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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State University officials are looking for ways to expand the work of a special lab involved in water-quality research that has analyzed nearly 7,000 water samples since opening a year ago. The Pantagraph reports that one of the projects for the Laboratory for Environmental Analysis is to monitor water quality at two Bloomington reservoirs affected by agricultural runoff. The College of Arts and Sciences dean says the lab "represents the collaborative spirit that's typical of ISU."

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court is hitting the road. In a news release, the court says the justices will gather at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign _ the alma mater of Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier _ on March 15 to hear two cases. The practice of holding hearings around the state was done as a matter of course in the earliest days of the court. Karmeier says that it's done today to let more Illinois residents see how the court works and to "demystify" the processes of the court.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - One out of every five Illinois legislators taking the oath of office next winter will be new to the General Assembly. Thirty lawmakers, many worn down by years of skirmishing between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan have retired. Add to that the #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement; Rauner stances on abortion and immigration; and the malaise wrought of hundreds of billions of dollars of debt, and there enough to push voters past the boiling point.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois health officials are investigating the state Capitol Complex and other Springfield-area locations for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease after an Illinois resident diagnosed with it traveled to the city last month. The Illinois Department of Public Health issued the advisory Saturday, saying water samples recently collected from the Capitol Complex tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

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