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Reverse Agriculture Trade Mission Kicks Off in Auburn

Illinois attracts international tourists. They are easy to spot along Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Downstate farm fields, not so much – except for this week.

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McFarland Enters City Council Race, Seeks Ward 4 Seat

A school board member is switching it up next year -- running instead for Ward 4 on the city council.

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Area Economic Health is Still in Poor but Guarded Condition

Some guarded optimism for area's business health

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Saturday Shooting Victim Identified; Still in Critical Condition

A man shot in the face late Saturday night is still in critical condition.

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Rauner Proposes Ban on Outside Employment for Legislative Leaders; Leaders Aren’t Sold

Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner doesn't want state legislative leaders to hold outside jobs

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Senator Manar Still Pushing Education Funding Reform

A proposal to change the formula that determines how public schools in Illinois are funded faces an uphill battle

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State Debuts “Delicious Destination” Designation

Nominate your favorite at state tourism web site

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Study Says Illinois Gets What It Pays For, Mostly, in Building Roads

It's pretty good, says professor, considering winter clime

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Rauner: Easing Up on Pot Might Be OK; Banning Assault Weapons Is Not

Specifics on Rauner's crime strategy lacking

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Durbin: Let’s Prevent Another Aurora from Happening

Perhaps people shouldn't be left alone

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International Buyers: Reverse Trade Mission To Illinois

International Buyers are coming to Illinois for a Grain Tour.

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Air Travel: Slow Recovery Following Attempted Sabotage In Chicago

Air travel is slowly getting back to normal following an attempted sabotage at a Chicago control center.

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Statewide Millennial Convention: Quinn, Rauner Make Their Case

Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner campaign to young voters.

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Coroner’s Inquest: Prosecutor Charged With Wife’s Murder

A former Illinois Prosecutor has pleaded not guilty in the death of his wife.

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Obama to Stump in Illinois for Quinn Re-Election This Week

Barack Obama will visit Illinois to help Pat Quinn's re-election campaign.

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New Allegations Against Burris Come Out in Trial

More allegations of wrong doing against former U.S. Senator Roland Burris.

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Kirk Says Fitzgerald Should Replace Holder

Mark Kirk believes Patrick Fitzgerald would be a good watchdog for the White House.

FILE - In this April 30, 2014 file photo Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to students and educators at the state Capitol in Springfield Ill. Gov. Quinn largely approved the 2015 budget lawmakers sent him but used his veto powers to cut about $250 million from the $35.7 billion spending plan Monday June 30, 2014. The Chicago Democrat said he cut money for renovations to the state Capitol, which drew criticism last year over the hefty price tag. He also said he has directed state agencies to made additional reductions, including selling nearly half of the state's aircraft.

Quinn Gets Female Vote

Female politicians and womens groups in Illinois endorse Pat Quinn for re-election.

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Missing Springfield Woman Found in Athens

A woman reported missing Friday afternoon has been found.

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Toyota recalls 690K vehicles to fix suspension

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Toyota is recalling Tacoma 4X4 and Tacoma pre-runner pickup trucks to fix issues with the vehicles' rear suspension system.

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Arsonist suspected in more than 20 fires

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A suspected arsonist operating in Washington state is believed to have ignited nearly two dozen fires in three weeks.

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Afghanistan to sign U.S. security agreement

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Afghanistan will sign a crucial security agreement allowing the U.S. to leave a small contingent of troops in the country beyond this year.

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Macy’s to hire 86K workers for holiday season

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The retailer plans to hire thousands more workers than last year.

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GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits

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Some in the GOP fear that conservative activists would have unrealistic expectations if Republicans run both the House and Senate.