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Southern Illinois city's residents grapple with planned closure of public housing complexes.

Illinois Republicans are gearing up for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s re-election fight. At a state fair rally Wednesday, they made clear their campaign will focus on one man.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Wednesday she will fight proposed Trump administration cuts to agriculture.

During comments to reporters at the Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, the Illinois Democrat singled out crop insurance as something that needs to be preserved.

The Illinois House has adopted a resolution vilifying white supremacists.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says President Donald Trump's administration is "wrong morally, wrong factually and wrong legally" as it threatens to end funding for cities that refuse to share information with federal immigration authorities.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says President Donald Trump's comments about a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia "damage America." 

Even though a state budget was finally passed earlier this summer - the process for payment is not automatic. Social service agencies are waiting on money owed to them by the state.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has officially completed his 15-month prison sentence and is no longer being monitored by law enforcement.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's determined to fight a "corrupt political machine in Chicago" and its "special deals" as he seeks a second term.

Local school superintendents are telling an Illinois House panel that the changes Gov. Bruce Rauner made to school-funding legislation will hurt their school districts. 

Springfield City Council members have unanimously approved a resolution affirming the state capital city's commitment to civil rights and opposition to racism.

Southern Illinois will experience a brief population bump during the eclipse August 21.  Those who don't plan to migrate south for totality will still be able to experience a partial solar eclipse from central Illinois.  John Martin, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Springfield explains in a specially produced video.

In 2011, Aaron Murray bought his first gun at a sporting goods store — a .40 caliber Beretta pistol. He and his wife were fixing up a foreclosed home in a tough neighborhood in the northern suburbs of St. Louis, and he wanted to protect himself.

Two years later, a bullet from his own gun during a home invasion would leave him paralyzed from the waist down.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that makes it illegal to expel toddlers from preschools.

Backers of the new law point to a study that says toddlers and other Illinois preschoolers are expelled at a rate three times greater than their older, school-age counterparts.

“I just want you to let that sink in.”

Gov. Bruce Rauner has been drumming up opposition to the Democrats' new school funding plan, known as Senate Bill 1, by touting how much more money each district would receive under his plan. He points to Elgin U-46, the state’s second largest school district, as the biggest winner: That northwest suburban district would gain about $15 million if lawmakers approve Rauner’s amendatory veto.

So that district's CEO, Tony Sanders, must be rooting for Rauner's plan, right?

 

Wrong.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says he was satisfied with President Donald Trump’s original comments about the race-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

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Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Ameya Pawar has selected Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman as his 2018 running mate.

Republican state legislators from around Chicago are pitching a plan to repeal the new sweetened beverage tax in Cook County. 

Some Republican lawmakers say the Illinois State House of Representatives may not have the votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding bill Wednesday.

Former Miss America Running For Illinois Attorney General

Aug 15, 2017

Erika Harold is an attorney from Urbana who won the Miss America pageant in 2003.

A Blue Lives Matter rally outside Bloomington City Hall on Monday evening drew about 15 people.

Some Republican lawmakers say the Illinois State House of Representatives may not have the votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a school funding bill tomorrow.

The State Senate overrode Rauner’s veto with one Republican joining Democrats.

But in the House - the original bill passed 11 votes short of a veto-proof majority. So Democrats would need Republican help.

Republican State Representative Steve Andersson broke from Rauner to pass a state budget - but says he won’t this time on school funding.

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President Donald Trump is not the only elected official being criticized for his initial response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend.

Rock Island County Clerk, Karen Kinney, is waiting to find out what elected officials have learned about potential cyber-attacks on election systems in Illinois.

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About 300 people gathered near the fountains outside city hall in Springfield last night. They were there to hold a vigil for racial unity in the wake of violence in Charlottesville Virginia.

Illinois has made a long-delayed move toward replacing the private manager of the lottery, years after the first of two governors tried to fire the current manager for missing sales goals.
 
Camelot Illinois on Monday presented an overview of its plan to increase sales and put more money in state coffers for schools and other programs.
 
CEO Nigel Railton says the plan includes more prominent retail displays and increased marketing of online games, including a mobile app.
 

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that makes it illegal to expel toddlers from preschools.

Backers of the new law point to a study that says toddlers and other Illinois preschoolers are expelled at a rate three times greater than their older, school-age counterparts.

“I just want you to let that sink in.”

State Rep. Juliana Stratton is a Democrat from Chicago.

“When you see expulsion in early years, it leads to higher suspension and expulsion rates in later grades."

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A photograph taken in central Illinois of a monarch butterfly perched on a yellow goldenrod flower is featured on a new U.S. Postal Service stamp.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of people marched in Chicago as part of efforts to take a stand against racism in response to a white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia.

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The Cook County Democratic Party has endorsed J-B Pritzker for Illinois governor. But other Democrats say the party should not pick a favorite for the primary. Before the endorsement, State Senator Daniel Biss told party bosses the pick shows Democrats didn’t learn any lessons from the 2016 fight between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

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