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Illinois: State in the midwestern United States
Illinois is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes Regions of the United States. It has the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP), the sixth largest population, and the 25th largest land area of all U.S. states. Illinois has been noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in northeastern Illinois, small industrial cities and immense agricultural productivity in the north and center of the state, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. Chicagoland, Chicago's metropolitan area, encompasses over 65% of the state's population. The Port of Chicago connects the state to international ports via two main routes: from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway to the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics.


Everyday Americans are distressed by the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. If they care at all

Everyday Americans from California to Illinois to North Carolina have a sideways view of the historic impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
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Tom Railsback, Who Reconciled G.O.P. to Oust Nixon, Dies at 87

A moderate Republican congressman from Illinois, he forged a compromise on two articles of impeachment that passed the House Judiciary Committee in 1974.
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Videos for Illinois

R. Kelly's girlfriend charged over apartment brawl [Video]R. Kelly's girlfriend charged over apartment brawl

R. Kelly’s girlfriend Joycelyn Savage has been charged with misdemeanour domestic battery after allegedly punching one of the incarcerated singer's former lovers at his Chicago, Illinois home.

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Patrick Reed's lawyer sends letter to TV analyst that "hints at legal action" [Video]Patrick Reed's lawyer sends letter to TV analyst that "hints at legal action"

Patrick Reed's lawyer sends letter to Golf Channel TV analyst Brandel Chamblee that "hints at legal action"

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Ex-Con Who Claimed To Be Missing Illinois Boy Faces Up To Two Years In The Slammer [Video]Ex-Con Who Claimed To Be Missing Illinois Boy Faces Up To Two Years In The Slammer

A former convict pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing the identity of an Illinois boy who has been missing for years. According to Reuters, a US prosecutor says the case drew national attention last..

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Illinois Legalizes Marijuana [Video]Illinois Legalizes Marijuana

Just one day into 2020, Illinois signed legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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Cheaters In These Nine States May Want To Reconsider [Video]Cheaters In These Nine States May Want To Reconsider

In Georgia cheaters don’t receive alimony. Cheating in Michigan can lead to a life sentence in prison. Cheaters in Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota or Utah..

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Philippines bans two U.S. senators, mulls new visa rules for Americans [Video]Philippines bans two U.S. senators, mulls new visa rules for Americans

The Philippines has banned two U.S. lawmakers from visiting and will introduce tighter entry restrictions for U.S. citizens should Washington enforce sanctions over the detention of a top government..

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Illinoisans To Greet 2020 On A High [Video]Illinoisans To Greet 2020 On A High

Many pot-smoking adults in Illinois will ring in the new year on a high note. That's when recreational marijuana use becomes legal in the state on January 1st. Many businesses in the city's North Side..

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American family creates miniature village inside Christmas tree [Video]American family creates miniature village inside Christmas tree

An Illinois’ family shares the video of their Christmas tree village to bring “people joy for holidays”

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AP Top Stories January 17 A

Here's the latest for Friday January 17th: Impeachment trial begins; Senate passes US-Mexico-Canada trade deal; Pickup truck hits Illinois Starbucks; Snowstorms strand Western Washington residents.  
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The City Limits Sign Moves Farther Out as the 2020 Census Nears

An annexation rush in Illinois is aimed at offsetting population drops before the official head count is taken. But residents often resist.
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Truck crashes into Starbucks, 4 hospitalized

A pickup truck slammed into an Illinois Starbucks on Thursday, injuring several people and causing massive damage to the coffee shop, police said. (Jan. 17)  
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Ohio Man Who Claimed to Be Missing Boy Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft

Last year Brian Rini told officers he was Timmothy Pitzen, a missing Illinois boy who would now be a teenager. Mr. Rini, 23 at the time, had recently been released from an Ohio prison.
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Ex-con who claimed to be missing boy faces up to two years in prison after pleading guilty in Ohio

A former convict pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing the identity of an Illinois boy who has been missing for years, in a case that drew national attention last year, a U.S. prosecutor said.
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Armed man inside Ill. bank with at least 1 hostage

Police say customers or employees are stuck inside an Illinois bank with an armed robber. Police surrounded Heritage Credit Union in Rockford, 90 miles northwest of Chicago. The incident began around..
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Recreational pot sales in Illinois top nearly $3.2M on first day

Illinois rang in the new year with nearly $3.2 million in sales of recreational marijuana on the first day of pot legalization in the state.
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Recreational marijuana sales now legal in Illinois

The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal Wednesday in Illinois to the delight of pot fans - many who began lining up hours early at dispensaries. (Jan. 2)  
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Legal weed sales begin in Illinois as state pardons more than 11,000 marijuana convictions

Weed dispensaries across Illinois opened their doors Wednesday morning to long lines of customers eager to purchase recreational marijuana.
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Illinois governor erases many pot convictions

Illinois' governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state's..
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Legal weed sales are about to begin in Illinois. But some say dispensary owners are too white

As Illinois becomes the 11th state to allow recreational marijuana, some in Chicago are calling for more racial diversity among dispensary owners.
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Illinois pension consolidation law will help cities, but nagging liabilities remain

Legislation signed into law on Wednesday by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to consolidate 649 local public safety worker retirement systems is a positive step, but will not end funding problems for..
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Juice WRLD, Rising Rap Artist, Dies at 21

The artist, whose real name was Jarad A. Higgins, died on Sunday in Illinois, the authorities said.
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Recreational marijuana is about to be legal in Michigan and Illinois. Here's what to know

Legal sales of recreational marijuana are set to begin Dec. 1 in Michigan and Jan. 1 in Illinois, the Midwestern states to legalize weed.
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Wind damage reported in Midwestern states

Strong winds and damage are being reported in the Midwest. WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan reports that the roof was blown off an abandoned building. WHOI-TV reports that wind blew over the sign from..
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Meat company recalls 250 tons of pork that was never inspected

Problem discovered after anonymous tip that an Illinois company sold meat without getting USDA approval
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Salad products recalled across 22 states due to possible E. coli contamination

Salad products containing meat and poultry are being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination. The products were sold October 14-16 in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,..
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Sondland comments on Trump's remarks about him: "Easy come, easy go"

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Illinois, highlighted on Wednesday remarks President Trump made about Ambassador Gordon Sondland in October and November. Watch Sondland's reaction.
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Dash camera shows close call on icy Illinois road

Dash camera video captured what state police are calling a "miracle on the ice." An out of control truck narrowly missed two troopers and a woman.
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House Intel Dem: Trump shows "pattern of witness intimidation"

Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley said on "Face the Nation" that President Trump has a history of talking like a "mobster"
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Deere workers grapple with fallout from Trump's trade war

Devin Spencer has been on edge ever since Deere & Co. laid off dozens of his colleagues at its Harvester Works plant in western Illinois due to dwindling demand for farm combines.
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In ‘Hyde Country,’ Voters Warily Eye Impeachment, and Fear Its Aftermath

In a battleground Illinois district, voters across the political spectrum are already exhausted with the revelations about President Trump in the impeachment inquiry, and they wonder if it’s worth..
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The Dish: Shauna Sever's recipes from the heartland

The cookbook author and radio/TV personality always remembered the cookies, pies and other treats she enjoyed as a kid growing up in Illinois. Shauna Sever, who just released her fourth cookbook,..
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Mental health crisis leads to unexpected $21,634 hospital bill

Mental health care is not always covered by health insurance. In our partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR’s Bill of the Month series, we speak to an Illinois woman owes tens of thousands of..
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Durbin: "I can't say that we're close" on shutdown deal because Trump "doesn’t care"

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss the ongoing talks to reopen the government and what Democrats are willing to compromise on.
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Kinzinger defends Trump's emergency declaration after deployment to border

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, joins moderator Margaret Brennan fresh from his deployment to the border as a member of the national guard to discuss what he saw.
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Buffalo Wild Wings fires workers allegedly involved in racist incident

Multi-racial group of 18 in Naperville, Illinois eatery was allegedly asked to move tables to get farther from frequent diner who was "racist"
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Get lost in the world's largest corn maze

The Illinois rural sprawl includes almost 10 miles of trails
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Finding peace for the fallen, and themselves

At a cemetery in Chester, Illinois, Lt. Perry Dotson is 50 years late for the funeral of Army Private First Class Leonard Nitzsche, who was in Dotson's platoon in Vietnam when, in April 1970, he was..
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The Long-Shot Candidate

In February 2007 Steve Kroft and 60 Minutes traveled to Illinois to meet a young, charismatic senator who was becoming a political phenomenon, but who few believed would become our nation's 44th..
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Bears get Halloween pumpkins at Illinois zoo

Alaskan Coastal brown bears and a polar bear got pumpkins to play with and eat at the Brookfield Zoo to celebrate a snowy Halloween in Brookfield, Ill. (Oct. 31)  
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Factbox: U.S. vaping-related deaths climb to 39, Illinois reports third death

Deaths in the United States from a mysterious lung illness linked to vaping rose to 39, with Illinois and Massachusetts confirming additional deaths in the states.
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Uber takes aim at 'patchwork' of ride share taxes in Illinois

Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday sued a Chicago suburb over a new ride share tax, while calling on Illinois lawmakers to address the state's "emerging patchwork" of taxation.
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Former congressman Joe Walsh challenging Trump for Republican nomination

Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh is challenging President Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns talks about the difficulties that lie ahead for..
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‘Nightmare’ roof, fire-starting drones, Pennywise Jeep: News from around our 50 states

Dino eggs among ancient fossils stolen in Arkansas, Illinois governor wants to follow California’s lead on college athletes, and more
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Candy: From factory to Halloween bag

For the past century, the Mars Wrigley company, one of the largest privately-held companies in the world, has been making candy treats that have filled kids' Halloween stashes. Luke Burbank visited the..
CBS News - Published

When ambulances are turned away from hospitals, people die. Oversight is flawed

A Chicago baby died after she was turned away from the hospital. 30 years later, oversight of ambulance diversion in Illinois is flawed.
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Chicago mayor: Strike progress needs to improve

As the Chicago teachers strike hits the one-week mark and both sides remain at the bargaining table, some high school football teams could miss out on the Illinois state playoffs because of the strike...
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Forecast points to deepening Illinois budget deficit

Illinois' budget deficit will top $3 billion and its pile of overdue bills will hit a new record high by fiscal 2025 if the state's "unsustainable" tax structure remains in place, according to a..
Reuters - Published

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