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Illinois lawmakers have approved eavesdropping restrictions to replace those the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional last spring. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has asked the Illinois Supreme Court for an expedited hearing of her appeal of a lower court's declaration the state's pension overhaul is unconstitutional.  

Bradley University is offering its graduate students more global opportunities through new partnerships with universities in India.

An Illinois Legislature committee has taken action that puts a pair of the state's electric utilities closer to receiving two more years of automatic rate hikes.

House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman says Madigan does not plan to call a vote on a proposed increase in Illinois' minimum wage this legislative session.   

An investigation found that four Illinois Department of Human Rights employees supposedly examining discrimination complaints forged signatures and falsified documents to cover for work they didn't do. 

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A University of Illinois index that tracks the state's economy indicates steady growth since early this year.

The Illinois High School Association has responded to a new class-action lawsuit alleging the governing body hasn't done enough to protect football players from concussions. 

Leaders in Washington say they're hopeful last year's tornado won't affect the area's previous double-digit growth rate. 

Lawmakers are set to consider making permanent a law that allowed same-day voter registration for Illinois' Nov. 4 election.

The biggest issue for Illinois lawmakers in the year's last veto session this week is whether they can muster votes for a minimum wage hike. 

Peoria police have a busy weekend

Dec 1, 2014

Police have arrested a man after a nearly seven-hour standoff at a house in Peoria ended without injuries. Police say the standoff ended Sunday evening after the man claimed to be armed and barricaded himself in the house earlier in the day. Police said they were in communication with him over the phone throughout the afternoon.

After several tough years, the nation's Christmas tree growers are happy to see higher prices, but customers shouldn't worry too much. Any price increase shouldn't be enough to dampen their holiday cheer.

Illinois health officials have suspended a telephone hotline about the Ebola virus because the number of calls to it has fallen sharply.

An Illinois state official's holiday shopping list highlights hazardous toys, children's items and household products recalled in the past year. 

Some Illinois hunters are helping needy families by donating at least part of their deer harvest. It's done through Sportsmen Against Hunger. The program is sponsored by the state's Department of Natural Resources.

From dealing with a rush of job-seekers to a leaky roof and hard feelings among opponents he now needs, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been busily preparing to take over Illinois. His plans include staging a "big party" to celebrate "our great state" at his inauguration, even as he struggles to get a handle on the state's "horrible" budget situation.

President Barack Obama will be returning to his hometown of Chicago to tout his executive action on immigration.

Attorneys for retired Illinois state employees paying increased health insurance premiums have asked a Sangamon County judge to order the money be returned.

Republican Tom Cross has conceded the Illinois treasurer's race to Democrat Mike Frerichs. Cross released a statement Wednesday saying he called and congratulated Frerichs, a state senator from Champaign. 

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The University of Illinois system has hired State University of New York Vice Chancellor for Research Timothy L. Killeen as its next president. The university announced Wednesday that the 62-year-old Killeen will become president when current President Robert Easter retires in June.

SIU President to serve dual role

Nov 19, 2014
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Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn says he also will serve as the Carbondale campus' interim chancellor after the unexpected death of interim chancellor Paul Sarvela.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is requesting a federal inquiry into what he's calling "voting irregularities" and "mishandling of ballots" during this month's election. 

Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is launching a website that will allow individuals to apply for jobs in his administration. The website is MakeIllinoisGreat.com. Visitors also can submit ideas to improve the state.

A bipartisan effort to name a veterans facility in Galesburg, Illinois, after the late Lane Evans is underway.  

 U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos introduced legislation Thursday in Congress to name the Galesburg Veterans Affairs clinic after Evans.  

The former congressman from Illinois died last week at age 63 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Evans had fought for veterans' rights during his 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

CHICAGO (AP) -  Jane Byrne, Chicago's first and only female mayor, has died at the age of 80. Byrne's daughter, Kathy, says her mother died Thursday at a hospice in Chicago. With Byrne's election in 1979, she became part of Chicago history. And she was part of the city's lore because of a big reason why she was elected: Voters blamed the sitting mayor, Michael Bilandic, for what they saw as the city's slow reaction to a blizzard.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been re-elected to a fourth term over Republican candidate Paul Schimpf.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has defeated Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis to win a fourth term. The Senate's second-ranking Democrat had been expected to keep the seat he's held since 1997.

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A fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility halted all flights in and out of the city's two airports, and is impacting flights throughout the Midwest.

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