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Ann L. Schneider, left, Illinois Department Of Transportation Secretary, and chairman of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's policy committee, listens to committee member Elliott Hartstein speak against adding the Illiana Tollway to the agency's long-term development plan Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Chicago. The Chicago-area planning agency criticized the $1.3 billion project in the past, but on Thursday members voted in favor of a 47-mile expressway between Indiana and Illinois that has the support of both of the states' governors.

GOP Criticizes Quinn over Schneider Ouster; Quinn Says She Resigned

Republicans are criticizing Gov. Pat Quinn over hiring troubles at his Transportation Department, where he replaced director Ann Schneider.

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 Signs Voting Bills

The new law only applies to the November election.

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Corn and Soybeans Are Doing Well

Planting volume exceeds projections

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Durbin: High Court Says Hobby Lobby Is a Person

Senator: Company should disclose its discrimination

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Severe Weather Smacks Much of State

Worst of it goes north of Springfield

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St Louis Women Jailed in Suspected Theft Ring

I-55 traffic stop in northern Montgomery County ends their freedom

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Schneider Out as IDOT Secretary

Gov. Pat Quinn has replaced the head of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Illinois Pushes Ahead with Medicaid Managed Care

Illinois' top Medicaid official has announced a timetable for moving hundreds of thousands of poor and disabled patients into managed care health plans.

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DCEO Releases Five-Year Budget Blueprint

The budget the legislature gave the governor to sign is not an exact match for the five-year “budget blueprint” he asked for.

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Palazzolo: Springfield Needs to Grow

Would also put city's checkbook on-line if elected

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Supreme Court: Public Sector Unions Can’t Force Union Due Payments for Non-Members

The Supreme Court says public sector unions can't collect fees from home health care workers who object to being affiliated with a union.

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Highway Trust Fund Is in Jeopardy

Durbin, fearing insolvency, says House proposal is unrealistic

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Manufacturing Report Card for Illinois Is Mixed

Logistics and tax climate occupy opposite ends

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Illinois Tries to Lead in Being Green

Meet the governor's director of sustainability

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Job Satisfaction Is High for Teachers

Exception: The confidence in how much support they are getting

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We Haven’t Heard the Last of the Progressive Income Tax

Proposals gained little traction in 2014

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Farmland Values Are on the Rise

State average is $7190 per acre

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“We’ll Be Back”

Boundaries won't be drawn any time soon

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Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Military Families

Red tape for school registrations streamlined

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State VA Centers Grapple with Influx of Women

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says it's able to handle the surge of female vets.

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Bodies leave Ukraine MH17 crash site

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A train carrying the remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine left the site on Monday.

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Obama signs order barring federal discrimination against gays

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President Barack Obama signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Friend of accused Boston bomber guilty of obstruction

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A jury found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts.

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45 years after Apollo landing, U.S. debates next lunar step

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Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the U.S. remains divided about the moon's role in future human space exploration.

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More than 1M comments on net neutrality debate so far

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The FCC will continue collecting comments, made in response to these first submissions, until Sept. 10.