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A published report says outgoing Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford gave pay raises to dozens of employees over the past year. 

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Osprey that are part of an initiative to reintroduce the fish-eating hawks in Illinois have flown south for the winter.

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A new law increasing juror stipends and reducing jury sizes in civil cases is drawing mixed reviews from criminal justice experts. 

An audit has found that Illinois does a poor job monitoring and tracking children who run away from foster homes.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level since June 2008, hitting 6.4 percent.

Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield to consider a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. In a Thursday statement, Quinn says the special session will be Jan. 8.  

Some of the state's top elected leaders and former office holders are expected to speak at a memorial service for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. 

Illinois residents are being warned about a phone scam in which victims are told there's a warrant for their arrest because of missed jury duty. They're also told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has retired from the Naval Reserve, ending a 23-year military career. 

State officials say anyone who collected unemployment insurance this year can sign up to be notified when a tax form needed to complete state and federal tax returns is available. 

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inaugural festivities will include a dinner at the Illinois Capitol, a concert and a free event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka leaves essentially two vacancies that should first be filled by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn and then Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner. But she says voters should also get a chance to cast ballots for the office in 2016.

 

 Topinka died last week. The Republican had won a second term, which starts next

month.  

 

 In a legal analysis released Monday, Madigan says Quinn should appoint someone

until Jan. 12, when the current term ends and new elected officials are sworn

When it comes to prospects of getting a white Christmas in Illinois, a weather expert says the best bet might be for the folks of northern Illinois.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka leaves essentially two vacancies that should first be filled by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn and then Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner. But she says voters should also get a chance to cast ballots for the office in 2016. 

Seasonal flu is making an earlier appearance in Illinois this year. Figures released Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health show more people getting sick, more positive lab tests and more people hospitalized compared to this time last year.

The incoming Illinois governor's attorneys have met with staffers for Gov. Pat Quinn and argued Quinn may make only a short-term appointment to fill the comptroller's office left vacant by the sudden death of Judy Baar Topinka. 

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Illinois' senators say federal defense legislation includes a request to a study if a National Park designation is merited for the New Philadelphia archaeological site in western Illinois.

Illinois residents returning to HealthCare.gov to buy insurance are finding prices higher in many parts of the state.

The Illinois Army National Guard is set to dedicate a new, $18 million readiness center in Normal. 

Another fellow Democrat is blasting Gov. Pat Quinn for helping a former aide get a job at the agency that runs U.S. Cellular Field weeks before Quinn finishes his term.

The clock is ticking as state leaders face a dilemma in how to replace Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in her current and future terms. Topinka died unexpectedly on Wednesday from complications of a stroke. She was to have started a new term in January.

A spokesman for late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says a public memorial service is being planned for next week. The service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Operating Engineers' Local 150 headquarters in Countryside. 

Illinois has won an $80 million federal grant to increase access to early childhood education. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the award Wednesday. His office says the state will receive a maximum of $20 million per year for four years.

Gov. Pat Quinn says any discussion over replacing Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka should be postponed as the public mourns her.

A gay rights group is mourning the death of Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

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Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's "heartbroken" about the death of Republican state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is calling the CIA interrogation practices described in the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report troubling. He says it's "equally disturbing" that U.S. intelligence agencies "refused to disclose the truth even to the highest levels of government."

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A longtime aide to outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn has been renamed as executive director of a state agency that provides money for Illinois construction projects.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died, less than 24 hours after having a stroke.

Gov. Pat Quinn is responding to a newspaper's investigation about allegations of assaults, abuse and prostitution schemes at Illinois residential treatment centers for youth.

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