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This weekend, women will take to the streets in more than 300 cities worldwide. There are at least nine women’s marches scheduled in Illinois Saturday, including Chicago, Rockford, Carbondale, and a number of points in-between.

Two of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 67th District Illinois House seat have been removed from the ballot.

The seat has been occupied since 2014 by State Rep. Litesa Wallace, who is the running mate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss.

Former Rockford School Board member Lisa Jackson and former business owner Wladimiro “Jesse” Aguirre were removed Thursday for failure to have at least 500 valid signatures on their nominating petitions.

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A group of Illinois lawmakers will exploring the potential benefits to the state in using “blockchain” technology developed for cybercurrency. 

The value of the digital currency Bitcoin has been volatile during its existence so far, but its blockchain backbone could have other uses for the state. Blockchains are encrypted ledgers of transactions that can be shared.

State Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, will chair a new cryptocurrency subcommittee.

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While most U.S. House incumbents representing northern Illinois have gotten a pass for the March Illinois primary election, all of them will face challenges from the opposing party in the general election next November.

A total of 27 seats in the Illinois General Assembly representing northern Illinois will be on the ballot in 2018, but there will be only six contests in the March primary.

Five of them are for Illinois House seats, with the biggest field in the 67th District in Rockford. Six Democrats are seeking the nomination for the seat being vacated by State Rep. Litesa Wallace. No Republican has filed in that race.

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