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“Downtown Bacon Throwdown” Sizzles

What was described as a shift away from the more-traditional "Taste of Downtown" of years past seems to have worked in its first year.

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Madigan Files Supreme Court Appeal in State Employee Pay

Could resolve conflicting court orders about whether state employees can be paid during the budget impasse.


6,800 State Workers to Get Paid On Time

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says her office has completed processing paychecks due Wednesday and 6,800 employees will be paid on time.

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Owner of Springfield Medical Cannabis Dispensary Preparing for Open

Chris Stone plans on opening up "Healthsource" across from the downtown Hilton hotel.

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Severe Weather Expected Later Monday

Heat first, storms later. That's according to the National Weather Service.

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The Heat is On!

Heat indices are poised to reach triple digits.


Albion Company Begins Growing Medical Marijuana

Ataraxia will make oils, edible products, and creams, along with pot for smoking and vaporizing.


The Importance of Third Grade

All-day kindergarten is not the only remedy, says Meeks


Kirk, Durbin Agree: No Short Term Fix

Federal Highway Trust Fund


Love for Old Theatres

Elmhurst's York hosts memorabilia


Bourne Disappointed

Says Republicans have little say in budget talks


Speak Up for the Museum

Closure would save almost $5 million


Lincoln Museum Offers Free Admission for Donated Backpacks

Backpacks will be given to students from the Springfield school district during a back-to-school party on Aug. 10.

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New Law Waives License Plate Fees for Combat Veterans

Combat veterans returning from active duty will qualify for free Illinois license plates under legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Bloomington Social Service Group has Idea to Help Homeless

Group believes a tiny home village might be a longer-term option than shelters and temporary housing.


Illinois’ Ban on Microbeads May Be Copied Nationally

Mark Kirk would sponsor legislation banning plastic microbeads in house hold products.

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago School’s Bid for Loan From Pension Fund Shelved

Mayor Rahm Emanuel blames state legislators for worsening the situation and says a property tax increase is up for consideration.

Com Ed

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.


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.


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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Obama warns of dangers to Israel if Iran deal blocked


The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on whether to reject the agreement when lawmakers return to Washington in September, setting up a showdown with the president.

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Poll shows many believe blacks are treated less fairly


Whites, blacks and Hispanics also expressed a new low in their satisfaction with the way blacks are treated in U.S. society, according to the Gallup 2015 Minority Rights and Relations poll.

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Aug. 5


Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: Obama calls Trump


The President tries to give The Donald (played by Jimmy Fallon) some debate advice but the whole thing quickly falls apart into auto-tuned madness.

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Climate plan shows U.S. ‘can change the world’


The plan, which also mandates a shift to renewable energy from coal-fired electricity, is meant to put the U.S. in a strong position at international talks in Paris later this year on reaching a deal to curb global warming.