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Rauner: Quinn Needs Patronage

Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner wants everyone hired under patronage rules at the Illinois Department of Transportation, but given non-patronage, work to be fired.

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in Music

BeyoncĂ© and Jay Z star in ‘Bang Bang’ triology

The couple released the first part of a short film series, with more episodes to come this week.

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in Entertainment, Weird

Chinese city sidewalk offers ‘cell phone’ lane

The special path offers a lane for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

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Medical Examiner: Bel-Aire Owner Likely Died of Natural Causes

The owner of Springfield's Bel-Aire motel likely died of natural causes.

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in National

GM offers compensation for 19 deaths related to ignition switch

General Motors will pay compensation for 19 deaths, more than the 13 the automaker previously admitted were caused by the recalled part.

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Nearly 150 People Treated for Carbon Monoxide Exposure at North Mac Intermediate School

Anywhere from 65 to 100 North Mac Middle School students were sent to Springfield hospitals Monday following a carbon monoxide leak.

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in Music, Entertainment

Gene Simmons launching music reality show

The new show will pit bands against each other with Simmons deciding their fates.

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Oak Ridge Cemetery Restoring Abe Lincoln’s Vault

A vault that temporarily held Abraham Lincoln's body after his 1865 funeral in Springfield is set to be restored, state officials said.

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Apple receives record orders for new iPhone

Apple says it had more than 4 million pre-orders of its new iPhone in 24 hours, exceeding its initial pre-order supply.

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in Entertainment

Michael Ealy to play civil rights activist

The "Think Like a Man" star has been cast as civil rights activist Dr. Gilbert Mason in an upcoming biopic.

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in Weird

Gun-toting woman threatens boy over clarinet practice

Sheriff's deputies in Colorado arrested a woman who pointed a rifle at her neighbor's 11-year-old son during music practice.

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in Entertainment

LAPD detains ‘Django Unchained’ actress

Actress Daniele Watts has accused officers of brutality and racism after being detained while with her boyfriend.

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U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists

The U.S. government launched a program to stop radicalized young people joining extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq.

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in Music

Amy Winehouse honored with hometown statue

The unveiling of the life-sized, brass sculpture fell on what would have been the "Back to Black" hitmaker's 31st birthday.

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in Entertainment

‘Frozen’ attraction set for Disney World

The new attraction will offer fans the chance to meet Princess Anna and Queen Elsa.

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in National

Minimum-wage hike finds hope in the heartland

The push to raise the minimum wage has largely found success in liberal-leaning states, but could make headway in the conservative heartland.

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in Sports

SEC dominates top 15

The SEC has an unprecedented seven teams in the top 15, although none are ranked in the top two.

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in Sports

Monday’s Sports Minute

Here is a look at the big sports news making headlines today, Monday, Sept. 15.

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in Local

Lifeline Connects People

4 percent of Illinoisans have no phone

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in Local

Micro-government Is a Popular Target

But people like local control!

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‘Frozen’ wedding gown for brides who can’t ‘Let it Go’

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Brides everywhere can soon get married in true Disney fairytale style.

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Taylor Swift leads ‘best dressed’ list

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The annual list of celebrity style icons includes Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o, Rihanna, and Blake Shelton.

in Entertainment, Sports

‘NBA 2K15′ adds 3D face mapping for latest game

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"NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new feature that allows players to put their game faces on.

in Music

Motley Crue’s final gig to be at Whisky a Go Go

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Vince Neil has let slip plans for the band's final shows, revealing they will return to the site of their first gigs.

in Music

Toni Braxton wins date on TV game show

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WATCH: The R&B singer plays "The Dating Game" with a little help from her friend Queen Latifah.