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Committee Approves $3.8B Spending Measure

The $3.8 billion plan now goes to the full House.

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Food Vendors May Suspend Service to Veterans Homes

The state's budget situation is to blame.

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Former U of I Chancellor About to Return to Work

Former University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise will start teaching in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology in the spring.


Caterpillar to Cut 10,000 Jobs, Close 20 Plants

Peoria-based Caterpillar is laying off as many as 10,000 employees worldwide through the end of 2018 as it works to cut costs.

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Applications Available to Replace LaHood in Illinois Senate

The committee tentatively has set Oct. 4 as the day to meet and choose a replacement.


High Legionella Bacteria Levels Keeping Elgin Schools Closed

CEO Tony Sanders says district officials have no evidence students have been exposed to anything harmful.


Zopp: Duckworth Should Have Supported Iran Deal Sooner

Zopp had announced her support of the agreement 27 days earlier than Duckworth.


House Lawmakers Return Today

Don't expect budget progress


Springfield City Council Holds Off on Annexations

The Springfield City Council will wait two more weeks before voting on the proposed annexation of 48 acres of land into the city, to be located in Ward 3.


SMTD Expands Paratransit Service

"Access" paratransit service will be expanded so routes will cover more of the area.

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New Tax Breaks for Disabled Veterans

Being a homeowner has some advantages, and more advantages are being extended to Illinois' disabled veterans as it pertains to their property taxes.

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Legionella Bacteria Found in Suburban School

The CEO of a suburban Chicago school district says elevated levels of Legionella bacteria discovered at three schools were limited to the buildings' cooling systems.


State: Get Your Flu Shot!

Somewhere between back-to-school and holiday preparations is this: get a flu shot.

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 Threatens Another Veto

Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to veto another piecemeal appropriations bill if the House passes it this week, which would surprise no one in the General Assembly.


Dominick’s Parent Company Seeks Reduced Jordan Award

Dominick's and its parent company, Safeway, want the judgment for damages awarded to Jordan reduced to $250,000, or a new trial granted.

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U of I Ag Research May Be Budget Casualty

All but one off-campus agriculture plot would cease crop production research under the latest budget plan.


Reprieve for Illinois State Museum?

Layoffs on hold, pending court action

9-22-15 Springfield City Council

Jobe Votes Against More Money for Kidzeum

Kidzeum funding, money for Enos Park among items discussed.

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Durbin Honors Ashley Aldridge

"Ashley is in an inspiration."

9-14-15 Mayor Microloans Announcement

City: Microloan Program Immediate Success

Springfield's Economic Development Director says a new microloan program the city's implemented has been received well so far.

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Pacific trade negotiators reach landmark deal, fight over approval looms


The U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation.

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Student loan debt crosses generations


Weighed down by their own loans, many parents lack the means to fund their children's educations without sinking even deeper into debt.

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House GOP in turmoil with new uncertainty in speaker race


House Republicans are in upheaval as their front-runner for speaker faces fresh opposition and conservatives push to postpone leadership elections.

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Supreme Court tackles social issues as election looms


The nine justices are set to wade into contentious social matters in their new term beginning on Monday including affirmative action, union powers, and voting rights.

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East Coast hit by torrential rainfall, deadly flooding


A "once-in-a-millennium" downpour has left much of South Carolina under water.