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Survey: ER is the Family Doc for Too Many

Insurance company squeeze is to blame, they say


Report: Sunday Afternoon Shooting

SJ-R: Non-life-threatening injuries

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks from the speakers podium in the House chambers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Springfield Ill. The Illinois Legislature resumes work toward its end of May deadline.

Study: Madigan Well Known, but Not Well Regarded

General Assembly has 9 percent approval rating

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Bill Would Provide Tax Incentives for Employers Who Help with Student Loans

A new graduate's employer can help pay off a student loan. That's already available, but a bill proposed by Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis would make that tax-free for both worker and employer.

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State’s Education Report Card Shows Illinois Students Below Average on ACT’s

Less than 25 percent of students scored high enough in each subject to be considered ready for college classes in all those areas.


Second Arrest Made in October Murder of Springfield Man

Friday night, Springfield police took 20-year-old Darrion T. Harris into custody for the October 14th shooting death of William Dougherty.

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Naperville Man Called Hero for Pulling People From Van

A 40-year-old Naperville man is being called a hero after helping several members of a family escape from their van after it rolled over and landed upside-down in a pond.

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Woman Gets 1 Year Probation For Abandoning 2 Dogs To Die

Regina Robards also must pay more than $1,000 in court costs. She could have faced three years in prison for her conviction on two counts of aggravated cruelty to a companion animal.


Illinois Hospitals Part of $250M Medicare Billing Settlement

The nine Illinois hospitals are affiliated with Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp. of Downers Grove and Springfield's Memorial Health System.

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Striking East St. Louis Teachers, School Board Approve Deal

District spokeswoman Kelli Hawkins says the hope is for school to resume Monday.

National Headlines

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Trump drops 12 points in poll: Reuters/Ipsos


Donald Trump's support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

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Police name suspect in Colorado Springs shooting


Police on Saturday identified the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

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Black Friday crowds thin in subdued start to holiday shopping


America's annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza was short on fireworks this year.

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Making headlines this week

Santa Claus participates in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

A look at some of this week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.

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Smartphones may have role in rise of U.S. traffic deaths


The number of deaths from traffic accidents jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous.