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Langfelder Talks About Appointments

Four of Mayor Jim Langfelder's department head appointments will be voted on by the Springfield City Council next week.

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Rauner Revises Hiring Plan

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has revised its plan to change state hiring to allay concerns of Democrats and unions.

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Bloomington Man Deemed “Sexually Dangerous” to be Released from Treatment

A psychiatrist has testified that a 35-year-old Bloomington man who has been in a state treatment program for sexually dangerous people since he was 15 is eligible to be released.

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Former Dixon Comptroller to Give Up Horse Trophies

Rita Crundwell can't keep a collection of horse trophies and other personal items stored in Illinois and Wisconsin.

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Rand Paul Campaigns in Illinois

A Republican presidential candidate says he'll take some cues from Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign.

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Tracy Morgan settles suit with Walmart over fatal crash

The "SNL" star sued the retail giant over a semi crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured.

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Baby goat doesn’t care about dog’s nap

Keep on keepin' on, goat. We like your style.

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LiLo is (finally) finishing her community service

The "Mean Girls" star had to log 125 hours before May 28 after a judge rejected her previous effort.

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Rauner’s Workers Comp Reform Fails

A party-line vote Wednesday afternoon kept a workers' compensation restructuring from going to the Senate floor.

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Bob Barker is a boss at retirement

The former "Price is Right" host and avid animal lover says he is a "complete success" at retirement, and is enjoying his free time.

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Manar: Budget Unlikely by May 31

"Cutting vital services, banking $2.2 billion of... just... fictional pension savings that aren't going to occur, we're going to claim to be balanced?"

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Soccer rocked as top FIFA officials arrested in U.S. corruption probe

Seven of the most powerful figures in soccer face extradition to the U.S. after their arrest in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.

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Illinois Bill Penalizes for Leaving Pets in Extreme Weather

Offenders could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500.

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Mt. Zion High School to Randomly Drug Test Some Students

Students will be randomly selected for urinalysis tests to detect alcohol or marijuana, among other drugs.

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Storm death toll rises as Houston remains underwater

Torrential rains and flooding have turned streets into rivers, killing more than a dozen people and destroying hundreds of homes.

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Ford recalls nearly a half-million vehicles

Ford has recalled several models, including the Mustang and Taurus, for a power steering problem.

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Want something sold? Get Liam Neeson to pitch it

The "Taken" star has edged out fellow Irish actor Pierce Brosnan to be named the most effective celebrity pitchman.

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GPS leads alleged drunken drivers straight to police station

A couple driving to a hotel in suburban Philly ended up with a place to stay for the night, though it's not where they were headed.

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‘The Shining’ cast reunites for 35th anniversary

Members of the cast and crew of classic horror film "The Shining" came together to commemorate the 35th anniversary of its release.

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‘Saved by the Bell’ star headed to trial in alleged Christmas stabbing

The actor who portrayed Screech on the hit '90s show faces multiple charges relating to a bar fight.

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Ban on “Conversion Therapy” Passes Legislature

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The Illinois Senate has approved a ban on therapy designed to "convert'' gay young people to heterosexuals.

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Union Legislation Would Prohibit Strike or Rauner Lockout

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The House has approved a measure that changes government-employee contract negotiations just a month before the deadline for a new contract.

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Mark Hart Named Interim Springfield Fire Chief

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Springfield has an interim fire chief.

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Hastert Resigns from Wheaton College Board

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, front, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek reelection for a 12th term as he stands on the steps of the old Kendall County courthouse with, from left, his son Josh; wife Jean; and daughter-in-law Heidi, grandson Jack, in Yorkville, Ill. A newly unveiled indictment against Hastert released Thursday, May 28, 2015, accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct."

The resignation was the latest fallout from a federal indictment accusing Hastert of violating banking laws.

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Rauner: No Special Session if No Agreement Reached by Sunday

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not call lawmakers back into session if there's no agreement on a budget by Sunday.