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State news stories and features from Illinois Public Radio.

Tanya Koonce

Authorities say a central Illinois man has died in an officer-involved shooting.

The northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield faces a second lawsuit after its village board voted unanimously to ban certain semi-automatic firearms.

Illinois State Police are urging Firearm Owners Identification card holders to apply early as many come up for renewal.

A measure is awaiting action from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner that would end the state's participation in a controversial multi-state voter registration database.

Illinois' unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in more than a decade.

State Sen. Sam McCann has left the Republican Party, and will be trying to run for governor on the Conservative Party ticket. Does that complicate the chances for Gov. Bruce Rauner, who narrowly won renomination against a more conservative Republican primary challenger?

The Illinois House failed to pass legislation related to the Affordable Care Act on Friday. It would have locked in certain health insurance benefits. 
 

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Legislation that would separate SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville passed out of a House Committee Thursday. Representative Jay Hoffman's bill would create a separate board for SIUC and SIUE, and it would have the School of Medicine be a part of Edwardsville's structure. Hoffman says his proposal would boost both campuses.

 

TIAA Exec Offers Guidelines For Retirement Saving

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Ronald Pressman says everyone needs to think ahead to retirement, whether that time is far in the future, or just a few years away. The executive with the non-profit financial service provider TIAA says baby boomers need to make sure their retirement benefits live as long as they do, and millennials need to act now to make sure their plans for retirement get off to a good start.

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project announced on Thursday a revamped website with about 5,000 legal, personal and political writings and documents associated with the nation's 16th president.

Legislation before the Illinois House would replace school-based police officers with social workers. 

The House has approved a plan pushed by the Democratic state comptroller to require Illinois governors to pay employees from their budgets, not those of other agencies. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is claiming victory over President Donald Trump's administration after a federal appeals court upheld a temporary injunction barring the Justice Department from applying new conditions to awarding public safety funds.

Another candidate is complicating Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s reelection campaign. State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) announced a third-party bid for the state’s top office on Thursday. 

The gun debate returned to the Illinois Capitol Wednesday. The group Moms Demand Action was lobbying to require state licenses for gun dealers.

Faculty and staff at Western Illinois University have voted to authorize a strike. 

Last month, the state's voters decided on the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor. But with the primaries behind them, the winners still have to convince those who wanted someone else at the top of the ticket.

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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos is withdrawing from a statewide panel studying sexual harassment and discrimination to allow it to be more independent. The Democrat from Moline said Wednesday election law and ethics rules prevent her from serving with the group if it becomes an independent legal entity.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan formed the State Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel in February. He appointed Bustos, state Comptroller Susana Mendoza and state Rep. Carol Ammons.

Illinois State Museum

A new website created for Illinois' bicentennial celebration tells the story of Illinois from well before it became a state 200 years ago. The Illinois State Museum created the website, which features objects from its collection as well as from other museums. They include ancient fossils, a ceremonial war club used by the Potawatomi Indians and a miner's hat likely used by workers in a Sangamon County coal mine.

Illinois State Museum

A new website created for Illinois' bicentennial celebration tells the story of Illinois from well before it became a state 200 years ago. The Illinois State Museum created the website, which features objects from its collection as well as from other museums. They include ancient fossils, a ceremonial war club used by the Potawatomi Indians and a miner's hat likely used by workers in a Sangamon County coal mine.

Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media

The first employers are being signed up now for Illinois’ Secure Choice retirement savings program. State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says that under the program, private-sector workers who don’t have a retirement plan at their job can have a portion of their pay automatically set aside in a state savings program. Frerichs says those savings will be shielded from any state financial problems.  

As the midterm election draws near, some state lawmakers want to change the way Illinois’ political districts are drawn. They want to do that by giving voters a chance to change the constitution.
 

A lawyer for former Republican Rep. Aaron Schock says prosecutors are aiming to be the first to imprison a former member of Congress over ambiguous rules the U.S. House set for itself.

Some of the more than 100 motions filed in the case of a Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death  of black teenager Laquan McDonald that have been kept secret may soon become public.

Lawmakers are urging the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services be more transparent with the public.

 

Riddled with complaints and ethical violations, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services wants more money to address what the director called “a number of burning fires.” 

Illinois state legislators and advocates say state employees need more protection from a growing trend of workplace violence. But statehouse measures addressing that have gotten a mixed reception.
 

The Bergner’s store at Eastland Mall appears headed for closure.

A woman from Rockford, Illinois, is accused of causing the death of a man in South Dakota by selling him heroin.

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