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Illinois General Assembly

Without a Budget, Illinois Spending – and Defecit – Balloon

Lawmakers say they're not even sure how much money is going out the door.


IDOC Says Data of 1,000 Illinois Prison Employees Released

IDOC says there's no indication the data has been misused and continues to investigate.

Illinois State Fairgrounds

Illinois State Fair Honors Veterans with Day of Events

Free admission and other attractions at Illinois State Fair today for Veterans.

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Group Renovating Governor’s Mansion Seeks Design Firms

The Illinois Executive Mansion Association says it will review qualifications and shortlist no more than 10 firms for the project.


NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala Comes Home

It’s been a busy offseason for this year’s NBA finals MVP – but he found a way home to share some knowledge with those following in his footsteps.


Crash on I-55 Kills Springfield Man

A wrong-way crash on I-55 in Logan County has claimed a Springfield man's life.


State Fair Takes Measures to Keep Avian Flu Away From Livestock

Illinois Agriculture Director Phillip Nelson says you won't see any out-of-state birds at this year's fair.

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Budget Impasse Reduces State Fair Harness Race Winnings

Prize money for harness racing at the Illinois State Fair is down considerably as the state budget impasse continues.

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Hagar Makes A Donation to Central Illinois Foodbank

Rock-N-Roller says food banks are the "simplest and most reliable way to help others".

4-1-15 Pillsbury

Attorney: Pillsbury Mills Demolition Has Stopped

"In order to keep things calm in this interim short period of time, we agreed to seal off the site and stop any activity until all parties have had a chance to see what's going on"


Downtown Springfield, Inc.: Give to Businesses, Not Panhandlers

Don't give to the panhandlers themselves -- give to businesses who will them get the money to panhandlers.


Iowa Prisons Chief Appointed to Run Illinois DOC

Gov. Bruce Rauner has picked a retired Iowa prisons chief to preside atop a troubled Illinois Department of Corrections.

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014, file photo, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise talks with university President Timothy Killeen in the provost's office at the Swanlund Administration Building in Champaign, Ill. Wise said Thursday. Aug. 6, 2015, that she is resigning, citing a range of "external issues" she says have become a distraction for the school. Her resignation is effective Aug. 12. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon, file) MANDATORY CREDIT

U of I Won’t Block Wise Resignation as Chancellor

The University of Illinois no longer plans to fire Chancellor Phyllis Wise.


Gov. Rauner Scales Turnaround Demands from 6 to 3

Gov. Bruce Rauner has scaled back what he’s asking the legislature to consider from his agenda to three bills.


Three Injured in State Fairgrounds Stabbing

Illinois State Police are investigating a stabbing that gave three people non life-threatening injuries.

Lincoln Mayor Scott Cooper

Lincoln Mayor Scott Cooper Dies

A man just appointed as Lincoln's Mayor on June 1 has died.


Curtin Sentenced to 9 Years

The former head of St. John's Children's Hospital has been sentenced to 9 years in prison


Blame Rain for Weaker Crop Forecast

172 and 53, respectively, bushels per acre for corn and soybeans

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2015 Butter Cow Is BuMann’s Last

She's retiring to write a book about making cows out of butter

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Let the Fair Begin!

USS Illinois leaders are the grand marshals of the parade

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Buzz Aldrin wants to colonize Mars


The second man to walk on the moon is pushing for a Mars settlement by 2040.

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U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk


The vast majority of U.S. kindergarten-age children are vaccinated against preventable diseases but sizable pockets of unprotected children still exist, posing a public health threat, according to a government study.

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Eying volatile markets, Obama urges Congress to pass budget


President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Congress to avoid contributing to global economic uncertainty and quickly pass a budget before a deadline at the end of September to prevent a government shutdown.