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An ex-campaign worker for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's Democratic organization has been arrested for allegedly violating a protective order.

A former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year is campaigning as a middle-class candidate in an Illinois governor's race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire.

Early voting will be delayed at least one more day in Lake County.

Jurors in Peoria have convicted a 21-year-old woman of participating in a robbery that left a 63-year-old man dead.

Illinois school administrators say they cannot afford to pay teachers' pension costs as part of Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to balance the state budget.

Illinois will get $1.7 million in federal grants for six anti-poverty programs.

There's a new plaque at the state capitol in Springfield commemorating President Barack Obama's 2016 speech to lawmakers in the Illinois House.

Senate President John Cullerton is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to propose a budget plan that's balanced.

An Illinois House committee has delayed voting on plans to change how hospitals receive Medicaid dollars as two Chicago hospitals say a revised formula could force them to close. 

A federal judge has set an April 2019 trial date for a former physics student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.

Courts across Illinois have had about a month to adjust to the requirements of the new bail reform law that took effect Jan. 1.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has dismissed a long-time political consultant after an investigation found he sent inappropriate text messages to a colleague. 

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will receive a $640,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to buy zero emissions ground support equipment.

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A new exhibit opening next month at the Illinois State Museum will feature three "unsung heroes." Museum officials say they're focusing on "ordinary people who did extraordinary things." They are nurse Anna Heistad, who worked in Chicago in the early 19th century during a flu pandemic, missionary worker Minnie Vautrin of Secor, who helped shelter thousands of women and children, and Thomas Jones, a Navy medic.

The display relies on photos and personal objects to tell their stories.

 

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Some members of Congress want a one-year deadline for completing a federal study on keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a crucial Illinois waterway.

In a letter Thursday to heads of House spending committees, 26 lawmakers from Great Lakes states say the next federal budget should order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finish its Brandon Road Lock and Dam study by February 2019.

 

Lawyers for a former physics student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China intend to ask the presiding federal judge to recuse himself in the death penalty case. 

State officials say an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services worker has died who was severely beaten while trying to take protective custody of a child.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says lawmakers need to approve a supplemental spending bill to ensure the Department of Corrections can get through the rest of the fiscal year.

State officials say preliminary test results show legionella bacteria have been found in the Illinois State Capitol complex.

A task force created by Illinois' governor to address the deadly Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans Home will review the possibility for new construction at the facility.

State officials are challenging one million Illinois motorists to slow down and make room when they see a vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights on.

A bill has been proposed at the Illinois General Assembly that would put term limits on four legislative positions.
 
Republican Rep. Thomas M. Bennett of Gibson City has proposed the bill. It would limit the House speaker, Senate president and the minority leader in each chamber to 10 consecutive years in their roles.
 
Bennett submitted a similar bill in March, but it never left the committee. But last year, the chamber approved a resolution that limits the tenure of the Senate president and the minority leader to 10 years.
 

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Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is requiring state lawmakers to jump through a public-records law hoop before turning over emails about a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
 
Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah told a joint House-Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Wednesday that Sen. Tom Cullerton's request for communication surrounding the crisis that has led to the deaths of 13 residents and sickened dozens more is subject to the Freedom of Information Act .
 

The state's education chief says that the $350 million boost promised to public schools this year will be distributed beginning in April. 

An Illinois senate committee has endorsed raising the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. 

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Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has settled a lawsuit alleging the school violated First Amendment rights by limiting free speech to a small area on campus.

The Alliance Defending Freedom represented College Republicans at SIUE when it filed the lawsuit in October 2017. The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of restricting student expression to a 905-square-foot zone in Stratton Quadrangle.

ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer said Monday public colleges and universities are supposed to be laboratories for democracy.

An outspoken Holocaust denier is likely to appear on the November ballot as the Republican nominee for a Chicago-area congressional district.

Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives says her contentious campaign ad against Gov. Bruce Rauner is an "accurate representation" of policies her rival has endorsed.

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A Tyrannosaurus rex fossil that's been on prominent display at Chicago's Field Museum is being moved to make room for a cast of the biggest dinosaur ever discovered.

 

Officials with the Field Museum say the T. rex named Sue, which has been at the museum since 2000, will be moved today. The specimen will be updated and moved upstairs to a private suite opening in 2019.

 

A Cook County judge has ruled attorney general candidate Scott Drury be removed from next month's primary ballot over questions about whether he complied with the rules in filing of a statement of economic interest. 

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