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Democrats pick Webb to run for state senate seat

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WSIL -- Democratic leaders in the 59th state senate district picked Goreville Superintendent Steve Webb to be their candidate for the seat. 

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SIU tries clearing up confusion about volunteer adjuncts Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Leaders at SIU announced a plan to hire alumni with advanced degrees on a volunteer basis, but some members of the community say it's confusing at best, and at worst, insulting.

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Club 262 in Carterville shuts down after multiple violations Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- A club in Williamson County decides to shut its doors after multiple run-ins with the liquor commissioner.

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Bill looks to help municipalities conduct third-party audits

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SPRINGFIELD -- A bill in Springfield could help towns collect hundreds of thousands of lost tax dollars, but business owners aren't happy with the way it works.

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Rauner promises more jobs in southern Illinois after Europe trip

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HAMBURG, Germany -- Gov. Bruce Rauner works to bring more jobs to southern Illinois while on a ten-day trip to Germany and Poland.

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Gov. Greitens charged with felony for alleged campaign violation

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been charged with a felony related to his use of a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign.

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House passes bill to control drug prices

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SPRINGFIELD -- Legislation to keep the price of generic prescription drugs down passes in the House.

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SIU grad assistants, civil service workers demand raises

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CARBONDALE -- After years of stagnant pay, SIU graduate students say enough is enough.

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SIU symposium focuses on 2nd Amendment

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CARBONDALE -- What is the future of the second amendment?

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The Latest: Duckworth and daughter make Senate history

The Latest on the Senate and a rule change allowing newborns of members into the chamber (all times local): More>>

Babies of senators now welcome in Senate chamber

Not just anybody can come onto the floor of the Senate - not even babies. Prompted by the first sitting senator with a newborn, the Senate has decided to allow the babies of its members into the chamber, but not before... More>>

Lawmaker tries to stop porn epidemic Video included

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SPRINGFIELD -- An epidemic growing across the country prompts one Illinois lawmaker to work to put a stop to it.

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Potential Greitens impeachment would face legal ambiguities

Missouri lawmakers may face an unprecedented question as they decide whether to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens: Does it matter that the alleged actions occurred before he was in office? More>>

The Equal Rights Amendment: Why has it taken this long to ratify? Video included

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SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Senate finally signs off on the Equal Rights Amendment, a vote nearly three dozen other states took in the 1970s.

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Bevin official resigns, joins Kentucky Board of Education

Gov. Matt Bevin's secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has resigned to accept an appointment to the state Board of Education. More>>

Murphysboro sues Union Pacific over land dispute

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MURPHYSBORO -- After months of fighting between Murphysboro and Union Pacific Railroad over some land on North 23rd Street, the city has filed a lawsuit against the company.

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Lawmaker proposes splitting up the SIU system

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SPRINGFIELD -- After Thursday's vote against a plan to shift more money from SIUC to SIUE, a state lawmaker with ties to Edwardsville wants to split the two campuses.

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SIU board rejects $5.1 million funding shift

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CARBONDALE -- A plan to shift some state funding from SIU Carbondale to SIU Edwardsville has been scrapped, at least for now.

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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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