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Alderman challenging Emanual for mayor
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago alderman said Saturday he’ll challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015, saying the city deserves a leader who looks out for everyday people.
Saturday, September 13, 2014


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Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state lawmaker who sponsored Illinois’ medical marijuana law said it bars the release of information about those applying to grow and sell the drug to prevent the state officials who review the applications from being influenced by political connections.
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Illinois still employs 173 who were hired improperly
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration hired more than 60 percent of the Illinois Department of Transportation workers whose employment was deemed improper by a state ethics watchdog, a document released Friday shows.
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Columbus ship replicas dock at Peoria riverfront
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Two replicas of ships sailed by Christopher Columbus on his way to the New World in 1492 docked on the Peoria riverfront Thursday for a 10-day visit.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Escorting The Wall
A flag-bearing member of the procession which led a traveling wall honoring the more than 58,300 Americans who died in the Vietnam War arrives in Carbondale yesterday.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Enthusiasts try to save Delta Queen
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A group of riverboat enthusiasts is trying to get the 1920s era paddlewheeler Delta Queen back on the Mississippi River.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Program to help women get active outdoors turns 20
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois program to help women become outdoors enthusiasts will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Federal appeals court in Chicago considers Wisconsin's voter ID law
CHICAGO (AP) — Three Republican-appointed federal judges heard arguments today on whether a Wisconsin law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls should be reactivated in time for the November elections following a nearly three-year legal battle.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Lawmakers push for police cameras
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois lawmakers on Thursday pushed for a hike in traffic and other fines to raise money for police body cameras and dashboard cameras in the wake of the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Bulls open new practice facility in city
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls today officially opened the team’s new training facility next door to Chicago’s United Center, moving into the city from the suburbs.
Friday, September 12, 2014

'2nd Fridays' continues on Chicago's Michigan Ave.
CHICAGO (AP) — A program to draw more visitors to a less-traveled section of Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue is continuing into autumn, officials said Thursday.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Missouri lawmakers expand guns in schools, cities
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers expanded the potential for teachers to bring guns in schools and residents to openly carry firearms in cities on Thursday by overriding a veto of legislation by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

I-70 shutdown averted yesterday near Ferguson
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A planned highway shutdown fell through Wednesday as a wall of officers in riot gear kept people who planned to protest the Ferguson police shooting from walking onto Interstate 70 during the late afternoon commute.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Caterpillar plans new lab at U of I
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. plans to open a new data analytics laboratory at the University of Illinois, the Peoria-based company announced this week.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Illinoisians React To Speech
CHICAGO (AP) — Some members of Illinois’ congressional delegation appear to be somewhat behind President Obama’s plan for a military campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants in two Middle East nations.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Judge awards $10-million to school over collapsed mine
GILLESPIE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois school district has been awarded nearly $10 million in a lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad after claiming a collapsed mine left an elementary school damaged.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

U of I Says 'No' To Professor
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois trustees today decided not to hire a professor who previously lost a job offer at the school because of anti-Israel Twitter messages.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Oberweis' Views on The Issues
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Republican challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in November, sat down with The Associated Press this week for a wide-ranging interview.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

'Portrait of a Soldier' goes on display in Chicago
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today commemorated Patriot Day and opened the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial exhibit at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Profane professors who lost U of I job offer wants the position
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A professor who lost a job offer from the University of Illinois over dozens of sometimes-profane Twitter messages that critics deemed anti-Semitic demanded Tuesday that he be given the position and threatened to take legal action otherwise.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mum's the word on medical marijuana
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It’s unclear if Illinois officials will release complete information about companies seeking to grow or sell medical marijuana in Illinois because the state law that legalized medical marijuana exempts prospective companies’ applications from open records laws.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Highland teachers vote to strike
HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — Teachers in a southwestern Illinois school district authorized a strike Tuesday night and rejected the school board’s latest contract offer after hours of negotiations.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chicago train derails this morning at rush hour
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago Transit Authority train derailed Wednesday on the Blue Line, causing major disruption on a key commuter artery at morning rush hour.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Industry seeks changes in fracking rules
CHICAGO (AP) — Supporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said today that they’ll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules to govern the practice in Illinois that appear to violate a hard-won compromise between industry and environmentalists.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

State praises grandparents raising their grandchildren;
SPRINGFIELD — In observance of Grandparents Day this past Sunday, September 7, Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., praises grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and reminded about support services. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

UIS reports highest enrollment in school's history
SPRINGFIELD – Fall 2014 enrollment at the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois is up by nearly 300 students compared to the previous fall semester. According to the official fall census, the total number of students enrolled at UIS after the first 10 days of classes is 5,431.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SIU Chancellor says more work needs to be done
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus still has much work to do to increase enrollment and retain students, interim chancellor Paul Sarvela said Monday during his first State of the University address.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Historical marker points to once-secret corn plot
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — After months of research, historians have discovered a once-secret plot of farmland that served as a testing ground for the first hybrid corn breeding experiment in northern Illinois.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Terror plotter Padilla gets new 21-year sentence
MIAMI (AP) — Convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla was handed a new prison sentence Tuesday of 21 years after a federal appeals court ruled his original 17-year sentence was too lenient.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

More suicides prompt awareness efforts in Illinois
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Officials worried about a surge in suicides in southwestern Illinois’ St. Clair County said they hope increased use of social media about the issue saves lives.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Project C.U.R.E sending supplies to Sierra Leone
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado-based charity that provides medical equipment to developing countries is preparing to send a shipment of supplies to Sierra Leone to help prevent the spread of Ebola.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New proposal would allow cameras at nursing homes
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Monday said she will fight for new legislation that would let nursing home residents and their families have video or audio recording devices in their rooms to monitor patient treatment.
Monday, September 8, 2014

Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of children in about a dozen states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials suspect may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.
Monday, September 8, 2014

Business, farm groups oppose EPA water changes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A coalition of Illinois business organizations, professional associations and farm groups today hosted a news conference to discuss impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposed changes to the regulations connected to the Clean Water Act.
Monday, September 8, 2014

Letter carriers honored for rescue
EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Two East Peoria letter carriers are receiving a national award for rescuing a 12-year-old boy from a registered sex offender who was later convicted of kidnapping.
Monday, September 8, 2014

ISU President 'enjoying the heck' out of the new job
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University’s president has started his first full academic year with an eye toward more stable leadership after last year’s upheaval, and he says that so far he’s enjoying every aspect of the job.
Monday, September 8, 2014

4 Children killed in Chicago fire
CHICAGO (AP) — Four children died in a fire on Chicago’s South Side early Monday and their mother and her boyfriend were critically injured after jumping from a third-story window to escape the blaze, the fire department said.
Monday, September 8, 2014

Some cancers up in kids, but still rare
CHICAGO (AP) — Children’s kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years, and though the diseases are rare, experts wonder if the rising rates could be related to obesity.
Monday, September 8, 2014

Moody's: Ill. pension debt versus revenue is worst
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A major credit-rating house reports that Illinois’ pension liability as a percentage of its revenue is far and away the nation’s highest.
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Durbin: Pentagon should review police gear program
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s No. 2 Democrat on Friday asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review a program that provides high-powered rifles and other surplus military equipment to civilian police departments across the country.
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Chicago gang leader charged in death of informant
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who allegedly led a gang known for excessive violence has been charged in the death of a federal informant.
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Workers comp reform draws praise
CHICAGO — State officials this week announced that Illinois worker’s compensation rates have dropped nearly 20 points in the last three years.
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Judge weighs case of man accused of burning woman
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois judge is deliberating the fate of a man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire.
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Liquor sales bill helps store with political ties
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing a specific grocery store with political connections to get around the ban on liquor sales near churches.
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Corvette Welcome Fest Downtown Party & Corvette Funfest happen this month
EFFINGHAM — Corvette Funfest kicks off September 18th with the Fun Run Road Tour from Mid America Motorworks to Downtown Effingham.
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Doctor: Progress slow on mental health in prisons
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A doctor testified in federal court that Illinois is lagging behind in improving conditions for hundreds of mentally ill inmates.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Quinn wants new review of IDOT hiring
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he’ll ask the Illinois Department of Transportation’s secretary for a new review of hiring connected to a position that’s been the subject of an investigative report and federal lawsuit.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Pretty praire blooms near Lexington, IL
LEXINGTON, Ill. (AP) — On gently rolling land where wheat once grew, yellow coneflowers and purple bergamot blossoms explode amid a sea of other native plants that include the state’s official prairie grass, big bluestem.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Association gets grant for interior work at Edwards Place
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Springfield Art Association has received a $4,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Land of Lincoln’s Historic Preservation Fund to reproduce wallpaper for historic Edwards Place, which is currently being restored to its 1858 appearance.
Friday, September 5, 2014

House Dems meeting quietly on school funding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A number of top Democratic House lawmakers have been quietly meeting to discuss a proposed overhaul of Illinois’ dated school funding formula, which, if approved, would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier suburban districts.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Federal budget crunch idles Guard units in several states, Ilinois included
CINCINNATI (AP) — Many of the nation’s citizen-soldiers, whose motto is “Always Ready, Always There,” won’t be at regular training drills this weekend because of a federal funding shortfall.
Friday, September 5, 2014

O'Malley to appear with Durbin in Illinois Sat.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is scheduled to visit three states this weekend, including Iowa, as he hosts fundraisers for Democratic candidates.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Training Navy doctors for Battle
CHICAGO (AP) — The patient had been shot on the streets of Chicago, but when Dr. Jared Bernard stood over his open body in the operating room, he could see that the single bullet had unleashed the same kind of massive infection inflicted by roadside bombs in Afghanistan.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Applications for medical marijuana ID cards 2,000+
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 2,000 people have applied for ID cards allowing them to use medical marijuana since the application process began this week.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Woman killed in Chicago by falling masonry
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman walking along a Chicago street with a friend was killed when she was struck by masonry that fell from a landmark church.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Ill. teacher admits making in-school bomb threat
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois woman faces up to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge that she threatened to blow up the high school where she taught special education.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Some Illinois police wear body cameras
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies and correctional officers in central Illinois’ tiny DeWitt County have been wearing body cameras since December, but it wasn’t until a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August that other departments around the state took notice.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Metra CEO settlement cost rail agency $1.3 million
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago area’s Metra commuter rail agency has released accounting details showing the departure of its former chief executive cost taxpayers more than $1.3 million.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Uof I Chicago pitches for competing med school
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois College of Medicine is now proposing that a potential engineering-based medical program be in Chicago rather than Urbana-Champaign.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Millennials less trusting than Gen X
CHICAGO (AP) — They’re often pegged as the civic-minded, do-gooding generation. But while they’re still optimistic about their own personal prospects, a new study finds that today’s youth are often more skeptical of the country’s institutions than the young generations that preceded them.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Opponents of Illinois mine hope to stop permit
HOMER, Ill. (AP) — Opponents of a coal mine proposed for eastern Illinois are trying to muster opposition as state regulators consider whether to grant the operation a permit.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Schools start year with 24 new mandates
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Schools in Illinois have begun their academic years with two dozen new requirements from lawmakers that don’t come with any corresponding state funding.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Illinois Medicaid pushes for long acting birth control to save money
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration wants to double down on long-acting birth control methods for the poor in an effort to save taxpayer money on unplanned pregnancies, a strategy that is raising concern among Catholic health care systems.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Schools in Illinois rewarding biliteracy
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is expected to soon be one of a handful of states that formally recognize students’ mastery of two or more languages.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

EPA okays FutureGen plan for CO2 storage
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said it has approved permits for the FutureGen clean coal project to store carbon dioxide underground, a key step in the longstanding plan to build the project.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Gov. candidates talks jobs, veterans
CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Illinois governor kicked off the post-Labor Day campaign season Tuesday, with Gov. Pat Quinn publicizing his efforts to live on a minimum wage budget and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner hammering the Chicago Democrat’s record on veterans.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ISP vehicle overturns following collision at Dirsken and South Grand
SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois State Police trooper and a 59 year-old Macon woman were both transported to Memorial Medical Center yesterday afternoon with minor injuries following a collision at the intersection of South Grand Avenue and Dirksen Parkway in Springfield.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

School starts in Chicago with more safety guards
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago children returned to school Tuesday walking past even more guards than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

US eating habits improve a bit - except among poor
CHICAGO (AP) — Americans’ eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Quinn: Eating crackers on minimum wage challenge
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says his experience trying to live on the minimum wage for a week has meant graham crackers for dinner.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MDA telethon raises $56.9 million
CHICAGO (AP) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s nationally broadcast annual telethon raised more than $56.9 million in contributions over the Labor Day weekend.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Newborn baby found alive inside trash bin
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Police say a newborn baby found alive inside a trash bin in the central Illinois community of Jacksonville is in good condition.

Lt. Chris Johnson of the Jacksonville Police Department says authorities are still searching for the mother of the infant. The baby was apparently placed in the trash bin Saturday morning, less than 12 hours after it was born.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cubs to host Jackie Robinson West little leaguers
CHICAGO (AP) — A championship team will be at Wrigley Field on Labor Day: The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars.

The team that won the national Little League championship game before falling to South Korea in the world championship game last month will be honored by the Cubs on Monday.

Monday, September 1, 2014

SIU hoping enrollment doesn't fall again this year
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Officials at Southern Illinois University say they’re “guardedly optimistic” new figures will show an end to a trend of dropping enrollments.
Monday, September 1, 2014

Parvovirus attacking puppies in Illinois
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — As Abigail E. Rigby, a 1-year-old pug, had her yearly checkup and vaccinations on Aug. 12 at Bortell Animal Hospital in Bloomington, she was standing up to two infectious diseases that have sickened an untold number of dogs this summer in in Central Illinois.
Monday, September 1, 2014

Illinois museum to display 1916 military equipment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — If you’ve ever wondered how Americans waged war 100 years ago, the Illinois State Military Museum will give you a glimpse of the past.
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beyond gov's race, big stakes in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — Anyone in Illinois who’s turned on a television in recent weeks knows the race for governor is shaping up as a no-holds-barred, no-expenses-spared slugfest. While the contest between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner could be one of the hardest fought and closely watched races in the nation, there’s plenty more at stake up and down the Nov. 4 ballot.
Saturday, August 30, 2014

U of I smoking ban applies to football tailgaters
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is reminding football fans that its new smoke-free campus policy applies to tailgaters in Memorial Stadium parking lots.
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Voter mood likely to play big in Illinois elections
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The candidates for Illinois congressional seats heard all about it during visits with voters in August: Disgust with Washington. Dismay over accusations and negative advertising in Illinois’ state races. Lack of interest in the Nov. 4 election. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Offers of help pour in for homeless Little League champ
CHICAGO (AP) — Offers of help have been pouring in since a Chicago newspaper published a story revealing that the family of one of the players on the Little League championship team has struggled with homelessness.
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Trio of 'Horse Track Collectors' Proclaim: Arlington Park The Favorite
ELY, Nev. (AP) — A trio of horse racing fans who have made a hobby out of traveling the country to visit different horse tracks are proud to say they now can check the White Pine County Horse Races off their list.
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Agency issues long-awaited fracking rules
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released a long-awaited plan toay to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois but environmentalists fear may be too lenient.
Friday, August 29, 2014

Governor hopefuls rip each other
CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Illinois governor sharpened their attacks on each other Thursday, with Gov. Pat Quinn saying Bruce Rauner’s plan to tax some services will help wealthy people like Rauner but hurt hardworking families, and the Republican businessman calling Quinn’s efforts to address improper political hiring “a charade.”
Friday, August 29, 2014

Former Adams County prosecutor is charged with first-degree murder
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Curtis D. Lovelace, an All-Big Ten center at Illinois who later became an Adams County assistant state’s attorney, was formerly charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of his wife.
Friday, August 29, 2014

15 injured in shuttle bus crash at O'Hare
CHICAGO (AP) — A shuttle bus has struck a concrete barrier on a road at O’Hare International Airport, clogging traffic heading to one of the terminals at the start of the busy Labor Day travel period.
Friday, August 29, 2014

Injunction granted to end retiree premium hike
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Sangamon County judge issued a preliminary injunction barring Illinois from collecting higher health care insurance premiums from retired state employees.
Friday, August 29, 2014

Illinois man charged with copper theft, battery
LITCHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man has been charged with stealing copper wire from cellphone towers and fighting with authorities while resisting arrest.
Friday, August 29, 2014

DNR $1 licenses for Illinois seniors not ready
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says a system offering hunting and fishing licenses at a reduced price is not yet ready.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

U of I plans to boost cell phone reception at stadium
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials plan to make it easier for sports fans to use cellphones at Memorial Stadium.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Renovations complete at Springfield Supreme Court building
SPRINGFIELD, Ill (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court building officially reopened Wednesday after 13 months of extensive renovation work.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Safe Passage: $10M for Chicago schools
CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois is giving Chicago Public Schools $10 million to expand a program aimed at providing safer routes to classes.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tripping seniors to stop future falls
CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it’s not some kind of warped practical joke.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Galesburg teachers end strike after contract deal
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Galesburg teachers have ended a two-week strike after their union reached a tentative contract agreement with the board of education.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Children's Hospital opens $1M garden
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Children’s Hospital of Illinois is opening a $1 million rooftop garden for families of patients in pediatric critical care.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

2 Hillsboro women charged with cooking meth in church
HILLSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois authorities have charged two women with cooking methamphetamine in a rural Hillsboro church.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mom of Bali murder suspect opens site for fundraising
CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a man allegedly involved in the death in Indonesia of his girlfriend’s mother has created an online fundraising page to raise money to pay for a lawyer.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

New China exhibit to open at Field
CHICAGO (AP) — The Field Museum is announcing plans to open a new permanent exhibition on China.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Apple River fort to host pioneer event
ELIZABETH, Ill. (AP) — Fans of Illinois history will get a chance to see how early settlers made tools and bullets.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lincoln library plans Stevenson family exhibit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are planning an exhibit featuring former Gov. Adlai Stevenson II and his family’s political dynasty.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

New forensics lab opens in Belleville
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Police has a new forensics laboratory to help solve crimes.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Still unclear how mortar shell ended up at plant
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Investigators are still trying to determine how a live mortar shell ended up at a recycling plant in southwestern Illinois where it exploded and killed two people this week.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014











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