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The Illinois State Board of Education has named 10 finalists for 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Two teams of scientists from the Illinois State Water Survey have collected weather data during the first coast-to-coast U.S. solar eclipse since 1918 and plan to analyze the findings.

Aldermen in Rockford have approved a resolution condemning hate groups after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia.

A former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee accused of killing a man as part of what prosecutors called a sexual fantasy have another court date scheduled this week in Chicago.

About 14,000 people filled Southern Illinois University's Saluki Stadium in Carbondale to watch Monday's total solar eclipse.

Illinois is marking the 20th anniversary of legislation that lowered the drunken driving limit to .08 blood-alcohol concentration.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has reached a $4.5 million settlement with an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company that her office sued for deceptive marketing of an opioid drug meant for cancer patients.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved regulations that require pharmacists to counsel customers who seek to fill prescriptions for new medications or need changes to longtime prescriptions.

A Peoria fire department wants to teach CPR to 8,000 people over the next two years.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a plan that would limit cooperation between authorities in Illinois and federal immigration authorities "seems very reasonable."

A political cartoon circulated by a conservative Illinois think tank with ties to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has triggered accusations of racism and insensitivity in the wake of the deadly rally attack in Virginia.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign dismissed attacks by would-be Democratic challengers.

Secretary of State Jesse White says he'll seek a sixth term in 2018. 

The Illinois House has adopted a resolution vilifying white supremacists.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says President Donald Trump's administration is "wrong morally, wrong factually and wrong legally" as it threatens to end funding for cities that refuse to share information with federal immigration authorities.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says President Donald Trump's comments about a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia "damage America." 

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has officially completed his 15-month prison sentence and is no longer being monitored by law enforcement.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's determined to fight a "corrupt political machine in Chicago" and its "special deals" as he seeks a second term.

Local school superintendents are telling an Illinois House panel that the changes Gov. Bruce Rauner made to school-funding legislation will hurt their school districts. 

Springfield City Council members have unanimously approved a resolution affirming the state capital city's commitment to civil rights and opposition to racism.

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Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Ameya Pawar has selected Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman as his 2018 running mate.

Republican state legislators from around Chicago are pitching a plan to repeal the new sweetened beverage tax in Cook County. 

Illinois has made a long-delayed move toward replacing the private manager of the lottery, years after the first of two governors tried to fire the current manager for missing sales goals.
 
Camelot Illinois on Monday presented an overview of its plan to increase sales and put more money in state coffers for schools and other programs.
 
CEO Nigel Railton says the plan includes more prominent retail displays and increased marketing of online games, including a mobile app.
 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A photograph taken in central Illinois of a monarch butterfly perched on a yellow goldenrod flower is featured on a new U.S. Postal Service stamp.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of people marched in Chicago as part of efforts to take a stand against racism in response to a white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - High school students in central Illinois are part of an effort to renovate Peoria Stadium.

Chicago has asked a federal judge to halt President Donald Trump's policy of withholding public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.
 
The request was filed late Thursday as part of Chicago's lawsuit challenging the policy, which targets cities that don't fully cooperate with stricter enforcement of U.S. immigration law.
 
A preliminary injunction, if granted, could freeze the safety-grants policy at least until the litigation plays out.
 

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A homeless shelter in Peoria is opening to homeless families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Officials at the University of Illinois in Springfield say an outside consulting firm will review safety issues at the Sangamon Auditorium following the death of a concertgoer this year.
 
University spokesman Blake Wood says Grey and Associates of Champaign will conduct the study, which is expected to cost about $5,000. Wood says university officials expect the results by September, but he wouldn't say if they'll be made public.
 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has named a former Republican state lawmaker as his deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs. 

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