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An Illinois senate committee has endorsed raising the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will propose reversing last year's income tax increase in a "step-down" process that will cover several years.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to change the climate for women in Illinois prisons.

In a decision that may have sweeping effects, a judge has allowed an 11-year-old Illinois girl to use medical marijuana at school.

On Monday, Illinois will become the second state to ban the so-called gay panic defense in cases in which a murder defendant tries to justify his violence as a reaction to learning that the victim was gay.

California banned the defense tactic in 2014, a year after the American Bar Association called for its prohibition.

As The Associated Press reports, there is no single standard for the circumstances leading to the defense:

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The Illinois House has unanimously approved a resolution urging a commitment to change the culture that breeds sexual harassment. 

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law on Thursday a wide-reaching school funding overhaul. 

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If you're old enough to drive in Illinois, you're now old enough to be an organ and tissue donor.

A version of this story was first posted by member station WBEZ.

State money to public schools across Illinois could be cut off due to yet another budget impasse between lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

On Tuesday, Rauner, a Republican, partially vetoed a bill to overhaul the state's school funding formula, denouncing it a "bailout" of Chicago Public Schools.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says the way public schools get money in Illinois will be more "fair and equitable" with his changes to a school funding bill. 

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