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Philip Seymour Hoffman dead from heroin overdose

Online Staff Report Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday, Feb. 2, according to
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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos supports first bipartisan Farm Bill

Online Staff Report U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, announced her support of the first bipartisan, five-year Farm
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Smartphones can help when severe weather strikes

By U.S. Cellular Severe weather can hit at any time, sometimes with little warning or time to prepare. Increasingly, people are
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Lee Hamilton: Hold the congratulations for Congress

By Lee H. Hamilton Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing
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Nation observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 20

By Brandon Reid Senior Assistant Editor The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was just 39 when he was shot and killed
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MoveOn launches ‘Fracking Fighter’ initiative

Online Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the national movement to ban fracking gains steam, MoveOn.org Civic Action has announced a
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Better Business Bureau issues warning as Target breach affects 110 million

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Less than a month after Target announced that its holiday credit card breach affected 40 million customers,
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Lee Hamilton: Trust … but definitely verify

By Lee H. Hamilton Of all the numbers thrown at us over the course of last year, one stands out for
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Fiat to buy remaining Chrysler shares

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Chrysler workers, including those at the Belvidere Assembly Plant, will soon be fully employed by Fiat, as
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Judge: NSA phone-tracking system lawful

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer A federal judge in New York, on Friday, Dec. 27, ruled that the massive National Security Agency
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Target admits PIN numbers were hacked during massive credit card breach

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Officials from Target said Friday, Dec. 27, debit-card PIN numbers were among the financial information stolen from
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Judge rules NSA phone-tracking system lawful

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer A federal judge in New York, on Friday, Dec. 27, ruled that the massive National Security Agency
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Obamacare deadline extended to Christmas Eve, exemptions available

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer The deadline to sign up for a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act has been
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Target customers urged to take caution, report unauthorized charges following credit card breach

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) is warning consumers to be on the lookout for unauthorized
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Madigan: $2.1 billion settlement with sixth mortgage service over foreclosure abuses

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) joined with 49 attorneys general and the federal Consumer Financial
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Lee Hamilton: Congress still isn’t being responsible

By Lee H. Hamilton Congress is winding down its historically unproductive session with a small flurry of activity. It’s a welcome
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Year-end holiday travel expected to increase to 94.5 million travelers, according to AAA

Online Staff Report AURORA, Ill. — AAA projects 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the
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Attorneys general call on Congress to fund human trafficking efforts, aid victims

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) joined with her counterparts across the country Dec. 17 to
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New Mexico Constitution Party sues secretary of state for ballot access

Online Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — July 18, the Constitution Party of New Mexico (CPNM) received a letter from Secretary of
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Bustos: Ending payments to dead people a common-sense way to save taxpayer dollars

By U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill. Did you know that each year the federal government erroneously pays millions upon millions of
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Lee Hamilton: Why can’t Congress aim higher?

By Lee H. Hamilton Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks,
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Trouble in Toyland report finds dangerous toys on store shelves

Online Staff Report Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to Illinois Public Interest Research
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AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile to stop billing for cell phone ‘cramming’ charges

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) joined with 44 other attorneys general Nov. 21 to announce
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Chad Pregracke chosen as ‘CNN Hero of the Year’

Online Staff Report Living Lands & Waters founder Chad Pregracke, 38, an East Moline, Ill., resident and Rock River Trail Initiative
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Nov. 21 is The Great American Smokeout — A Great Day to Quit

Online Staff Report The third Thursday of November annually marks the Great American Smokeout. Initiated by the American Cancer Society, the
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Kinzinger votes for energy package that would open federal lands for oil, natural gas exploration

Online Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., this week voted in support of a set of bills
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AAA Chicago: 43.4 million Americans to travel for Thanksgiving

Online Staff Report AURORA, Ill. — AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the
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Lee Hamilton: Dogged journalism is a blessing, not a curse

Editor’s note: The following is a guest column by former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind. As a public service, Hamilton
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Madigan: JPMorgan Chase to pay $100 million to Illinois’ pension systems

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) announced Nov. 19 a $100 million settlement with JPMorgan Chase
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House passes bipartisan bill to let Americans keep their health care plans

Online Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., voted Nov. 15 in support of a bill that would
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Software giant CA Technologies to pay $11 million for government billing fraud

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) announced Nov. 12 that CA Technologies has agreed to pay
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Kinzinger issues statement on first Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers

Online Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., released the following statement after the Department of Health and
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Lee Hamilton: Time to fish or cut bait on tax reform

Editor’s note: The following is a guest column by former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind. As a public service, Hamilton
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Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $1.6 billion to resolve health care fraud allegations

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) has announced a $1.6 billion joint state and federal settlement
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Study shows how factory farms skirt liability

Staff Report A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Rural Sociology documents the pollution and financial liability displaced on rural
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Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton: Why the American people were the real losers in the government shutdown

Editor’s note: The following is a guest column by former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind. As a public service,
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Kinzinger among 181 who signed letter to White House opposing Arms Trade Treaty

Online Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., sent a letter to the White House
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Cattle prices continue to rise

By Debra Levey Larson Media/Communications Specialist, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences URBANA, Ill. — Cash cattle prices
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Red Ribbon Week contest aims to prevent youth drug, alcohol abuse

Staff Report National Family Partnership (NFP) has announced the national contest for its 28th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31. This
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Principal Appreciation Week set for Oct. 20-26

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Lifetouch, Inc. and the Illinois Principals Association (IPA) encourage all communities in Illinois to celebrate Principal
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Retirement strategies will help millennials prepare for future

By The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund OAK BROOK, Ill. — Many millennials, those ages 18-31, face financial challenges from student loans
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$30 million settlement resolves claims of deceptive enrollment in Affinion discount clubs, memberships

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) joined with 47 other attorneys general Oct. 10 to announce
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Illinois as a lesson in government gone wild

By Benjamin Yount Illinois Watchdog SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — If President Barack Obama (D) wants to see what a deadbeat government
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Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton on government shutdown: It’s time for an intervention

Editor’s note: The following is a guest column by former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., on the current government
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House advances bill to provide back pay to furloughed workers

Online Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — Saturday, Oct. 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation 407-0 to guarantee back pay
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Kinzinger supports House-passed bills to resume critical government services

Online Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed five bills with bipartisan support to provide
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Court-ordered coal ash protections to benefit Illinois communities

Online Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge agreed with environmental and public health groups that the Environmental Protection Agency
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Madigan: Banks to address potential violations of national mortgage settlement

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) and her counterparts on the National Mortgage Settlement’s Monitoring Committee
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Court ruling forces EPA action on Mississippi River pollution

• Action would also fight harmful algal blooms in Illinois lakes, rivers Staff Report The U.S. District Court in Eastern Louisiana ordered the
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NSA officials used surveillance programs to spy on lovers, spouses

By Brandon Reid Senior Assistant Editor At least 12 instances of “intentional misuse” of secret surveillance programs by employees of the U.S.
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