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Judge: No Pay For Illinois Workers Without State Budget

A Cook County judge has ruled that Illinois can't pay state workers in full during the ongoing budget impasse.  Some workers covered under federal law will receive federal minimum wage plus overtime.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan
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Budget Stalemate Moves To Court As Political Rhetoric Ratchets Up

A stalemate that's left Illinois without a budget has taken a new political turn. It comes as the Attorney General is asking a court to determine what bills Illinois can pay when the state has no spending authority.

All Champaign County deputies will soon be carried Narcan kits, like the one seen here during Monday's training event at the Champaign County Sheriff's Office.
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News Local/State

Champaign County Officers To Carry And Administer Heroin Treatment

By mid-July, all deputies will carry vials of Narcan, or naloxone, which stops respiratory failure caused by heroin and other opioids.  They're partnering with Carle, which is paying for the vials with community funds.

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Smithsonian Water Exhibit Coming To Mahomet In 2016

The Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet will host a Smithsonian exhibit next summer on the role of water in our communities. The exhibit is called Waterways and is part of a nationwide initiative meant to explore water use across the U.S.

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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News Local/State

Budget Crunch Hits Immigrant And Refugee Services

As lawmakers in Springfield continue to fight over a state budget, service agencies across Illinois are beginning to operate in a reduced capacity

Matt Plenge’s Kahoka, Mo., farm
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News Local/State

After Stormy Spring, Farmers Could Face More Violent Weather In The Future

In Illinois, for example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported a decline in the health of the state’s corn plants for the second week in a row. In Missouri, farmers only had half of their soybeans planted by June 20th, the USDA’s official end of the planting season for the area.

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Legal Issues In the News

Congress Focuses on Patent Reform

In this week's Legal Issues in the News, commentator Jay Kesan looks into the ways the US Congress is dealing with so-called patent trolls.

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News Local/State

Davis Says Trade With Cuba Could Help Overthrow Castro Regime

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says he supports normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba as a step towards expanded trade with the country, which he believes would help hasten the overthrow of the Castro regime.

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