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Illinois Ranked at the Top for School Emergency Plans

Illinois is the nation’s most improved state when it comes to establishing emergency plans for children

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Prisons and Power

A spokesman for AFSCME says power failures highlight a lack of necessary funding

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Quinn and Rauner Agree: Don’t Raise the Gas Tax

Other ways to build and maintain roads, they say

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Accident Leaves State Trooper Injured

Cause of crash under investigation

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Workers Mark Labor Day with Annual Parade

Hundreds line downtown parade route Monday

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Shuttle Driver Arrested for DUI While Carrying Bar Patrons Home

Bus driver allegedly more than 2 time legal limit

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Medical Pot Applications Can Now Be Submitted

Number of applications could run into the thousands

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Labor Day Rain-Out?

Storms may linger into tonight

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Duckworth Pregnant

Makes announcement on TV

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Labor History Is Not Far Away

Meet Mother Jones

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Kinzinger Supports President on ISIS, So Far

Northern Illinois Repubilcan appears on CNN

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Body Found in McLean County

Found on LeRoy roadside

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Four Dead in Elmhurst

Police: Dad killed wife, two adult children, self

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Ethical Measures Hit Mass Transit

Seats on Chicago area boards are seen as plums

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The $8.25-an-Hour Governor

Full-time worker takes home $79 a week

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License Revocations Could Hold Firmer

Doctor's successful suit against state inspired new law

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Thrown-away Baby Is in Good Condition

Jacksonville police investigating

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First Openly Gay NFL Draft Cut: Purely Football Decision

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says cutting Michael Sam from the team had nothing to do with sexual orientation. It was strictly a football decision.

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Barricaded Man Fortified Residence – Electrified Door

Drug suspect barricaded himself in his fortified home, including iron bars, plywood and electrified door.

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Manufacturing, construction data point to sturdy U.S. growth

An overall view of the assembly line where the BMW X4 is made at the BMW manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina March 28, 2014.

U.S. manufacturing activity hit a nearly 3-1/2-year high last month, a sign the economy entered the third quarter on strong footing.

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ISIS releases beheading video of American Steven Sotloff

A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website.

The Islamic State militant group released a video purporting to show the beheading of U.S. hostage Steven Sotloff.

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U.S. forces carry out operation against al Shabaab

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U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia.

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Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in economic turnaround

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With economic growth now far more robust than when he took office, Obama finds some measure of solace on the domestic front.

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Fast-food workers plan intensified protests

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McDonald's line cooks, Burger King cashiers, and other fast-food restaurant workers across the U.S. plan to walk off the job.