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Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging Illinois lawmakers to approve a bill that would make it easier for inmates to get state identification cards when they're released to help them get jobs and housing.

Two Democrats, Rep. Mary Flowers and Sen. Kwame Raoul, joined the Republican governor in calling for the House to pass the bill in November during the Legislature's brief fall session.

The Senate has already approved the bill.

Currently, inmates receive a temporary ID when they're released and must pay $20 for a permanent one within 30 days.

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A federal judge has denied an Illinois attorney general's office request for him to reverse his own decision halting same-day voter registration at polling stations.

A Thursday hearing in Chicago federal court lasted just minutes as Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan told lawyers the request is denied.

He ruled earlier this week that the same-day registration option as written benefited Democratic strongholds, like Chicago, and disadvantaged rural regions.

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A federal judge has approved an improvement plan for Illinois' child welfare agency that includes reforms for helping children with psychological, emotional and behavioral problems.

U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso signed off on the overhaul on Wednesday. The roughly 60-page document is part of a longtime consent decree aimed at improving care. It follows an American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois lawsuit.

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New data show that the percentage of Illinois youth diagnosed with concussions grew by 83 percent between 2010 and 2015.

The Chicago Tribune reports that diagnosed concussions among Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois members between the ages of 10 and 19 increased from a rate of 7.6 per 1,000 members in 2010 to 14 per 1,000 members in 2015.

Blue Cross is Illinois' largest insurer with over 8 million members.

Blue Cross senior medical director Dr. Stephanie Vomvouras attributes the increase to greater awareness of concussions.

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Freshman enrollment at financially troubled Chicago State University has fallen to 86 freshmen this fall semester.

Figures released Tuesday show the university on Chicago's South Side has fewer than half the students it did six years ago. The Chicago Tribune reports that about 3,600 students are taking classes this fall, down from about 7,350 students in 2010.

Overall enrollment is down 25 percent, and undergraduate enrollment is down 32 percent in one year.

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