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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s been in touch with Amazon executives in an effort to bring the company’s second headquarters to the state.

Officials from the Seattle-based online retailer last week announced they want to build another headquarters in North America that would be staffed by up to 50,000 employees. Several states are making offers.

Rauner says Amazon already has some distribution centers in Illinois, which could help with his pitch.

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There’s a three percent increase in freshman enrollment at Northern Illinois University this year.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is authorizing a major borrowing plan to pay down part of the state’s nearly $15 billion dollar backlog of bills.

Lawmakers approved a state budget over Rauner’s veto earlier this summer, which called for borrowing $6 billion dollars.

Rauner waited about two months to authorize that borrowing, which racked up even more late fees for all the unpaid bills.

Rauner said in an interview that the budget is still not balanced, but he wants to bring discipline to the state’s finances.

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he spends his time sweeping and mopping floors while serving a federal prison sentence after corruption convictions.

Blagojevich tells WMAQ-TV in Chicago in an interview from the Colorado prison released Monday that he still maintains his innocence and hopes to make another appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 60-year-old is 5 1/2 years into a 14-year sentence, including for trying to sell former President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat.

Illinois state Rep. Carol Sente says she won't run for re-election in 2018.

The Vernon Hills Democrat tells the Daily Herald that she met with House Speaker Michael Madigan on Monday to tell him about her decision.

Sente's been in office since 2009. She says she initially planned to be in office for between eight and 12 years.

Sente is one of a handful of Illinois state lawmakers who recently said they're stepping down, including Northbrook Democratic state Rep. Elaine Nekritz and Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno of Lemont.

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