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The nation's opioid epidemic has prompted Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin to start enforcing strict rules on what kind of drugs can be dispensed in the emergency room.  

Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock's attorneys accuse federal investigators of misconduct in their probe of the Republican and want the charges against him dismissed.

In a motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Schock's lawyers claim prosecutors made false and misleading statements of fact to witnesses concerning Schock's conduct. They say the statements influenced witness testimony and the grand jury's understanding of the charges they were asked to bring.

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The state of Illinois says it's in the process of lifting its suspension of the operation of amusement rides similar to the one involved in a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair.

The Illinois Department of Labor on Tuesday said the suspension, however, remains on the “Fire Ball'' ride. That ride killed one man and injured seven other people when it broke at the Ohio fair last week.

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Illinois consumers who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange could see prices increase by as much as 43 percent next year.

The Chicago Tribune reports that several health insurance carriers proposed double-digit increases in rates released Thursday under what's often referred to as the “Obamacare'' exchange. Health Alliance Medical Plans, which offered coverage mostly in central and southern Illinois this year, is proposing rate increases of as much as 43 percent.

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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker just got what may be the biggest political boost of his career, and it couldn't have come at a much better time.

President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday that Wisconsin had won the high-stakes fight to be home to Foxconn's first U.S. manufacturing plant comes as Walker is preparing to run for a third term.

The plant could be a $10 billion investment that could mean 3,000 jobs or more for the state.

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