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Lawmaker Proposes Term Limits for Legislative Leaders

Democrats says most constituents are targeting Democrat Mike Madigan.

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Springfield Leaf Pick-Up to Begin

When one's thoughts turn to fall in Springfield, they turn to how quickly one can make falling leaves go away.


Groups Pleased Clinton Nuclear Power Plant Won’t Close — Yet

Officials with two groups say they're pleased that energy company Exelon is holding off for at least a year on whether to close the Clinton nuclear power plant.

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U of I Still Working on Salaita Lawsuit

Barbara Wilson says she is working more on the Salaita lawsuit than "almost anything" else.


Springfield Armed Robber Shows Himself; Police Want ID

Springfield Police are looking for help solving an armed robbery -- surveillance video captured that night might be a big help.


Judge Tosses Concussion Suit against IHSA

Sports governing body has already made progress

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Some Premiums Will Go Up

State average increase is less than nation's

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about the money when questioned by the FBI. The indictment two weeks ago alleged Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from his days as a high school teacher not to reveal a secret about past misconduct.

Expert: 6-month Cap on Hastert Sentence Is No Surprise

Question: Why aren't there extortion charges against the man being paid off?


Springfield Ward Meetings Set

Meetings start November 2.


Groups Push for “Bipartisan” Agenda for Public Budget Meeting

The effectiveness of a November 18th meeting between the governor and legislative leaders may rest on the meeting's agenda.


Lawmaker Starts Online Petition to Suspend Lottery Sales

Ford says the word's getting out about this – and lotteries in border states are coming out the winner.

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Hope Institute-Run Cafe Could Open Downtown Location

The Noll Cafe is looking for a location downtown.

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Woman Running for House Seat Covering Part of Springfield

Cindy Deadrick Wolfer wants to run against State Rep. Sue Scherer.

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U of I: Budget Impasse Means Closing Advancement Offices

Office in San Francisco closed, offices in China on hold.

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How Walgreens Will Use Rite-Aid Purchase

Spread philosophy of making stores destinations for health/beauty products.


Man Charged in Fatal I-55 Crash

Derrick Haggerty is charged with Aggravated DUI and other charges.


Downgrade for Six State Universities

WIU budget chief: Meaningless -- until we try for new debt


Hastert Pleads Guilty to Evading Banking Laws

Could get six months in prison in hush money deal

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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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At least three injured in shooting near Colorado Springs abortion clinic


Police swarmed an "active shooter" situation unfolding near a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.

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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.

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Consumers, retailers face off over deep holiday discounts


Polls show shoppers, who got even bigger discounts closer to Christmas last year, are cautious with their spending and willing to wait for deals.