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Illinois to create statewide Ebola task force
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ plan for dealing with the Ebola threat is evolving as health officials in the public and private sectors learn from mistakes made in Texas, the state’s top doctor said.
Saturday, October 18, 2014


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Cemetery hopes 5K race, actors draw new customers
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A cemetery in central Illinois is embarking on an unusual marketing campaign that includes a 5K race and actors dressing as people buried there.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

PTA president accused of theft from school account
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The president of a parent-teacher association in southwest Illinois is accused of stealing $2,500 from her school’s PTA account.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Illinois voters to face a rare 5 ballot questions
CHICAGO (AP) — When Illinois voters cast ballots for the November election, they have a rare opportunity to weigh in on nearly half a dozen hot-button issues.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lawsuit accuses St. Clair County treasurer
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A federal lawsuit accuses a county treasurer in southwest Illinois of conspiring to rig auctions of tax lien debt to benefit a handful of investors in return for political contributions.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sweet second chance: Every day is a day to be grateful
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — For William Hirtman, a recovering drug addict, every day is a day to be grateful. Thinking about the alternatives brings tears to his eyes and a quiet tremulousness to his voice.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Briefing planned on Illinois Ebola preparations
CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials in Illinois are planning an update on the state’s preparations for the Ebola virus. They’ll be joined at the Friday afternoon briefing by Deputy Gov. Cristal Thomas and a host of other officials and health care leaders.
Friday, October 17, 2014

Manslaughter conviction in Illinois child's death
MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois woman once convicted of murder in her 3-year-old daughter’s death has been found guilty of a lesser count during her retrial.
Friday, October 17, 2014

Man accused of shooting 2 Illinois deputies caught
Friday, October 17, 2014

Ex-hospital director denies embezzling $700,000
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former children’s hospital official in central Illinois has pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than $700,000 from the institution over six years.
Friday, October 17, 2014

Peoria repeals thumbprint part of firearms law
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Peoria City Council has repealed part of a city ordinance that would have required anyone buying a weapon to provide their thumbprint.
Friday, October 17, 2014

Quinn, Rauner school counting differs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Whether education funding in Illinois rose or fell under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn depends on whose money you’re talking about, and during what time period.
Friday, October 17, 2014

Watchdog examining Chicago air traffic security
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal watchdog will scrutinize security procedures at air traffic control sites in the Chicago area after employee sabotage last month crippled a major facility for more than two weeks.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Group targets 'sweepstakes' machines in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — An anti-crime group is launching a campaign Thursday to eradicate what it says are video gambling devices at bars and other venues across Illinois, arguing the “sweepstakes” or “coupon” machines are illegal and sometimes overseen by organized crime.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

SIU says 2013 liquor arrests up, burglaries down
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University says campus liquor and drug law violations increased in 2013 while robberies and burglaries decreased.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola screening starts at Chicago's O'Hare Airport
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Obama juggles campaign duties with Ebola response
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s best-laid plans to go all out for Democrats in the final weeks of the midterms are running smack into a widening Ebola crisis, as Americans anxiously turn to the government and their president for answers.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Governor's debate focuses on black vote
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner defended their records on minority hiring, public safety and gun control on Tuesday during the second televised debate of the hotly contested Illinois governor’s race, a Chicago event heavily focused on issues impacting African-American voters.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Obama plans push to help 7 governor candidates
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the final days of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama is planning a major campaign push in seven governor’s races across the country, where Democrats’ prospects are looking up, while largely avoiding the party’s tougher challenges in the Senate.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Watchdog group fighting home rule in Illinois
CHICAGO — Officials in five suburban-Chicago villages, Barrington, Lake Zurich, Lynwood, Crestwood, and Matteson, have placed referenda on the November 4, 2014 ballot for voters to approve Home Rule status for these villages. According to Taxpayers United of America (TUA), Home Rule means higher taxes.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Soggy weather still crimping Illinois corn harvest
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois farmers know they’ve got a banner corn crop on their hands, but getting it out of the fields is proving to be an ordeal.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

IDPH plans to launch Ebola hotline
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois health officials plan to launch a hotline to answer the public’s questions about Ebola.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

World's Tallest
ORANGEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A 6-foot-4-inch cow owned by a woman from Orangeville, Illinois, has been named the world’s tallest cow. Patty Hanson and Blosom the cow smiled for their official Guinness World Records photo shoot Monday.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Prosecutor backs Ill. inmate's clemency bid
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The prosecutor of a man serving a 90-year prison sentence for a 1992 southwestern Illinois shooting that killed his former girlfriend and wounded her boyfriend is lobbying for the inmate’s clemency bid.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ill. legislative committee to take up fracking
CHICAGO (AP) — Rules for hydraulic fracturing in Illinois are on the agenda for an Illinois legislative committee meeting.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chicago union head decides against mayoral bid
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, seen as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s most high-profile re-election challenger, won’t run in 2015, a spokeswoman announced Monday.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jimmy Carter set to speak at Illinois College
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to speak about a Middle East peace initiative at Illinois College.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

U. of Illinois plans center focused on gene data
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois and the Mayo Clinic will use a $9.3 million federal grant to set up a new research center focused on data analysis and health care.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Police investigating assaults at University of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Champaign police say they are investigating a string of assaults on the University of Illinois campus that left four people injured.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Small plane crashes on empty lot in Chicago suburb
CHICAGO (AP) — Three people were killed when a small plane they were in crashed on the only vacant lot in a dense Chicago suburb of single-family homes, leading those on the scene Monday to say the pilot may have desperately looked for a spot to crash where it would not injure anyone on the ground.
Monday, October 13, 2014

Chicago-area air traffic center fully operational
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago air traffic center reopened early Monday, more than two weeks after damage from a deliberately set fire forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, federal officials said.
Monday, October 13, 2014

Police investigate intruder reports in Champaign
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Police are investigating two reports of a male intruder in women’s apartments within 90 minutes of each other near the University of Illinois campus in Champaign.
Monday, October 13, 2014

Hate crime charge after suburban Chicago stabbing
HOMEWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A 26-year-old suburban Chicago man faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and committing a hate crime after allegedly stabbing an elderly black woman in a grocery store.
Monday, October 13, 2014

Illinois farmer interested in drones
DWIGHT, Ill. (AP) — When Dwight farmer Matt Boucher first contacted a Los Angeles firm about buying a drone, all it knew about them was show business. Taking videos of corn, soy and wheat fields only mattered if a client needed an aerial shot of Robert Redford or Kevin Costner walking through them.
Monday, October 13, 2014

Man gets 25 years in robbery related shooting
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to a quarter century in federal prison for shooting and wounding a store owner during a robbery last year.
Monday, October 13, 2014

Brothers come up with new arrowhead
CARROLLTON, Ill. (AP) — With hunting season in Illinois on the horizon, two Greene County brothers are ready to take their shot, marketing a broadhead of their own invention that they believe will change the way bow hunters operate.
Monday, October 13, 2014

Dig seeks clues about Indian-European ties
CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) — Archaeologists are hoping to turn up detailed clues about the interaction between Native Americans and European settlers in Cahokia at a site in southwest Illinois. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Davis-Callis debate to be held Thursday
URBANA — Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Democrat Ann Callis of Edwardsville, candidates for Congress in the 13th District, will meet in the WILL-TV studio for a debate hosted by Illinois Public Media in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, the News-Gazette, WCIA-TV 3/WCIX-TV 49 and the NAACP of Champaign County.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Quincy prosecutor talk of town after murder charge
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Few in this former port city along the Mississippi River had more cachet than Curtis Lovelace: an all-Big Ten football player, longtime prosecutor, school board president, sports broadcaster and educator at the local university.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

U of I honors LED inventor bypassed by Nobel
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Colleagues have honored a retired University of Illinois professor they say deserved to win a Nobel Prize for inventing the first light-emitting diode, or LED.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thousands protest in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday for a second day of organized rallies to protest Michael Brown’s death and other fatal police shootings in the St. Louis area and elsewhere.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rauner plays 'outsider' in Illinois governor's race
CHICAGO (AP) — Bruce Rauner roared into the Illinois governor’s race last year, saturating TV airwaves with jabs at Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and promises to “shake up Springfield” the way only an outsider could.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Quinn working to defend his image as 'reformer'
CHICAGO (AP) — In one of his toughest campaigns in more than three decades in the public eye, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn touts his long career as a “reformer” and insists he stands for clean government after taking over at a difficult time in state history.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Spiders force family from of upscale Missouri home
WELDON SPRING, Mo. (AP) — A family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.
Friday, October 10, 2014

Riots break out in St. Louis over new shooting
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters angered by the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by police faced off with officers in south St. Louis for a second night as accusations of racial profiling prompted calls for a federal investigation ahead of a weekend of planned rallies and civil disobedience.
Friday, October 10, 2014

Illinois attorney general warns of Ebola email scam
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois attorney general is warning residents of possible email scams related to the Ebola outbreak.
Friday, October 10, 2014

150-year-old heirloom tomato seeds unearthed
STERLING, Ill. (AP) — You wouldn’t expect to find delicious tomatoes while digging around an old outhouse.

And that isn’t exactly what was found when the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society had a privy dig at the Lincoln-Manahan Home a few years ago. Let’s just say the seed was planted, however.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Critics: Haunted house's 'Gacy room' insensitive
VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — Two former prosecutors who helped convict John Wayne Gacy say that horror filmmaker Rob Zombie’s decision to include in his suburban Chicago haunted house a room dedicated to the serial killer could be hurtful to the many loved ones of Gacy’s victims who still live in the area.
Friday, October 10, 2014

Gov hopefuls offer differing economic plans
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner pitched vastly different strategies Thursday for improving Illinois’ economy, with the incumbent pushing for an extension to the income tax increase and asking the wealthy to pay more and his rival saying the state can’t keep taxing its way out of its problems.
Friday, October 10, 2014

Illinois man accused of trying to pay off witness
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — A Rock Island man in custody for allegedly firing a gun toward a person has been charged with conspiring to pay off the witness.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Author examines the road to emancipation
SPRINGFIELD — Issuing the Emancipation Proclamation was certainly the right thing for Abraham Lincoln to do. But it wasn’t the easy thing as he faced military setbacks, political roadblocks and questions about his constitutional authority to free slaves.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Illinois' top doctor says state is prepared for Ebola
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ top doctor said Wednesday that the state is ready to test people for Ebola, but he called a proposal from two Chicago aldermen to screen all international passengers arriving at two city airports “overkill.”
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hillary appears briefly with Quinn
CHICAGO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton lent a hand to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election campaign Wednesday with a fundraiser and a quick, controlled public appearance in a chat over coffee.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Quinn and Rauner to debate tonight
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) are meeting for their first true debate of the Illinois governor’s race.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Quinn's director: program mostly sound
CHICAGO (AP) — The former agency head overseeing Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program gave state lawmakers a contrasting picture Wednesday, saying the 2010 initiative largely worked, creating jobs and opportunities during a violent time for the Chicago area.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Emanuel: Problems won't end fire festival
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the technical problems that marked the inaugural festival commemorating the Great Chicago Fire won’t stop the city from planning another one.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Former Bull to testify at ex-adviser's trial Friday
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen is expected to take the witness stand at the federal trial of his one-time investment adviser.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

6,300 apply for medical pot
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois doctors have signed off on Illinois medical marijuana for patients with cancer, severe fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Illinois inventor feels work bypassed by Nobel
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — For years many of Nick Holonyak Jr.’s colleagues have said he deserved the Nobel Prize for his invention of the first light-emitting diode, the tiny red light that made fiber-optics networks, DVDs and a range of other technologies possible.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chicago one of 5 airports for Ebola screening
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government plans to begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa arriving at five U.S. airports as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Testimony begins on Quinn program
CHICAGO (AP) — The head of a former agency overseeing Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2010 troubled anti-violence initiative says the program mostly worked as designed with a wide approach to fight violence.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Aldermen in Chicago want screening for Ebola at airports
CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago aldermen want international passengers at the city’s two international airports screened for the Ebola virus.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Effort launched to rid E.St.L of gangs
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police will work with local law enforcement agencies to curb gang and drug-related activity in southwestern Illinois communities.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kirk questions timing of VA retirement
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Republican Sen. Mark Kirk is questioning the timing of the retirement of the director of a Chicago-area veterans’ hospital who was criticized for how she administered the facility.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chicago Civic Committee launching pension initiative
CHICAGO (AP) — The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club is launching an initiative today that aims to spark a discussion about consequences if the Illinois Supreme Court strikes down pension overhaul legislation.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chicago police officer shot and wounded
CHICAGO (AP) — A man wanted in a string of weekend shootings in Indianapolis opened fire on officers who tracked him to a Chicago apartment, wounding one and keeping the others at bay for six hours in a nighttime standoff that locked down a large area.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Teachers union still quiet on Lewis' health
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials of the Chicago Teachers Union remain mum on the details of the illness that has hospitalized the union’s president and potential challenger to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chicago med center ready to take Ebola patients
CHICAGO (AP) — The serious-faced physicians practice pulling on bulky white suits and helmets that make them look more like astronauts than doctors preparing to fight a deadly enemy. These training sessions at U.S. hospitals on Ebola alert and for health workers heading to Africa can make the reality sink in: Learning how to safely put on and take off the medical armor is crucial.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

September cooler and wetter than average in Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.  — September was 1.5 degrees cooler than average and 0.88 inches wetter than average for Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Illinois teen saves woman from oncoming train
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — The life of an Illinois woman has been saved by a quick-thinking Frankfort Community High School student.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Michelle to campaign for Ill. governor
CHICAGO (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is set to attend a Chicago fundraiser and rally for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election bid.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Investigator discusses Illinois ghosts
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Normal resident Cindy Charlebois isn’t quite sure whether there are ghosts among us and whether there are places in Illinois that are truly haunted by them.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

USDA: Soggy weather slows Illinois corn harvest
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says wet weather has turned Illinois’ corn harvest into a slog.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

UIC professor named to NFL's violence panel
CHICAGO (AP) — The director of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy has been named to the National Football League’s newly formed panel addressing domestic violence.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Attorney: Illinois needs monitor to oversee hires
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago attorney and anti-corruption campaigner is stressing that a court-appointed monitor is needed to ensure the state’s Department of Transportation is in compliance with political hiring bans.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Equipment problems cause Chicago airport delays
CHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration reports that arrivals and departures at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport are being delayed because of issues with air traffic control centers’ phone lines.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Senator forms group to battle suburban heroin use
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has launched a task force he says will tackle surging incidents of heroin abuse in suburban Chicago.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chicago-area VA hospital director to retire
HINES, Ill. (AP) — The director of a Chicago-area federal veterans’ hospital that has come under criticism has announced her retirement.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

GOP aims to regain key Illinois seats
CHICAGO (AP) — Two years after being embarrassed in congressional elections, Illinois Republicans are aiming for payback in this year’s Nov. 4 midterm vote.  

In 2012, the Democrats swept all but one of the state’s contested congressional seats, aided by high turnout for President Barack Obama and a new political district map etched by Democrats in Springfield. This year, Republicans are looking to capitalize on voter frustration with Washington and predicted low turnout to take back some seats to help the GOP solidify its hold on the U.S. House.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Illinois voter registration ends Tues.
CHICAGO (AP) — Election officials say there are two days left for regular voter registration ahead of Nov. 4.

Illinois residents who have a driver’s license or state ID can register online through the State Board of Elections website through Tuesday.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Feds: Illinois man wanted to join Islamic State
CHICAGO (AP) — An American teenager who expressed disgust with Western society was arrested at a Chicago airport, from where he intended to travel to Turkey so that he could sneak into Syria to join the Islamic State group, according to criminal complaint released Monday.
Monday, October 6, 2014

School bets video game scholarship can draw talent
CHICAGO (AP) — As a teenager, holed up in his bedroom, illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted.
Monday, October 6, 2014

Snow falls in Rockford, just misses record
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Snow is making an appearance in Rockford earlier in the fall than all but one time since they started keeping records.
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Entomologist winner of National Medal of Science
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The White House has named a University of Illinois entomology professor as a winner of the nation’s highest honor for achievement in science and technology.
Saturday, October 4, 2014

FAA chief visits sabotaged Chicago-area facility
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The head of the Federal Aviation Administration and lawmakers toured a sabotaged Chicago-area air traffic facility on Friday, saying they were shocked by the extent of damage and calling for a more sophisticated backup system in the event of future trouble.
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Historian to donate notes on famous Lincoln photo
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A retired historian will donate original notes he took about a photograph of a dead Abraham Lincoln that nobody knew existed until he discovered it.
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wide gap on the issues in Illinois' US Senate race
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s more than three decades in Washington have helped him become one of the most powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill — a position he says has helped him reap billions of dollars of federal funds and other valuable benefits for Illinois.
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cultivation competition fierce in some areas
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials released figures Thursday detailing how medical marijuana business applications are distributed around the state, the first indication of where competition will be fiercest for a limited number of cultivation center and dispensary permits.
Friday, October 3, 2014

Trader indicted for manipulating commodity prices
CHICAGO (AP) — A New Jersey high-frequency trader is facing charges for allegedly manipulating commodities prices by issuing false signals to the market and then profiting off them using software that executes trades within milliseconds, federal prosecutors announced Thursday, in what they described as a first-of-its-kind prosecution.
Friday, October 3, 2014

GOP eyes voter rolls amid close Illinois campaign
CHICAGO (AP) — In a sign of how close the contest for control of President Barack Obama’s home state is expected to be, Illinois Republicans are mounting what they call an unprecedented and costly campaign to have ineligible people purged from voter lists and recruit their own election judges before November.
Friday, October 3, 2014

Obama touts economic gains under his watch
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — President Barack Obama acknowledged his pivotal role in the midterm political campaign Thursday, arguing that the November congressional elections are a referendum on his economic policies and blaming Republicans for blocking his efforts to boost wages and create more jobs.
Friday, October 3, 2014

T'ville player recalls dad's Staley's days
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — In the midst of another football season, Walter “Red” May comes to mind.
Friday, October 3, 2014

Nearly 800 flights canceled at Chicago's airports
CHICAGO (AP) — Weather is causing delays and hundreds of cancellations at Chicago’s international airports almost a week after sabotage at a suburban air traffic control center disrupted travel nationwide.
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rep. Rosenthal announces office hours in Taylorville Oct. 15
LITCHFIELD — State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) and staff will be holding traveling office hours in Taylorville on Wednesday, October 15th.  Rosenthal encourages any constituents seeking assistance, or those with questions or suggestions to stop by. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Politics interferes with library funding
CHICAGO (AP) — Top officials at the foundation behind the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said Wednesday that fundraising is drying up because of tensions between the library’s executive director and the director of the state agency that oversees it.
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Zoning change sought for Elkhart Viper Mine waste
ELKHART, Ill. (AP) — Owners of a central Illinois coal mine are seeking a zoning change to allow the expansion of a coal-waste storage facility.
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Obamas voting for their friend Governor Quinn
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is helping raise campaign cash in the home stretch for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Woman sues Chicago-area sperm bank
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she and her partner had intended.
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Number of chronic mine safety violations down
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of chronic safety violators among mine operators has fallen sharply in recent years, according to government figures released today.
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Supreme Court rededication Tuesday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An internationally renowned singer who is the great-grandson of a former Illinois Supreme Court chief justice will perform at the Oct. 7 rededication of the renovated court chambers in Springfield.
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gov candidates' views on Obama library evolve
CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Illinois governor have evolving views on who should pay for a potential presidential library in President Barack Obama’s home state, but both Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner say private funding should be a main source.
Thursday, October 2, 2014











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