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The theme for the 2017 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon (the UI's sesquicentennial) was announced Thursday. I asked the man behind the idea — 1994 UI grad Justin Sather — what he was thinking.

NEW: Stopgap spending bill passed, signed

UPDATED 8:45 p.m. Thursday

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers approved what is primarily a short-term spending plan Thursday, although one of the people who negotiated it — Gov. Bruce Rauner — declined to even call it a budget.

But Rauner did sign the spending bill (SB 2047) early Thursday evening, about four hours after the Senate approved it.

Updated: Hershey rejects kiss from chocolate competitor

CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois, provided by public works offices: (If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to breaking@news-gazette.com.)

 

06-30-16 Penny for Your Thoughts

06-30-16 Penny for Your Thoughts: Play now!

06-30-16 Penny for Your Thoughts.  Jim Turpin with a Penny open line and Linda Moorhouse on Ice Cream and Independence Saturday July 2, 2016 at The Virginia.

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06-30-16 Jim Turpin with Linda Moorhouse on Ice Cream and Independence @TheVirginia

06-30-16 Jim Turpin with Linda Moorhouse on Ice Cream and Independence @TheVirginia: Play now!

06-30-16 Jim Turpin with Linda Moorhouse on Ice Cream and Independence July 2, 2016 at The Virginia.

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Judge could address special prosecutor at Van Dyke hearing

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager may soon know who will be assigned to prosecute him.

Illinois gun shop raffling AR-15 rifle to benefit Orlando victims

MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago gun shop is raffling a semi-automatic weapon to benefit victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Journey to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft nears planet rendezvous

ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer

Report: U.S. sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf

ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer