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Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill allowing a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka died last month after winning a second term. There's been disagreement about succession plans.

An Urbana hospital is considering applying to become Illinois' only top-tier Ebola treatment center outside Chicago.

Western Illinois University is hosting a wilderness first responder course in March. The 72-hour program is designed for outdoor educators, adventure guides, professional search and rescue teams and those involved in disaster relief.

An intersection near the Peoria high school where Wayne McClain won three Illinois state basketball championships will be named in honor of the former Fighting Illini assistant coach.

Illinois is mailing information to another 36,000 households in seven counties to promote health insurance enrollment in rural areas and small cities.

Illinois' incoming appointed comptroller says she'd run in a 2016 special election if lawmakers approve one at a legislative session in Springfield. 

Illinois' next state treasurer says he plans to run an audit of his new office after he's sworn in on Monday.

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New data show Starved Rock State Park had its highest-ever attendance in 2014.

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New reports from several Illinois agencies propose ways lawmakers could help keep the state's nuclear plants open.

Illinois approved 50 new patient applications for medical marijuana during December, bringing the total to 650 patients with complete paperwork.

Illinois lawmakers are reconvening for a special session called by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn. They're expected to consider a proposal that would establish a 2016 special election to replace late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka as well as other constitutional office vacancies that arise in the future.

A federal agency has filed violations against an Illinois agricultural products company after two workers died at its Pekin facility.

Illinois has seen the fourth coldest year on record with an average statewide temperature of 49.9 degrees in 2014.

Illinois residents can now formally suggest a new medical condition that could benefit from medical marijuana.

Two Illinois lawmakers are calling for legislation to be considered during a special session this week that would combine the offices of the state comptroller and treasurer.

Snowy weather and subzero temperatures are headed for Illinois this week.

Incoming freshmen from Illinois would see no increase in base tuition at the University of Illinois next fall under a proposal announced by the school's leadership.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says research is still underway as his administration decides which businesses will receive permits to begin the state's pilot medical marijuana program.

Gov. Pat Quinn enters his final week in office with a speech and special session on the agenda, but it's unclear how hard lawmakers and leaders will work with the Democrat on a possible special election or other issues. 

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law legislation to help people in Illinois save for retirement. The Democrat signed the bill Sunday in one of the last such events he will have as governor before Republican Bruce Rauner takes office January 12. 

Governor Pat Quinn has signed new eavesdropping restrictions for Illinois after the old law was declared unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court. 

A new state law will make it tougher for felons to receive a public pension. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this week giving Illinois' attorney general more power to stop pension payments to convicted felons.

  Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a plan that lets people charged with some minor traffic offenses pay penalties without a court appearance. 

 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate 10 years in 2015 with activities and events. 

  U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants the metropolitan Chicago area to take on the fight against heroin.

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Records show the recovery rate for stolen guns in Springfield is far lower than the national average. 

  A jail-rental program that's brought in more than $73 million in the past decade has some McHenry County officials wondering if local taxpayers are subsidizing it.

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Records show that Illinois police departments in suburban St. Louis spent about $120,000 on overtime and riot protection gear in response to riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

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  Authorities say Chicago could close out 2014 with the lowest number of homicides in decades.

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Parents and guardians considering allowing their teens to host parties are responsible for more than just the alcohol consumed in the house when the new year rolls in. 

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