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The largest public-employee union in Illinois will ask its members this month whether they'd support a strike in a contract dispute with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration.

The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told members Friday that they'll vote on authorizing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike. Such a vote would not guarantee a strike.

Rauner's office issued a statement condemning the move, saying it puts ``Illinois residents at risk.'' 

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Illinois Board of Higher Education Director James Applegate has announced he will be stepping down from his post next month.

Applegate announced his resignation in IBHE's bi-weekly report Friday. He says he will be leaving to ``pursue other opportunities to serve American higher education.''

The 65-year-old began working with the state in February 2014. He made $200,000 per year in his position as executive director.

In the newsletter, Applegate noted achievements during his tenure, which he says include raising grant funds to support college readiness and access.

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Conservation officers in Illinois and Indiana say they've issued more than $85,000 in fines to hunters who falsely claimed residency in either state to get a hunting permit at a cheaper rate.

Illinois Conservation Police Sgt. David Hyatt says the joint "Operation Double Dip" started in early 2015 and ran through 2016.

He says the investigation "protects the privileges of our legitimate resident hunters." Both states have laws that say a person may only claim residency in one state at a time when buying a resident hunting or fishing license.

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A federal judge has struck down a right-to-work law in Lincolnshire aimed at organized labor, ruling that federal law preempts the local ordinance.

The Pioneer Press reports that Judge Matthew Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois wrote in his ruling that only states have the power to enact laws that prohibit union security agreements.

So called "right-to-work" legislation allows people to work for a company in union-protected positions without having to join the union or pay the complete share of union dues.

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A teenage girl who slipped into an abandoned Illinois prison for an urban adventure ended up serving a short sentence when she accidentally locked herself inside a cell.

Illinois State Police say two teenage girls entered the Joliet Correctional Center through a hole in its fence Monday.

Joliet Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Stromberg says the teens were exploring the suburban Chicago prison that's been closed since 2002 when one of them locked herself inside a cell.

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