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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state of Illinois will temporarily stop accepting new Syrian refugees in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Governor Bruce Rauner has postponed the November 18th budget summit because a family matter will prevent House Speaker Michael Madigan from attending.

President Barack Obama's plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally suffered another setback Monday in a ruling from a New Orleans-based federal appeals court.

In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas-based federal judge's injunction blocking the administration's immigration initiative.

Republicans had criticized the plan as an illegal executive overreach when Obama announced it last November. Twenty-six states challenged the plan in court.

An Associated Press analysis of state records shows there are 218 building projects halted due to the nearly five-month budget crisis.

Gov. Bruce Rauner suspended work July 1. Officials don't know how much the ongoing delay will add to project costs.

State records show that lobbyists have spent more than $1.2 million so far this year in Illinois.

A long-awaited meeting between Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders to discuss Illinois' budget impasse could materialize next month.

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Over 100 faculty members at Eastern Illinois University have signed a petition calling for a no-confidence vote for the provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wants to sell the state's office space in the heart of downtown Chicago. That could mean the demise of the iconic, 1985 structure known as the Thompson Center.

Illinois residents seeking help through their local emergency 911 systems may be on their own if the budget fight between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the Legislature continues.

Two members of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board have been removed in the wake of published reports of erroneous filings with the state and the federal government.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to close state museums and a sport-shooting complex to the public because of the budget crisis, even though most staff will still report to work.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a series of statewide public meetings on its new five-year, $8.4 billion highway improvement plan.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner's office is warning lawmakers that the Republican will veto a $3.8 billion spending bill pending in the Illinois House.

Data from the Illinois Secretary of State's office show that more than 5,000 Illinoisans who were convicted of drunken driving four times and had their licenses revoked could legally drive again under a new state law.   

Illinois school districts have a new ally in Gov. Bruce Rauner as they try to eliminate state mandates they say drive up costs at a time when education funding is decreasing.