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Quinn Appoints Former Budget Director as Comptroller

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FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka gestures on the House floor at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Topinka, who won a second term in November 2014, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 2014, less than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. She was 70. Topinka previously served three terms as Illinois state treasurer, was a former Illinois GOP chairwoman and ran for governor in 2006.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to announce the successor to late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at a Friday event in Chicago.

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Deputies to Be More Visible in Rural Areas

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Barr wants his department on the country roads more

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Durbin: New Budget Acceptable, Needs Tweaking

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Says some provisions need to be changed

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Republicans: No Need for Special Election

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Durkin: Attorney general has right idea about Rauner appointing comptroller

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Law Would Protect Savings of the Disabled

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Protect eligibility for Medicaid, SSI

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Michael Stipe offered up as garage sale bargain

Michael Stipe attends the "Young Ones" premiere at the Landmark Sunshine on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in New York.

Watch Former R.E.M. star Michael Stipe star in a skit to mark the end of TV host Stephen Colbert's late-night show.

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Jill Scott to be honored at Essence Black Women in Music event

Singer Jill Scott poses for a photo in the pressroom at the Essence Festival at the Superdome on Friday, July 5, 2013, in New Orleans.

Jill Scott has been named a special honoree at Essence magazine’s annual Black Women in Music event.

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Usher will skip cash giveaway during U.K. shows

Superstar singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor Usher Raymond performs in concert on The UR Experience Tour at Philips Arena on December 9, 2014, in Atlanta.

Usher will abandon his onstage trick of handing out cash to audience members when he takes his latest tour to the U.K. because of safety concerns.

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Noel Gallagher embarrassed daughter in front of Harry Styles

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Noel Gallagher left his teenage daughter mortified by embarrassing her in front of One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles.

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Donny Osmond predicts end is near for One Direction

Singer Donny Osmond performs in Bryant Park on ABC's "Good Morning America" show on Friday, August 15, 2008, in New York.

Donny Osmond predicts One Direction will split up in 2016 and Harry Styles will launch a successful solo career.

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Forget 2-day shipping, Amazon launches 1-hour delivery

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado on July 28, 2008.

You won't get your deliveries in a New York minute, but you might be able to get them in a Manhattan hour.

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American Kennel Club adds 4 new dog breeds

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The AKC now recognizes 184 breeds of dogs.

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Waiting for Christmas

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For children, waiting for Christmas is filled with wonder and fun.

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We’re living 6 years longer

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Fewer people are dying from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and there's a better survival rate in poor countries from tuberculosis and malaria.

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Christmastime comes with superstitions, tall tales

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Christmas has long been a time ripe for superstitions, tall tales and odd beliefs.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: Colbert’s star-studded farewell to ‘Report’

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Stephen Colbert bid farewell with the help of scores of celebrities in a rousing sendoff to the tune of "We'll Meet Again."

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Cameron Diaz engaged to Good Charlotte star

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The "Charlie's Angels" star is reportedly planning to marry Benji Madden.

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MOVIES: 25 Days of Christmas Films

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James Stewart, center, is reunited with his wife, Donna Reed, left, and children during the last scene of Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life".

Count down to Christmas with these 25 festive holiday movies.

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‘TIS THE SEASON: Holiday specials, bowl games this weekend

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Here's a look at Christmas classics, holiday favorites, and sports specials airing this weekend.

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WATCH: The ‘Force’ is strong with this home

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If you weren't already excited for the next "Star Wars" movie, this house will change your mind.

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Stars lose millions of followers in Instagram crackdown

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Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian are among the celebs who lost fake followers when the social media service purged fraudulent accounts.

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WATCH: Airman ‘Santa’ surprises 6-year-old son at storytime

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Aaron Williams was sad that his dad, stationed in South Korea, wouldn't be stateside for the holidays ... but a little Christmas magic gave him a gift he'll never forget.

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