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Making headlines this week

The news you may have missed and the headlines you'll want to remember.

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Illinois GI Assistance Plan Extended

The 2003 program was designed because military families took a salary cut after National Guard members and reservists were deployed

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John Williams to debut new version of U.S. anthem

The American composer and conductor is debuting a new arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner," featuring choirs, trumpets, and cannons.

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Illinois Accepting Health Insurance Grant Applications

ACA enrollment begins November 15

Since Independence Day falls during the work week, members of St. Richard Catholic Church celebrated the holiday on Sunday, June 30, 2013, with a picnic-style outing complete with fireworks that could be seen throughout the northeast Jackson, Miss. neighborhood. The long streamers were recorded in a 13-second time exposure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Fireworks safety tips

Don't be one of the thousands of Americans injured by fireworks on July Fourth. Stay safe and have a happy holiday!

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Hunger groups get creative while school is out for summer

Workers are getting creative at keeping small bellies full when U.S. schools - along with their lunch programs - close for summer.

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Gas Prices Are Dipping

$3.82 state average

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More evidence shows moderate drinking heart healthy

Two new studies link moderate alcohol consumption to reduced risk of heart attack.

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3-day weekend will kick-start July 4 travel

More than 40 million Americans will celebrate their Independence by taking a road trip.

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WATCH: The origin of fireworks

The history behind the July Fourth firecrackers that mark our Independence Day celebrations.

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Quinn Is on Unions’ Side in U. S. Supreme Court Ruling

Governor: Unions made this country great

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Dems: Show Us Your Taxes, Rauner

GOP candidate takes advantage of laws to lessen his tax burden

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White: Let’s Be Careful Out There

DUI dangerous and costly

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Advocates Applaud Quinn Veto

Bill would have restricted FOIA

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Today in entertainment history: July 4

A look back on the Hollywood headlines that made history.

FILE - In this April 30, 2014 file photo Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to students and educators at the state Capitol in Springfield Ill. Gov. Quinn largely approved the 2015 budget lawmakers sent him but used his veto powers to cut about $250 million from the $35.7 billion spending plan Monday June 30, 2014. The Chicago Democrat said he cut money for renovations to the state Capitol, which drew criticism last year over the hefty price tag. He also said he has directed state agencies to made additional reductions, including selling nearly half of the state's aircraft.

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Quinn Orders Halt to IDOT Political Hiring

Gov. Pat Quinn has ordered a moratorium on political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Suspected I-39 Rest Stop Killer Accused of Two Murders

Illinois State Police now say a man wanted in the killing of a Rockford insurance agent is now also a suspect in the death of a woman at a highway rest stop.

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Davis Defends Chief of Staff Choice

U. S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) is defending his choice of a chief of staff: a former co-worker who, in the interim, lobbied for Monsanto and Land O'Lakes.

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Gee Family Home In Beason Set Ablaze

Firefighters have burned down the home where five members of a Logan County family were beaten to death in 2009.

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Bet you didn’t know: Fun facts about the Fourth

Even the most patriotic among us can learn something from these little-known facts about Independence Day.

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Paul McCartney recording with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry

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The Beatle is recording new material with fellow rockers and a movie star.

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Shia LaBeouf has September court date

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The actor's disorderly conduct case is adjourned until the fall.

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Courtney Love wants a Kurt Cobain biopic

Musician Courtney Love attends a screening of "Rush" hosted by Ferrari & The Cinema Society on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 in New York.

The rocker says she wants to start production in the next year, adding "It's time to do this."