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Comptroller’s Office Begins Writing Paychecks

Leslie Munger's Chief of Staff, Brad Hahn, says they should be delivered Wednesday to 6,800 workers.

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Rep. Davis Won’t Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

Davis said Obama is trying to build a foreign policy legacy as President Bill Clinton did in signing a nuclear agreement with North Korea in 1994.

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Kirk to Trump: Shut Up.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has two words of advice for Donald Trump, and only one if he’s speaking Spanish.

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All-Clear After Possible Haz-Mat Situation at Illinois AG’s Montvale Office

A suspicious package was reported as being at the AG's office around 10:30am.

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Man Accused of Kicking, Injuring Dog

A Pleasant Plains man is accused of assaulting a dog and leaving it for dead in rural Springfield.

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Longtime Decatur Newspaperman Dies

A Decatur man who spent 66 years with the same newspaper and who retired only two weeks ago has passed away.

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U of I to Begin Background Checks in October

October fifth is the start date for a new University of Illinois policy requiring background checks for all new employees.

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Film to Honor 1940 Granite City Basketball Team

A Granite City basketball squad that won an Illinois state title 75 years ago with a team of Eastern European immigrants is the subject of an upcoming Hollywood film.

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Peoria to Host 2016 Illinois Republican Convention

The Illinois Republican Party has chosen Peoria as the site of its 2016 state convention.

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Madigan’s Budget Concerns Remain

The thoughts of House Speaker Michael Madigan following the latest House session -- which resulted in a one-month budget getting passed -- sound awfully familiar.

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5 New Officers Join Springfield Police

Thursday was a big day for the Springfield Police Department, and a big day for Mayor Jim Langfelder.

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St. Clair County Judge Orders State Workers Be Paid

A St. Clair County judge has ordered the Illinois comptroller to fully pay state workers despite the Legislature's failure to adopt a fiscal 2016 budget.

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One-Month Spending Plan With State Employee Pay Attached Passes House

A one-month budget with guaranteed state-employee paychecks for July has won House approval but the change delays its delivery to the governor.

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District 186 to Look into Transportation Expenses

The Springfield Public School budget isn't all positive, as administrators are worried about their transportation budget.

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Treasurer Offers No-Interest Loans Through Credit Unions

State employees who won't get paid until a budget is passed may be eligible for interest-free loans.

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Lawmakers Irritated No One Shows Up to Workers Comp Hearing

Not only did the Rauner administration snub a House committee's invitation to testify, it missed out on a good story to tell, in the opinion of the committee's chairman.

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Court Upholds Death Ruling in Fatal Northern Ill. Grain Bin Accident

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. filed the appeal after a Carroll County jury awarded $8 million each to the families of Alejandro Pacas, 19, and Wyatt Whitebread, 14.

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Ex-POW to Speak at Vietnam Veterans Convention in Springfield

The organization says William A. Robinson will give the keynote address to close out opening ceremonies on July 22.

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Stopgap Budget Makes Progress

Senate-passed one-month plan passes House committee

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Springfield Public Works Reports Two Sewer Cave-Ins

Springfield's Public Works Department says there are two more sewer cave-ins.

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IOC expects U.S. 2024 bid despite Boston pullout

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The deadline for applicant city submissions for the 2024 Games is Sept. 15 with Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Budapest already having entered the race.

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Boy Scouts lift ban on gay leaders, employees

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The policy, which takes effect immediately, comes three years after the organization removed its prohibition on gay youth, but local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations will still be permitted to exclude gay adults.

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Kerry warns Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

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The Republican-controlled Congress has until Sept. 17 either to endorse or reject the agreement.

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Human trafficking report blacklists Thailand, raises awareness about modern day slavery

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The State Department's annual report highlights the world's worst human-trafficking centers.