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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.

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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.

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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.

Emergency management agencies in 32 counties will be getting thousands of dollars each to beef up their emergency operations centers.

Illinois State University is entering the public phase of its long-awaited major fundraising campaign.

After 16 years in the job, state Rep. Dan Brady said he wants another term.

Ameren Illinois Shows Off Drone.

Sep 19, 2017

People and businesses in northwestern Illinois affected by severe storms and flooding in July are now eligible for federal help. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner made the announcement Tuesday.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s approval of the state request for assistance means people and businesses in Stephenson and the surrounding Illinois counties of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle and Winnebago who were affected by flooding are now eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans to help them recover from the disaster.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has a word of warning for investors: Recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida will likely produce investment scams.

Seattle-based online retailer Amazon has announced it is building a second headquarters for 50,000 employees. Cities all over the country -- including Chicago -- are bidding for the chance to get the headquarters.

Rauner says he’s involved in the Chicago bid, but also in the Saint Louis effort.

“Chicago is clearly the more important,” Rauner said, “but we've got to make sure that we’re positioned to benefit Illinois if St. Louis ends up being very competitive.”

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she has no "immediate plans" to run for another office when her term is up in 2019, including mayor of Chicago. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that re-establishes an economic-development tax incentive with greater transparency.

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield has received historic documents tracing a southern Illinois family's history back to the 1790's.

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