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U of I Names Interim Chancellor for Urbana-Champaign Campus

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has named Barbara J. Wilson, dean of the school's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as interim chancellor in Urbana-Champaign.

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Social Services Shorted; State Fair Set to Begin

Advocate: The debate does not have to be either / or

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House Panel Amends Federal Funding Bill

House vote expected today on bill the governor promises to veto

6-30-15 Springfield City Council

Subletting Leased Lake Springfield Land Concerns City Council

The Springfield City Council is being asked to put the brakes on short-term rentals of already leased property around Lake Springfield.

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Central Illinois Foodbank Ranks High for Fiscal Responsibility

The Central Illinois Foodbank is once again near the top of the heap when it comes to charities.

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Sherman Mayor Clarifies Proposed Sales Tax

Mayor Trevor Clatfelter wants to make sure people know it's not for every business in the village.

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Decatur Mayor Pro Tem to Become Permanent Mayor

Julie Moore-Wolfe would replace Mike McElroy, who died last month.

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Downtown Springfield Inc.: Change Panhandling Ordinance

The head of Downtown Springfield Inc. says the city needs to look to more cities to try and curb panhandling and make an enforceable ordinance.

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Madigan Makes Change to Federal Spending Proposal; Rauner Opposes

A plan before the Illinois House to distribute more than $5 billion in federal funds despite a budget impasse has been changed by the Democrats to add state money.

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Summertime, and the Driving Is … Cheap?

AAA: Oversupply keeps prices low

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Growing Season Approaches Milestone

Conditions disappointing; yield forecast Wednesday

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Rauner Tiptoes into Chicago Teacher Pensions

He wants to change what can and cannot be collectively bargained

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Federal Prison for Environmental Company Owner

Five years in prison and then three years of supervised release.

8-10-15 Haz-Mat Drill

Fire Departments Take Part in Hazardous Materials Drill

Fire departments from Springfield and elsewhere were called to the ADM and Brandt plant area near Curran for a hazardous materials situation involving a tanker carrying ethanol which derailed.

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 Chancellor Replacement Could Come Wednesday

A committee of University of Illinois trustees is scheduled to meet Wednesday to accept Chancellor Phyllis Wise's resignation and appoint an interim replacement.

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Schock Court Records Unsealed

Schock was issued a federal grand jury subpoena seeking campaign and congressional records the day before he resigned his seat.

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Farm Bureau Group Endorses LaHood for Congress

The political arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau says it's endorsing State Senator Darin LaHood in the special election for the 18th Congressional District seat vacated by Aaron Schock.

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Push Continues for Reducing Sentences on Some Crimes

The long wait on reducing sentences for nonviolent drug crimes may end when Congress reconvenes next month.

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Does Continued Discussion About Budget Cuts Help?

The parade of providers, professionals, and clients continues during the now weekly “committee of the whole” in the Illinois House.

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Million Dollar Antique Heist in Peoria

More than $1 million worth of jewelry and gems are missing.

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Making headlines this week

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A look back at some of this week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.

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How low will gas go?

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AAA predicts gas prices could drop below $2 a gallon by the end of the year.

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Buzz Aldrin wants to colonize Mars

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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

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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

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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.