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SPRINGFIELD — Nervousness about college entrance tests is acute enough as it is, but questions about whether the state can pay for those exams amid Illinois' budget impasse is adding to that anxiety this year.The unresolved budget fight means state money used in the past to allow juniors statewide to take the ACT exam for free may not be there this year, the Chicago Tribune reported.Since 2001, the state has subsidized...

Updated at 5:34 PM

State Sen. Darin LaHood makes introduction, praises Badger State leader

Updated at 3:56 PM

PEORIA — A public meeting on the impact of Illinois’ budget crisis will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Carver Community Center, 710 W. Percy Baker Ave.

Posted Jul 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM

CHICAGO — As she drops off her 4-year-old son at a Chicago daycare to head for a job she loves, Stacy Rutledge wonders how she'll keep doing it once she loses her state-subsidized child care.

Posted Jul 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM

CASEYVILLE, Ill. — Four dogs thought to have died in a southern Illinois house explosion caused by a suspected natural gas leak have been rescued from the rubble.

Updated Jul 27, 2015 at 8:48 AM

The United Auto Workers have agreed to partner with Mitsubishi Motors on finding another company to take over Mitsubishi’s plant in Normal after the company ends production at the end of November.

Updated Jul 27, 2015 at 8:28 AM

New state data show that the number of people incarcerated in Illinois prisons has fallen in recent years but the state's facilities remain overcrowded.

Updated Jul 27, 2015 at 8:26 AM

Nervousness about college entrance tests is acute enough as it is, but questions about whether the state can pay for those exams amid Illinois' budget impasse is adding to that anxiety this year.

Updated Jul 27, 2015 at 6:26 AM

DEKALB — Nearly 650 workers at Northern Illinois University have signed a petition and filed it with the state labor board asking to organize under the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.The 650...

Updated Jul 26, 2015 at 8:52 PM

Injured suspect in custody after standoff with police

Updated Jul 26, 2015 at 7:10 PM

(AP) — Nervousness about college entrance tests is acute enough as it is, but questions about whether the state can pay for those exams amid Illinois’ budget impasse is adding to that anxiety this year.

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