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A strike by union clerical workers at Northern Illinois University has been averted. 

The university and negotiators for AFSCME Local 1890 reached a tentative contract agreement Monday night, after more than two years of talks. The agreement needs approval by the union membership and the NIU Board of Trustees.

Details are not being released until both sides finalize their draft proposal, which could happen next Monday. The union's strike education sessions scheduled to begin Thursday have been canceled.

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A 71-year-old central Illinois woman faces federal charges accusing her of possessing and intending to distribute synthetic marijuana.

Federal prosecutors say Letha Dean is the eighth defendant charged in a task force investigation of synthetic marijuana distribution in central Illinois. The Salisbury woman appeared before a Springfield federal judge Monday and waived a preliminary hearing.

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A deal has been struck to sell Illinois’ third highest-grossing casino, and that could mean a boon for Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.

Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts announced Monday a $327.5 million deal for the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. It’s co-owned by Chicago’s Pritzker family and MGM Resorts.

J.B. Pritzker’s campaign confirmed he holds a 1 percent overall stake in the casino, making his potential payout $3.27 million – pending Illinois Gaming Board approval.

State records show the Grand Victoria grossed $168.7 million last year.

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Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that aims to address mental health parity in Illinois.

There are federal and state laws requiring insurance providers to cover not only physical health issues, but also mental health.

Illinois has strict laws, but some argue they’re not properly enforced, and those with mental health or addiction issues don’t always understand what’s covered with insurance.

State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, is sponsoring legislation that would require the Illinois Department of Insurance to effectively communicate policy coverage.

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LGBTQ rights advocates have been pushing a measure they say would amend school code in a way that would be beneficial when it comes to noting the community's role in state and national history. Last week those representing groups like Equality Illinois urged lawmakers to pass the proposal, which has yet to reach a vote outside of committee.

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