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Clinton Childhood Friend Part of Nominating Delegation: Some Sanders Supporters Walk Out

Hillary Clinton officially became Democrats’ nominee Tuesday night at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia. State delegations to the convention took turns casting their votes. When it was Illinois' turn, party chairman Michael Madigan got things started by introducing the with a nod to its Democratic heavyweights, like President Barack Obama. Then Madigan passed off the microphone to Bernie Sanders’ state director Clem Balanoff. "Illinois proudly casts for a true progressive and...
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AP Source: Site For Obama's Presidential Library Chosen

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A person familiar with the selection process says an exact location for President Barack Obama's presidential library has been chosen. 

The individual tells The Associated press that Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side for the library and presidential center.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the individual wasn't authorized to discuss the choice before a formal announcement.

Illinois Board of Elections officials say Auditor General Frank Mautino didn't file amended campaign disclosure reports and could face a public hearing.  

Election board Executive Director Steve Sandvoss tells The State Journal-Register Mautino didn't file the amended reports by Monday's deadline. The hearing would look into Mautino's use of campaign money while serving in the Illinois House.  

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  A Cook County judge is ordering the state of Illinois to reconsider adding irritable bowel syndrome to the list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana.

There was a time when Sandra Gologergen's freezer never ran out. Packed with traditional Inuit foods like whale, walrus, seal and fish, her freezer has been an essential lifeline, ensuring her husband, three kids and grandson make it through the long harsh winters of Savoonga, Alaska.

"Then that changed," she says.

The Democratic National Convention made history Tuesday evening: Amid applause, shouts, cheers and in some cases tears, the delegates on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia nominated Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

Clinton is now the first female presidential candidate of a major American party.

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Federal prosecutors say statements by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich prove he isn't "deserving of leniency." 

A resentencing hearing is scheduled next month for Blagojevich, who is hoping a federal judge will give him a five-year sentence instead of his original 14 years. Blagojevich has been in a Colorado federal prison since 2012 after jurors convicted him of 18 corruption counts, including attempting to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

Donald Trump so far has stayed away from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia - but he's made his presence known on the campaign trail this week. The turmoil at the DNC convention has been constant theme of Trump's speeches as he and his running mate travel the country, campaigning and fundraising.

Illinois Democrats joined fellow party members in Philadelphia Monday for the Democratic National Convention. But state politics, not the national scene, was the focus of the delegation’s first official day of business.

DeKalb County Business Incubator Assists Fledgling Firms

Jul 26, 2016
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Companies started by entrepreneurs face many challenges, including the need for space and funds.

The DeKalb County Government recently opened a business incubator in its facilities off of Annie Glidden Road.  It's the brainchild of the County Board’s Economic Development Committee, which wanted to provide a space for small businesses to grow.  Chairman Bob Brown explains:

A new White House report on student loan debt reveals that how people repay student loans has changed dramatically in a short time.

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The third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia began with a little bit of drama: The convention took up a motion to nominate Tim Kaine as the party's vice presidential candidate.

As he takes the stage Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is firmly in Hillary Clinton's camp — and his party's — on the big health care issues. Now a U.S. senator from Virginia, Kaine supports the Affordable Care Act and pushed its Medicaid expansion. He also worked to overhaul the mental health system when he was governor of Virginia.

Here are highlights and a few flashpoints of controversy from Kaine's health policy record:

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The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation's best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to many unheralded ones.

The Turkish government has cracked down on independent media since an attempted coup on July 15, shutting down at least 45 newspapers and 16 TV stations, The Associated Press reports.

On Wednesday, the state-run news service Anadolu Agency reported 47 arrest warrants had been issued for employees of the newspaper Zaman, and 13 people had been detained.

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