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2 Dead in Northern IL Tornadoes, Rauner Declares Disaster Area

The death toll from the tornado in DeKalb County has risen to two.

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U of I May Rethink Hiring Practices

The chancellor of the University of Illinois' main campus says a plan to add 500 new professors by the year 2020 may have to be scaled back.

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

Rauner Wants to Repeal Jury Pay Increase

Governor Bruce Rauner wants to take back an Illinois law signed last year giving jurors a pay raise.

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Hank Williams, Jr. Coming to State Fair

Hank Williams, Junior will perform with .38 Special on August 21st.


Man Convicted of Sexual Assault Near WIU

An Iowa man faces as much as 15 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a western Illinois woman.


Champaign Man Convicted of Murder

A Champaign man has been convicted of murder.

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Three Injured After Guardrail Impales Car on I-155

Three people were injured as the result of an accident in Logan County Thursday morning.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner enters the House to applause to delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Rep. Greg Harris is seen on the far right.

Rauner Scales Back, Hones In on Reform Agenda

Gov. Bruce Rauner is scaling back his legislative agenda, but only in terms of the number of bills in which it's contained.


Former DHS Employee Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement that Watkins allegedly issued herself duplicate LINK cards.


Search Continues Following Tornado in Fairdale; One of Two Victims Identified

The Illinois Department of Emergency Management says one person was killed and seven injured in Fairdale.


Eastern Illinois Farmland Prices Fall

That area includes Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Edgar and Coles counties.

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Group Doesn’t Want Gas Tax Hike

The Legislature might again raise the gasoline tax in order to either help a new capital construction plan or as a revenue generator for the state.

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Springfield Housing Authority Approves Loan for Vinegar Hills Project

The Springfield Housing Authority has been given the go ahead to seek a $3 million loan to help pay for the Villas at Vinegar Hill senior housing complex.

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Durbin Talks About Iran Nuclear Deal

Congress wants a say in any final deal regarding Iran's nuclear program, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says it runs the risk of wrecking the negotiations.


Lawmakers: Collect Sales Tax We Should Be Collecting

The state is losing millions in tax that it should be collecting to people who buy stuff online and don't pay.


Police Seek Hit and Run Driver

Springfield Police are looking for help finding out who hit a bicyclist and then drove off in a hit and run.


Events Planned Statewide to Commemorate Civil War’s End

Events across the state will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.


Group Calls for Reduction in Wrongful Convictions

A man convicted and later exonerated of a sexual assault and the female victim have shared a bond, and a common mission to urge states to do better to make sure innocent people don't go to prison.

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School Board Member Lopez Seeks 18th Congressional Seat

Democratic leaders said in recent weeks they were searching for a potential candidate to run in the Republican-leaning district.

3-31-15 Springfield City Council

Springfield City Council Approves Food Truck Regulations

Food trucks will now be regulated in Springfield.

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