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Marion businessman announces candidacy for county commissioner Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- A Marion native announces his candidacy for Williamson County Commissioner.  

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Kentucky AG Beshear wins Democratic gov. primary

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Attorney General Andy Beshear has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Kentucky, setting up a showdown with his political nemesis - Republican incumbent Matt Bevin.

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Capital bill would fund SIC expansion

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CARMI (WSIL) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to fund an expansion of Southeastern Illinois College.

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Kentucky Gov. Bevin wins GOP primary

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has cleared his first hurdle toward a second term, defeating three challengers to win the Republican nomination.   

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US-China trade war could hit American pet owners in the wallet

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(ABC) -- U.S. pet owners could soon feel the impact of America's intensifying trade war with China deep down in their pockets.

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Illinois lawmaker pushes drug companies to list prices Video included

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HERRIN (WSIL) -- A group of lawmakers in Washington are making a push to force drug makers to list prices in their advertisements.

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Pritzker considering bill to halt immigrant detention center

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is to consider a measure the state Legislature has approved that would ban privatized immigration detention centers in Illinois. More>>

Investigation into Greitens' staff's social media use ended

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is closing an investigation into whether former Gov. Eric Greitens improperly used his office staff to work on his campaign's social media accounts. More>>

Balloon launch ban? More states aim to knock air out of festive balloon releases

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The tradition of releasing balloons at weddings, birthdays and memorials may soon get deflated by lawmakers in more than half a dozen states.

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Televangelist Pat Robertson critical of Alabama anti-abortion law Video included

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(WSIL) Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson is critical of Alabama's new anti-abortion law. Robertson says Alabama has "gone too far" by passing a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.

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New bill hopes to stop illegal robocalls Video included

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(WSIL) -- Lawmakers hope to keep scammers from targeting you by reducing robocalls. 

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Illinois State Rep. pushes gun reforms in response to Aurora shooting

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SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Northlake, is pushing new reforms to close loopholes a gunman in Aurora recently exploited to obtain a firearm and kill five people.

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Perry County sheriff plans to lay off four deputies Video included

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PERRY COUNTY (WSIL) -- Four full-time patrol deputies in will need to find new work, by the end of the month.

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Pritzker introduces reform plans for DCFS Video included

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(WSIL) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker rolls out new recommendations to overhaul the Department of Children and Family Services.

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New PSA pushes importance of Scott's Law Video included

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(WSIL) -- Illinois State Police released a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) today.

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Group seeks input to attract visitors to Pyramid State Park Video included

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PERRY COUNTY (WSIL) -- Friends of Pyramid State Park, wants to hear from you.

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Gov. Pritzker unveils bill to strengthen "Scott's Law"

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) --   The proposed legislation to strengthen Scott's Law is a reaction to the deaths of two Illinois State Police troopers this year as they performed their duties.

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Pritzker declares May 14 'Fallen Firefighters Day'

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SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- The State of Illinois will observe May 14 as Fallen Firefighters Day.

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Perry County chairman, Jim Epplin, resigns Video included

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PERRY COUNTY (WSIL) -- County board Chairman James "Jim" Epplin announced his resignation during a special budget meeting Thursday after more than a decade of service to residents.  

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Perry County proposes new amended budget, $1.1M in cuts Video included

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PERRY COUNTY (WSIL) -- County leaders met for a special budget meeting May 13, replacing a previous proposed amended budget with a new one by third-party firm Bellwether Advantage. 

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Mother of former first lady Laura Bush dies at 99

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MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Jenna Welch, the mother of former first lady Laura Bush, has died in Texas. She was 99.

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Governor waives penalties, interest for taxpayers affected by flooding

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SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- If you were affected by flooding or severe weather, and couldn't file your taxes on time, there is relief.  

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Illinois revenue bump spurs debate over Pritzker tax hikes

Illinois lawmakers and Gov. J.B. Pritzker have learned that the state's take from income taxes in April was $4 billion - 60% higher than anticipated. More>>

Democrat Illinois comptroller honors GOP trailblazer Topinka

The Democratic Illinois comptroller has dedicated a memorial to trailblazing Republican politician Judy Baar Topinka. More>>

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