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Wildlife experts in suburban Chicago say coyote sightings should increase as young animals leave their parents to find mates and their own territory.

Dan Thompson is an ecologist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. He says young coyotes move around a lot because so much space is already occupied.

People see more coyotes in winter because there's less vegetation to hide them and snow makes them easier to spot. This doesn't necessarily mean there's a rise in population.

If your voter registration isn't updated yet, this weekend is your final chance to easily do it from your computer or smart phone.

Online registration in Illinois ends this Sunday.

Keith Freeman, with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, has spent the campaign season visiting homeless shelters with a goal of getting 300 residents to register.

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Social service providers want the Illinois Supreme Court to intervene in their legal battle to force immediate payment on state contracts.


The Pay Now Illinois coalition filed a request Thursday with the state's highest court.

Nearly 100 groups sued in May over fallout from the budget stalemate, which is in its second year. The providers said they were owed roughly $160 million because the state didn't honor contracts.

The coalition says a partial spending plan that expires in January is insufficient.

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After receiving inquiries, the Illinois State Board of Elections has issued an alert to assure voters of the integrity of the upcoming election.

It comes as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to claim that the election is "rigged."

In last night's debate, Trump was cagey about whether he'll accept the outcome on November 8th.

The board's assistant director, Jim Tenuto, says tampering with electronic voting machines or coordinating a statewide effort to cheat would be difficult, given that elections are locally-managed.

The latest data shows the number of unemployed Illinois residents is at its lowest since September of 2007.

But officials with Governor Bruce Rauner's administration say Illinois is still lagging when it comes to job growth.

Bob Gough, with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says the state has nearly 40,000 fewer jobs than peak employment, in pre-recession fall 2011.