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State workers suing to put an end to mandatory union dues will appeal a judge's order dismissing their case.

That's according to their attorney, Jacob Huebert, who is with the conservative-supported Liberty Justice Center.

At issue are fees Illinois government employees pay to cover unions' collective bargaining costs.

Huebert says they shouldn’t be required; he alleges the so-called "fair share" fees also support politics.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (L) and U.S. Rep Tammy Duckworth (R)

Republican Mark Kirk has repeatedly criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's service as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs as he fights to keep his U.S. Senate seat.

His latest attacks come in campaign ads that claim there was "shocking abuse" of veterans, manipulated wait lists and retaliation against "whistleblowers" under the Iraq War veteran's watch.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging Illinois lawmakers to approve a bill that would make it easier for inmates to get state identification cards when they're released to help them get jobs and housing.

Two Democrats, Rep. Mary Flowers and Sen. Kwame Raoul, joined the Republican governor in calling for the House to pass the bill in November during the Legislature's brief fall session.

The Senate has already approved the bill.

Currently, inmates receive a temporary ID when they're released and must pay $20 for a permanent one within 30 days.

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A federal judge denied an Illinois attorney general's office request for him to reverse his decision halting same-day voter registration at polling stations.

A Thursday hearing in Chicago federal court lasted just minutes as Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan denied the request.

He ruled earlier this week that, as-written,  the same-day registration options benefited Democratic strongholds, such as Chicago, and disadvantaged rural regions.

Lisa Madigan's office argued that yanking the option so close to the Nov. 8 election would unfairly deny some citizens voting rights.

A federal judge has approved an improvement plan for Illinois' child welfare agency that includes reforms for helping children with psychological, emotional and behavioral problems.

U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso signed off on the overhaul on Wednesday. The roughly 60-page document is part of a longtime consent decree aimed at improving care. It follows an American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois lawsuit.