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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Illinois House members are picking up education funding reform where they say a commission convened by the governor left off. Lawmakers gathered Tuesday to discuss proposals to revise the way Illinois finances its public schools. 


The Illinois Senate has approved small pieces of the far-reaching budget compromise plan it's debated for six weeks.


  A Democratic Illinois lawmaker wants to send a message to President Donald Trump by lifting prohibitions on state coverage of abortions.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner used his State of the State address to call on lawmakers to work with him to resolve the state’s budget crisis, saying both parties agree something needs to change. 

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Illinois is urging congressional leaders to avoid "hasty" or "incomplete" action as they proceed with a planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner kicked off planning for the state's 200th birthday by unveiling the logo. 

In an effort to take advantage of the intimate relationships between stylists and their clients, a new law in Illinois will require salon professionals to receive training in domestic abuse-prevention as part of their licensing process.

The law, which goes into effect Sunday, aims to educate beauty professionals to recognize signs of abuse. But stylists won't be required to report violence, and are protected from any liability.