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The state of Illinois is launching an all-hours helpline to provide assistance to those impacted by opioid addiction.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and members of the state's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force announced the creation of the phone line Tuesday morning. State officials say anyone affected by opioid addiction can call for confidential assistance. The helpline has trained specialists who can connect callers with treatment and recovery-support services.

John B. Anderson, who represented northern Illinois for two decades in Congress and ran an independent campaign for President, died Sunday at his home in Washington.

His family announced the death in a statement.

Entering the U.S. House in 1961, he was an ultraconservative supporter of the Barry Goldwater wing of the Republican Party and initially a staunch opponent of many of the Great Society programs of President Lyndon Johnson.

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The proposed re-purposing of the Illinois Youth Center facility in Murphysboro is taking longer than originally announced.

In October 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner said he wanted to re-open the center as a life skills and a re-entry facility. He expected it to open in about six months. But, 13 months later, the facility remains closed.

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Governor Bruce Rauner joined Japan's Consul General to the Midwest at Rend Lake College for a workforce and education roundtable.

They were joined Wednesday by educational leaders, employers and economic development officials from southern Illinois.

Illinois lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on the economic benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana.

Supporters says legalizing pot would raise hundreds of millions of dollars in much needed tax revenue for the state.

Monday was an important date on the way to the 2018 elections. It was the beginning of the period when Illinois candidates have to file petitions with, in some cases, thousands of signatures needed to get on the ballot.

The opioid epidemic continues to sweep across Illinois and the rest of the nation, now declared a public health emergency. But, some believe medical marijuana could be the solution.

A Carbondale resident has won a big prize from the Illinois Lottery.

Buelah Simmons won 750-thousand dollars on a scratch-off ticket called Ultimate Crossword.

When the Illinois General Assembly approved a budget last summer . . . they also agreed to cut back on the state's contribution to the pension systems.  But, this move might have unintended consequences.

Governor Bruce Rauner is criticizing Illinois lawmakers for passing “hurried” ethics legislation last week.

As the recent flood of sexual harassment stories reached the Illinois Statehouse, it came out that the job of chief ethics investigator for the legislature had sat vacant for nearly three years.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza about the state's record bill backlog, and other financial issues.

Just when you thought the state’s controversial battle over school funding was over, it turns out there’s a few technicalities that need to be addressed.

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With a national focus on gun violence, some Illinois lawmakers say now is the time for change.

Despite recent mass shootings, the legislature's fall veto session ended without any changes to gun laws in the state.

After reporting by the Chicago Tribune uncovered public health officials were failing to test babies for a devastating neurological disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health Department says the tests will begin Monday. 

Women in the Illinois Senate plan to advance their voices in leadership with the creation of their own caucus.

Women on both sides of the aisle say they’ve had a significant role in crafting policy, but may not always get the credit they deserve.

Let's say you've got a student loan and you get laid off your job. Your loan servicer suggests something called "forebearance" — the chance to delay payments for a year or two. Sounds tempting, but it ends up costing you more money.

That's one of the many tricky facts loan servicers will have to disclose in Illinois, where lawmakers yesterday approved stringent regulations on student loan service companies.

Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza is applauding passage of the Debt Transparency Act and reductions in the state's massive bill backlog.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is declaring victory after the House failed to override a key veto. The bill was a priority of organized labor.

The Illinois Senate is voting to extend the statute of limitations for misconduct claims in the legislature.

The Fifth District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration should be paying unionized state workers scheduled increases promised by contract.

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WSIU's Jordan Maddox explores the "Full Slate" decision, which may allow more candidates onto the Illinois ballot in 2018.

The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on Tuesday for the final days of its fall session after spending last week wrestling a sexual-harassment quandary.

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The Illinois General Assembly has finally chosen someone to investigate ethics complaints against state legislators and staff. The position had been vacant for nearly three years.

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein's downfall due to sexual assault and harassment claims from numerous women - it's glaringly apparent that the issue is not limited to a certain industry or segment of society. Statehouses across the nation have joined in the #MeToo movement. Some are saying state legislatures harbor environments where such activity is commonplace.

Veterans Courts will soon be an option for some offenses in courthouses across Illinois.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is joining a crowded field attempting to become the state's next attorney general.

Watch the tenth Illinois Issues forum on the state budget and Illinois' financial future in Carbondale, Illinois. The forum is hosted by NPR Illinois and WSIU Radio with support provided by AARP. 

The Illinois House approved a measure Thursday that prohibits fees for freezing your credit.

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The Illinois House Thursday tried - and failed - to ban the gun modification known as a "bump stock."

The legislation was a response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The Illinois House dealt a series of rebukes to Governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday.

Republicans joined Democrats to override nearly a dozen of the governor’s vetoes.

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