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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed measures that would have increased wages for workers who care for those with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families.

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The consequences of Illinois lawmakers' failure to approve a state budget continue to pile up, while neither side in the yearlong political battle appears willing to budge. 

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A bill to increase funding for financially struggling Illinois colleges and universities cleared the state Senate Thursday. Lawmakers approved a bill of $454 million on a near unanimous vote. 

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A plan to temporarily suspend gun permits of people in Illinois who show signs of being a danger to themselves or others is headed to the House floor. 

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Retail sales of medical marijuana in Illinois increased by roughly 30% in March compared to the previous month.

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Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has become the first Republican senator to break with party leaders and call for a vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick. Kirk said Friday on Chicago radio station WLS that the Senate should "man up and cast a vote."


The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain Internet sales. The justices ruled 6-1 in an opinion released Friday to invalidate the so-called "Amazon tax."

Some Illinois bar owners say they're already profiting big from video gambling games that went live statewide late last year. Players statewide in December lost nearly $7 million. Establishments kept almost two and a half million dollars, the state earned $1.75 million and cities and counties combined made about $350,000.

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Democrats in Illinois literally mapped out their victories in the state's hotly contested congressional races. The party won most of the big prizes in districts that had been redrawn to squeeze Republicans out of their districts or throw them into Democrat-friendly territory.