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The Illinois Senate voted down a bill banning pets from riding in the driver's seat.

It's Asthma Awareness Month and the Illinois Department of Public Health is urging those affected to make sure they take steps to manage their condition.

Road construction season is underway in Illinois.

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation prohibiting teens from using indoor tanning beds.

Tornadoes do not occur very often during February in Illinois.But, as we found out last week in southern Illinois, when they do occur, they can be quite deadly.

This is national consumer protection week and the Illinois Attorney General's office is teaming up with other consumer advocates to raise awareness of what's known as "cramming."

Three southern Illinois school districts are among 31 districts overall to share more than 600 million dollars to help improve schools across the state.

The Marion Unit 2 School District will receive over 56-million dollars in capital funds, Mt. Vernon High School will receive over 47-million to help build a new school and Shawnee District 84 is receiving over 2 million dollars.

The state is working to stop unemployment fraud. Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesperson Greg Rivara says they are now better able to identify those who are working but still claiming jobless benefits.

Those caught are asked to pay back the money and if they don't he says their wages can be garnished.
Unemployment insurance benefits are funded through business contributions. State officials say preventing fraud and recovering improper payments protects taxpayer dollars and reduces the cost of doing business, which creates a climate more conducive to hiring.