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At Large-Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain is running for the Illinois House seat once David Leitch steps down. Spain announced his candidacy for the 73rd District seat Friday morning.
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Here we go: some international soccer news that doesn't involve FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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Those gathered at the Peoria Labor Temple this morning honored the life and work of former IBEW Local 34 Business Manager Mark Ayers. 

The rejection of Illinois' massive pension law continues to have other legal repercussions.  The state Supreme Court found that the law reducing teachers and state and university employees' retirement benefits is unconstitutional.  

Democratic state senator calls Rauner a gentleman

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A Chicago Democrat is now calling Republican Governor Bruce Rauner “a gentleman.”  That’s after invoking slavery to illustrate what he says are extreme policies from Rauner. 

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And we're going to hear now from one of the other leaders of Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet. Her name is Wided Bouchamaoui. She's president of the Tunisian employers union, and she joins us from Tunis.

A central Illinois man has admitted to fatally beating his girlfriend's 19-month-old son last December.

Over the summer, the Texas Forensic Science Commission, which sets standards for physical evidence in state courts, came to an unsettling conclusion: There was something wrong with how state labs were analyzing DNA evidence.

It seemed the labs were using an outdated protocol for calculating the probability of DNA matches in "mixtures"; that is, crime scene samples that contain genetic material from several people. It may have affected thousands of cases going back to 1999.

Chaos ensued in the halls of Congress Thursday when Rep. Kevin McCarthy unexpectedly took himself out of the running to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House.

The reason for the pandemonium and, yes, even tears: No one knows where this goes from here.

Here are the four likely ways it gets resolved:

Residents of Winnebago County are contributing money to train a third police dog for the sheriff's department.

A Scottish nurse who recovered from Ebola in January has been medevaced from Glasgow to London in a Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane specially equipped for infection control.

Doctors say Pauline Cafferkey is suffering "an unusual late complication" from her previous Ebola infection. They note that "Pauline previously had the Ebola virus and this is therefore not a new infection."