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Distracted Drivers Could Get Prison Time for Fatal Crashes

HB3487 would give drivers illegally using cell phones same penalty as drunk drivers who cause fatalities.

State Farm Center

State Farm Center Renovation Under Way

Fighting Illini men's basketball team will play first five home games next season in Springfield.

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Illinois House Busy Tackling Issues Big and Small

Healthier snacks in vending machines and colors on toy guns among resolutions the Illinois House is working on.

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EPA Says No Hazardous Chemicals From Derailed Train

EPA continuing to monitor area waterways for leaking oil.

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Shimkus and Davis Say Immigration Reform Not a Done Deal

Niether Congressman will be at Monday's event.


Durbin Endorses Challenger in East St. Louis Mayoral Race

Durbin endorses Emeka Jackson-Hicks

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Rauner Says Criticism About New Jersey Not About Christie

Governor calls Christie his friend.


No More Paper Applications for FOID Cards

ISP will be accepting on-line only applications beginning March 17.


Spring Forward — and Swap Out Smoke Alarm Batteries Too

State Fire Marshal says when you set clocks ahead, it's also a good time to change to fresh batteries in smoke alarms.


Judge: Sex-Harassment Case Against Rutherford May Proceed

A federal judge has ruled allegations of sexual harassment against former Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford can go to trial over the objections of state lawyers.


EPA: No Chemicals Detected in Air Near Oil Train Fire

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says no chemicals have been detected in the air near an oil train that derailed and burst into flames in western Illinois.


Palazzolo Proposes City Department Consolidation, “Neighborhood Coordinator”

Springfield mayoral candidate Paul Palazzolo wants to create a new city position if elected he says will help consolidate a number of city departments under one umbrella.


Davis, Shimkus Support Tax Credits for Food Pantry Donations

You donate money, land, an old car -- and you can write it off on your taxes. A bill in Congress would allow you to also claim a deduction for donating to food banks.


Pumpkin Pie: Illinois’ State Pie?

Illinois could have an official pie.


Davis Says Passenger Rail Helped by House-Passed Bill

Congressman Rodney Davis says a bill that passed this week dealing with passenger reform and requiring more transparency for Amtrak will also help rail projects in Springfield.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks from the speakers podium in the House chambers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Springfield Ill. The Illinois Legislature resumes work toward its end of May deadline.

Madigan Forms School Funding Task Force

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has formed a task force to deal with education funding.  Madigan says the panel on…


Tips for Submitting Medical Marijuana Application

Selfies aren't necessary for a medical marijuana application.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs an executive order on criminal justice reform at the Sangamon County Courthouse Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Rauner's executive order will create the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.

Union Fights Rauner’s “Fair Share” Lawsuit

The lawsuit to stop Governor Bruce Rauner's executive order no longer requiring non-union state employees to pay union dues wasn't the only legal action state labor unions filed Thursday.

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Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.

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Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks

In this March 26, 2015, photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

Six world powers and Iran move closer to a deal, but there are still major disagreements.

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Making headlines this week


A look at some of the week's biggest headlines and the stories you may have missed.

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Celebrities protest new Indiana law

George Takei poses for a portrait at Quaker Good Energy Lodge with GenArt and the Collective , during the Sundance Film Festival, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

Celebrities call for an Indiana boycott after the passing of a controversial law that could lead to discrimination against gay couples.

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Senate’s Harry Reid will not seek re-election

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. adjusts his glasses as he speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, following a policy luncheon. Reid is wearing special glasses as part of his recovery from injuries suffered in an exercise accident in January.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says that it would be "inappropriate" for him to seek re-election.