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Death penalty sought against man charged with kidnapping, death of Chinese scholar
URBANA, Ill. – The government filed its notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Brendt A. Christensen, 28, of Champaign, Ill. Christensen is charged with the kidnapping resulting in death of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang on June 9, 2017.
Saturday, January 20, 2018


Serial stowaway arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare airport
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman with a history of sneaking aboard planes slipped past security at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport this week and was flying to London when the airline realized she didn’t have a ticket.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Former teacher sentenced to prison in child porn case
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A former suburban Chicago elementary school teacher who pleaded guilty to felony child pornography charges has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Possible sighting of cougar in DuPage County forest preserve
GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is trying to determine if there is anything to reports of a cougar being spotted in a DuPage County forest preserve.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Schools test approach that lets students learn at own pace
CHICAGO (AP) — High schools across Illinois are testing an approach that allows students to learn at their own pace, a concept introduced decades ago at the University of Chicago.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Court in Chicago hears arguments on sanctuary cities
CHICAGO (AP) — Oral arguments before a federal appeals court Friday focused on whether President Donald Trump’s administration is overstepping its authority by seeking to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities, like Chicago, unless they do more to help enforce U.S. immigration laws.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Court in Chicago to hear arguments on sanctuary cities
CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court will hear arguments on a Trump administration request to reverse a lower-court ruling temporarily freezing its policy of withholding public-safety grants from sanctuary cities that don’t fully enforce immigration laws.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Ex-mayor of Chicago suburb pleads guilty in bribery scheme
MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — A former mayor of a poor Chicago suburb has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged $300,000 bribery scheme involving city contractors.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Man sues driver in crash that killed pregnant wife, 3 sons
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man whose pregnant wife and three children were killed in a car crash is suing a man charged in the accident.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Basketball bookends Vietnam veteran's story
MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (AP) — His first basketball hoop hung from a tree at the top of a hill in his yard, forcing him to become a master of shooting from the corner or risk having to trek down to retrieve the ball.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Indiana city denies wrongful conviction amid lawsuit
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city is maintaining the guilt of a Chicago man convicted in a 1996 shooting after the man filed a lawsuit following his pardon.
Friday, January 19, 2018

State Board advocates for full Evidence-Based Funding for all school districts
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today approved its budget request for public education funding for fiscal year 2019. ISBE recommended an investment to support educational excellence totaling approximately $15.7 billion in State General Funds.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Arkansas health officials say 150 people exposed to measles
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says about 150 people were exposed to measles after an ill traveler flew from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Little Rock.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Chicago man dies 4 years after suffering gunshot to head
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a Chicago-area man died last fall from injuries suffered in a 2013 shooting on the city’s West Side.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

U of I trustee seat has been empty a year
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A seat on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has been empty now for about a year.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Man freed from prison after 23 years fails drug test
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man released from prison after 23 years and is awaiting a decision on whether he’ll stand trial again for murder is in jail after he allegedly tried o sidestep a drug test.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

2 Illinois governor candidates spend $28M in last 3 months
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The race for Illinois governor cost more than $28 million just in the last three months of 2017 for the Nov. 2018 election.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Amazon narrows list to 20
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has narrowed its hunt for a second headquarters to 20 locations, concentrated among cities in the U.S. East and Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company’s international options open.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Judge orders intractable pain onto marijuana treatment list
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ordered the state of Illinois to expand the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use to include intractable pain.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Woman paralyzed by collapsed bus shelter settles for $115M
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a woman partially paralyzed by a collapsed bus shelter at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport say she will receive a $115 million settlement from the city and its insurer.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UIC breaks ground on $100M academic, residential complex
CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago has broken ground on a $100 million academic and residential complex.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Illinois delays sending voter data
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will postpone submitting fresh voter information to a controversial multi-state voter registration database because the Kansas-based program has not offered updated security plans, election officials confirmed Tuesday. 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Police warn residents of thieves posing as city workers
LOVES PARK, Ill. (AP) — Police in the northern Illinois community of Loves Park are warning residents to be careful who they let into their houses after two men got into a home by posing as water department workers and apparently stole  jewelry.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Illinois man awarded Carnegie Medal for thwarting attack
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man has been awarded the Carnegie Medal for thwarting a knife-wielding man who intended to kill people at a chess club session for children.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Attorneys want trial moved in missing Chinese scholar case
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China are asking a judge to dismiss a main charge against him and change the location of his trial.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Prosecutors going after drug dealers amid opioid epidemic
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in a northern Illinois county are increasingly taking their battle against illegal drugs and the national opioid epidemic to the people who’ve supplied them to overdose victims.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chefs in training serve up food for police recruits
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — As police recruits from across the state train on the city’s south side, they’re providing a practical education in catering for culinary students at Richland Community College.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Macon County deputies will soon be taking work vehicles home
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in a central Illinois county will soon be able to take their work vehicles home after their shifts end.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

U of I Springfield cuts ribbon on new building
 SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois Springfield officially opened the new $21.75 million Student Union Building during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, January 14, 2018. The first-ever student union will serve as a social hub for student life and foster a greater sense of community on the growing campus.
Monday, January 15, 2018

4 central Illinois housing agencies get $418K from US
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Four central Illinois communities will share more than $400,000 in federal housing money to help families with job-training, education and more.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Illinois zoo holds contest to name baby giraffe
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — There’s a tall, newborn resident at the Peoria Zoo in Illinois, but she needs a name.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Passenger with measles flew through Chicago's O'Hare
CHICAGO (AP) — State health officials are advising anyone who was at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last Wednesday and hasn’t been vaccinated for measles to get tested for the highly contagious disease.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Illinois lawmakers form subcommittee for digital currency
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have formed a subcommittee to explore state policies over decentralized digital currencies like bitcoin.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Illinois students creating video games for social good
CHICAGO (AP) — Students at DePaul University in Chicago are creating video games that raise awareness for mental illnesses and other afflictions.
Monday, January 15, 2018

My guns or my ganja? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal government says grass and guns don’t mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana — and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump — in a potentially uncomfortable position.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Dems try to stand out in state atty general primary

CHICAGO (AP) — Early voting is just weeks away and the Democratic candidates vying for a shot to replace Attorney General Lisa Madigan are raising millions of dollars, crisscrossing Illinois and touting endorsements.  


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Person in custody after Greyhound bus pursuit

WADSWORTH, Ill. (AP) — A person is in custody after a police pursuit of a Greyhound bus near the Wisconsin-Illinois border.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Board warns of school funding 'disruption' with Gov. Rauner veto

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education says Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation related to a revamped education-funding formula could cause “disruption and confusion” to the state’s more-than 800 school districts. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

UI Hospital investing more in housing for homeless

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois Hospital will find housing for 25 additional homeless patients. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

State Farm invests $33M in upgrade to its corporate campuses in Illinois

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — State Farm has spent more than $33 million since 2015 on updating its corporate campuses in Illinois.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Illinois AG says 11-year-old can use medical marijuana while at school

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general’s office on Friday told a federal court it will allow a suburban Chicago school district to administer medical marijuana to an 11-year-old leukemia patient to treat her for seizure disorders 

The commitment made to U.S. District Judge John Blakey came two days after the student’s parents sued Schaumburg-based District 54 and the state for the girl’s right to take medical marijuana at school. Illinois’ medical cannabis law prohibits possessing or using marijuana on school grounds or buses. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Forest preserve in Champaign Co. could be state's first Dark-Sky Park

PENFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A forest preserve in central Illinois is making specific lighting changes that have it poised to become the state’s first certified Dark-Sky Park.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

LLCC opens bistro staffed by culinary students

SPRINGFIELD — Bistro Verde, Lincoln Land Community College’s student-run café, will be open during the spring 2018 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Teacher shortage continues to plague Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A teacher shortage continues to plague Illinois, especially its southern counties. A new survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools finds nearly 80 percent of districts have fewer teachers than they need.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Illinois is reviewing new Medicaid work requirement guideline

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Medicaid officials say they’re reviewing new federal guidelines that would let states require “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients to work.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Parents sue for girl, 11, to use medical pot at school

CHICAGO (AP) — The parents of a suburban Chicago elementary school student suffering from leukemia are suing a Schaumburg-based school district and the state of Illinois for her to have the right to take medical marijuana at school.


Friday, January 12, 2018

UIS to open 1st student union

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois Springfield is opening its first student union. 


Friday, January 12, 2018

Illinois Capitol certainly had its share of sexual misconduct missteps

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — As the sexual misconduct wave hit Hollywood, the media and other industries last fall, an open letter circulated through the Illinois Capitol demanding an end to a culture of disrespectful treatment of women.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Report shows 75 women strangled or smothered in Chicago since 2001

CHICAGO (AP) — An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has found that at least 75 women have been strangled or smothered over the last 17 years, though arrests have been made in just a third of the cases.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Honor Flight annual meeting Jan. 20, public invited

SPRINGFIELD — Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield Illinois announces the upcoming Annual Meeting to be held Saturday, January 20th, at Lakeside Christian Church hall, located at 226 Toronto Road (I-55, Exit 100 west) in Springfield. Beginning at 1:00 pm, this meeting is open to the public, including veterans, guardian escorts, volunteers and supporters of LLHF. 


Friday, January 12, 2018

Illinois to replace plumbing amid Legionnaire's crisis in Quincy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner emerged Wednesday from a weeklong stay at a military veterans’ home beset by a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak and announced the state will replace the plumbing at the sprawling, 130-year-old site. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Photography workshop at Rock Springs

DECATUR — Explore outdoor winter photography with members of the Decatur Camera Club at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, January 28 from 2-4 p.m. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

APL pet adoptions are planned for this weekend

 SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at a variety of local businesses this weekend. On Saturday, January 13, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and adoptable dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m. at PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, Springfield. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Transgender inmate to moved from current prison
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a transgender woman say Illinois’ Department of Corrections has agreed to move her from her current male prison where she says she’s suffered brutal abuse by guards and inmates.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Democratic state senator drops Sec of State bid
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will run uncontested in the Democratic primary after state Sen. Michael Hastings dropped out of the race.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Illinois priest charged with child porn
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Catholic priest has been arrested in southern Illinois on child pornography charges. 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ex-staffer sues Rauner
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s former communications director is suing the administration over emails on the signing of a controversial plan allowing taxpayer-funded abortions.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lawmakers to query Rauner on Quincy
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers demanded Tuesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration deliver a permanent plan for controlling deadly Legionnaires’ disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wisconsin launches ad campaign to lure Chicago millennials to relocate
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s job-creation agency has launched a push to convince Chicago-area millennials to leave the big city and relocate to Wisconsin in hopes of boosting the state’s workforce.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As many as 18 states may introduce sports betting bills in 2018, Illinois one
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new report predicts 18 states will introduce bills to regulate sports betting this year, with 11 having a good chance of passing legislation.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Aurora to host ultimate Frisbee championship
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Aurora officials will host a major ultimate Frisbee event this summer when USA Ultimate brings its 2018 Masters Championships to the area.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Rauner vetoes education funding legislation
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed school funding legislation, saying it wouldn’t let about three dozen private schools participate in a new scholarship program.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Group announces opposition to Obama Center
CHICAGO (AP) — The proposed Obama Presidential Center has aroused the opposition of a group of University of Chicago professors, faculty and staff.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Davis issues statement on rural prosperity
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) on Monday evening released this statement after President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation and released a report on rural prosperity. Trump is the first sitting president to address the American Farm Bureau Federation since President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chicago listed third in nation for bedbugs
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore has earned a buggy distinction for the second year in a row.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Health director says he would put father at Quincy home
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health says he wouldn’t hesitate to place his elderly father at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Department of Revenue issues 1.0 multiplier to Christian Co.
SPRINGFIELD, IL, Christian County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Democratic Illinois AG candidates vow to fight Trump policies
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic candidates in the crowded field for Illinois attorney general vowed Monday to fight policies enacted by President Donald Trump’s administration during one of their first candidate forums ahead of the March primary.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chicago- mobster with cancer freed

CHICAGO (AP) — A purported suburban Chicago mobster has been released from jail where he’d been awaiting trial on gun charges because he’s terminally ill with prostate cancer. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

Historian finds what appears to be a pressed flower from Lincoln's casket

LOCKPORT, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois historian has found what appears to be a pressed flower from Abraham Lincoln’s casket. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

Illinois AG offers guide on used-car buying

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is reminding residents of consumer protections when it comes to buying used cars. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

Flu season appears to be peaking early in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — State records show that the flu season in Illinois appears to be peaking early this year.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Baby giraffe, 122 lbs. and 5-foot-10, born at Peoria Zoo

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A female baby giraffe was born at the Peoria Zoo weighing 122 pounds and measuring 5-feet and 10-inches tall.


Monday, January 8, 2018

IPC: Camphor products can be cause for concern

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The holidays may be over, but cold and flu season is far from finished. Between now and the end of winter, parents and caregivers across the state will scour their local pharmacies for relief from cold or flu symptoms for themselves and their children. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

'Lincoln's Sense of Humor' author featured at annual banquet

SPRINGFIELD — The author of the new book Lincoln's Sense of Humor will be the featured speaker at the annual Abraham Lincoln Association Symposium Banquet on Monday, February 12 in Springfield.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Group tries to save Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana
WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is trying to prevent a commercial building in northwestern Montana designed by the famed architect from being demolished.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Judge won't let alleged victim bring support dog to trial
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A McLean County judge says a teenager cannot be accompanied by a support dog when she testifies in an upcoming trial of a man charged with sexually abusing her.  
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Suburban libraries training employees to help homeless
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Suburban Chicago libraries are trying to become more friendly and helpful to the homeless.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

McCormick Place launches visitor app named after employee
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials at Chicago’s McCormick Place have launched a free app for visitors, naming it after a guest information manager who has worked at the convention center for nearly two decades.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Official: Flight diverted after man soils two plane bathrooms
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was diverted to Alaska after a passenger was accused of soiling two lavatories and trying to flush his shirt down a toilet, officials said Friday.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Durbin calls for federal help to end Legionnaires' crisis
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It’s unlikely that the bacteria that led to the deaths of 13 military veterans from Legionnaires’ disease since 2015 can be eliminated, federal health officials said Friday in a report on a continuing outbreak of the deadly malady at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Quincy working to keep veterans home
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is responding in an unconventional way to criticism of his administration’s handling of outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans home that have left 13 dead. His office says the Republican has moved into the home for several days to get a better idea of how it operates.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Wright preservation groups seeks to rescue building
WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is making an 11th-hour effort to save one of the last buildings designed by the famous architect.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Transgender inmate seeks transfer to female prison
CHICAGO (AP) — A 26-year-old transgender Chicago woman serving a 10-year sentence for burglary is seeking a rare transfer from a male to a female prison where she says she’ll be less vulnerable to abuse.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Christian group files US complaint on Illinois abortion law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Christian advocacy group has filed a federal complaint over an Illinois law requiring health care providers to discuss abortion with pregnant women.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Former ISU player Lynch arrested in Minnesota for alleged sexual assault
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota standout Reggie Lynch faces suspension over an alleged violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policy after a second woman accused him of assault, according to newspaper reports published Friday citing a school investigation.
Friday, January 5, 2018

U of Illinois recommendes extending in-state tuition freeze
CHICAGO –The University of Illinois System has proposed extending a tuition freeze for in-state freshmen to a fourth straight year next fall, matching its longest consecutive rate freeze in more than four decades, President Tim Killeen announced today.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Talking history at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois History Forum returns to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in 2018 with sessions on Lincoln, Lewis and Clark, Ronald Reagan and Ulysses S. Grant.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017 was 6th warmest year on record in Illinois
Champaign, Ill. – 2017 was the sixth warmest year on record in Illinois with a statewide average temperature of 54.3 degrees, or 2 degrees above normal, in spite of the extreme cold ending to December.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Rauner staying at Quincy Veterans Home
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is staying at the Quincy Veterans Home where 13 people have died and dozens sickened from Legionnaires’ disease.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

2 men are suspected of breaking into video gaming terminals
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials are looking for information about two men they say have been breaking into video gaming terminals in central Illinois and stealing cash.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Taxpayers give $36M to scholarships on 1st day of new credit
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says taxpayers pledged more than $36 million for private school scholarships on the first day donors became eligible for a new state tax credit.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Medical marijuana in Illinois sees slow growth
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois could see changes this year that expand access to medical marijuana, as operators say the number of patients allowed to buy the drug is too low to recoup investments.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Races for governor, state legislature are key for redistricting
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, Democrats will wage a renewed battle this year to wrest control of Congress from Republicans.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

86-year-old Peoria woman dies from cold exposure
LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service continues to issue wind chill advisories for parts of northern and central Illinois as the state sees frigid conditions.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Illinois plans to offer high school equivalency alternatives
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Community College Board is planning to roll out several alternative ways people can earn their high school equivalency certificate other than passing a test. The board plans to offer the other methods by the fall of 2018 and get more people into the workforce pipeline.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Cubs sued for better wheelchair access at Wrigley Field
CHICAGO (AP) — A 20-year-old Chicago Cubs fan is suing team owners to force them to provide better wheelchair access at Wrigley Field.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

250,000 circus items donated to Illinois State University
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University’s famed Circus Collection just got a lot bigger thanks to a Florida man who has been collecting circus memorabilia for decades.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Chicago school employees stole thousands in gift cards
CHICAGO (AP) — An inspector general has found several Chicago Public Schools employees “stole or misappropriated” thousands of dollars in gift cards set aside as incentives for students and families.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Chicago immigration court slows pace
CHICAGO (AP) — Statistics show Chicago’s immigration court now has the second-longest average time to dispose of a case in the U.S. due to a spike in pending cases and the complexity of some of them.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Judge refuses to order school to suspend its transgender policy
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago won’t force a suburban school district to suspend a policy that enables transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice, concluding in a new ruling that decades-old anti-discrimination statutes extend to students whose gender identity isn’t conventional.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Veterans group wants photos of soldiers killed in Vietnam
ELMHURST, Ill. (AP) — Volunteers are coordinating a statewide effort to track down photos of Illinois natives killed during the Vietnam War as part of a national project by a veterans group.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Resort Fire
Firefighters battled a blaze at Grand Bear Lodge in Utica, Ill., early today. Multiple fire departments responded to the fire that officials say was in the resort's main lodge and nearby pool. Officials say no one was injured at the resort which is near Starved Rock State Park in northern Illinois. Firefighters battled the blaze in minus 11- degree temperature conditions.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 brings gov's race, other big contests in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — The new year will be one of big decisions in Illinois, from whether voters give Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a second term to whether tech giant Amazon chooses the state for its second headquarters and some 50,000 new jobs. Some high-profile court cases and a tribute to the nation’s first black president also will move forward.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Officials offer up winter survival tips
CHICAGO (AP) — With frigid below-normal temperatures in much of the country, emergency management officials are offering safety tips for winter driving.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

U of Chicago cancer research program to include teachers
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools teachers and students will research cancer next summer in a University of Chicago program.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Illinois has highest number of outbound moves
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tracking statistics from the moving company United Van Lines indicate that Americans are still heading west, while parts of the Northeast and Midwest are losing people.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First dog at Wesleyan has job to do
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — One of the most popular workers on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus is known for having an ever-present smile, being socially savvy, working as a scientist and having the ability to cheer people up when they’re down.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Homicides, shootings in Chicago drop but still are high
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago ended 2017 with fewer homicides than the year before, but gang violence in the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods kept the total number of killings above the 600 mark for only the second time in more than a decade.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Civil War Tech series: Where history meets science

SPRINGFIELD — Children will get to explore 3D-printing, try on disguises, make their own maps and even help build artificial limbs for disabled people in the 2018 “Civil War Tech” series at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Library receives ring that belonged to president's son

SPRINGFIELD — In a season of giving, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has been given a unique personal item that once belonged to Lincoln’s youngest son: a ring braided from the hair of Tad Lincoln’s pony.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hundreds of new state laws to take effect in 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — It was a big year in the Illinois statehouse with lawmakers ending an historic budget impasse and approving an income tax hike, overhauling how public schools get funding and allowing automatic voter registration. 

Now, a fresh set of 215 laws takes effect Jan. 1. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Gov rejects elderly home care plan not up to par

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has again vetoed plans to prevent changes his administration  wants to make to in-home services aimed at keeping elderly Illinois residents out of nursing homes. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Snow forecast for parts of Illinois, followed by bitter cold

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service says snow accumulations of up to a half-foot are possible in northern Illinois followed by bitter cold weather through next week.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Illinois' organ, tissue donor registry expanded

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to register for the state's First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver's license or identification card will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Anti-gambling crusader wins $25k playing sweepstakes at gaming cafe

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman who has crusaded against gambling for decades has won $25,000 by playing a sweepstakes game at a gambling cafe.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Judge dismisses public-pay abortion challenge; activists say they'll appeal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge dealt a blow to anti-abortion groups Thursday, dismissing a lawsuit aimed at stopping a law that’s about to take effect that would expand Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance to cover abortions.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Peoria-area Hindu temple growing in numbers

WEST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The gatherings began in homes of the faithful, but by the end of the 20th century, the number of those households had more than quadrupled from just a decade earlier.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Foundation warns of drug-impaired driving this weekend
CHICAGO (AP) — A foundation that opposes the legalization of marijuana and other drugs is warning drivers about driving while impaired by drugs as people prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Illinois man's mission: a rhyming limerick for every word
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — One man's joke has become his mission: to give each word a rhyming definition.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Activists to copy Illinois 'gay panic' criminal defense ban in other states
CHICAGO (AP) — Starting in January, Illinois will bar a rare criminal defense allowing the use of a victim’s sexual orientation as justification for violent crime, a ban gay rights advocates say they will attempt to replicate in about half a dozen states next year.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Budget, eclipse among Illinois' top stories
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Legislature passed a long-overdue state budget this year and people in southern Illinois got to witness a long-awaited total solar eclipse.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ex-UIS worker is charged with campus damage
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois Springfield employee has been charged with damage and thefts at two campus buildings last week.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

More cities sign Chicago pact on climate change
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says 10 more cities have joined Chicago’s effort to address climate change after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will pull out of the Paris climate accord.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Polish folk costumes stolen from car in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman is desperately searching for five hand-sewn Polish folk costumes that were stolen from her car last weekend.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Much of Illinois wakes up to temps below zero
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service is warning of wind chills between -15 and -30 degrees below zero in parts of northern and central Illinois.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Commission to recommend pretrial reform for Illinois courts
CHICAGO (AP) — Key players in the Illinois court system are set to scrutinize pretrial processes statewide to identify ways to make them fairer and more transparent.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Salvation Army looks to update to cashless kettles
CHICAGO (AP) — The Salvation Army in Chicago could look into accepting credit or debit cards next year, as it continues to look for ways to keep up with cashless trends.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Jesse Jackson managing Parkinson's with therapy
CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson said he’s relying on daily physical therapy, medication and prayer to manage Parkinson’s disease, but he showed few signs of slowing down Monday as he carried on a decades-old Christmas tradition with a sermon to inmates at one of the nation’s largest jails.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

It's a popular cause, but victims' rights faces new backlash
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After his sister was slain and his mother ran into the accused killer, out on bail, in a grocery store a week later, California billionaire Henry Nicholas became a fierce advocate for the rights of crime victims.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Jury convicts leader of robbery crew
CHICAGO (AP) — A jury has convicted the leader of an armed-robbery crew who prosecutors say terrorized store employees as they robbed retail stores in Chicago.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Illinois school district program addresses mental health
CHICAGO (AP) — Concerns about suicides among teens nationwide and youth mental health issues have prompted officials at a school district in a northwestern suburb of Chicago to start discussing the topic in class.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Secretary of state warns about holiday drinking and driving
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is offering a holiday reminder that driving after drinking can be fatal.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Will County 911 dispatch center consolidates 31 communities
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — An emergency dispatch center linking 31 Will County communities began operations this week.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Project helps Marching Illini recycle on game day
 URBANA, Ill. — During every University of Illinois home football game the Marching Illini band entertains the crowd from the stands and performs at halftime. On game day, the band’s 400 musicians plus supporting staff also eat a boxed lunch together. That’s over 400 sandwiches, cookies and bottles of water. U of I senior Matthew Moy, who has played tenor sax in the Marching Illini for three years, noticed something else about the lunches -- the 400 sandwich wrappers, boxes and empty water bottles going into the trash. He saw a substantial opportunity to recycle.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Judge lets suit on cop's suicide continue
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge says a class-action lawsuit stemming from a northern Illinois officer staging his suicide in 2015 to look like a homicide can continue. 
Friday, December 22, 2017

CPD arrest many selling drugs, guns on Facebook
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say dozens of people have been arrested after officers infiltrated an invitation-only Facebook group where they bought guns and drugs.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Billy Goat Tavern sues
CHICAGO (AP) — The owners of Chicago’s iconic Billy Goat Tavern are suing a Missouri potato chip company, alleging infringement of its trademarks.
Friday, December 22, 2017

District agrees to settle lawsuit over football team hazing
LAKE ZURICH, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a suburban Chicago school district has agreed to settle a lawsuit over alleged hazing of high school football players.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Food stamps cut by computer glitch
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials say food stamp benefits will be restored by this week for tens of thousands of Illinois households that lost them because of problems with a state computer system.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Ford CEO apologizes
DETROIT (AP) — Ford CEO Jim Hackett is apologizing for multiple instances of sexual harassment at an assembly plant in Chicago.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Abuse claims of DHS residents up
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Allegations of abuse and neglect of developmentally disabled and mentally ill residents under the care of the Illinois Department of Human Services have increased by half since 2010 and the time it takes to investigate them has grown, too, an audit released Thursday found.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Unemployment rate holds steady at 4.9 percent
CHICAGO–The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent in November and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -1,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. October job growth was revised up to show a larger gain (+9,300 jobs) than initially reported (+3,400 jobs).
Friday, December 22, 2017

Famed conductor accused of sexual misconduct
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three opera singers and a classical musician say that world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit sexually assaulted them — physically restraining them, forcing his body against theirs, sometimes thrusting his tongue into their mouths, and in one case, sticking one of their hands down his pants.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Once US murder capital, NYC close to record low
NEW YORK (AP) — Even after two terror attacks and a driver’s deadly rampage through Times Square, New York City is on track to smash its modern-era low for homicides in a year.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Police to step up DUI, seat belt patrols over holiday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Police and sheriff’s departments across Illinois are stepping up patrols to try to reduce alcohol- and drug-related crashes this holiday season.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hearing to address Legionella outbreak at Quincy vets' home
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly’s two veterans committees are scheduled to hold a joint legislative hearing to address the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a veterans home.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Chicago Foundation awards $100 million to Syrian children's program
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago foundation awarded $100 million Wednesday to two New York-based organizations to help educate millions of Syrian refugee children through home visits, learning centers and local versions of the educational program “Sesame Street.”
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Big cities possess 2 worlds; one violent, one prosperous
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When she started an urban farm in one of Indianapolis’ roughest neighborhoods, retired chemist Aster Bekele wanted to teach at-risk kids how to garden, and maybe sneak in a little science.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

United Center employee charged in ticket scam
CHICAGO (AP) — A former employee at Chicago’s United Center is facing felony charges after he allegedly sent nearly $600,000 in ticket refunds that customers never asked for to his own accounts.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

$12M in fed funding available for after-school programs
SPRINGFIELD — Approximately $12 million in federal funds is available for academically focused afterschool programs to serve students in schools with a high concentration of low-income students, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Schools have option to expand internet
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released a notice of funding opportunity/request for proposals (NOFO/RFP) for pending state funds to expand internet connectivity in schools. The funds would reimburse school districts for the cost of upgrading their broadband infrastructure to fiber optic technology.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Woman sentenced in infant's suffocation
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A south central Illinois woman has been sentenced to four years of probation in the asphyxiation death of her 2-month-old son in a crowded, trash-filled home.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Man gets life for death of college student
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing an Illinois college student who was lured to a remote area under the guise of a deal to sell his car.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Illinois high-speed rail in final phase
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A nearly $2 billion high-speed Amtrak rail project in Illinois is in its final phase of construction.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Some Illinois lawmakers fear low Medicaid-provider rates could doom plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers question whether reimbursement rates in an expanded managed care health plan will be sufficient to keep insurers providing service.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Chicago, other cities, to get new federal prosecutors
CHICAGO (AP) — The Department of Justice says Chicago’s U.S. attorney’s office is getting additional staff prosecutors so it can do more to reduce violent crime.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Granite City husband, wife found dead after house fire
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a Granite City husband and wife were found dead after a fire at their home.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Alton state representative Beiser officially steps down
ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state Rep. Dan Beiser of Alton says he’s officially stepping down to spend more time with his family.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Teen killed while delivering newspapers
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a teenager killed while delivering newspapers with his stepfather in Chicago (all times local):
Monday, December 18, 2017

Chicago taking proposals for reuse of historic city bridge
CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the public can own a historic bridge at a park on Chicago’s South Side.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Springfield fiddles while Illinois cities burn
The City of Danville’s struggles aren’t all that different from those of downstate communities across Illinois. Danville has seen its population drop by more than 20 percent from its peak last century. Residents’ earnings, adjusted for inflation, have fallen by more than 9 percent since the year 2000.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Some facts you may not know about Christmas trees

URBANA, Ill. — Ron Wolford, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, shares these Christmas tree facts that are sure to spruce up your yuletide knowledge.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Give rosemary as a sign of love and remembrance

URBANA, Ill. - Rosemary is a wonderful herb. It not only looks and smells good but also makes a great addition to many culinary dishes.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

3 eays to 'Give Something That Means Something'

SPRINGFIELD — After responding to a string of historic disasters, the American Red Cross is appealing to the public to “Give Something That Means Something” this holiday season. Throughout theHoliday Giving Season, donors can help bring hope and relief to children, families and communities that need it most with their holiday shopping. 


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Conservation Police issue more than 1,800 citations

SPRINGFIELD, IL – While firearm deer hunters in Illinois took more than 80,000 deer during the state’s busiest hunting season, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police report just four hunting-related accidents were reported, three of them involving injuries resulting from tree stand falls.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Each lawsuit against Quincy home seeks $100k

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Multiple lawsuits against the state over a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a Quincy veterans’ home have been filed in the Illinois Court of Claims.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Lawmaker's daughter gets probation

CHICAGO (AP) — The daughter of a state legislator and her boyfriend have pleaded guilty to reduced battery charges in an attack on one of the lawmaker’s political rivals. 


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Construction on planned Navy Pier hotel to start next month
CHICAGO (AP) — One of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions is expected to get a new seven-story hotel. 
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Meet the mascots at the Lincoln Library

 SPRINGFIELD — A mischievous bird named Fred and a friendly bear named Clark are coming to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for Mascot Day. 


Friday, December 15, 2017

Macon Co. dedicating prosecutor to opioid cases

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Macon County State’s Attorney’s office plans to have a prosecutor specifically dedicated to dealing with opioid cases.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Illinois among states to appeal net neutrality repeal

CHICAGO (AP) — State attorneys general, including in Illinois, are threatening lawsuits against the federal government’s repeal of “net neutrality” rules.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Man gets 69 year sentence for killing man at party

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 69 years in prison for fatally shooting a man at a party near the University of Illinois.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Chicago looking at vehicular attacks
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council on Wednesday voted to create a task force that will look for ways to reduce the chances of an attack like the one in New York where a man drove a truck onto a bike path and struck and killed eight people near the World Trade Center in October. 
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cook Co. voters to see pot on ballot

CHICAGO (AP) — Voters in Cook County will get the chance to vote on a non-binding question in the March primary on whether recreational marijuana should be legalized. 

County commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to put the advisory referendum on the ballot.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Families blame state in Quincy Legionnaires' outbreak

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Eleven families are suing the state for negligence saying a fatal Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in 2015 and continued problems at a western Illinois veterans’ home were preventable. 


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Judge considering if agents displayed racial bias in drug stash-house stings

CHICAGO (AP) — The question of whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony drug stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of hearings in Chicago that could determine whether agencies curtail or even abandon their use nationwide.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

APL plans a weekend of pet adoptions and photos

SPRINGFIELD — Join the Animal Protective League (APL) this Saturday, December 16 at Petco, 2721 S. Veterans Parkway, Springfield, for a day filled with pet adoptions and pictures with Santa!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Award winning flat picker at Museum tonight

SPRINGFIELD — The Music at the Museum Concert Series features award winning flat picker Eric Lambert on Thursday, December the 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Area Audubon Society invites public to attend

 DECATUR — The Decatur Audubon Society invites members and guests to the regular monthly meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, on Sunday, December 17, at 4:00 p.m. (eat at 4:30).  


Thursday, December 14, 2017

ISP conducting enforcement patrols this weekend
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police (ISP) will conduct a statewide enforcement initiative in support of Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) during the Holiday Lifesavers Weekend, December 15-17, 2017.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gymnastics coach baned for misconduct
CHICAGO (AP) — The group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts announced on Tuesday that it has banned one of the top coaches in Illinois after an investigation revealed he had violated its code of conduct by engaging in a sexual relationship with an athlete.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chicago museum won't host science fair
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials with the Museum of Science and Industry say the museum will no longer host the Chicago Public Schools science fair after 2018.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Judge bars Hastert from being alone with minors
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday ordered that Dennis Hastert never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker’s conviction in a hush-money case that revealed he had sexually abused several high school students.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Illinois-based SAE fraternity closes Ole Miss chapter
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A fraternity’s national office has closed its longstanding University of Mississippi chapter, citing health and safety concerns and violations of national standards.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Illinois man sentenced in fatal shooting of Missouri student
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the fatal shooting of a Southeast Missouri State University student during a botched carjacking.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Runner helps save mayor who fell into frozen lake
CHICAGO (AP) — A good Samaritan helped save an 80-year-old Illinois mayor after he fell through thin ice trying to save his dog from a lake.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Scott AFB commander relieved of command
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Air Force general says he has lost confidence in a commander at Scott Air Force Base and relieved him of his command.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Deadline for health insurance coverage coming up Friday
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents are being reminded that if they need health insurance coverage for next year they must register by Friday night.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Flights to be offered now from Chicago to the Greenbrier area
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — SkyWest Airlines is offering nonstop flights starting in April from Chicago and Washington, D.C., to a West Virginia airport near The Greenbrier resort.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

77-year-old killed by aggressive pit bull
ALSIP, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a 77-year-old woman has died after being mauled by a dog in the backyard of her suburban Chicago home.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

University of Chicago law hires Jarrett
CHICAGO (AP) — A longtime White House adviser to former President Barack Obama is taking a job as a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Carlinville Amtrak station opens, 89-year-old Alton depot is demolished
CARLINVILLE – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn joined city and Amtrak officials  to announce the completion of the new station in Carlinville, the latest of several station improvements overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation along the Chicago-St. Louis passenger rail corridor. The new station opened to Amtrak service Nov. 16.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tree replacement plan at Illinois fair grounds continues
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 200 young trees have been planted over the last three years at the Springfield, Illinois, fairgrounds as part of a four-year donation program.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Family donates World War II news clippings to SIUE library
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A family has donated nearly two dozen scrapbooks filled with news clippings from World War II to the library at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

No charges against conductor James Levine
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois prosecutors investigating alleged sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s against James Levine said Friday they won’t pursue charges against the longtime Metropolitan Opera conductor, citing state law at the time, challenges in compiling evidence and other factors.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Governor Rauner's office pushed appointing monitor he now criticizes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state purchasing regulator whom Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner now claims is heavily influenced by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan was recommended for the post by the governor’s office, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Republican lawmaker demands proof or apology for Rauner claim
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker challenged GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday to prove his claim that the Democratic House speaker improperly influenced an autonomous agency’s decision to cancel a state consulting contract.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Support from others a gift for caregivers at holiday
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — “I’ve been a caregiver my whole life,” said nurse Cheryl Stevens. “Taking care of patients with dementia is my niche.”
Friday, December 8, 2017

Children's Cainet launches online database, a go-to resource for the public
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has turned to an online database to help form policy decisions on health, safety, education and work opportunities for residents younger than 25.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Illinois to have in-between tax rate for 2017 income
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois taxpayers will be paying an in-between rate on 2017 income as a result of the state’s tax increase.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

More than 80k deer are harvested
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hunters harvested more than 80,000 deer during this year’s firearm season. That’s a slight increase over 2016.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Plans for new athletic facility are announced at U of I
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is announcing plans to build a new soccer and track and field complex on campus.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Democrats ask Supreme Court to hear Blago appeal
CHICAGO (AP) — Nineteen Illinois Democrats have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal by imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to help clarify the line between legal and illegal political fundraising.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

House votes to kill resolution to impeach Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to kill a resolution from a liberal Democratic lawmaker to impeach President Donald Trump as most Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the move.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

House okays bill allowing conceal carry reciprocity
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines..
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mars world HQ will remain in Chicago
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mars Wrigley Confectionary is basing its U.S. headquarters in New Jersey.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Natural gas pipeline explodes, two die
NACHUSA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in northern Illinois say two men working on a farm field were killed and two others seriously injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Champaign oks settlement for man shot
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois city has approved a $93,000 settlement for an unarmed man who was shot in the shoulder by a police officer.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Obama speaks to mayors at climate change summit
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday told a summit of mayors driven to act after President Donald Trump rejected the Paris climate accord that cities and states are the “new face of American leadership” on climate change.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

DCFS to end use of predictive program
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will no longer use a $366,000 program that identifies children at risk for serious injury or death by using computer data mining after the agency’s director called the technology unreliable.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Procurement chief cancels Rauner consulting pact
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois purchasing monitor canceled a $12.5 million contract Tuesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration signed, saying it should have been offered to the highest and best bidder.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Lincoln Library to present exhibit on state's 4 presidents
 SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will help celebrate the state’s 200th birthday with a major new exhibit about the four presidents who have called Illinois their home, ALPLM Executive Director Alan Lowe announced Sunday.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ravinia Music Festival cuts ties with conductor
CHICAGO (AP) — The Ravinia Festival has cut all ties with famed conductor James Levine amid the allegations of sexual abuse that prompted the Metropolitan Opera to suspend him.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Illinois doc admits dispensing opioids for cash and sex
CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois doctor has pleaded guilty to charges he illegally gave medication including opioids to patients in exchange for sex or cash.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Fat shaming one of the last socially accepted forms of discrimination
SPRINGFIELD – While other forms of discrimination have become taboo, it’s still common to hear negative comments centered on a person’s weight, said Lindsay Roush, a behavioral health consultant at Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Illinois launches helpline to fight opioid addiction
CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois is launching an all-hours helpline to provide assistance to those impacted by opioid addiction.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Renovated station opens in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Ill. — Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn was joined today by city officials and Amtrak to announce the completion of renovations to the station in historic downtown Lincoln, the latest of several station improvements overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation along the Chicago-St. Louis passenger rail corridor. The project returns passenger service to a building constructed in 1911 and last used as a depot more than 30 years ago.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

U of I prepares to unveil new menorah
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is preparing to unveil a replacement menorah structure outside the Chabad Center for Jewish Life after it was vandalized for the fourth time in three years.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Young poets from Chicago, Carbondale honored with awards
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Young poets from Carbondale and Chicago are the winners of the Illinois state Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Ribbon cutting set for $4.1M Lincoln train depot renovation
LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to officially re-open the renovated historic $4.1 million Lincoln Station in downtown Lincoln on Tuesday morning.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Illinois school involved in printable Martian homes contest
CHICAGO (AP) — A central Illinois university is a key player in an ongoing competition aimed at deploying 3-D printers to build habitats on Mars if and when humans travel to the red planet.
Monday, December 4, 2017

'Take all their excuses away': Hard cases in heroin fight
CHICAGO (AP) — The van was coming for Richard Rivera, but it was taking a long time. He waited inside the entrance of Saint Anthony Hospital where he had spent the past three days getting off heroin. His next stop: a sober-living facility.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Illinois' 199th birthday today kicks off year-long bicentennial celebration

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Happy birthday, Illinois — warts and all. 

It’s the home of the U.S. president credited with ending black slavery and the nation’s first black president, as well as a litany of imprisoned governors and other politicians. And until just months ago, it had the nation’s longest state budget impasse since at least the Great Depression. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Taylorville native answers call of the octagon
Bobby Wombacher to ref UFC 218 card

DETROIT — Taylorville native Bobby Wombacher has the opportunity to call one of the biggest cards of the year for the UFC this Saturday, reffing one of the matches on the UFC 218 card. Wombacher isn’t sure of what match he will be doing but he said, “I’m grateful to be wherever (the fight) is. The fight really doesn’t matter to me. I treat all of the athletes the same.”

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Transgender student sues Illinois district over locker room

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago school district that previously faced a federal complaint over a transgender student’s use of a girls’ locker room is now facing a lawsuit over the issue.


Friday, December 1, 2017

4th person dies after Interstate 55 accident in Illinois

HAMEL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say a fourth person has died more than a week after a major crash on Interstate 55 in southwestern Illinois.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Chicago man accused of fatally shooting woman, dumping body
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man is being held without bond in the 2016 fatal shooting of a woman whose body was dumped in the city’s Englewood neighborhood.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Peoria Farm Show has traditional, cutting-edge offerings
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Greater Peoria Farm Show bills itself as the largest indoor agricultural showcase in Illinois.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ill. AG subpoenas Message Envy amid sexual assault questions
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has subpoenaed Massage Envy spas following a report that more than 180 people across the nation have filed sexual assault lawsuits and other sexual misconduct complaints against the company.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Chicago Amtrak passengers face delays
CHICAGO (AP) — Commuter and interstate train travelers in Chicago are facing another day of delays due to the derailment of a Metra train this week outside the city’s Union Station.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Spirit Airlines adds 4 flights from Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — Spirit Airlines says it will begin seasonal service from Seattle to Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Minneapolis starting next year.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Illinois lawmakers seek more info on Medicaid contract
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration says a $60 billion package to provide health care to millions of low-income Illinois residents will save $1 billion over current expenses, while critics deride it as a “stealth deal” that they say is costing more than they expected.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Beer of Illinois to be announced at bicentennial kickoff
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The official beer of Illinois will be unveiled at the bicentennial kickoff at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rauner applauds US Customs anti-drug scrutiny
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says improved detection and better scrutiny of packages in the mail will reduce the spread of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Researchers use advanced technology to study child mummy
LEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Researchers from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago are using advanced technology to unwrap the mysteries of an 1,800-year-old mummy.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

U of Illinois art museum to mark World AIDS Day with films
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois’s Champaign-Urbana campus plans to show seven short films to mark World AIDS Day .
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New case of Legionnaires reported at Quincy veterans' home
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — State officials have reported another case of Legionnaires’ disease at a western Illinois veterans’ home.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Commuter train partially derails in Chicago; delays expected
CHICAGO (AP) — A commuter train partially derailed at Chicago’s Union Station, prompting officials to warn of delays.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Archdiocese ordered to pay $700K in computer-porn case
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago says the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago must pay $700,000 to a former employee who said she was fired for complaining another employee was viewing pornography on a church computer.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Agency says US, Canada fall short on protecting Great Lakes
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Federal reviews of Obama Center to start this week
CHICAGO (AP) — Further studies of the park that’s the future home of the Obama Presidential Center are expected to start this week.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Visitation, funeral set for family of 6 killed in fire
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Relatives say the funeral for six family members killed in a northern Illinois fire last week will be Dec. 6.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Illinois Rep. Gutierrez to retire after 13 House terms
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez will announce he is retiring and won’t seek re-election next year.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dredging effort could finish ahead of schedule
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — City officials in Decatur say progress is moving along on the Lake Decatur dredging effort and the project could be done ahead of schedule.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Gliniewicz case delayed pending appellate court decision on evidence
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys say they’re waiting for an Illinois appellate court ruling in the case against the wife of a former Fox Lake Police lieutenant who killed himself and made it look like it was duty related.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wealthy candidates for Illinois governor release tax returns
CHICAGO (AP) — Two wealthy businessmen seeking the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor released partial tax returns Monday, the same day they filed candidate petitions for the 2018 primary.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

SIU talks of eliminating departments, dept. heads
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The chancellor of Southern Illinois University wants to eliminate academic departments and department heads amid plummeting enrollment and deteriorating finances.
Monday, November 27, 2017

IDNR: Spring turkey hunting deadlines approaching
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) is encouraging youth and adult hunters to plan now to enjoy spring turkey hunting during the 2018 Illinois Spring Turkey Season, with access to excellent turkey habitat available through IRAP.
Monday, November 27, 2017

ISU considers adding engineering
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University is considering adding an engineering program to meet what university officials say is a “robust demand” for the degree in Illinois.
Monday, November 27, 2017










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