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Springfield Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3%

The rate fell to 4.3 percent this April, compared to 5.3 percent last April.

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Judge Makes Ruling in Drowning Death Civil Suit

A judge has clarified what the family of a Springfield drowning victim will receive after a jury in February said the city acted recklessly when the teen died in 2007.

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Study: Illinois High in Political Corruption

Illinois remains No. 3 in the nation when it comes to political corruption.

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Budget “Circus” Continues Inside Capitol

The Illinois Senate made a number of moves on a state budget.

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Sugary Drink Tax Still in Play, Says Advocate

A sugary drink tax is still in the mix at the Capitol.

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo, school students enter the "White House" as a life-size Abraham Lincoln replica stands outside, while touring the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. The chairman of the foundation behind the Library and Museum says fundraising is drying up because of tensions between library directors and the state agency that oversees it.

New Proposal to Take ALPLM Away from Historic Preservation Agency

Lawmakers will proceed with making the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum its own entity.

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Bradley Offers Online Nursing Degree

Bradley University will begin offering advanced nursing courses online this summer.

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Sunset About to Happen on Part of Gay Marriage Law

A provision of Illinois' gay marriage law that let same-sex couples backdate marriages to the date of their civil unions is about to sunset.

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Early Voting to Begin in Special Schock Replacement Primary

Early voting starts Thursday for the special election to pick the Democratic and Republican candidates to possibly replace Aaron Schock as 18th District Congressman.

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Langfelder Talks About Appointments

Four of Mayor Jim Langfelder's department head appointments will be voted on by the Springfield City Council next week.

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Rauner Revises Hiring Plan

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has revised its plan to change state hiring to allay concerns of Democrats and unions.

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Bloomington Man Deemed “Sexually Dangerous” to be Released from Treatment

A psychiatrist has testified that a 35-year-old Bloomington man who has been in a state treatment program for sexually dangerous people since he was 15 is eligible to be released.

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Former Dixon Comptroller to Give Up Horse Trophies

Rita Crundwell can't keep a collection of horse trophies and other personal items stored in Illinois and Wisconsin.

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Rand Paul Campaigns in Illinois

A Republican presidential candidate says he'll take some cues from Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign.

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Rauner’s Workers Comp Reform Fails

A party-line vote Wednesday afternoon kept a workers' compensation restructuring from going to the Senate floor.

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Manar: Budget Unlikely by May 31

"Cutting vital services, banking $2.2 billion of... just... fictional pension savings that aren't going to occur, we're going to claim to be balanced?"

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Illinois Bill Penalizes for Leaving Pets in Extreme Weather

Offenders could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500.

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Mt. Zion High School to Randomly Drug Test Some Students

Students will be randomly selected for urinalysis tests to detect alcohol or marijuana, among other drugs.

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Measure Banning Electronic Cigarettes for Minors Passes Legislature

Vaping's not for kids. At least, that's what Illinois lawmakers say.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his inauguration address Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill., after being sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

Lawmakers Could Consider “Turnaround Agenda” Items Wednesday

Proposals addressing workers compensation, changes to the civil legal system and a freeze on properties taxes are on the agenda today in Senate committees.

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Colbie Caillat engaged

Colbie Caillat performing as part of the Star 94 Jingle Jam 2013 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Atlanta.

Colbie Caillat celebrated her 30th birthday with an engaged to her musician boyfriend.

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This week’s top pop songs

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LISTEN: This week's top pop songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

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This week’s top R&B tracks

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LISTEN: This week's top R&B tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

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Netflix: What’s coming and going in June

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Find out what you should watch this weekend and get a sneak peak at what's being added next month.

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REVIEW: The Earth quakes, cleavage shakes in ‘San Andreas’

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"San Andreas" is so over the top, Michael Bay might find it excessive.