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Freshman enrollment at financially troubled Chicago State University has fallen to 86 freshmen this fall semester.

Figures released Tuesday from the school show the university on Chicago's South Side has fewer than half the students it did six years ago. The Chicago Tribune reports that about 3,600 students are taking classes this fall, down from about 7,350 students in 2010.

Overall enrollment is down 25 percent and undergraduate enrollment is down 32 percent in one year.

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Illinois voters will vote this fall on a constitutional amendment affecting road funding.  

In the past, the state has reallocated road funding to plug holes in the budget.  

Fed up with this move, road contractors and construction workers had an idea:  Amend the Illinois Constitution so these funds must be used on transportation needs, and nothing else.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly agreed to put the amendment on this year's ballot.    

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A $260,000 donation to Republican incumbent Leslie Munger's bid for Illinois comptroller has lifted the caps on political contributions and guarantees a big-money race against Democrat Susana Mendoza.

According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, the money is a loan from Munger's husband, attorney John Munger.

Munger's spokesman says the donation is "balancing the playing field."

Mendoza, Chicago's city clerk, called it "beyond the pale."

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Illinois is more than a year behind on payments to people who've been wronged by state government.

These individuals can seek compensation through the Court of Claims.  Its caseload ranges from injuries caused by state workers, to the pleas of people unjustly imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.

Claims Court Chief Justice Peter Birnbaum says the court hasn't let the budget impasse interfere with its work.

Early Voting Launches This Week In Illinois

Sep 26, 2016
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DeKalb County residents can start casting their ballots Thursday at the Legislative Center at 200 N. Main St in Sycamore.

Early voting will also open at other locations in late October.

Doug Johnson, DeKalb County’s Clerk and Recorder, expects a big turnout this year.

"Knowing that it’s a presidential election -- if waiting until Election Day, you might have some lines to stand in. But if you early vote, you will have an opportunity to miss that," Johnson said.

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