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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.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Released from Baltimore Halfway House

Jesse Jackson Junior will serve three years of supervised release and complete 500 hours of community service.

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The Rx for Unemployment: Learn Nursing

Demand expected to grow soon

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Foster to Feds: Thank You Very Little

Illinois pays out a lot and gets back not a lot

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More about Mike Frerichs

Ag Invest among the programs the treasurer is headlining

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Rauner Mum on Bills with One Exception

Governor takes aim at bill which, he says, would weaken his power

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Dozens Rescued From Flooded Area in Southwest Illinois

Approximately 40 rescued near Centreville.

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New Roof Most Pressing Need for Illinois Governors Mansion

Illinois Executive Mansion Association says it plans to release construction specifications to contractors interested in repairing the roof.

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Ameren CIPS Cautions It’s Employees to Beware of the Dog

Recent rash of bitings has led Ameren to warn it's workers Fido may not always be friendly.

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Durbin Says He Won’t Support Fast Track Bill

Durbin wants the bill to contain aid to U.S. workers.

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Mother Jones Monument in Mt. Olive Rededicated Today

Monument dedicated to labor activist after being refurbished.

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Sentencing Postponed in State Worker Theft, Bribery Scheme

Judge postponed sentencing until Tuesday to consider numeral character witness testimonies.

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Durbin: Stricter Gun Laws Would Have Prevented Charleston Shooting

Durbin hopes in the wake of the shooting of nine people in a church in South Carolina, Congress starts taking gun control seriously.

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9 People Sickened with Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Seven children were among nine people taken from a Springfield home.

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Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Home #100

Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County is hitting a major milestone that's 26 years in the making.

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City Concerns About Aldermen with Liquor Licenses Solved?

The Springfield City Council may have found a solution to Ward 4 Alderman John Fulgenzi's inability to participate in council discussions related to liquor licenses.

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Decatur Farm Progress Show Site Expands

The Illinois site that's the home every other year to the annual Farm Progress Show is undergoing an expansion.

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Springfield Park District Board Approves Budget

The Springfield Park District has a $19 million budget in place for the 2016 fiscal year.

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More Illinois Sites Are Celebrated

Chicago, Pekin, Louisville are noted

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Illinois Jobless Rate Is Six Percent

Half percentage point more than national average

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Springfield Park District to Conduct Police Department Evaluation

The Springfield Park District will have some backup looking into the future of its police force.

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