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Cary woman writes, illustrates cookbook
In this Jan. 21, 2017 photo, Marilyn Penny Welch poses for a portrait with her new cookbook of old family recipes at her shop, Emporium of Long Grove, in Long Grove, Ill. Welch self-published the book which has sold more than 300 copies since November. She's working on a second edition to be released this summer.
In this Jan. 21, 2017 photo, Marilyn Penny Welch poses for a portrait with her new cookbook of old family recipes at her shop, Emporium of Long Grove, in Long Grove, Ill. Welch self-published the book which has sold more than 300 copies since November. She's working on a second edition to be released this summer.
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Marilyn Penney Welch’s self-published cookbook is one part labor of love, a pinch of nostalgia, and heaping cup of happy accident.
Saturday, February 18, 2017


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U of Illinois police issue letter about sexual assaults
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Police at the University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign have issued a letter about sexual assaults after three were reported in recent weeks.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Amtrak officer charged with killing unarmed man in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — An Amtrak police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed Minneapolis man outside Chicago’s Union Station was ordered held on $250,000 bail Friday.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Semi driver gets 10-year sentence for crash that killed 5
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — An Indiana semi-truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people in northern Illinois has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Police: Man charged in shooting death of Chicago toddler
CHICAGO (AP) — A man has been charged in a Chicago shooting captured on video that killed two people, including a toddler, and wounded a pregnant woman, police said Saturday.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

College admission bill advances in Illinois House
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10 percent of their high school’s graduating class.
Friday, February 17, 2017

AG to appeal denial of request to halt worker pay
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A judge on Thursday denied a request by the Illinois attorney general to stop paying state workers unless lawmakers resolve an ongoing budget impasse.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Michel, GOP leader skilled at deal-making, dies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Michel, an affable Illinois congressman who served as leader of the Republican House minority for 14 years and was skilled at seeking compromise critical in getting many initiatives of two Republican presidents through Congress, died Friday. He was 93.
Friday, February 17, 2017

WWII pilot's family to honor O'Hare namesake
CHICAGO (AP) — Family members of Navy pilot Edward “Butch” O’Hare are gathering at his namesake Chicago airport to mark the 75th anniversary of his heroic World War II mission.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Judge takes up Illinois worker pay
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A judge is set to consider a request to halt paychecks for some 63,000 state workers until lawmakers resolve Illinois’ nearly two-year budget impasse. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

A look at how the budget fight has affected residents
CHICAGO (AP) — The fight over Illinois’ state budget has been directly felt by more than 1 million residents, from people with disabilities to seniors and college students. It also has exacerbated the state’s already pathetic financial situation. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Polar bear moves to Chicago's Brookfield Zoo to find romance
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio zoo’s polar bear is off to Chicago to find love.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Chicago PD investigating FB video
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on deadly violence in Chicago (all times local):
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Students, faculty oppose ex-Trump campaign manager's campus visit
CHICAGO (AP) — Some University of Chicago students and faculty are vowing to protest the appearance of a former manager of President Donald Trump’s run for the White House.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Exelon rivals sue to block billions in subsidies
CHICAGO (AP) — Competitors of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday opposing legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to the power giant.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Charges filed in young girl's shooting death in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of an 11-year-old Chicago girl who was shot in the head over the weekend. 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

18,000 call in to Illinois US Rep's phone town hall
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — About 18,000 callers participated in a telephone town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a suburban Chicago Republican who has been criticized for canceling smaller in-person meetings and declining debates.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Study: Surgeons rude to patients may pose problem in the operating room
CHICAGO (AP) — Surgeons who are rude to patients and others may pose a problem in the operating room, according to a study linking unprofessional doctor behavior with infections and other surgery complications.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LLCC scholarship deadline March 1
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation 2017-2018 scholarship application deadline is March 1. Students considering or planning to attend LLCC beginning in fall 2017 are encouraged to apply.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Illinois hoping to help workers save for retirement
CHICAGO (AP) — States are moving forward with new initiatives to help workers save for retirement.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

State seeks nominations for gov's volunteer service awards
SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is accepting nominations for the eighth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.  These awards recognize individual volunteers and for-profit businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois. 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Chicago Police: Girls shot weren't intended targets
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say the two young girls who were critically wounded in separate weekend shootings on Chicago’s South Side were not the intended victims.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Illinois worker pay battle to resurface in court, assembly
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The question of whether to continue paying government workers during Illinois's budget stalemate will surface again this week as a court takes up the state attorney general's motion to halt payments and lawmakers consider a threat by Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto one of two proposals to keep them going.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Judge to hear arguments on Dakota Access pipeline work
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two American Indian tribes have asked a federal judge to stop construction of the last stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline, adding a religious freedom component to their argument that it would endanger their cultural sites and water supply.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Chicago's surgery museum plans sex reassignment exhibit
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago museum that chronicles the history of surgery is planning an exhibit on sex-reassignment procedures.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Head-on crash on rural road kills drivers of ATV, dirt bike
KIRKLAND, Ill. (AP) — DeKalb County authorities say two Illinois men died in a head-on crash on a rural road between an all-terrain vehicle and a dirt bike.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Course offers help for teen drivers with attention disorder
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area students with attention deficit disorder are getting special attention when they learn to drive.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Illinois historic sites to offer electronic donation option
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois soon will give visitors a chance to donate online to free-admission historic sites such as Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb and the Old State Capitol.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Chicago police officer won't be charged in double-fatal shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer who fatally shot a college student and his neighbor while responding to a domestic disturbance in 2015 won’t be charged, prosecutors announced Friday.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Swimsuit costs cause quite a stir at Chicago-area public school district
FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has scrutinized the cost of swimsuits for physical education classes at a Chicago suburb school district
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Man shot by Amtrak officer is paralyzed
CHICAGO (AP) — A Minneapolis man shot in Chicago by an Amtrak police officer is paralyzed and clinging to life, relatives of the man said Friday.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hunters and trappers take 141 bobcats in first Illinois season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 150 bobcats were taken during the first season that a new law allowed the previously endangered animals to be hunted. 

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Woman shot by Chicago police outside store dies
CHICAGO (AP) — A 55-year-old woman shot by Chicago police outside a store has died. 
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Governor and Chicago mayor visit auto show's opening day
CHICAGO (AP) — An auto show that organizers bill as the largest of its kind in North America is open. The 2017 Chicago Auto Show opened Saturday and elected officials including Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bourne to serve on education funding committee, among others
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — This week, the Illinois House of Representatives returned to Springfield and began legislative hearings for the new 100th General Assembly. Members of the House and Senate were given their committee assignments prior to this week’s start of hearings based on their areas of expertise and previous legislative experience.
Friday, February 10, 2017

SIU trustees approve 3.9 percent rate hike
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees have approved a 3.9 percent increase undergraduate tuition for the Carbondale campus and eliminated out-of-state fees.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Group urges dramatic steps, quick action on state budget
CHICAGO (AP) — A new report says Illinois’ financial situation is so bad that the state would have to slash spending by more than 26 percent to balance next year’s budget through cuts alone.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Illinois mayor was punched in face while shopping
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A mayor in southern Illinois says a man punched him in the face while he was shopping at a store.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Rauner and lawmakers can't agree on who writes school funding plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — When it comes to the complex, politically prickly topic of overhauling public school funding in Illinois, lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office can’t even agree on who should take the first step. 
Friday, February 10, 2017

Central Illinois sisters deliver babies 1 day apart
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Kristin Werner’s plan for Tuesday was to visit her sister, Lindsay Litwiller, and Lindsay’s newborn daughter.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Lawmakers aim to make Obama's birthday a holiday in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from Chicago have proposed bills to make former President Barack Obama’s birthday a state holiday.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Message to Trump: House panel okays abortion protection
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation that attempts to ensure abortion remains legal in Illinois regardless of what happens on the federal level moved to the House floor Wednesday.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Still no solution to the nation's longest state budget drought since WWII
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois senators’ attempt to break a budget stalemate Wednesday did not bode well for ending the nation’s longest state-budget drought since World War II, but Republicans and Democrats say they will continue negotiating nevertheless.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kennedy to run for governor
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy said today he will run for Illinois governor in 2018, bringing the instant name recognition of his family’s political legacy to what will likely be a sharply contested race to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Senate back in session seeking compromise on budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate is back in session Wednesday trying to deliver a compromise budget plan. 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lawsuit filed against Lottery company
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys have filed a lawsuit alleging that the company that manages the Illinois Lottery defrauded businesses that sold scratch-off tickets and the customers who bought them by manipulating the number of winning tickets available for purchase, among other things.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Brothers add robotic system to dairy south of Carthage
CARTHAGE, Ill. (AP) — The cows are lining up to be milked at Udder Hill Dairy south of Carthage.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Scores of EPA workers object to Trump's pick to lead agency
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of current and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s pick to head the department.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Peoria housing facility for needy veterans plans new wing
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois group is making progress on expanding housing for needy veterans.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Illinois Senate returns, promises to push budget deal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate returns to Springfield along with a promise of continued work on a budget compromise.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Trucking bed and body company to add 250 jobs in Quincy
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A trucking bed and body company says it plans to expand in western Illinois, eventually adding as many as 250 jobs.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Travel ban lifted for now, but for how long?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota are telling a federal appeals court that restoring President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would “unleash chaos again.”
Monday, February 6, 2017

Reward is offered in vandalism of Chicago synagogue
CHICAGO (AP) — A community activist is offering $500 for information about the vandal who smashed a window at a downtown Chicago synagogue and put stickers with swastikas on the building's front door.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Chicago agrees to settle for $20M with red-light camera co.
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago has settled a lawsuit for $20 million that it filed against a red-light camera company whose former chief executive pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Backers want Illinois to be sanctuary state

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois legislators are proposing to boost immigrant protections statewide in response to President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, a move advocates say would essentially give the state "sanctuary" status.

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Shedd Aquarium euthanizes 90-year-old lungfish

CHICAGO (AP) — An Australian lungfish that entranced visitors to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium for more than 80 years has been euthanized due to old age, the popular tourist attraction announced Monday.

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Visa holders rushing to board flights to us now
CHICAGO (AP) — Visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries who were turned away from the United States due to President Donald Trump's travel ban are hoping to make it through a narrow window opened by legal challenges.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Proposed fine against Dakota Access company to get hearing
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline will have to present evidence at a hearing to prove the company didn’t willfully violate North Dakota rules when it failed to provide details of how it planned to avoid disturbing Native American artifacts during construction, state regulators said.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ex-Illinois troopers gets probation for bribery, misconduct
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois state trooper convicted of bribing a police officer to ticket his former girlfriend has been sentenced to probation.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Illinois governor to push similar budget message
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says his annual budget message this month will be similar to one he delivered last year, asking legislators to work with him on crafting a balanced spending plan or allowing him to make cuts of his own.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Worker killed while working on surburban Chicago tower
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — A maintenance worker has been killed while working in a suburban Chicago tower.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Lawyer: Singapore teen seeking asylum detained until hearing
CHICAGO (AP) — A Singapore teen seeking asylum after blog posts mocking his government landed him jail will remain in U.S. custody until a Chicago immigration court hearing next month.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

State Police on the lookout for DUI offenders this weekend
SPRINGFIELD— Illinois State Police (ISP) District 09 rolled out enforcement plans for the 51st Super Bowl weekend. ISP Troopers will strictly enforce FATAL-4 violations which includes; DUI, Speeding, Distracted Driving, and Seat Belt compliance, but will place an emphasis on impaired driving.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Last nuns leaving East St.L day care after decades
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Sister Gema Juarez came to the Midwest from Texas more than 40 years ago to fulfill her mission as a youth leader, a mission that almost ended in disaster a few weeks ago when a massive fire nearly destroyed her home.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Illinois is among top states accepting immigrants
(AP) — President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries has put a spotlight on those immigrant communities across the country.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Lawmakers draft plans to keep paychecks flowing
CHICAGO (AP) — Two Illinois lawmakers have introduced legislation to ensure that state employees continue receiving paychecks even if a judge agrees with the state attorney general’s argument that their pay should be halted during the budget impasse.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Man accused in killing had previous conviction overturned
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of killing a St. Louis-area woman and putting her body in a garbage container has a previous murder conviction, but one that was overturned in court.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Widow plans sale of folk artist's work
SALISBURY, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois folk artist’s widow is planning a sale of his paintings and other work.
Friday, February 3, 2017

New bill would let teens join organ donor registry
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds register for the state’s organ and tissue donor registry.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Illinois State Police warns of phone scams
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state. Several individuals have reported to the ISP that they have received telephone calls from an individual(s) discussing the ISP pension fund, and requesting they send money immediately.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Mild January in Illinois, temps 5 degrees above normal
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state climate experts say the temperature during January was 5 degrees above normal and the state recorded its 14th-warmest January on record.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Acting US attorney general is Carlinville native
CARLINVILLE – Doris Boente is naturally elated to be the mother of the highest-ranking civilian law enforcement official in America.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Group recommends Illinois school funding fix
CHICAGO (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers and other officials reached agreement Wednesday on a plan to bring more equity to the way Illinois funds its schools, although enacting the blueprint could be tricky amid the state’s budget stalemate.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump honors fallen Navy SEAL from Peoria
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — Assuming the somber duties of commander in chief, President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip Wednesday to honor the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in a weekend raid in Yemen.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Caterpillar moving top execs to Chicago area
NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. is moving its headquarters to the Chicago area and won’t build a new complex in its current Peoria, Illinois location.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

State museum hosting program on Underground Railroad
 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Museum invites children and their families to learn about the Underground Railroad on Saturday, February 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the “North in the Night:  The Underground Railroad” Super Saturday event.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CPD unveils new crime-fighting effort
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department has unveiled new high-tech crime-fighting strategies and equipment as the city deals with increases in homicides and gang violence.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Case of dog shot, hung from bridge has gone cold
PAXTON, Ill. (AP) — Police have closed without an arrest the case of a dog that had been shot and tied to an Illinois bridge with his mouth taped closed so he wouldn’t bark.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

State gets federal reimbursement for Quincy Veterans Home water plant
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) has awarded the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) $4.173 million dollars to reimburse funds spent for the new water treatment facility at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy (IVHQ).
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Judge rules 2nd wife can testify in Quincy case
VIRGINIA, Ill. (AP) — A judge has ruled prosecutors can present evidence that Curtis Lovelace was abusive to his second wife when he is retried in his first wife’s death.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Volunteer firefighter's wife, children killed in fire
FRANKLIN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a volunteer firefighter’s wife and two children died when a blaze swept through the family’s home.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ill. fails to support disability services, report finds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal court monitor is criticizing Illinois for failing to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive adequate support within their communities for a second year in a row.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trial for discredited Ill. officer's wife delayed
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois judge has again delayed the felony trial for the widow of a suburban Chicago police officer who killed himself and made it look like he was gunned down in the line of duty.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Former officer pleads guilty to burglaries
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former Edwardsville police officer has pleaded guilty to six felony counts over two years after he was charged with a long string of burglaries.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Chicago's racial wealth gap worse than national average
CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit wealth-building organization says about 65 percent of African-American, Latino and Asian households in Chicago would be thrown into poverty within three months if the breadwinner loses their job.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Former officer pleads guilty to burglaries
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former Edwardsville police officer has pleaded guilty to six felony counts over two years after he was charged with a long string of burglaries.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

House fire kills 3 in central Ill. including boy, baby
FRANKLIN, Ill. (AP) — Officials in central Illinois say a woman and two children have died in a house fire in the town of Franklin.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Proposed laws aim to reform Illinois group homes
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are proposing six new laws that would strengthen licensing requirements and oversight for thousands of group homes for adults with disabilities.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Peoria Navy SEAL killed in al-Qaida raid remembered as hero
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A Peoria U.S. Navy sailor killed during a raid on al-Qaida base in Yemen is being remembered as a hero.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain
CHICAGO (AP) — Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities including web-surfing, playing bridge and socializing can stave off mental decline, new research says.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Illinois fails to support disability services, report finds
Monday, January 30, 2017

Walgreens slashes offer for Rite Aid, pushes back deadline
Walgreens substantially lowered its offering price for drugstore rival Rite Aid and, facing resistance from U.S. regulators, raised the number of stores it would be willing to unload to ease monopoly concerns.
Monday, January 30, 2017

U of Illinois temporarily shutting ice arena for repairs
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is shutting down its ice arena from March 17 until the beginning of the fall semester so that a new ice mat and refrigeration system can be installed.
Monday, January 30, 2017

AFSCME holding vote on whether to authorize Illinois strike
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Members of Illinois’ largest public-employee union are voting on whether to authorize a strike as contract talks with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration remain stalled.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Singapore teen submits US asylum claim in immigration court
CHICAGO (AP) — A Singapore teen seeking asylum after online posts mocking his government landed him jail has appeared in a Chicago immigration court.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Museum to open exhibit on New Philadelphia
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A temporary museum exhibit is to open in Springfield showcasing New Philadelphia — the first U.S. town to be founded and registered by an African-American.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

New tax doesn't apply to bags for food stamp items
CHICAGO (AP) — Shoppers in Chicago will soon have to pay a checkout tax of 7 cents per bag at all retailers in the city unless they bring their own bags to stores.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Champaign schools start archery as a club sport
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Two high schools in Champaign have created archery programs after the success of the sport at a local middle school.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Conservation success tales to be shared at Rock Spgs.
DECATUR, Ill. — Discover what animals have rebounded from near extinction during Conservation Success Stories at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mt. Pulaski courthouse honors Lincoln
MOUNT PULASKI, Ill. – Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday Feb. 11 with one of his favorite people and one of his favorite desserts.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Area orchestra to present special concert Feb. 11
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra will host War and Peace. The performance, under the direction of Conductor Matthew Sheppard, takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Hoogland Center for the Arts’ Theatre 3.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Vandalia Statehouse offers program, Lincoln in-laws
VANDALIA, Ill. – Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday Feb. 11 with refreshments, music and a look at his in-laws who sided with the South during the Civil War.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Springfield sites plan events for Lincoln's birthday
SPRINGFIELD – The presidential library dedicated to Abraham Lincoln will celebrate his birthday by offering free admission, presenting a special concert and, along with the Old State Capitol, hosting some of the nation’s top Lincoln scholars.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Patrick Henry governed Illinois in territorial days
ILLINOIS — During the heat of the impending American Revolution on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry uttered the famous words “give me liberty or give me death.”  It is unlikely that he was thinking of Illinois at the time.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Blagojevichdaughter knocks Obama for not commuting sentence
CHICAGO (AP) — A daughter of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is criticizing former President Barack Obama for not granting early release to her father, who’s serving prison time for corruption.
Friday, January 27, 2017

AG Madigan files to stop workers' pay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion to stop the payment of state workers’ salaries until legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner approve a spending plan to end a more than 18-month budget stalemate.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Reward offered for info, producer's death
CHICAGO (AP) — A $10,000 reward is being offered by the FBI for information in the 2016 death in Belize of an executive producer at a Chicago television station.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Evanston will remain a sanctuary city
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Evanston’s mayor is reinforcing that the Chicago suburb is a safe place for immigrants after President Donald Trump’s issued an executive order affecting sanctuary cities.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Woman found not guilty in high-profile gun case
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman was found not guilty Thursday of supplying her teenage cousin with a gun that authorities say the girl used to kill a 14-year-old rival after a Facebook feud over a boy.
Friday, January 27, 2017

With eye on 2018, governor says 'Don't blame me'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With crises mounting around him, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s strategy for fending off potential Democratic challengers and keeping his job in 2018 includes stressing the bright spots while blaming others for the things going horribly wrong.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Despite Trump's order, Chicago to remain a sanctuary city
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and its aldermen say Chicago will remain a sanctuary city despite President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut off some federal funding from immigrant-protecting municipalities.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Democrats delay Senate vote on budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois senators, still grappling with the sticker shock of a tax increase and other far-reaching restructuring to end the nation’s longest state budget deadlock, skipped a much-anticipated vote on the massive package and adjourned early Wednesday evening.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Caterpillar posts 4Q loss, trims '17 revenue outlook
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar’s fourth-quarter loss widened, dragged down by three hefty charges and higher-than-expected restructuring costs.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jackson agrees with Trump's 'carnage' description
CHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson agrees with President Trump’s description of the violence in Chicago as “carnage.”
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fulton County calls off hog confinement project
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — One of Illinois’ largest pork producers has cancelled its plans to build a hog confinement in downstate Fulton County.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

McDonald's to give away 10k bottles of special sauce
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — To get you come into McDonald’s and buy new versions of its Big Mac, the chain is giving away 10,000 bottles of its trademark special sauce for people to use at home.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rauner urges deal on budget crisis
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner struck an  optimistic tone in his State of the State address at noon today, while acknowledging Illinois faces “significant challenges.”

llinois has not had a full-year’s state budget since summer of 2015, and Illinois has not had a balanced state budget since 2001.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Anti-crime group strips Guzman's title as Public Enemy No. 1
CHICAGO (AP) — An anti-crime group in Chicago is stripping alleged drug lord Joaquin (wah-KEEN’) “El Chapo” Guzman of his title as the city’s Public Enemy No. 1 following his extradition to the United States.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Ill. Senate considering massive gambling expansion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Senate committee is considering a massive expansion of riverboat casino gambling as part of a legislative package to break a state budget logjam.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Immigration: Restaurants seeking sanctuary status
CHICAGO (AP) — The national debate over immigration policy could be coming to a diner near you.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trump ready to 'send in the Feds,' here's how
CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump is again taking notice of the homicide count in Chicago, indicating that he’s ready to “send in the Feds” if the city can’t reduce its homicide figures.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Some Senate members not ready to vote on budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate is putting the brakes on a compromise budget plan but a key Democrat says there could still be a floor vote this week.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Honor Flight announces first flights of the year
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield, Illinois, due to the ice storm that came through southern Illinois, had to cancel their Annual Meeting that was to be held on January 14. A future meeting will be announced at a later date but LLHF has moved forward to begin the 2017 flight season by announcing their first three Honor Flights of the year for April 11, May 23 and June 20.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Springfield man killed by police officer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield police officer shot and killed a 27-year-old man during an early morning altercation.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Illinois man in celeb-hacking case faces sentencing
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge is scheduled to sentence an Illinois man accused of hacking into the electronic accounts of 30 celebrities and stealing private information, including nude videos and photos.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Chicago police raids over the weekend result in 120 arrests
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the department will take a targeted approach on crime in 2017.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Land-speed record breaker settles museum lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — Craig Breedlove has settled a lawsuit filed against a Chicago museum he says damaged the jet car he used to set a land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 1964.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Video gambling leads to growth in revenue
CHICAGO (AP) — A new report shows that roughly 3,000 video gambling terminals opened in Illinois last year, generating growing profits for some communities.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dying from cancer: Could your location determine your fate?
CHICAGO (AP) — Cancer death rates are steadily rising in certain parts of the U.S. in grim contrast with the declining death rate across the nation as a whole, an exhaustive new analysis has found.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Chicago domestic violence shelter specializes in immigrants
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago domestic violence shelter specializing in issues facing Asian immigrants is planning the opening next week of a new $1.25 million, 12-bedroom facility, one of the largest of its kind in the nation.
Monday, January 23, 2017

State treasurer supports measure for mandatory life insurance payouts
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A measure backed by Illinois’ treasurer could help ensure that insurance companies have paid out money properly to beneficiaries of life insurance policies.
Monday, January 23, 2017

United cancels, delays Chicago flights
CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines says six flights were cancelled and 200 more were delayed because of a computer problem that forced a ground stop for all domestic flights that lasted about 2  1/2 hours Sunday.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Dept.of Public Health reports six cases of viral illness linked to ratteries
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting six cases of Seoul virus in individuals who had direct exposure to rats in two different Illinois ratteries. Ratteries are facilities where rats are bred. A rattery in Wisconsin purchased rats from the two Illinois ratteries and two Wisconsin residents have also tested positive for Seoul virus. Results of laboratory testing of rats at these facilities are pending.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Illinois treasurer asks Trump to assure banks on marijuana
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois treasurer has sent President Donald Trump a letter urging him clear guidance to the banking industry about medical marijuana.
Monday, January 23, 2017

High court rejects appeal over Illinois conceal carry rules
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal challenging Illinois’ system for issuing permits for people to carry concealed weapons in public.
Monday, January 23, 2017

4 plead not guilty to fraud charges in Rockford
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Four Rockford residents were arrested on federal charges of food stamp fraud and wire fraud.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Gurnee police seek 9 charged after Christmas Eve mall fight
GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — Police in north-suburban Chicago are asking the public to help them find nine people who face charges after a Christmas Eve mall fight.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Illinois Senate leaders promise budget-deal vote Wednesday
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Senate leaders plan to vote on a compromise budget deal next week, and hope the House will be willing to work with them on a measure to end the near-two-year state budget stalemate.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Data on University of Illinois new background checks policy
CHICAGO (AP) — Data from the University of Illinois System show that the University of Illinois withdrew 11 job offers based on expanded background checks policy.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chicago march canceled due to big turnout but rally spreads
CHICAGO (AP) — After an overwhelming response, organizers have canceled the march portion of the Women’s March on Chicago but have extended the rally at Grant Park.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

6 cops suspended for mishandling crash involving fire deputy
CHICAGO (AP) — Six Chicago police officers have been suspended in an investigation of favorable treatment for a fire department official who crashed his city-owned SUV.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Suburban Chicago officer responding to call dies after crash
BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Chicago police officer has died after crashing an SUV while responding to a call about a crime in progress at a business.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Judge in ex-Illinois congressman's trial recuses herself
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge who was to preside over the corruption trial of former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has recused herself.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Cullerton, Radogno promise budget-package vote Wednesday
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Senate leaders are sticking to their word that they plan to vote on a compromise budget deal next week.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Adams County to allow cameras in courtrooms for coverage
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois county is the latest jurisdiction to allow cameras in courtrooms as part of the media coverage of some proceedings.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Parish nurses in eastern Illinois serve their faith families
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — As a registered nurse, Jeannie Cisney is passionate about helping people — physically, emotionally and mentally. In her role as a parish nurse, she can address a person’s spiritual side, as well.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Illinois lawmakers look into taxing sugary beverages
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers may be including a proposal to tax sugary drinks in the state budget.
Friday, January 20, 2017

State AG alleges fraud at student loan company
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is suing the nation’s largest student loan company, alleging unfair and deceptive practices with lending and debt collection.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Appeals court rejects public gun-range restrictions
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Court of Appeals handed Chicago another defeat in its effort to restrict the operation in the city of gun ranges open to the public.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

2 proposals address Ill. minimum wage
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature is preparing to tackle two proposals that would raise the minimum wage in the state.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

U of I looking to increase enrollment by 15%
CHICAGO (AP) — University of Illinois trustees are to be presented with an ambitious plan to increase enrollment by nearly 15 percent at the system’s three campuses.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

1 of Illinois' 1st female judges looks back on her career
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — When Kimberly L. Dahlen was appointed the first female associate judge in the First Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois in 1990, not everyone was happy to see a woman on the bench.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Illinois leaders split on attending Trump inauguration
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ elected leaders are split on whether they’re attending President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How Ray Kroc movie 'The Founder' replicated suburban sites
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — In John Lee Hancock’s bio-drama “The Founder,” Northwest suburban businessman Ray Kroc, played by Michael Keaton, beholds an empty tract of land on Lee Street in Des Plaines that will become the site for the first franchised McDonald’s restaurant.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Christopher mechanic waits through the slow season
CHRISTOPHER, Ill. (AP) — Dennis Tomei paces through his Christopher garage. Cold air from the holes in his roof stings his face as he looks out the bay-door windows, waiting for work to pull in. This is how his winters are spent.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Obama reduces sentence of Gangster Disciples 'governor'
CHICAGO (AP) — Among the people having their sentences reduced by President Obama is Eric “Fat Eric” Wilson, a former “governor” in the Gangster Disciples street gang.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chicago colleges to host 1st federal cybersecurity training
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says the city’s community colleges will be the first in the nation to offer cybersecurity training modeled after federal government programs.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bowling team aboard school bus that rolled; minor injuries
JUSTICE, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a school bus that rolled over on Interstate 294 in Illinois was carrying members of a high school bowling team.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Two charged after gunfire exchange with off-duty officer
CHICAGO (AP) — Two men face attempted murder charges after gunfire was exchanged with an off-duty Chicago police sergeant.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama celebrated the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Monday and spoke about the power sports has to unite people.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

3 dead, 1 hurt following crash on Chicago expressway
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Police say three people have died following an early-morning crash on the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Illinois teachers embracing presidential inauguration
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — In Bob Lindsay’s classroom at Fisher High School, small photos of the first 43 U.S. presidents line one wall. A larger portrait of President Barack Obama takes up space on the wall next to a 49-star American flag.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Survey: Ill. suffers from substitute teacher shortages
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois schools see thousands of teacher absences each week and cannot find enough substitutes to cover more than 3,000 of those absences, a new survey has found.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Illinois history sometimes repeats itself
ILLINOIS — There is an old adage that “history repeats itself.”  Events of the early 21st century in Illinois give credence to that statement. 
Monday, January 16, 2017

Illinois Senate vows swift action on ambitious budget plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — If last week’s action is any indication, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois Senate are serious about attempting to bust the state’s 18-month budget deadlock — quickly.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Dollhouse at children's hospital a labor of love
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — The 13-room, three-story Victorian dollhouse unveiled last month as an inspiration for recovering children at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates is a bit of a miracle.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Rail union rejects agreement on jobs program for felons
CHICAGO (AP) — The union representing Chicago Transit Authority rail workers has come out against an extension of a jobs program for felons.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Governor signs school, daycare lead-testing law
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois elementary schools and day care centers will have to test drinking water sources for lead under legislation that Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Off-duty Chicago sergeant wounds person after shots fired
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Chicago police sergeant shot and wounded a person after someone in a vehicle opened fire on the sergeant and his companions on the city’s northwest side.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Cambridge man's home literally his castle
CAMBRIDGE, Ill. (AP) — A small Cambridge house built in 1907 is being re-created with all kinds of elements from the former Jumer’s Castle Lodge in Bettendorf.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Chicago pledges improvements after scathing police report
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are pledging to revamp the city Police Department following a scathing federal report, but a change in presidential administrations could spell uncertainty for the critical next step in the process: negotiating a court-enforceable improvement plan with the Justice Department.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Old State Capitol hosting Slow Food Film Festival
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Old State Capitol Historic State on Jan. 28 hosts the 9th Annual Slow Food Springfield Film Festival highlighting the slow food movement and Illinois farming.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Feds sear Chicago police for abuse
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the Justice Department announced today after a yearlong investigation.
Friday, January 13, 2017

High court hears arguments over hospital tax issue
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawyers for a central Illinois hospital and the city of Urbana on Thursday went before the state Supreme Court to argue whether a law allowing not-for-profit hospitals to avoid paying property taxes is constitutional.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Most banks are seeing less foot traffic these days
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When almost everything can be purchased without ever stepping foot in a store, Dave Denzer still relies on his kids to buy things like tickets online.
Friday, January 13, 2017

How some of the most wealthy governors have handled their business stakes
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jim Justice, the billionaire coal baron soon to be governor of West Virginia, is handing his business empire over to family members before he takes office, following a similar path as President-elect Donald Trump. There is no overarching law mandating what governors must do, and others have opted to put their holdings into a blind trust to avoid conflict.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Course trains hospitality staff to recognize violence
HUNTLEY, Ill. (AP) — A couple arguing in the lobby, evidence of a fight in a room and an employee suffering from chronic absenteeism or tardiness all can be signs that hotel staffs should notice and respond to in helping prevent domestic violence, Cynthia Schumann said.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Central Illinois man files suit over flag-burning arrest
CHICAGO (AP) — A 22-year-old central Illinois man who was arrested and detained after posting online pictures of himself burning an American flag has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have the state’s flag desecration law declared unconstitutional.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cubs to visit White House Monday
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama will welcome the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the White House on Monday, just five days before he leaves office.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Madigan re-elected to 17th term as speaker
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, was re-elected to another term as Illinois House speaker today during inauguration ceremonies of the 100th Illinois General Assembly at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Presidential library celebrating Masters' prairie poetry
 SPRINGFIELD – The poetry of Edgar Lee Masters will mingle with haunting music when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum presents “My Heart’s Home: Edgar Lee Masters Celebrates the Sangamon Country” on Jan. 22
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Obama bids farewell in nostalgic last speech
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Illinois communities set their own marijuana fines
MARSHALL, Ill. (AP) — More communities in Illinois are adopting their own penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana now that the state has eliminated the possibility of jail time.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Northwestern basketball player found dead
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern women’s basketball player Jordan Hankins has been found dead in her room at the university.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Illinois health insurance law sign-ups outpace last year
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 351,000 Illinois residents have signed up for health insurance under the health care law, despite Republican efforts to repeal “Obamacare.” That’s about 4,400 more people than at the same time last year.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Illinois Senate budget plan to end deadlock stalls
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate’s plan to end the nation’s longest state budget deadlock fizzled Monday after Republicans declared they wanted more time to ensure Gov. Bruce Rauner’s demands are met before approving a tax increase.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Illinois Supreme Court to consider not-for-profit hospital property taxes
CHICAGO (AP) — A case scheduled to go before the Illinois Supreme Court this week is challenging the law that allows the state’s not-for-profit hospitals to skip paying property taxes.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Federal judge gives jet car owner OK to sue museum
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ruled Craig Breedlove, who set a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 1964, can sue Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry for allegedly damaging the jet car.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

4-month tax incentive program extended
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a four-month extension of a corporate tax incentive program amid an ongoing budget standoff.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Quincy University receives $1 million gift
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Financially challenged Quincy University in western Illinois has received $1 million from an anonymous donor.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

AFSCME says it'll accept a wage freeze to resume talks
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ largest state employee union says it’s made significant concessions in hopes of resuming contract negotiations, including a wage freeze.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2 Chicago-area mobile stroke units poised to start operating
WINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two suburban Chicago hospitals plan to launch mobile units this year that are designed to quickly get lifesaving treatment to stroke victims.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Illinois Senate hopes to stake out own budget position
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A plan to end a two-year Illinois budget standoff negotiated in the Senate — which likely includes an income tax increase as well as items on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda — could get a vote in Springfield as early as today, a leading Republican senator said Sunday.
Monday, January 9, 2017

$1 billion agreement to help modernize Chicago transit lines
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say a $1 billion funding agreement with the federal government will help modernize Chicago’s Red and Purple lines as part of a public transit construction project to create an estimated 6,000 jobs.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Man in custody after breaching checkpoint at O'Hare
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a man is in custody after breaching a security checkpoint at O’Hare International Airport.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Durbin hesitant on some Trump Cabinet nominees
Monday, January 9, 2017

Southern Illinois congressmen push for budget 'earmarks'
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Congressmen from southern Illinois want the return of so-called earmarks that allow local representatives designate federal funds for local projects.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Judge refuses to release 4 accused of beating disabled youth
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge refused to allow four black people caught on cellphone footage taunting and beating a mentally disabled white man to post bail and leave jail, saying they are accused of such “terrible actions” that they are a danger to society.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Kendall County elected official faces battery charge
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Kendall County elected official is facing a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly striking another woman inside a restaurant.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cahokia Mounds to offer free lectures on Illinois story
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois history buffs will get the chance to look back at 2,000 years of Native American history.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Lincoln museum plans 'Dream' speech to mark King holiday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Lincoln Museum in Springfield plans to mark Martin Luther King’s birthday with two dramatic readings of the slain civil rights leader’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Catholic Diocese of Joliet offering anti-poverty grants
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Joliet is announcing anti-poverty grants to help people who are unemployed or don’t earn enough to care for themselves and families.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Tracking snow: Springfield testing road-condition software
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Phil Jones, a snow inspector for the city of Springfield, drove a public works pickup down Laurel Street Thursday morning.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Mendota teacher creates comic book for EIU graduate class
MENDOTA, Ill. (AP) — Mild mannered football coach and art teacher Brock Sondgeroth of Mendota was musing one day about his final project for an art history class on comics at Eastern Illinois University.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Plans for new Reagan statue stall after Dixon mayor's death
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A plan to erect a statute of President Ronald Reagan as a young lifeguard is on hold in his hometown.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Former Mitsubishi plant now owned by Rivian Automotive
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Rivian Automotive has completed the purchase of the former Mitsubishi plant in the central Illinois city of Normal, where it plans to manufacture electric vehicles.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Springfield businessman faces health-care fraud charges
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield man has appeared in court on allegations that he cheated Medicaid by filing false claims through a company that supplies incontinence products.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Principal admits stealing nude images
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fired Kentucky high school principal has admitted to seizing students’ phones so that he could steal pornographic images and trade them online, investigators said.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bloomington ultra-cyclist headed to Russian extreme race
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — It wasn’t just the bitter wind chill that had Thursday Gervais thinking about Siberia as she biked down Constitution Trail on a cold December day.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Moving company: South Dakota, Vermont top destinations in US
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of the nation’s largest moving companies says South Dakota is first on its list of top moving destinations.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

U of Illinois employees to get 2 percent mid-year raises
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois employees will receive a 2 percent raise in March after the school had to put pay increases on hold for the last two years.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner won't attend Trump inauguration
CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he won’t be in Washington later this month for GOP President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sears to sell Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker
NEW YORK (AP) — After controlling the Craftsman name for 90 years, troubled department store operator Sears said it will sell the famous tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Police look at hate crime laws in Chicago attack
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the beating of a white man in Chicago that was broadcast live on Facebook (all times local):
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Peoria addiction treatment program aims to change community one person at a time
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A Peoria addiction treatment program is aiming to change the community, one man at a time.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Illinois lawmakers from Chicago, Marion decide to retire
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A longtime Illinois lawmaker from Chicago has announced her retirement, while a defeated southern Illinois lawmaker has said he will step down early.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Calls to 911 were made shortly before teen killed by deputy
VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — Calls to 911 were made shortly before a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot while getting into an altercation with a sheriff’s deputy in suburban Chicago.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hazardous materials cargo to be counted in central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A study of hazardous materials shipped by train and truck through a three-county area in central Illinois is expected to begin this spring.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rockford man was New Year's shooting victim
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Rockford man who was shot dead during a fight at a hotel early on New Year’s Day.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Report: State of Illinois had little oversight of lottery
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Lottery did nothing to stop a private company from pulling scratch-off game tickets from stores before all had been sold and before all the grand prizes had been awarded, according to a published report.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Report: State of Illinois had little oversight of lottery
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Lottery did nothing to stop a private company from pulling scratch-off game tickets from stores before all had been sold and before all the grand prizes had been awarded, according to a published report.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Man fatally shot after altercation with DuPage County deputy
VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been fatally shot after getting into an altercation with a sheriff’s deputy in suburban Chicago.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Swansea latest southern Illinois city to allow chickens
SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) — The southern Illinois city of Swansea is the latest in the region to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

4 killed in Ill. plane crash identified
VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois have identified the four people who died after a single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area on New Year’s Eve.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Memorial to hold free seminar on artery health
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on heart attack and stroke prevention by promoting artery health at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Chicago State University facing financial distress
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago State University officials say the school will burn through cash reserves and eventually need to make additional cuts.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Macon County History Museum closed until February 28
DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County History Museum will be closed until February 28. They will be working on renovations to the lower museum, additional painting, new exhibits, as well as archival and collections work.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Son of Vice-President, father of Gov. is forgotten generation in dynasty
The Stevensons are one of the dominant political families of Illinois history, boasting a Vice-President, governor, and U.S. Senator in three separate generations – all named “Adlai.” Overshadowed is Lewis Stevenson, whom some consider a weak link in the family dynasty.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Autism Support Connection holding support group meeting
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TASC/The Autism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, Ill.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Chicago's tab for open records lawsuits climbs dramatically
CHICAGO (AP) — The $670,000 the city of Chicago paid out in 2016 to settle lawsuits alleging violations of the state’s open records law was nearly five times what it paid over the previous eight years.
Monday, January 2, 2017

1 of Chicago's bloodiest years ends with 762 homicides
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Belvidere man writes second book on deadly 1967 tornado
BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — Teri Keegan was on a school bus that rolled several times when the deadly April 21, 1967, tornado ripped across Belvidere High School’s campus.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Heroin overdoses up 42 percent in Will County during 2016
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The coroner in Will County in northern Illinois says heroin overdose deaths in his jurisdiction were up more than 40 percent in 2016 over 2015.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Last tour of Illinois Executive Mansion given before closure
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The final tours of Illinois’ Executive Mansion have been given before the home closed for restoration work.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Hundreds of new laws go into effect with the new year
SPRINGFIELD — About 200 new laws will go into effect with the New Year, and state lawmakers have released the highlights of the new legislation.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Partial budget ends with new year
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will ring in the new year with a familiar tune: Deadlock in the Capitol and no state budget.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Music therapy makes memory loss patients calmer, more joyful
DARIEN, Ill. (AP) — Alan Pasquesi has a vacant look on his face as his wife puts the white headphones over his ears.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Small amount of sulfuric acid spilled after train derailment
ROXANA, Ill. (AP) — A chemical train has derailed in southern Illinois, releasing a small amount of sulfuric acid.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Illinois turkey hunters will have access to private land
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Turkey hunters will have access to private land in parts of Illinois this spring.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Decades later, Illinois man completes Eagle Scout ranking
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — With all that Larry Foster has accomplished in life, it’s hard to believe his mind was ever on anything but achievement.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dixon scout rehabs 8 tombstones from Oakwood Cemetery
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — David Swegle wanted to do something unique for his Eagle Scout community project, and bringing the dead back to life certainly qualifies for that category.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Prosecutors don't oppose delaying Aaron Schock's trial
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they don’t oppose delaying the criminal trial of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock because they expect it to last as long as six weeks and include up to 100 witnesses.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Robbers target FedEx delivery trucks in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — One FedEx truck was stolen in Chicago and the driver of another truck robbed of packages in separate incidents.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Man arrested in slaying of teen, grandma's shooting
MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (AP) — A man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl and wounding of her 63-year-old grandmother in a Machesney Park apartment.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Chicago gang trial jury heads into Day 4 of deliberations
CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors haven’t indicated if they’re close to a verdict in the major racketeering conspiracy trial of six alleged leaders of Chicago’s Hobos street gang.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Student government: Make SIU a sanctuary for immigrants
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Student groups at Southern Illinois University are asking school leaders to declare their campuses a sanctuary for students who are in the U.S. without legal permission.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Classes aim at increasing safety
WARRENSBURG, Ill. (AP) — Jim Owens, a former Decatur police officer, teaches his students a lot more than how to shoot straight and load their weapons.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Chatham board reprimands town president over middle finger
CHATHAM, Ill. (AP) — Trustees in a village have reprimanded the town’s president for extending his middle finger at a public meeting.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Skin cancer drop in Northeast bucks rising rates elsewhere
CHICAGO (AP) — A decline in melanoma cases and deaths in Northeast states bucks a national trend for the deadliest skin cancer and may reflect benefits of strong prevention program.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cubs, Chicago violence, budget Illinois' top 2016 stories
CHICAGO (AP) — An historic, curse-busting sports achievement topped Illinois’ biggest news stories in 2016, as the Chicago Cubs won a World Series championship for the first time in 108 years.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Canton recovery slow but steady

CANTON, Ill. (AP) — Shirley Franzoni started a candle business 40 years ago in a residential basement.

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