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Herrin proposes raising property taxes

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HERRIN -- Property taxes in Herrin may rise next year.

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Illinois election board to take up voter database next week

Illinois election officials say they'll review security questions raised about a multi-state voter registration database next week. More>>

Missouri attorney general sued over where he lives

A Missouri Democrat is suing Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley for not living in the capital city. More>>

Carterville school district sues Cambria over TIF district

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CARTERVILLE -- The Carterville School District has followed through on it's threat to sue Cambria over the village's controversial TIF district.

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Tensions over TIF in Cambria

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CAMBRIA -- Cambria has a new TIF district following the vote by the Village Board on Thursday.

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Severin accused of flip-flopping on union-backed bill

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WSIL -- A southern Illinois lawmaker is being criticized for flip-flopping on a union-backed bill. 

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Illinois female senators form bipartisan caucus

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WSIL -- Illinois' women state senators are forming a new bipartisan caucus. 

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Illinois lawmakers get tough on sexual harassment, require local policies Video included

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WSIL -- These days, there aren't many issues Democrats and Republicans agree on. However, when it comes to fighting sexual harassment at the capitol, both sides say more needs to be done. 

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The Latest: Illinois House puts student-loan rights into law

The Latest on legislative action in Springfield (all times local): More>>

New businesses coming to Mt. Vernon

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MT. VERNON -- You can soon find new businesses in Mt. Vernon.

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Illinois fall veto session resumes Tuesday Video included

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WSIL -- The fall veto session of the Illinois legislature resumes Tuesday in Springfield but don't expect to hear a lot out of the Illinois capitol.

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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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