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Reaction to the first debate between candidates for governor

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- Plenty of arguing and cross-talk Thursday between the four men running for Governor.

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Applications for vote-by-mail on the rise in Jackson County

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Voters in Jackson County are registering to vote-by-mail at a much higher pace than recent years.

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Rauner eliminates 53 boards and commissions

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WSIL -- Governor Bruce Rauner has eliminated 53 boards and commissions he says serve no public purpose.

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Candidates for Illinois Governor go head-to-head in first debate Video included

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CHICAGO -- Candidate for Illinois Governor went head to head on Thursday in the first gubernatorial debate in Chicago.

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Truth Test: PAC Ad questions Brendan Kelly's record as prosecutor Video included

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WSIL -- A new ad, from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican-aligned Political Action Committee, attacks Democrat Brendan Kelly's record as St. Clair County State's Attorney. 

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Trade war between China and U.S. impacts recycling

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Recycling companies in southern Illinois see their profits drop while the U.S. and China hit each other with tariffs.

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Sen. McCaskill promises a 'no' vote for Kavanaugh nomination

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WSIL -- Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she will vote against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, depriving President Donald Trump's nominee of a possible swing vote.

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Gov. Rauner reflects on time as governor, reveals plan for future Video included

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CHICAGO — Illinois governor Bruce Rauner made his case to voters with less than two months to go until election day.

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Truth Test: RGA ad claims JB Pritzker "considering" mileage tax Video included

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WSIL -- A number of ads in the Illinois governor's race attack Democratic candidate JB Pritzker for floating the idea of a mileage tax on vehicles.  

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Cape Girardeau was ready for Presidential visit Video included

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Hurricane Florence forced President Donald Trump to cancel an appearance in Cape Girardeau County this week, but preparations for a presidential was still seen throughout the river town.  

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GOP lawmakers rally against Pritzker tax plan

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- State and local Republicans gathered in Carbondale Tuesday afternoon to campaign for incumbent governor Bruce Rauner and attack challenger JB Pritzker.

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Truth Test: Does JB Pritzker support a mileage tax? Video included

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WSIL -- A new attack ad in the Illinois governor's race hits on a familiar theme.

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President Trump rally in Cape Girardeau has been canceled

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A planned rally with President Donald Trump this Thursday in Cape Girardeau has been canceled.  

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President Trump's approval ratings drop: CNN Poll

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WSIL (CNN) -- President Trump's approval rating has fallen 6 points in the last month. That's according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

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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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Truth Test: Pritzker attacks Rauner's fiscal record

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WSIL — More attacks in the Illinois governor’s race, which is on pace to be the most expensive non-presidential election in U.S. history.

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Truth Test: Juliana Stratton claims there has been no jobs growth under Rauner Video included

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WSIL -- As part of the election season News 3 is fact checking checking claims made by those campaigns. At issue tonight, claims from JB Pritzker’s campaign that there have been no jobs created in Illinois under incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner. 

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Truth Test: Rauner ad says Pritzker wants to raise taxes on middle-class

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WSIL -- Governor Bruce Rauner says his Democratic challenger wants to hike taxes for Illinoisans just a year after the legislature raised the income tax rate to just under five percent.

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Truth Test: Did J.B. Pritzker found the world's top small business incubator?

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WSIL -- The rare positive ad in Illinois’ contentious gubernatorial race started running late last month.

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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 Gov. Rauner wasted $1 billion by refusing to pass budget Video included

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WSIL -- More attacks in the Illinois Governor's race between Republican Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker. 

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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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  • Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN

    Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN

    Sunday, September 23 2018 2:37 AM EDT2018-09-23 06:37:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Wong Maye-E, File). FILE - This combination of two file photos shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington on Feb. 26, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un atte...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Wong Maye-E, File). FILE - This combination of two file photos shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington on Feb. 26, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un atte...
    In the year since President Donald Trump's searing, debut U.N. speech fueled fears of nuclear conflict with North Korea, the two leaders have turned from threats to flattery.
    In the year since President Donald Trump's searing, debut U.N. speech fueled fears of nuclear conflict with North Korea, the two leaders have turned from threats to flattery.
  • Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

    Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

    Sunday, September 23 2018 2:36 AM EDT2018-09-23 06:36:40 GMT
    (David Butler II/Hartford Courant via AP, File). FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Republican Mark Tweedie, center, is congratulated by campaign treasurer Tim Devanney victory in the Connecticut House 13th District race in Manchester, Conn. Rep. ...(David Butler II/Hartford Courant via AP, File). FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Republican Mark Tweedie, center, is congratulated by campaign treasurer Tim Devanney victory in the Connecticut House 13th District race in Manchester, Conn. Rep. ...
    Democrats and Republicans are stepping up their spending on state legislative races as they draw nearer to the next round of redistricting.
    Democrats and Republicans are stepping up their spending on state legislative races as they draw nearer to the next round of redistricting.
  • US considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

    US considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

    Sunday, September 23 2018 2:18 AM EDT2018-09-23 06:18:04 GMT
    (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File). FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2015, file photo, pedestrians crossing from Mexico into the United States at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry wait in line in San Diego. The Trump administration is proposing rules that could deny green ...(AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File). FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2015, file photo, pedestrians crossing from Mexico into the United States at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry wait in line in San Diego. The Trump administration is proposing rules that could deny green ...
    The Trump administration is proposing rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance.
    The Trump administration is proposing rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance.

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