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Beshear praises Bevin administration's help in transition

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Gov.-elect Andy Beshear says Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is giving its "best efforts" to assist his transition team as he prepares to become Kentucky's governor next month

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McConnell: Lack of civility is country's biggest problem

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Speaking in his home state of Kentucky, the Republican leader said the country needs to "learn how to behave better, how to be able to disagree without anger." 

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The Latest: 2nd impeachment hearing opens with US diplomat

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The House has opened a second day of Trump impeachment hearings with Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was suddenly recalled back to the U.S. by President Donald Trump. 

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Roger Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress

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Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington

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Illinois State Senate President Cullerton to retire in January

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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, a Democrat that represents Illinois' 6th District covering Chicago's North and Northwest sides, announced Thursday that he plans to retire in January. 

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Kansas City bans gay conversion therapy

Conversion therapy for LGBTQ young people will not be allowed in Kansas City.

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Illinois bans handcuffing, shackling of foster children

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has banned the use of shackles and handcuffs on youths in its custody after two teenage boys were restrained.

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Gov. Bevin concedes to Beshear in Kentucky governor's race

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Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he will not contest results showing Democrat Andy Beshear winning the Kentucky governor's race

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Pritzker ready to sign plan to merge local pension funds

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Illinois lawmakers have sent Gov. J.B. Pritzker a measure that merges 650 local police and fire pension systems to boost investment returns and save money

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Lawmakers propose additional financial aid to keep teachers in Illinois Video included

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As more teachers are needed in Illinois, lawmakers are looking at financial incentives to encourage more graduates to remain here. 

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Kentucky governor faces big decision as recanvass looms

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky could face a legacy-defining decision once a recanvass of last week’s election is completed Thursday.

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House OKs consolidation of 650 local pension programs

The Illinois House has approved Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to consolidate hundreds of local pension programs covering police officers and firefighters to boost investment returns and save administrative costs.

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First public hearing in House impeachment inquiry Wednesday

Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent testify on Impeach Inquiry before House Intelligence Committee Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent testify on Impeach Inquiry before House Intelligence Committee
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Three witnesses are scheduled for this week and eight more are set to testify in public next week.

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Separating fact from fiction in Trump's impeachment hearings

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President Donald Trump has been fulminating for weeks over the impeachment inquiry, which he sees as a persecution cooked up by Democrats and "Never Trumpers."

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County board to decide fate of 24/7 recycling option

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The Williamson County Board is discussing changes to the recycling program after repeated instances of abuse.

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No cannabis allowed in public housing despite state law to legalize Video included

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Small amounts of recreational marijuana will become legal in Illinois on January 1, but people who live in public housing will not be able to have it in their homes.

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Beshear announces transition website, Bevin awaits recanvass

As a recanvass requested by Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin approaches, Democrat Andy Beshear continues to move forward with his plans to take over the governor's office.

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Another Democrat considers run against McConnell

Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker says he's forming an exploratory committee to determine whether he'll run against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. More>>

McConnell: Bevin 'had a good 4 years' as governor

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin "had a good four years" during a visit to a steel plant in Kentucky. More>>

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