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U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she's returning to full-time work after 12 weeks of leave to care for her baby.

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.

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.

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

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. 

An Illinois House panel has endorsed a proposal expanding the use of medical marijuana to fight the state's opioid crisis.

The Illinois lawmaker who says House Speaker Michael Madigan retaliated against her for statements about rooting out sexual harassment in the Capitol wants the process for investigating ethics complaints in the Legislature overhauled.

The Illinois House has approved legislation to create a procedure to temporarily confiscate guns from people threatening violence.

Illinois lawmakers are weighing legislation to prevent synthetic marijuana manufacturers from dodging laws banning the substance.

An Illinois Senate bill that would expand the use of medical marijuana in order to combat the state's opioid crisis has been referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee.

Members of the Illinois House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to deliver a plan by Friday for remedying a Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans home. 

The House has approved a plan pushed by the Democratic state comptroller to require Illinois governors to pay employees from their budgets, not those of other agencies. 

State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth is sponsoring legislation to remove a common roadblock for those with a criminal record. 

The Illinois Senate has advanced a plan requiring public schools teach a unit on the role and contributions of gays, lesbians and other LGBT individuals in society.

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.

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. 

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

Senate Democrats blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration for failing to appear to answer questions about a report showing a possible fix for a veterans' home beset by Legionnaires' disease would cost far less than what officials have repeatedly said.

Downstate Congressman John Shimkus will help negotiate the final version of the Republican tax reform bill. 

A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The House has approved a measure aimed at making it easier to claim life insurance benefits when a policyholder dies. 

The Illinois Capitol was briefly evacuated following a small furnace fire shortly before lawmakers were expected to gather for a veto session.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a plan pushed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan aimed at protecting students who take out college loans.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Congress needs to act soon to shore up the federal online health insurance marketplaces.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he's concerned that President Donald Trump may follow through with his threat to force a government shutdown if Congress fails to approve money for a proposed wall on the United States' southern border.

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

Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers into special session to settle the public education funding issue weeks before the school bell is set to ring.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will call lawmakers into special session to deal with public school funding if they don't send him legislation on the issue by Monday.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says a newly approved state budget was the result of bipartisan efforts to end a "destructive" impasse that has gripped state government for more than two years. 

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