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Someone has been posting flyers promoting a white-supremacist group across the Northern Illinois University campus, Acting President Lisa Freeman informed the community by email Tuesday.

She said the flyers are being removed as they are discovered because they violate the NIU posting policy.

“Hatred is not something that aligns with the principles of NIU,” Freeman wrote.

Newly-released campaign finance reports show it’ll take a lot of money to be the next governor of Illinois.
 

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar dropped out of the governor’s race last week because he couldn’t raise enough money.

The state of Illinois has taken another step toward improving its financial situation — selling bonds to help pay down the backlog of overdue bills.

The labor union representing Illinois prison guards says assaults on staff are way up - and state officials aren't doing enough about it.

Roberta Lynch is the head of AFSCME. She says too often, the Department of Corrections only increases staff or repairs equipment AFTER correctional officers are assaulted.

A public defender entered a “not guilty” plea Wednesday for Brendt Christensen, the 28-year-old man accused of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang. The brief arraignment hearing before Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long at the federal courthouse in Urbana came after an emotional outburst from Yingying’s mother.

A new measure has been introduced in Illinois as a response to the deadly summer rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. La Shawn Ford, a House Democrat from Chicago - is the sponsor of what is called the "Abolition of Confederate Symbols Act." He says no monument or image honoring the Confederate States should be on public property. 

A federal grand jury now accuses the alleged kidnapper of Yingying Zhang of murdering her as well.

A majority of the Democratic candidates running for Illinois governor took the stage during a forum Tuesday at Northern Illinois University. The five Democrats had a common target for much of the evening: incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.


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Illinois politicians continue reacting to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Responses are falling down party lines.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will again take up a case from Illinois that seeks to do away with mandatory fees for public sector unions.

Nearly half of the states in the country allow them. The unions argue the bargaining process benefits all workers, even if they are non-members.

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Energy experts in Illinois are kicking off an 18-month study about how to produce and harness the next generation of energy in the state.

Chapin Rose, the Republican state senator from Mahoment, says he's filing a measure designed to launch major changes in higher education.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says athletes who are protesting during the National Anthem are insulting the country.

Rauner’s most recent disclosure of where all his money comes from shows he’s a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bulls.

One of the defense attorneys for Rod Blagojevich during the former governor’s corruption trial is running for Illinois attorney general.

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The Mattoon community is recovering from a shooting at the high school Wednesday that left one student injured and another in custody.

A licensed therapist says it may take a long time for people to process their emotions.

Mattoon police say Wednesday’s shooting at Mattoon High School was carried out by one student, who is in custody.

One promise heard repeatedly during debate over the state's new school funding plan was "no red numbers," meaning any legislation that would make a district lose money was dead on arrival.

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Police have a student in custody, following a shooting Wednesday morning at Mattoon High School, in which another student was injured.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Wednesday issued formal guidance to state and local police on immigration law. The document outlines recent changes in federal and state policy.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is authorizing a major borrowing plan to pay down part of the state's nearly $15 billion dollar backlog of bills.

Lawmakers approved a state budget over Rauner’s veto earlier this summer.

That budget called for borrowing $6 billion dollars.

Electric utility Ameren Illinois is being criticized for backing away from energy efficiency goals agreed to late last year.

The company negotiated targets in the Future Energy Jobs Act — but now says it cannot meet them cost-effectively.

Illinois could soon begin to tackle its massive pile of unpaid bills ... thanks to a move Thursday by Governor Bruce Rauner.

Democrats are wondering: What took so long?

The search for signs of life on planets, moons and other celestial bodies in our solar system is one of NASA's top objectives. That effort has the agency focusing intently on one of Earth's neighbors. Illinois Public Radio's Jason Parrott reports.

Illinois is among 15 states suing to block President Donald Trump's plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Illinois's fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage hit a roadblock last Friday after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill that would make it happen.

The Illinois General Assembly approved a plan in late May that would raise the minimum wage gradually from $8.25 to $15 an hour over the next five years.

But, after two months on the governor's desk, Senate Bill 81 was shot down.

The substantial-raise proposal remains polarizing.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has approved a major change in the way Illinois funds public schools.

He signed the bipartisan legislation at a school in Chicago, calling it a historic achievement.

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.

Hate crimes will be more punishable under a new law the governor signed this week.
 The measure was a result of suggestions from the state’s bi-partisan Holocaust and Genocide Commission.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he does not think President Donald Trump will be a factor in his re-election campaign next year.

Democrats have been tying Rauner to Trump for months.

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Another Illinois legislator will not be seeking re-election.

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez is from Leland Grove, near Springfield.

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