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The recount of Wisconsin's presidential election vote is nearly finished. State election officials announced Friday that 89 percent of total ballots cast for president have been counted and 60 of the state's 72 counties had finished their work. So far, Democrat Hillary Clinton has gained 49 votes on Republican Donald Trump, who defeated Clinton by more than 22,000 votes in the state. The recount began Dec. 1. A federal judge on Friday refused to grant Trump supporters' request to halt the...

The wealthy governor of Illinois is calling for state legislators to go without pay until a balanced budget is passed. The comptroller's office reports lawmakers last received paychecks in June. It has put elected officials' pay in a queue, along with $10 billion of overdue bills the state can't currently afford. Several Democrats are suing to reinstate their monthly income. But the governor criticized them in a video message. "If they won't do a balanced budget, they shouldn't be paid first,...

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You can’t see the Clinton nuclear plant from Clinton. It’s located nine miles out of town. But Clinton felt the impact when Exelon said the plant might close. They felt it at The Shack, a Clinton diner that’s been serving up hamburgers and hand-packed milkshakes for nearly a century. Shannon Williamson, a member of the family that owns The Shack, says that, when Exelon announced last summer that it would shut the plant down in a year’s time, she saw neighbors who worked there putting...

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says it’s been a successful year for the “Serving Those Who Served” program. In November, it worked to match volunteers with local service projects. Spokesman Dave McDonna says they had 41 projects and 570 volunteers by the end of the month. "We had a project where we assisted moving new furniture into an apartment building for permanent housing for homeless veterans," he said. "We had a project asking to write letters and notes of thanks to...

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Discussions surrounding a proposed asphalt plant near Rockton were pushed back to January. Northern Illinois Service Co. had filed for a special use permit to build the plant on unincorporated land at Black’s Quarry. However, more than 100 Rockton residents voiced their opposition at a five-hour Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Wednesday. The Rockford Register-Star reports the meeting continued Thursday for another three hours, and included a toxicologist's report on the plant...

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