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Bill Moves Through General Assembly to Save Monarch Butterfly

Bill would allow state to plant milkweed along roads and high ways to bring back Monarch Butterfly population.

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Governor Agrees to Deal to Speed Up Dispute Over Union Dues

Rauner believes his administration will ultimately win debate.

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Residents Allowed Back Into Fairdale

Residents were bussed back into Fairdale Saturday morning.

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Expert Gives Tips on What to do with Income Tax Refund

Nearly two-thirds of taxpayers will received a refund.

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Twister May Have Had Winds of 200 M.P.H.

National Weather Service has classified Fairdale tornado as EF4.

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Judge Overturns Illinois Order Restricting Union Dues

Rauner's executive order overturned by St. Clair County judge.

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Former Pleasant Hill Elementary School to be Sold

The Springfield Public School District is now taking sealed bids on the long-closed Pleasant Hill Elementary School Building.

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Houston: Federal Money for Ash St. Underpass Came at Right Time

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he's pleased the federal government is providing $2 million as part of the 10th Street Rail Corridor upgrades.

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2 Dead in Northern IL Tornadoes, Rauner Declares Disaster Area

The death toll from the tornado in DeKalb County has risen to two.

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U of I May Rethink Hiring Practices

The chancellor of the University of Illinois' main campus says a plan to add 500 new professors by the year 2020 may have to be scaled back.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his inauguration address Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill., after being sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

Rauner Wants to Repeal Jury Pay Increase

Governor Bruce Rauner wants to take back an Illinois law signed last year giving jurors a pay raise.

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Hank Williams, Jr. Coming to State Fair

Hank Williams, Junior will perform with .38 Special on August 21st.

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Man Convicted of Sexual Assault Near WIU

An Iowa man faces as much as 15 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a western Illinois woman.

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Champaign Man Convicted of Murder

A Champaign man has been convicted of murder.

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Three Injured After Guardrail Impales Car on I-155

Three people were injured as the result of an accident in Logan County Thursday morning.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner enters the House to applause to delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Rep. Greg Harris is seen on the far right.

Rauner Scales Back, Hones In on Reform Agenda

Gov. Bruce Rauner is scaling back his legislative agenda, but only in terms of the number of bills in which it's contained.

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Former DHS Employee Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement that Watkins allegedly issued herself duplicate LINK cards.

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Search Continues Following Tornado in Fairdale; One of Two Victims Identified

The Illinois Department of Emergency Management says one person was killed and seven injured in Fairdale.

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Eastern Illinois Farmland Prices Fall

That area includes Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Edgar and Coles counties.

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Boston bomber’s lawyer urges ‘unrelenting punishment’ over death

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Convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers are urging jurors to reject the death penalty, saying "no punishment could ever be equal to the terrible effects of these crimes."

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PHOTOS: Nepal earthquake

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Rescue and relief efforts are underway after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday.

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Death toll climbs as Nepal scrambles to organize quake relief

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Thousands began fleeing the capital Kathmandu on Monday after two days of powerful aftershocks and shortages of food and water.

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Gas prices jump 13 cents; could climb further

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The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has jumped in the past two weeks to $2.58.

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Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments

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The Senate plunges into a high-stakes debate this week over empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear deal with Iran.