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Illinois lawmakers are reconvening for a special session called by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn. They're expected to consider a proposal that would establish a 2016 special election to replace late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka as well as other constitutional office vacancies that arise in the future.

A federal agency has filed violations against an Illinois agricultural products company after two workers died at its Pekin facility.

Illinois has seen the fourth coldest year on record with an average statewide temperature of 49.9 degrees in 2014.

Illinois residents can now formally suggest a new medical condition that could benefit from medical marijuana.

Two Illinois lawmakers are calling for legislation to be considered during a special session this week that would combine the offices of the state comptroller and treasurer.

Snowy weather and subzero temperatures are headed for Illinois this week.

Incoming freshmen from Illinois would see no increase in base tuition at the University of Illinois next fall under a proposal announced by the school's leadership.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says research is still underway as his administration decides which businesses will receive permits to begin the state's pilot medical marijuana program.

Gov. Pat Quinn enters his final week in office with a speech and special session on the agenda, but it's unclear how hard lawmakers and leaders will work with the Democrat on a possible special election or other issues. 

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law legislation to help people in Illinois save for retirement. The Democrat signed the bill Sunday in one of the last such events he will have as governor before Republican Bruce Rauner takes office January 12. 

Governor Pat Quinn has signed new eavesdropping restrictions for Illinois after the old law was declared unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court. 

A new state law will make it tougher for felons to receive a public pension. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this week giving Illinois' attorney general more power to stop pension payments to convicted felons.

  Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a plan that lets people charged with some minor traffic offenses pay penalties without a court appearance. 

 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate 10 years in 2015 with activities and events. 

  U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants the metropolitan Chicago area to take on the fight against heroin.

Records show the recovery rate for stolen guns in Springfield is far lower than the national average. 

  A jail-rental program that's brought in more than $73 million in the past decade has some McHenry County officials wondering if local taxpayers are subsidizing it.


Records show that Illinois police departments in suburban St. Louis spent about $120,000 on overtime and riot protection gear in response to riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

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  Authorities say Chicago could close out 2014 with the lowest number of homicides in decades.

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Parents and guardians considering allowing their teens to host parties are responsible for more than just the alcohol consumed in the house when the new year rolls in. 

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  A rural central Illinois county is combining police forces to form a major crimes unit.

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   A new state law gives Illinois officials a role in resolving disputes between condominium owners and associations.

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A new app could help reduce the number of fatal grain bin entrapments that occur in Illinois. 

While Gov. Pat Quinn granted 179 clemency petitions in time for Christmas Day, thousands of other applicants are awaiting word during the outgoing Democrat's final weeks in office.  

Illinois officials have posted emergency rules spelling out how the state's medical marijuana program will be extended to children under a law taking effect Jan. 1.

Rain or snow could fall across a big swath of the nation's midsection as holiday travel gets underway.

Country singer Toby Keith will headline a concert celebrating Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inauguration.

Nearly 100 million Americans are expected hit the road, head to airports and climb aboard trains during the holidays.

Rod Blagojevich's brother, Robert, says in a new book his relationship with his sibling has been so strained that the ex-governor even refused to see him when he traveled to Colorado to visit him in prison.

The University of Illinois is getting a grant to catalog a collection of rare Italian books that it's had for more than nine decades.