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Rauner Approves Expansion of SNAP Benefits

Newly signed legislation will expand access to food stamps in Illinois.

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TSA vows to close security gaps at U.S. airports

The new leader of the Transportation Security Administration said his top priority would be to close security gaps after an internal report showed 96 percent of undercover tests failed.

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Here kitty, kitty …

An Ohio man who posted a video of himself petting cougars at an Ohio zoo has to spend two days in jail and pay more than $200 in fines.

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REVIEW: ‘Vacation’ is a fun road trip for a new generation

Rating: R | Run time: 99 min. | Genre: Comedy | Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins…

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.

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Madigan: My COLA Rescinding Bill is Better than GOP’s

The Speaker of the Illinois House says Tuesday's vote to roll back lawmakers' cost-of-living increases represents progress toward meeting the governor halfway.

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U of I Holds Back Some Pay Raises

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says the school will not dole out pay raises until the state budget situation is settled.

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Illinois College Helping with Cuban Orchid Research

Jacksonville's Illinois College is playing a part in work that can now be done since the restoring of diplomatic ties with Cuba.

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds announces that he's running for the 2nd District seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., in Chicago. Reynolds has been indicted on federal tax evasion charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said in a statement Friday June 26, 2015. The indictment says the 63-year-old Chicago Democrat failed to file income tax returns for four consecutive years, between 2009 and 2012. Each count of failing to file carries a maximum one-year prison sentence. Reynolds resigned his Illinois congressional seat in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape for having sex with an underage campaign worker. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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Mel Reynolds: I’m Not Guilty

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds says he will plead not guilty to federal tax evasion charges.

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The Doobie Brothers launch trademark lawsuit

The rock veterans are suing a cover band after taking issue with the tribute group's name.

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State Rep. Will Davis: One of a Kind

Defends voting for his own pay increase

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Conan O’Brien accused of stealing jokes

The late night host is being sued for allegedly lifting gags from Twitter.

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Americans report improved health, better healthcare

The study of more than 500,000 Americans found improvements in insurance coverage, access to primary care and prescriptions, and overall health since late 2013.

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Boston to blame for Olympic bid flop, says IOC’s Bach

Boston was picked by the U.S. Olympic Committee to be the country's candidate for the 2024 Games but rescinded its bid in a spectacular U-turn on Monday after the city's mayor said taxpayers could not afford to host the event.

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Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards to be subject of new documentary

"Keith Richards: Under the Influence" will premiere on Netflix in September.

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‘Empire’ star sued for alleged abuse

Terrence Howard's ex-wife is suing for assault and battery, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

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‘Married … With Children’ spinoff in the works

Actor David Faustino is developing a spinoff featuring original stars Christina Applegate, Ed O'Neill, and Katey Sagal.

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Platini to run for FIFA presidency

UEFA head Michel Platini announced on Wednesday his intention to stand for presidency of FIFA in place of Sepp Blatter.

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Chris Hemsworth survived on 500 calories a day for shipwreck drama

The "Thor" star is used to bulking up for his action films, but this time he battled constant hunger pangs.

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U.S. homeownership hits 35 year-low, renting in vogue

The drop in ownership underscores the damage inflicted on housing by the recession and the economy's subsequent slow recovery from the downturn.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 26 freebies to help you celebrate

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On your birthday you can have your (free) cake and eat it too!

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Facebook has an heiress

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Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child.

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TV: What’s new on Netflix, Amazon & Hulu

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August is shaping up to be a good month for streaming some hit movies and the TV series you've been meaning to check out.