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Truth Test: Ad claims Gov. Rauner profits from Child Separation

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WSIL — Attack ads continue in the highly contested Illinois Governor’s race between Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker.  

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Rauner vetoes voter information sharing bill

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- A group of Democrats want Illinois to pull out of a voter information sharing system.

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Rauner signs bills addressing Quincy veterans' home

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QUINCY, Ill. -- New steps will soon be underway to cleanup problems at the Quincy Veterans Home.

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Rauner signs pair of gun bills

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Bruce Rauner calls House Bill 2354 an important step towards increasing safety.

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State gives $2.1 million for new critical access facility in Cairo

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CAIRO, Ill. -- Cairo hasn't had a place that provides emergency medical services since the 80s, but after some cash comes in from the state, leaders of the Cairo Megaclinic plan to expand their current facility.

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Senator Dick Durbin visits News 3 Video included

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WSIL -- Illinois Senator Dick Durbin spoke with News 3 from Washington about some of the most pressing issues in the nation. Attached is his full conversation with News 3's Andrew Feather. More>>

Gov. Rauner launches "The People's Pledge" in Marion Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and other southern Illinois Republicans stopped in Marion to launch a new initiative focused on getting term limits for state lawmakers. 

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News 3 Investigation: Documents show thousands in personal expenses on Zeigler city credit card Video included

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ZEIGLER, Ill. -- New documents obtained by News 3 show tens of thousands of dollars in charges on a Zeigler city credit card, controlled by former treasurer Ryan Thorpe, that paid for lavish vacations, electronics and other personal items.

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SIUC Faculty Senate gives vote of no confidence against Dunn Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A group of SIU faculty members wants system president Randy Dunn gone.

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Groups push Gov. Rauner to protect abortion rights Video included

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Bruce Rauner praised President Donald Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court, saying on Twitter Judge Brett Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and deserves a fair hearing.

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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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  • New York state launches tax probe of Trump Foundation

    New York state launches tax probe of Trump Foundation

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    New York state tax officials have opened an investigation into the Trump Foundation to determine whether President Donald Trump or his charitable organization violated state law or misstated their tax liability to...
    New York state tax officials have opened an investigation into the Trump Foundation to determine whether President Donald Trump or his charitable organization violated state law or misstated their tax liability to state officials.
  • Amid criticism over Putin summit, Trump wants second meeting

    Amid criticism over Putin summit, Trump wants second meeting

    Thursday, July 19 2018 11:32 AM EDT2018-07-19 15:32:39 GMT
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    Trump takes a tougher tone on Russia, saying in an interview with CBS that he told Putin to stay out of America's elections.
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    Kathy Kraninger, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, faces the Senate Banking Committee, where is she is expected to face extremely hostile questioning from Senate Democrats.

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