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PHOTO: President Obama will be in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss his executive order on immigration. Photo: Pete Souza/White House.

CHICAGO - President Obama will be in his home state of Illinois on Tuesday to promote his recent executive order on immigration that could impact up to 450,000 people living in the state. The changes are expected to lead to fewer deportations and detentions for people in the country without authori...Read More

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PHOTO: Airline travelers may encounter busy Illinois airports this week, but they have some basic legal rights as passengers in the event of a cancellation, delay, or lost luggage. Photo credit: Maksim/Wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Whether it's O'Hare, Midway, or Quad City, Illinois airports will be bustling this week with folks catching flights to their Thanksgiving destinations. While the thought of delays or cancellations may be stressful, airline passengers can take comfort in knowing they have some pro...Read More

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PHOTO: People incarcerated in Joliet and other Illinois correctional facilities are in one of the nation's most overcrowded prison systems, according to a new report, and experts warn that the human consequences are devastating. Photo credit: Jacobsteinafm/wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois houses an estimated 49,000 people in its prison system, and a recent report finds it's one of the most overcrowded systems in the nation. In fact, only Alabama’s prisons are more crowded. The Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics' most recent census of prisoners, fo...Read More

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PHOTO: With no progress on immigration reform in Congress, President Barack Obama is moving forward on his own, with an announcement of his plans coming tonight. Photo credit: Raul654/Wikimedia.

CHICAGO – Residents across Illinois and the nation will be watching closely tonight as President Barack Obama unveils his plans to reform immigration on his own, a move that could prevent the deportation of millions. At La Union del Pueblo Entero in San Juan, Texas, the advocacy group’...Read More

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PHOTO: A vote is expected by the end of the month at the Statehouse on a bill to create a retirement savings option for the more than 2.5 million Illinoisans who do not have a retirement savings plan through their employer. Photo credit: M. Connors/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - House lawmakers are expected to vote soon on legislation that would expand access to employment-based retirement savings in Illinois. Senate Bill 2758, also known as the "Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program," would provide an Individual Retirement Account plan for businesses...Read More

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PHOTO: A survey released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving finds the majority of people who choose to use a designated driver when they are out do so because they want to stay safe. Photo credit: D. Medina/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Driving while impaired can lead to big legal troubles, but a new survey finds the fear of a DUI is not the main reason most people choose to use a designated driver. In a survey released Monday by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the majority of respondents indicated they u...Read More

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PHOTO: Premature birth is the leading cause of infant mortality. While Illinois has shown a reduction in pre-term births for the past seven years, the state still earned a "C" from the latest March of Dimes report card on premature births. Photo credit: Stephanie Smith/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Premature birth is the leading cause of infant mortality, and while Illinois has shown a reduction in pre-term births for the past seven years, the state still earned a "C" from the latest March of Dimes report card on premature births. About one in eight infants is born premat...Read More

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PHOTO: A new analysis on the Earned Income Tax Credit shows it's even more significant in small towns and rural areas, where it is being used by a higher percentage of taxpayers. Photo credit: 401(k)/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A tax credit helping many lower-income working families keep more of their earnings is proving to be especially important in rural areas and small towns across Illinois and the nation, according to new research. The Earned Income Tax Credit has been touted as one of the most eff...Read More

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