Illinois

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Illinois voters have approved a constitutional amendment aimed at making sure transportation-related funds aren't used for other purposes.

The measure was the only lawmaker-generated ballot measure this year and had bipartisan support.

The so-called ``lockbox amendment'' will keep funds generated through tolls, taxes and other related transportation sources from being spent elsewhere.

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An Illinois judge says a lawsuit filed by a sexual abuse victim against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert can go forward.

  

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer filed a ruling Monday saying the plaintiff established what was needed to allege "a claim for contract."

The suit was filed in April by a man who contends the former Illinois Republican congressman owes him $1.8 million of the $3.5 million he was promised to stay silent about the abuse. Hastert's attorneys had asked Pilmer to dismiss lawsuit.

The number of Illinois residents who have voted ahead of Election Day has broken state records and is still growing.

The State Board of Elections released totals Monday showing the number of voters who cast in-person ballots through Sunday was approaching 1.3 million.

That surpasses the roughly 1 million who did so in 2008 and the nearly 1.2 million in 2012.

The figure is even higher when all ballots, including those by mail, are counted. The total number of Illinois residents who've already voted is more than 1.6 million.

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Illinois data shows almost one in four public school teachers in the state miss 10-plus days of the school year.

The Chicago Tribune reports the annual Illinois Report Card, a compilation of data that paints a broad picture of schools, shows that 23.5 percent of public school teachers are absent more than 10 days in the school year.

The teacher absence rates ranged widely at some 3,600 public schools, with nearly 1,600 schools, mostly in the Chicago area, faring worse than the state average.

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Chants broke out several times during a rally at the MLK Commons of Northern Illinois University's campus.

Illinois college students and DeKalb community members gathered Thursday to press lawmakers to make sure MAP grants are fully funded.

Students raised signs with messages like “End our dread – fund Higher Ed.”

Different speakers shared their experiences and urged people to reach out to their local lawmakers.

Students from Governors State University traveled to NIU to join the conversation. 

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