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Illinois Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Vandalia, argues Illinois state budget legislation while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Springfield.
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GOP Sen. McCarter To Challenge Shimkus In 15th District

Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) calls 10-term incumenbent John Shimkus a career politician who's making decisions to appeal to special interests. The Republican is challenging Shimkus in the 33-county 15th Congressional District.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, the "mother" marijuana plants are keep healthy inside the "Mother Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
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Illinois Panel OKs Medical Marijuana For Pain Conditions

PTSD, autism, chronic pain syndrome and five other conditions have been added to the list of those that can be treated by marijuana in Illinois.  But Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration still has the final say.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta reacts after throwing his first career no-hitter during the ninth inning of against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Cubs won 2-0.
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Is This Finally The Year For The Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs are in the Major League Baseball playoffs for the first time since 2008.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke to Brett Taylor from the Cubs website Bleacher Nation about their chances in Wednesday's wildcard game.