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A major credit ratings agency says Illinois' new budget is "more of the same" from the worst-rated state in the U.S.

Illinois' imprisoned ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich, has filed paperwork asking President Donald Trump to commute his 14-year prison term for corruption that included seeking to sell an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.

An Army brigadier general who served in Afghanistan and Iraq has been named director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. 

The director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is leaving her role for a job in the private sector.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Former Cook County State's Attorney Bernard Carey, a Republican who was elected in the wake of a Chicago police raid that killed two Black Panther Party members in 1969, is dead at age 83. Wife Mary Rita said Carey died Friday of stomach cancer at his home in Naples, Florida.

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DECATUR  - The Children's Museum of Illinois will open a pro-law-enforcement themed exhibition next month. The two-story, 7,000-square-foot exhibit is called "Heroes Hall." The $3 million exhibit was funded by billionaire Warren Buffett's son Howard Buffett.

Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker has made a $25 million contribution to his campaign for Illinois governor.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed Illinois' new state budget, the first full-year spending plan he's enacted since taking office in 2015.

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DECATUR, Ill. - More than two dozen Illinois schools have started e-sports teams as the Illinois High School Association has recognized video gaming as an emerging high school sport.

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CHICAGO - The largest study ever done of breast cancer treatment finds most women with the most common form of the disease can skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the cancer.

A trial attorney for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says she's excited that President Donald Trump is considering commuting the Democrat's 14-year prison sentence for corruption.

A top Democrat has resigned his leadership post in the Illinois House after a legislative activist alleged he harassed and humiliated her. But he calls the allegations "absurd."

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CHICAGO - In the first weeks of its operation, the University of Chicago Medicine's new Level I adult trauma center has become one of the busiest in Illinois.

An appeals court has refused to toss corruption charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, saying it can't assess whether his prosecution violated constitutional separation-of-powers clauses until after he goes to trial.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there continues to be issues with Legionnaires' disease at an Illinois veterans home despite improvements.

The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure raising public school teacher salaries to a minimum of $40,000 a year.

A northern Illinois school resource officer is being honored for stopping a gunman who fired shots inside a school while seniors gathered for graduation rehearsal.

The Illinois House has voted against increasing the smoking age from 18 to 21.

The Illinois House has endorsed the idea of switching to a graduated income tax. 

First ladies are getting their own day in in the Illinois state capital.

A federal judge has ordered the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide mental health to inmates on "crisis watches" in segregated cells.

Graphic and industrial design students at the University of Illinois have created "immersive reality scenarios" to help prison inmates on the verge of release navigate the world outside. 

The Cook County, Illinois medical examiner's office is reviewing the work of a fired pathologist to determine if he made the correct rulings on 218 cases he handled.

The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds is offering a series of nature adventure days for kids each Wednesday in June in western Illinois.

The Illinois Senate has unanimously endorsed a plan to require reports on veterans' health after a Legionnaires' disease crisis at a state-run veterans home.

The Illinois House has approved a measure to provide back pay to thousands of state workers who've been waiting for it since 2011.

Legislation to allow Chicago police to use drones for surveillance of large crowds has failed in the Illinois House. 

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MARION, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois judge who went to Chicago for a temporary assignment and ended up helping convict dozens of judges, attorneys and police officers in one of city's most famous corruption cases has died.

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A man arrested in the killing of a 13-year-old Tacoma, Washington girl over three decades ago has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

60-year-old Robert Washburn pleaded not guilty Thursday in Tacoma, Washington, to murder with aggravated factors of sexual motivation and deliberate cruelty in the death of Jennifer Bastian.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers studying remedies to sexual harassment in state government say they are considering measures suggested by a colleague who claims retaliation by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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