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Non-profit hospitals in Illinois will still get to avoid paying property taxes. That’s after a ruling Thursday by the Illinois Supreme Court.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments over whether victims of the illegal drug trade can sue dealers.

Fired Prisoner Review Board member Eric Gregg is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to give him his job back. In a case argued Tuesday, the justices were also asked to consider the limits of a governor’s power to fire certain state officials.

The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday from a man who earned a state teacher pension after substitute teaching --  for one day. 

A new report says Illinois state government is at “elevated risk” in the event of an economic downturn.

Bruce Rauner versus corrupt Democrats from Chicago—that's how Illinois Governor Rauner described the choice between him and his Democratic opponent, JB Pritzker, during a campaign stop in the Quad Cities Monday. 

Western Illinois University has received $9.5 million from the state of Illinois for capital improvement projects. But, that's just a drop in the bucket of what it would take to address the backlog of deferred maintenance.

As of Monday, there are 50 days until Election Day. And in the race for Illinois governor, debate season is finally getting underway.

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New eligibility guidelines for free and reduced school lunches are being released and low-income families are encourage to apply to the program.

Income limits are set each year and Roxanne Ramage with the Illinois State Board of Education says the breakfasts, lunches and after school snacks help make sure students don't go hungry.

The Illinois Governor’s Mansion is recently renovated and has re-opened for tourists, who tend to go for the historical significance. There’s also a new reason for art enthusiasts to check it out.

Late last week, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure that would’ve given Illinois school teachers a base salary of 40-thousand-dollars by the year 20-22.

But, State Senator Andy Manar, who sponsored the legislation, says he’s hoping to save it.

Public health advocates and some state lawmakers spurned Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s decision to veto a bill that would have raised the legal tobacco age to 21.

Rauner axed the bill last Friday, though his own Department of Public Health supported it. While he called smoking “detrimental” in his veto message, the governor said Illinois couldn’t take the risk of losing tobacco sales tax revenue to neighboring states.

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In many school districts, students who are unable to pay for lunch can be shamed - or denied lunch.

Senator Steve Stadelman of Rockford says some kids that can't afford a lunch have been made to feel bad by schools requiring them to wear a wristband or handstamp.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner last week vetoed several immigration related proposals ... earning the ire of advocates and some lawmakers in the General Assembly.

A new Illinois law puts owners of dangerous dogs on alert.

Dogs can already be deemed "dangerous" by authorities...and now owners whose dog has killed another pet and still let them run loose could be punished by the courts.

Governor Bruce Rauner wants changes made to a bill meant to reduce the state’s backlog of Medicaid applications.

State Senator Scott Bennett wants an override of the governor’s amendatory veto in the fall.

The Illinois Constitution was first signed 200 years ago this Sunday, August 26th.

Stuart Lane, executive director of the governor's office of the Illinois Bicentennial says there will be a lot to see.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday signed a package of bills aimed at improving mental health throughout the state, especially in rural and underserved areas. 

It’s like facetiming your doctor… telemedicine allows patients to connect with mental and behavioral health specialists from a distance, and with this new legislation, Medicaid beneficiaries will now have access to these services.

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State lawmakers say hours of testimony Monday on the SIU Carbondale campus will help as the group shapes the future of higher education funding in Illinois.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller speaks with Illinois House Higher Education Committee Chair Chris Welch about upcoming meetings on the SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville campuses.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday signed four pieces of legislation related to public safety.

One encourages police officers to seek mental health treatment, without jeopardizing their career.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law several bills last week -- that proponents claim will reduce the state’s teacher shortage.

The state’s largest teachers union - the Illinois Education Association - says the legislation doesn’t do enough to solve the problem.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation meant to bring state jobs back to Springfield.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was sued Friday by a group of former state employees who want their jobs back.

In 2016, Rauner issued a press release saying his administration had ended a “patronage hiring scandal” at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed laws designed to cut back on a growing and costly backlog in determining Medicaid eligibility for nursing home residents.

The Illinois State Fair kicks off next week with the Twilight parade on Thursday, Aug. 9.

State Fair attendance for 2017 hit just over 500-thousand and State Fair Manager Luke Sailer says he’s hoping for even more… trying to bring in guests with new attractions like the fair’s first roller coaster and dropping beer prices from $5 to $4.

Checks have been sent out to more than 900 Illinois workers to cover back pay owed since 2011.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the checks were issued to Department of Public Health workers.

A new report is trying to calculate a more realistic tally of what crime costs in Illinois.

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A social welfare organization says more than half of all Illinois counties are on its poverty-related watch list. 

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