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Earlier this year, the state of Illinois suspended $30 billion in investment activity with Wells Fargo for one year.

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced that decision in early October after the bank admitted to improperly opening more than two million bank accounts without customers’ consent.

Frerichs, a Democrat from the Champaign County village of Gifford, says his office will re-evaluate the state’s relationship with Wells Fargo in Oct. 2017.  But that the bank is making progress.

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Community health centers across Illinois are receiving federal grants totaling more than $12 million.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "will help community health centers across our state continue to improve health outcomes and reduce patient costs."

Community health centers deliver comprehensive primary health care in areas where there are geographic or economic barriers to affordable care. They also integrate pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse and oral health services.

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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sent two clear signals when he dumped $50 million into his campaign fund: The 2018 race for Illinois governor will be a rough one, and the contest starts now.

What's still unknown is which Democrats will try to unseat the multimillionaire former businessman.

According to potential candidates and aides, those considering a bid include U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, businessman Chris Kennedy, state Sen. Andy Manar and billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker.

Kennedy could make an announcement next month. The others haven't set a timeline.

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Illinois students in grades six through twelve will be able to get excused absences from school for playing Taps at military funerals starting next month. 

Republican Rep. Donald Moffitt says it can be hard for military families to find trumpet players to perform Taps.

“The pool of Taps players isn't real big,” Moffitt said. “If they feel that it would be more meaningful to have a live playing of taps, this definitely would increase the potential of [having] someone available.” 

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Illinois consumers will no longer pay sales taxes on feminine hygiene products starting next year.

State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, sponsored the legislation.

“These are products that women need," she said, "and these things were being taxed at luxury tax rates and they shouldn't be taxed at all.”

Bush said she also is concerned that women are being charged more for some products and services than men.

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