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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 Warns of Spending Bill Veto

Rauner Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs Richard Goldberg calls the bill "the latest multibillion-dollar piecemeal attempt" to pass an unbalanced budget.

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“Hometown Hero” Given Her Day

Ashley Aldridge was honored as Auburn's first "Hometown Hero."

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School Board Member Questions Diversity of Audit Firm

"When I went on the website, I saw nothing but white people."

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CWLP Proposes Rate “Flattening” — Rate Calculator Online Wednesday

"They're going down slightly," says Langfelder.

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Chamber in Middle of Business Expansion Survey

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is embarking on their annual survey of local businesses to determine the area's local health.

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SEIU Advocates for New Child Care Assistance Bill

The Service Employees International Union is spearheading an effort to try and restore funding to the Child Care Assistance Program, or CCAP.

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State Rep. Esther Golar Passes Away

Golar (D-Chicago) was known for introducing her bills by singing, not reading, the language of the legislation on the House floor.


New Disease Impacts Corn Crops

"Tar spot" has been confirmed in Illinois' Bureau, DeKalb and LaSalle counties

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Groups Warning Cities About Nuisance Laws

Civil rights advocates are trying to prepare Illinois cities with so-called nuisance laws about too many police calls for new exceptions protecting domestic abuse victims and the disabled.

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5K Could Be Eligible for Permits to Drive Under New Law

It would provide restricted permits if drivers prove they are drug and alcohol free for at least three years.


Durbin Excited About Papal Visit, Some in GOP Wary

Pope Francis will address Congress this week, possibly on a stance that many members of Congress don’t support.


Former Springfield Music Leader Dies in Crash

The former leader of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony has been killed in a car crash in Wisconsin.


Equality Illinois to Open Springfield Office

The new Springfield field office will be a part of an expanded statewide strategy.

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Chances of Hitting Deer on Roads Higher This Year

State Farm Insurance is warning about a higher probability of hitting a deer in Illinois this year while driving.


Lawmakers Continue Tackling College Executive Pay

It seems the only thing more lucrative than being in charge of these places is being fired from being in charge of these places.


Thriving Wetland at Risk Under Restoration Project

The Nature Conservancy is building a complex, $6 million system of pumps and a concrete channel that would connect the 7,000-acre Emiquon to the river.

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Tornado Touch Down Friday in Will County

No injuries reported but there was minor damage to some homes in the area.

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Durbin and Bustos Ask Rauner to Release Funds for Rockford Airport

They say they believe Illinois state lawmakers appropriated the money in 2014

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