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Toy tractors tell farming history
BISHOP HILL, Ill. (AP) — The sun was shining April 1 in historic Bishop Hill as tourists could be seen mingling about the town, visiting the Colony Store and Bishop Hill Bakery. Others went in the door of the Steeple Building, where countless toy tractors were on display.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

State Fair foundation seeks 'Illinoisan of the Day' nominees
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair is looking for Illinoisans worthy of an honor at this summer’s fair.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Governor to hold live Facebook event with state's children
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants the state’s children to let him know their thoughts on education.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Northwestern suspends fraternity after parties, problems
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern University says it has suspended a fraternity chapter for violating terms of a disciplinary probation for serving alcohol to minors.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Aviation officer gives his version of United flight removal
CHICAGO (AP) — The physician who was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago this month was verbally and physically abusive, and flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest, according to the aviation officer who pulled the man out of his seat.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Illinois lawmakers return from break facing budget issues
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week to resume work on trying to end the budget stalemate that has eluded them for almost two years.
Monday, April 24, 2017

5-month paving project to begin on I-55 in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Getting in and out of Springfield from the east may take a little longer for a while.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright building tours planned to mark birthday
CHICAGO (AP) — Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will be getting the chance to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth by walking through some of the most famous buildings he designed in and around Chicago.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Illinois Democrats aim high with minimum wage proposals

By KIANNAH SEPEDA-MILLER

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Amid a national push by unions and worker advocates for a $15 minimum wage, Illinois Democrats hope to pass an ambitious hike during the spring legislative session, despite a warning from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner that he opposes an increase of any kind.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Father remembers son killed in hammer throw at track meet

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The father of an Ohio college student who died after being struck during a hammer-throw event at a suburban Chicago track meet remembered his son as a strong Christian.

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

LLCC to hold second annual Video Game Design Tournament April 27
SPRINGFIELD–Lincoln Land Community College will hold its second annual Video Game Design Tournament Thursday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The public is invited to attend the free event.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Bill passes House to create network to aid small business
LITCHFIELD — The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) operates several Small Business Development Centers around the state to provide information, training, and resources for start-ups and existing small businesses. Recently, the Illinois House unanimously passed legislation recently that would add marketing and networking to those services.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

ISP brings awareness to Distracted Driving Awareness Week
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police District 09 Commander, Chris Owen, announces they will be participating in the inaugural “Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week.”  Troopers will be giving special attention to distracted driving laws the week of April 24-28. A press conference Monday, April 24, at the Illinois State Capitol will kick off the campaign. 
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Renovated oldest U of I academic building to reopen
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The oldest academic building on the University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus is scheduled to reopen this summer after a $78 million renovation.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Illinois receives $16M to fight opioid crisis
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is receiving more than $16 million in federal money to help fight a prescription drug addiction crisis. 
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Woman who embezzled from Chicago museum gets prison
CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-employee of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History who authorities say stole nearly $1 million from the institution has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Court promptly denies Blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing

By MICHAEL TARM

AP Legal Affairs Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court in Chicago took just three days to reject a request from imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for another sentencing hearing, agreeing his 14-year prison term for corruption was a stiff punishment but was well within the sentencing judge’s discretion.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Festival of Spring Sangamon River cleanup is Saturday

DECATUR, Ill. —  Celebrate Earth Day with a day of outdoor activities.  The Macon County Conservation District and Decatur Audubon Society will hold the 36th Annual Festival of Spring and Sangamon River Cleanup on Saturday, April 22 from 8am to 4pm at Rock Springs Conservation Area.

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Coin toss decides winner of tiny town's mayor's race
MARION, Ill. (AP) — The flip of a coin on Thursday decided the next leader of a tiny town in southern Illinois after an election earlier this month ended in a tie.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Com Ed to spend $33 million on Rockford library
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Commonwealth Edison has agreed to spend $33 million on a new library in downtown Rockford after contamination was discovered under the city’s main library branch.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Soil contamination may delay plans for Pullman site
CHICAGO (AP) — A cleanup of contaminants left at the Pullman National Monument site on Chicago’s South Side from decades of rail car production may delay plans for the former factory grounds.
Friday, April 21, 2017

ISP warns teens going to prom about safe driving

ILLINOIS (AP) — Illinois State Police want high school students driving to their proms to be careful. 

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Illinois lawmakers ponder legalizing pot
CHICAGO (AP) — The head of Colorado’s Department of Revenue has spoken to a panel of Illinois lawmakers considering a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Public invited to Audubon Society presentation this Sunday
DECATUR — The Decatur Audubon Society invites members and other interested persons to the regular monthly meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Group says gov deceived voters on abortion stance
CHICAGO (AP) — Campaigning as a pro-choice Republican in 2014, Bruce Rauner said he would sign legislation to ensure abortion remains legal in Illinois and to expand abortion coverage for state workers and Medicaid recipients.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ex-rep. Schock asks court to toss corruption case

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a judge to toss the corruption case against him, arguing that authorities misinterpreted the law and overreached.

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Davis tour highlights economic impact of Route 66
Taylorville, IL – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Illinois State Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) made stops at businesses and other historical Route 66 locations Tuesday in Edwardsville, Livingston, Litchfield, Carlinville, and Girard to highlight the economic and historical significance of Route 66. The two lawmakers met with local mayors, business owners, and community leaders at each stop.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ruling on Blagojevich hearing expected in weeks
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich urged an appellate panel Tuesday to grant him a third sentencing hearing, arguing their client’s behavior in prison justifies sharply reducing his 14-year term for corruption.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

US Court, again, takes up Blagojevich prison term

CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court is considering whether Illinois’ imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich should get a third sentencing hearing. 

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Police torture claims overwhelm Illinois investigation panel

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois panel tasked with reviewing claims of police torture is overwhelmed with cases and short on funding, especially with the state budget impasse.

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

U of I presents alumni award to Assumption farmer
URBANA, Ill. — Each spring the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) recognizes faculty, staff,  graduate students and alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievements or exceptional service to the college. The recipients are honored at the annual Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards Banquet. The banquet was held Monday, April 17, at Pear Tree Estate in rural Champaign, Ill.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Alexander Hamilton's son was Illinois legislator
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rep. Davis challenges law that lets Jackson, Jr. collect work comp funds

CHICAGO — Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in a Chicago Sun-Times article Sunday questioned a law that allows former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D.-Ill. to collect about $100,000 a year in workers’ compensation even though he was found guilty of misappropriating campaign funds.

 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Trump asks: 'Who paid for the tax-day rallies?'
CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump says “someone should look into who paid” for the rallies around the country Saturday that urged him to release his tax returns.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Illinois gov't. workers late in filing 2014 tax returns

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ department of revenue says more than 300 state employees, including two lawmakers, are delinquent in paying their taxes for the 2014 calendar year.

 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Chicago archbishop leads march and pays for shooting victims
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cardinal Blaze Cupich (blayz SOO’-pich) led hundreds of marchers through one of the city’s most violence-plagued neighborhoods to pray the annual Stations of the Cross and demand an end to gun violence.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Gov. Raunergrants 4 new clemency petitions, denies 140
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted four new petitions for clemency, acted again on a previous case and denied 140 others.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Illinois doctors travel to help patients get medical pot
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois doctors are traveling to Springfield to help residents enroll in the state’s medical marijuana program. 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Veteran to be deported seeks pardon for drug sale
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Prisoner Review Board is being asked to intervene on behalf of an Army veteran with a green card who faces deportation because of a 2008 drug conviction.
Friday, April 14, 2017

Dragged passenger needs reconstructive surgery

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines and the city of Chicago may find themselves the target of lawsuits by the man who was dragged off a United plane in Chicago last week after refusing to give up his seat.

One of Dr. David Dao’s lawyers, Thomas Demetrio, said as much Thursday during a news conference in which he suggested that Dao could be “a poster child” for the mistreatment of passengers by the airline industry.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Tip line for corruption by elected officials launched
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A law enforcement task force has started a tip line to collect information about public corruption in Southern Illinois. 
Friday, April 14, 2017

Rauner opposes bill allowing taxpayer-funded abortions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is opposing legislation that would allow the state to cover abortions for its employees and Medicaid recipients.
Friday, April 14, 2017

Man dragged off plane has concussion, lost teeth
CHICAGO (AP) — A passenger dragged from a United Express flight suffered a “significant” concussion and broken nose, and he lost two front teeth, one of his lawyers said Thursday.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chicago-area chef, cancer worker charged, terrorism
CHICAGO (AP) — Two suburban Chicago men who posed for photos holding a black Islamic State group flag at a Lake Michigan beach park were arrested Wednesday on federal terrorist charges, and an undercover operative said one of the men suggested homosexuals should be thrown off the city’s tallest building.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Judge grants innocence certificate in 1957 killing
SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge on Wednesday granted a certificate of innocence to a Washington state man who was wrongfully convicted in 2012 of the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old girl, clearing the way for him to sue Illinois.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Man charged in judge's death, robbery was motive
CHICAGO (AP) — Robbery was the motive that led to the fatal shooting of a criminal court judge outside his Chicago home, police said Wednesday.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Museum program tonight on ancient history of Central Illinois
 SPRINGFIELD, — The Illinois State Museum’s monthly Paul Mickey Science Series program for April is “Just Outside Cahokia (There's an Ancient History of Illinois)” exploring the history of the Mississippian people in central Illinois.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

United no longer to use police to remove passengers
CHICAGO (AP) — The chief executive of United Airlines said the carrier will no longer ask police to remove passengers from full flights after the uproar over a man who was dragged off a plane by airport officers in Chicago.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mexican defense fund sues over detained immigrant
CHICAGO (AP) — A Honduran immigrant who posted bail but remains at a northern Illinois jail on the request of immigration authorities has filed a federal complaint calling his detention unconstitutional. 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2 Chicago-area men arrested on terrorism charges
CHICAGO (AP) — Two suburban Chicago men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to support the Islamic State militant group.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CPD questions people of interest in judge slaying
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say they’re questioning multiple people of interest in the fatal shooting of a judge who oversaw criminal cases in Cook County, Illinois.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Passenger in video had been convicted of drug charges
CHICAGO (AP) — The man dragged from a full United Airlines flight is a Kentucky physician who was convicted more than a decade ago of felony charges involving his prescribing of drugs.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Governor Rauner launching 2-day campaign tour
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is launching the first official campaign tour of his re-election bid on Tuesday, as Democrats line up to unseat him in 2018 and the Republican tries to turn around his sagging approval ratings.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Illinois College to offer video gaming scholarships
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois College will become one of a small group of higher-education institutions offering scholarships for playing video games.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ISP seeking info on nearby cold case
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — On April 25th, 1998, at approximately 5:25am, the body of 20 year old Jeremy Chappelear, pictured left, was found on Buckeye Trail, 200 feet south of 4th Avenue, near Donnellson, Illinois. 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Judge in Chicago tosses adultery Satanist lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — It’s not every day that federal judges grapple with issues of Satanism and adultery.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
SPRINGFIELD — The week of April 9-15, 2017, is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  This week marks the time each year when the public safety community formally acknowledges the contributions and sacrifices of all Telecommunicators, Call-Takers, and Technicians.  
Monday, April 10, 2017

Western Illinois University offers chance to study ducks
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University is giving students and natural resource professionals a chance to flock to a community along the Mississippi River to learn more about the migration and health of ducks.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Cook County criminal judge shot to death in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a Cook County Circuit Court judge has been shot to death outside his home on the South Side of Chicago.
Monday, April 10, 2017

General Assembly takes 2 week break with no budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly left the capital city last week for a two-week spring break — without progress on an annual budget.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Couple converts barn to a venue for weddings
LEAF RIVER, Ill. (AP) — Their daughter’s wedding inspired a Leaf River couple to turn their century-old dairy barn into an event venue.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Illinois property confiscation laws
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kara Bland’s 2010 Chevy Malibu still had temporary plates when police seized it for a crime she did not commit. She loaned it to the father of her daughter, who was arrested after picking up someone who had marijuana on him.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Prosecutors seek 7 years for ex-Chicago schools chief
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending a 7  1/2-year prison sentence for a former Chicago Public Schools CEO who pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme. 
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lawmakers send state-nurse protection bill to Rauner
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Bruce Rauner that would prohibit further privatization of health care workers in state prisons. 
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Survivors recall deadliest tornado in U.S. history

By CHRIS HOTTENSEN

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Ninety years ago, the deadliest tornado in recorded U.S. history sliced a diagonal swath across Southern Illinois, practically obliterating the towns of Gorham, Murphysboro, De Soto, Bush, West Frankfort and Parrish.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Easter Bunny at Skydeck
CHICAGO — The Easter Bunny will be at the Skydeck Chicago from 12:00PM to 4:00PM on Saturday, April 15th and Sunday, April 16th.
Friday, April 7, 2017

A look at Illinois' ultra-wealthy candidates

CHICAGO (AP) — A billionaire businessman’s announcement that he’s running for Illinois governor in 2018 means there will be at least three candidates in the race who have enormous personal wealth. 

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Thompson Center on list
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Downtown Chicago’s state government Thompson Center building is on top of this year’s Landmarks Illinois “Most Endangered Historic Places “ list.
Friday, April 7, 2017

House approves stopgap budget plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House voted Thursday to tap $817 million in accumulated but unallocated revenue to temporarily relieve struggling universities and human services. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Chicago using electronic sensors to count visitors to park
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is using new technology to count visitors to Millennium Park and its numbers show 12.9 million visited the lakefront park in the second half of last year.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Judge tosses civil case on Hastert funds misuse
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a onetime business associate of Dennis Hastert’s that claimed the imprisoned ex-House Speaker misused federal funds. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Renovation of Dick Van Dyke's home in Danville amping up

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Work could begin this summer to restore actor Dick Van Dyke’s childhood home in eastern Illinois.

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Taylorville inmate forms two political action committees
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man sentenced to 10 years in prison for bilking a female acquaintance has started two political action committees from behind bars
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Weight swings risky for overweight heart patients

CHICAGO (AP) — Losing and regaining weight repeatedly may be dangerous for overweight heart patients, a study suggests.

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Winds crack glass on Chicago building; streets close
CHICAGO (AP) — High winds are blamed for cracking glass on a high-rise building in downtown Chicago, prompting police to close some nearby streets.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker announces bid for governor
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker was expected to announce his bid for Illinois governor otoday, raising the financial stakes in what was already expected to be a costly and competitive fight to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

School districts file suit against state
TAYLORVILLE — Today Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 and 16 other Illinois school districts stood up for students when they filed an unprecedented lawsuit to hold accountable the State, Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to carry out their constitutional duty of adequately funding a “high quality education” for all students.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Video gambling parlors sue Illinois over profit-sharing
CHICAGO (AP) — Two companies that own video gambling parlors have sued the Illinois Gaming Board to challenge rules that require them split profits with the companies that operate the gambling machines.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SIUE student is shot dead in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Officials say a Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville student from Chicago was killed in a St. Louis-area shooting.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Man charged in shooting of 4 at Chicago restaurant
CHICAGO (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder in the likely gang-related fatal shooting of four men in and around a South Side Chicago restaurant, police announced Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Members who backed transgender student elected
PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A slate of candidates who promised to roll back a policy allowing high school transgender students to use the facilities of the gender with which they identify failed Tuesday in their effort to get on a suburban Chicago school board.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Trump-supporting mayor holding on to narrow lead
CHICAGO (AP) — A longtime suburban Chicago mayor who held a fundraiser for President Donald Trump last year was holding on to a narrow lead in his re-election battle with a union organizer backed by top Democrats.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

St. Louis gets new mayor, no stadium
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' newly elected mayor is promising to help the city reduce the sort of violent crime that devastated her own family two decades ago.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Suburbs struggle finding candidates for elections
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — There seems to be a lack of interest in running for local office in suburban Chicago.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Senate president touts bill to protect immigrants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Senate Democrats, contending that immigrants are hiding in their homes because of aggressive actions by President Donald Trump’s administration, promoted legislation Monday that would bar law enforcement from entering state-supported schools or health facilities without a warrant looking for immigrants in the country illegally.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Transgender issue overshadows school board election
PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago school district’s policy that has allowed a transgender student to use the girls’ locker room since late 2015 has become a defining issue in the school board race. 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

School buddy program pairs students with veterans

By DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR

The Quincy Herald-Whig

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — St. Dominic School fifth-grader M.J. Mefford was feeling pretty lucky because she got to spend some time with one of her good buddies, U.S. Marine Corps veteran George Herendeen.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks dies at 83

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with his adopted hometown was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago,” has died at age 83.

 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Caterpillar to close Illinois plant, lay off 800 workers
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. has announced the closing of its facility near Aurora, Illinois, and the lay off 800 workers.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

American Red Cross volunteers installing free smoke alarms
 DECATUR, Ill. — The American Red Cross has free smoke alarms available for area residents. Red Cross volunteers will install the smoke alarms and help residents to create a home escape plan in the event of a fire.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Lincoln presidential library is made a separate agency
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order making the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a separate state agency.
Friday, March 31, 2017

2 more dead in Chicago neighborhood where 5 were killed just hours earlier
CHICAGO (AP) — Two people have died in a drive-by shooting in the same Chicago neighborhood where separate shootings several hours earlier left five people dead, including a pregnant woman, police said Friday.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Illinois judge says cannabis companies can make campaign contributions
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ medical marijuana companies, operating in an industry abounding with rules, now have one less regulation they have to follow.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Committee okays internet privacy plans
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House committee has backed legislation meant to enhance internet privacy rights at a time when federal protections are being rolled back.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

New lecture series named for renowned aquatic biologist
URBANA, Ill. – What makes a stream or river healthy? In the years following the growth of the environmental movement in the United States and passage of the Clean Water Act, researchers and managers struggled with this question of just how to measure the condition of our waters. 
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Governor recognizes State Police 95th anniversary
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner on Wednesday highlighted the approval of two Illinois State Police (ISP) Cadet classes, and reaffirmed the administration's continued support for the ISP and public safety. He proclaimed April 1, 2017 Illinois State Police Day in Illinois to honor the 95th anniversary of the creation of the ISP.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Taxpayers pay millions in bonuses to Illinois lottery staff
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois taxpayers have funded about $2 million in “retention” bonuses for employees of a private firm managing the lottery despite the firm performing so badly that the state is working to replace it.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Comptroller appeals ruling ordering lawmaker pay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois comptroller has appealed a Cook County judge’s ruling that state lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Till relative wants push for civil rights law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Family members of Emmett Till pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday to enforce a law that that allows prosecutors to reinvestigate old civil rights murder cases.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chicago activists call for transparency in ICE shootings
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago activists and residents called for more transparency Tuesday as officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigate an agent-involved shooting that left a man wounded and raised questions about the use of force.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lawyer: Informant in Schock case broke the law
WASHINGTON (AP) — A staffer working for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock secretly provided the government with a trove of emails, credit card receipts and other documents that violated the now-indicted congressman’s constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure, his lawyers argue in new court filings.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Illinois lottery manager still on the job after firing
CHICAGO (AP) — When Illinois lawmakers voted in 2009 to hire a private company to run the state’s $2 billion-a-year lottery, they had high hopes of making more money that could be funneled into education and construction projects.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Environmental groups vow to fight Trump actions
CHICAGO (AP) — Environmental groups that have hired scores of new lawyers in recent months are prepared to go to court to fight a sweeping executive order from President Donald Trump that eliminates many restrictions on fossil fuel production and would roll back his predecessor’s plans to curb global warming. But they said they’ll take their first battle to the court of public opinion.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Longhunters gather at Fort de Chartres for Colonial Trade Faire
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER, Ill. – After months spent in search of game, it’s time for longhunters to gather so they can sell their bounty, buy supplies and celebrate with friends – an event the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site will re-enact April 1-2.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

State seeks volunteers for Lincoln's New Salem
PETERSBURG, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is looking for volunteers to help recreate life in the 1830s log village where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years as a young adult.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Who was that masked man? Illinoisans vie for inspiration for Lone Ranger

by Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

 

ILLINOIS — For over eighty years, radio and television fans have asked the question, “who was that masked man?”  He may have roots in the Land of Lincoln. 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Lawyer says ICE agent shot unarmed Chicago man as he opened the door
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal immigration officials say an agent shot and wounded a man after he pointed a gun at agents trying to make an arrest in a Chicago home, but the wounded man’s attorney said he was unarmed and targeted for no apparent reason.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Civil lawsuit alleging negligence by Home Depot in killing is revived
CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court has restored a civil lawsuit that blames Home Depot for not firing a suburban Chicago supervisor with a history of sexual harassment who ended up strangling a 21-year-old pregnant subordinate — in a civil case focused on the liability of companies when supervisors use their authority to hurt co-workers away from work.   
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Production of universal license plate is stalled
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two years after Illinois adopted a universal specialty license plate, it still hasn’t been produced or issued.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Chicago leaders vow to keep fighting Trump
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s leaders say they’ll keep fighting against President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities” despite financial risks.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Madigan letter rebukes governor's claims
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House is upbraiding Gov. Bruce Rauner for comments the governor made about him. 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Man arrested with child, gun, dope in stroller
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has been charged with child endangerment after police say they found a handgun hidden in a baby stroller alongside a 1-year-old boy.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Grandparents ask to be guardians of 7 Illinois siblings
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Seven southern Illinois siblings’ paternal grandparents are asking to be their guardian after the children’s parents were found dead in a tragic chain of events.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Health could affect deposition by Daley in torture suit
CHICAGO (AP) — An undisclosed medical issue could affect whether former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley must give a deposition in a federal lawsuit alleging he ignored evidence of widespread torture by a former police commander.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Injured police dogs to get ambulance rides
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Police dogs hurt on the job in the Champaign area will soon be able to get an ambulance ride to a hospital along with emergency care on the way there.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Illinois considers legalizing marijuana for a fiscal boost
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Marijuana advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to become the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationwide to legalize recreational pot, arguing the move will help solve the state’s notorious budget crisis.
Monday, March 27, 2017

1.4 million Illinois job seekers may have had personal data hacked
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — About 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois may have had their personal information compromised when one of the state’s employment security agency vendors was hacked, the governor’s office said Friday.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Autism support group to meet April 6
HILLSBORO — TASC/TheAutism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, Illinois.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Illinois family discovers ties to Underground RR

By ISAAC SMITH

The Southern Illinoisan

SPARTA, Ill. (AP) — The hackberry tree in front of James and Phyllis Hayes’ house has seen it all.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Presidential library remembering the 'war to end all wars'

SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will look back 100 years to World War I with two events in April: a presentation on America’s entry into the “war to end all wars” and a screening of the classic movie “Paths of Glory.”

President Woodrow Wilson won a second term by promising to keep America out of World War I, but five months later our troops were headed for the battlefield. What pushed the country into war?


Friday, March 24, 2017

Smartphone maker may open at Motorola
HARVARD, Ill. (AP) — A smartphone manufacture wants to make the phones at the Motorola campus in the Harvard plant that’s been vacant for more than a decade.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Chicago losing more residents than any other city
CHICAGO (AP) — The last straw that convinced Chicago native Marissa Marshall it was time to move away was hearing dangerously close gunfire in the rough neighborhood where she found affordable housing.
Friday, March 24, 2017

High court gives nonprofit hospitals a partial win
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday vacated a lower court’s ruling that found unconstitutional a state law allowing not-for-profit hospitals to avoid paying property taxes in certain cases.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Judge rules in favor of lawmakers seeking their pay
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Illinois lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget, which has caused a pileup of more than $12.8 billion worth of unpaid bills.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Census estimates population drop for Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released Census Bureau estimates show the Chicago-area’s population has declined two years in a row.

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. seeks prison tower cameras to replace guards
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in watchtowers with closed-circuit cameras at nearly two dozen lower-security Illinois prisons, an effort to cut expenses for a cash-strapped state that has gone two years without a budget.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crime
CHICAGO (AP) — The case of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people watched on Facebook raises questions that have come up before in other attacks: What’s the obligation of bystanders who see a crime unfolding? And why do they not intervene?
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Opioid crisis prevention workshop to raise awareness of rural community issue
SPRINGFIELD — Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, mental health and behavioral therapists, pharmacists, dentists, policy makers, public health, law enforcement, community coalitions, and concerned citizens are invited to participate in the “Opioid Crisis Next Door: Prevention, Care and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders” workshop on Wednesday, March 29. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway in Springfield.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Illinois House votes against making Obama birthday a holiday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Barack Obama’s name might be revered in his home state. But the Illinois House has rejected making his birthday a state holiday. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Privatization: 124 prison nurses get layoff notices
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has told 124 prison nurses that their jobs are being privatized, a move their union blasted Tuesday as retaliation for its rejection of a contract offer last year.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chicago police: Gang-rape investigation progressing
CHICAGO (AP) — Investigators are making good progress in identifying those who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old Chicago girl in an attack that was streamed on Facebook Live, authorities said.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Workers to appeal union fees case to high court
CHICAGO (AP) — Two state workers who joined Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s lawsuit arguing labor unions shouldn’t be allowed to collect fees from non-members say they’re appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Catholics' sacred relics part of Springfield discussion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Spiritual relics that Roman Catholics consider sacred will be part of an exposition Thursday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Program on 18th Century French settlements in Illinois
DECATUR, Ill. — Travel across the Midwest with guest speaker Bonnie Vega as she describes French settlement in Illinois, beginning in 1703. Vega’s presentation, 18th Century French Settlement in Illinois Country will be held at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Register online by March 24 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Court won't take up appeal of state worker pay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court won’t immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

State Sen. Biss says he's running for Illinois governor
CHICAGO (AP) — State Sen. Daniel Biss said Monday he’s running for Illinois governor in 2018, joining a growing field of Democrats hoping to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chicago teen was gang-raped on Facebook Live
CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Springfield releases body cam video after officer is charged
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Newly released Springfield police body camera footage shows an officer punching a 19-year-old man nearly a dozen times.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Anti-abortion doc, centers sue over state health law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An anti-abortion physician and two pregnancy help centers have filed a lawsuit alleging an Illinois law requiring them to discuss abortion with patients is unconstitutional. 
Monday, March 20, 2017

Donations made for 7 siblings after parents killed
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Donations are pouring in for seven southern Illinois siblings whose parents were found dead after a tragic chain of events last week.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Voters register objections to budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate’s “grand bargain” budget compromise has had a rough go, with false starts, misfires, a lukewarm Republican reception, and Democrats abruptly pulling the plug last month when GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner weighed in against it. And that doesn’t count taxpayers’ reaction. 
Monday, March 20, 2017

Team to review Papers of Lincoln
SPRINGFIELD – Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, announced today that a team of experts will review the library’s Papers of Abraham Lincoln project and make recommendations for the future of this vital initiative.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Chicago police investigate officer who raised money for kids
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police sergeant who helped give the department’s battered public image a lift by raising money for three little girls found in a filthy, unheated abandoned building last year is now the subject of an department probe into the fundraising effort.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Coroner: Man in fatal house fire was shot in the head
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man found dead inside a burned home in southern Illinois had been shot in the head, and a gun was found in his ex-wife’s SUV after she drove into a nearby lake and died shortly after the fire was reported, authorities said Friday.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Charges filed against parents of wounded toddler
CHICAGO (AP) — The parents of a Chicago toddler who was accidently shot in the head have been charged with crimes related to the shooting and the care of their other children.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Renovation of historic Galesburg theater gets rave reviews
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — The renovation of a more than 100-year-old theater in western Illinois is getting rave reviews.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Illinois ID cards aim to help drivers with disabilities
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — New identification cards in Illinois aim to ease interactions between police and people with disabilities.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

UI aid would support in-state students
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois would reserve 85 percent of financial aid for Illinois residents as part of a proposed five-year state funding agreement being considered in the Legislature.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Caterpillar hires ex US AG after raid
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. is hiring a former U.S. attorney general to help it sort out matters that sparked a federal raid on its headquarters in central Illinois.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Chicago woman in suitcase murder in Bali gives up custody of her baby
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American woman convicted in her mother’s “suitcase murder” in Indonesia gave custody of her young daughter on Friday to an Australian woman until her release from prison.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Mom found dead after infant saved in lake rescue
HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — A woman found dead in a  lake near Highland, Illinois, was identified Friday as the mother of an infant rescued hours earlier by a paramedic, who performed CPR on the hood of the submerged SUV in which the child was found floating shortly after a fatal fire erupted at their home.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Panel approves OT rule for home care workers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A legislative panel in Illinois has failed to block a new overtime rule for home care workers that is expected to be in place by late summer.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Durbin: Railway must do more on guns
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin told Norfolk Southern this week that it must do more to secure a major rail yard on Chicago’s South Side after three major gun thefts led to many of the weapons circulating in nearby violence-plagued neighborhoods, according to a letter the Illinois Democrat sent this week to the company’s CEO. 
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Manar's automatic voter registration plan advances
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Senate committee approved a new automatic voter registration plan Wednesday, sending to the floor a proposal that advocates say is tighter than one Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected last year.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Infant pulled from car in lake near Highland, Ill.
HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — An infant was hospitalized in St. Louis today after being found in a car that rolled into an Illinois lake.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Illinois House panel seeks yet another education funding reform proposal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The latest group of Illinois lawmakers to tackle the way the state finances public schools hopes to propose a new funding model and approve it this spring.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ethics: Aldermen warned against White Sox offer
CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the Chicago City Council are again being warned not to accept special offers for a seat at a popular sporting event.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Illinois' poor more often victims of violent crime

CHICAGO (AP) — People living in poverty in Illinois are more likely to become victims of violent crime than high income earners, whether they live in cities, suburbs or rural areas, according to a report released Wednesday by a Chicago research group. 

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

JB Pritzker takes step toward 2018 bid for governor
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker has taken the first formal step toward a 2018 challenge to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lawmakers revive automatic voter registration push
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State lawmakers are attempting to revive an effort that failed last year to bring automatic voter registration to Illinois.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

US atty. in Chicago resigns over persistent violence
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. attorney in Chicago who oversaw the hush-money case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and who helped focus federal scrutiny on local police resigned Monday, lamenting in an open letter that “at no moment” during his 3 1/2-year tenure “did the gun violence abate” in the nation’s third largest city. 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Guitierrez holds Chicago immigration office sit-in
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez was briefly handcuffed Monday during a sit-in at federal immigration offices in Chicago where activists’ demands included revocation of immigration-related executive orders, no future raids and reconsideration of a deportation case. 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Macon County owed thousands by state for prisoner autopsies
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois budget crisis has Macon County out thousands of dollars because it hasn’t been paid by the state for autopsies performed on prison inmates over the past two years.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Police believe St. Charles man killed twin daughters, self
ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — Shootings that left three people dead in suburban Chicago appear to be a murder-suicide carried out by a man who fatally shot his teenage twin daughters and wounded his wife before killing himself, police said Sunday.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Chicago city hall spent $1,300 on photos for mayor's speech
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration spent more than $1,300 on dozens of photographs featuring Emanuel that lined a union hall where he delivered an address last month on infrastructure needs.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Student from Ghana bonds with Peoria family
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Before she left her home in Ghana, Abigail Adusei had heard of Springfield because of Abraham Lincoln. She knew of Chicago because of Western movies, including the teen romantic comedy “High School Musical.”
Monday, March 13, 2017

Official's pay removed from health fund
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office has filed paperwork to ensure a new deputy governor isn’t paid from an insurance fund that is $4 billion behind on medical payments. 
Saturday, March 11, 2017

White-tail deer website to debut in April

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials are preparing to launch a website dedicated to the white-tailed deer in Illinois. 

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Labor experts unsure of future if state workers strike
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It’s unclear whether people who might replace state employees in the event of a strike by Illinois’ largest public-employee union could end up with permanent jobs.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

New law aimed at reducing state prison population
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has been joined by Democratic lawmakers to sign a measure his office says is “the most comprehensive criminal justice reform” in Illinois history.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Former prosecutor not guilty in first wife's death
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois prosecutor and University of Illinois football captain Curtis Lovelace was found not guilty Friday in his second murder trial for the Valentine’s Day 2006 death of his first wife.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Thousands join in St. Patrick's events in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of people turned out for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Chicago this weekend. 
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Senate Democrats decry lack of help on budget cuts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Senate Democrats are critiquing the budget-cutting prowess of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s cabinet. Committee chairmen decried Thursday the performance of agency heads who declined to specify in committee hearings this week where they could cut spending to balance the budget. In a state Capitol news conference, the Democrats flashed a board entitled: “Budget Cuts Offered by Bruce Rauner’s Agency Bosses: $0.00.”
Friday, March 10, 2017

Illinois official's pay was tied to a health care fund

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration had arranged to pay a new deputy governor out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state’s budget crisis, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Transfer of Drew Peterson to federal prison explained
CHICAGO (AP) — A memo says Illinois prison officials wanted Drew Peterson transferred to a federal prison because the former suburban police officer convicted of killing his third wife and plotting to kill the prosecutor posed a danger to the prison.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Chicago police want stricter gun sentencing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Senate proposal to increase prison sentences for repeat gun offenders would help curb the city’s rampant gun violence, Chicago’s top law enforcement officer said Thursday.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Illinois State University is digitizing more than 300 circus route books

By LENORE SOBOTA

The Pantagraph

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Maureen Brunsdale was in Sarasota, Florida for an induction ceremony at the Circus Ring of Fame when the announcement was made that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was ending its 146-year run.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Chicago tries to learn from New York's success
CHICAGO (AP) — Even before President Donald Trump tweeted a threat to send “in the Feds” to curb Chicago’s gun violence, he was saying on the campaign trail that there was a simple solution to the bloodshed: police should get tougher. Chicago should follow the lead of New York City, Trump’s administration has said, and crack down on even the smallest offenses.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Madigan introduces bill to make library freestanding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum into a freestanding institution in his proposed state budget, Speaker Michael J.. Madigan is introducing legislation to improve the administration of the library, advancing an effort prioritized by both Rauner and House Democrats.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lawyer to depose Hastert when he's released
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a sexual abuse victim of Dennis Hastert says she’ll depose the former U.S. House speaker after he’s released from federal custody.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chicago gets worst pension rating among nation's 15 largest cities
CHICAGO (AP) — A Wall Street rating agency says Chicago isn’t alone in grappling with underfunded city employee pensions, but that it’s in the worst shape among the nation’s 15 largest cities.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Judge: Comptroller may choose funds to pay workers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the Illinois state comptroller may direct which accounts should be used to pay state employees. 


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cook Co. employee gets $200,000 in comp time

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County’s top judge is reviewing the adult probation department’s compensation practices after one of its leaders accrued more than $200,000 in compensatory time.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mementos get sentimental journey
CROSSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Mementoes of a southern Illinois couple’s wedding and engagement have been found nearly 50 miles away after a tornado tore their home from its foundation.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

U of I aims to end binge drinking
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials are working with law enforcement in Champaign-Urbana to end a student tradition of binge drinking on what’s known as “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” after a student’s death this weekend.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Agency heads ready to talk budget, not budget cuts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday that Senate Democrats must make “real spending cuts” in their proposed budget compromise, just hours before his agency directors refused to offer suggestions for reductions when asked by Senate committees.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What govs are saying about the GOP health plan
(AP) — Some governors, including Republicans, are unhappy with a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law and say they will work on their own legislation to compete with the House bill introduced Monday.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tips for viewing Cubs Series trophy in Springfield tomorrow
SPRINGFIELD – The Chicago Cubs’ World Series Trophy will be on display Wednesday afternoon at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The following information may be helpful in your planning.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Road in Shawnee Forest is closing for snake migration
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A 2 1/2-mile road in the Shawnee National Forest is closing to allow snakes and other amphibians to migrate from the limestone bluffs where they’ve spent the winter to a nearby swamp. 
Monday, March 6, 2017

Chicago almost goes full week with out a fatal shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago nearly went a full week without a fatal shooting.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Many Illinois farmers ahead of schedule this year
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Unseasonably high temperatures have allowed Illinois farmers to work in the fields, but many of them are woandering how the weather will affect their crops and orchards.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Gambling proposal would add casinos in 6 places
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A proposal to expand casino gambling in Illinois would put new casinos in six locations, raising revenue for a cash-strapped state that’s been without a spending plan for two years.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Members of Congress urge Trump to release Asian carp report
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Three members of Congress are urging President Donald Trump to break a logjam on preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

February broke record for warm temperatures in Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The last month was the warmest February on record in Illinois.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Peanut butter substitute recalled after E. coli outbreak
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A peanut butter substitute sold by an Illinois company is being recalled because 12 cases of E. coli have been linked to the product.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Rauner barred from immediately imposing contract terms
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state’s largest public employee union.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Illinois inmate mistakenly released captured in Georgia
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man accused in a 2012 Chicago expressway killing and mistakenly released from state custody last month has been captured in Georgia.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Chance the Rapper, Illinois governor discuss school funding
CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper used a Friday sit-down with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to press for immediate funding for cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, but said he left “flustered” over “vague answers.”
Saturday, March 4, 2017

State spells out proposed services tax
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois would charge sales tax on storage lockers, private detectives, lawn care and body piercing under legislation introduced in the Senate on Thursday.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Feds raid Cat offices in probe related to Swiss unit
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials raided three central Illinois facilities of manufacturer Caterpillar on Thursday as part of an investigation the company said may be related to business with its Swiss subsidiary CSARL.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Railroad thefts and guns a deadly mix in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — When street-gang thieves slipped with ease into a Norfolk Southern rail yard on Chicago’s South Side and ripped locks off one train, they likely expected to see merchandise like toys or tennis shoes. What they beheld instead was a gangster’s jackpot: box after box of brand new guns.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Congressman rebuked for 'Oriental' description
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois congressman compared town hall meetings, which for many Republicans have turned into raucous affairs, to the practice of “cleansing” by “Orientals.”
Friday, March 3, 2017

U of I asks departments to cut budgets 2 percent
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The state’s ongoing budget deadlock has spurred the University of Illinois to ask its departments to cut an average of about 2 percent from their budgets.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Man given 8 year prison sentence for taking bathroom videos
CHICAGO (AP) — A man arrested with video recordings of children using the bathroom at Chicago’s Wrigley Field has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Illinois man dies, raising Midwestern storm death toll

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man has died after being struck by a tree during a powerful Midwestern storm, raising the death toll for the regional storms to four.

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Illinois Senate returns to work after budget deal fizzles
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate returns to work a day after acrimony over a failed attempt to reach a budget compromise. 
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Athletes have mixed feelings about 'Lady' nickname
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — When Northern Illinois women’s basketball coach Lisa Carlsen was a player from 1988-92, her college had two different names for the basketball teams.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

AFSCME threatens strike against Illinois Taxpayers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor Rauner has signed labor agreements with 20 unions. But offered similar, common-sense proposals like overtime eligibility after 40 hours instead of 37.5, AFSCME now wants its members to strike against our State’s hardworking taxpayers.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Illinois Products Expo returns to Springfield with taste of Illinois
SPRINGFIELD — This year, the 19th annual Illinois Products Expo will offer a 'Taste of Illinois agriculture' as visitors will be able to taste, sample and purchase all of what Illinois has to offer.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Old State Capitol celebrating
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Old State Capitol historic site will celebrate the anniversary of Springfield’s selection as the new Illinois capital Friday with free coffee and the chance to win a Cubs “W” flag that flew over the historic building.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Senate confirms Montana Rep. Zinke for Interior
WASHINGTON (AP) — Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke won Senate confirmation today as President Donald Trump’s Interior secretary, giving him responsibility for overseeing the nation’s 400 million acres of public land, mostly in the West.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chicago's lack of snow in 2017 sets 146-year record

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago hasn’t logged any snow on the ground in January or February for the first time in the 146 years that the National Weather Service has been keeping track. 

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Some facts about hail from the NWS
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2 killed in Illinois during Tuesday storms
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — A spring-like storm system that killed at least three people, two in Illinois) as it spawned tornadoes and damaged dozens of homes in the central U.S. rumbled eastward today, putting about 95 million people in its path, forecasters said.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ISP arrest Spfld. officer for misconduct
SPRINGFIELD — On February 27, 2017, the Illinois State Police (ISP) was requested by the Springfield Police Department (SPD) to investigate a report of an altercation between an on-duty SPD Officer and a 19 year-old male from Springfield.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Illinois Senate makes progress on 'grand bargain'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate lurched forward on a budget compromise Tuesday but the critical votes for breaking the historic budget stalemate were scheduled on the floor today.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Duckworth disses Trump for his military comments
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost both legs in combat, criticized President Donald Trump’s comments that Americans “don’t fight to win” wars, saying the remarks show he isn’t fit to be commander in chief. 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chicago schools continue in court to seek funding
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools officials on Monday said the nation’s third largest school system will end the academic year three weeks early if the state of Illinois does not provide enough funds to close a deficit and provide teacher pension fund release.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Southern Illinois town backs immigrant
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois community that solidly backed President Donald Trump has rallied behind a Mexican restaurant manager who doesn’t have legal permission to live in the U.S. and has been detained by immigration officials. 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Many state symbols on chopping block in Spfld.

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

SPRINGFIELD — As if any more controversy was needed in Springfield, a Senate bill is seeking to drop all Illinois state symbols except the flag, seal, motto, and song.  Though it’s unlikely the measure will pass, a myriad of unique and quirky symbols are in jeopardy.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Memorial holding mental health first aid sessions
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Behavioral Health will host two opportunities for the public to receive training to learn how to identify and respond to people showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

LLCC hosting fifth annual college prep summit
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College is hosting the fifth annual College Prep Summit Thursday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Trutter Center, LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road. LLCC’s Office of Retention and Student Success is partnering with Springfield School District 186 and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to present the event.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Deaths were murder-suicide

HERRIN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say they believe the shootings deaths of two people in the southern Illinois community of Herrin was a murder-suicide. 

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Ill. tollway eliminating buckets to catch coin tolls
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — The large plastic buckets that Illinois Tollway drivers usually toss change into to pay tolls soon will be eliminated.
Monday, February 27, 2017

United Airlines' new destinations include Champaign

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — United Airlines says it’s adding new destinations in smaller cities this summer including Champaign. 

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

High levels of manganese found on Chicago's far South Side neighborhood
CHICAGO (AP) — Dusty mounds of petroleum coke are no longer in Chicago, but federal and city officials have discovered a potentially more dangerous kind of pollution while investigating the black piles that once towered above the city’s far South Side.
Monday, February 27, 2017

2nd murder trial for ex-Illinois prosecutor delayed 1 day
CHICAGO (AP) — The retrial of a former Illinois prosecutor charged with first-degree murder in the death of his first wife has been delayed by one more day. 
Monday, February 27, 2017

School seminar near Chicago sparks civil rights, race debate
WINNETKA, Ill. (AP) — When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago’s wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drafted two National Book Award winners as keynote speakers and crafted a syllabus that would be the envy of most liberal arts colleges.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Doctors warn against teen pot use amid looser marijuana laws

CHICAGO (AP) — An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Family dog key part of goose hunting expeditions
ULLIN, Ill. (AP) — It had been a fairly eventful morning in the Wilson family goose pit.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Historic 'Mill' in Lincoln to open with celebration
LINCOLN, Ill.  — On April 29th, 2017, The Mill on Route 66 will open for the first time ever as a Route 66 museum. Plans include a gift shop, featuring unique local items, and Route 66 souvenirs.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

University to honor poet Gwendolyn Brooks' legacy

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Chicago is honoring the legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks with events including a major gathering of writers, musicians and scholars.

 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Illinois lawmaker aims to legalize possession of noise suppressors on guns
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker is looking to legalize the possession of noise suppressors in Illinois in order to reduce the risk of hearing damage from shooting a gun.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

How to buy a home when you haven't sold yours

 You've found the perfect new home for your family, but your current house hasn't sold yet. You can't afford to carry two mortgages, or maybe you were counting on money from your sale to help with the down payment and closing costs.


Friday, February 24, 2017

AG Madigan convenes summit on Trump orders
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has convened legal and civil rights organizations in the wake of what she calls “troubling” executive orders issued by President Donald Trump. 
Friday, February 24, 2017

Speaker Madigan forms school funding panel

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a panel to pick up where a recent commission left off revamping the state’s outdated public school funding formula.

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fraternity is suspended
CHICAGO (AP) — Loyola University in Chicago has suspended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity as it investigates the organization for hazing.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Fungus on landscape shrubs found in so. Illinois

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have discovered a devastating fungus that can kill popular landscape shrubbery. 

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Springfield officer won't face charges
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield police officer won’t face criminal charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man during an altercation.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Cantigny Park undergoing renovation
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Cantigny Park outside Chicago, once the private estate of a former publisher of the Chicago Tribune, will be getting a face lift over the next five years.
Friday, February 24, 2017

12 CPD SWAT members disciplined
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say 12 Chicago police SWAT team members were suspended for a day without pay after they failed to fully clear a house following a December standoff.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Missing deputy cold case gets lead
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are digging up a Joliet basement as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a former Will County sheriff’s deputy who went missing more than a quarter century ago.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cubs World Series trophy in Springfield March 8
SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes the Chicago Cubs Trophy Tour, presented by State Farm, Wednesday, March 8.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Deere CEO says company will stay in Quad Cities
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — The CEO of Deere & Co. says the company will keep its world headquarters in Moline for as long as he’s around.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Durbin urges med, dental schools to combat drug crisis
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants medical and dental schools in Illinois to have training sessions on responsible opioid prescription.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jackson, Jr. gets $138K in benefits after doing time in jail
CHICAGO (AP) — Records from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s divorce case show how the federal government has given him large benefit checks after he served time in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign fund.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Illinois union okays strike over contract
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Illinois government workers have voted in favor of authorizing a strike if contract talks don’t progress. 
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chicago schools: "To be very clear, CPS does not provide assistance to ICE"
CHICAGO (AP) — As educators around the United States wonder whether a crackdown on immigrants will reach their schoolhouse doors, principals in Chicago have been given a simple order: Do not let federal immigration agents in without a criminal warrant. 
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Two plans afloat to name state highways for Obama
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from Chicago want portions of Illinois highways named for former President Barack Obama.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Plight of company towns like Decatur and Peoria: finding a new identity
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year's State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring "We wouldn't be Peoria without Caterpillar."
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chicago students to see 'Hamilton'
HICAGO (AP) — An education program that debuted last year with the megahit musical “Hamilton” on Broadway is coming to the touring company in Chicago. 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017










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