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More than 2,000 pages of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s emails have been released.

It’s the end of a lawsuit over Emanuel’s use of private emails for city business.

Emanuel was sued by the Better Government Association.

In a statement, attorneys for the BGA and the city say they disagree whether city business done on personal email accounts is subject to public disclosure laws.

But regardless of that disagreement, Emanuel released 5 years of his emails.

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Ukuleles and jingle bells are spicing up reading for young children in DeKalb.

The DeKalb Public Library sends out an eager reader to satellite locations, like University Village, for the Little Learners outreach program.

Marti Brown, with youth services at the library, brings a suitcase of books, puppets, and instruments to get newborn children through age five interested in reading.

She says taking the interactive stories to different places can open the door for new people.

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If you have a student who might be eligible for a MAP grant next year, you’re about out of time to get your financial aid application in.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission — the state agency that administers MAP grants — announced Tuesday that the deadline for applications for MAP will be Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.

The cut-off date varies according to expected funding and numbers of applications.

Families need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA.

Despite a standstill over the Illinois budget, a group of bipartisan lawmakers has been meeting more often in recent weeks to devise a plan to overhaul state funding for public schools.

Although Illinois' top leaders aren't meeting to discuss the state budget, members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's education funding reform commission tell the Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers they're optimistic that the group will be able to come up with at least outlines of a new school funding formula.

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A northern Illinois judge has granted an injunction to health care providers who are suing the state over a law that requires them to provide information or referrals to patients seeking abortions.

Winnebago County Judge Eugene Doherty granted the injunction Tuesday. He says the providers who object to abortion "raised a fair question" about whether the law violates "their right to be free from government compelled speech."

The group filed the lawsuit against the state in August after a state law was amended in July to include the new requirements.

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