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Chicago Sun-Times

A physician who treated U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk after his 2012 stroke says the Illinois Republican ``has made a full cognitive recovery.''

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday the newspaper requested medical records from Kirk and his re-election challenger, Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

Western Illinois University and Northern Illinois University say their enrollments are down this fall.

The announcements came Wednesday as some state universities brace for the possibility of enrollment declines due to Illinois' budget crisis.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has laid off 29 Illinois Department of Transportation employees who were among those improperly hired based on political connections.

The Department of Human Services is still attempting to collect money from overpayments made nearly 30 years ago from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, once more commonly known as food stamps.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed measures that would increase wages for workers who care for those with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families.

The Republican governor said there isn't enough money to support the proposals.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s narrowing his focus to fix the state’s political system…

Because he says there hasn’t been enough progress on other issues.

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Governor's office

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday signed into law a measure that would increase the sentences for illegal gun sales.

People with a record of firearms offenses who try to sell guns will face harsher penalties. The governor says the law targets so-called straw purchasers.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order banning the state from calling children under its care wards and instead instructing they be called ``youth in care.''

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Governor's office

Governor Bruce Rauner is questioning the independence of some Cook County judges from Democratic politicians.

Governor Rauner Wednesday lamented the power of the Democratic Machine in Illinois.

The Illinois Attorney General's office says a settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is final and the plaintiffs can't back out even if no paperwork was signed.

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DEA

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation banning the sale of synthetic drugs known as ``bath salts'' in Illinois.

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Houston Chronicle

The former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals has been sentenced to nearly four years in jail for hacking the Houston Astros' player personnel database.

National Guard members and reservists now will be able to obtain Illinois driver's licenses identifying them as veterans.

Illinois lawmakers approved a measure last year allowing veterans to obtain the special identification by providing a certificate of release or discharge from active duty. But some National Guard members and reservists couldn't provide that paperwork.

A state labor board has denied a request by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to bypass an administrative judge and expedite ruling on whether negotiations have stalled with AFSCME.

Now, the union is taking preliminary steps in preparation for a possible strike.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday ripped a Democratic plan to fund schools in the new fiscal year that begins Friday, repeating criticism that it amounts to a ``bailout'' of Chicago Public Schools.

Democrats argue their plan treats Chicago schools the same as every other Illinois district.

The village that became Illinois' first capitol will use July 4th to celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the community's capture from British forces during the American Revolution.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says Kaskaskia will mark the day with a rifle volley by historic interpreters, lunch and other events.

Officials at Elgin Community College say as many as 20 layoffs are coming due to anticipated funding shortfalls due to the lack of an Illinois state budget.

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs says the state loses $2.6 million a month in investment income because of the ongoing state budget impasse.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it wants to bypass a legal recommendation in order to expedite the resolution of its case on whether negotiations have stalled between the state and the largest state worker's union.

Rauner's administration says a quick resolution will help Illinois save $35 million to $40 million per month in higher health insurance costs for workers.

A major credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois' rating to two levels above ``junk'' status, citing the ``political gridlock'' that's prevented the state from getting a balanced budget for more than a year.

Moody's Investors Service lowered Illinois' rating Wednesday on $26 billion in debt by one level, to Baa2. The downgrade also affects $2.75 billion in revenue bonds.

Amazon.com says it will open two facilities in Edwardsville that will have 1,000 full-time jobs.

The southern Illinois fulfillment centers will be 700,000-square-feet each. Employees will pick out, pack and ship items for customers. The Seattle-based company made the announcement Thursday.

A judge in southern Illinois has set an August 15 trial date in a workplace retaliation lawsuit filed against U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth.

The Democratic congresswoman is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November's most competitive Senate races.

A southern Illinois judge has ruled a seven-year-old workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth will go to trial.

Union County Judge Mark Boie set a tentative trial date of August, which means the case will remain a campaign issue ahead of the November election.

Illinois lawmakers approved $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that haven't received funding since last summer because of the budget stalemate.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and other Republicans say bipartisan groups of Illinois lawmakers are making progress on initiatives that Rauner says are essential to a deal on a long-delayed state budget.

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says a pipeline spill that dumped 48,000 gallons of diesel into a river that forms the border of southeastern Illinois and southwestern Indiana has had no effect on wildlife.

The union that represents non-tenure track faculty at the University of Illinois plans to strike Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rank-and-file Illinois lawmakers frustrated by the 10-month state budget impasse are meeting on their own in bipartisan groups to discuss potential solutions.

Some of those legislators spoke Monday in Chicago during a forum on the budget hosted by The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly are proposing $1.3 billion in spending to cover human services.

Officials say a southern Illinois man has died when high winds blew a power transmission pole onto his pickup truck.

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