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Former President Barack Obama is stepping into the midterm battle. Obama spoke Friday as he accepted an ethics in government award at the University of Illinois.

A Kansas man has been indicted on charges that he fired the shots that wounded a southern Illinois police officer during a chase two years ago.

A Jackson County grand jury returned the indictment Thursday against 24-year-old Alex B. Karcher of Salina, Kansas, on felony charges of aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Karcher is charged with firing several shots at Carbondale Officer Trey Harris. Officials say one shot wounded Harris in the eye, causing him to lose vision.

A man charged in the 2010 kidnapping and death of a 15-year-old girl in southern Illinois has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the February 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student.

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The trial of a man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student is scheduled to get underway.

Reaction from Illinois Congressional Delegation to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal falls mainly along party lines.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is seeking volunteers with graduate degrees to serve as adjunct faculty.

Illinois gubernatorial candidates are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's primary in what's become an increasingly fierce - and expensive - contest.

It didn't take long after Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley, the presumed GOP front runner in Missouri's hotly contested U.S. Senate race.

Attorneys for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine indicate they will ask a judge to dismiss part of a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination because few female doctors have joined the litigation.

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Lawmakers are scheduled to question members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration about the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

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An Illinois panel is expected to hear a case against a troubled public housing authority facing allegations of unfair labor.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at combatting fraudulent opioid prescriptions by requiring drug prescribers to use a database containing patient prescription histories.

An Illinois purchasing monitor canceled a $12.5 million contract Tuesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration signed, saying it should have been offered to the highest and best bidder.

The Illinois budget crisis could be driving inmates to drink, a prisons official said Tuesday.

Corey Knop told lawmakers he's seen more bootleg alcohol at the prison in Sumner than at any time in his nearly two decades with the Department of Corrections.

The state of Illinois is launching an all-hours helpline to provide assistance to those impacted by opioid addiction.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and members of the state's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force announced the creation of the phone line Tuesday morning. State officials say anyone affected by opioid addiction can call for confidential assistance. The helpline has trained specialists who can connect callers with treatment and recovery-support services.

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A former Illinois correctional officer received a four-month prison sentence for choking, punching and kneeing a handcuffed prisoner in 2016.

Honeywell to Idle Metropolis Plant

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Honeywell says it is idling its plant in the southern Illinois city of Metropolis and reducing the workforce by 170 employees along with contractor positions.

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Researchers are reporting the first sighting of a wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois in 30 years.

The Fifth District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration should be paying unionized state workers scheduled increases promised by contract.

The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on Tuesday for the final days of its fall session after spending last week wrestling a sexual-harassment quandary.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is joining a crowded field attempting to become the state's next attorney general.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made official what's already widely known: He's seeking re-election for a second term.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that would provide state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions.

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Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are offering a semester's free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates.

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Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not seeking re-election for a fifth term.  

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's top education advisor is leaving her post this week.  

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Eastern Illinois University data show that enrollment for the fall semester is down by about 5 percent but it's the school's lowest decline from fall-to-fall in six years.

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