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The stakes are high for candidates in Illinois. Races are expected to be tight from the presidential nominations right down to state legislative contests.

Even if you've moved or haven't yet registered to vote, there's still time.

Illinois politicians have voted in recent years, to make it easier for Illinois residents to vote them in (or out) of office.

This is the first time voters statewide can take advantage of being able to register on Election Day.

The Illinois State Board of Elections will hold a public hearing on State Senator Sam McCann's mileage reimbursements from his campaign account. Board members voted a day before McCann's political future is decided in a tight primary. 

The senator billed his campaign more than 38,000 dollars for mileage he says was racked up driving around his district on public business. 

Elections board director Steven Sandvoss says he doesn't know when the hearing will be held.

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The push to reopen the Illinois State Museum continues in Springfield.

A senate committee approved legislation to get the facility back up and running.

It includes some of the governor’s suggestions such as charging an admission fee and allowing for private funding.

That’s according to sponsor, Senator Andy Manar.

“The goal of the bill is to take the governor’s amendatory veto language, put it in legislation, and present it to the senate. And hopefully this would lead to re-opening of the state museum,” Manar said.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating the use of racial slurs over its radio channel.

In an exchange captured Saturday, two men could be heard referencing the Black Lives Matter movement and using an obscenity referencing sex and a racial slur.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Monday it is unclear whether the transmission came from a Chicago police radio or another source. Guglielmi says a breach of the system has happened before

One of the few areas that's been exempt from the state's budget impasse -- now in its ninth month -- is public schools, the institutions that prepare children for college.

 

Of course, to get into college, you need to take an entrance exam, like the ACT or the SAT, and that's traditionally funded by the Illinois State Board of Education.

 

But not this year.

The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago says it will help monitor the primary election in the city and surrounding suburbs for illegal voting activity.

A statement from the office says a telephone hotline will be set up for people to call in any suspicious activity on Tuesday. The hotline number is 312-469-6157.

Illegal activity under federal law includes trying to buy or sell votes, the intimidation of voters and the stuffing of ballot boxes.

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Chicago's former police chief says he was the fall guy for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration as it faced protests over the shooting of a black teenager by a white officer.

Emanuel fired police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Dec. 1, a week after a judge forced the release of a video showing the officer shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014.

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Illinois will not receive federal help for people, businesses and local governments in several counties affected by floods and severe storms.

FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate said in a letter the damage from the floods and severe storms in December “was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments and voluntary agencies.”

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Some voters in the northern suburbs say presidential primary results in Michigan have them a little wary about Hillary Clinton’s chances in Illinois. 

In the latest Chicago Tribune poll, the former Secretary of State is beating Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by a more than 2 to 1 margin.

Fox Lake social studies teacher Colleen Schoenberger brought her daughter to the Clinton rally in Vernon Hills last night. Schoenberger says Sanders’s unexpected victory in Michigan concerns her.

Higher Education Leaders Discuss Budget Fears In Springfield

Mar 10, 2016
State of Illinois

Illinois lawmakers heard Thursday from an assortment of higher education leaders asking for funding.

They used terms like “starving,” “dismantling” and “economic suicide” as they tried to persuade state senators to find some way to heal the budget impasse. 

One of the last witnesses was Eric Zarnikow, director of the state agency that runs the Monetary Award Program. MAP grants help needy college kids with tuition.

Zarnikow quoted his mother, who he says always warned him not to eat the seed corn.

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