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Kennedy campaigns in Marion

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MARION -- Democrat Chris Kennedy tours southern Illinois, pitching his campaign for governor.

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DeVos ends Obama-era sexual assault rules on college campuses Video included

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WSIL -- Southern Illinois University said it's reviewing interim guidance issued on Friday by the Trump administration that reverses Obama-era rules dealing with sexual assaults on college campuses. 

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Illinois congressman Glenn Poshard endorses J.B. Pritzker for governor Video included

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WSIL -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker has picked up a major endorsement in Southern Illinois, former U.S. Congressman Glenn Poshard. 

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Carbondale moves forward with controversial firehouse sale Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Things got heated at a Cardondale City Council Meeting Tuesday night. That's where the council approved a resolution to sell the property of an old firehouse to a couple, who plans to turn it into a working space for artists. 

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Union Pacific wants Murphysboro to pay for part of overpass work Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Crews started working on replacing the railroad overpass over Route 149 on the west side of town earlier this year but about a month ago, they stopped.

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Dozens of Illinois lawmakers plan to leave office Video included

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SPRINGFIELD -- Dozens of Illinois lawmakers, more than 15 percent, either plan to leave or have already left the General Assembly amid a tense political climate.

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Butler weighs in on potential Marion mayor candidates

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MARION -- The race for mayor isn't for another 19 months but candidates are already lining up to replace the longest-serving mayor this state has ever seen.

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Two Marion council members announce bids for mayor Video included

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MARION -- Even though the election is 19 months away, two Marion city councilmen have announced their plans to run for Mayor of Marion, replacing long-time leader Bob Butler.

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Foes, supporters vent on tax repeal, it goes to committee

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CHICAGO (AP) - An effort to repeal a Chicago-area penny-per-ounce sweetened-beverage tax was referred to the Cook County Board's Finance Committee after opponents and supporters of the tax voiced their opinions. 

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Blagojevich proclaims innocence, describes prison life after breaking five-year silence Video included

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WSIL -- When former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich stepped into a Colorado prison in 2012, he stepped out of the public spotlight.

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Justices allow Trump administration ban on most refugees

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees. 

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1 raise for Illinois caregivers approved, another on hold

Advocates say a 75-cents-an-hour wage increase for people who care for the developmentally disabled in Illinois should help group homes hire and retain staff members. More>>

Illinois governor's education secretary to step down

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's top education adviser is leaving her post this week. 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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