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The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBT history.

An Indiana couple has donated two Civil War documents signed by Abraham Lincoln to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

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The city of Carbondale is asking for help coming up with a name and logo for a Halloween-themed festival this fall.

 

The city is holding a contest to create the name and logo. It's open to all Southern Illinois artists and Southern Illinois University graduates.

 

The deadline to enter is May 25, and the winner will be unveiled at the June 12 City Council meeting. The person with the winning entry will receive $150. The festival is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 27.

 

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has delivered a report on reconstruction of the Quincy veterans' home beset by deadly Legionnaires' disease.

Students applying for admission into the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will soon be able to self-report their standardized test scores.

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Mayors across Illinois are joining forces to urge lawmakers not to cut local funding to balance the next state budget. The coalition of mayors and municipal groups launched a website and social media platform called ProtectMyTown.

They're urging Illinois residents to visit the site, send a message to legislators and the governor and share the site through Facebook and Twitter.

 

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More than 90 suburban Chicago high school students became ill after they attended a weekend prom at the Shedd Aquarium. Public health officials on Monday said they are trying to determine the reason why Victor Andrew High School students reported fevers, vomiting and diarrhea after the prom.

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A business associate of a former Peoria hotel owner has been sentenced to a decade in prison in connection with a $179 million loan scheme.

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Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas is a finalist for the same job at an Alabama school. Tuskegee University says Thomas is one of two finalists for the school’s president position. He studied English as an undergraduate at Alabama A&M University and earned a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The historically black college in east Alabama says the other finalist is Lilly McNair, the vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College.

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Illinois libraries will receive more than $15 million in grants from State Librarian and Secretary of State Jesse White. He says the money is an annual allocation of Per Capita and Equalization Aid grants. It goes to 630 libraries in the Prairie State.

White says that "libraries are the best and most reliable information resource available to citizens."

Senate OKs Raising Smoking Age From 18 to 21

Apr 25, 2018

The Illinois Senate has voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

Convicted $54 million municipal embezzler Rita Crundwell has been transferred to a federal prison in her home state of Illinois.

Peoria officials will use a state grant to turn downtown office space in the central Illinois community into subsidized housing for the homeless.

Members of the Illinois House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to deliver a plan by Friday for remedying a Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans home. 

Illinois public health officials say a central Illinois woman has died after using synthetic marijuana.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says the most recent victim was in her 30s. He says she was a resident of Stark County, but died at a Peoria hospital. No additional details regarding the death have been released.

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A boost in equipment sales propelled Caterpillar's first-quarter profit, as a strong global economy helped support construction and energy industry projects.

Construction equipment sales rose 38 percent during the quarter, while energy and transportation equipment sales rose 26 percent. North America remained the company's biggest market, with its Asia/Pacific region coming in as its next biggest. CAT boosted its full-year outlook by $2 per share.

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Illinois residents still have few more days to submit designs for a souvenir coin to mark the state's 200th birthday. State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says May 1 is the deadline to submit designs for the

Bicentennial Coin Contest. He says designs should depict an aspect of Illinois or its history. Contestants may submit an entry online

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The Morton man accused of killing four people with an AR-15 rifle at a Tennessee Waffle House has been formally charged with four counts of criminal homicide and is being held on a $2 million bond. Court records say 29-year-old Travis Reinking was charged Monday.  He is due in court Wednesday. 

 Police say Reinking was wearing a green jacket and nothing else Sunday when he stormed the restaurant in southeast Nashville and opened fire with the military assault-style rifle, first in the parking lot and then inside. Police credited a quick-thinking customer who wrestled the gun away from preventing more bloodshed. 

A proposal could give more Illinois voters a chance to lower their property taxes.

Illinois public health officials say the state has received a major donation that will help those who have suffered severe bleeding as part of a deadly outbreak involving synthetic marijuana.

A Champaign area-based bus company faces a federal lawsuit accusing it of discriminating and harassing customers and their families.

During the Illinois budget crisis, private companies borrowed billions of dollars to pay government vendors on time with the promise that state repayment would come with late fees.

New state requirements and incentives are drawing renewable energy developers to Illinois.

Illinois officials say they delivered personal data involving more than 4,000 people to incorrect addresses.

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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.

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

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