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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, and his wife Diana Rauner, right, walk down a hallway leading to a meeting of the governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Springfield.
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Social Services Lose Lawsuit Asking Judge To Force State Of Illinois To Pay Them

Almost 100 social service agencies in Illinois, including one led by Illinois' first lady, were dealt a blow in a Cook County courtroom Wednesday.  Judge Rodolfo Garcia dismissed their lawsuit against the state of Illinois, which asked the court to force the state to fully pay them for work they were contracted to do during the year-long budget impasse.

King Li of Wake Forest University, the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
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U Of I Names First Dean Of New Medical School

The University of Illinois has hired King Li, an administrator at Wake Forest University, as its inaugural dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. His tenure will start October 1, pending approval by the U of I Board of Trustees at its September 8 meeting.

Lovie Smith at the podium.
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Smith Looks Forward To College Atmosphere For Opener

The Fighting Illini football team opens its season this Saturday at Memorial Stadium against Murray State.  First-year head coach Lovie Smith is no stranger to season openers, but for the last 20 years those openers have taken place in NFL stadiums.

School hallway.
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Illinois Issues: Rewriting The Rule Book

A law going into effect in Illinois next month will ban zero-tolerance policies in schools and turn suspension and expulsion into disciplinary options of last resort. Districts throughout the state are taking different approaches to prepare for the changes.