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Closure would save almost $5 million

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Lincoln Museum Offers Free Admission for Donated Backpacks

Backpacks will be given to students from the Springfield school district during a back-to-school party on Aug. 10.

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New Law Waives License Plate Fees for Combat Veterans

Combat veterans returning from active duty will qualify for free Illinois license plates under legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Bloomington Social Service Group has Idea to Help Homeless

Group believes a tiny home village might be a longer-term option than shelters and temporary housing.

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Illinois’ Ban on Microbeads May Be Copied Nationally

Mark Kirk would sponsor legislation banning plastic microbeads in house hold products.

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Chicago School’s Bid for Loan From Pension Fund Shelved

Mayor Rahm Emanuel blames state legislators for worsening the situation and says a property tax increase is up for consideration.

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ComEd Makes Plan to Keep Financial Assistance Going

The Illinois budget crisis has caused a shutdown at CEDA, the agency that administers ComEd's CARE program.

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Frerichs Concerned State Works Will Go to Work Elsewhere if Deadlock Isn’t Resolved

Comptroller's office is working on getting checks ready for employees.

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Brandt Expands Into Brazil

The purchase of a majority interest in a Brazilian agricultural company means an important expansion for Springfield-based ag products manufacturer Brandt.

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Comptroller’s Office Begins Writing Paychecks

Leslie Munger's Chief of Staff, Brad Hahn, says they should be delivered Wednesday to 6,800 workers.

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Rep. Davis Won’t Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

Davis said Obama is trying to build a foreign policy legacy as President Bill Clinton did in signing a nuclear agreement with North Korea in 1994.

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Kirk to Trump: Shut Up.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has two words of advice for Donald Trump, and only one if he’s speaking Spanish.

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All-Clear After Possible Haz-Mat Situation at Illinois AG’s Montvale Office

A suspicious package was reported as being at the AG's office around 10:30am.

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Man Accused of Kicking, Injuring Dog

A Pleasant Plains man is accused of assaulting a dog and leaving it for dead in rural Springfield.

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Longtime Decatur Newspaperman Dies

A Decatur man who spent 66 years with the same newspaper and who retired only two weeks ago has passed away.

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U of I to Begin Background Checks in October

October fifth is the start date for a new University of Illinois policy requiring background checks for all new employees.

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Film to Honor 1940 Granite City Basketball Team

A Granite City basketball squad that won an Illinois state title 75 years ago with a team of Eastern European immigrants is the subject of an upcoming Hollywood film.

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Peoria to Host 2016 Illinois Republican Convention

The Illinois Republican Party has chosen Peoria as the site of its 2016 state convention.

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Madigan’s Budget Concerns Remain

The thoughts of House Speaker Michael Madigan following the latest House session -- which resulted in a one-month budget getting passed -- sound awfully familiar.

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