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Report: Illinois Lottery Loses Money

The Illinois Lottery lost money last year for the first time since 2009.


Kirk Used Schock’s Decorator

Ethics complaint alleges Kirk accepted free services


Tony Smith: “Mister 90 Percent”

ISBE sets goals, hears about PARCC

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Assistant State’s Attorney Mulls Running for McCann’s State Senate Seat

Steve McClure is taking a month off to determine whether he wants to run for State Senate.

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Springfield City Council Discusses More Money for Kidzeum

The Springfield City Council wants the fundraising to build the Kidzeum to be successful, but some aldermen are concerned about what a request for more money may be able to do.

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Durbin Wants Acceptance of Syrian Refugees

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says far more Syrian refugees should be accepted into the U.S. than what President Obama has proposed.


Springfield Man Faces Federal Charges After High Speed Chase

Terrell Adetunji could face as many as 50 years in prison if convicted.


State to Provide Funding for Disabled Kids During Budget Impasse

Illinois will begin paying for programs to help young children with developmental disabilities despite not having a state budget in place.


More Central Illinois Mumps Cases Reported

16 cases of mumps have been confirmed in McLean County, including four linked to Heartland Community College.

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State Superintendent “Previews” PARCC Scores

New administration. New schoolmaster. New test. New results?


IDOT Not Amused by Altered Stop Signs

The Illinois Department of Transportation says could trigger a federal funding cut if left up.

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U of I Faculty Displeased About Background Checks

The Faculty Senate will vote next week on a resolution asking for a delay of the checks' start date.


Another Plea from Social Service Groups

Services are being "dismantled"


City Council Talks Trash

The Springfield City Council will likely approve an ordinance that would not allow the city's contracted garbage haulers to raise rates or add fees without either the city's approval, or the customer's permission in writing.


Paprocki Concerned About Stagnant Church Growth; Won’t Compromise Values

Paprocki wants everyone in the church to join him -- in the diocese's words -- in "building a culture of growth."


Portions of Clear Lake Under Boil Order

Some Clear Lake residents need to boil their water for awhile.


Auburn Woman Rescues Wheelchair-Bound Man from Train Tracks

An elderly man is alive today thanks to quick thinking from an Auburn woman.


State Sen. Kotowski Resigns

Nine years in Springfield is enough for Dan Kotowski.


Oak Ridge Cemetery Walk Returns

Popular free event makes a comeback on October 11.

Sherrie Dirks

Athens Woman Accused of Killing Husband

Authorities have arrested Sherrie Dirks, 51, on murder charges

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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.