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

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republicans in the Illinois Legislature say Democrats are exaggerating the extent of cuts public schools could face if the state's temporary tax increase is rolled back as scheduled in January. Democrats are circulating a document outlining a $450 million cut in general state aid as part of their campaign to preserve the tax hike and update the state's school funding formula.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois prison officials plan to start using an expensive new drug to treat inmates with hepatitis C. Solvadi has a cure rate of 95 percent but a single treatment can top $60,000. Officials estimate there are as many as 150 inmates in each of 25 prisons who have the infection linked to tainted needles.

STERLING, Ill. (AP) - Wahl Clipper is getting $1.6 million in state help to build a new corporate headquarters in Sterling. The company that employs 900 people in the city promises the state that the expansion will enable it to retain workers and add new ones. It was considering moving the headquarters to Iowa.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois trustees have formed a search committee to find the school's next president. The panel has 19 members and will include trustees, faculty members, students and alumni. Robert Easter plans to retire in June 2015.

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