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Earl Moorman’s Daughter: Family Shook Up, but Grateful

Dana Beck says her dad was on the way to visit his mother in a nursing home when he got stuck, even though it's a path he took plenty of times before.


Statewide Unemployment Declines; So Does Available Jobs

The unemployment rate is down in Illinois, but so is the number of available jobs.

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LaHood Sworn In: Officially Takes Over 18th District

Darin LaHood was sworn in Thursday, and Republicans now hold 247 of the 435 House seats


Aides Worked for Rauner, Paid by Comptroller

Three people in Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration began doing work for him while on the state comptroller's payroll.


Smokers Could Be Kicked Out of Beer Gardens

Lawmakers have quietly made it tougher for smokers to find a public place to light up.


Report: Illinois Lottery Loses Money

The Illinois Lottery lost money last year for the first time since 2009.


Kirk Used Schock’s Decorator

Ethics complaint alleges Kirk accepted free services


Tony Smith: “Mister 90 Percent”

ISBE sets goals, hears about PARCC

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Assistant State’s Attorney Mulls Running for McCann’s State Senate Seat

Steve McClure is taking a month off to determine whether he wants to run for State Senate.

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Springfield City Council Discusses More Money for Kidzeum

The Springfield City Council wants the fundraising to build the Kidzeum to be successful, but some aldermen are concerned about what a request for more money may be able to do.

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Durbin Wants Acceptance of Syrian Refugees

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says far more Syrian refugees should be accepted into the U.S. than what President Obama has proposed.


Springfield Man Faces Federal Charges After High Speed Chase

Terrell Adetunji could face as many as 50 years in prison if convicted.


State to Provide Funding for Disabled Kids During Budget Impasse

Illinois will begin paying for programs to help young children with developmental disabilities despite not having a state budget in place.


More Central Illinois Mumps Cases Reported

16 cases of mumps have been confirmed in McLean County, including four linked to Heartland Community College.

Student Testing

State Superintendent “Previews” PARCC Scores

New administration. New schoolmaster. New test. New results?


IDOT Not Amused by Altered Stop Signs

The Illinois Department of Transportation says could trigger a federal funding cut if left up.

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U of I Faculty Displeased About Background Checks

The Faculty Senate will vote next week on a resolution asking for a delay of the checks' start date.


Another Plea from Social Service Groups

Services are being "dismantled"


City Council Talks Trash

The Springfield City Council will likely approve an ordinance that would not allow the city's contracted garbage haulers to raise rates or add fees without either the city's approval, or the customer's permission in writing.


Paprocki Concerned About Stagnant Church Growth; Won’t Compromise Values

Paprocki wants everyone in the church to join him -- in the diocese's words -- in "building a culture of growth."

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