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Advertisement of sale of enslaved person in the Illinois Reporter, Dec. 12, 1826.
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Illinois Issues:Slave State

Because Illinois is a northern state and the former home of Abraham Lincoln, it isn’t typically associated with slavery. But there was slavery in Illinois for more than 100 years.

Even after Illinois entered the Union, loopholes in its laws allowed the practice to continue, making the future Land of Lincoln a quasi-slave state. 

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Illinois Unemployment Down And Steady, Yet Still Lags

The latest data shows the number of unemployed Illinois residents is at its lowest since September of 2007.

But officials with Governor Bruce Rauner's administration say Illinois is still lagging when it comes to job growth.

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.