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The Illinois Department of Insurance will offer a free counseling session to Harrisburg residents affected by last month's tornado.

Illinoisans who have unpaid traffic tickets or other bills could be in for a surprise when they get their state income tax refunds.

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A bill passed by the Illinois House would require visitors to state parks to pay admission fees.

The Illinois House will convene a special investigating committee to review a federal bribery charge against one of its members.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to hire private companies to finish restoration of the Birds Point levee.

A man is jailed on $2 million bond in southern Illinois after being accused of storming an apartment and fatally stabbing one of the occupants.

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University of Illinois President Michael Hogan has resigned after less than two years on the job.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's appeal for assistance after a deadly tornado and severe storms in southern Illinois.

Southern Illinois is getting $2.2 million in additional federal funding to help with recovery from storms and flooding in April and May of last year.

 In the 12th Congressional Primary race Democrat Brad Harriman won the nomination with 69% of the vote over Ken Wiezer.  Chris Miller pulled out of the race and endorsed Harriman.

In the Republican 12th District Primary Jason Plummer garnered 55% of the vote over Roger Cook and Theresa Kormos.

Plummer and Harriman will meet in the general election for the seat held by long-time southern Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello, who decided not to run for re-election.

     

Preliminary exit poll results from the Republican primary in Illinois show the economy remains the top issue for voters.

Illinois State Board of Election officials  say voter turnout is down based on initial information from counties.

Election officials say nearly a quarter of Illinois counties and the city of Aurora are reporting that some primary ballots are too large and don't fit into scanning machines.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has added to his lead in the race for delegates by winning the Republican presidential primary in Illinois.

Romney won at least 13 delegates in Illinois, with 41 still to be determined. Romney leads the overall race for delegates with 535. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has 253 delegates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has 135 and Texas Rep. Ron Paul has 50.

Senator Mark Kirk's office on Monday received a call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wishing him a speedy recovery from his recent stroke

Voters in Pinckneyville, Du Quoin and about 300 Illinois towns have the chance to let local leaders or someone they hire negotiate lower-cost power for residential and small-business customers.

Gov. Pat Quinn's own documents suggest his plan to close state facilities would cost Illinois at least 2,300 jobs and $250 million in economic activity.

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Fellow passengers say Illinois' prison-bound ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich was jovial and seemed cheerful when he got on a flight Thursday to report to a federal prison in Colorado.

Now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied federal disaster assistance to Harrisburg and the other storm ravaged areas of southern Illinois, FEMA officials say the state is free to work directly with other agencies.

A Missouri state trooper continues to recover at a southeast Missouri hospital after a weekend shooting.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg says he doesn't understand why the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's request for federal disaster relief.

Authorities in southern Illinois say the death toll from the tornado that devastated Harrisburg last week has risen to seven.

A new audit finds serious problems with the way Illinois awarded $7 billion in contracts for state employees' health insurance.

Illinois lawmakers have agreed on how much money will be available for next year's budget. Now they have to decide how much they'll actually spend on services.

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has a federal prison identification number.

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Southern Illinois University is parting ways with men's head basketball coach Chris Lowery.

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

Storm sirens sounded again today (Fri) in Harrisburg just two days after a deadly tornado ripped through the area killing six people.

Illinois statewide officials are giving a cool response to Governor Pat Quinn's call for them to cut spending by 9 percent.

Voters across Illinois are casting early ballots for the state's primary election next month.

Monday is the first day of early voting. In Illinois, voters don't have to register by party but must choose a party when voting. The primary is March 20 and includes nominating contests for president, the Illinois House and Senate, county offices and congressional races.

Early voting is available until March 15th. In most counties voters must cast their early ballots at the County Clerk's Office.

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