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Springfield Police Seek Box Cutter Wielding Armed Robber

Police are still looking for help solving an armed robbery at a downtown pet supply store.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner enters the House to applause to delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Rep. Greg Harris is seen on the far right.

Lawmakers, Leaders React to Rauner’s Pension Ideas

The short version: the Illinois Constitution prohibits a diminishment of pension benefits, and there's already one pension restructuring plan which awaits final court action.

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Wrangling Underway to Save Illinois’ FY15 Budget

The carping is under way about the governor’s budget proposal for next year, but this year is still a problem.

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Missouri to Extradite Man Convicted in Six Illinois Killings

A judge has granted a request by Missouri prosecutors to extradite a man serving life sentences for six Illinois slayings.

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Caterpillar Under Federal Investigation

Caterpillar says a federal grand jury is investigating the Peoria-based company's financial dealings in the U.S. and abroad.

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Legislative Leaders React to Budget Proposals

Reacting to Wednesday's budget message, House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) reiterated his belief that there must be some more money coming from somewhere.

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UPDATE: No Attempted Child Abduction in Springfield Subdivision

The incidents did not happen as originally reported.

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Rauner Budget: New Pension Ideas, More Money for K-12, Less for Medicaid, Higher Ed, Public Transit

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants a substantial increase to K-12 school funding next year while calling for cuts elsewhere.

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Union Yes at UIS

137 faculty covered

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City Could Refund CWLP $2 Million If Needed

Mayor Mike Houston is making good on his idea to help City Water Light and Power avoid technical default if need be.

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Alderman Reminds Voters: Municipal Primary is Non-Partisan

Springfield Ward 5 Alderman Sam Cahnman has some sage advice ahead of next week's municipal primary.

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Interest Groups Worry About Looming Budget Cuts

Most expect spending cuts immediately in Illinois, and there’s less money coming in.

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Gutierrez: Immigration Order Block a “Temporary Setback”

A temporary setback is how an Illinois congressman labels the decision to block President Obama’s executive order delaying deportations.

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E-Cigarette Ban Surfaces in Legislature

Electronic cigarettes soon could be classified with tobacco products under a proposed smoking ban from an Illinois lawmaker.

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Pawnee Native, Law Student to Replace Rosenthal

A law student is replacing Wayne Rosenthal as state representative in the 95th District.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to students during a visit to Lamphier High School Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Rauner says he is confident state schools and other critical programs can be fully funded despite the state's budget crisis.

And the Specifics Are … ?

Budget speech Wednesday

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Illinois Assoc. of School Boards Director Optimistic About Education Funding

Illinois' new governor, Bruce Rauner, has said he wants to increase education funding.

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ACLU Asks Judge to Order Illinois Reforms for Child Services

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to order the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to immediately start enacting court-ordered reforms.

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Uber Expands to Six More Illinois Cities

Taylor says the service has 200 drivers in it six new Illinois cities and expects rapid growth.

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Hardin Co. Standoff Ends Peacefully

Three children were unhurt after police responded to a hostage situation near Cave-in-Rock in southern Illinois on Sunday.

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Netanyahu says Iran is threat to Israel, world

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The Israeli Prime Minister called for action over Iran's nuclear program.

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Supreme Court set to hear second major Obamacare challenge

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The court will consider a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure's implementation.

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Homeland funding appears on track minus immigration add-ons

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Legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security is headed back to the House.

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Iran calls Obama’s 10-year nuclear demand ‘unacceptable’

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The aim of the negotiations is to persuade Iran to restrain its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions that have crippled its economy.

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10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, March 3

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