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In this February file photo, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner reaches to shake the hand of House Speaker Michael Madigan after delivering his first State of the State Address.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
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Millionaire Tax Proposal Fails

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's effort to impose a new income tax on millionaires has stalled.  Three Democrats voted no Thursday.  Madigan blamed Republicans, who he says were following Governor Bruce Rauner's orders for protecting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

Illinois infielder Matthew James reacts to striking out against Maryland closing pitcher Kevin Mooney in Illinois' second-round NCAA Big Ten tournament loss Thursday in Minneapolis. Maryland won 2-1.
(AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
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Illini Fall To Maryland In Tourney, Ending Record-Setting Streak

Illinois' 2-1 loss to Maryland at the Big Tournament at Target Field ends a Big Ten record 27-game winning streak.  The Illini will now take on Michigan State in an elimination game Friday night at 7:30.

In this June 20, 2012 file photo, construction is seen going on at the Clinton Landfill.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
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Senate Approves Landfill Measure

The bill that passed the Senate Thursday (HB 1326) deals with manufactured gas plant waste, which is called 'very dangerous' by co-sponsor Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet.)  The measure was inspired by efforts to keep PCB's out of the Clinton Landfill.

Jackie Peters, right, works with her third grade students at Ridgely Elementary School in Springfield, Ill. Over two years, Illinois will get about $1 billion in federal grants such as special education and Title I, which provides grants for low-inco
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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State Paying Pension Debt With Funds Meant For Students

A federal grant program known as Title 1 sends money to schools with high rates of poverty to help close the achievement gap between poor and wealthy students - not to pay for pension debt.

Governor Bruce Rauner at Lanphier High School in Springfield Tuesday.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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Suspensions And Expulsions Measure Heads To Illinois Governor

The measure limits expulsions, zero-tolerance policies and disciplinary fines in all public and charter schools. If signed into law, it would take effect in the 2016 school year.

Illini Pat McInerney hits an RBI single off Nebraska pitcher Colton Howell during the eighth inning of Wednesday's first-round NCAA Big Ten tournament win in Minneapolis.
(AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
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Illini Win Streak Continues In Big Ten Tourney, 3-2 Over Nebraska

The 27 straight victories set a new Big Ten Conference record.  After topping Nebraska Thursday, The Illini (46-6-1) will play Maryland Thursday in the Big Tournament. 

A New York convenience store displays window advertisements, including one for Marlboro cigarettes, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005.
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Inside The Supreme Court’s $10-Billion Arguments

The state's high court Tuesday heard oral arguments about whether to allow a $10 billion class-action verdict against a major cigarette maker stand.  Former Gov. Jim Thompson and another Phillip Morris
lawyer asked the court to strike that 2003 verdict.

Illinois women's basketball head coach on the sidelines of a game
Michael Conroy/AP Photo
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The Changing Culture Of Competitive College Sports

The University of Illinois now faces allegations of abusive behavior and medical mistreatment against coaches and staff in two sports on the Urbana campus. Murray Sperber teaches in the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education program at U-C Berkley. He tells Illinois Public Media's Scott Cameron that many things have changed in college sports since the Bobby Knight days of choking players and throwing chairs.

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