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ComEd Makes Plan to Keep Financial Assistance Going

The Illinois budget crisis has caused a shutdown at CEDA, the agency that administers ComEd's CARE program.

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Frerichs Concerned State Works Will Go to Work Elsewhere if Deadlock Isn’t Resolved

Comptroller's office is working on getting checks ready for employees.

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Brandt Expands Into Brazil

The purchase of a majority interest in a Brazilian agricultural company means an important expansion for Springfield-based ag products manufacturer Brandt.

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Comptroller’s Office Begins Writing Paychecks

Leslie Munger's Chief of Staff, Brad Hahn, says they should be delivered Wednesday to 6,800 workers.

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Rep. Davis Won’t Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

Davis said Obama is trying to build a foreign policy legacy as President Bill Clinton did in signing a nuclear agreement with North Korea in 1994.

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Kirk to Trump: Shut Up.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has two words of advice for Donald Trump, and only one if he’s speaking Spanish.

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All-Clear After Possible Haz-Mat Situation at Illinois AG’s Montvale Office

A suspicious package was reported as being at the AG's office around 10:30am.

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Man Accused of Kicking, Injuring Dog

A Pleasant Plains man is accused of assaulting a dog and leaving it for dead in rural Springfield.

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Longtime Decatur Newspaperman Dies

A Decatur man who spent 66 years with the same newspaper and who retired only two weeks ago has passed away.

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U of I to Begin Background Checks in October

October fifth is the start date for a new University of Illinois policy requiring background checks for all new employees.

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Film to Honor 1940 Granite City Basketball Team

A Granite City basketball squad that won an Illinois state title 75 years ago with a team of Eastern European immigrants is the subject of an upcoming Hollywood film.

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Peoria to Host 2016 Illinois Republican Convention

The Illinois Republican Party has chosen Peoria as the site of its 2016 state convention.

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Madigan’s Budget Concerns Remain

The thoughts of House Speaker Michael Madigan following the latest House session -- which resulted in a one-month budget getting passed -- sound awfully familiar.

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5 New Officers Join Springfield Police

Thursday was a big day for the Springfield Police Department, and a big day for Mayor Jim Langfelder.

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St. Clair County Judge Orders State Workers Be Paid

A St. Clair County judge has ordered the Illinois comptroller to fully pay state workers despite the Legislature's failure to adopt a fiscal 2016 budget.

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One-Month Spending Plan With State Employee Pay Attached Passes House

A one-month budget with guaranteed state-employee paychecks for July has won House approval but the change delays its delivery to the governor.

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District 186 to Look into Transportation Expenses

The Springfield Public School budget isn't all positive, as administrators are worried about their transportation budget.

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Treasurer Offers No-Interest Loans Through Credit Unions

State employees who won't get paid until a budget is passed may be eligible for interest-free loans.

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Lawmakers Irritated No One Shows Up to Workers Comp Hearing

Not only did the Rauner administration snub a House committee's invitation to testify, it missed out on a good story to tell, in the opinion of the committee's chairman.

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Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions

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Congressional lawmakers are heading for recess and leaving behind a pile of unfinished business.

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Pentagon chief gives nod to arm more troops in U.S. after shooting

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter signaled on Thursday that he would allow more troops to be armed at facilities inside the United States.

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Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery

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Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370.

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Killing of Cecil the Lion triggers probe by U.S. agency

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The killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist and trophy hunter Walter Palmer is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see if it was part of a conspiracy to violate U.S. laws against illegal wildlife trading.

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Rare blue moon to light night sky on Friday

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It will be all eyes to the sky as a rare moon makes its appearance.