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Half the people in Illinois are eager to move to another state, according to a new Gallup poll. The Land of Lincoln has the highest rate of discontentment among the states.

Illinois officials say the $7 million announced for efforts to move incarcerated non-violent offenders into community-based programs comes from the state's general revenue fund.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the money Sunday, saying community programs save money and are shown to produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent offenders.

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn took part in his second tour around the state this week signing legislation refunding money to taxpayers and announcing capital investments.

Quinn began his day by signing legislation in East Alton that returned more than $8 million dollars from a now defunct hospital to property owners in southwest Illinois.

In Springfield the Quinn announced a capital investment to expand the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.

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Illinois' state climatologist says late-October rains helped restore soil moisture after three exceptionally dry months.

Climatologist Jim Angel says a near-normal 3 point 2 inches of precipitation fell in October, most of it in the last few days of the month.

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Two Illinois state senators say they want "partisan bickering" over the state's budget to be put aside.

Democrat Dan Kotowski and Republican Pam Althoff are holding a news conference today in Chicago to announce the findings of a study on what Illinois taxpayers' want.

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Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has launched a public database that puts local government financial information and tens of thousands of other records online.

Topinka's office is calling the database "The Warehouse" and says it will include information from  counties, municipalities and special taxing districts across Illinois.

Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.

Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in today's "March on Springfield." The grassroots effort is urging lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation.

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Illinois' treasurer says he's monitoring the debt ceiling showdown in Washington and the impact it could have on the state's finances.

Members of Congress continued late Tuesday to search for deal that would allow raising the country's cap to borrow more money in order to pay its bills.

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The federal government's partial shutdown is worrying some Illinois government workers and retirees involved in a state audit.  Workers in four state health insurance programs need Internal Revenue Service documents to meet a late October deadline proving their dependents should still be eligible for coverage. But the shutdown means the IRS isn’t providing the documentation. 

Illinois military veterans are joining the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state. A group called "Veterans Unite for Marriage" is pressing the Illinois House to OK same-sex marriage during the legislative session that begins later this month.

Federal benefits are available to spouses of gay service members, but only if their marriages are recognized in their home states.

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