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U-S Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2015.
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Justice Antonin Scalia Dead At 79

Justice Antonin Scalia is dead. The influential conservative and provocative member of the Supreme Court was 79. The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of South Texas. The service's spokeswoman says Scalia was found dead this morning when he did not appear for breakfast. 

Obama visited with former friends and colleagues on a return trip to Springfield Feb. 10, 2016.
Pool Photo by Terrence Antonio James/ Chicago Tribune
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Springfield, State Team Up To Commemorate Obama’s Capital Ties

On Feb. 12 -- Abraham Lincoln's birthday -- officials released plans to salute another President with state ties. The Springfield mayor, governor and Illinois secretary of state announced a project to salute Obama's time in the capital city.

The Youth Correctional Center in Kewanee
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Youth Prison in Kewanee Might Close

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice announced it plans to close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee by July first. The Juvenile Justice department says the closing would save the state about 14 million dollars, improve rehabilitation for young offenders, and improve community safety. It will also eliminate 200 jobs.

Electron microscope image of the H1N1 influenza virus.
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Flu Cases Are Scarce In Illinois This Year—- So Far

Influenza is sometimes a big problem in Illinois --- but so far, not this year. The amount of flu cases reported in the state is being described as “sporadic” and “average.”

President Abraham Lincoln
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Letters By Lincoln’s Law Partner

A newly edited volume of letters provides more insight into the nation's 16th president. “Herndon on Lincoln: Letters” was edited by Douglas Wilson and Rodney Davis, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg.

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Contract Talks Stalled Between AFSCME And Gov. Rauner

Democratic lawmakers in Illinois are again trying to have a hand in contract negotiations between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the largest state-employee union.  New legislation, similar to a failed proposal last year, would prevent a lockout or strike and require mediation if the sides can't agree on a new contract.