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St. Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston).
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Republican Reggie Phillips Running For 2nd Term In 110th Illinois House District

As he seeks a second term in the Illinois House, 110th District St. Representative Reggie Phillips says he hopes Republicans can gain enough seats to bring about a budget agreement that incorporates some of Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" reforms, such as changes to workers' compensation laws. Phillips talked with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows.

General Electric neon sign.
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GE Lighting Finalizes Plans To Close Mattoon Plant Next Summer

General Electric Lighting says its plant in Mattoon will close in August 2017, finalizing plans it announced in August.

At that time, the company said the Mattoon plant would close unless employees could come up with an acceptable alternative use.

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NPR Live Fact Check Of Presidential Debate

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. 

Starved Rock State Park
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Will ‘Safe Roads Amendment’ Hobble State Parks?

A key source of funding for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources could be blocked. Or maybe not. Brian Mackey looks into whether a proposed constitutional amendment to safeguard road construction money could block a key funding source for Illinois state parks.

Portrait of Sheldon Jacobson
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U Of I’s Election Analytics Predict Clinton Win, US Senate Up For Grabs

Statistics are playing a larger role in election coverage than ever before.  Websites like Five Thirty Eight and Upshot from the New York Times analyze opinion polls to predict the winner in the race for the White House, as well as US Senate races.  Those websites have a strong track record of predicting winners, but there’s a site on the University of Illinois Urbana campus that’s done even better.