Legislative chamber at the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield.

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News Local/State - December 31, 2015

Illinois Issues: New Year, New Laws

Despite their continued stalemate on a budget, lawmakers approved and Governor Bruce Rauner signed hundreds of new pieces of legislation. More than 200 laws will go into effect in Illinois at the start of the new year — roughly the number that went into effect at the start of each of the past two years. Jamey Dunn talks about the state's new laws with Sean Crawford.

Michigan's guard Caris LeVert (23) drives into Illinois' guard Kendrick Nunn (25) during the second half of Michigan's 78-68 win over Illinois.

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News Local/State - December 30, 2015

Illini Fall In Conference Opener To Michigan, 78-68

The Wolverines used a 9-2 run in the second half to take a double-digit lead over Illinois in the Big Ten season opener for both teams.  Mark Donnal led Michigan with 26 points, while Kendrick Nunn scored 23 to lead the Illini in a losing effort.

A flooded area just north of Villa Grove, along Route 130.

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News Local/State - December 30, 2015

Freezing Temperatures Replacing Rain As Flooding Continues

A flood warning continues Wednesday for much of central Illinois, and seven counties along the Mississippi River have been declared state disaster areas.

Visiting Prof. Steven Salaita of the American University of Beirut.

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News Local/State - December 29, 2015

U of I - Salaita Agreement Finalized; Payment To Salaita Is Next

With the finalization of the agreement on December 24th, the University of Illinois says it will send settlement payments to Steven Salaita within 30 days, and Salaita will file motions to dismiss his lawsuits against the university.

A flooded corn field along Route 130 near Villa Grove.

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News Local/State - December 29, 2015

Rain Ends, But Flooding Continues In Illinois

A flood warning continued for much of central Illinois Tuesday, with specific flood warnings for the Sangamon River at Monticello, the Vermilion River near Danville, road closures in towns including Villa Grove and Sidney and standing water on roads in many other spots of the state.

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