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Protest Over GMO Labeling at Sen. Durbin’s Office

A small protest outside U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s Chicago office asked for him to vote against a bill which would prevent states from making the labeling of genetically modified foods mandatory.

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Rauner Vetoes Bill For Better Police, Fire Pensions

Rauner says public -- not city councils -- should decide.

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Springfield Unemployment Down, but “Skills Gap” Remains

4.9% unemployment, but skills gap still a concern.

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Governor Signs Law Forming Springfield High-Speed Rail Commission

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the formation of a commission that will oversee the transition to the 10th Street Rail Corridor in Springfield.

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Springfield HyVee Evacuated After Small Fire

A small fire evacuated the Springfield HyVee for a couple of hours Thursday afternoon.

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.

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Budget Expert Paid $165k Leaves Illinois Without Spending Plan

The contract of a budget expert tapped by Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to expire without a state budget in place.

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Global life expectancy rises, but people live sicker for longer

General health has improved worldwide, thanks to significant progress against infectious diseases and gains in fighting maternal and child illnesses.

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When Congress returns from vacation, budget fight looms

The U.S. Congress will soon embark on a high-stakes budget negotiation with President Barack Obama that, if productive, could give Republicans the increased military spending they want and Democrats the increased domestic spending they seek.

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Medical Episode Sends SUV into Glenwood Intermediate School

The driver is not being charged and suffered from non-life-threatening injuries.

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Union Hopes for New Contract with Mitsubishi

Union officials say they're pursuing contract negotiations with Mitsubishi even though the automaker plans to shut down its plant in Normal.

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WATCH: 60 years of ‘Guinness World Records’

That's a lot of years of documenting unique records.

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Let’s grab a coffee at the cat café

Hey, it could be fun, right?

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MTV VMAs: Tears, chaos, and music history

The Executive Producer of the MTV Video Music Awards looks back at the craziest and the most unpredictable moments in the ceremony's history.

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Christmas in August: Walmart’s holiday layaway comes early

It's the latest sign of retailers getting more aggressive about grabbing holiday shoppers early.

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‘Big Bang’ star Jim Parsons making big bank

The TV favorite has earned an estimated $29 million in the past year,

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Looking to future, more NCAA athletes seek own trademarks

Some big stars in college football are getting trademarks for their names, nicknames and taglines.

015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center - Arrivals

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Kim and Kanye get $440K for leaked engagement video

West proposed to Kardashian in spectacular fashion in front of friends and family with fireworks and a 50-piece orchestra at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California in October, 2013, but there was one unwelcome guest - YouTube.com co-founder Chad Hurley.

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Cheating ’19 Kids’ TV star Josh Duggar enters rehab

The former reality TV star Josh Duggar admitted cheating on his wife following reports he was a subscriber to the hacked Ashley Madison website.

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Dead rats anyone? Hollywood gets creative to promote movies

Hollywood studios are going to ever more creative lengths to attract attention in a jam-packed entertainment market where social media plays a key role in promoting content.

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Illinois First State in the Nation to Lock Painkiller Bottles

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The one-year program will put the locks on painkillers that contain hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin or Norco.

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The Du Quoin State Fair is on Now Through Labor Day

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Fair Manager Patrick Buchen says it's a money windfall for the area.

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Pair of House Fires Look Like Arson but Appear to be Unrelated

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SPD and SFD continue to investigate the fires which occured within 90 minutes of each other.

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Judge Considers Whether to Dismiss Illinois Head-Injury Suit

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Cook County Judge Leroy Martin Jr. heard oral arguments Friday.

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Ex-Washington Mayor Don Gronewald Dead at 83

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Gronewald, mayor of the central Illinois town from 1989 to 2001, died Tuesday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.