in Illinois.

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Illinois Gets CDC Grant to Combat Drug Overdoses

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named Illinois as one of 16 recipients in a program called "Prescription Drug Overdoses: Prevention for States."

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IDOT Says Budget Impasse Should Not Affect Winter Road Cleanup

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Blankenhorn says the budget battle hasn’t had much of an impact on the agency yet, as the appropriation for ongoing construction projects was signed by the governor.

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Farmers Give Reasons for Optimism at Farm Progress Show

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National Corn Growers Association attributes positive farming outlook to decent crops and more people entering farming.

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County Election Office Open Extended Hours for Special Election Early Voting

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Sangamon County Election Office also open Sunday and Labor Day Monday.

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AFSCME: Time to Go Back to the Negotiating Table

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Rauner has said he wouldn't lock out state workers even as contract negotiations continue, but AFSCME spokesperson Anders Lindall doesn't buy it.