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Illinois prison officials have moved the last 36 inmates of a Stateville Correctional Center roundhouse that a Chicago-based watchdog group deemed unfit for humans to live in.

Illinois Department of Corrections officials say the maximum-security F House at Stateville in Crest Hill, which housed 348 male inmates, is closed.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports no other U.S. prison has kept roundhouses in which jail cells circle a watchtower in the middle of the building.

A plan intended to keep two nuclear power plants operating and save thousands of Illinois jobs is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner.
 
The Senate voted 32-18 to approve the plan Thursday night just an hour after it got House approval 63-38.
 
The measure provides $235 million a year to Exelon Corp. for 13 years. Exelon counts it as a subsidy for nuclear power producing no gases harmful to the
atmosphere.
 
It allows unprofitable nuclear plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities to stay open.
 

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The Illinois General Assembly approved a measure allowing home health care workers to get overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week.

The 68-42 vote in the House Wednesday would allow disabled people aided by visiting workers to keep familiar faces helping them even if work exceeds 40 hours in a week.

The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. But Rauner cited cost in severely limiting overtime pay this year after a federal rule qualified the workers for time-and-a-half overtime pay.

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Officials say more than 68,000 Illinoisans have selected health plans using the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplace, up nearly 1,400 compared to the same time last year.

      

The sign-ups are happening as President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress discuss repealing the law known as "Obamacare.'' It's unclear what might replace the law if they do repeal it.

Meanwhile, open enrollment for HealthCare.gov began Nov. 1 and continues through Jan. 31. People must enroll by Dec. 15 if they want their coverage to start Jan. 1.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is trying to convince a judge not to order a hand recount of presidential ballots.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has requested a recount, saying she's worried results were hacked.

State election officials plan to start the recount today but have rejected Stein's supplemental request that the recount be conducted exclusively by hand.

Stein has filed a lawsuit asking a Madison judge to order a hand recount.

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