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7-10-15 AG Hazmat 2

All-Clear After Possible Haz-Mat Situation at Illinois AG’s Montvale Office

A suspicious package was reported as being at the AG's office around 10:30am.

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Man Accused of Kicking, Injuring Dog

A Pleasant Plains man is accused of assaulting a dog and leaving it for dead in rural Springfield.

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Longtime Decatur Newspaperman Dies

A Decatur man who spent 66 years with the same newspaper and who retired only two weeks ago has passed away.

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U of I to Begin Background Checks in October

October fifth is the start date for a new University of Illinois policy requiring background checks for all new employees.

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Film to Honor 1940 Granite City Basketball Team

A Granite City basketball squad that won an Illinois state title 75 years ago with a team of Eastern European immigrants is the subject of an upcoming Hollywood film.

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Peoria to Host 2016 Illinois Republican Convention

The Illinois Republican Party has chosen Peoria as the site of its 2016 state convention.

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Madigan’s Budget Concerns Remain

The thoughts of House Speaker Michael Madigan following the latest House session -- which resulted in a one-month budget getting passed -- sound awfully familiar.

7-9-15 New Springfield Police Officers

5 New Officers Join Springfield Police

Thursday was a big day for the Springfield Police Department, and a big day for Mayor Jim Langfelder.

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St. Clair County Judge Orders State Workers Be Paid

A St. Clair County judge has ordered the Illinois comptroller to fully pay state workers despite the Legislature's failure to adopt a fiscal 2016 budget.

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One-Month Spending Plan With State Employee Pay Attached Passes House

A one-month budget with guaranteed state-employee paychecks for July has won House approval but the change delays its delivery to the governor.

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District 186 to Look into Transportation Expenses

The Springfield Public School budget isn't all positive, as administrators are worried about their transportation budget.

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Treasurer Offers No-Interest Loans Through Credit Unions

State employees who won't get paid until a budget is passed may be eligible for interest-free loans.

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Lawmakers Irritated No One Shows Up to Workers Comp Hearing

Not only did the Rauner administration snub a House committee's invitation to testify, it missed out on a good story to tell, in the opinion of the committee's chairman.

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Court Upholds Death Ruling in Fatal Northern Ill. Grain Bin Accident

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. filed the appeal after a Carroll County jury awarded $8 million each to the families of Alejandro Pacas, 19, and Wyatt Whitebread, 14.

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Ex-POW to Speak at Vietnam Veterans Convention in Springfield

The organization says William A. Robinson will give the keynote address to close out opening ceremonies on July 22.

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Stopgap Budget Makes Progress

Senate-passed one-month plan passes House committee

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Springfield Public Works Reports Two Sewer Cave-Ins

Springfield's Public Works Department says there are two more sewer cave-ins.

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The Highs — And, Mostly Lows — of the 18th District Special Primary

Tuesday's special primary election in the 18th Congressional District was historic -- historically bad.

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Dist. 186 to Add Security Cameras, Police Presence

More security cameras will be installed at Springfield's High Schools, and the district's middle schools will also get cameras, under a $500,000 plan the District 186 Board has approved.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his inauguration address Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill., after being sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

Rauner: Give Me Reform, I’ll Sign Tax Hike

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he'll set aside his distaste for tax increases and approve one if the Legislature approves his business-friendly reforms.

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

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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.

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More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote

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Now that the Senate has derailed Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle.

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Illegal immigration a dominant theme at Republican forum even without Trump

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There was no Donald Trump but his top issue, illegal immigration, was a dominant theme for 14 Republican presidential candidates who tested their messages at a forum to start a pivotal week on the campaign trail.

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Major U.S. airlines end trophy hunter shipments after Cecil outcry

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Three U.S. airlines have banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo killed by trophy hunters, in the latest fallout from the killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: When a giant crane lands on your house

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Two construction cranes and a portion of a bridge being replaced in the Netherlands came crashing down, landing on nearby homes.