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Bickering over state budget picks up as deadline looms Video included

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SPRINGFIELD -- With a crucial legislative deadline just a few days away, political bickering over the state budget is heating up. 

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Senate budget plan raises personal income tax Video included

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WSIL -- Illinoisans will pay more taxes, if legislation the state Senate passed becomes law.

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IDOC, nurses union reach agreement to save nursing jobs Video included

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WSIL -- The Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Nurses Association reached an agreement to save the jobs of 124 nurses who were scheduled to be laid off next month.

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Local political analyst talks gerrymandering in Illinois Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The United States Supreme Court struck a blow this week against so-called "gerrymandered" districts, saying politicians in a North Carolina case "relied too heavily on race, in their creation."

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West Frankfort mayor looks at pitfalls of workers' comp Video included

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WSIL -- The Illinois Senate could take a vote on some lingering problems related to workers' compensation in the so-called "grand bargain" budget.  

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Expiring law could leave Route 66 towns without key funding

Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program. More>>

Gubernatorial candidate to visit Cairo and Carbondale

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CAIRO -- Illinois gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar will visit Cairo Saturday.

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Rauner, Democrats accuse each other of peddling fake news Video included

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WSIL -- The Rauner administration and Illinois Senate Democrats are accusing each other of spreading fake news. 

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Illinois budget: Progress on pause Video included

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WSIL -- One day after passing several components of the so-called "Grand Bargain" legislative package, the Illinois Senate, along with the House, adjourned for the day without considering a single bill related to the budget. 

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Legislators vote on 'Grand Bargain' budget bills Video included

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WSIL -- When it comes to approving a budget, Illinois lawmakers appear to be closer than they've been in nearly two years. Even so, there's still a lot of uncertainty.

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Governor candidate JB Pritzker calls for Trump impeachment

A Democrat running for Illinois governor in 2018 is calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. More>>

Leader calls for Rep. Dave Severin to resign Video included

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WSIL -- The Williamson County Democratic chairman is calling for Representative Dave Severin to resign.

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Springfield seeks development next to governor's mansion

Springfield city officials are having another go at seeking developers for a vacant lot just north of the Illinois Executive Mansion. More>>

200-mile Chicago-to-Springfield budget march steps off

Protesters urging Illinois lawmakers to agree on an annual state budget stepped off on a 200-mile (322-km) march to Springfield. More>>

Days without an Illinois budget

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WSIL-TV -- The days without a budget in Illinois continue to increase.  How high will the number grow before state lawmakers pass a new budget? More>>

Kennedy announces bid for Governor

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CHICAGO -- Businessman Chris Kennedy, a member of the Kennedy family political dynasty, officially announced his campaign for governor of Illinois in 2018 on Wednesday.

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Munger appointed to Deputy Governor position

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced Friday that he's hired former state Comptroller Leslie Munger to serve as a deputy governor. 

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Governor Rauner's State of the State: full text

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SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his State of the State address today in Springfield.  Below is the full text of his speech: 

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Selling Business on Southern Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD --  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner hopes a balanced budget, along with business reforms, will help the state grow its way out of some of its financial problems, and southern Illinois experts tend to agree.

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DC marchers return to southern Illinois

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CARBONDALE -- A group of Southern Illinois women arrived back from DC Sunday, with their spirits high. 

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Rauner cites Texas as model for Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD -- A report from the Illinois Senate on it's readiness Monday, to pass a budget comes as good news, as Governor Rauner keeps trying to nudge Illinois forward to get in the game of business recruitment. 

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New Casino Bill Could Affect Walker's Project

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- A proposal to bring a casino to Williamson County has apparently undergone a huge shift You'll find the details in a bill filed by Illinois Senate assistant majority leader Terry Link.

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Trump supporters calling for boycott of Hamilton

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WSIL-- Trump supporters are calling for a boycott, of the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton.

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Half billion in life insurance benefits goes unpaid, Treasurer says

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CARTERVILE - Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs says Illinoisians have missed out on half a billion dollars in life insurance benefits. 

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Chicago teachers protest Rauner

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WSIL – Friday, a typical press conference in Chicago turned into a bit of an embarrassment for Gov. Bruce Rauner as Chicago teachers showed up to call him out on an old email. 

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Comptroller: With stop-gap funds, state backlog will be $10B

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says the state's backlog of unpaid bills will be roughly $10 billion by the year's end after factoring in the temporary spending plan lawmakers recently approved.

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U.S. Senate wants GMO labels

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WSIL – People want to know what exactly they are consuming, and to make things easier, Congress passed legislation for a new food label law through the Senate on Thursday.

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