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Students living illegally in the U.S. who struggle to pay for college because they don't qualify for financial aid are urging Illinois lawmakers to make them eligible for state help.

    

Legislation that passed the state Senate this month with bipartisan support would make Illinois among the few states in the country that let immigrant students get financial aid regardless of their legal status.

The measure is awaiting action in the Illinois House.

Illinois patients who want to use medical marijuana legally will try again to expand the program to include chronic pain, diabetes, migraine and other health conditions.

Monday's meeting of the state's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board could lead to new recommendations, but Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has twice before rejected the board's suggestions.

A judge says a man who alleges Dennis Hastert sexually abused him doesn't have to disclose his name in his lawsuit against the former U.S. House speaker.

A day after Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case, Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer ruled Thursday that a man known in court documents as Individual A can proceed with his lawsuit anonymously.

Prosecutors in the hush-money cash say Hastert paid Individual A to stay quiet about sexual abuse that occurred when the man was 14 and Hastert was a high school wrestling coach.

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Illinois business leaders say they want the state to invest more money in early education to meet the demands of a growing job market centered on math and science.

Business leaders said Wednesday they support Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to increase preschool funding to about $393 million, an increase of $75 million from last year.

Illinois risks losing federal money for early education programs without a budget. This year's should have taken effect July 1.

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Illinois Democrats are advancing plans preventing people with mental illnesses from legally owning firearms.

The plans target state gun owner's identification cards, which allow people to possess firearms. The bills are up for consideration this month by the House and Senate chambers.

One plan would temporarily suspend gun permits of people who show signs of being a danger to themselves or others.

A petition could be filed in any circuit court by someone who lives with the person. Gun rights advocates say that infringes on constitutional rights.

Contract negotiations between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and a union representing Illinois state workers have reached the state labor board.

Both sides are making arguments regarding whether labor talks have stalled.

Rauner asked the Illinois Labor Relations Board to determine whether negotiations are at an impasse.

The declaration would allow Rauner to impose his own terms for the 36,000 members who the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union represents.

A man who alleges he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert decades ago and was later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet has filed a lawsuit saying he's only been paid about half the money.

The person known as "Individual A" in court documents filed the lawsuit Monday in Yorkville, the northern Illinois city where Hastert allegedly abused several boys while he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.

In the lawsuit, "Individual A" says he's owed $1.8 million under the agreement.

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The Illinois Legislature approved a $600 million short-term funding fix on Friday for financially struggling colleges and universities that have been without funding during the state budget stalemate.

The bill also includes funding for the Illinois Monetary Award Program, or MAP, which awards grants to low-income students.  Many schools had been covering the cost of MAP grants on their own while waiting for reimbursement from the state.

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An error by the Illinois Department of Revenue means local taxing districts that receive disbursements from a personal property-tax replacement fund must repay an estimated $168 million to the state.

A statement from the department says the misallocation was identified when the department implemented its new general ledger system.

The department says the misallocation began in 2014 under former Gov. Pat Quinn's administration following an amendment to the Illinois Income Tax Act.

About 6,500 Illinois taxing districts are impacted by the misallocation.

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