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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: Worker Comp Is Down — Still 4th Most-Expensive State.

Governor Quinn says workers compensation payout is down, but Illinois Manufacturers Association says more reform is needed.

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Moody’s Investors: Illinois Highest In Nation For Pension Liability

Moody's Investors Services releases report showing Illinois' liability over revenue at 258 percent. Highest in nation.

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Liquor Ban Loophole: Quinn Allows Connected Business Exception

Governor Quinn signs legislation allowing one business with political connections to get around liquor ban.

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Job Fair: Thomson Prison Staffing

Thomson Prison has a new warden. Now the staffing begins. Hundreds of workers sought.

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 Gives $1 Million to Credit Union, Foundation

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner gives $1 Million to help minority business on Chicago's South Side.

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Pekin Youth Pastor Charged

Authorities have charged a former youth pastor with sexual abuse of a young child in Peoria County. The Pekin Daily…

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Shimkus Shares Thoughts on White House Foreign Policy

Congressman John Shimkus critical of President Obama, but says we need to support the Commander In Chief.

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Storm Blows Roof off Gym of Virginia High School

Roof blown off of high school in Cass County town of Virginia.

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Emergency Managers Wrap-Up Springfield Meeting

Annual conferenced used last year's tornados for lessons learned

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Medical Marijuana Applications So Far Exceed 2,000

If the first few days of applications are any indicator, demand for medical marijuana in Illinois will be high.

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Doctor: Mentally Ill Illinois Prisoners Not Adequately Cared For

A doctor has testified in federal court that Illinois is lagging behind in improving conditions for hundreds of mentally ill prison inmates.

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Girl, 17, Arrested in Connection With Jacksonville Baby Found in Dumpster

An arrest has been made in connection with a newborn child found alive in a Jacksonville dumpster last weekend.

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Sainthood Drive Shelved

NY Archdiocese will not release body to Peoria

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Hope for School Funding Overhaul

Plan stalled in 2014 spring session

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Residents, Police, NAACP Begin Series of Community Forums

Thursday's "Community Meeting" organized the NAACP was designed to be void of politics

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Vallas: Rauner “Too Rich” To Be Governor

The subtext of Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election strategy has been made explicit by his running mate.

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Nehemiah Project Rolls On; More Affordable Housing Imminent

Thirty more housing units to be built

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Simpson Announces Springfield Mayoral Bid

Standing before a handful of people in a parking lot surrounded by blighted buildings, Ward 2 Alderman Gail Simpson announced she's running for Mayor in the 2015 election.

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You Can Drive My Car

Davis, California rep to swap

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