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U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she's returning to full-time work after 12 weeks of leave to care for her baby.

Officials overseeing construction of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's South Side say they're taking steps to ensure a diverse workforce builds the center.

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Tollway has launched around-the-clock "hot weather patrols" to locate and assist motorists during high temperatures and humidity throughout the weekend.

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MARION, Ky. (AP) - The Cave-in-Rock Ferry between Illinois and Kentucky is reducing its operating hours. The ferry crosses the Ohio River between Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, and Marion, Kentucky.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - A Bloomington man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in his daughter's 2009 beating death will remain in a state mental health facility a while longer.

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URBANA, Ill. - The University of Illinois' new medical school is set to open its doors with its first class of 32 students.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law making it easier for qualified teachers to be certified to teach in Illinois.

Rallies across the country, including Illinois, will take place Saturday. Attendees will call for the reunification of families separated at the US-Mexico border.

Illinois is on track to expand the number of physician assistants allowed to treat patients, especially in many rural areas.

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to Governor Bruce Rauner in its ruling on the Janus v. AFSCME case.  Also, the Gubernatorial race gained more candidates with this week's filings by independent parties.  The State Journal-Register's Bernie Schoenburg joins the panel.

An Illinois State Police trooper has been charged with official misconduct for allegedly soliciting while on duty someone he believed to be a prostitute.

J.B. Pritzker is doing a listening tour with veterans. The tour included a stop in Peoria Thursday. 

With temperatures expected to reach the mid-90s over the next few days  -- and the heat index even higher, road buckling could become a problem for some Illinois motorists. 

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on online shopping left two things clear – consumers who buy online will have to pay sales tax on more items, and some states will see more money from those online purchases.

The federal government is giving Illinois $4.1 million to renovate a veterans' home where Legionnaires' disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents.

Private Illinois nursing homes are fronting $300 million for residential care because the state is so far behind on determining whether they're eligible for Medicaid.

Bloomington Police weren’t getting a lot of help from witnesses when they first arrived at the scene of a shooting outside an apartment building in east Bloomington.

While Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner celebrated the US Supreme Court’s decision in the Janus labor case on Wednesday, his chief opponent on the campaign trail was quick to criticize. J.B. Pritzker took to the podium in Springfield to do just that.


The man at the center of the case of public sector unions and fair share fees is a state employee from Springfield.  Mark Janus took his fight to the U.S. Supreme Court and on Wednesday, he was victorious.  The decision means non-union members won't have to pay those fees to cover activities like collective bargaining. 

Long before he ran for governor, Bruce Rauner was a champion for school choice. That’s the shorthand way of saying he used his considerable clout and cash to support charter schools, most of which don’t welcome teacher unions.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner have released a partial list of donors to a $15 million renovation of the Illinois Governor's Mansion.

Chicago Public Schools is launching a new department to respond to sex abuse allegations in an effort to reassure parents about their children's safety at school.

The Illinois Racing Board has advanced a proposal to allow video gambling on past horse races despite the board's attorney warning that the move would be illegal.

Northwestern Medicine has received a $25 million donation to develop artificial intelligence to treat heart disease.

Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler said Tuesday that investigators have no evidence of a connection between the fatal shooting on Orchard Road in the early morning hours of June 10 and two other recent fatal shootings in the Twin Cities.

Seventeen states sued President Donald Trump's administration Tuesday in an effort to force officials to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a 5 to 4 ruling, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Trump's so-called travel or Muslim ban. A proposal that passed the Illinois General Assembly aims to protest that policy.

Former vice president Joe Biden will be making a stop in central Illinois this summer, speaking to Democrats before the State Fair in Springfield.   

The chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan who was forced to resign amid sexual harassment allegations is owed $130,000 in unused vacation and sick time.

The Illinois State Museum is launching a new exhibit featuring rare artifacts to celebrate the state's bicentennial.

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