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One Hundred Days Of Rauner

Bruce Rauner has served his first 100 days as Illinois' governor. It's the first time the private equity investor has held elected office. He came in with big ideas, and big challenges.
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Illinois' budget, and Gov. Bruce Rauner's influence on it, will be examined by a special legislative committee. The powerful House Speaker announced its creation today.

It's either a sign of a contentious budget battle, or an early attempt at reaching a compromise.

Rich Egger

Quincy Senior High School history teacher Rob Mellon is making a second bid for Congress in west central Illinois. He ran for the 18th District seat last year but lost in the Democratic primary.  Mellon said he learned from that experience.

T.J. Carson

The Monmouth-Roseville School District is still feeling the pinch from the state in regards to funding. But the district decided against increasing one funding source to help make up the difference.

Amtrak: Illinois Budget Cuts Would Mean Fewer Trains

Apr 17, 2015
Rich Egger

Amtrak says it doesn’t know which services would be affected if Illinois cuts its funding. But the rail company says it’s sure there would be some service reductions if its grant is cut by a proposed $16 million.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Iowa Fertilizer Company shut down construction at the site of its new plant in Lee County for at least the next few days.  The company released a statement Friday afternoon that said its "engineering, procurement and construction contractor has reassigned some of the work from a specific subcontractor to other subcontractors on site."

Thousands of state employees are a step closer to receiving money they've been waiting on since 2011.

The Illinois House approved spending the approximately $63 million it'll take to pay workers raises they were guaranteed in their contracts, but which the state refused to hand over.

Twenty-seven people are out of a job at Illinois' Tobacco Quitline, which means there's no one left to answer the phone.

For the past 15 years, Illinois smokers could dial 1-866-QUIT-YES, and a tobacco treatment counselor or nurse would answer. Try calling now, and there's a message saying: "Your call is important to us. Unfortunately, Quitline funding has been suspended due to budget cuts and we will be closed until further notice."

A day of remembrance was held at the state capital Wednesday for President Abraham Lincoln, on the 150th anniversary of his death.

The ceremony included a 21-gun salute, music from a military band and a prayer from Chaplain Maurice Buford of the U.S. Navy.

"We honor him because his flame of leadership still kindles, his seat at the eternal table of prominence is permanent and because he continues to teach this great nation to always have the faith that might makes right,” Buford said.

T.J. Carson

A candidate in the special election to replace former Congressman Aaron Schock wants to make changes to Social Security.  But he's not sharing many details.

TSPR'S Rich Egger

Last fall, then-Governor Pat Quinn allocated nearly $35 million to pave two of the four lanes of the northwest section of the Macomb Bypass. That project will go out to bid in June with construction slated to start late summer.

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Victor & Penny- 7:00pm, September 12, 2015 The Box in Galesburg

Victor & Penny hail from Kansas City, MO, America’s roaring 1920s “Paris of the Plains.” With tight vocal harmonies, fearless feats of guitar daring and a fiery ukulele, Victor & Penny bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz and clever original tunes. Celebrating a time when style mattered, antique pop duo Victor & Penny impress and delight with charm and hot licks - they are "...an absolute rollicking blast." Victor & Penny are Jeff Freling (Blue Man Group, Chicago) and...
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