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Catholic Bishops Call for Bell Ringing to Mark End of Civil War

Archdiocese of Chicago officials say the plan arose out of the denomination's annual meeting.

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Eastern Ill. Lincoln Site to Commemorate 150th Death Anniversary

The presentations are scheduled for the weekend of April 10 to 12.

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Illinois Observes Earth Hour This Evening

Lights out from 8:30 to 9:30 this evening.

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Illinois Receives Federal Grant to Help SNAP Recipients to Greater Self-Sufficiency

$21.9 million dollars allocated over three years to teach SNAP recipients job skills and job etiquette.

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United Way Sees Increase in Giving

This year's annual campaign has raised more money.

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Sangamon CEO Program Touts Success

It's almost two years old, and the Sangamon CEO program says they've had more success than they could ever have imagined.

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Three Arrested in Pawnee on Meth Charges

The Sangamon County Drug Interdiction Response Team, or DIRT, is reporting some meth arrests in Pawnee.

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39 Percent of Rural Illinois Without High Speed Internet Access

Thirty-nine percent of people in rural parts of Illinois have no access to high-speed Internet service.

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Reid Supports Schumer, Not Durbin, For Senate Minority Leader

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is praising Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid as "one of the ablest leaders of the Senate Democratic caucus in modern history.''

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Kirk, Durbin Back Changes to Disaster Declaration Process

The measure has been introduced twice previously without success.

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Mayoral Candidates Debate on WTAX — And Ask Each Other Questions

Minimum wage, right to work zones, and other questions were posed.

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Springfield Opens New Park

Children wasted no time Thursday morning running to play in the new "Bounties of Nature" playground at Center Park in Springfield, once it officially opened.

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Legislature Passes Budget Fix, Governor Says He’ll Sign

The Illinois Legislature has approved a plan ending weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1.6 billion hole in this year's state budget.

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Schock Leaves Congress with “Humility, Sadness”

Congressman Aaron Schock says he is leaving Congress with sadness and humility.

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National Guard Talks More About Guardsman Accused of Terrorism

An Illinois National Guard soldier is one of two people arrested for allegedly providing support to ISIS.

FILE - In this March 9, 2012 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. , D-Ill., and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, ask each other for their support and votes as they arrive at a polling station for early voting in Chicago. The sweep of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s life, from golden boy who could be president to broken politician, will be laid out for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, as she sentences him and his wife for misusing $750,000 in campaign money on a gold-plated Rolex watch, mink capes, mounted elk heads and other personal items.

Former U.S. Rep. Jackson Leaves Prison

Jackson will serve the remainder of his sentence at a Washington, D.C., halfway house.

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Macoupin County Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Madigan's office says the arrest of Timothy Saxton, 37, is the 75th since her office started what's called "Operation Glass House".

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Measures Related to Down’s Syndrome and Vaccines at Capitol

The health of young people and their families is the subject of a pair of bills which Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) shepherded through committee Wednesday.

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Ill. National Guard Member, Cousin Charged With Helping ISIS

A suburban Chicago man and an Illinois National Guard member have been arrested and charged with conspiring to try and provide support to ISIS.

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In this image released by Brigade Marketing, actress Maika Monroe appears in a scene of It Follows, directed by David Robert Mitchell. “It Follows,” has been arguably the buzziest American film at Cannes next to Bennett Miller’s wrestling drama “Foxcatcher,” which boasts a far more famous cast and a major premiere at the Palais des Festival.

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