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3 weeks ago

Holocaust Remembered at Old State Capitol

The state's annual Yom Hashoah service brought Gov. Bruce Rauner to the Old State Capitol Thursday morning.

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3 weeks ago

Langfelder Enlists Manar to Help Extend Downtown TIF

Mayor Jim Langfelder says he's working with state lawmakers to get legislation passed to extend by 12 years the city's downtown Tax Increment Financing District, which is otherwise set to expire soon.

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3 weeks ago

DuQuoin State Fair Starts Vendor Payment Program

Officials with the Du Quoin State Fair have created a new program to pay vendors who weren't compensated for their 2015 expenses.

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3 weeks ago

Lawmakers Question Auditor General About Spending

A group of Republican lawmakers is demanding that Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino explain spending by his campaign committee while he was a state representative.

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3 weeks ago

Donor Pays Closed State Parks’ Power Bills

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area and Horseshoe Lake State Park have reopened after a donor paid to turn the electricity back on.

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ISU Planetarium to Hold Discussion on “Transit of Mercury”

The Illinois State University Planetarium is inviting the public to a weekend program to learn about a rare passage of Mercury across the face of the sun that will take place Monday.

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LaHood Hosts Heroin Forum in Springfield

How to address the heroin epidemic and the sometimes overuse of painkillers and opioid drugs.

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Superintendents Praise Manar’s School Funding Plan, ISBE Dislikes It

Lawmaker asks, "What are we supposed to do here in Springfield?"

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UIS Breaks Ground on Student Union

Ground has been broken on what is being referred to as the "Living Room" for the students of the University of Illinois Springfield.

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Aeropostale to Close Springfield, Forsyth Stores

Aeropostale files for Chapter 11.

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.

3 weeks ago

Social Service Groups Sue Governor for $100M Past Due

Five dozen social service agencies working without pay for nearly a year because of the Illinois state budget stalemate are suing Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Champaign Police Murder Arrests WAND

3 weeks ago

Trial Set for 2 of 6 Men Accused of Dismembering Woman’s Body

Two of the six men charged with dismembering a missing Champaign woman will be held for trial after a judge heard testimony from a detective.

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Death Knell for Graduated Income Tax

Sponsors blame Rauner

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Rauner Talks Medical Marijuana, K-12 School Funding

The Illinois Cannabis Advisory Board this week approved diabetes and panic attacks among other ailments which should be treated by medical marijuana.

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3 weeks ago

U of I Increases Minority Course Requirements

A change has been made to the general education requirements at the University of Illinois that will require Urbana-Champaign students to take a course in U.S. minority culture.

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3 weeks ago

Officials: Flaws in Fantasy Sports Legislation

A law enforcement advocacy group in Chicago says safeguards in proposed Illinois legislation on fantasy sports betting aren't good enough and could open the door to organized crime.

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Residential Facility Worker Charged in Death of Tenant

A man who worked at a residential facility for troubled children in northern Illinois has pleaded not guilty to fatally choking a 16-year-old Chicago boy who lived there.

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U of Iowa Student from Illinois Beaten in Hate Crime

Police are treating the assault of a black University of Iowa freshman as a possible hate crime.

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3 weeks ago

Change to Redistricting Advances

Senate must vote this week if it's to go onto the balot

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Army Corps Approves Conducting Hunter Lake Study; Council Approves Simpson Appointment

An environmental impact study on the city’s proposed Hunter Lake as a backup water supply has been approved by the Army Corps of Engineers to be conducted.

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Democrats, seeking unity, give Sanders say in party platform

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The Democratic Party said on Monday it would give U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders a prominent say in writing its platform this year, a gesture that could ease tensions between Sanders' camp and party leaders, whom Sanders has accused of favoring rival Hillary Clinton.

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Hawaii could be first to put gun owners in federal database

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Hawaii could become the first state in the nation to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

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Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in U.S. is falling fast

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The smoking rate among U.S. adults has been falling steadily for decades but the latest survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the 2015 decline is the biggest in more than 20 years.

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States on Zika’s frontline see big gaps in funding, expertise

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In Mississippi, a small team of entomologists has begun the first survey of mosquito populations in decades. Experts do not believe the kind of mosquitoes most likely to carry the Zika virus are active in the state, but they cannot know for sure.

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Obama prods Vietnam on rights, promotes Trans-Pacific Partnership

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U.S. President Barack Obama chided Vietnam on political freedoms on Tuesday after critics of the communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in words of amity between the former foes.