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A federal appeals court has rejected former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's petition for a broader hearing on his request for another resentencing.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied Blagojevich's May 19 petition for a hearing before the entire court. Blagojevich made the request a month after a three-judge panel of the appeals court rejected his case.

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Three years after Illinois changed how science would be taught and tested, performance data still isn't available because schools haven't seen science exam scores.

Illinois officials tell the Chicago Tribune that science testing and scoring hasn't gone smoothly, largely due to state budget woes.

Illinois adopted the updated Next Generation Science Standards in 2014. A new exam wasn't created by 2015 testing time, resulting in no test or scores that year.

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A former legislator has filed a lawsuit in Cook County seeking to recover money he lost when state lawmakers voted to reject annual cost-of-living pay adjustments.

Michael Noland, a Democratic former state senator from Elgin, filed the lawsuit Thursday. He says the state constitution prohibits midterm salary changes.  

He's seeking pay for himself and others after lawmakers approved legislation from 2009 to 2016 to forgo cost-of-living increases lawmakers would've automatically received.  The lawsuit doesn't specify an overall amount.

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Illinois lawmakers have approved a plan that would raise phone fees for 911 services and allow AT&T to disconnect traditional landlines.

The proposal lets the utility giant free itself from a legal obligation to provide landline service in areas with old technology. AT&T says it affects about 10 percent of its customers and the plan would allow more investment in wireless and internet-based phone networks.

Legislators approved the measure this week. Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's reviewing the bill but has “serious concerns'' about raising fees.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale officials say nearly 80 employees are losing their jobs and dozens more could be affected as the school struggles financially due to the ongoing state budget impasse.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell wrote a letter to the campus community Wednesday saying that officials have been trying to identify $19 million in permanent reductions since March.

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