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It's wordy. It's full of numbers. And it might be on your ballot.

The "Proposition to Increase the Limiting Rate" referendum isn't easy on the eyes, but organizers behind a movement to approve it hope voters can look past the complex ballot language on April 4, 2017.

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Rockford police detectives say they didn’t find evidence of foul play in the deaths of two Rockford University students last weekend.

   

The two died in the garage of their off-campus apartment. Preliminary autopsy results show they died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Police say they believe the deaths were accidental.

 

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Two state workers who joined Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit arguing labor unions shouldn't be allowed to collect fees from non-members say they're appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling Tuesday that allowed unions to collect the ``fair share'' fees from workers covered by collective bargaining agreements.

The U.S. Supreme Court has previously found the fees constitutional. The justices split 4-4 on another case challenging the fees last year.

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Barack Obama's name is revered in his home state. But the Illinois House has rejected making his birthday a state holiday.

Legislation to make the 44th president's Aug. 4th birthday a state holiday fell six votes short Tuesday. Chicago Democratic Rep. Sonya Harper says it would honor a man who adopted Chicago as his home and served in the Illinois State Senate.

But Rep. Steven Andersson of Geneva suggested it be honorary. The Republican floor leader says even Obama wouldn't want the cash-strapped state to give state workers another paid day off.  

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Jerry Krause, the general manager of the Chicago Bulls during a time when they won six NBA championships in eight seasons, died on Tuesday. He was 77.

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