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Snuff the Butt at UI Tailgate Parties

Enforcement still up in the air

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Decatur Asian Carp Screen Back in Place

Bad winter weather damaged screen

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Medical Marijuana Applications Posted for Business

Applications for medical marijuana begins September 2 for patients, September 8 for dispensaries.

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Illinois Museum to Display 1916 Military Equipment

Military equipment from 1916 to be on display starting September 6.

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Reaction to IDNR’s Long-Awaited Fracking Rules Proposal

One expert laments the length of time it took DNR to write the rules, which he says are too restrictive. Meanwhile, another expert says she'll have to see what the rules are before she calls them restrictive.

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.

Vallas Says Rauner’s Budget Plan Will Take $$ From Education

Quinn campaign says Rauner plan will cost education $4 billion.

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Quinn v Rauner on Minimum Wage

Both candidates for governor say they support raising the state’s minimum wage—but under different circumstances

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Durbin Says President Should Take Unilateral Action on Immigration Reform

Durbin is encouraging the president to unilaterally deal with issues surrounding the unaccompanied children coming to the U.S. border

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State Will Stop Charging Retirees Premiums

Local ruling is in line with state Supreme Court

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Flooding Thursday

Some power is still out, says CWLP

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Immigration Reform Advocates Rally in Springfield

Organizers of a Springfield rally Thursday say they will continue their fight

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 Denies Connection to Intimidation by Private Investigators

Bruce Rauner says he had nothing to do with armed investigators coming up to people who signed nominating petitions for the Libertarian Party.

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Downtown Festivals Could Get a Tune-Up

DSI: We don't just put on festivals

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Kidzeum Fundraising Efforts “On Track”

Long-awaited museum could open next year

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Galesburg Teachers End Strike

Galesburg teachers have ended a two-week strike after their union reached a tentative contract agreement with the board of education.

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Meth Lab Found in Hillsboro Church

Small fire starts as cops dismantle lab

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Stating Their Case, but Not Face to Face

Bloomington is the farthest south the two pairs could get until Election Day

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Illinois Supremes Back “Home”

Illinois Supreme Court Building rehab completed

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Veteran Walks for Others

He doesn't carry physical scars from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but the wounds are still there

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Making headlines this week

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A look at the week's biggest newsmakers and the stories you won't soon forget.

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WATCH: The history of Labor Day

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While you take your three day weekend, remember those who struggled to get Friday and Saturday off.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: Johnny JamBoogie

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If football doesn't workout, "Johnny Football" always has this to fall back on.

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Separatists say will allow ‘trapped’ Ukrainian forces to withdraw

A flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic is seen at the top of damaged war memorial at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk, August 28, 2014.

Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said they would open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.

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No criminal charges in fatal gun range shooting

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Arizona near the Nevada border, on August 25, 2014, in this still image taken from video courtesy of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

No criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi.