Rauner Optimistic About Reaching Budget DealAgreement has been elusive during the more than 10 months the Republican governor has faced off with Democrats who control the Legislature.
Lemonade Stand Helps Pay for Legal Fees for AdoptionThere are currently 800 children in foster care in the St. Louis area.
9-Year-Old Sells Lemonade to Help Pay For His AdoptionThe money will go toward helping pay about $5,000 in legal fees so Tristan Jacobson can be adopted.
Illinois Lawmakers Working on $600M Lifeline for CollegesThe House and Senate were expected to vote on it Thursday, but instead adjourned for the night.
Illinois House Committee OKs Progressive Income Tax PlanA measure asking voters in November to tax Illinois' wealthiest residents at higher rates is heading to the full House for consideration.
Club Wants to Restore Old Springfield IL Orphanage4-H Club's goal is to have it completely renovated.
KISS to Perform at Illinois State FairThe Illinois State Fair continues to announce Grandstand acts for this summer in Springfield.
Illinois Considers Raising Age to Buy Tobacco ProductsThe bill comes as California Gov. Jerry Brown considers whether to sign legislation that would raise the tobacco-buying age to 21 in his state.
Late-Payment Penalties Cost Illinois Over $900M in 6 YearsOfficials from the governor's office said in February that they'd be willing to explore the idea of borrowing money to reduce the bill backlog if the Legislature passed a balanced budget.
Authorities: 2 Homemade Explosives Found in Springfield HomeWilliam Rush, 53, was charged Tuesday with two counts of unlawful possession of an explosive weapon.
KMOX Profiles: Jason SimontacchiJason Simontacchi is the Pitching Coach for AA Springfield, the Cardinals minor league affiliate. His career started in college pitching for San Jose State and the College of Idaho and then a long winding tour through the minor leagues, Italy and the Dominican before arriving with the Cardinals in 2002.
Madigan Demands Peabody Prove it Has Coal Mine-Closure MoneyPeabody spokeswoman Kelley Wright says the company considers mine reclamation an ``essential part'' of its business, but did not say how it would respond to Madigan.

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