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A revised report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Illinois job growth hit a high point last summer and surpassed its prior business cycle peak from September 2000. 

Thousands of students at schools across Illinois participated in a national walkout to demand action on gun violence.

The Illinois treasurer says he opposes a bill that would take away his office's authority to hire auditors to help recover residents' unclaimed property.

A group of residents is raising money to keep a park district-owned riverboat operating in northern Illinois this summer. 

Digital currency is becoming a fundamental part of some finance courses at Illinois universities.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a Medicaid funding plan that changes the way hospitals are reimbursed for treating low-income patients.

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Illinois Democratic candidates for governor say it's time for the state to legalize recreational marijuana, while Republican candidates oppose the idea.

 

All six Democratic candidates for the March 20 primary favor legalization in some form. They say the move will bring needed revenue into the state and fight what they see as racial disparities in arrests and sentencing.

 

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It's an alleged bid to harness the luck of the Irish or, at least, the luck of an Irish name.

A watchdog says a Chicago-area lawyer changed his name to sound Irish to improve his odds of winning election as a Cook County judge, from Phillip Spiwak to Shannon P. O'Malley, after losing a 2010 race in a neighboring county.

The Illinois Civil Justice League is releasing its judicial candidate ratings Monday, citing O'Malley's name change for giving him a "not-recommended" rating.

Eastern Illinois University's president says the campus appears to be headed toward a significant increase in freshman enrollment next fall.

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The University of Chicago has announced the October closing of the 121-year-old Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

University Executive Vice President David Fithian said Thursday operating Yerkes no longer makes sense for the university from a programmatic or cost standpoint. He says the university hasn't decided what to do with the buildings or the property the observatory stands on.

An Illinois House committee has approved a bill that would prevent credit card companies from marketing their products on public university and community college campuses.

Nearly 1,200 school employees in east and central Illinois have been trained on how to stop life-threatening bleeding since last year.

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A judge has dismissed the Chicago Cubs from a lawsuit filed by a fan blinded in one eye by a foul ball at Wrigley Field.

John Loos of Schaumburg, Illinois says in the lawsuit filed in October he was sitting along the first-base line near the outfield during an August 29 game when he was struck in the face.

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Legislation barring the use of taxpayer money to settle complaints of sexual harassment against legislators is moving to the House floor.

The Executive Committee approved the plan unanimously Wednesday.

Rep. David McSweeney says staff members for the House and Senate have told him they're not aware of any such instances in Illinois. But the Barrington Hills Republican says "I want to make sure it doesn't happen in the future."

A follow-up bill to Illinois' school funding reform law is headed to the state Senate after winning approval from members of the House.
 
State officials say the measure is needed to make sure money is properly distributed under the new plan. The House vote on Wednesday was 76-31.
 

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The city of Chicago has filed a federal lawsuit against three distributors of opioids citing "unlawful and unfettered" distribution of the drugs in the city.
 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the lawsuit Tuesday. If follows litigation the city filed in 2014 against opioid manufacturers. Emanuel says the city wants to "end irresponsible practices and hold companies accountable for their deceptive actions."
 

Identity theft was the top complaint consumers made to the Illinois attorney general's office last year.

A study shows that the economic impact of the Illinois Veterans Home extends far beyond the city of Quincy and well above the facility's $54 million annual budget.

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The U.S. Postal Service is set to issue a stamp honoring Illinois' 200th anniversary of statehood. The special bicentennial stamp is scheduled for release on Monday during a ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.

 

The ceremony is to include Deputy Gov. Leslie Munger, Lincoln Presidential Library executive director Alan Lowe and Postal Service executives.

 

Illinois first lady Diana Rauner says the governor's mansion will reopen in July, more than a year after the beginning of an extensive renovation process.
 
Rauner spoke Tuesday at the Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism in Chicago. She says the Executive Mansion in Springfield will reopen July 14 for public tours.
 

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A Pekin man has been sentenced to a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges of defrauding an elderly man out of nearly $100,000. 42-year-old Deryl Wright will spend most of that time in prison. His sentence includes another three years of supervised release and repayment of the money he swindled, with interest. That amounts to nearly $100,600 in addition to court fines and fee.

 

The Illinois House has approved state licensing of firearms dealers and requiring that those buying assault-style weapons wait through a 72-hour "cooling off" period before taking delivery. 

Email messages show state officials worked to put a positive spin on news coverage as a deadly Legionnaires disease outbreak unfolded at an Illinois veterans' home.

There are signs key portions of the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may be at risk of unraveling.

The Illinois Senate has OK'd a revised Medicaid funding plan for hospitals. 

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Former President Barack Obama has made another pitch for his presidential center on Chicago's South Side, saying it will create jobs and attract businesses to the area. Obama on Tuesday downplayed concerns about increased housing costs and other issues that have been raised by residents who live near the planned center.

Recent figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health show that more women appear to be traveling from out of state to have an abortion despite the total number of terminated pregnancies decreasing statewide.

The Supreme Court remains divided in a major organized labor case over "fair share" fees that nonmembers pay to help cover the costs of contract negotiations.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says a worker was struck and critically injured while filling potholes along a central Illinois roadway.

Investigators say a 14-year-old boy found dead last year in his suburban Chicago home died from an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

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