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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.

Parkland College's president says it will lay off about nine employees after Tuesday because of the state budget deadlock.

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A federal judge has dismissed racketeering claims that one-time Illinois gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford ran the state treasurer's office like a campaign operation.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his second annual state budget address Wednesday before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly.

A higher-education accrediting agency says the state budget impasse could have ``significant'' consequences for the public colleges and universities in Illinois.

The lack of a state budget is continuing to affect state universities in Illinois, with some schools planning additional cuts to staff or classes.

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Chicago Tribune

Governor Bruce Rauner and two Illinois lawmakers talked more specifics Tuesday about procurement reform legislation mentioned by the governor last week in his State of the State address.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coming to Illinois to help assess damage from early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday vowed to ``do everything possible to help people and communities'' affected by the late December and early January flooding.

The remains of an airman listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War have been recovered and are being returned to southern Illinois.  The Evansville Courier reports officials with the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the remains of Pfc. Kenneth Leroy Cunningham of Ellery, which is in Edwards County. He went missing in October 1969, when he was 21.

The top Republican in the Illinois Senate says ``it's possible'' the standoff over a state budget could last for several years if Democrats aren't willing to compromise.

Officials say Illinois patients legally purchased nearly $1.7 million worth of medical marijuana during November and December.

Program director Joseph Wright Monday announced sales figures since Nov. 9, when Illinois launched regulated sales with the opening of the state's first licensed cannabis dispensaries.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he spent his nearly two-week holiday vacation in Spain and Morocco with his family.

Rauner says he didn't publicly disclose where he was traveling because of concern for his six children.

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