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Durbin Wants Student Loan, College Textbook Changes

Senator Dick Durbin continues to push several measures he says will help make college more affordable.

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Amid Budget Stalemate, Marion Considers Borrowing for School

The Marion Community Unit School District board plans to vote on taking out a line of credit of up to $7.3 million to continue with construction as the wait for state money continues.

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1st St. Louis-Area Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Open

HCI Alternatives in Collinsville plans a grand opening at noon Monday at a retail location adjacent to the Illinois State Police's regional headquarters.

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Illinois Monitoring 4 Counties to Guard Against Bird Flu

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1PLlTtE ) that the agency is monitoring Lawrence, Wabash, Edwards and White counties.

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Western Illinois Village Zoning Won’t Stop Planned Hog Farm

A western Illinois village has determined that local zoning rules can't prevent construction of a large hog breeding operation that's already won state approval.

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Lawmakers Calls for Stricter Safety Standards for Fuel Tank Cars

At a roundtable discussion in Aurora, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) heard the concerns local officials have about the amount of oil tank cars moving through larger cities in Illinois.

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Jackson County Sues State Over Unpaid Bills Amid Budget Woes

The county wants to compel payment of salary reimbursements that help pay for several top local government jobs.

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US Mint Features Illinois National Park

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced Camel Rock in Shawnee National Forest will be depicted on the United States Mint's America the Beautiful Quarter.

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Durbin Warns Chicago Public Schools Not to Expect Federal Help

Durbin said the financially-troubled district, which had hoped for $480 million in pension assistance from the state in its last budget, can’t expect help from the federal government.

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Illinois AG Seeks to Dismiss DraftKings, FanDuel Lawsuits

Lisa Madigan is seeking to dismiss lawsuits brought by two daily fantasy sports sites that claim their contests are games of skill allowed by state law.

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Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner Names Chief of Staff

Emily Bastedo of Elmhurst is the associate counsel general in the governor's office, were she serves as the legal liaison to 10 state agencies, boards and commissions.

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Citizens Club Talks Independent Maps

University of Illinois-Springfield Political Science professor Kent Redfield says legislative districts in the last four decades used to be more competitive then they are now.

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Lutheran Social Services Cuts Jobs, Programs

The state's largest private provider of social-service programs is closing 30 programs serving 4,700 people because of the budget impasse.


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Illinois Unemployment Rate Increases

State officials say Illinois' unemployment rate increased two-tenths in December to 5.9 percent and the state lost a net 16,300 jobs for the month.


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Lawmakers Not Concerned About Stock Markets and Pensions

Illinois lawmakers say stock market declines this year are not cause for immediate concern for the state's massively underfunded pension system.


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Houston Man Pleads Not Guilty in 1973 Murder

A Houston-area man has pleaded not guilty to killing his 19-year-old wife more than four decades ago in suburban Chicago.


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The Dust Has Not Yet Settled on Pension Proposal

It's billed as giving participants a choice between COLA, better benefits.


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2 Dead in Champaign County Fire

Authorities have identified two men who were killed in a house fire in the Champaign County village of Homer.

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Decatur Youth Getting iPads

Elementary school children in Decatur are using tablet computers to do research and make presentations.


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Injured Bobcat Kitten to Return to Indiana

A bobcat kitten that was struck by a car will soon head back to Indiana following treatment at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

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