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A bill passed by the Illinois House would require visitors to state parks to pay admission fees.

The Illinois House will convene a special investigating committee to review a federal bribery charge against one of its members.

Informational pickets are being held throughout Illinois to oppose Governor Pat Quinn's planned facility closures and other budget cuts.

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The University of Illinois has fired head basketball coach Bruce Weber after a disappointing season.

Holding a cell phone up to your ear while driving would be illegal under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois House.

The President of Illinois State University says attracting Illinois students to state universities has become a challenge.

Residents in Central Illinois voiced their opinions Wednesday night during a public hearing on the planned closure of the Jacksonville Development Center.

Charities that get money from Illinois government would have to open up their records to the public under a measure proposed by a state legislator.

Free visits to state parks could become a thing of the past as the Department of Natural Resources looks for ways to generate revenue.

A debate over how many nurses must be on hand in long term care facilities will continue at the state capitol.

Illinois Public television and radio stations are opening their archives to teachers across the state.

Governor Pat Quinn's proposed budget cuts to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are so severe, the agency's chief of staff says it's on the brink of closing.

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University of Illinois' Board of Trustees says they want the university's president to rebuild support among faculty.

Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to end a benefit that lets university employees send their kids to state colleges for half-price. A measure is now before the full house that could bring the practice to an end.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has gotten a proposal for a statewide handgun registry through an Illinois House committee.

Illinois will remain a smoke free state.  The Illinois House Tuesday afternoon voted down a measure that critics say would have eroded the statewide ban.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is defending his plan to close the Tamms Correctional Center.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission says Eric Zarnikow is its new executive director.

The Illinois Senate is  considering whether high school students should be required to take an extra year of math before graduation.

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar has concerns about the state closing the Tamms super-max prison.

Illinois lawmakers are considering a ban on the bumper pads that line baby cribs. Backers of the legislation says the pads have suffocated and strangled infants.

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About a hundred faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have signed a letter, urging U of I President Michael Hogan to step down.

Democrats are telling the Illinois Supreme Court that Republican attempts to toss the legislative map are too little, too late.

Lee Shares Up

Feb 23, 2012

 Newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises has completed another step on its road to financial health.

The U-S Postal Service announced plans Thursday to close several mail processing centers around the region.

A proposed law could help reduce the problem of copper theft.

Governor Pat Quinn says he's prepared to cut the state budget back to levels Illinois hasn't seen in more than four years.

Illinois has seen an increase in foreclosures. The firm RealtyTrac reports there was a 9 percent increase in January compared to the same time last year.

The state of Illinois is hoping President Obama will allow it to drop out of the No Child Left Behind law.

Illinois is the second most corrupt state according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

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