Illinois

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The Civic Federation of Chicago has laid out a map to lead Illinois out of the fiscal abyss.

The non-partisan government research organization says Illinois’ biggest problem is state government’s failure to pass a budget for going on two years.

Laurence Msall, executive director of the Civic Federation, says the state needs a combination of spending limits and higher taxes to begin slowly restoring its finances.

5 Confirmed Cases Of Mumps At NIU

Feb 10, 2017
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The DeKalb County Health Department says there are five cases of mumps in Northern Illinois University students.

According to a news release, outbreaks have been common across college campuses in the past year. 

It says up to half of people who get mumps experience mild symptoms, so they may not know they're infected. 

Typical symptoms include swollen glands under the ears, fever, headache, and a loss of appetite; it can take up to 25 days for symptoms to appear in an exposed person. 

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State legislators are making another attempt to bring automatic voter registration to Illinois.

Democrats filed bills Friday in the state House and Senate that would register state residents to vote automatically when they visit certain state agencies, unless they decide to opt out.

The agencies include the Secretary of State's offices, where residents apply for driver's licenses, and four others.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed an automatic voter registration proposal last year, despite wide support in the General Assembly. He called for more safeguards.

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Eighteen Illinois women's health organizations have sued Gov. Bruce Rauner over a law requiring pregnancy centers to tell patients about the benefits of abortion despite conscience-based objections.

Thomas Olp is an attorney for the Thomas More Society, which filed the lawsuit Thursday in Sangamon County.

The measure requiring dispensing of abortion information changed a 1977 law allowing health care professionals to refuse to provide services they consider morally objectionable.

John Horton was greeted by about 30 people, including his fiancée, brother, daughter, and grandson. It was the first time the 40-year-old walked out of prison as a free man in more than two decades.

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