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Manar, Scherer Introduce High Speed Rail Legislation

A couple of local lawmakers are trying to put some teeth into a high speed rail agreement that will benefit Springfield minority communities.

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Springfield Metro Unemployment Level Lowest Since 2007

The Springfield metro area has recorded another drop in unemployment.

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Springfield Armed Robbery Suspect Caught on Camera, Police Seek Tips

A man wielding a box cutter tried to hold up a new pet store near downtown Springfield

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Fuel Leak Closes Road Near New Berlin

No one was injured in the crash.

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Salaita Sues U of I Over Rescinded Job Offer

A professor who lost a University of Illinois job offer over his profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages has sued.

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Springfield Man Shot Near King and Stuart

Another Springfield man has been shot, but is expected to be okay.

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Bill Would Prohibit Legislative Leaders From Holding Outside Employment

If it looks like a conflict, that's bad enough for State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood).

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War on Poverty: Illinois Scores “Mediocre”

Proportion of income devoted to rent is a problem

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Illinois Video Gambling Revenue Doubles in Second Year

The state made nearly $165 million in 2014 from video gambling

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Durbin: Consolidate 15 Federal Food Agencies Into One

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he hopes the fifth time’s the charm for legislation to create a new food safety agency.

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A Huge Benefit for a Taylorville Elementary School

"Kids are well fed, happy, smiling and being themselves rather than being in a situation where their stomachs are empty, they have headaches and stomach aches, they may be nauseous."

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Rockford Facility for Juvenile Wards Closes

A facility that houses wards of the state in Rockford is closing following a newspaper's reports of assault and other issues.

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Banner Year for SPI — Now What?

Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport had one of its best years ever for passenger flights last year -- so what's next?

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Rauner Among Nation’s Top Spenders in 2014 Campaign

The Center for Public Integrity says Rauner spent more than $28 million of his own money on his successful bid to become governor and on other races.

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Durbin Tries Again to Help Those Here Illegally

He's urging a Twitter campaign, #DACAWorks

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City Needs Extra $3.5 Million to Cover Healthcare Costs

It appears health care costs for city of Springfield employees went over budget by more than three million dollars this fiscal year.

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Lincoln Woman Gets Prison Time: Embezzles Two Million Dollars

A Lincoln woman will serve nearly 4 years in prison for embezzling two million dollars over 17 years.

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Rauner Pushes “Right to Work” Zones

Gov. Bruce Rauner says one of his priorities for his first year in office will be creating so-called “right to work zones.”

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Lawmaker Introduces Measure to Cut GA, Officer Salaries

An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cut the pay of elected officeholders by 10 percent.

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