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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.

State officials say preliminary test results show legionella bacteria have been found in the Illinois State Capitol complex.

A bill has been proposed in the Illinois General Assembly that would put term limits on four legislative positions.

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An Illinois legislator challenging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for the GOP nomination canceled a fundraising speech by a man who contends whites are intellectually superior to African-Americans.

More than 24,000 families across Illinois were unable to submit applications to the state's new private school scholarship program because the online registration system shut down due to ``extreme demand.''

Eastern Illinois University in Charleston is planning to reduce the number of scholarships it offers student athletes.

EIU President David Glassman announced Friday it was in the best interest of the school's student athletes to cut the number of scholarships instead of eliminating any sports programs.

The Illinois Department of Human Services has hired a Boston-based company to run an opioid help hotline despite receiving proposals from at least three Illinois providers.

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After fumbling the answer to a question about whether a former Ku Klux Klan leader is a racist, the campaign of Republican Bruce Rauner clarified the governor's opinion of David Duke.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to change the climate for women in Illinois prisons.

The measure Rauner signed Tuesday at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln creates a women's division in the Illinois Department of Corrections with tailored programs and services.

Illinois Medicaid officials say they're reviewing new federal guidelines that would let states require ``able-bodied'' Medicaid recipients to work.

The attorney for a man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student from suburban Chicago says he will file a motion for a change of venue.

The Southern Illinoisan reports Attorney Michael Wepsiec on Friday told Jackson County Circuit Judge Mark Clarke that social media discussions are part of his basis for moving the trial of Gaege Bethune.

A Missouri panel is recommending increasing the state's 17-cent fuel tax by 10 cents for gas and 12 cents for diesel to pay for road and bridge work.

The Illinois Community College Board is planning to roll out several alternative ways people can earn their high school equivalency certificate other than passing a test.

The State Journal-Register reports that the board plans to offer the other methods by the fall of 2018 and get more people into the workforce pipeline.

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