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.

Rauner’s Inauguration Committee Announces Concert Lineup

Country star, blues legend part of the festivities


US Senator Kirk Sounds Alarm in Wake of Sony “Hack Attack”

May ask Sony executives to appear in Washington DC


No One Injured in Sunday Shootings, Police Looking for Suspects

No one's in custody yet after a pair of shootings on Springfield's east side Sunday afternoon.


Mayor Houston Releases Proposed Budget Numbers

Council to begin discussions next month

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Governor Makes Annual Trip to Visit Wounded Illinois Soldiers

Also urges others to donate frequent flier miles


Kirk: No Win in Trade with Cuba

It's still communist and small, he says


New Weapon against Prescription Drug Abuse

Illinois may consider locks on pill bottles


Rauner Will Welcome Supreme Court Feedback on Pensions

Gov-elect has always opposed the plan which passed in 2013


Many Start College, Not Enough Finish

IBHE promotes "Pathways to College Success"


SOS for Locks and Dams

Network means $6.4B annually


U.S. Attorney James Lewis: Racially Biased?

Questions have been raised about possible racial bias on behalf of U.S. Attorney James Lewis.


Cattle Rustling: 18-year-old Gets 180 Days In Jail

18-Year-Old gets 180 days in jail for taking part in cattle rustling.


Cuba Relations: Could Be Boon For Illinois Farmers

A relationship with Cuba could mean up to $7 million more a year for Illinois Farmers.


Prison Lockdown: Chicken Pox To Blame

Chicken Pox has locked down Illinois prisons.

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Illinois Tollway Expects Spike in Holiday Traffic

Free coffee will also be available at tollway oases.

Governor Quinn Signs Historic Pension Reform

Quinn Signs Bill to Pay Jurors More in Illinois

Quinn signs bill to increase daily pay for those who serve jury duty in Illinois.


Central Illinois Food Bank Says Need is Great All Year Long

Executive Director Pam Molitoris says need remains great the entire year.


T-Mobile Customers May Be Eligible for Refunds

Court ruling says cellphone company illegally charged customers

FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka gestures on the House floor at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Topinka, who won a second term in November 2014, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 2014, less than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. She was 70. Topinka previously served three terms as Illinois state treasurer, was a former Illinois GOP chairwoman and ran for governor in 2006.

Quinn Appoints Former Budget Director as Comptroller

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to announce the successor to late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at a Friday event in Chicago.

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Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. The officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's (boh BURG'-dahl) release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

An investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan has been completed.

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Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting


A prosecutor says he won't file charges against a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

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Cuba’s famed cigars get a foot in door of U.S. market


Cuban cigars are considered by many as the best in the world.

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Obama: Sony hack not an act of war


President Barack Obama says the massive hacking was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘Dr. Evil’ on the Sony hack


Mike Myers interrupts "Saturday Night Live" to address North Korea and Sony Pictures directly about the hack.