Natalie Phelps Finnie

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A southern Illinois lawmaker is trying to lower costs on downstate truck drivers.

State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie says she has successfully passed legislation out of a House committee to increase truck hall weights for farmers.

Access to fast internet is a growing concern among communities in Illinois that currently don't have a high speed internet connection.

State Representative Natalie Phelps-Finnie of Elizabethtown is sponsoring legislation that would look at ways to provide broadband internet to the rural parts of the state.

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Hardin Co. General Hospital

A southern Illinois hospital says it'll be able to keep its doors open if Governor Bruce Rauner signs a measure into law.

Illinois lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a plan that revamps the way hospitals are paid for treating low-income patients. The current "Hospital Assessment Program" expires in July - and with it billions of dollars in federal matching funds.

Illinois lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a plan that revamps the way hospitals are paid for treating low-income patients.

The current "Hospital Assessment Program" expires in July - and with it billions of dollars in federal matching funds. Some hospitals say they could be forced to close.

A southern Illinois lawmaker has been appointed to the state's newly created Taskforce on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment.

State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie of Elizabethtown supported House Resolution 687, which created the Taskforce.

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For the first time ever, a woman will hold the 118th district seat in southern Illinois.

Natalie Phelps Finnie was officially announced Wednesday as the replacement for her cousin, 8-term House member Brandon Phelps, who resigned last week for health reasons.