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House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

The extended Fourth of July weekend is expected to be one of the busiest periods of the year on Illinois's tollway with nearly 8 million vehicles on the system.

The House has approved legislation to revamp the workers' compensation system and pension programs and to make it easier for superfluous units of local government to be consolidated or eliminated.

Illinois lawmakers have directed the state's auditor general to investigate a lease deal signed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says if legislators fail to send him a budget by Friday, he'll extend a legislative special session until they "get the job done."

The state budget impasse could affect the accreditation of Illinois universities, which are already facing a funding cut under the recently proposed budget.

President Donald Trump has welcomed the manager and several players from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House. 

Amtrak is offering discounted tickets for passengers traveling to southern Illinois to view the upcoming total solar eclipse.

If Illinois legislators don't approve a budget this week, lottery players in the state won't get jackpots over $25,000. 

The FBI says it has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month. 

Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on felony charges alleging they conspired to cover up the fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer.

An application for a fracking permit in southern Illinois has revived the debate on high-volume oil and gas drilling. 

A walk and concert are planned Thursday to show support for a Chinese woman studying at the University of Illinois who disappeared June 9.

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has approved plans for a 100-bed psychiatric hospital to address a substance abuse crisis in two of the state's counties.

The Illinois State Board of Education is proposing a new timeline for a federal law that aims to help students pass state exams as well as be proficient in math and reading.

Illinois health officials say they're seeing an increase in tick-borne illness among residents in the state.

Visitors to this year's Illinois State Fair will be able to buy tickets and parking passes online and have the tickets scanned at the gate on their mobile phone.

The city of Champaign has extended its moratorium on new video-gambling machines until Jan. 23.

Illinois officials are asking the public to let trained and licensed experts handle fireworks as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.

An exhibit on the Harlem Renaissance has opened at the African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society Museum of Illinois in Decatur.

Groups are working with the city of Springfield to expand youth programs this summer.

The city-owned arena downtown Bloomington in central Illinois has a new name: Grossinger Motors Arena.

Peoria Historical Society

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The Peoria Historical Society's history tours may become history themselves.  

Judges will be encouraged to prescribe longer sentences for repeat gun offenders under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has threatened to reject a plan extending the funding mechanism for the state's 911 call centers, saying proposed fee increases are too high and the plan is loaded with other things. 

Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal. 

Illinois residents are being warned to beware of rabid animals after more than two dozen rabid bats have been reported in the state this year.

An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump.

Former President Barack Obama's presidential center could include a playground, performance lawn and a sledding hill. 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Representatives of University of Illinois police and a campus counseling center will meet with students to discuss the search for a visiting scholar from China.

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