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Western Illinois University’s short-term goal is to stabilize enrollment at 10,000 students, but it came up a bit short this fall.

Western says its current enrollment is 9,441, which is a drop of nine percent from last fall and nearly 15 percent from two years ago.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging residents to take precautions after credit-monitoring company Equifax said a breach exposed information about 143 million Americans.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is embarking on an eight-day trade mission to Japan and China later this week.

Until now, Rauner has spent more time criticizing the Illinois business climate than promoting it. Rauner says he wasn’t traveling to aggressively promote Illinois because he thought it was inappropriate.

There was no budget for two years, and Democrats were blocking his anti-union agenda. Even though Rauner didn’t get that passed, he’s now going to personally recruit companies abroad anyway.

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Lawyers for Brendt Christensen, the 27-year-old man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang, are asking a judge’s permission to withdraw from the case.

Attorneys Thomas, Evan and Anthony Bruno have been representing Christensen, who’s accused of kidnapping University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.

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The DeKalb Municipal Band may be traveling abroad next summer to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France.

DeKalb Municipal Band conductor Kirk Lundbeck says he submitted the application for the band to perform in France back in April.

“I mean, it was one of those things, where, ‘Oh, what the heck, I might as well try it,’” Lundbeck said. “Kind of like buying a lottery ticket; what’s it going to hurt?”

And, to Lundbeck’s surprise, the band was chosen to be the one from Illinois to play in Normandy.

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