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The annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in Rockford has been postponed. That’s despite Rockford Park District efforts to bring in snow machines for the competition.

About 20 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for this type of event so sculptures can hold their shape and snow can stick around. However, the competition is expected to take place in Rockford’s Sinnissippi Park with temperatures as high as 45.

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The annual Rainbow Push Martin Luther King breakfast in Chicago is always full of current and hopeful future politicians.

And this year, possible candidates for governor were looking to shake a few voters’ hands. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has said he’ll run again, kicked off the breakfast with a bill signing.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul was thought to be a possible Democratic challenger, but he was spotted taking another potential candidate, Chris Kennedy, around the room. Kennedy says he’s still thinking about running.

An Illinois lawmaker who represents a large number of state employees is once again challenging Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to personally negotiate with AFSCME, the state’s largest government union.

The union members will vote this month on authorizing a strike. AFSCME and the Rauner Administration have failed to reach agreement on a new contract. 

Democratic state senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill says the governor needs to take steps to avoid a strike or a lockout.  

The largest public-employee union in Illinois will ask its members this month whether they'd support a strike in a contract dispute with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration.

The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told members Friday that they'll vote on authorizing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike. Such a vote would not guarantee a strike.

Rauner's office issued a statement condemning the move, saying it puts ``Illinois residents at risk.'' 

Illinois Governor Unveils Official Bicentennial Logo

Jan 13, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner held the first meeting of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.

The navy and gold design with 21 gold stars represents Illinois as the 21st state to enter the union. The colors are an acknowledgment to the State of Illinois’ official seal.

Rauner said at the meeting his administration is still "deeply rooted and invested in our children's education." 

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