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SPRINGFIELD - State officials honored about 5,000 Illinois Purple Heart recipients for service to the United States.

New Illinois Ride-share Law Takes Effect

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois legislation designed to ensure ride-share drivers undergo adequate background checks is now law. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say hundreds of extra officers are being deployed to city neighborhoods where a burst of gun violence over the weekend left at least 11 people dead and around 70 wounded.

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CHICAGO - An autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner says a Chicago man killed by police in June died from a single shot in the back that entered his spine and lungs.

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Ivanka Trump plans to promote worker training in Illinois this week.

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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A mosquito pool in Peoria County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The Peoria City/County Health Department says says this means West Nile Virus is actively circulating in the region.

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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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The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria is celebrating record enrollment. Officials say 244 students attend the medical college, the largest in the school’s history. The newest class-those expected to graduate in 2022-is a record 67. All students in the new class are from Illinois.

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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.

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OSF Healthcare St. Francis Medical Center is earning accolades for its heart attack patient treatment program. The American College of Cardiology has given the medical center its ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award.

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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.

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

This week, we're talking with artists Barb Hoffman and Jessica Bingham. They're both participating in the Prairie Center of the Arts' Regional Alumni Invitational Exhibition, which features work by alumni of the Center's residency program. The artists themselves chose the works to be included. All the pieces are new, created in the last two years.

Hoffman and Bingham talk about the residency program, and how it's advanced their own work. They also describe their own pieces in the exhibition.

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

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Peoria International Airport has received a $1.5 million dollar grant to rehabilitate the terminal’s apron pavement.

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Streets in portions of downtown Peoria will close Saturday afternoon as the St. Jude Runners return from Memphis.

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.

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.

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