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Three men running for mayor in Harrisburg

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- John McPeek, Robert Wilson and John Okerson are all running for mayor in Harrisburg.

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Mt. Vernon considers buying new police vehicles

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- Mt. Vernon city leaders plan to spend several thousand dollars on new vehicles and equipment for first responders.

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Supreme Court expands April 23 census arguments

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana). Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testifies during the House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana). Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testifies during the House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2019.
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The Supreme Court says it will try to resolve all the legal issues about a citizenship question on the 2020 census. More>>

Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border order Video included

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives in the Senate where she has said she will vote for a resolution to annul President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border, on Capitol Hill in Washi... (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives in the Senate where she has said she will vote for a resolution to annul President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border, on Capitol Hill in Washi...
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The Republican-run Senate has rejected President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border. More>>

Senate slaps down Trump border emergency; Republicans defect Video included

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). IN this March 13, 2019, photo, reporters pose questions to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. The Republican-led Senate is set to deal President Donald Trump a rebuke on... (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). IN this March 13, 2019, photo, reporters pose questions to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. The Republican-led Senate is set to deal President Donald Trump a rebuke on...
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Republican-led Senate set to deal Trump a stinging rebuke on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. More>>

Sen. Birch Bayh, author of Title IX law, dies at age 91

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Family: Former US Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana, author of the landmark federal Title IX sports law, has died at age 91. More>>

Manafort faces state charges after drawing more federal time Video included

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. Manafort faces his second sentencing hearing ... (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. Manafort faces his second sentencing hearing ...
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is due back in court for his second sentencing hearing in as many weeks. More>>

Court moves to de-annex property out of Spillertown

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SPILLERTOWN, Ill. -- A Williamson County judge effectively kicked some residents out of Spillertown Wednesday.

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Pritzker meets with credit rating agencies

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker touts his progressive income tax proposal as a way to keep bond rating agencies from downgrading the state's credit.

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Ballot question asks about possible Carbondale Park District merger

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A question on the ballot for Carbondale voters next month asks if they want the city of Carbondale to take over operations for the Carbondale Park District.

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Pritzker unveils online graduated income-tax calculator

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. J.B. Pritzker has launched an online calculator that he says will let Illinoisans know how his proposed graduated income tax will affect their families.

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Ralph Hall, oldest-ever member of US House, dead at age 95

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Former Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, has died at age 95. Hall's longtime strategist says the Texas Republican died at his home Thursday. More>>

Battling over voting rights, Dems, GOP have 2020 in sight

(Pool video image via AP). FILE - In this pool image from video, Stacey Abrams delivers the Democratic party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 from Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp served as the st... (Pool video image via AP). FILE - In this pool image from video, Stacey Abrams delivers the Democratic party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 from Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp served as the st...
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Democrats gear up to hammer Republicans on voting rights in 2020. More>>

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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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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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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  • Trump escalates feud with Kellyanne Conway's husband

    Trump escalates feud with Kellyanne Conway's husband

    Wednesday, March 20 2019 11:41 AM EDT2019-03-20 15:41:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump listens to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump listens to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Washington.
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump listens to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump listens to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Washington.
    President Donald Trump is escalating an awkward public fight with the husband of a top aide.
    President Donald Trump is escalating an awkward public fight with the husband of a top aide.
  • Fed's likely message: No increase in loan rates anytime soon

    Fed's likely message: No increase in loan rates anytime soon

    Wednesday, March 20 2019 11:41 AM EDT2019-03-20 15:41:41 GMT
    (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File). FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on monetary policy on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, March 2...(AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File). FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on monetary policy on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, March 2...
    (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File). FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on monetary policy on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, March 2...(AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File). FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on monetary policy on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, March 2...
    Fed is likely to stay 'patient' and scale back its forecast for rate hikes this year.
    Fed is likely to stay 'patient' and scale back its forecast for rate hikes this year.
  • AP-NORC Poll: Most at least partly confident in Russia probe

    AP-NORC Poll: Most at least partly confident in Russia probe

    Wednesday, March 20 2019 11:41 AM EDT2019-03-20 15:41:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, arrives on Capitol Hill for a closed door meeting before the Senate Judi...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, arrives on Capitol Hill for a closed door meeting before the Senate Judi...
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, arrives on Capitol Hill for a closed door meeting before the Senate Judi...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, arrives on Capitol Hill for a closed door meeting before the Senate Judi...
    With the Justice Department's special counsel investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign winding down, a new poll finds that most Americans are at least moderately confident that Robert Mueller's probe...
    With the Justice Department's special counsel investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign winding down, a new poll finds that most Americans are at least moderately confident that Robert Mueller's probe has been fair and impartial.

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