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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

Jul 31, 2018
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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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CHICAGO  - Less than 1 percent of Chicago's residents have been issued a city ID card since the program launched this summer.

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Groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will happen next year because of a delay in the federal review process.

Big Mac Turns 50

Jul 30, 2018
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McDonald's is not messing with the makings of its most famous double-decker burger of 50 years.

Chicago has announced a plan to implement far-reaching police reforms under federal court supervision.

A measure awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature would enable local counties or municipalities to create urban agricultural zones in areas where access to food is limited.

Sonya Harper is a state representative whose district covers the contrasting sides of Chicago that have come to symbolize the Windy City.

It's been 10 years since Illinois went smoke-free in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.

President Trump makes his first presidential visit to Illinois, delivering a speech at U.S. Steel's Granite City Works, near St. Louis.

While President Trump’s trade wars have pitted steelworkers against farmers in Illinois, that doesn’t mean that those affected by recent trade policies aren’t worried about each other.

 

The trade partnership struck between the Trump administration and the EU this week is a “big deal” for Illinois farmers, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Thursday during a visit with the president near St. Louis.

Stressing out over a seemingly negative or condescending work email can cause ripple effects that extend to relationships in the home, according to 

President Donald Trump on Thursday trumpeted the renewed success of an Illinois steel mill, pushing back against criticism that his escalating trade disputes are hurting American workers and farmers.

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