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Consumers angry about utility rate hike plan

Consumers are urging state lawmakers to vote against a bill that would eliminate the long-standing utility rate review process.

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Immigrant rights get a boost in Illinois

The Illinois Senate passed the Illinois DREAM Act, which would establish a state "Dream" commission to administer privately funded scholarships to as many as 95,000 students of immigrant parents.

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Illinois labor launches campaign to protect pensions

Big business blames public sector workers for the state's $8 billion budget deficit.

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Bill would let religious adoption agencies bar same-sex couples

Two Illinois state senators are trying to pass a measure that would allow religious adoption agencies to deny requests from same-sex couples in civil unions.

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Cop tied to torture goes to jail, but allegations continue

The city of Chicago is facing allegations that police tortured suspects into false confessions through much of the 70s and 80s.

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Video: South Chicago fights polluting plant

Over a hundred angry demonstrators from Chicago's southeast side rallied at the Illinois state building to protest plans for construction of a coal gasification plant in their neighborhood.

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Illinois abolishes the death penalty

"With our broken system, we cannot ensure justice is achieved in every case," Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said.

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Video: Fighting for Chicago mass transit

Transit workers and environmental activists rallied here in support of mass transit last Thursday, calling for increased funding, not cuts.

‘Stop breaking the law’ protest tells Chicago charter school [with video]

The battle for union recognition by charter schoolteachers has grown as charters have assumed a larger presence in the city.

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Illinois legalizes civil unions

With a landmark bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn Monday, same-sex couples will, for the first time in Illinois history, share many of the legal protections that are now granted to married couples.

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