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Senator Durbin visits Marion prison, talks government shutdown

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MARION, Ill. -- Illinois' senior senator says there's a glimmer of hope for the government shutdown to end.

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Mackie's Pizza offers discount for workers impacted by government shutdown

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MARION, Ill. -- A pizza shop in Marion offers a discount to federal workers who aren't getting paid.

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Marion federal prison workers go unpaid during shutdown

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MARION, Ill. -- Hundreds of employees at the federal prison in Marion are going without pay during the government shutdown.

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Local business helping pet owners impacted by government shutdown

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WSIL -- A local business is doing what it can to help people impacted by the federal government shutdown. 

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U.S. Rep. Mike Bost polling constituents about State of the Union

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WSIL -- U.S. Representative Mike Bost, (R) of Murphysboro, wants to know if people in our area believe President Trump should give a State of the Union Address.

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Gun advocates express concern over gun shop licensing bill

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MARION, Ill. -- The new governor of Illinois followed through on a campaign promise to pass tighter gun control laws.

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Schimpf details legislative priorities ahead of 2019

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WSIL -- State Sen. Paul Schimpf, (R) Waterloo, says he'll pursue a few constitutional amendments in the new year.

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Marion Police Chief Announces Retirement

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MARION, Ill. -- Marion Police Chief, Dawn Tondini, will retire the first of April. Tondini has served as Marion's police chief since 2014.

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State sells Hardin County Work Camp to county

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HARDIN COUNTY, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Corrections is selling the Hardin County Work Camp to the sheriff's department for $1.

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Clemson Tigers invited to dinner in Chicago by Michelin-rated restaurateur

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CHICAGO -- The owner of some of Chicago's most exclusive fine-dining restaurants has invited the Clemson University football team to have a second celebratory dinner in Chicago.

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Former Sesser Mayor, State Senator jailed on drug charge Video included

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SESSER, Ill. -- On Tuesday afternoon, police knocked on the door of former mayor Ned Mitchell's home with a search warrant.

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Pritzker signs orders on union pay increases, transparency

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor JB Pritzker takes action on a few topics on his first full day as governor.

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Analysis of Gov. Pritzker Video included

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WSIL -- A new administration is officially in place in Springfield. On Jan. 14, J.B. Pritzker took the oath of office to become Illinois' 43rd governor. 

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Trump, GOP blamed for shutdown; no crisis seen: poll

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WSIL (ABC) -- A majority of Americans hold Donald Trump and congressional Republicans mainly responsible for the partial federal shutdown, now the longest in history, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

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Benton food pantry worried about locals who rely on SNAP Video included

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WSIL -- Vicki Seagle has been volunteering for the Benton West City Ministerial Alliance Food Bank for more than 35 years. She says, right now, the food bank mostly serves young parents with children and the elderly.

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Southern Illinois lawmakers respond to Pritzker inauguration address Video included

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois’ 43rd governor officially takes office. J.B. Pritzker was sworn in Monday in Springfield.

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Government shutdown impacts local jails

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WSIL -- Local jails aren't receiving any money for housing federal inmates because of the government shutdown.

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Study on fake news sharing finds one age group shares fake news more than any other

Websites that end in ".com.co" are often fake versions of real news sources," wrote Melissa Zimdars. (abcnews.go.com | abcnews.com.co) Websites that end in ".com.co" are often fake versions of real news sources," wrote Melissa Zimdars. (abcnews.go.com | abcnews.com.co)
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WSIL -- A new study analyzing users' Facebook posts during the 2016 election season identified the age group sharing many of those fake stories is people over 65.

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More than three-quarters of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck Video included

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WSIL -- The partial government shutdown will become the longest in U.S. history unless the government reopens this weekend.

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TIF revenue to revitalize Granada Theatre Video included

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- The City of Mt. Vernon will distribute more than $213,000 over five years to the historic Granada Theatre.

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New law takes dogs away from "reckless" owners

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WSIL -- A new law punishes dog owners who fail to keep their pets from attacking others.

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Saline County Board appoints new clerk Video included

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SALINE COUNTY, Ill. -- The Saline County Board appointed a new county clerk Wednesday night to finish the term of Roger Craig. 

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Most FDA food inspections not happening under government shutdown

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WASHINGTON (WSB) -- There's concern the partial federal government shutdown could be putting you at risk of getting sick from your food.

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Illinois House approves 15 percent salary increase for agency directors Video included

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WSIL -- The Illinois House approved a proposal on Tuesday that would increase the salaries of state agency directors by 15 percent. 

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Analysis of Vote 2018

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WSIL -- Vote 2018 is in the books and we are getting some analysis on key races around the state and the country. Matt Lees is an instructor at Southeastern Illinois College.  

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Truth Test: Fact-checking Joe Biden's "Get Out the Vote" rally

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WSIL -- With less than a week to go before election day, several prominent Illinois Democrats campaigned with former Vice President Joe Biden at a get out the vote Rally for congressional candidate Brendan Kelly, but was everything said there true?

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Follow the Money: Bryant vs. Griffin Video included

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WSIL -- In an election cycle filled with expensive races up and down the ballot, the 115th district is shaping up to be one of the more costly in southern Illinois.  Democrat Marsha Griffin is looking to unseat two term Incumbent Terri Bryant, who has historically been a prolific fundraiser.

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Follow the Money: Natalie Phelps Finnie Video included

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WSIL -- Engaged in one of the most hotly contested house races in the state, Democratic incumbent Natalie Phelps Finnie and Republican Patrick Windhorst are battling it out to represent Illinois' 118th district.

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President Trump holds rally in Evansville Video included

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 

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Reaction to President Trump's visit to Granite City

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WSIL -- We are compiling reaction statements to President's Trump's visit to Granite City.

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Truth Test: ad claims JB Pritzker removed toilets to avoid taxes

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WSIL -- The ad wars continue in the Illinois governor's race between Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger JB Pritzker. 

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Truth Test: Pritzker ad claims Rauner poured $1 billion "down the drain"

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WSIL — The war of words continues in the heavily contested Illinois governor's race between Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger JB Pritzker. As the general election heats up, News 3 will be fact checking claims made by the candidates in person and in ads. At issue today, a Pritzker ad that claims Rauner flushed a billion dollars down the drain. 

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Illinois sells $4.5 billion in bonds with low interest rate

The state of Illinois has sold $4.5 billion in general obligation bonds to pay down a portion of Illinois' roughly $15 billion backlog of unpaid bills.

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Illinois Governor Candidates Audio Interviews

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WSIL News 3 is interviewing the Democratic gubernatorial candidates seeking the the party nomination in  the 2018 March primary in Illinois.  The list of candidates are as follows: Daniel Biss,  Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy, Alex Paterakis,  Ameya Pawar, J.B. Pritzker.  Look for more in-depth interviews in the coming weeks.  These audio podcast will allow voters to hear directly from the candidates.  

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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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