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Illinois may have its first complete state budget in two years, but an organization representing dozens of addiction and mental health centers in the state says it will be a long time before services return to their previous levels.

The Illinois State Board of Elections says it won't provide information about registered voters to President Donald Trump's voting commission.

The state treasurer says Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner must go to New York to talk bond-rating houses out of knocking the state's creditworthiness into "junk" status.

Officials of telecommunications conglomerate AT&T say Illinois' landlines won't be going away anytime soon despite a new state law to end the traditional phone service.

Illinois Lottery officials say the state lost about $4 million by halting sales of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets due to the state budget stalemate.

The city of Chicago is receiving $14.8 million in federal grants to provide treatment to low-income people with HIV.


Two suspects in the Funks Grove slaying remained jailed Sunday as authorities again raised the possibility of more arrests and the victim’s daughter, now charged with murder, came into sharper focus.

Christine Roush, 22, of Washington, Ill., and Matt Isbell, 20, of Marquette Heights were formally charged Saturday with two murder counts each in the death of Teresa A. Poehlman, who was Roush’s biological mother.

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Passing a budget wasn’t the only thing Illinois lawmakers did last week. They also named a major road after former president Barack Obama. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner lost an unprecedented battle with the "Springfield insiders" he once campaigned to dethrone when lawmakers approved a budget and $5 billion tax hike over his objections, and without the pro-business reforms the Republican promised.

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Nathan and Jenn talk with fiber artist Trish Williams to learn about her works and the Fiber Artists Coalition exhibition titled Wabi-Sabi: Finding Beauty in the Imperfect. The  fiber and mixed media is currently on display at the Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts on the second floor mezzanine at First United Methodist in Peoria. 

Home for Veterans Dedicates New Wing, Named 'Hope'

Jul 7, 2017
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The General Wayne A Downing Home for Veterans in Peoria is getting five new residents.

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A Peoria man, with a nearly decade long criminal history of violence against women and children, is being charged in the murder of his girlfriend.

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Peoria-area state representatives voted mostly along party lines on the decision to override the Governor’s vetoes, giving the state its first budget in more than two years.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says a newly approved state budget was the result of bipartisan efforts to end a "destructive" impasse that has gripped state government for more than two years. 

Senator Durbin Discusses Healthcare

Jul 6, 2017

US Senator Dick Durbin wants to see the United States eventually implement a “Medicare for all” type health care program.

Hundreds of people lined the streets in central Illinois to honor an Illinois State Police trooper who died in a vehicle crash.

The defense attorney for a man accused of kidnapping a University of Illinois scholar from China says his client deserves the "presumption of innocence."

Cook County officials warn that a 10% budget cut is possible if a judge doesn't allow a sweetened beverage tax to take effect by August.

The University of Illinois has planned a summer institute on human-animal studies starting this weekend. 

Climatologists say the average temperature for June across Illinois was 72.8 degrees which was 0.9 degrees above normal.  

BREAKING: State Capitol On Lockdown

Jul 6, 2017
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The capitol building in Springfield was placed on lockdown around 1:30 Thurs.

It happened just as representatives in the House were preparing to debate a possible override of the Governor’s veto of a proposed budget.

Springfield Fire Chief Barry Helmerichs says the building is on lockdown after a woman allegedly threw a powdery substance in the governor's office. 

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Illinois State Sen. David Koehler is going public with his choice for governor. On Thurs., the Peoria Democrat announced he’s throwing his support behind State Sen. Daniel Biss for the 2018 gubernatorial race.

History Lesson: How Did We Get a Budget Deal?

Jul 6, 2017

The Illinois House will try again today to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the state’s first full budget in two years. Rauner vetoed the measure Tuesday, just hours later the State Senate overrode that move. The first term Republican rejected the 36-billion dollar budget and its companion tax hike because it didn’t address his demand for reform. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe talked with Illinois Political historian Kent Redfield to see what changed in recent weeks to make a budget deal happen in the first place?

Illinois’ junior US Senator toured the USDA Ag Lab in Peoria Wed.

The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of budget package.

A major credit-rating agency has put Illinois under review for a rating downgrade even if lawmakers override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a long-elusive budget deal.

An Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman says the board will decide next month whether to provide some information about voters to President Donald Trump's voting commission. 

A southwest Illinois county is suing pharmaceutical companies, alleging the prescription painkiller epidemic is worse due to deceptive marketing.

Two commissioners have proposed creating an identification card for anyone living in Cook County, including those in the U.S. illegally.

Christian crisis pregnancy centers in some Chicago suburbs are challenging a change in an Illinois' law that now requires medical professionals to notify pregnant patients of all their available options, including abortion.