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Decisions to Close School Often Tough Call

Dangerous cold on its way Tuesday night, Wednesday

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Palazzolo Ramps Up Campaign

Outlines the first of several initiatives ahead of primary

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Three Year Old Dies in Gillespie

Illinois State Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who sustained life-threatening injuries in Gillespie.

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2014 Fourth Coldest Year on Record in Illinois

The numbers are in for 2014, and it was a cold year.

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Will Rauner Carry Through on Campaign Promises for Education?

Superintendent Jennifer Gill says she is confident

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“Judy’s Amendment” Would Combine Offices

Topinka has advocated consolidation

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Illinois Gas Prices Now Below Average

$2.11 a gallon, with optimism they'll stay low all year

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Cops Could Be Returning to the High Schools

School board approves, now up to Springfield city council

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Positive Economic Numbers in Illinois Continue

Illinois' monthly measure of the economy remains positive.

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Illinois Community College Officials Headed to Cuba

Could open door for some exchange programs

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Special Session Jan. 8; Potential Outcome Unclear

Legislators are returning to Springfield for a special session this week, but whether that session will accomplish anything is still up in the air.

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 to Appoint Munger Comptroller Jan. 12

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has announced who he'll appoint as comptroller when he takes office.

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Flu Hitting the State Hard

Flu shots still recommended

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Another Deduction From Your Paycheck Coming?

More Illinois workers are likely to be saving for retirement, under a new law unless they opt out

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Rep. Tracy: Fixing Illinois Won’t Be Easy

Ex-lieutenant governor candidate impressed with transition team

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Rep. Poe Reportedly Doing Well

Stem cell transplant

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Kirk’s All In

Would be first Illinois Republican in 30 years to serve more than one term in Senate

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Illinois Educators Have a Plan

Encourage second-career teachers, says IASB chief

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Quinn: Special Session, Special Election

Should Gov,-elect Rauner's appointment stand for four years?

National Headlines

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Making headlines this week

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

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Romney will not run for president in 2016

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The Republican told his supporters he will not seek a presidential nomination for a third time.

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U.S. wants to analyze DNA from 1 million people

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The U.S. has proposed analyzing genetic information as part of a new initiative to understand human disease.

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U.S. homeownership hits 20-year low

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The home ownership rate slipped to 63.9 percent, the lowest level since the third quarter of 1994.

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Need for speed: Regulators raise bar on Internet speeds

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The change in the definition of broadband means nearly a fifth of Americans lack access to high-speed Internet.