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Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy Dies

McElroy was elected mayor in 2009 and had been a City Council member since 2003.

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Illinois Unemployment Lowest Since 2008

But the state also lost 7500 jobs

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Springfield Park District Approves Police Contract

It may end up having to be changed, but a new contract is in place between the Springfield Park District and its police force.

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Rauner Signs “Sweet Corn” Law; Students Pleased

The effort started as Chatham Elementary School students wanted to know if the state even had an official vegetable, and that turned into a year-round lesson.

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Tornado Rocks Small Western Illinois Community

A tornado swept through the towns of Kirkwood, Monmouth and Cameron late Thursday.

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Rauner Eliminates Governor’s Oversight of Non-Political Hires

Rauner says the ePAR process was inefficient.

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The Hope Institute Moves Youth Into Home Settings

Youth living in on-campus residential housing will be transitioned into group homes over the next 12 to 18 months, and the on-campus housing will close.

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Chatham Police Chief Retires

John Holm retires Friday after six years as chief and 17 years on the force before that.

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Police Looking for Car Burglars and Thieves

Anyone with anonymous information leading to an arrest could be eligible for up to a $1,000.

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Proposed Property Tax Freeze Fails

Senate Republicans reject a proposal on freezing property taxes and changing the school funding formula.

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Schock Spends $1 Million from Campaign Fund Since March

Schock owes about $750,000 to the multi-national law firm Jones Day.

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Eastern to Furlough 200+ Employees

Last month the president sent an email letting employees know that layoffs were possible in July.

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Hooray for Happy Hour!

For the first time since the 1980s, happy hours are now legal in Illinois.

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House Hears More Stories about the Effect of No Budget

Speaker appeals to governor: ignore campaign advisors and sign budget bill

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Homeless Man Found Dead Behind Store

The man was found at a Dollar Tree store.

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Munger to Continue Issuing Paychecks; Looks to Upgrade Payroll Systems

If next year brings another budget impasse, the same issues with the state's payroll systems may remain.

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The Great Hunter Lake Debate Continues

A vote on moving forward with Hunter Lake is next week.

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Senate Approves One-Month Budget; Overrides Some Full-Year Budget Bill Vetoes

The Illinois Senate has approved over the complaints of Republicans a one-month, temporary budget to keep state government operating.

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Blagojevich, Hastert Prosecutor Leaving to Become Judge

A U.S. judge overseeing Hastert's case congratulated Carrie Hamilton during a Tuesday status hearing.

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House Committee Scrutinizes Rauner Pension Proposal

Democratic leaders have blasted the measure. Labor unions called it a waste of time.

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