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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.

Rauner Defends $250K Salary of Education Advisor

Gov. Bruce Rauner is defending the $250,000 salary for a former Chicago charter schools executive who's spearheading his top education initiatives.

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Rep. Davis Endorses Palazzolo for Mayor

Springfield Mayoral candidate Paul Palazzolo has gotten an important endorsement.

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Caterpillar Moves Some Jobs to Mexico

Peoria-based heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is moving some Illinois jobs to Mexico.

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Former Charter Schools CEO Earning $250k as Rauner Adviser

Education secretary Beth Purvis' hiring has not been formally announced by the Rauner administration.

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Source: Schock Under Federal Investigation

Outgoing embattled Congressman Aaron Schock is believed to be investigated by the federal government.

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UI: We Can’t Abide 31 Percent Cut in State Funding

Cost is out of reach, lawmakers say

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Doing Better by Young Offenders

Group says long sentences for teenage criminals aren't effective

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Man Who Bit SPD Officer Found Guilty of 9 of 10 Counts

A man who assaulted a Springfield Police officer during a domestic dispute has been found guilty on 9 of the 10 charges against him.

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Meeks Faces Opposition in ISBE Confirmation

The question's out there of whether James Meeks, a Baptist minister and former senator, can be fair as chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Rauner Orders Diversion of “Fair Share” Fees; Creation of Separate Accounts

A memo obtained by The Associated Press directs departments to create two sets of books to do it.

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Ex-Lobbyist Sues Over Pension Earned as Teacher for a Day

A retired lobbyist is suing an Illinois retirement board over benefits that he qualified for by subbing at a school for one day.

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SPD Looking for Assailants of 89-Year-Old Woman

Sangamon and Menard County Crimestoppers says two men broke into a home in the 1700 block of east Ash St.

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Durkin On Board with Rauner Pension Ideas

Illinois House Republicans are on board with the governor's idea of moving teachers and state workers to a 401(k)-type retirement system, at least philosophically.

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Former State Rep. Gets Prison Sentence for Child Porn

Eight years in prison for terminally-ill former lawmaker.

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“Style of Hope” Fashion Show Tonight

"Style of Hope" Fashion Show helps cover money the state doesn't pay out.

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Race, Diversity Come Up in Springfield Mayoral Debate

Race and diversity came up a number of times in a debate Wednesday night.

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Legislation Slows Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

Legislation in the Illinois House to increase the minimum wage at a slower rate than the Senate proposes has received committee approval.

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Father: Evidence Will “Convict or Exonerate” Schock

Congressman Aaron Schock's father says the facts will "convict or exonerate" his son.

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Gun Owners Lobby for Updates to Concealed Carry Rules

Gun owners used their lobby day in Springfield to make sure they have a friend in the governor's office.

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Saving “The Mill” on Historic Route 66 in Lincoln

A group needs help raising $94,000 to convert an old restaurant along route 66 into a history museum.

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Fight over ‘religious objection’ proposals shifts to Arkansas

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

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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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Iran, world powers push for nuclear deal as deadline looms

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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.