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State Farm Center Renovation Under Way

Fighting Illini men's basketball team will play first five home games next season in Springfield.

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Illinois House Busy Tackling Issues Big and Small

Healthier snacks in vending machines and colors on toy guns among resolutions the Illinois House is working on.

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EPA Says No Hazardous Chemicals From Derailed Train

EPA continuing to monitor area waterways for leaking oil.

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Shimkus and Davis Say Immigration Reform Not a Done Deal

Niether Congressman will be at Monday's event.

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Durbin Endorses Challenger in East St. Louis Mayoral Race

Durbin endorses Emeka Jackson-Hicks

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Rauner Says Criticism About New Jersey Not About Christie

Governor calls Christie his friend.

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No More Paper Applications for FOID Cards

ISP will be accepting on-line only applications beginning March 17.

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Spring Forward — and Swap Out Smoke Alarm Batteries Too

State Fire Marshal says when you set clocks ahead, it's also a good time to change to fresh batteries in smoke alarms.

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Judge: Sex-Harassment Case Against Rutherford May Proceed

A federal judge has ruled allegations of sexual harassment against former Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford can go to trial over the objections of state lawyers.

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EPA: No Chemicals Detected in Air Near Oil Train Fire

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says no chemicals have been detected in the air near an oil train that derailed and burst into flames in western Illinois.

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Palazzolo Proposes City Department Consolidation, “Neighborhood Coordinator”

Springfield mayoral candidate Paul Palazzolo wants to create a new city position if elected he says will help consolidate a number of city departments under one umbrella.

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Davis, Shimkus Support Tax Credits for Food Pantry Donations

You donate money, land, an old car -- and you can write it off on your taxes. A bill in Congress would allow you to also claim a deduction for donating to food banks.

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Pumpkin Pie: Illinois’ State Pie?

Illinois could have an official pie.

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Davis Says Passenger Rail Helped by House-Passed Bill

Congressman Rodney Davis says a bill that passed this week dealing with passenger reform and requiring more transparency for Amtrak will also help rail projects in Springfield.

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.

Madigan Forms School Funding Task Force

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has formed a task force to deal with education funding.  Madigan says the panel on…

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Tips for Submitting Medical Marijuana Application

Selfies aren't necessary for a medical marijuana application.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs an executive order on criminal justice reform at the Sangamon County Courthouse Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Rauner's executive order will create the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.

Union Fights Rauner’s “Fair Share” Lawsuit

The lawsuit to stop Governor Bruce Rauner's executive order no longer requiring non-union state employees to pay union dues wasn't the only legal action state labor unions filed Thursday.

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Oil Train Derails Near Galena

A BNSF Railway freight train containing 103 cars loaded with crude oil has derailed near Galena.

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Durbin Wants Expansion of Veterans Caregiver Funding

Senator Dick Durbin wants to expand a program that currently provides care to post-9/11 disabled veterans, to disabled veterans of any conflict.

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