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Ogle County, Ill. Bans E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes will be prohibited in almost all Ogle County public and work places starting July 1.

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Where is Rural Illinois Heading?

Illinois' Rural Affairs Council has heard again from the expert.

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Peoria’s Riverfront Museum Poised to Turn Profit

That's a long way from the museum's first two years.

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Governor, AFSCME Agree to One Month Contract Extension

What's not clear, however, is whether there will be a new contract by the end of July.

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Public Works Deals With Another Sewer Cave-In

Springfield's Public Works Department says their crews will be on the scene of what is the third reported sewer cave-in in the city's downtown area in two days.

Sangamon County Meetings

Got Government? Sangamon County Clerk Does

Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray's website now has a page devoted to when every board and commission county-wide meets every month.

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Demolition Can Resume at Pillsbury Mills Site

The on-again, off-again demolition of the former Pillsbury Mills and Cargill plants is on again.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his inauguration address Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill., after being sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

Rauner Vetoes State Budget

Governor Bruce Rauner has wielded his veto pen -- rejecting almost all of the state budget sent by lawmakers.

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Police Seek Tips on Springfield Armed Robbery

Springfield Police need help solving an armed robbery from earlier this month.

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Normal to Open Baseball Field for the Disabled

A baseball field will open Saturday that is designed to make it better for the disabled to play the game.

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Sentencing Delayed for Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Daughter

The sentencing for the daughter of President Obama's former minister on charges related to her role in a state grant fraud scheme has been delayed.

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Kirk, Durbin, Congressmen Want to Expand Lincoln Heritage Area

Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, along with five Illinois Congressmen are introducing legislation to expand the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.

Health

Illinois Hospitals Breathe “Sigh of Relief” Over ACA Ruling

Those who work in health care in Illinois are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

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Tornado-Damaged Community Helps Tornado-Damaged Community

A community hit hard by a tornado earlier in the year is helping out another community hit hard by one just this week.

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Solitary Man Sues

Alleges overuse by IDOC

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Springfield Woman Gets Loaded Gun Past Courthouse Security, Arrested

"We do not believe she was planning anything violent."

6-24-15 Concealed Carry and Medical Marijuana Meeting

Answering Employers’ Questions about Concealed Carry and Medical Marijuana

An attorney says there are many unanswered questions for business owners about medical marijuana.

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Fall Out Boy Rounds Out State Fair Grandstand Lineup

Tickets go on sale next Monday, they range from $40 for a Tier 3 seat to $62 for a VIP pass

Chatham

Chatham Wants to Restore Order to Village Board Meetings

The announcement that the Chatham Village Board would not consider cutting dispatchers as a way to cut its budget was the start of a sea change of sorts.

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Rauner Signs Education Budget for FY16

The measure increases K-12 education funding for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year by about $244 million, early childhood education by $25 million.

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