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USDA: It’s Wet, but Most Crops Are Okay

Corn, soybeans mostly good-to-excellent

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Chicago-Area Deals with Severe Weather

Storms sweeping across northern Illinois prompted a tornado warning.

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Lawmakers Prepare for Another Tuesday One-Day Session

The Illinois Senate is scheduled to discuss college affordability Tuesday.

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Dist. 186 Looks at Energy Savings

The Springfield Public School District may be looking at energy as the next way it can save money.

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GOP Changing Tune on Campaign Finance?

Republicans did an about-face on a bill requiring quicker disclosure of independent expenditures in political campaigns.

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Police Arrest Man in Mississippi for Springfield Death

Springfield police say a woman was found dead inside her home Sunday night, and an arrest has been made.

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Langfelder Appoints Karen Davis Economic Development Director

The city of Springfield has a new economic development director.

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Former Gov. Edgar Endorses LaHood for Congress

Former Governor Jim Edgar is throwing his support behind State Senator Darin LaHood.

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Duckworth: Consider True Cost of War

U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth wants the U.S. to consider the "true" cost before getting into any new wars.

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.

Rauner, Unions Not Close on Contracts

It appears their unions and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's negotiating team aren't close to agreeing on new ones.

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Fatal Fire in Springfield

Helen Halford, 79, is victim.

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Rauner Appoints Belleville Attorney to Court of Claims

Michael McGlynn replaces Bob Sprague

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Academic Group Votes to Censure U of I

The vote comes in reaction to the university rescinding Steven Salaita's job offer following his posts on Twitter concerning Israel and the West Bank.

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Sandoval Makes Case for School Funding Reform to Lawmakers

Sandoval school board includes student member who also spoke to members of the general assembly.

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Schnuck’s Pays $65K to Settle Federal Prescription Drug Probe

Grocery chain was accused of filling prescriptions written by unauthorized practitioners.

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Illinois National Guard has a New Leader and Predicts a Busy Summer for Soldiers.

Brig. General Richard Hayes says he's not concerned about budget issues in Illinois.

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Rauner Insists He’s Not In Favor of a Shutdown

Governor Rauner believes a deal will be worked out before the deadline and says it's premature to speculate on a shutdown.

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CUB: Power Prices May Be Too High This Summer

What a time to be thinking about electricity bills getting too high.

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Rauner Proposes More Cuts if No Balanced Budget

Governor Bruce Rauner's office is preparing for either no budget to be in effect by July first, or for a budget to be in effect with a $4 billion dollar hole in it.

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Park District Budget: Two New Jobs, Numerous Upgrades

Two new positions and plenty of upgrades are the focus.

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