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General Electric Lighting has announced plans to close its lamp plant in the central Illinois city of Mattoon next year, unless its workers come up with an acceptable alternative for the facility.

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A federal judge has upheld former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges.

A judge has vacated a trial date next month for a workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and says a settlement agreement reached in June is being finalized.

A Cook County judge will hear arguments next month in a lawsuit brought by social service providers over the impact of the yearlong state budget impasse.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is renewing his call for term limits and says the General Assembly should vote on the idea in the fall.        

Top-ranking Republican state Rep. Ron Sandack from suburban Chicago says he is resigning from the Illinois House, citing "cyber security issues."

A failed asylum-seeker from Syria blew himself up and wounded 12 people after being turned away from an open-air music festival in southern Germany in what officials said Monday may have been a suicide bombing. It was the fourth attack to shake Germany in a week — three of them carried out by recent immigrants.

The 27-year-old blew himself up at a bar shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, having been turned away from an open-air music festival in the southern town of Ansbach because he didn't have a ticket.

A burned body was found Saturday at the scene of a brushfire north of Los Angeles that has scorched 31 square miles and prompted the evacuation of 1,500 homes, authorities said.

The body was discovered outside a home on Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, and detectives are trying to determine whether the person was killed by the blaze or another cause, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Rob Hahnlein said. The home also may have burned, he said.

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Illinois election officials say hackers attacked the state's voter registration system last week and it was shut off as a precaution.

The Illinois Republican Party has revoked the GOP convention credentials of Trump delegate for making racist comments and threats of violence of a Facebook posting.

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A judge has ruled that a voter referendum seeking to change the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot. 

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A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says a report that Illinois will build up an $8 billion spending deficit this year shows that the Republican's agenda for changing the state's business climate is necessary.

Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's campaign says he raised more than $1 million in the most recent quarter for his re-election bid against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

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Abner Mikva, a former congressman, Illinois legislator, federal appellate judge and presidential adviser, has died. He was 90 years old.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says there's general agreement on a partial-year budget to keep Illinois state government going past Thursday's end of the fiscal year.

Dennis Hastert's attorney says the former U.S. House speaker will report to a federal prison in southeastern Minnesota this week to begin serving a 15-month sentence in his hush-money case.

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Illinois could become the first state with a law giving Muslim-Americans a formal voice in state government.

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The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Illinois smokers who sought reinstatement of a $10.1 billion class-action judgment in a long-running lawsuit against Philip Morris.

Creator closed with a rush and caught Destin at the wire to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, with Preakness winner Exaggerator finishing well back in the field.

The 3-year-old gray colt trained by Steve Asmussen came flying down the stretch as Destin tried to hang on to the lead. But it was Creator, who finished 13th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, who won by a nose. It was the fourth time the Belmont was decided by a nose — the closest possible margin of victory.

A second major credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois' rating, citing financial ``mismanagement'' by state leaders amid a yearlong budget impasse.

Negotiations to end Illinois' 11-month budget stalemate appear to be going nowhere after the latest meeting between legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Officials say a woman whose body was found in the Ohio River a day after two other bodies were recovered has been identified. 

Second Update: Authorities say one of three bodies found in Ohio River was shot in the back of the head. Daviess County Sheriff's Dept. says the body also had ligature marks around the neck.

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The nation's midsection is facing another day of foul weather after a series of storms brought huge hail and high winds, but not as many tornadoes as had been feared.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation authorizing $600 million in emergency funding to keep major Illinois universities operating until fall.

A massive fire broke out during a fireworks display in a Hindu temple in south India early Sunday, killing more than 100 people and injuring at least 200 others, officials said.

The fire started when a spark from the unauthorized fireworks show ignited a separate batch of fireworks that were being stored at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravoor village, a few hours north of Kerala's state capital of Thiruvananthapuram, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the state's top elected official.

The Illinois House returns to action Monday with a long list of legislation slated for committee hearings - but none about the unsettled budget that should have taken effect last July.

North Carolina will look for its sixth NCAA championship when the Tar Heels meet the Villanova Wildcats, trying for their second, on Monday night.

The Tar Heels (33-6) last won it all in 2009 and Villanova's only title came in 1985.

Both teams advanced to the championship game with lopsided wins, but Villanova's was far more of a blowout than North Carolina's.

About one inch of snow fell on parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Easter Sunday and officials say the precipitation provided a boost to their efforts to contain a wildfire described as the largest in Kansas history.

The fire began last week in Oklahoma and spread north to Kansas. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, says the fire has burned almost 400,000 acres of prairie and ranch land in three counties across two states.

Some Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville faculty members say they are considering organizing a union because of budget woes and potential layoffs.

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