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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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rauner faces challenge from within the party
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has so infuriated some far-right members of his Republican party with his actions on abortion, immigration and other issues that he’s now facing a primary challenge as he seeks a second term.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Missouri student is 3rd person to die in Illinois crash
HAMEL, Ill. (AP) — A Missouri college student is the third person to die after a major crash this week on Interstate 55 in southwestern Illinois.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Longtime Chicago teacher awarded $1M in civil case
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ordered Chicago Public Schools to pay $1 million to a teacher who sued on grounds she was fired because one of her arms was paralyzed.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Illinois conservation police cite illegal deer hunting
BARRY, Ill. (AP) — Illinois conservation police issued more than 50 citations and warnings for illegal deer hunting this month.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Illinois high school program teaches business skills
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A high school program in Illinois is teaching students about the business world.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

"Die Hard" for jihadists? IS recruits with heroic tales
WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the slick, Hollywood-style cinematics, the Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they, too, can be heroes like Bruce Willis’ character in “Die Hard.”
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Reward extended in case of Illinois girl missing since 1996
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — A reward to help solve the case of a girl who disappeared more than 20 years ago in the Mississippi River community of Moline has been extended.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Chicago ordered to pay $62,500 in lawsuit records dispute
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago has been ordered to pay $62,500 for withholding records in a lawsuit over a police shooting.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Report says multiple DCFS workers in Illinois attacked or threatened
CHICAGO (AP) — At least a dozen Illinois Department of Children and Family Services workers have been attacked or seriously threatened while trying to protect children or investigate mistreatment allegations since 2013, according to a newspaper’s analysis.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Old, meet new: Drones, high tech camera revamp archaeology
ENFIELD, N.H. (AP) — Scanning an empty field that once housed a Shaker village in New Hampshire, Jesse Casana had come in search of the foundations of stone buildings, long-forgotten roadways and other remnants of this community dating to the 1790s.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Shoppers abusing disability parking to be targeted

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Scretary of State Jesse White announced today that Secretary of State Police will conduct statewide parking stings targeting individuals illegally parking in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities at shopping malls beginning Black Friday, Nov. 24. 


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FOP reminds shoppers to use care this season

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge is offering its annual tips and reminders to help shoppers remain safe and keep their purchases secure during the holidays.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Important safety tips on deep frying a turkey and more
CHICAGO — This Thanksgiving, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) urges Illinoisans to be mindful when preparing Thanksgiving dinner.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

'Trecovery' initiative at state fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  The Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA) is continuing their 'trecovery' initiative on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Currently there are 53 trees being planted as part of the 2017 commitment.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Shoppers abusing disability parking to be targeted
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Scretary of State Jesse White announced today that Secretary of State Police will conduct statewide parking stings targeting individuals illegally parking in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities at shopping malls beginning Black Friday, Nov. 24.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Troopers will be stationed every 20 miles
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  – The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is generally one of the busiest travel holiday periods of the year.  As millions of travelers take to Illinois roadways to celebrate Thanksgiving, Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz reminds motorists to drive safely.  To ensure a safe upcoming holiday period, ISP Troopers will be positioned every 20 miles on Interstates 55, 57, and 80 on Wednesday, November 22, from 10 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FOP reminds shoppers to use care this season
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge is offering its annual tips and reminders to help shoppers remain safe and keep their purchases secure during the holidays.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

See Christmas at the White House
SPRINGFIELD — From sending formal cards to celebrating in Palm Springs to hanging Abraham Lincoln ornaments, America’s presidents have marked Christmas in ways that reflect their personalities. Those celebrations are the focus of a new exhibit  at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Honeywell idling Metropolis plant
METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) — Honeywell says it is idling its plant in the southern Illinois city of Metropolis and reducing the workforce by 170 employees along with contractor positions.The Honeywell Metropolis Works Facility converts uranium into uranium hexafluoride, which is used to produce enriched uranium for fuel in nuclear power plants. The company says there is currently an oversupply of uranium hexafluoride in the worldwide nuclear industry.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

McDonald's to tear down suburban McDonald's museum
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald’s Corp. has announced it will demolish a suburban Chicago museum that’s a replica of Ray Kroc’s first restaurant.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lawsuit against Hastert is dismissed
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois lawsuit filed against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert that alleged a sexual assault has been dismissed. Kendall County Circuit Judge Robert Pilmer ruled Monday that the statute of limitations required dismissal of lawsuit.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

College offers free tuition
Carlinville, Ill. — High school valedictorians and salutatorians can now attend college tuition-free at Blackburn College. A unique college with the only student-managed work program in the country, Blackburn is extending the offer of tuition-free education to all high school valedictorians and salutatorians throughout the U.S.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Rock thrown on I-55
The Illinois State Police is investigating an incident which occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, November 20, 2017, in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 near mile post 140 in Logan County.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bicentennial contest offers scholarships
SPRINGFIELD — Twenty-three Illinois high school students will have the chance to win a total of $12,000 in scholarship money in an essay contest celebrating Illinois' 200th birthday in 2018.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

6 dead in northern Illinois house fire
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say two adults and four children have died after an early morning house fire in rural northern Illinois.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Men serving life sentences released
CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago men who were serving life sentences for a 1994 rape and murder were released from prison Monday after DNA evidence exonerated them.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Smoke plumes rise from East St. Louis vacant building fire
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — East St. Louis Fire Chief Jason Blackmon says a blaze in a vacant apartment building “really took off,” prompting his crews to make an aggressive attack to get it under control.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Police dog to regularly search public schools in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield Public Schools officials have hired a canine handler to regularly search middle and high schools for drugs, bombs and guns.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Chicago officer who shot at teens to be sentenced
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer convicted of shooting at a car full of teenagers is returning to federal court for sentencing.
Monday, November 20, 2017

4 in 5 Illinois debris sites high in toxins
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Four in five Illinois quarries that backfill with concrete and other demolition waste show higher-than-acceptable levels of toxins, according to state sampling results obtained by The Associated Press.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Backers hope Route 66 historic designation can drive tourism
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anyone who doubts the lure of Route 66 should talk to Winslow Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Hall, who said that capitalizing on the historic highway was key to revitalization of the historic downtown.
Monday, November 20, 2017

U of I board approves $175,000 in bonuses

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois board has approved bonuses totaling $175,000 for the president of the university’s system and the chancellor of the University of Illinois-Chicago campus for the second straight year.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Jackson vows to find cure for disease

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy to slow the progress of the disease.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Illinois State Museum to preview its legacy collection

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum is preparing to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial by putting the best of its Illinois Legacy Collection of 13.5 million objects on display in an exhibition to open next summer – and the Museum will preview the exhibition on Sunday, Dec. 3 in Springfield.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson's disease diagnosis

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to dedicate himself to physical therapy.


Friday, November 17, 2017

2 teens dead, 1 wounded, in Chicago shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say two teenagers were fatally shot and a third was wounded during an apparent home invasion.

They were inside a home Thursday evening in the city’s Austin neighborhood when police say someone came in, demanded property and shot them.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Study shows mothers and daughters could benefit from a walk in the park

URBANA, Ill. – Spending time together with family may help strengthen the family bond, but new research from the University of Illinois shows that specifically spending time outside in nature—even just a 20-minute walk—together can help family members get along even better.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Report shows opioid abuse in Chicago far worse than many believe

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Urban League has released a report indicating the opioid problem in the city of Chicago, especially among African-Americans, is far worse than many believe.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Bike trail in Sangamon County opens today
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Sangamon County bike trail is being extended by six miles, doubling the length of the route in and around Springfield.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Feds charge Illinois man who worked for 'darknet'
ATLANTA (AP) — An Illinois man who federal prosecutors say worked as a spokesman for a “darknet” marketplace for illicit internet commerce has been charged in Atlanta.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chicago law firm helping to prepare a multitude of LV shooting lawsuits
CHICAGO (AP) — Legal action following the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert is picking up with lawsuits filed on behalf of 14 concertgoers, including some who were shot or injured trying to escape and one woman who is so traumatized that she has since mistaken the sound of rain for gunshots.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Charges dropped, cops won't testify
CHICAGO (AP) — The refusal of five former Chicago police officers to testify in the retrial of a man incarcerated for murder since 1990 has resulted Wednesday in the dropping of charges against the defendant.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

$1.2 Million grant to fund 26-mile trail system near Harrisburg
CARRIER MILLS — A new project will make southern Illinois a destination for off-road riders, Gov. Rauner said while announcing development of a 26-mile off-highway vehicle trail system at Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area, located in Saline County, five miles west of Harrisburg.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Turn off the TV tonight and read
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ top librarian wants families to turn off the TV and other gadgets and read together.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Most hunting accidents involve falls
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are offering safety tips as firearm deer-hunting season gets underway this weekend.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

No more indictments in Laquan McDonald shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury that indicted three Chicago police officers on charges that they conspired to cover up what happened when a fellow officer fatally shot black teen Laquan McDonald has disbanded without indicting anyone else in the department, the special prosecutor announced Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Renaming business college at U of I sparks debate
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A plan to name the business college at the University of Illinois after a donor who gave a record $150 million to the school has been approved, but with some debate.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Adoptions finalized for 45 children on adoption day
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – For the second year in a row, the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville will join hundreds of courthouses across the country and open their doors on Saturday, November 18 for a very special reason – to finalize the adoptions of 45 children in foster care who have been waiting for permanent, loving homes on National Adoption Day.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Six, including Illinois' Gutierrez, seek impeachment
WASHINGTON (AP) — A half-dozen Democrats today introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses, in a long-shot effort that stands little chance in the Republican-led House.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Indicted Chicago alderman won't seek re-election
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago alderman who has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges says he won’t seek re-election.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

FEMA denies aid for state flood victims
CHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided against helping victims of last summer’s record flooding in the Chicago area.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Court okays law that compares animal releases to terrorism
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-based appeals court says a U.S. law likening the release of farm animals by activists to terrorism is constitutional.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

First of its kind found in decades
CHICAGO (AP) — A scientist searching for a young male alligator snapping turtle that was put in a Southern Illinois creek at least a year ago instead grabbed a 22-pound adult female, raising hopes for those trying to protect a creature that hadn’t been spotted in the area for three decades.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Study looks at correlation between teen suicide, social media
CHICAGO (AP) — An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Is your own MD best in the hospital? Study suggests yes
CHICAGO (AP) — The old-fashioned, family doctor style of medicine could be lifesaving for elderly hospitalized patients, a big study suggests, showing benefits over a rapidly expanding alternative that has hospital-based doctors overseeing care instead.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Group wants landmark status for Till home
CHICAGO (AP) — A preservation group wants the Chicago home where Emmett Till once lived to receive landmark status.
Monday, November 13, 2017

High-profile Justice official to speak on gangs, guns
CHICAGO (AP) — A high-profile U.S. Department of Justice official is scheduled to deliver remarks this week in Chicago, where he’ll address gun violence and street gangs.
Monday, November 13, 2017

International student enrollment is up in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — A new study shows a small increase in the number of international students who attended colleges and universities in Illinois last year.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Educators report shortage of teachers, applicants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — School officials statewide are reporting that districts are having a hard time filling teaching positions.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Bears And Packers Stand
Players line up during the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Chicago.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Effort underway to locate, preserve Illinois WWI memorials and monuments
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — Efforts are underway to locate and restore outdoor World War I memorials and monuments across Illinois.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Judge denies Quincy motion to dismiss most of Lovelace suit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge has denied the city of Quincy’s request to dismiss most of a lawsuit filed by a former Illinois prosecutor who was found not guilty in the 2006 death of his first wife.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

U of I master plan estimated to cost $1.2B
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say a proposed $1.2 billion master plan that provides a flexible blueprint for future campus growth and development isn’t unrealistic given the university’s donor base and track record.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

'How do I spend the rest of my life without my daughter?'
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — For more than four months, Ronggao Zhang has walked to his missing daughter’s apartment almost every day. At first, he stood outside, hoping she would show up one afternoon. But even after he was told she’d been kidnapped and was presumed dead, he’s continued his routine.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Many services, benefits available to Illinois veterans
SPRINGFIELD — With Veterans Day a day away, the Illinois Department of Employment Security would like to remind veterans of the many services offered to them through the state’s agencies. These services are divided into the two primary categories: employment services and veterans benefits.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Illinois college teaching importance of giving back
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — Blackburn College is emphasizing the importance of giving back by offering the new Introduction to Philanthropy course. Currently on the schedule during the fall semester of odd calendar years, the course is designed to teach the importance of having a ‘culture of giving.’
Friday, November 10, 2017

Governor on veto defeats: Struggle is 'ongoing'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner downplayed on Thursday the beating he took in the fall legislative session as evidence of an “ongoing and difficult” struggle for a better state.
Friday, November 10, 2017

GOP House members urge Speaker Ryan to act on immigration legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two dozen House Republicans today pressed Speaker Paul Ryan to act quickly on legislation that would protect some 800,000 young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sexual harassment training offered for lawmakers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly’s fall session is ending after an unanticipated addition to the agenda.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Defenders file suit over harassment by inmates
CHICAGO (AP) — Female public defenders have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in Chicago, saying Cook County officials failed to protect them from inmates who masturbate during jail visits and at courthouse holding cells.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bicentennial Celebration to honor 200 veterans
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will honor 200 veterans who’ve gone “above and beyond the call of duty” as part of the state’s bicentennial celebration.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Not chosen for jury duty
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama, free of a job that forced him to move to Washington for eight years, showed up to a downtown Chicago courthouse for jury duty on Wednesday morning. Then he heard the words most prospective jurors pray for: You’re dismissed.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

In 2016 State investigated home of six-year-old boy who was starved to death
JERSEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois child welfare officials say they received a hotline call about a 6-year-old Jerseyville boy’s home nearly two years before he starved to death.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Judge's trial nap doesn't warrant retrial
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appeals court has ruled that a judge falling asleep during a murder trial doesn’t warrant a retrial of the defendant in the case.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Veto override requires monthly accounting
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Government agencies in Illinois will be required to report monthly on all bills they’ve incurred, after senators overwhelmingly reversed Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto Wednesday of a measure the state’s check-writing official advocated as a critical step toward digging out of massive debt.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Chicago art center a national treasure
CHICAGO (AP) — An art center established in Chicago by a Depression-era federal agency has been named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

House overides one of Rauner's vetos, fails on another
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has voted Tuesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a measure creating a bill of rights for those taking out student loans.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Monarch butterfly habitats to be protected
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved a plan proponents say will help protect the habitat of monarch butterflies.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Lawmakers adopt sexual harassment legislation
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers spent most of Tuesday trying to get control of an avoidable sexual-harassment mess which began with a seemingly benign, if sincere, proposal last month to explicitly forbid harassment and intimidation in the ethics code.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

VietNow to dissolve to settle fraud lawsuit
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois attorney general has announced a settlement by the state and more than 20 other states in a lawsuit accusing a Rockford-based veterans nonprofit of scamming donations.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Parents are charged with starvation death of child
JERSEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois father and stepmother are charged with first-degree murder in the starvation death of their 6-year-old boy, who authorities said weighed 17 pounds.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Appellate court rules against gov on pay increases
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Fifth District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration should be paying unionized state workers scheduled increases promised by contract.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New study: Drugstore pain pills are as effective as opiods in ER patients
CHICAGO (AP) — Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as Tylenol and Motrin worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Inspector says he can make a difference
SPRINGRIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first person in two years to hold the post of inspector general for the Illinois General Assembly said Monday she took the temporary position amid Statehouse disarray over sexual-harassment complaints because “I can make a difference here.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ISP to conduct STEP in November
LITCHFIELD — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 18 Commander, Captain Timothy Tyler, announces the ISP will conduct Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) in District 18 during the month of November.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Teen charged after firing at Chicago officers
CHICAGO (AP) — A 17-year-old boy faces attempted murder and other charges after authorities say he fired at Chicago police officers who were investigating an earlier shooting.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Data: 116 state jobs moved to Springfield in last 2 years
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield-area lawmaker who wants to bring more state jobs to the Illinois capital city says new data show more work needs to be done on the effort.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Illinois State Police begin 'Silver Search' training
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police officials have launched statewide training for officers in dealing with Alzheimer’s disease patients who wander away and need to be found.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Chicago fund means more immigrants getting legal help
 CHICAGO (AP) — Months after Chicago officials established up a $1.3 million fund to boost legal services for immigrants facing deportation, there’s been a big spike in immigrants with legal representation, a study has found.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Sex-harassment bill puts Illinois leaders on the defensive
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan’s legislation requiring sexual-harassment awareness training for virtually everyone working in the Capitol appeared proactive, an effort to get out in front of a roiling national issue that enveloped Illinois days earlier with the circulation of an open letter demanding an end to a troubling Springfield culture.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Cook Co. Dems pick Raoul over Quinn
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County’s Democratic Party on Friday endorsed state Sen. Kwame Raoul for attorney general over former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and several other candidates who urged party leaders not to pick a favorite.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Digitized WWI maps online
SPRINGFIELD — Secretary of State and State Archivist Jesse White today announced that in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America’s participation in World War I, the Illinois State Archives has repaired and digitized 57 maps used by the Illinois National Guard during the war.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

State's first fracking permit returned

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first company to obtain a permit for fracking in Illinois announced Friday it won’t use it, citing market conditions and the state’s “burdensome and costly” regulations.

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

3 accused of using skimming devices on ATM to steal $25,000
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Three men have been arrested on charges that they used a skimming device in suburban Chicago to record ATM card and PIN numbers to steal more than $25,000. 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Visually impaired programs face serious teacher shortage
CHICAGO (AP) — A teacher shortage in Illinois is threatening to derail the progress of programs for the blind and visually impaired. 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Chicago area humane society rescues 47 dogs
PEOTONE, Ill. (AP) — A humane society in suburban Chicago suddenly finds itself caring for 47 dogs that were found in an area house by authorities.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Birthdays of his kids add up to a winning lottery ticket
Saturday, November 4, 2017

States push to keep highway inner lanes clear for passing

By JIM SALTER

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — From stricter laws to public service campaigns and pleading electronic road signs, states have a message for the drivers clogging the inside lanes of the nation’s highways: Get the heck out of the way!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Blagojevich appeals to court in likely last gasp
CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss his convictions on corruption charges, saying he never crossed lines into illegal fundraising. 
Friday, November 3, 2017

Senator's sex-harassment accuser wants answers on complaint
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The political activist who has accused an Illinois Senate Democratic leader of sexually harassing her said Thursday that she wants to know why Sen. Ira Silverstein faced no repercussions until after she went public this week.
Friday, November 3, 2017

X: Can Apple live up to the hype?
CHICAGO (AP) — Apple’s iPhone X went on sale today, as the company scrambles to meet demand for a marquee device that sports a lush screen, facial-recognition skills and a $1,000 price tag.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Fire marshal warns of recall on fire extinguishers

CHICAGO – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today warns of an important recall notice for Kidde brand fire extinguishers. The company announced a recall of fire extinguishers with a plastic handle due to a failure to properly activate during a fire emergency.

 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Man fatally shot outside Chicago Starbucks carrying gun and drugs
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police say a 28-year-old man killed in a shooting at a Starbucks in the city’s Uptown neighborhood was carrying a handgun and drugs.
Friday, November 3, 2017

UIS corrects auditorium
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A report says safety corrections have been made at a University of Illinois Springfield auditorium after one concert patron was hurt and another died from a fall earlier this year.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Don't "tweet every thought," Michelle says at summit
CHICAGO (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama says words matter, particularly in an age where Twitter and other social media can be used like a weapon.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Manufacturer chooses site in Indiana over Illinois
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Automotive parts supplier Lear Corp. is moving forward with construction of a new $30 million SUV seat manufacturing plant in northwestern Indiana.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Senator steps down from offices after claims of harassment
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has stepped down from the Democratic Party leadership team after accusations of sexual harassment against him.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Task force examines adult education
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A new task force created by the Illinois Community College Board will be looking for ways to improve adult education and help increase the number of students that move from basic education classes to post-secondary career training.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

3 women killed in crash
NASHVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say three women have been killed in a traffic crash in southern Illinois.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Illinois launches statewide Silver Search awareness campaign
CHICAGO —  A statewide public awareness campaign around the new Silver Search program kicks off today.  Sixty percent of those with Alzheimer’s will wander at some point during their diagnosis.  Silver Search is a new tool in Illinois to help train law enforcement agencies across Illinois on how they can help you when a loved one with dementia goes missing.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fire marshall reminds Illinoisians to change clocks, batteries
CHICAGO – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today asks Illinoisans to take an extra few minutes this weekend to change and test the batteries in their smoke alarms while setting their clocks back an hour. Clocks fall back an hour for Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, November 5.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Lincoln Library to display original copy Gettysburg Address
SPRINGFIELD – A copy of the Gettysburg Address written by Abraham Lincoln himself will be displayed this month at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to mark the anniversary of the famous speech.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Chicago sees drop in Oct. homicides
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of homicides in Chicago in October was significantly lower than during October 2016 but 2017 will still end as one of the bloodiest years in recent memory.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Judge lifts gag order in college foot ball case
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A gag order has been lifted in the case of five Wheaton College football players charged with battery against one of their teammates in suburban Chicago.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Athletic dept. at U of I announces $300M fund raising goal
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois athletic department says it’s set the goal of raising $300 million as part of the school’s “With Illinois” university-wide fundraising initiative.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Man charged after mother's found in Chicago lagoon
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A man was ordered held without bond Tuesday to face murder and other charges after dismembered remains believed to be his mother were found in luggage submerged in a lagoon at Chicago’s Lincoln Park.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Obama summit a 'collective conversation'
CHICAGO (AP) — Prince Harry has made a stop in Chicago to talk about youth leadership during a summit planned by the Obama Foundation.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Illinois legislative activist claims Illinois senator harassed her
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A crime-victims advocate told an Illinois House committee Tuesday that a powerful state senator sexually harassed her last year as they were working together on legislation, causing her so much mental anguish that she dropped 20 pounds and lost her hair.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Illinois tourism office to open and expand in China and Mexico
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois tourism officials are expanding their efforts in China and Mexico, hoping to attract more foreign visitors to the state.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Data shows a vast disparity among state high school students
CHICAGO (AP) — Data shows thousands of students in Illinois’ public high schools are struggling as the state pushes students to achieve higher scores.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

10 ag projects in Illinois to receive $550,000
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Ten agriculture-related projects that are looking for way to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce in Illinois will be sharing $550,000.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Police chief quits citing discrimination by Village of Moweaqua
MOWEAQUA, Ill. (AP) — The police chief of Moweaqua in central Illinois has resigned, citing a hostile work environment created by village officials.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Deal with Tel Aviv school announced
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says collaboration between the University of Illinois and Tel Aviv University in Israel will make for groundbreaking technology and engineering initiatives.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Obama summit in Chicago today
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is hosting a leadership summit for hundreds of civic leaders and artists from around the world.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Legislator may challenge Rauner in GOP primary
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Republican state legislator is mulling a primary challenge against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. 
Monday, October 30, 2017

Chicago architect honored for promoting diversity
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago architect has been recognized for leadership and promotion of diversity in the field.
Monday, October 30, 2017

16-year-old boy is killed in Peoria shooting
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Peoria say a shooting left one 16-year-old boy dead another 16-year-old boy wounded.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Growers Assoc. hosting cider contests
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois apple cider makers will again get a chance to see who makes the best cider in the 29th Annual Cider Contest and the 16th Annual Hard Cider Contest, hosted at the Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference in Springfield, Jan. 10-12, 2018. The event is sponsored by the Illinois State Horticulture Society.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Every county in Illinois is getting Lincoln portrait
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Portraits of Abraham Lincoln will be given to all 102 county courthouses in Illinois to mark the state’s upcoming bicentennial.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Chicago Suburb hiring coyote trappers
GRAYSLAKE, Ill. (AP) — Police in a Chicago suburb are hiring trappers to remove coyotes after receiving a surge of reports about the animals roaming through neighborhoods and attacking small dogs.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Dentists offer free care to military vets
CHICAGO (AP) — A law passed last year requires every judicial circuit in Illinois to have a veterans treatment court starting Jan. 1.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Illinois to require veterans courts across the state in 2018
CHICAGO (AP) — A law passed last year requires every judicial circuit in Illinois to have a veterans treatment court starting Jan. 1.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Illinois History: 175th anniversary of Lincoln marriage
ILLINOIS — Abraham Lincoln’s marriage to Mary Todd has been the subject of debate among historians for decades. Few Presidential unions have been so misunderstood.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Civil War officer's manual returned
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — You would have to be a very talented mathematician to figure out the odds of a Civil War officer’s training manual being found among a group of more than 7,000 donated books, set aside and traced to a family in Normal.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Former governor to run for atty general
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is joining a crowded field attempting to become the state’s next attorney general.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Illinois gets thousands of responses to state's rest area survey
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has received nearly 4,500 responses to its public survey asking about highway rest areas in less than two weeks.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Obama called for jury duty in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has been called for jury duty in Chicago.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Young girl's death changes the way Illinois manages child abuse cases
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Department of Children and Family Services report details a troubled mother’s abuse of her children and recognizes the agency could have removed the five siblings from her home long before she killed her 4-year-old daughter.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Crews work to contain, clean up oil spill on Chicago River
CHICAGO (AP) — Crews are working to contain and clean up oil that was found on part of the south branch of the Chicago River and a waterway that connects with the river.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Governor leads mission trip to Israel
CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner will lead a delegation to Israel next week to explore opportunities for expanded business and research ties to the “Start-Up Nation,” the moniker used to describe Israel’s remarkable economic advances through technological innovation.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Lawmakers file plans calling for sexual harassment training
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Proposals calling for sexual harassment training for elected officials and others at the state Capitol are in the works.
Friday, October 27, 2017

New questions, searches greet travelers at O'Hare
CHICAGO (AP) — Some were asked their hobbies and packing habits. Others were queried about what they do for a living. There were lines for security interviews and searches of carry-on bags.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Illinois House rejects bump stock ban
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on legislative action in Springfield today:
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Man dies while working on suburban sewer line
STREAMWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Gurnee man as the worker who died in a suburban Chicago sewer line.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

CPD vehicle crashes into hole; two officers hurt
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a Chicago police SUV hit a construction barrier and crashed into a hole at a construction site, injuring two officers.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ex-Highland Park mayor announces bid for atty. general
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — A former suburban Chicago mayor is the latest Democrat to announce a 2018 bid for Illinois attorney general.  Nancy Rotering said today she would be a “powerful advocate” in the fight against gun violence and opioids.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

DCFS reforms flawed child welfare program
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Department of Children and Family Services official says the agency has started reforming its privatized child welfare program after a newspaper investigation revealed a surge in children deaths.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

House deals Rauner setbacks, but the governor wins on 'right-to-work' issue
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House dealt Gov. Bruce Rauner a series of setbacks Wednesday by overriding vetoes of measures that represented the Republican’s political, as well as policy, disputes with Democrats.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Chicago priest blesses hotel room and floor at scene of Las Vegas massacre
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago priest active in a hotel workers union blessed the Las Vegas hotel room where a sniper fired shots at attendees of a music festival.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Chicago CEO donates $150-million to U of I
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago businessman and his wife have donated $150 million to the College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

House considers audit of insurance portal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A resolution headed to the Illinois House floor would require an audit of the procurement of a $94 million online insurance portal and the performance of the only company that responded to the contract request.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Weinstein: More statehouses say 'me too'
CHICAGO (AP) — The response to sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein has spread to statehouses nationwide, with hundreds of lawmakers, lobbyists and consultants coming forward to say the problem is pervasive in the halls of political power.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

17-yr.-old pleads not guilty in Decatur toddler's death
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A 17-year-old charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his 2-year-old nephew has pleaded not guilty.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fla. gov. heads to Chicago for job recruiting
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading to Chicago in his latest bid to convince companies to relocate.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Illinois House panel okays bump stock ban
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Democrats on Tuesday endorsed banning firepower-boosting “bump stocks,” the same device used by the Las Vegas gunman in the nation’s deadliest mass shooting three weeks ago.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Open letter alleges sexual harassment in Illinois politics
CHICAGO (AP) — An open letter alleging widespread sexual harassment in Illinois politics and urging women and their allies to come forward has been circulating around the state Capitol, a move that follows similar action in other states.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Panel to propose adult ed literacy plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) —P The Illinois Community College Board has put together a group to study the future of post-secondary education.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Chicago officer could face eight years
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for a Chicago police officer who shot into a car full of teenagers in December 2013, wounding two of them.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wahlberg hopes God is a movie fan and forgives him
CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Wahlberg hopes God will forgive him for his turn as a porn star in the 1997 film “Boogie Nights.”
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Thrill is gone: Sears-Whirlpool split after 100 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Sears will no longer sell Whirlpool appliances, ending a business relationship that dates back more than 100 years. 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Child deaths spike in Illinois after DCFS privatizes program
CHICAGO (AP) — A newspaper investigation found 15 children died of abuse or neglect from 2012 to 2016 while their families received “intact family services” from organizations hired by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

More Rauner, Democrat showdowns on tap in the fall session
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — There’s likely another Illinois Capitol showdown on its way between the General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Canada geese give hunters the slip, hide out in Chicago
URBANA, Ill. – It’s open season for Canada geese in Illinois from mid-October to mid-January. Unfortunately for hunters, Canada geese are finding a new way to stay out of the line of fire. Rather than being “sitting ducks” in a rural pond, they’re setting up residence in the city.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Man faces gun charges after Chicago restaurant brawl
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man faces felony charges after he allegedly shot two people during a weekend brawl at a fast found restaurant.
Monday, October 23, 2017

4 Wheaton College players to be arraigned in battery case
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Four of the five Wheaton College football players charged with battery against one of their teammates are scheduled to be arraigned.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Chicago man dies when truck intentionally struck his vehicle
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who was killed when someone rammed into his pickup truck and then sped off.
Monday, October 23, 2017

'Welcoming City' resolution considered for Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Springfield City Council will consider a declaration that Abraham Lincoln’s hometown is a “Welcoming City” to immigrants and refugees.
Monday, October 23, 2017

New testing benchmarks to rely only on SAT exam in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New testing benchmarks for Illinois high schools are prompting concern and confusion.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Dem attorneys general unite against concealed-carry gun law
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic attorneys general from 17 states are calling on Congress to abandon legislation backed by the National Rifle Association that would allow concealed-carry gun permits issued in one state to be valid in all states.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall festival at Lincoln's New Salem next weekend
PETERSBURG, Ill. — You are invited to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the fall season in the 1830s village of New Salem the last weekend of October.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Illinois city and county to implement proactive domestic violence efforts
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in a northern Illinois city are preparing to enact additional, proactive domestic violence response efforts.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Voter advocates push state to exit Trump database
CHICAGO (AP) — Voter rights advocates are pushing Illinois election officials to withdraw from a longtime multistate voter registration database over questions of accuracy, security and voter suppression.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cemetery won't allow mention of 'rapist' priests
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A man is in a dispute with a Roman Catholic diocese over his efforts to install a marker at his mother’s gravesite at a suburban Chicago cemetery that proclaims her support for victims of “rapist” priests.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Suburban neighborhood evacuated after explosions
WILLOWBROOK, Ill. (AP) — Residents of a neighborhood in a Chicago suburb are being allowed back into their homes after a series of fires and explosions forced them to evacuate.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Indiana home for extensive Lincoln collection
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A planned project will move several thousand letters, documents and photographs related to Abraham Lincoln to a prominent location in Fort Wayne’s main library.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Chicago releases a list of possible Amazon HQ sites
CHICAGO (AP) — Areas in Chicago’s downtown core and suburbs are among possible sites outlined in the city’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rauner outlines more than $200M in budget spending cuts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts it will make to the new state budget, including to human services, agriculture programs and transportation.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Teachers can get tax credit for buying supplies
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois teachers who buy classroom supplies with their own money may now receive a state tax credit of up to $250.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Effingham, Green Co. among new enterprise zones
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials have designated six sites around Illinois as enterprise zones to encourage business development.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Illinois out of running for new Toyota-Mazda plant
ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will not be the home of a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant the automakers Toyota and Mazda plan to build in the United States.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fan-tastic! Man who caught Turner HR snags another
(AP) — He's become Mr. Hawk-tober.

Remember that fan who made the great catch on Justin Turner's game-ending home run at Dodger Stadium over the weekend? Guess what? He did it again.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Amazon bid focuses on workforce, transportation
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has officially thrown its hat in the ring with a bid for Amazon’s massive second headquarters, adding to the growing competition from cities bragging about their talent pool, quality of life and cultural amenities to lure the tech giant and its promise of jobs.  
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Illinois borrows $1.5B at reduced interest to pay debt
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois made a payment on a colossal bill backlog Tuesday, borrowing money at a relatively low rate despite its worst-in-the-nation credit rating.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

17-year-old charged in toddler shooting
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 2-year-old.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

$316k gone, Zeigler ex-treasurer indicted
ZEIGLER, Ill. (AP) — An audit has found that a small southern Illinois city’s former treasurer who faces a federal indictment may have stolen nearly $316,000.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

15 attorneys general oppose transgender military ban
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading a group of 15 Democratic attorneys general in opposing President Donald Trump’s administration’s plan to bar transgender individuals from openly serving in the military.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grant equips communities in hard-hit opioid areas
SPRINGFIELD — To fight the opioid epidemic in 18 south-central Illinois rural counties that have been hard hit, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received a grant entitled, “Empowering and Equipping Law Enforcement and Communities in Rural Illinois to Reduce Opioid Overdose,” from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. IDPH will receive more than $2 million in federal funding under this grant over the next four years.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Study to explore Illinois' energy future
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Commerce Commission has launched an 18-month study to explore the use of emerging technologies to improve the state’s electric grid.  The “NextGrid: Illinois’ Utility of the Future” study is the collaborative effort of the ICC, Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, the Herald-Whig reported.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Teen charged in fatal shooting of 2-yr.-old
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A 17-year-old has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old Illinois boy.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Some full scholarships to UI med school
NURBANA, Ill. (AP) — The first class of students to be accepted to the University of Illinois’ new medical school will receive about $200,000 worth of free tuition.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Justice Kagan speaks in Chicago today
CHICAGO (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was scheduled to speak at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Monday, October 16, 2017

'Johnny Appleseed' trees to mark event
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Historical Society is offering all 102 counties a tree that descends from an original “Johnny Appleseed” tree as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Illinois' 200th celebration gets late start, low budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is on the brink of its bicentennial bash , but political skirmishing that has battered the state could be blamed for late party planning, a comparatively low budget — and ultimately, its contribution to future generations.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Chicago Cubs plane diverted to Albuquerque for medical issue
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A flight carrying the Chicago Cubs to Los Angeles was diverted to New Mexico early Friday due to a medical issue on board. 
Saturday, October 14, 2017











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