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Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks from the speakers podium in the House chambers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Springfield Ill. The Illinois Legislature resumes work toward its end of May deadline.

Study: Madigan Well Known, but Not Well Regarded

General Assembly has 9 percent approval rating

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Bill Would Provide Tax Incentives for Employers Who Help with Student Loans

A new graduate's employer can help pay off a student loan. That's already available, but a bill proposed by Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis would make that tax-free for both worker and employer.

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State’s Education Report Card Shows Illinois Students Below Average on ACT’s

Less than 25 percent of students scored high enough in each subject to be considered ready for college classes in all those areas.


Second Arrest Made in October Murder of Springfield Man

Friday night, Springfield police took 20-year-old Darrion T. Harris into custody for the October 14th shooting death of William Dougherty.

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Naperville Man Called Hero for Pulling People From Van

A 40-year-old Naperville man is being called a hero after helping several members of a family escape from their van after it rolled over and landed upside-down in a pond.

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Woman Gets 1 Year Probation For Abandoning 2 Dogs To Die

Regina Robards also must pay more than $1,000 in court costs. She could have faced three years in prison for her conviction on two counts of aggravated cruelty to a companion animal.


Illinois Hospitals Part of $250M Medicare Billing Settlement

The nine Illinois hospitals are affiliated with Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp. of Downers Grove and Springfield's Memorial Health System.

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Striking East St. Louis Teachers, School Board Approve Deal

District spokeswoman Kelli Hawkins says the hope is for school to resume Monday.

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Butler: Maybe Public Budget Meeting Will Work, Maybe Not

"Get 'em in the room, and let 'em start talking."


Feds Decline Giving 10th Street Rail Money

"As of right now, the deal is kind of blown apart."


Downtown “Food Mart” Closing in January

Food Mart was owned and operated over five family generations.


CWLP’s Bond Rating Improves

CWLP electric bonds are now A, outlook is stable instead of negative.


Graduation Rates Increase at District 186 High Schools

The overall district rate is now 79 percent.

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UIS Gets Federal Money for Innocence Project

The University of Illinois Springfield is getting $754,000 for its "Illinois Innocence Project."


Springfield Man Convicted of Child Porn

Marcus B Fifer, 44, was convicted on 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.


Davis, Durbin React to Federal Budget Passage

Rep. Rodney Davis: “This bill, while not perfect, is a good first step,”


Feud Between Rauner, Emanuel, Escalates

The state is about is head into its fifth month without a budget, and Gov. Bruce Rauner is sending dead fish to Chicago’s mayor.


Illinois Exploring Options on Federal Power Plant Limits

Several neighboring states have filed lawsuits.


Medical Marijuana ID Cards to Arrive Next Week

Thousands of applications for medical marijuana usage have been approved and ID cards should be in applicants’ hands in a few days.

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