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Southern Illinois University has approved a 'financial sustainability plan' that includes recommendations to close seven programs at the Carbondale campus. 

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Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is urging state lawmakers to avoid the budget pitfalls that have befallen neighboring Illinois. 

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner lost an unprecedented battle with the "Springfield insiders" he once campaigned to dethrone when lawmakers approved a budget and $5 billion tax hike over his objections, and without the pro-business reforms the Republican promised. 

Lawmakers in Illinois have enacted a budget for the first time in more than two years, overriding a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner and overcoming a last-minute delay at the Capitol.

The crucial override vote was delayed after authorities received a report of possible hazardous materials, prompting an investigation, The Associated Press reports. "A woman allegedly threw a powdery substance in Rauner's office," the wire service writes, citing the Springfield fire chief.

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A major credit-rating agency has put Illinois under review for a rating downgrade even if lawmakers override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a long-elusive budget deal. 

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Illinois legislators are set to meet for the second day of a special session aimed at forcing a budget compromise in the state's two-year impasse.

The official portrait of Pat Quinn, the former governor of Illinois, was unveiled this week at the state Capitol in Springfield. There was a little more attention to the ritual this time because Pat Quinn is the first governor of Illinois in a while who hasn't left office and gone to prison.

Four of the state's last nine governors have been sent to prison. Illinois' unofficial motto may be, "A State So Great, The Governor Makes Your License Plate."

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson has responded to letters written by students and teachers in Cairo, Illinois over the impending demolition of two apartment complexes.

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Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker has launched a bid for Illinois governor at a park facility in Chicago.

The Democrat's entry into the race raises financial stakes in what was already expected to be a costly and competitive fight to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Pritzker wasted little time in blasting the venture capitalist-turned-governor, even comparing him to President Donald Trump. Rauner has been at odds with the Democrat-controlled Legislature since he took office.

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Illinois climate experts say the state saw a rainy March with statewide precipitation more than a half-inch above normal.

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