The Associated Press

Three members of Illinois' congressional delegation will accompany President Barack Obama to Cuba this weekend.

Races are now set for November, after voters went to the polls in Illinois Tuesday. Some counties recorded near record turnout, and long lines were observed in several locations.

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth have won their Illinois primaries to set up closely watched Senate matchup that has been informally underway for months.

Election officials say voter turnout is steady, but may not reach the level seen eight years ago when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton faced off in the Democratic presidential primary.

DuQuoin State Fair
IL Dept of Agriculture

A spending plan from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines a $180 million backlog in repairs and maintenance for the state fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin.  

With more delegates at stake this week, candidates vying for their party's nomination for President are making stops across Illinois and Missouri this weekend.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois' request for federal assistance to help residents, businesses and municipalities recover from flooding in about two dozen counties.

The Democrat-led Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would allow an outside arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations reach an impasse.

Federal authorities have taken over Alexander County's public housing authority, citing years of mismanagement.

Chicago State University is planning to make some big cuts that could come this school year.

Jackson County is the latest local government to sue the state over unpaid bills caused by the lack of a state spending plan.

SIU Bomb Threat
FBI

A Chicago man who said he was seeking attention on a campus where he was bullied and harassed has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to making bomb threats in a self-declared "war'' on Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Illinois State Police say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the southern Illinois community of Hurst that left one person dead.      

The state's largest public employee union has asked Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to flatly state whether contract talks are at a legal standstill.

License Plate
Illinois Secretary of State

The Illinois Secretary of State's Office says fewer motorists renewed their license plate stickers in November and December, after the office announced it would stop mailing out reminders.

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Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Governor Bruce Rauner has ordered Illinois National Guard soldiers to active duty to help with flood recovery efforts in the state.

Rauner says the step means soldiers will be ready at a moment's notice for local communities as flood waters could continue to rise over the weekend. About 20 soldiers were ordered to report to the guard's Marion Readiness Center.

KY Department of Transportation

A long-planned federal highway across southern Illinois connecting Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Paducah, Kentucky is no more — for now.

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Two more people have died as flooding sweeps across parts of Illinois, bringing the state's death toll to seven.

Cash-strapped Illinois has at least $4 billion in the bank.

The Illinois budget impasse now in its sixth month will be at the center of discussions during another meeting between legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

State of IL

A local prosecutor says he'll soon decide whether to criminally charge a former state worker in a severely disabled man's choking death from a shower that co-workers described as punishment for uncooperative residents of a southern Illinois developmental center.

A decade ago, Illinois state troopers were driving squad cars long past obsolescence _ 200 of them had more than 150,000 miles. Some broke down when responding to emergencies.

Amtrak says that its passenger numbers in Illinois fell to about 1.3 million in the latest fiscal year, or a decline of about 4 percent.

Late last week, Illinois schools got results of the new PARCC test - the standardized test aligned with the Common Core - and scores were low across the state.

Two men who had escaped from a southern Illinois Correctional Facility are back behind bars.

The Illinois House convenes Wednesday and faces a decision on legislation that could free up money owed to local governments.

People
Reboot Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders are scheduled to meet Tuesday in a highly publicized and partially public budget summit.

Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers.

The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants.

The unemployment rate for October held steady in Illinois at 5.4 percent, a little above the national average.

Imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his corruption convictions that included his bid to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

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