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The Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor, who's campaigned against the state's child-support system, engaged in a shouting match with a judge about money he owes his ex-wife and access to child visitation.

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Bicentennial will be on full display this weekend - for free. The Illinois State Museum will participate in the Illinois Office of Tourism's Doors Open Illinois program. Admission will be free on Aug. 11-12 for the new exhibition "Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection."

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois will receive more than $15 million in federal money to construct an electric transmission line in southern Illinois.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has amended a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit it filed against three environmental entities.

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CHICAGO - A candidate running to replace Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago has rejected tweets by President Donald Trump's lawyer in which he offers his support and sharply criticizes Emanuel.

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CHICAGO - Organizers say they have enough signatures to ask voters to consider term limits for Chicago mayors.

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OSWEGO, Ill.  - Authorities are trying to identify the remains of a man found by kayakers in the Fox River.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has died after attending the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was sued Friday by a group of former state employees who want their jobs back.

It’s been a recommendation for years, but now it’s law in Illinois. Children may not be flipped forward in their car seats until they are two years old unless they are at least 40 pounds or 40 inches tall. 

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected legislation that would prohibit retailers from charging fees on rebate cards. 

An Illinois high school student and her father are suing a school district and several administrators alleging her civil rights were violated when she showed support for gun rights during an anti-school violence walkout.

  

Senator Tammy Duckworth was one of 23 lawmakers to introduce legislation earlier this week that would block the sale of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms. 

Speaking on The 21st show, the Illinois Democrat says she hopes to prevent the spread of 3-D printed firearms by blocking the online instructions to create them.

“They're dangerous not just for the potential victims but also for the shooters, they, these guns also tend to blow up.”

Freshman Rep. Nick Sauer, a Republican from Lake Barrington, resigned after being accused of posting a former girlfriend's nude photos online without her consent.

Meanwhile, Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers endorsed two candidates for Illinois governor: Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker and Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann, a state senator from Plainview who until recently was a member of the Republican Party.

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A suburban Chicago man who survived of a jet crash in Mexico this week is suing the airline.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  - Springfield is hosting as many as 30,000 motorcyclists this week for the 41st National Bikers Roundup.

Checks have been sent out to more than 900 Illinois workers to cover back pay owed since 2011.

A planned visit to Springfield, Illinois, later this month by former Vice President Joe Biden is proving to be a bigger attraction than expected.

Online Learning Can Open Doors For Kids In Juvenile Jails

Aug 2, 2018

But the quality of online coursework is one of many concerns for advocates.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring public schools to allow parents to administer medical marijuana at school to eligible children.

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says a GOP state lawmaker will resign amid allegations that he posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend on social media.

Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. He's also backing Kwame Raoul for attorney general and three Illinois Democrats looking to unseat GOP congressmen.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring his and future administrations to pay employees from the budgets of the agencies they're working for.

The former manager of Bloomington's city-owned arena faces a new theft indictment charging that he illegally transferred city money to a group that used to own the Bloomington Thunder hockey team.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law protecting health professionals who provide police officers with life-saving epinephrine auto injections. 

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Wells Fargo will pay a $2.09 billion civil penalty over allegations the company originated and sold residential mortgage loans that included misstated income information, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

The bank's actions contributed to the financial crisis, the agency said.

Many Central Illinois school districts are struggling to fill an unprecedented number of teaching vacancies just weeks before the school year begins.

Pontiac Retirement Home Receives Surprise Donation

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PONTIAC - Officials of an Illinois retirement home that received a surprise $2.4 million donation say the funds will be used enhance the home's facilities, programs and services.

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CHICAGO - Organizers of a march this week that may snarl traffic in one of Chicago's most heavily populated neighborhoods say they don't want the support of the city's mayor.

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CHICAGO - A new Illinois lottery game will generate money to help the families of police officers killed or severely hurt in the line of duty.

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