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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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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.

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.

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