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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to change the climate for women in Illinois prisons.

The measure Rauner signed Tuesday at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln creates a women's division in the Illinois Department of Corrections with tailored programs and services.

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Serve Illinois

The state's "Serve Illinois" program is highlighting volunteer opportunities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Illinois lawmakers are holding a hearing on the Legionnaires disease outbreak at the Quincy Veteran's Home.

Legislators are questioning state officials about the how, what and when of the deadly outbreak that has killed 13 people since 2015. They're also looking at solutions to prevent more deaths such as replacing all the pipes in the home since the bacteria can be found in plumbing.

Influenza is hitting Illinois a little harder this flu season.

More cases of the flu are being  confirmed now than at the same time last year.

Illinois lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on the economic benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana.

Supporters says legalizing pot would raise hundreds of millions of dollars in much needed tax revenue for the state.

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Secretary of State Police will target holiday shoppers abusing disability parking at malls statewide, including University Mall in Carbondale.

The enforcement will start on Black Friday since it marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season and is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The Illinois Senate is voting to extend the statute of limitations for misconduct claims in the legislature.

The Illinois House approved a measure Thursday that prohibits fees for freezing your credit.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state's proposal for Amazon's second headquarters is strong.

States still have a few days to submit their bids so Governor Rauner says he doesn't want to give too much away about Illinois and Chicago's proposal. He says this will be a lengthy process.

A drug used to combat opioid overdoses will be more readily available in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is releasing a standing order for naloxone...commonly known as narcan.

The massive Equifax data breach is prompting new legislation in the Illinois House.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says freezing your credit report is the best way to safeguard your information...but for most people, that costs 10 dollars for each reporting agency.

The Illinois Senate is advancing the education funding reform compromise.

The bill restructures how money is paid out to districts, aiming for a more equitable system.

Governor Bruce Rauner signs a bill to protect taxpayers from police pension fund abuse.

The legislation addresses a loophole in current law, that lets retired police officers who return to duty collect two pensions from the same pension fund.

The Du Quoin State Fair kicks off Friday in southern Illinois.

Spokesperson Morgan Booth says this year's fair features free entertainment, harness racing, livestock shows, food, carnival rides and a great grandstand concert lineup.

School superintendents from southern Illinois are pushing lawmakers to reach an agreement on overhauling the state's school funding formula.

Some spoke in Springfield Wednesday.

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The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to be prepared for Monday's eclipse.

For starters... Trooper Joey Watson says you need to plan on a lot of traffic in southern Illinois...especially on Interstate 57, Highway 51 and Route 13.

Governor Bruce Rauner is threatening a special session if lawmakers don't send him the education funding reform bill they passed.

The measure is sitting in the Senate and Governor Rauner says lawmakers have until noon on Monday to advance it.

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is offering some suggestions to help make sure the state avoids junk bond status.

Although Illinois now has a budget, the state's fiscal condition remains on very shaky ground and a rating downgrade could still happen. Treasurer Frerichs says for starters, the governor needs to pay a visit to the bond houses in New York.

The Illinois State Comptroller is voicing an optimistic, yet cautious message now that the two-year-old state budget impasse is over.

Susana Mendoza says the bond rating agencies can rest assured the state can continue honoring its commitments to bond-holders and the pension funds.

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The Illinois Capitol Building was on lockdown for about two hours Thursday afternoon as authorities investigated a "hazmat situation."

Capitol Police Sgt. Mike Moore says authorities were called because of the presence of an unknown substance.

Illinois' two-year budget impasse is over.

The Illinois House Thursday afternoon overrode Governor Bruce Rauner's veto ... giving final approval to a spending plan and tax increase. From the Statehouse, Brian Mackey reports.

Illinois House lawmakers intend to attempt an override of a budget-package veto in that chamber Thursday.

Deputy majority leader Representative Lou Lang says Democrats will attempt to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the $36 billion spending plan when enough members show up to vote.

House lawmakers are taking a big step towards ending the budget impasse.

The House voted 90 to 25 for an amendment containing a full year budget. Speaker Mike Madigan says it's a good sign...but notes there are still details to hammer out and a vote on the actual bill must still be taken.

The Illinois House has approved a plan to keep emergency 911 call centers funded past June 30.

But the measure includes fee hikes opposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal.

Illinois state Republicans are introducing a new package of bills they say is their effort to end the budget impasse.

 

The Republicans’ proposal includes some of the same ideas that were sticking points for Democrats, including the length of a property tax freeze and how much to raise income taxes.

Legislation headed to the governor's desk is designed to help protect students who take out loans for college.

The Student Loan Bill of Rights requires lenders to explain repayment options to struggling borrowers and to inform graduates that they may be eligible to have their loan forgiven under certain circumstances.

Lawmakers have approve funding for 9-1-1 centers throughout Illinois.

The funding mechanism for call centers ends June 30...so this new legislation is needed to keep 9-1-1 up and running.

The first signs of West Nile Virus are popping up in Illinois.

The virus has been confirmed in a batch of mosquitoes in Godfrey in Madison County.

Illinois Senate Republicans officially opened their third annual Memorial Day Wall of Remembrance display in the state Capitol Rotunda Tuesday.

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