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Illinois political leaders are remembering Judy Baar Topinka.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says he's "heartbroken" about the death of Republican state Comptroller. Topinka's office says she died early Wednesday after suffering a stroke. Quinn called her "a trailblazer in every sense of the word" and a "force of nature."

Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner, a fellow Republican, remembered Topinka for her "magnetic, one-of-a-kind personality." He said she cared "about what was best for the people" of Illinois.

State Lawmakers 'Likely To Debate' Minimum Wage Increase

Nov 19, 2014

Thousands of workers in Illinois should earn a "livable wage," not a minimum wage. That was the message Tuesday at news conferences organized by the Raise Illinois coalition around the state.

The state minimum is now $8.25 an hour, and officials are likely to debate raising the minimum wage to $10.65 an hour.

Mike Malmstrom is director of Bridging the Gap for Homeless Veterans. He says many people who leave the military can only find minimum wage jobs. 

WNIJ and NPR will bring you live coverage of the third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney Monday evening beginning at 8PM from  Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida. The debate will be on issues around the topic of American foreign policy. Our coverage will be hosted by NPR's Audie Cornish. The debate will be moderated by Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News and Moderator of Face the Nation.

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WNIJ and NPR will bring you live coverage of the third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney this evening beginning at 8PM from  Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida. The debate will be on issues around the topic of American foreign policy. Our coverage will be hosted by NPR's Audie Cornish. The debate will be moderated by Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News and Moderator of Face the Nation.

Illinois delegates find different purposes in conventions

Aug 27, 2012

Though Hurricane Isaac successfully delayed the official start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday, the spirit and excitement of the delegates attending the convention has not been dampened.

Some Republicans already may be thinking a couple of years beyond the event.

Also thinking ahead are Illinois Democrats, as they prepare for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

UPDATE: WNIJ's and NPR's coverage of the DNC's final night starts at 7pm. Listen and join the live online chat.

Coverage of the Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina concludes tonight.

Senator Mark Kirk is alert and talking, according to doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Illinois' junior Senator's condition has been upgraded to "fair," more than a week after he suffered a major stroke.