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State news stories and features from Illinois Public Radio.

An Illinois judge has ordered mental evaluations for a freshman high school student charged in the shooting of another student.

Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are offering a semester's free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur.

Illinois is receiving more than $110 million in federal grants to help prevent and respond to terrorism and other emergencies.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates.

The union representing Chicago police officers is asking the Illinois Labor Relations Board to stop the city from implementing a new use-of-force policy.

Illinois Department of Transportation officials will offer child safety-seat checks at dozens of locations around the state on "National Seat Check Saturday."

A woman in southwest Illinois has created a series of exhibits that tell the story of soldiers who died or went missing during the Vietnam War.

Time is running out on Governor Bruce Rauner to act on a bill that would change the way websites track a user's location and how they store that data. 

More than 100 campus community members gathered in Northern Illinois University's MLK commons for the annual three-block march.

Speakers emphasized the need for unity amid changes to immigration law and recent hate crimes nationwide.

David Becker is with “Welcoming Western Counties.” The coalition promotes solidarity and sanctuary in northern Illinois.

Becker said more people need to get involved in the discussion of promoting unity.

On September 10, I attended a rally in Springfield in support of the beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The day before, I made three signs for the rally that read: "Defend DACA," "Dreamers, not Criminals," and "Dreamers are Here to Stay."

Northern Illinois University's acting president says she plans to request a 3% salary increase for university employees.

Members of the state's largest immigrant rights group say they're boosting efforts to preserve a federal program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

An attorney for Drew Peterson says he'll likely appeal an Illinois Supreme Court ruling upholding the former suburban Chicago police officer's murder conviction in the death of his third wife.

Allstate expects insurance losses of about $593 million in August after Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction along the Gulf Coast.

Students at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are responding to incidents of racism on campus by writing messages of peace on a door propped up in the campus quad.

One promise heard repeatedly during debate over the Illinois’ new school funding plan was "no red numbers," meaning any legislation that would make a district lose money was dead on arrival. Last month, in a rare bipartisan compromise, lawmakers approved a new plan that contained “hold-harmless” protection.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says it isn’t too early for residents to get their flu shot.

Flu season typically runs from October through March, and it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect. That’s why Public Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Layden says it’s a good time to get immunized. 

"There's several options," she said. "There's multiple flu vaccines. The main message is we do not recommend, nor does the CDC, that individuals get the nasal spray."

Illinois residents shopping for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace for next year could see rate increases as high as 40 percent, under rate plans submitted through the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Illinois premium increases are, on average, lower in 2018 than 2017 for all levels, the department said in a news release.

 

Mattoon police say a shooting Wed. at Mattoon High School was carried out by one student, who is in custody.

Mark Schultz / Illinois Public Radio

 

Students at Parkland Community College in Champaign rallied in support of a student arrested earlier this month, saying police and administrators are “persecuting” black students and teachers.

Commentary: Is democracy a root cause of the state's budget woes?

As the governor and legislature have grappled in a historic death match over their views of how to sync our policy desires and our resources, many wonder if there is something especially daunting about budgeting in the Prairie State.

Officials at a central Illinois high school say police have someone in custody after one person was wounded during a shooting.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling on Congress to come up with a comprehensive immigration program. 

Vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death for children.

A progressive group is criticizing U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis for holding private meetings with donors but not holding public town hall meetings. But Davis says those accusations are not accurate.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will comment on an abortion bill once it reaches his desk.

JASTANILLINOIS / WGLT

Governor Bruce Rauner announced last week that Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein is stepping down from the post after a long run. Poet Laureate is a position that comes with a title, but no job description, no budget, no staff , and no salary. Stein, a Bradley University English professor, has held the position since December 2003.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making it harder for authorities to confiscate property from crime suspects. 

State Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

Illinois public health officials say a Kankakee County resident is the first Illinoisan to die from West Nile virus this year in the state.

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