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Anne Burke
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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke is calling for a new investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Church authorities are doing just that, but Burke says the matter cannot be left to the Catholic heirarchy.

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Illinois police officers who want to seek mental health care can now do so without jeopardizing their jobs.

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This week, political rhetoric at the Illinois State Fair.

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Thousands of Illinois Democrats met Thursday in Springfield for the party’s annual state fair brunch.

Candidates repeated familiar attacks on Republicans. But some say they need to do more.

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Republicans held their annual rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Wednesday with a message of party unity.  Bruce Rauner still holds the top office in state government. But as he pushes for re-election, he’s trying to appease conservatives who feel betrayed and whose support he needs to win a second term.   

At a bill signing event in Springfield, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continued to say House Speaker Michael Madigan should be prosecuted.  

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State Rep. Sara Wojcicki-Jimenez, a Republican from Leland Grove, announced she would not be seeking re-election last year. 

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Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to contribute $1 million to Republican attorney general nominee Erika Harold so she “will prosecute (House Speaker Michael) Madigan.” But when pressed by reporters, Rauner would not identify a crime with which he thinks Madigan should be charged. Did the governor cross a line?

Sara Wojcicki Jimenez and Bruce Rauner
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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation meant to bring state jobs back to Springfield.

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Illinois Democrats are trying to put Gov. Bruce Rauner on the spot over equal pay for women.

They’re pushing him to sign legislation that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about salary history.

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Illinois lawmakers are being urged to pass tougher laws to protect student data privacy. On Tuesday, they heard stories from parents who say they have no way to protect their kids’ information.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was sued Friday by a group of former state employees who want their jobs back.

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Freshman Rep. Nick Sauer, a Republican from Lake Barrington, resigned after being accused of posting a former girlfriend's nude photos online without her consent.

Meanwhile, Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers endorsed two candidates for Illinois governor: Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker and Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann, a state senator from Plainview who until recently was a member of the Republican Party.

  

Illinois state Rep. Sara Wojcicki-Jimenez will join the HSHS Central Illinois Division Hospitals as director of marketing and communications in September. The Leland Grove Republican is slated to end her term representing the 99th District in January 2019.

A new report is trying to calculate a more realistic tally of what crime costs in Illinois.

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President Trump makes his first presidential visit to Illinois, delivering a speech at U.S. Steel's Granite City Works, near St. Louis.

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A federal judge in Chicago has approved a settlement in a lawsuit over Illinois' handling of deaf prisoners.

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The state of Illinois has agreed to settle a lawsuit over its treatment of prisoners who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation intended to prevent wrongful convictions.

Dan Proft
WUIS/Illinois Issues

A conservative political group is suing to overturn the Illinois campaign law restricting so-called independent expenditure committees.

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Illinois politicians react to President Trump's varied statements on Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Gov. Rauner signs a pair of gun-control bills while promising to veto another. And the latest campaign finance numbers show the candidates for governor continuing to burn cash at an unprecedented rate. 

Strawberry Hampton
Illinois Department of Corrections

Illinois prison officials are being accused of letting a transgender inmate be harassed and assaulted.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have gotten the state out of the controversial Crosscheck voter identification program.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he does not agree with President Trump’s initial statements on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Dick Durbin
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he has some tough questions for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. But he also says he hasn’t made up his mind.

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The Illinois Governor’s Mansion reopened Saturday after a multi-million-dollar renovation.

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Illinois politicians react to President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel get into a Twitter fight over the anti-violence protest that brought the inbound Dan Ryan to a halt.

And J.B. Pritzker's campaign runs an ad with claims widely described as false.

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There are Illinois connections in Friday's indictments related to Russian hacking around the 2016 elections.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is investigating fast food restaurants over hiring practices.

At issue are so-called no-poaching agreements. That’s where restaurant franchisees are prohibited from hiring people away from other franchise owners.

Matt Roland
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With America and China officially in a trade war, Illinois companies say they’re already seeing consequences.

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