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Congress Could Consider Export Import Bank This Week

Illinois businesses, particularly manufacturers, are hopeful Congress will re-authorize the Export-Import Bank this week.

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Regional Planning Commission Faces Funding Challenges

The commission has lost both state and federal funding.

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Background Checks Now Required of Student Teachers

Background checks are now required of all student teachers.

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Mitsubishi to Work with UAW on Selling Normal Plant

Mitsubishi Motors and the United Auto Workers say they will work together to look for a buyer for the central Illinois plant the company plans to close.

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Tourism Increases in Illinois

Illinois tourism officials say the state saw a 3.5 percent increase in visitors during 2014.

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One in ICU After Sunday Shooting

A Springfield man is expected to live after police say he was shot on his left side Sunday night.

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.

Rauner Looking to Retired Workers If ASCME Strikes

Retired worker says he received a call asking about the possibility of working in the interim if there's a strike.

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Summer’s Here, Eat What You Want

Portion control is the key, expert says

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Sanguinetti ADA Event Protest

Advocates say administration really wants to cut funding

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Public Facilities, Public Money

Springfield, others have private contracts for public arenas

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Second Chance for Young Deer Hunters

Unfilled youth permits can be used in the first weekend of firearm season

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Man Waving Gun Convicted in Illinois Road Rage Incident

Kentucky man waved gun at Wisconsin trucker along I74

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Woman Who Died in Texas Jail Called “A Courageous Voice”

Family and friends of an Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail are remembering her as a “courageous voice”…

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DCFS Head Says He Accepts Findings in Critical Report

George Sheldon says DCFS already "implementing changes to better serve children".

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Illinois Lawmakers Seek Federal Flood Relief for Farmers

Relief would provide low-interest loans to Illinois Farmers who've suffered crop damage due to flooding.

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State’s Pension Systems Not Allowed to Do Business with Companies Boycotting Israel

Bill has passed both House and Senate and is effective immediately. Governor Rauner has signed the bill.

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Reaction to News of Mitsubishi Plant Comes In

Mitsubishi Motors is done in Normal. The company has announced plans to halt productions at its plant on Nov. 30.…

ILLINOIS POLITICS 7-24-15 Mike Lawrence and Kent Redfield

Problems for Rauner, Democrats in Budget Crisis

A retired political analyst is still keeping his head in the game by suggesting it's Democrats with the less-than-stellar political legacy, especially as the state budget impasse drags o

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Appellate Court Upholds Employee Pay Ruling

An Illinois appellate court has upheld a county judge's decision that state employees should get full pay even during the state's budget crisis.

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Making headlines this week

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

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Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions

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Congressional lawmakers are heading for recess and leaving behind a pile of unfinished business.

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Pentagon chief gives nod to arm more troops in U.S. after shooting

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter signaled on Thursday that he would allow more troops to be armed at facilities inside the United States.

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Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery

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Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370.

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Killing of Cecil the Lion triggers probe by U.S. agency

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The killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist and trophy hunter Walter Palmer is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see if it was part of a conspiracy to violate U.S. laws against illegal wildlife trading.