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One insurance provider says Illinois close to tops in the nation when it comes to reported thefts during December and January.

The budget impasse may have claimed a new victim: an annual holiday shopping season sting on those illegally parking in handicapped spaces.

The unemployment rate for October held steady in Illinois at 5.4 percent, a little above the national average.

Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner's statement that Illinois is temporarily closed off to Syrian refugees, immigration groups say resettling plans aren't changing.

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University of Illinois

The University of Illinois is spending millions to part ways with its athletic director.

The university announced it’s firing Mike Thomas, not because he did anything wrong, but because his presence is a distraction.

If former Gov. Pat Quinn is looking for a rematch with Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018, history isn't on his side.

Politico reports Quinn is trying to gain behind-the-scenes support to run for governor again, arguing the current budget impasse shows he was right to advocate for a permanent 5 percent income tax rate during the 2014 election.

The Illinois Public Health Association and the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators are calling on lawmakers for help.

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Reboot Illinois

The effectiveness of a November 18th meeting between the governor and legislative leaders may rest on the meeting's agenda.

The same groups, which called for a public meeting to settle the budget impasse, are now calling for the negotiations to a have a "bipartisan agenda."

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EPA

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU-Carbondale says more people are now opposed to hydraulic fracturing than they were just two years ago.

An opening in the state budget stalemate may come in the form of financial problems for the city of Chicago.

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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) will have a primary challenger.
 
Oswego businessman James Marter is entering the race, claiming Kirk’s stances against defunding Planned Parenthood and for gun control have made him little different than Democrats in the Senate.

More than 50 percent of southern Illinois voters disapprove of Gov. Bruce Rauner's job performance, according to a new poll.

SIU's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute polled 400 registered voters in the state's 18 southernmost counties. The results show Rauner's approval rating stands at 37.4%.

There have been 45 school shootings in the U.S. this year, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says gun control measures are blocked by what he calls a "death grip" by the National Rifle Association.

Amtrak is now charging a $20 baggage fee to customers who bring more than the established limit.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the allowance is two bags of up to fifty pounds, carried on, plus two personal items, carried on, up to 25 pounds each.

Cahokia Mounds has added a new permanent exhibit to its museum.

In 2015, the words budget and progress do not often go together in Illinois government.

But, State Rep. John Bradley says that could be changing ... a little.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner's office is warning lawmakers that the Republican will veto a $3.8 billion spending bill pending in the Illinois House.

Compensation for community college presidents will be limited by a new law, and the state’s public universities could be next.

It's been more than four years since Illinois abolished capital punishment. Now there's another voice to bring it back.

A comprehensive package to fight the growing problem of heroin abuse is set to become law in Illinois.

The House and the Senate have now both overridden the governor's partial veto of the bill...requiring Medicaid coverage of heroin treatment and addiction services.

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have enough votes to uphold the Iran nuclear deal, but Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is aiming for a higher goal.

The phrase “vote early and often” sounds cute in Illinois, but seventeen of the state's counties have a roll of registered voters which exceeds the number of voting-age residents in the county.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a fourth death from Legionnaires' disease after an outbreak at a western Illinois veterans' home.

The comptroller handles the state's checkbook, but the Illinois Democrats who want that job say it's part of the fight for what kind of society we should have, and the ongoing story of income inequality.

The threat of a credit downgrade isn't going to move Gov. Bruce Rauner to raise income taxes.

A new law extending the statute of limitations on rape kit testing helps the backlog of kits, but it doesn't solve all the issues surrounding sexual assaults.

An ethics lawsuit may factor into next year's U.S. Senate race.

A campaign to change how Illinois draws its political maps is more than a third of its way to its goal. 

The American Red Cross says it's making it easier for people to donate blood, by giving you the chance to do some of the prep work ahead of time. 

How do insurance companies figure out what to charge you?

A two-year long Consumer Reports investigation analyzed more than two billion car insurance price quotes.

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