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House Passes Plan to Fill State’s $1.6 Billion Budget Hole

The Illinois Legislature is advancing a plan introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan to end weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1.6 billion hole in this year's state budget.

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More Debating Between Langfelder, Palazzolo

Another day, another debate between the two remaining candidates for Springfield mayor.

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Bill Brady speaks during a debate Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Naperville, Ill. The four candidates vying for the 2014 Republican nomination for governor faced off in a debate on the central issue in the campaign _ the state's economy.

Beware of Overtime, Says Sen. Brady

Staying in Springfield past May 31 does not get you what you want, he warns

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Proposed FY 15 Budget Fix Moves Today

$1.6 B in fund sweeps, budget cuts

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New Lawmaker Says Budget Solution Coming

The youngest member of the Illinois legislature says she's hopeful the mess with the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget is this week.

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Guards Injured Following Inmate Attack at Pontiac

Three guards at the Pontiac Correctional Center were injured today when an inmate attacked them with a homemade weapon.

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Three Union Workers Added to Rauner’s “Fair Share” Lawsuit

The drive to dilute the influence of public sector unions in Illinois continues.

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The State Budget Fix May Be In

The Republican leader in the Illinois Senate calls this a "do or die week" on dealing with the shortfall in the current budget.

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AG Madigan: Rauner’s Right to Work Ideas are Illegal

The governor's idea of allowing local jurisdictions to be right-to-work and to opt out of the Prevailing Wage Act is not legal, according to the attorney general.

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Calvin Christian Arrested in Jacksonville, Accused of Credit Card Fraud

Springfield blogger Calvin Christian is again in trouble with the law -- this time in Jacksonville.

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Chamber Head Talks Rauner “Turnaround” Agenda

Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" will put Illinois on the right path, supporters say, but it's not going to be quick.

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Scherer Legislation to Cull State Vehicle Fleet

As many as a fourth of the vehicles in the state's fleet could end up being history if legislation in the Illinois House is passed.

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Gov. Rauner’s Motorcade Again Involved in Accident; Trooper Injured

Illinois State Police say a vehicle behind one Rauner was in lost control and hit a rear axle of a semi on I-55.

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Some Crowdfunding Could Be Regulated

Helps startups, supporters say

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Natural Disasters Hurt Women More

Poverty makes disaster worse, research says

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Don’t Get Scammed!

Don't give your Social Security number

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Partisanship Carries the Day

Neither Kirk nor Durbin is impressed with their own parties' actions

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Lincoln Funeral Train Replica Won’t Recreate Historic Trip

Fundraisers fall $100K short of goal for replica funeral train car.

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Lawmakers Consider Letting Municipalities Declare Bankruptcy

Under state law, cities and towns cannot currently declare bankruptcy in Illinois.

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University Presidents Attempt to Save State Funding

NIU and ISU presidents testify before state lawmakers in hopes of avoiding funding cuts.

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Indiana to clarify ‘religious freedom’ law, Georgia, N.C. bills stall

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The fight over "religious freedom" proposals are facing increasing criticism from those who call them a license to discriminate.

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Tsarnaev’s lawyers try to show brother in charge of bombing

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in an undated FBI handout photo

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are trying to show that his older brother was the driving force behind the 2013 terror attack.

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There’s a whiskey war being waged in Tennessee

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Distillers say stiff whiskey laws are stifling the town of Trimble's boozy revival.

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U.S. ready to work past deadline for Iran nuclear deal

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With a deadline hours away, negotiations over a preliminary deal on Tehran's nuclear program continue.

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10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, March 31

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Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.