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Several Rockford public schools tested positive for lead in their drinking water. 

The Register-Star reports 22 samples at seven schools had concentrations higher than the EPA standard of 15 parts per billion.  Those faucets were immediately taken out of service and are being replaced. 

The affected schools are Gregory, Conklin, Haskell Year-Round Academy, Johnson, McIntosh, Carlton, and Bloom.    

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said he doesn't support a repeal of Obamacare without a replacement.

It’s a rare comment from a governor who has stayed away from saying anything in public about national politics. But, as Republicans in Congress debate the issue with President-Elect Donald Trump, Rauner says he doesn’t support a simple repeal.

“I don’t think it works very well to just take it away and have nothing to replace it with," he said. "I don’t think that works.”

Members of Chicago’s black community are wondering if the recent federal report on the Chicago Police Department is going to make a difference.

Panelists at a Rainbow PUSH event Wednesday were split on the document, which found that Chicago police officers have a pattern of using unconstitutional excessive force.  State Rep. Mary Flowers thanked the Department of Justice for their efforts. 

"If nothing else, for the mothers who lost their sons and daughters and their babies. Who were told to their faces that they were lying."  

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is suing the nation's largest student loan company, alleging unfair and deceptive practices with lending and debt collection.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County seeks restitution and penalties. It names Navient Corporation and subsidiaries, including Sallie Mae Bank.

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a separate lawsuit Wednesday, alleging Navient made it harder to repay loans by giving bad information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to address complaints.

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Two proposals on raising the minimum wage in Illinois will be tackled by the new General Assembly.

The Decatur Herald and Review reports that Senate members have proposed raising the current minimum wage, which is $8.25 an hour, by 50 cents each year until it reaches $11 in 2021 as part of a bipartisan budget package.

A proposed bill by House members, meanwhile, is looking to bump up minimum wage to $15 an hour by October.

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