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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's confident in the attorneys representing his administration in a lawsuit scrutinizing hiring practices. The next hearing in the lawsuit comes just weeks before the Democratic governor faces Republican Bruce Rauner at the polls. Quinn told reporters today he's confident his attorneys will "prevail."

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois residents must meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before Medicaid will pay for a new hepatitis C drug. The drug can stop the liver-damaging virus, but it comes with a budget-straining price tag of $1,000 per pill. Illinois approved the restrictions this month after spending $16 million on Sovaldi this year.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Decatur, Illinois-based Archer Daniels Midland Co. has agreed to pay a $430,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. Federal regulators say the alleged violations occurred at facilities where it stored fuels and oil in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) - The $100 million opening of a new rail facility in Rochelle means 90 more jobs for the region. Gov. Pat Quinn attended today during the opening of the Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing LLC facility. The company already has about 400 employees at the site. The federal government is paying for 130 new cars, including 88 going to Illinois.

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