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The clock is ticking as state leaders face a dilemma in how to replace Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in her current and future terms. Topinka died unexpectedly on Wednesday from complications of a stroke. She was to have started a new term in January.

A spokesman for late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says a public memorial service is being planned for next week. The service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Operating Engineers' Local 150 headquarters in Countryside. 

Illinois has won an $80 million federal grant to increase access to early childhood education. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the award Wednesday. His office says the state will receive a maximum of $20 million per year for four years.

Gov. Pat Quinn says any discussion over replacing Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka should be postponed as the public mourns her.

A gay rights group is mourning the death of Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

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Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's "heartbroken" about the death of Republican state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is calling the CIA interrogation practices described in the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report troubling. He says it's "equally disturbing" that U.S. intelligence agencies "refused to disclose the truth even to the highest levels of government."

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A longtime aide to outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn has been renamed as executive director of a state agency that provides money for Illinois construction projects.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died, less than 24 hours after having a stroke.

Gov. Pat Quinn is responding to a newspaper's investigation about allegations of assaults, abuse and prostitution schemes at Illinois residential treatment centers for youth.

The former campaign manager for defeated Governor Pat Quinn has been given a two-year contract to run the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority just five weeks before the Democratic governor leaves his job. 

Police are investigating after an East Peoria man reported being attacked and robbed of two cellphones when responding to a Craigslist advertisement.

More than 100 newborn babies have been safely handed over at fire stations and police departments in Illinois since the state's safe haven law was passed in 2001.

Some Illinois lawmakers oppose eavesdropping legislation awaiting action by the governor because it doesn't address how police officers may use body-worn cameras.

Illinois lawmakers have approved eavesdropping restrictions to replace those the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional last spring. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has asked the Illinois Supreme Court for an expedited hearing of her appeal of a lower court's declaration the state's pension overhaul is unconstitutional.  

Bradley University is offering its graduate students more global opportunities through new partnerships with universities in India.

An Illinois Legislature committee has taken action that puts a pair of the state's electric utilities closer to receiving two more years of automatic rate hikes.

House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman says Madigan does not plan to call a vote on a proposed increase in Illinois' minimum wage this legislative session.   

An investigation found that four Illinois Department of Human Rights employees supposedly examining discrimination complaints forged signatures and falsified documents to cover for work they didn't do. 

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There's a reason you pulled out the parka last month.

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A University of Illinois index that tracks the state's economy indicates steady growth since early this year.

The Illinois High School Association has responded to a new class-action lawsuit alleging the governing body hasn't done enough to protect football players from concussions. 

Leaders in Washington say they're hopeful last year's tornado won't affect the area's previous double-digit growth rate. 

Lawmakers are set to consider making permanent a law that allowed same-day voter registration for Illinois' Nov. 4 election.

The biggest issue for Illinois lawmakers in the year's last veto session this week is whether they can muster votes for a minimum wage hike. 

Peoria police have a busy weekend

Dec 1, 2014

Police have arrested a man after a nearly seven-hour standoff at a house in Peoria ended without injuries. Police say the standoff ended Sunday evening after the man claimed to be armed and barricaded himself in the house earlier in the day. Police said they were in communication with him over the phone throughout the afternoon.

After several tough years, the nation's Christmas tree growers are happy to see higher prices, but customers shouldn't worry too much. Any price increase shouldn't be enough to dampen their holiday cheer.

Illinois health officials have suspended a telephone hotline about the Ebola virus because the number of calls to it has fallen sharply.

An Illinois state official's holiday shopping list highlights hazardous toys, children's items and household products recalled in the past year. 

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