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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A Medal of Honor recipient will give the keynote speech at this year's Illinois State Fair Veterans and Gold Star Family Day.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The home state of former President Barack Obama will commemorate his birthday under a new law. 

A federal judge has ruled an Illinois law requiring hospital and medical clinic professionals to tell pregnant women about all their available options, including abortion, can't be enforced.

Two Republican legislators won't seek re-election next year. 

Experts say heavy rain and flooding affected northern Illinois in July while the central and southern parts of the state saw dry weather that caused crop damage.

The sponsor of a plan overhauling how Illinois funds schools says Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed changes are an "all-out assault" on public education that would mean less state spending on schools over time.  

The Illinois Attorney General's Office is looking into the abrupt shutdown of the Korean War Veterans Museum & Library in Springfield.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Northwestern University professor in the stabbing death of a Chicago man.

Champaign is creating a civilian panel to examine complaints against the city's police officers.

A central Illinois museum that honors those who served in the Korean War has closed.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding bill is choosing "crisis over compromise."

Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock's attorneys accuse federal investigators of misconduct in their probe of the Republican and want the charges against him dismissed.

The state of Illinois says it's in the process of lifting its suspension of the operation of amusement rides similar to the one involved in a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair.

Illinois consumers who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange could see prices increase by as much as 43 percent next year.

July was another dangerous month in Chicago, with 74 homicides reported.

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Both parties agree the 20-year-old formula Illinois uses to fund schools is unfair, but they disagree over how to change it.

Conservation officers say an Indiana man died after he slipped and fell about 60 feet from a cliff at northern Illinois' in Starved Rock State Park.

Steve Bartman is getting a World Series championship ring from the Chicago Cubs. 

Efforts are underway in Bloomington to preserve what's left of the central Illinois city's brick streets.

A hospital in central Illinois is offering delayed first baths for healthy newborns as part of a low-tech approach to infant care.

About 35 of 80 Illinois inmates in who received mandatory life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed as juveniles have been resentenced since the Supreme Court ruled that punishment unconstitutional.

Democrats aren't planning on having a rally at this year's Illinois State Fair, foregoing a decades-long tradition.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Another ballpark brouhaha for Chris Christie.

Illinois legislators have adjourned the third day of a special session without wading into a school funding fight. 

State investigators say the former head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services improperly awarded a no-bid contract to a person with whom he co-owned property. 

The state of Illinois says it's suspending the operation of all amusement rides similar to the one involved in a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair.

Major civil rights groups have joined a class-action seeking to force Chicago to reform the nation's second largest police force with direct court oversight.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are among the Illinois politicians criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to bar transgender people from serving in the military.

Officials of a city in central Illinois are creating a community board to review public complaints against its police department.

Caterpillar is reporting a 46 percent jump in profits, during its second quarter of 2017.

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