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Illinois Crops Could Use Some Help

Mother Nature has the last word, says the USDA's crop statistician in Illinois.

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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, Unions Reach Labor Deals

The Rauner administration says it has reached tentative or final agreements on new labor contracts with several Teamsters Union units

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Durbin: Override Heroin Veto

Calls Rauner's veto "thoughtless"

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More Voters Than Citizens

Illinois #3 in nation; Sangamon County is one of the offenders

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Survey: Teachers Still Spend Plenty of Money Out of Pocket

A new study by Horace Mann insurance suggests teachers spend a lot of their own money on supplies for their classrooms.

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UIS-Led Survey Examines Issues for Transgendered People

A national survey conducted by the University of Illinois-Springfield shows positive attitudes towards the rights of transgendered people.

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Lawmaker: Cut Tax Breaks, Close DCEO

State Rep. Jack Franks will propose closing tax loopholes and eliminating what he considers to be unfair credits for businesses.

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Combination-Locked Pill Bottles Now Law

Illinois is the first state providing for a combination lock on a prescription pill bottle.

Budget Cuts

Moody’s Issues Warning About State Credit Rating

Moody's: reach a budget agreement by late September.

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Forensic Scientist from Riverton Wins Top State Police Honor

Kimberly Kunkler of Riverton works in the "trace" section of the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Laboratory.

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Third Person Dead from Legionnaires’ Disease in Quincy

The new case increases the number of residents contaminated there to 29.

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Plane Crash Kills 2 in Illinois

Crash outside Kewanee killed two Texans.

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More Second City Shows Cancelled Following Last Week’s Fire

The Second City comedy theater says last week's fire that destroyed its Chicago offices has forced the cancellation of this week's performances.

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Plenty New at Decatur Farm Progress Show

Crop demonstrations are back after an absence of a couple of years at the show.

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Pros, Cons of Municipal Bankruptcy

Governor's pension proposal studied

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Commerce Secretary, Members of Congress Laud UI Labs

Hultgren, Bustos hope for statewide impact

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Another Call to Override Heroin Veto

Drug treatment expert estimates $58M in savings

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Illinois First State in the Nation to Lock Painkiller Bottles

The one-year program will put the locks on painkillers that contain hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin or Norco.

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The Du Quoin State Fair is on Now Through Labor Day

Fair Manager Patrick Buchen says it's a money windfall for the area.

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Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony among frontrunners for new $10 bill

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Officials plan to make a decision by this fall with the total redesign completed by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

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Smoking rate continues to fall

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The smoking rate dropped to 17 percent last year, down from about 18 percent in 2013.

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Regulations could mean healthier ‘happy meals’ for kids

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Lawmakers in NYC are proposing regulations requiring fast food meals that come with a toy include a serving of fruit, vegetable, or whole grain and limit the meal to no more than 500 calories.

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In Alaska, Obama paints doomsday picture

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Obama will spend the second day of his Alaska tour in the picturesque coastal town of Seward, named after President Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State William Seward, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska in 1867 from Russia.

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