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Pritzker floats idea for vehicle miles traveled tax Video included

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WSIL -- In an interview with the Daily Herald, Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker says the state needs to explore a vehicle miles traveled, or VMT tax. 

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Southern Illinois lawmakers preview upcoming session Video included

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WSIL -- Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield for a new legislative session on Jan. 30, but will the contentious governor's race ruin any hopes of working together? 

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Rauner bans lawmakers from representing clients before property tax board

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SPRINGFIELD -- Calling it "a clear conflict of interest that must end," Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an executive order prohibiting state legislators from representing clients before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board. 

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Lewis delivers State of the City address

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MT. VERNON -- Mt. Vernon city leaders admit it's been a tough year with plenty of cutbacks and some tax increases. But where does the city go from here?

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Greitens delays tax policy tour after admitting to affair

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is delaying a planned tour to talk about his tax change proposals after admitting to having an extramarital affair. More>>

Gun violence focus of Kennedy's Illinois governor campaign

Few candidates for public office have been more personally affected by gun violence than Chris Kennedy. More>>

Local immigrant responds to Trump's 's***hole' comment

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CARBONDALE -- Carbondale city councilman Navreet Kang came to America in 1981 from India.

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Board warns of school funding 'disruption' with Rauner veto

The Illinois State Board of Education says Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation related to a revamped education-funding formula could cause "disruption and confusion" to the state's more-than 800 school districts. More>>

Rauner, Pritzker spar in new campaign ads Video included

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WSIL -- In what could be a sign of things to come, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign released a new attack ad, going after Democratic frontrunner J.B. Pritzker, who responded with a pair of ads of his own.  

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Greitens acknowledges affair, denies blackmail allegations Video included

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledges he was "unfaithful" in his marriage but denies allegations that he blackmailed the woman he had an extramarital affair with to stay quiet.

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Prosecutors have problems with new bail reform law

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MARION -- Prosecutors worry a law that took effect at the beginning of the month could let criminals out too early and pose a threat to the public.

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Murphysboro bans fighting by agreement Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Since Chad Roberts took over as Murphysboro Police Chief, he's been trying to clean up the city's ordinances.

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Sanguinetti tours Carbondale drug treatment center

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CARBONDALE -- Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti wants to cut the number of opioid deaths in Illinois and she wants help from medical professionals in southern Illinois.

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Man disrupts Marion city council meeting

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MARION -- You could soon see added security in Marion after an unexpected visitor disrupted the city council meeting.

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POLITICO: Illinois governor most-likely to lose re-election

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WSIL – One of the country’s top political news sites has named the Illinois governor’s race as the one most-likely to be won by the challenger. 

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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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