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Authorities are continuing to search for two men who they say escaped from a southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend with a third man who's been captured.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with giving step increases to unionized state workers.

The State Journal-Register reports that the board has rejected a request from Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to hold another hearing about the issue before money is paid out.

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The new king of the sport of kings is from southern Illinois.

Mt. Vernon native Kenny Troutt's Winstar Farms is the primary owner of Triple Crown winner Justify.

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The trial of a man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student continues in Jackson County.

In opening statements Wednesday, Special Prosecutor David Robinson told the jury Gaege Bethune committed two crimes in February 2014 - aggravated battery and robbery. Those crimes led to the death of Pravin Varughese.

The founder of a faith-based college in southern Illinois says a lack of cooperation from the U.S. Department of Education contributed to the school's permanent closure.

Morthland College officials announced the institution's closure last week, citing a lack of funding.

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The Illinois House has approved a measure to provide back pay to thousands of state workers who've been waiting for it since 2011.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the bill passed the House Thursday. It now moves to the Senate.

A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators has introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and killers of first responders.

Southern Illinois Democratic State Rep. Jerry Costello helped craft the bill. He says the death penalty is the ultimate crime deterrent.

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A professor at the SIU School of Law says ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment is the right thing for the State of Illinois to do.

Prosecutors have dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens but say they hope to refile the case.

Southeast Missouri State University's tuition and fees will increase in the fall in response to reduced state funding for universities.

The Board of Regents Friday approved a 2.1 percent increase in tuition, but waived all but 1 percent while leaving open the possibility of another increase.

An Illinois bill would allow veterans organizations to install gambling machines in communities that would otherwise prohibit them.

Illinois lawmakers are turning to marijuana to fight opioid abuse.

The Senate voted Thursday to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids.

Illinois State Police are urging Firearm Owners Identification card holders to apply early as many come up for renewal.

Illinois officials say they delivered personal data involving more than 4,000 people to incorrect addresses.

A statement Friday indicated that 4,136 clients of the Departments of Human Services or Healthcare and Family Services Friday have been notified of the breach.

The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football tells The Associated Press the measure lacks the votes to pass this session.

Democratic Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills says a House floor would fall short. She will focus on educating people about the dangers of "repeated ... hits to the youth brain."

Illinois prisons officials have told state lawmakers that they need an extra $420 million to get through the rest of the budget year.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign.

The Illinois state comptroller is releasing $350 million to public school districts statewide as part of the newly approved education-funding overhaul.

Illinois House Republicans are lashing out at a Democratic suggestion that the state should adopt a graduated income tax.

Minority Leader Jim Durkin said Tuesday his resolution opposing increased rates on higher levels of income is a protest against what he calls the ``customary practice of the General Assembly: Spend now, pay later.''

Alabama colleges are luring more Illinois high school seniors away from in-state universities partly through financial perks.

The Chicago Tribune reports that more than 1,600 Illinois students enrolled at the University of Alabama last fall, up from about 150 students a decade ago.

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Some Southeast Missouri State University students will be able to bring their dogs, cats and small caged animals to campus starting in the fall.        

The university in Cape Girardeau announced a one-year pilot program Friday.

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National Weather Service surveys have confirmed four tornadoes in southern Illinois after a round a storms Tuesday.

The U.S. Treasury has ruled that Illinois homeowners who prepaid their 2018 property taxes last year will receive the full state and local tax deduction.

A southeastern Illinois man has been sentenced to the maximum 60 years in prison for raping an 8-year-old girl who was later found dead.

A state audit found that Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office failed to collect more than $2 million in federal rebates.

The review released Tuesday found that the Governor's Office of Management and Budget never received $2.4 million in rebates owed for payments the state makes on bond debt.

Emails obtained by WBEZ show how officials were concerned about PR during a deadly 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a state-run veterans’ home.

After 86-year-old Army vet Eugene Miller died of Legionnaires’ - his son, Tim, wrote a Facebook message to a public health official.

An appellate court has ruled that Democratic attorney general candidate Scott Drury can remain on ballots for the March 20 primary.

A psychiatrist says an Illinois teenager accused in a high school shooting that injured one student in September suffers from a defiance disorder and other conditions for which he can't be treated at the state's Juvenile Justice Department.

Governor Bruce Rauner will outline his budget proposal for the new fiscal year in his annual address Wednesday.

Passing a budget certainly hasn't been easy the past few years...and the state continues to face many fiscal challenges.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says lawmakers need to approve a supplemental spending bill to ensure the Department of Corrections can get through the rest of the fiscal year.

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