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An Illinois bill that would require private companies to disclose when they would collect or sell mobile phone user data may be voted on in this special state legislative session. 

The Geolocation Privacy Protection Act would regulate entities that want to collect location data from someone’s phone. The user would have to give consent for data to be collected.

A former Illinois state representative who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has died in prison.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons says Keith Farnham died Sunday. The 69-year-old from Elgin had been serving an eight-year sentence at the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina.

The Democrat was elected to the Illinois House in 2008. He resigned in 2014 citing health issues and was charged one month later with compiling and trading more than 2,000 pornographic images of children online.

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The special session lasted about seven minutes; Republicans and Democrats then separately went behind closed doors to strategize.

Republicans also reiterated their requirement that passing the governor’s political and economic agenda is a prerequisite to passing a balanced budget. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin:

“It has to be a compromise," he said. "We’ve always said, for the last two years, ‘reforms before revenue.’”

But Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said the focus should be on Illinois' finances.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is attempting to frame the debate heading into Wednesday's special session of the General Assembly.

Rauner delivered a video message Tuesday night from the Old State Capitol Historic Site. It lasted three minutes, and was timed so it could be carried live on the evening news.

“Right now, our state is in real crisis,” Rauner said, "and the actions we take in the days ahead will determine how history remembers us."

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Could a reborn Mushroom Caucus be the key to breaking the political impasse that has the financial health of Illinois at death’s doorstep?

The self-deprecatory moniker was coined a generation ago by a group of legislative backbenchers who complained they were kept in the dark by their leaders and fed horse (manure).

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