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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.

March 20, 2014

Rauner Gets Bi-Partisan Support

Some dems throw support behind Rauner


March 20, 2014

Dads’ Group Pushing for Custodial Changes

Families ripped apart by divorce would have a chance at fairness for both parents, under a bill that has been introduced in the Illinois House


March 19, 2014

Illinois GOP: It’s Time to Unite

With the primary over, Illinois Republicans are preaching party unity.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 in Springfield Ill.

March 19, 2014

Quinn Highlights Economic Achievements Following Primary

On this day after the primary, the governor is pointing out some bright spots in the Illinois economy.


March 19, 2014

Durbin Prepares for Re-Election Battle

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is prepared for a serious battle for re-election.


March 19, 2014

Oberweis Gets GOP Nod for U.S. Senate

Jim Oberweis will be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.


March 19, 2014

Davis, Callis Win 13th Primary; Miller Faces Schock in 18th

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) survived a challenge from Urbana lawyer and onetime Miss America Erika Harold and Moro veterinarian Michael Firsching to claim the Republican nomination to run again for his seat.


March 19, 2014

School Mergers Fail, Citizens Efficiency Commission to Continue

The proposed merger of the PORTA and AC-Central school districts will not go forward.

National Headlines

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Calls for peace at Kansas shooting memorial


The scene of a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace.

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Obama budget plan would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits


The Congressional Budget Office says the 2015 budget could boost tax revenues while slashing deficits by $1.05 trillion.

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Jobless rates hover at near pre-recession levels


New applications for unemployment benefits held near their pre-recession levels last week.

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Missing toddler found safe, playing in ‘claw crane’ machine


A 3-year-old boy has been reunited with his mother after being found playing inside a coin-operated arcade game.

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Obama, Republicans feud over immigration


Partisan bickering over immigration reform intensified as each side accused the other of standing in the way of progress.