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More than 100 nurses at Illinois prisons have received layoff notices telling them their jobs are being privatized.

The Associated Press obtained a letter Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration sent to Alice Johnson, executive director for the Illinois Nurses Association. It says the state will hire contract nurses and that the unionized nurses will be laid off June 15.

Johnson told the AP the layoffs are an attempt to ``bully and intimidate'' the nurses in retaliation for rejecting a contract agreement last year.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has unveiled a broad-based cybersecurity plan that would cost $1 billion to implement.

The Republican announced the plan Tuesday. He says protecting citizens from cyberattacks should be a priority even amid the state's fiscal crisis.

The framework outlines goals to protect state information systems. But it covers only executive branch agencies directly. It wouldn't have prevented incidents like the cyberattack on Illinois voter data last fall. Officials say no information was changed nor voting affected.

NPR Politics team will live blog the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

Neil Gorsuch

Federal Judicial Service 

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Denver) 

Nominated by President George W. Bush on May 10, 2006, to a seat vacated by Hon. David M. Ebel; Confirmed by voice vote on July 20, 2006. 

Businesses Leaving Rockford's Clock Tower Resort

Mar 21, 2017

Businesses are leaving the Clock Tower Resort in Rockford.  

The Rockford Register Star reports hair salon Totally You was forced out due to the lack of hot water and heating. Meanwhile, the owner of Sisters Thai Cafe says utilities were turned off last week, and she plans to leave at the end of the month, when her lease expires.  Olson Photography will follow suit. 

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Illinois lawmakers are discussing measures aimed at curbing veteran suicide rates. 

One would allow servicemembers to apply for a service dog raised by Helping Paws and the state’s Department of Corrections. The bill is sponsored by State Representative Dave Severin and already passed the House. 

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