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SPRINGFIELD – Members of a state Senate committee sharply criticized a recent audit of Exelon’s nuclear power plant operations that suggested ratepayers may need to subsidize two of those plants by as much as $350 million over the next five years.

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A report that President Biden will propose a hefty tax increase on the gains wealthy individuals reap from investments triggered a stock market sell-off Thursday afternoon that left indexes broadly lower.

SPRINGFIELD – A bill allowing a person who must register with a state agency due to a criminal conviction to change their name under specific circumstances passed the Illinois House on Thursday with bipartisan support.

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EFFINGHAM — The Effingham County Board this week tabled the purchase of a vehicle for Animal Control until the next Tax and Finance Committee meeting of the whole in May.

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EFFINGHAM — The Equity is expanding its Farm and Home store in Effingham. The expansion will feature a new warehouse designed to store feed and other products, as well as allow patrons to load large orders under a roof instead of in the parking lot.

Today is Friday, April 23, the 113th day of 2021. There are 252 days left in the year.

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Republicans have added a new twist to their call for an independent redistricting commission in hopes of overcoming Democrats’ claims that their plan would likely be found unconstitutional.

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SPRINGFIELD – A House committee tasked with reviewing statues and monuments on state property held its first meeting Wednesday, hearing from professors and state government associations on what frameworks can be established to guide the review process.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in…

SPRINGFIELD – Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly are continuing to wrangle over the possible use of census estimates, as opposed to official numbers, to redraw state legislative and congressional district maps.

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Snow Tuesday evening was expected to give way to some clearing late. Snow accumulation was expected to be less than an inch. Wednesday's forecast is for partly cloudy skies and a slight chance of a rain shower. High 51F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers and advocates are calling for the Illinois General Assembly to pass a bill that would require nursing homes to offer virtual visits for residents to prevent social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today is Wednesday, April 21, the 111th day of 2021. There are 254 days left in the year.

If you’ve ever budgeted your finances, you know there are a lot of factors to consider when balancing your income and expenses. Over time, many of those factors will change and you’ll need to recalculate and reorganize your priorities based on what’s available.

SPRINGFIELD — A senior federal official stalled inspections by regional offices to monitor cancer-causing emissions at suburban facilities in Illinois, according to a report by the inspector general which audits the performance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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The body of Sherry Hubbartt, 72, was discovered on Sunday inside her residence in Shelby County and two men have been charged in conection with the death, according to Illinois State Police.

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SPRINGFIELD – Braxton Lear is 5 years old and tall for his age. He runs – not walks – from his scooter, to the swing set, to the trampoline in his great-aunt’s backyard in Caseyville, about 12 miles east of St. Louis.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet.

Today is Monday, April 19, the 109th day of 2021. There are 256 days left in the year.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker has announced that $1.6 billion in federal funding will be allocated toward early childhood education and child care providers in Illinois.

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Lake Land College students elected engineering major Katherine “Katie” Greuel, Windsor, to serve as the student trustee for 2021-2022. In this role, Greuel will serve as a liaison between the student body and the Lake Land College Board of Trustees. She will also have the ability to make and…

INDIANAPOLIS — The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally bought the two rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent such purchases, police said.

WINDSOR, England — Sitting by herself at the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth cut a regal but solitary figure: still the monarch, but now alone.

Today is Saturday, April 17, the 107th day of 2021. There are 258 days left in the year.

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