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Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost says the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right puts clergy in a tough spot.

The Murphysboro republican says he doesn't believe the high court's justices should be deciding issues like this because many churches believe same-sex marriage is not right before God and should not be allowed.

Illinois' Attorney General is asking a judge to clarify what the state can and can't pay for, when there's no budget in place.

Lisa Madigan says state law and the constitution place severe constraints that limit the government's ability to pay its bills.

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The Illinois Attorney General's Office has determined that State Police "improperly withheld'' public records sought by the father of a 21-year-old Carbondale woman killed in a suspicious shooting.

Molly Young died in March 2012 at the apartment of her ex-boyfriend, a Carbondale police dispatcher.

The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program.

Illinois state government continues to move into shutdown mode.
 

That’s after representatives failed to pass a one-month spending plan.

Teachers in Carbondale's Elementary School District are unhappy with the leadership there.

The Carbondale Education Association has taken a "no confidence" vote in Superintendent Michael Shimshak. They say his leadership style is divisive, and promotes a lack of trust.

The president of Eastern Illinois University says the school is considering budget-cutting measures including layoffs.         

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Jackson County authorities have located a missing man.

The Sheriff's Department says authorities found 79-year old Ralph Zoller of Vergennes at around 8:30 Wednesday morning in a cornfield about three miles from his home.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has borrowed $454 million from special state funds to help manage cash flow as Illinois begins a new fiscal year without a budget.

The state's most powerful Democrat says the Illinois House will approve a temporary budget to ensure continued services as a new fiscal year starts Wednesday without a spending agreement.

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