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Illinois State Museum participating in Blue Star program
The Illinois State Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their communities, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Friday, May 25, 2018


Pew study says some public pension funds could run dry in downturn
Many pension funds for public workers already owe far more in retirement benefits than they have in the bank, and the problem will only grow worse if the economy slows down, according to a report released Thursday.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Lawmaker charging retaliation want complaint system changes
The process for investigating ethics complaints in the Illinois General Assembly is rife with “trap doors, blind alleys and loopholes” set up to bury politically sensitive grievances, a lawmaker who claims retaliation from the House speaker said Thursday.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Illinois House considers marijuana to fight opioids
An Illinois House panel has endorsed a proposal expanding the use of medical marijuana to fight the state’s opioid crisis.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Judge who took part in storied under cover probe in Chicago dies
A southern Illinois judge who went to Chicago for a temporary assignment and ended up helping convict dozens of judges, attorneys and police officers in one of city’s most famous corruption cases has died.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Stretch of Route 16 to close June 4 for 25 days
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that road construction will begin Monday, June 4, on Illinois 16 between Hillsboro and Nokomis, a half-mile northeast of Irving.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chicago's population drops for third year in a row
U.S. Census Bureau says Chicago’s population has decreased for the third consecutive year.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rauner's gun veto is not all or nothing, governor's aide says
Gov. Bruce Rauner is not demanding reinstatement of the death penalty in exchange for Democratic-favored gun restrictions in an all-or-nothing package, an aide said after testimony before a House committee Wednesday.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Council backs Obama Center plans
The effort to build the Obama Presidential Center in a park on Chicago’s South Side where Barack Obama’s political career began cleared its biggest hurdle yet Wednesday when the City Council signed off on the proposal.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Judge rejects corrections mental health
A federal judge has rejected the Illinois Department of Corrections’ plan to address flaws in mental health care for 12,000 inmates.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Report says pilot possibly disoriented before crash
Federal investigators found that a small plane had flipped over before a nighttime crash into a northern Illinois farm field, killing a Chicago-area activist in late 2016.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

SUV rammed into Louis Vuitton store, suburban Chicago
Police say thieves drove an SUV into the front of a Louis Vuitton  store in a suburban Chicago shopping center and made off with more than $50,000 in merchandise from the luxury luggage and fashion retailer.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Governor gets bill legalizing industrial hemp
The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chicago singer R. Kelly accused of sexual battery
A woman has filed a lawsuit against R. Kelly, accusing the singer of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with herpes and locking her in rooms for punishment.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Student in custody after threat closes 2 Illinois schools
A school official says police have taken a student into custody after a threat prompted the closing of two southwestern Illinois high schools.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

One Illinois school turning out skilled woodworkers
Kip Johnson is among a special class of teachers that, he says, is dwindling.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Illinois Democrats grill Rauner aide on governor's death penalty plan
Democratic legislators grilled a top aide to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday over a compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones the Legislature approved.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Report cites Rauner's office for improper hiring
A state inspector on Monday criticized Governor Bruce Rauner’s office for improper hiring that violated the same anti-patronage law Rauner blasted his predecessor for skirting.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chicago to add extra police for holiday
More than 1,000 extra Chicago police officers will soon be hitting the streets to stem the surge in violence that typically accompanies long holiday weekends in the city. 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Southern Illinois University president says he won't resign
Southern Illinois University’s president says he won’t step down after lawmakers called for his resignation following allegations he secretly tried to move more than $5 million in state appropriations from Carbondale to Edwardsville campuses.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Lawmakers weigh compromise on guns and death penalty in Illinois
The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature on Monday will begin weighing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones legislators approved.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Rauners moving back to mansion
Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, say they’re moving back into the Illinois Governor’s Mansion as renovations wrap up on the historic home.
Monday, May 21, 2018

List of top baby names in Illinois includes Noah, Olivia
The most popular baby names in Illinois last year? Noah and Olivia.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Wildlife park to add 14 new cabins
Park officials in central Illinois will soon begin construction on new cabins that are part of a $2.4 million capital campaign.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Officer who shot school gunman gets ovation at graduation
A school resource officer who was hailed a hero for shooting and arresting a gunman at a northern Illinois high school received a standing ovation as he led students into their graduation ceremony.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Judge won't lower bail for Illinois school shooter
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A judge refused to lower bail Friday for a 19-year-old charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school as seniors met for graduation rehearsal, an offense a prosecutor described as one of “the most serious crimes you can commit.”
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Memorial to sponsor workshop for cancer survivors
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will hold an inspirational workshop for cancer survivors and their families Saturday, June 2, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI).
Saturday, May 19, 2018

WWII caused dramatic changes in Illinois

By Andy Kravetz

Journal Star

 ILLINOIS  — Washington, Illinois, resident Mary Kerr said the war caused everyone to sacrifice.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

U of I board approves $263M in construction
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is moving forward with more than $263 million in construction projects at its campuses in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago.
Friday, May 18, 2018

1st African American Ill. Supreme Court justice retiring
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first African-American justice to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court is retiring.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Pipe break in southern Ill. cuts water to many towns
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — Officials say drinking water is flowing again to several southern Illinois communities after pipe break disrupted service and forced the closing of some schools and businesses.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Thousands of young singers to perform
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of young singers from across all Chicago neighborhoods are coming together for a Chicago Children’s Choir performance. 
Friday, May 18, 2018

Rifle bought by mom used in shooting
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A teenager used a 9mm semi-automatic rifle in firing shots at a northern Illinois high school before he was shot by a school resource officer, police said Thursday.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Plan for Obama Presidential Center advances over protests
CHICAGO (AP) — Construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago took a major step forward Thursday with a city commission’s decision to sign off on the project after hours of testimony from both supporters and opponents of the project.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Senate votes to raise teacher salaries
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved raising public school teacher salaries to a minimum of $40,000 a year.
Friday, May 18, 2018

School resource officer hailed a hero
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Charges were filed against a student who was wounded by a police officer after firing shots in a northern Illinois high school hallway while staff and seniors were meeting for a graduation rehearsal, Illinois State Police announced late Wednesday. 
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mom of school shooting suspect says he was bullied
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a teenager charged with firing shots at a northern Illinois high school says he had been bullied by classmates but must take responsibility for his actions.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Illinois House schedules vote on ERA
An Illinois House committee has set up a historic floor vote to become the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, but the sponsor said Wednesday that he doesn’t have enough votes for approval yet.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Audit slams Rauner admin on lease
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration violated state law by awarding property leases to unqualified vendors and possibly shutting out other, lower bidders, a state audit released Wednesday found.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Grand jury charges suspect in ATF shooting
A grand jury has formally charged the suspect in the shooting of a federal agent in Chicago.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Panel okays unionizing for research assistants
An Illinois House panel voted Wednesday to allow graduate-student researchers to form unions after a week of heated discussion over whether research counts as work.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Senate okays gun dealer licensing plan
The Illinois Senate has approved another plan to regulate firearms dealers after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar plan in March.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

State takes control of special ed in Chicago
The state of Illinois has taken control of special education at Chicago Public Schools after concluding a 2016 overhaul by the nation’s third-largest school system violated federal law.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

New state effort to pass gun dealer bill
Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday revived efforts to pass gun-dealer licensing legislation after a veto by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner stymied a previous effort.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Chicago Peace Warriors push for change
At his desk at North Lawndale College Prep High School, Gerald Smith keeps a small calendar that holds unimaginable grief.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Chicago could get 3rd observation deck
Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper could get a $185 million observation deck that would dangle visitors over the building’s edge and compete against the city’s two other skyscraper observatories.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

20 AGs back lawsuits by family planning groups against Trump
Twenty attorneys general voiced their support Tuesday for lawsuits challenging Trump administration rule changes they said will reduce access to family planning services.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lawmakers ask, does research count as work?
Illinois lawmakers are considering whether graduate-student researchers can form unions.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Proposed lofts arouse ire of advocates for Pullman
Some residents of Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood are expressing concerns over plans to construct loft apartments and working space for artists.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Illinois GOP says Shaw and Schneider will share leadership
Illinois Republican Party officials say they’ve reached an agreement to share leadership of the party, heading off a weekend fight between moderates and conservatives over who should be the next state GOP chairman.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

State to create historical marker for original northern boundary
Officials in northeast Illinois have approved plans for a historical marker to commemorate the original location of the state’s northern boundary.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Amazon to open cashier-less store in Chicago
Amazon, which opened a cashier-less store in Seattle this year, plans more locations in Chicago and San Francisco.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Confederate prisoner at Alton exchanged for Gettysburg hero
The most famous battle of the Civil War was the epic three-day clash at Gettysburg. A Civil War prison in Illinois played an indirect role in one of the key moments of the three-day fight.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Group sues to stop the construction of Obama center
A nonprofit group says the Obama Presidential Center shouldn’t be built in a Chicago park because it won’t be a true presidential library.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

VA to hold town hall to get feedback on care
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in central Illinois to discuss the Veterans Administration health care system.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lincoln museum to sell Marilyn Monroe dress, photos
The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is selling a black dress once owned by movie star Marilyn Monroe to raise funds to repay a loan used to buy artifacts relating to the 16th president.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Elsah named state's top scenic spot
Elsah, the tiny town that hardly seems to have changed in the past 150 years, was named the state’s top scenic spot by voters taking part in the Illinois Top 200 project. It was followed by the Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi River from Galena to Cairo, and a remarkable statue of Black Hawk in northern Illinois.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Missouri's tough treatment of sex offenders sends them to nearby states
Missouri’s tough treatment of sex offenders living outside of prison is sending hundreds of the offenders to neighboring states, where laws are not as stringent.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Sears may sell Kenmore and other assets
Sears Holdings Corp. says a special committee of its board is starting a formal process to explore the sale of its Kenmore brand and related assets.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Arson is suspected in mayor's trailer fire in Alorton
Authorities in the southern Illinois community of Alorton are investigating a fire that destroyed the home of the town’s mayor.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Central Illinois town gets $1.5 million to revitalize its downtown
A small central Illinois community is receiving $1.5 million in federal funds to revitalize its aging downtown infrastructure.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Walgreens, America's pharmacist, got its start in Illinois
A pharmacist at Walgreens for 37 years, Joel Karlinsky might often see people on their worst days, coming to him for antidotes to their health maladies.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Illinois farm bureau showcases water quality, conservation efforts
After nearly three years of working with farmers and agricultural groups statewide to advance water quality through conservation efforts, the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) released a report outlining meaningful contributions and progress made, including a 10 percent reduction of nitrate-nitrogen loads in Illinois watersheds. 
Friday, May 11, 2018

Gov. gets plan on handling outbreaks
The Illinois Senate has voted unanimously to require administrators of state veterans’ homes to notify the public within 24 hours of an infectious disease diagnosis.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Illinois senate passes broader K2 ban
In the wake of a wave of deaths related to synthetic cannabis overdoses, the Illinois Senate approved a plan by Sen. Jacqueline Collins to broaden the classification of such drugs, which often skirt the law through minute tweaks to their formulae.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Scherer to Host I-Cash at Kincaid Food Market
State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, will be partnering with the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office to host an I-Cash event at Kincaid Food Market next week.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Illnesses from insect bites up 58 percent
The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning the public to take precautions against tick and mosquito bites as reported cases of infections have increased over the past decade.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Debt for Lincoln items might force artifact sale
The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum says it might have to sell artifacts if it can’t pay off a decade-old loan that financed items related to the 16th president.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Illinois launches telemedicine task force to improve health care access
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti joined IL Dept. of Healthcare & Family Services Director Felicia Norwood Wednesday  to announce the formation of a new state task force to develop a comprehensive telemedicine strategy for the Medicaid program to help improve access to healthcare for Illinois residents in rural areas.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Legislation to fight texting and driving passes senate committee
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White commended the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday for approving legislation initiated by his office to strengthen Illinois' law on distracted driving.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

University of Illinois graduating first class of online MBAs
Most students in the first graduating class of the University of Illinois’ online-only Master of Business Administration program don’t live in the state.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Illinois House passes Scherer legislation supporting veterans  
A bill backed by state Rep. Sue Scherer, D- Decatur, that will require the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide more information to legislators on situations involving state run Veterans homes, recently passed the house.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mendoza wants more burial-funding notice after Associated Press report
An Illinois county coroner’s practice of holding remains and death certificates of the indigent until their families can pay for burial is “disgusting behavior,” state Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Memorial being built for fallen Illinois state troopers
Construction is underway in downtown Springfield on a memorial to Illinois State Police troopers killed in the line of duty.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

IL debuts Frank Lloyd Wright Trail
The Illinois Office of Tourism kicks off National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) May 6-12 by unveiling a new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Illinois.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Rauner urges Democrats' agreement on revenue for budget
Gov. Bruce Rauner says Democrats are moving too slowly on budget negotiations.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Suspect in Chicago shooting of ATF agent is arrested
A law enforcement official says a suspect has been arrested in the shooting of an ATF agent in Chicago.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Duped patients sometimes crowdfund for bogus medical care, study says
They’re the tech-age version of donor jars at the diner: crowdfunding websites that aim to link ailing people with strangers willing to help pay for medical treatment. But new research suggests duped patients sometimes crowdfund to pay for bogus stem cell treatments.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Relationship between Lincoln and teacher Mentor Graham complicated
Mentor Graham is popularly known as the teacher of Abraham Lincoln through the New Salem years. But their relationship was much more complex than simply that of teacher and student.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

James Beard winners are announced
Chef and owner Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune restaurant in New York City took home the outstanding chef award Monday night at the James Beard Awards , and Alabama’s Highlands Bar and Grill won the outstanding restaurant honor.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

State to use $2-billion in Medicaid money for project
The federal government is allowing the state of Illinois to use $2 billion in Medicaid dollars to invest in behavioral health programs partly meant to address the opioid crisis.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Will County sees highest number of opioid over doses ever
Will County in northern Illinois has seen the highest number of fatal opioid overdoses in its history.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Normal now a 'Welcoming City' for immigrants
Police officers telling residents why they are asking for their citizenship information is now the Normal thing to do.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Massive 'Hamilton' exhibit to debut in Chicago this fall
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the producers of his hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” are bringing a sprawling exhibit to Chicago about the musical’s Founding Father namesake.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Illinois among the popular vote pact
Connecticut’s General Assembly voted Saturday to join a group of states that want to pool their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote, the first state legislature to do so since President Donald Trump’s 2016 election.
Monday, May 7, 2018

More Illinois counties declare 'sanctuary' status for gun owners
Several rural Illinois counties have taken a stand for gun rights by co-opting a word that conservatives associate with a liberal policy to skirt the law: sanctuary.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Elgin high 1 of 3 schools in nation with accredited welding lab
A high school in the Chicago suburb of Elgin is making it easier for young welders to find work post-graduation.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Illinois CEO-to-worker pay difference
Illinois companies have begun disclosing the pay differences between their chief executive and their median employees.
Monday, May 7, 2018

93-yr-old WWII veteran throws 1st pitch in Champaign
A 93-year-old World War II veteran has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch of a college game in central Illinois as part of a program to honor veterans and raise awareness about veteran suicides. 
Monday, May 7, 2018

Bill to raise penalties for assault on DCFS workers
Measures that would increase penalties for assaults against Illinois Department of Child and Family Services employees that were spurred following a caseworker’s death are seeing slow progress.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Veterinary Forensics: When crimes involve animals

By Hannah Beers

University of Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.  — Evidence, such as the radiograph above showing a bullet lodged in the shoulder of a dog, is crucial in the field of veterinary forensics.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Illinois ranks second in dog-related injury claims
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — April 8-14 was National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and with an estimated 89.7 million dogs living in U.S. households, accidents are bound to happen. Most dogs will never bite, but it is important to remember that any dog CAN bite regardless of breed or type. 
Saturday, May 5, 2018

All cats have the same essential environmental needs
URBANA — Your cat’s safe place is a private area that allows her to retreat and feel protected; it provides her with a sense of security. 
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Halfway Home specializes in special needs rescue
DECATUR — Hudson’s Halfway Home is a special needs rescue based in Central Illinois, specializing in the care of cleft palate puppies. 
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Manhunt for gunman after federal agent shot in Chicago
A federal agent who was shot in the face on duty in Chicago is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.
Friday, May 4, 2018

SIUC gets new enrollment manager
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s new enrollment manager hopes to stop the school’s declining student population.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Illinois lawmakers send 'off-shoring' salary ban to the governor's office
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have sent Gov. Bruce Rauner legislation requiring him and his successors to use governor’s office funds to pay people who work for them. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

Chicago to expand use of license plate recognition
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is expanding its use of license plate recognition technology to help spot stolen cars and return them to their owners. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

Uber throws diplomat out for speaking Hebrew
CHICAGO (AP) — An Israeli diplomat says an Uber driver in Chicago yelled and threw him out of the car when he answered a phone call in Hebrew.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Bill would expand the availability of medical marijuana
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Senate bill that would expand the use of medical marijuana in order to combat the state’s opioid crisis has been referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Adams Co. coroner to poor: Pay $1,000 or county keeps the remains
QUINCY, Ill. — A coroner in western Illinois is facing sharp criticism for how he handles poor people who can’t afford to bury their loved ones: He has them sign over their rights to the deceased, leaving them without the death certificate, then cremates the body and keeps the ashes until the family pays $1,000.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Reagan's Illinois: A place of honor, integrity, kindness that inspired a president

By Jim Dunn

Of Sauk Valley Media

ILLINOIS —  On Feb. 6, 1984, President Ronald Reagan was riding high as he celebrated his 73rd birthday in Dixon, Illinois, the county seat of Lee County and the town where he lived as a youth for a dozen years starting in 1920.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Spring Wildflower Hike at Rock Springs
DECATUR — Discover the colorful spring wildflowers blooming at Rock Springs Conservation Area during a guided hike on Sunday, May 13 from 2-4 p.m. We’ll explore the prairie and forest to find species such as Virginia Bluebells, Spiderwort, and more. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

Senate votes to teach LGBT history
The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBT history.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Decatur yearbook names wheelchair athlete as the 'most accident prone'
An Illinois high school is reprinting yearbooks that mocked a partially paralyzed senior who is a wheelchair athlete as “most accident prone.”
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Boy shot in head while riding bus
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is expressing outrage that a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head as he rode a city bus home from high school on the city's Southwest Side.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mosque bombers face more charges
A federal grand jury in central Illinois on Wednesday returned a superseding indictment that brings additional charges against four men previously indicted on weapons charges — three of whom are awaiting trial in a Minnesota mosque bombing case.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Severe storms bring hail, wind damage to northern Illinois
Strong storms moving across the Midwest brought up to 3-inch hail and wind gusts of more than 65 mph to Illinois.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Overhaul is planned for Chicago's Willis Tower elevators
The elevators in Chicago’s Willis Tower are getting a major overhaul for the first time in the 110-story building’s history.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Depression Era homes at museum
A tiny, two-bedroom fashioned from steel and designed to give small working-class family access to cheap homes during the Great Depression is now a museum exhibit in central Illinois.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Couple donates documents
An Indiana couple has donated two Civil War documents signed by Abraham Lincoln to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

$230-million Quincy residence hall is key to remedy for Legionnaires'
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration on Tuesday recommended starting fresh at the Quincy veterans’ home beleaguered by Legionnaires’ disease, calling for a state-of-the-art facility on the 130-year-old campus costing $190 million to $230 million.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Halloween celebration returning to city
The city of Carbondale is asking for help coming up with a name and logo for a Halloween-themed festival this fall.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

School kids collect 18,000 pennies for Lincoln paper
Schoolchildren in central Illinois and their spare pennies have ensured that a piece of Abraham Lincoln history will return home for the Illinois Bicentennial .
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Extradition temporarily halted
A federal judge in Chicago has temporary halted the extradition of an ex-Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed at Lithuania’s request.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Police seek owner of bull wandering in Edwardsville
Police say no owner has come forward to claim a bull found wandering in an Edwardsville neighborhood earlier this week.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Former Illini player is recovering from gunshot
A former basketball captain for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is recovering after being shot in the face.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Obama biographer to speak at Lincoln library
Barack Obama’s path to the White House included the beaches of Hawaii, the streets of Chicago, the classrooms of Harvard and the halls of the Illinois statehouse. Historian David J. Garrow will discuss how that winding path shaped Obama during a May 22 appearance at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dr. Dan Guillory will speak Sunday about the Illinois prairie
The sweeping horizons of Illinois Prairie, with grasses 6 feet high or more, have dazzled people for centuries. Join Dr. Dan Guillory as he explores the impressions this landscape left on poets and authors during Visions of Illinois Prairie, on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. in Rock Springs Nature Center.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Former Mayor Daley donates his papers to library
Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is donating his papers to a library named after his father.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Lawmakers may try to combine police, fire pension boards
Illinois lawmakers are considering combining police and firefighter pensions into one fund to save local governments’ money.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Election judge shortage; state works to get more
Efforts are underway to fill the void of election judges in Illinois.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Former security guards stole church collections
Two former security guards at Holy Name Cathedral have been charged with stealing as much as $100,000 from the historic downtown Chicago church.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Bicentennial: Voters pick top Illinois historic sites
The list of top Illinois historic sites chosen by voters in the Illinois Top 200 project covers more than 1,000 years of history, from Cahokia Mounds to Abraham Lincoln’s home to Route 66.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Illinois debates worth of racial profile data
A state law requiring police departments to keep statistics on the race of motorists they pull over is set to expire, and debate is underway about whether the 14-year-old program is effective or simply an expensive, burdensome task for officers.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Chicago suburb denied access to $1.4M in tax revenues
Officials in a Chicago suburb won’t have access anytime soon to more than $1.4 million in tax revenues the state is withholding over pension funding failures.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Underground Railroad simulation raises concerns
Parents of some sixth-graders in suburban Chicago say they’re outraged a school field trip to southeastern Wisconsin included a re-enactment of the Underground Railroad.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Great Migration brought more than 500,000 blacks to Illinois
Victory Bell can still remember the night when he boarded the Illinois Central Railroad’s City of New Orleans in Durant, Mississippi, bound for Chicago, then changing trains and ending up in Rockford.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Advocates decry changes to Medicaid
Health care advocates are urging Illinois legislators to reverse some of the policies enacted as part of a massive shift of Medicaid clients into managed care.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Ex-Lithuanian judge will be extradited
The U.S. Department of State has denied a request by a former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian to intervene to stop her extradition from a Chicago jail to the Baltic Sea nation, where she says she could be killed for exposing an alleged ring of influential pedophiles.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Senate views marijuana as alternative for opioids
Illinois lawmakers are turning to marijuana to fight opioid abuse.
Friday, April 27, 2018

State Senate okays stand alone bump stock ban
The Senate has approved another bump-stock ban.
Friday, April 27, 2018

State-financed workers comp insurance company gets House okay
Illinois Democrats want to set up a state-monitored insurance company to drive down workers’ compensation insurance costs.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Plan to override gun dealer veto fizzles
Illinois Democrats’ hopes of overriding a veto of firearms-dealer licensing fizzled Wednesday, swamped by the inaction of a Senate and House afraid to take the vote without cover from the other.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Illinois coach's accusers says schools should end all relationships with him
Several dozen colleges have kept ties to an influential volleyball coach long after he was publicly accused of sexually abusing and raping underage girls who trained with him in the 1980s.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

CPD are not reporting mentally ill gun owners
Chicago’s inspector general says police are failing on a requirement to tell the state when people are mentally unfit to carry a gun.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Man gets 16 years for 16th DUI
A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for his sixteenth conviction on driving under the influence charges.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Two dead in drug-related shooting in Normal
Police say two people are dead following a shooting at an apartment complex in central Illinois.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

SIU to recruit alumni for adjunct spots
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is seeking volunteers with graduate degrees to serve as adjunct faculty.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Peoria raises age to buy tobacco to 21
Peoria leaders have voted to raise the age to buy tobacco in the city to 21.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

4th death, synthetic marijuana use
Illinois public health officials say a fourth person has died after using synthetic marijuana.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Crundwell transferred to federal prison in Illinois
Convicted $54 million municipal embezzler Rita Crundwell has been transferred to a federal prison in her home state of Illinois.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

U of I breaks ground on $48M design center
The University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus has broken ground on a $48 million design center.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Illinois late fees skyrocket over the past three years
Illinois has racked up more in late-payment fees in less than three years than it did in the 18 years combined, according to a report The Associated Press obtained Monday, and some major creditors say they’ve waited more than a year to receive the interest they’re owed.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Illinois family fulfills Marine's dream to build track
An Illinois family has completed a fallen Marine’s dream of building a track at his former high school.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Germany's Fresenius, US-based Akorn at odds over merger deal
Germany’s Fresenius and U.S.-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Akorn Inc. are at odds over the German company’s decision to terminate a more than $4.3 billion takeover agreement, citing alleged breaches of data integrity requirements.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Aurora native to present premiere of short film
A short film written by an Aurora native will premiere at Aurora Public Art on May 25.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Bingo group combines fun, friends
A Walk into the Wendy's on Henderson Street on a Monday morning, and you might be surprised by what you find. The modestly sized fast food restaurant is filled every Monday with people from their 30s to their 90s playing bingo.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Unruly passenger removed from Miami to Chicago flight
Police repeatedly used a stun gun as they struggled to remove an American Airlines passenger accused of touching a female passenger without her permission.
Monday, April 23, 2018

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, 1 case in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD —The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state and local health departments, is expanding its investigation of a multi-state cluster of E. coli infections to include not only chopped romaine lettuce, but full heads and hearts of romaine lettuce.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Illinois universities see a rise in union activity
CHICAGO (AP) — Non-tenured faculty and graduate students in Illinois are looking to unions as pay and benefits stagnate.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rivers helped feed growth in state

By Joseph Bustos

Belleville News-Democrat

ILLINOIS — During the first century of the state’s history, the natural habitats along the Illinois River helped spur fishing industries and had places for hunting.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gov's Legionnaires point man earns $20K month
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The point person Gov. Bruce Rauner plucked from his administration to take charge of the Legionnaires’ disease crisis at the Quincy veterans home is making $20,000 a month in salary, a 69 percent raise from the official salary in his previous post. 
Friday, April 20, 2018

Court sides with sanctuary cities in fight over grants
CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Friday, April 20, 2018

State unemployment levels lowest point in decade

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in more than a decade.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday that the unemployment rate hit 4.6 percent in March. That’s the lowest it’s been since March 2007.


Friday, April 20, 2018

McCann running for gov as independent
A Republican state senator has announced an independent run for Illinois governor.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

State to require some employers to offer retirement savings plans
Illinois will soon begin a program requiring many employers to help create voluntary retirement-savings plans for employees and offer automatic payroll deductions.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Separation of power is focus of Schock appeal
A lawyer for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock told a federal appeals court in Chicago Wednesday that federal prosecutors are aiming to become the first — with the court’s help — to imprison a former member of Congress based on “ambiguous” rules the U.S. House set for itself.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

$50 k in tractors stolen from Scottie Pippen's Arkansas farm
Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm owned by former NBA star Scottie Pippen.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Babies of senators now welcome in Senate chamber
Who doesn’t like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently — at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber. Its passage without objection came despite plenty of concern, some privately aired, among senators of both parties about the threat the tiny humans pose to the Senate’s cherished decorum.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Illlinois youth tackle football ban dead for now
The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the measure aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma lacks the votes to pass this session.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Suit challenges ban on handguns in home day cares
Several gun rights groups have joined a central Illinois couple in a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on handguns in home day cares.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lawmakers consider worker safety after beating death
Illinois lawmakers stepped up efforts Tuesday to better protect state workers in vulnerable positions after the death of a child welfare worker who was severely beaten last fall.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

After exposing influential pedophile ring, Lithuanian fears death if extradited
A former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed in Chicago at her homeland’s request fears death if she’s extradited because she helped expose a network of influential pedophiles in the country, she told The Associated Press in her first interview since becoming a fugitive.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chicago body armor ban criticized
Chicago’s City Council is expected to water down its ban on most residents wearing body armor after criticism that it could put in danger people such as 7-Eleven store clerks in crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2 more bleeding cases from fake pot
Health officials in Maryland have reported two more cases of severe bleeding problems in users of synthetic marijuana, bringing the state’s total to three patients so far.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bradley student's funeral this weekend
Family members are finalizing the funeral details for a Bradley University student from Chicago who was shot dead at an off-campus party earlier this month.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Emanuel unveils plan for waterfront
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced a new plan to expand recreational opportunities on the city’s iconic Riverwalk and Lakefront.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One city may hire police volunteers
Police officers in Belleville may soon be getting some help answering calls or help keep an eye on parades and festivals in town.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Trucker charged in Fatal I-55 crash
A Colorado truck driver has been charged with several felony counts of reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving in a crash last November that killed four people in southwestern Illinois.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Annual lifting of bridges set to begin
One of the most visible signs that Spring has sprung in Chicago is about to appear: The annual run of boats from where they’ve been in stored all winter to the harbors of Lake Michigan.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Illinois, Polish military mark 25 years of cooperation
The Illinois National Guard and Poland’s military are marking 25 years of cooperation that began in the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Effingham Co. declares itself a sanctuary for gun owners
Leaders in Illinois’ Effingham County have adopted a resolution declaring it a sanctuary for gun owners.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Developers unveil plan for Tribune Tower redevelopment
The owners of Chicago’s Tribune Tower have unveiled plans to build a skyscraper next to the neo-Gothic building that would be the city’s second tallest.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Supreme Court again refuses to hear Blagojevich appeal
The Supreme Court for the second time has refused to hear an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his corruption convictions.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Howard Buffett gives $1.2M to Macon County to buy land for recycling center
Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett’s private foundation is donating $1.2 million to purchase land for a new recycling center and compost facility.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Bill advances that would require state jobs to be located in Sangamon County
An Illinois House panel has approved a bill that would require most new and vacant state jobs be located in Sangamon County.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer
For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It’s the biggest win so far for immunotherapy, which has had much of its success until now in less common cancers. 
Monday, April 16, 2018

Resident of Strasbourg, France visits Strasbourg, Ill.
A Strasbourg, France resident’s quest to visit and document cities of this name throughout the world has taken him to Strasburg, Illinois.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Chicago residents use kits to test for lead contamination
Hundreds of Chicago residents have used free testing kits from the city to determine if their drinking water is contaminated by lead.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Illinois farmers concerned weather could delay planting
Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Whisky alone' thwarted plan to steal Lincoln's body
It was July 3, 1876 — the eve of our country’s first centennial. Everyone in Springfield would be celebrating downtown. No one would be near Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Opioid addict now inspires audiences
It was almost exactly six years ago that Andrew Dewey, at age 45, decided to enter treatment in Jacksonville after years of balancing full-time jobs with abuse of alcohol, prescription painkillers and finally heroin.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pekin man charged in synthetic marijuana death and illnesses
Criminal charges have been filed against a central Illinois man in connection with the sale of synthetic marijuana that resulted in death and illness.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lawyers: Jesse Jackson Jr., wife reach divorce settlement
Attorneys say former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his estranged wife have reached a divorce settlement nearly five years after they pleaded guilty to schemes related to the misuse of a congressional campaign fund.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Proposal fails to send SIU-E additional funding
Southern Illinois University’s board of trustees voted Thursday not to reallocate state funding from the school’s Carbondale campus to its Edwardsville campus.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Renovations continue on governor's mansion
The Illinois Executive Mansion is continuing its $15 million renovation as the building prepares to reopen in July.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Rauner says Missouri governor should step down
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner agrees that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Sears to close its final Chicago store this summer
Sears is set to close its final store inside Chicago’s city limits, ending a 93-year retail legacy in the city.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Governor and leaders trade warnings over budget
Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging legislative leaders to agree on estimated available revenue before deciding how to spend it in the coming year.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Democrats to Rauner: Say no to Trump
Illinois Senate Democrats urged Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday to reject any request from President Donald Trump to send National Guard troops to secure the U.S.-Mexican border.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Rare 1846 men's shirt donated to state museum
The Illinois State Museum is thrilled to announce the recent donation of a man’s dress shirt dating back to 1846, with a documented history of who made it, who wore it, and the specific day on which it was worn.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Man suing LL Bean over return policy never tried to return goods
L.L. Bean says an Illinois man who sued over the retailer’s new return policy never has tried to return any products.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Former security officer fired after dragging passenger is suing United
An aviation security officer who was fired after forcibly dragging a passenger from a plane last year is suing United Airlines and the city of Chicago, claiming he wasn’t properly trained to deal with such a situation and he was defamed in the aftermath.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Northern Illinois law enforcement seeing more juveniles abusing kids
Northern Illinois officials are reporting what they call an “alarming” trend, the increase of both the number of children under six who are victims of sexual abuse and the number of sexual offenders who are juveniles.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gov. traveling abroad to recruit employers
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s traveling to Germany and Poland next week to try to draw more companies to Illinois.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Former Peoria synthetic marijuana user shares this cautionary warning
On the evening of March 27 four friends hung out at a Pekin home talking and smoking Spice. By mid-morning the next day, all four were in UnityPoint Health-Methodist suffering from massive bleeding.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Prisons need $420M for rest of the budget year
Illinois prisons officials have told state lawmakers that they need an extra $420 million to get through the rest of the budget year.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

House okays ban on tax payer funds for payouts, harrassment
Illinois lawmakers sued for sexual harassment couldn’t use tax money to pay settlements under legislation that flew through the House.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Yvonne Staples of Staple Singers dies
Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of the Staple Singers, her family’s hit-making gospel group that topped the charts in the early 1970s with the song “I’ll Take You There,” has died. She was 80.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Opioid data available:
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing the launch of its Opioid Data Dashboard, an innovative way to access data on opioid overdoses and deaths.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

School funding: Mendoza releases $350M
The Illinois state comptroller is releasing $350 million to public school districts statewide as part of the newly approved education-funding overhaul.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

GOP blasts Pritzker's income tax plan
Illinois House Republicans struck the first blow Tuesday in an election-year debate over the state’s tax structure, uniting against the idea of converting the flat income tax rate into a graduated one.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Senate plan would include LGBT history in schools
Illinois senators advanced a plan requiring public schools to teach a unit on the role and societal contributions of gays, lesbians and other LGBT individuals.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Rauner willing to spend own money
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he so enamored with the state’s capitol city he is willing to spend his own money to make it more beautiful.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Alabama attracting Illinois students
Alabama colleges are luring more Illinois high school seniors away from in-state universities partly through financial perks.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Clinton woman get 3 years for stealing
A federal judge has sentenced a central Illinois woman to three years in prison for stealing more than $370,000 from the physician who employed her.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bradley student killed in party shooting
Central Illinois police are asking for the public’s help in solving an off-campus shooting that left a Bradley University student and a Peoria man dead.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Duckworth gives birth to baby girl
Sen. Tammy Duckworth has given birth to a baby girl, making her the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Circus fans coming to Normal, Illinois
Circus fans will hold their annual convention in an Illinois community once known as “The Trapeze Capital of the World.”
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

State seeks comments on Volkswagen
Taxpayers have until April 20 to make comments on the way Illinois plans to use the state’s $108 million share of a national settlement with Volkswagen over alleged violations of the federal Clean Air law.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Judge says McDonald's Extra Value label is not deceptive
A federal judge in Chicago has tossed a class-action lawsuit that argued McDonald’s was duping consumers because a single “Extra Value Meal” costs more than the sum total of the individual components of the meal bought separately. 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

State Farm selling HQ in downtown Bloomington
State Farm says the insurance company plans on selling its 89-year-old original headquarters building in downtown Bloomington.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Harvey, Ill. could lay off police and firefighters
City leaders in a southern Chicago suburb say financial troubles could lead to “massive” layoffs of local police officers and firefighters.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Volunteers to clean graves at Illinois state school cemetery
More than 2,000 graves of residents of the former Illinois state developmental center are getting renewed attention.
Monday, April 9, 2018

University of Chicago countersues over withdrawn $100M gift
The University of Chicago is countersuing a benefactor that pledged a $100 million donation but wants to void the commitment.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Bradley student, Peoria man killed in shooting at party
Authorities say an 18-year-old Bradley University student from Chicago and a Peoria man were killed in a shooting at an off-campus party.
Monday, April 9, 2018

John Looney was the prototype for gangsters who would follow

ILLINOIS — John Looney was the original Quad-Cities vice lord and also one of the nation’s earliest organized crime leaders.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Federal funds to bolster election security may not be enough

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Last summer, with an important Illinois election season months away, Shelby County officials in central Illinois feared that their outdated voting equipment wouldn’t be approved for use by the State Board of Elections. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

EIU to restructure over next 2 years

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University officials have announced major structural changes that will take place over the next two years.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Schools to receive additional funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois school districts will receive about $395 million in additional funding that was approved in the state budget last summer.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Quincy home norovirus outbreak is over

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy has ended. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Friday that about 20 people suffered symptoms of norovirus for a few days after they first reported them March 30. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Rauner signs law to ease licensing out- of-state teachers
Saturday, April 7, 2018

Catastrophic Donner party left from Springfield, Illinois, April 14, 1846

ILLINOIS — The tragic story of the Donner Party is one of the darkest tales of western American history. Few remember that the star-crossed journey originated in Springfield.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Give blood now during Natl. Volunteer Month

TAYLORVILLE — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

U of I asks lawmakers for funding increase

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The president of the University of Illinois system appeared before a state Senate committee asking for an increase in annual state funding.


Friday, April 6, 2018

5 protected pelicans found shot in Illinois lake

NEWTON, Ill. (AP) — Conservation officers say five American White Pelicans were found shot dead in Newton Lake in Illinois.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Deerfield faces law suit after weapons ban

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield is being sued after its village board voted unanimously to ban certain semi-automatic firearms.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Grant program will pay for field trips
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Students can learn what gives the Prairie State its name this summer thanks to a grant program that pays for field trips to study Illinois’ biodiversity.
Friday, April 6, 2018

U of I asks lawmakers for funding increase

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The president of the University of Illinois system appeared before a state Senate committee asking for an increase in annual state funding.


Friday, April 6, 2018

German Bible from 1880s returned to Illinois family
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Thanks to dogged detective work by Mary Ryder of Books to Benefit, a woman from Mackinaw has been united with a family Bible from the 1880s and the marriage certificate of her great-great-grandparents.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Senator Dick Durbin visits Venezuela amid talks over releasing Utah man
A powerful U.S. senator traveled to Venezuela on Wednesday as pressure mounted on President Nicolas Maduro to hand over a Utah man jailed in the turbulent South American country for nearly two years.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

SIU may change its funding model
Southern Illinois University trustees will consider a plan to gradually shift state funding from the Carbondale campus to the Edwardsville campus to reflect enrollment shifts.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

U of I honoring women in its history
The University of Illinois is recognizing accomplishments made by women during the university’s 150-year history.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Construction could unearth human remains
Construction workers building a school in a northwest Chicago neighborhood are working carefully to avoid disturbing human remains that may lie underneath the construction site.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

More bleeding from synthetic pot
Illinois public health officials say the number of people in Illinois who have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana has increased to 81 cases.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Farmers in Illinois will plant more corn than soybeans
The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois farmers are expected to continue planting more corn than soybeans even as the trend changes nationally.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Tornado touchdowns confirmed in southern Illinois
National Weather Service surveys have confirmed four tornadoes in southern Illinois after a round a storms Tuesday.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Illinois courts debate teen defendants social media rights law
Illinois courts are considering if a state law that allows judges to limit teen defendants’ social media postings unfairly restricts defendants’ First Amendment freedoms.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

25 schools will get Bicentennial tech award
Illinois Bicentennial coordinators will award 25 schools across the state a three-year technology program as a legacy project of the Prairie State’s 200th birthday.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Senate panel takes up internet sports betting
Officials of Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association have told Illinois lawmakers about their concerns and possible support for legal internet sports gambling.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Calumet City starts using gunshot detection system
The southern Chicago suburb of Calumet City has started using a gunshot detection system that alerts police to the location of gunfire in real-time.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

$278M upgrade needed at Quincy
A makeover of the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy costing as much as $278 million is the best option for eradicating Legionnaires’ disease there, a preliminary report says.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Bank pulls out of marijuana industry
Illinois medical marijuana companies may have to deal in cash after the main bank serving operators has decided to pull out of the industry.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

3 arrested for selling synthetic marijuana linked to deaths
The owner of a Chicago convenience store and two employees have been charged with selling synthetic marijuana that has been linked to two deaths.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lifelong resident gives his hometown of Homer a $3.6-million final gift
L. Carl “Sammy” Goad had the means to live anywhere he pleased, but he chose to stay in his small, quiet hometown of Homer.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Former chief of CPS, Paul Vallas, files to run for mayor of Chicago
The former head of Chicago Public Schools officially has filed paperwork to run for mayor against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel next year.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring snow storm headed to Chicago
A storm that’s expected to dump 10 inches of snow in central Wisconsin and southern Minnesota is making April feel more like January.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Government and US Steel reach consent decree over spill
U.S. Steel will pay a $600,000 civil penalty and $630,000 to reimburse various federal agencies for costs and damages after one of its plants discharged wastewater containing a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a tributary of Lake Michigan, federal and state officials said Monday.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Guided tours to offer chance to see bison at Illinois park
Visitors to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington in northeastern Illinois will soon be able to go on guided hikes to look for bison.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

State health department links death to synthetic marijuana
State health officials say a person who started bleeding severely after using synthetic marijuana has died. 
Monday, April 2, 2018



















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