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A  Kentucky couple and their three children headed to visit family in Minnesota have been identified as the weekend drowning victims caught in a rain-swollen creek in Marion County, Illinois.

Illinois will stop giving the ACT college entrance exam and instead start giving high school juniors the rival SAT.

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A former mental health technician at a southern Illinois state home for the developmentally disabled has been charged with felony neglect.

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A southeast Missouri man who killed his estranged wife and buried her body in Alexander County has been transferred from a federal prison in Florida to the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Illinois' lingering budget stalemate means public universities will keep waiting on state funding, as will many social service agencies.

But it's likely the Secretary of State's office will soon get money to keep drivers' license facilities open.  The state Lottery is expected to get they money it needs to pay winnings. And domestic violence services will receive millions.

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A judge has ordered Illinois to pay more than $13 million to cover the cost of health insurance for home health care workers.

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The top federal prosecutor in southern Illinois is stepping down next month to join a national law firm based in the St. Louis area.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has reached four-year labor agreements with 11 unions and has criticized one of the larger state-employee unions for not doing the same.

Illinois' new medical marijuana shops sold nearly $211,000 worth of cannabis in the first week, with less than a quarter of eligible patients buying so far.

The state's first regulated marijuana dispensaries opened Monday.

Thousands of low-income families would once again be able to get state help paying for child care ... under a compromise deal introduced Monday by Governor Bruce Rauner.

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe is stepping down.  Wolf's decision follows a special meeting of the system's governing board Monday.  Wolfe says he hopes the school community uses his resignation as a way to ``move forward together.''

State education data released Friday as part of the annual Illinois Report Card show Illinois high schools are sending many graduates to college unprepared.

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The number of inmates at a southern Illinois work camp that Gov. Bruce Rauner said he planned to close has dropped considerably.

Top Democrats are warning that Illinois will run out of money to operate in just a few months if lawmakers can't agree on a state budget. But they still insist they won't cave to Gov. Bruce Rauner's demands to weaken public-worker unions to get a budget deal.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has more than $19 million in his campaign fund after the most recent fundraising quarter.

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Visitors to the Ohio River in southern Illinois are being cautioned about potential toxins from blue-green algae.

The U.S. Supreme Court will NOT get the last word on Illinois' attempts to cut government pension costs. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said Wednesday that it has decided not to ask the nation's high court to review the matter.

University of Illinois trustees have approved the interim appointments of three people who are taking over for top leaders who recently resigned or were fired over turmoil on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Comptroller Leslie Munger says Illinois' unpaid bills backlog could potentially jump past $8 billion by next year without a state budget.

Munger reiterated the consequences of having no spending plan to legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner Wednesday. Both sides remain at impasse for the fiscal year that started back on July 1.

Eastern Illinois University President David Glassman says the school will layoff 67 employees  on campus this week as the school tries to make financial plans for the school year.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is trying a new tactic to get Democrats on board with his policies.

He's putting most of his reforms - in just one bill.

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A longtime history professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be the school's interim chancellor.

An agency that boosts Illinois' emergency response efforts wants to be added to a proposal allowing the state to authorize the spending of roughly $5 billion in federal funding during the budget impasse.

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Shoppers in neighboring states like Missouri and Iowa will enjoy a back-to-school sales tax holiday, but it won't be offered to those in Illinois. 

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise says she is resigning over concerns that what she called ``external issues'' involving her are a distraction to the university.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to lay off at least 171 state employees because of Illinois' budget crisis.

The Department of Natural Resources will lose 107 people. Many work for the Illinois State Museum, which Rauner has targeted for closure.

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in his first statement since entering prison that he'll ``fight on'' in the courts because ``what is at stake is nothing less than the rule of law.''

A published report says Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has been contacting retired state employees to determine if they're willing to come back on short-term contracts in case of a workers' strike.

An Illinois appellate court has upheld a county judge's decision that state employees should get full pay even during the state's budget crisis.

The Illinois Supreme Court is not ready to weigh in on whether state employees can be paid while the government's in gridlock.

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