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Data shows drop in Illinois prisoners, still overcrowded
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New state data show that the number of people incarcerated in Illinois prisons has fallen in recent years but the state’s facilities remain overcrowded.
Monday, July 27, 2015


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Mitsubishi, UAW to work together on buyer for plant
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors and the United Auto Workers say they will work together to look for a buyer for the central Illinois plant the company plans to close.
Monday, July 27, 2015

Impasse may mean no free ACT tests
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nervousness about college entrance tests is acute enough as it is, but questions about whether the state can pay for those exams amid Illinois’ budget impasse is adding to that anxiety this year.
Monday, July 27, 2015

Compensation for Illinois General Assembly
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A timeline of the compensation for members of the Illinois General Assembly:
Monday, July 27, 2015

Lawmaker pay, a firestorm for years, lit again
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois government by the numbers: 27 days into a new fiscal year, the state has no budget, a deficit of up to $4 billion and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner insisting that Democrats in the Legislature embrace his five pro-business and anti-corruption initiatives.
Monday, July 27, 2015

Bourne announces traveling office hours
LITCHFIELD — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) and staff will hold travelling office hours in Taylorville on Tuesday, July 28. Bourne encourages any constituents seeking assistance, or those with questions or suggestions to stop by. 
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mitsubishi plant in Normal to close
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors says it plans to stop U.S. production at its facility in central Illinois and sell the plant.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Swarming bugs force crews to plow bridge
SABULA, Iowa (AP) — Iowa highway crews had to plow a bridge crossing the Mississippi River because of ankle-deep mayflies that swarmed the span.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Caterpillar 2nd quarter results mixed
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar’s says it’s looking to manage costs as ongoing economic weakness in countries like China and Brazil and soft commodity prices pressure sales. While second-quarter profit topped Wall Street expectations, revenue fell short and the construction equipment company cut its revenue forecast for the year.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

New state law aimed at preventing public aid for the dead
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that aims to stop the state from accidentally sending welfare benefits to dead people.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

AG seeking cellphone call blocking
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has joined dozens of peers in asking major wireless phone carriers to adopt technology that allows users to block unwanted calls.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Search still on for 2 men who jumped from bridge
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities and the Coast Guard are looking for two homeless men who witnesses say decided to jump from a Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis in hopes of swimming to the Illinois side.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ruling: What exactly is corruption?
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal judges who tossed several of Rod Blagojevich’s corruption convictions endeavored to answer a question legal observers said Wednesday had gone largely unanswered: Just when does an elected official cross the line between legal and illegal political horse-trading?
Thursday, July 23, 2015

U of I trustees approve med school
CHICAGO (AP) — University of Illinois trustees have agreed to a deal to finalize the structure of and financial arrangements for a new medical school in Urbana.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Alastair Willis leaving Illinois Symphony Orchestra
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Symphony Orchestra music director Alastair Willis has asked to be released from his contract a year early.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

St. Louis County case raises concerns
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — It was a parent’s nightmare — a stranger following a family home and molesting a child at knifepoint in her bed. Authorities say such a crime, which played out in St. Louis County last weekend, is exceedingly rare.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Chicago 'Bio-fied' Exhibit Features Area Artists
CHICAGO — BIO-Fied, the latest exhibit to be shown at the State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University located at 401 State Street, Chicago, will feature work by three area artisits. Their work will  represent their take on the subject of genetic engineering and the negative or positive effect it is having in nature.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Disaster declaration sought to help flooded Illinois farmers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials with the USDA in Illinois say they’ll seek a federal disaster declaration to make farmers eligible for assistance with flood-damaged crops.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cullerton says time to hit 'reset' on budget talks
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says it’s time to hit “reset” on state budget talks
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Video shows how roadside encounter escalated
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A police dashboard video released Tuesday shows that a Texas state trooper drew a stun gun on a black motoristfrom Illinois and said, “I will light you up” when the woman refused to get out of her car during a routine traffic stop.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rauner blasts Madigan for lawmaker pay hikes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner attempted to crank up the pressure Tuesday on House Speaker Michael Madigan over the state budget jam, disparaging the Chicago Democrat for not stopping a $1,360 pay hike for lawmakers while Illinois struggles without a spending plan.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What happens now after Blagojevich's new ruling
CHICAGO (AP) — A ruling by a federal court in the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption convictions left open the possibility that the Democrat could serve less time than the 14-year sentence a judge imposed in 2011.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Illinois National Guard warns of phone scam
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Beware of callers posing as National Guard members or workers asking for money.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Landmark designation considered for mansion in Normal
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A century-old mansion in the central Illinois town of Normal that’s been a popular wedding location is under consideration as a local historic landmark.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Opponents fight plan to close Ill. prison camp
CHICAGO (AP) — From tracking administrator pay to professional development for board members, a state Senate panel heard testimony Monday on legislation proposed in the wake of questionable spending, investment and severance practices at a suburban Chicago community college.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Chicago-area man accused of threatening Emanuel, others
CHICAGO (AP) — A driver for a ride-sharing service used his Facebook page to threaten Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others, hinting that he hoped to commit an act of violence before traveling to Pakistan, according to a recently unsealed federal complaint.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Opponents fight plan to close Ill. prison camp
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of residents from southern Illinois’ farthest reaches on Monday appealed to Gov. Bruce Rauner to reconsider a cost-cutting proposal to shut down a minimum-security prison work camp that, along with Shawnee National Forest tourism, serves as one of the region’s few economic bright spots.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Presidential Library hosting 'World's Fair Tea' on Aug. 1
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — History is fun all by itself, but what happens when you add tea, sandwiches, desserts and decorations? You get an amazing afternoon, that’s what.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ill. adults in group homes see allowance cut
CHICAGO (AP) — Advocates want Gov. Bruce Rauner to restore a $60 monthly allowance for adults with developmental disabilities, but his administration insists there’s no way to stop an automatic reduction to the allowance, especially given Illinois’ finances.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Dillinger Museum opens Wednesday in Crown Point
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A three-day celebration is planned this week to mark the opening of the new John Dillinger Museum in Crown Point’s Old Lake County Courthouse.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Medicaid sign-ups double predictions in many states
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is among a dozen states where the number of new enrollees surpassed projections for the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health law. While the surge in sign-ups lifts the number of insured people, it has also stoked worries about the future cost to taxpayers.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Retiring priest sees humanity in all he's served
CREST HILL, Ill. (AP) — The Rev. John Doyle, pastor of St. Ambrose and St. Anne Catholic Churches in Crest Hill, is a people person who will be missed dearly.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Strong storm takes down nearly 300 year-old tree in Quincy
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A recent storm that ripped through Quincy took with it many of the western Illinois city’s oldest and grandest trees — including one giant black oak thought to be nearly 300 years old.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Crops remain flooded as Iroquois River falls in Watseka
WATSEKA, Ill. (AP) — State and federal agriculture officials toured flood damage in the Watseka (waht-SEE’-kah) area as water levels on the Iroquois River start to fall.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Marijuana exec puts up Illinois tornado victims at hotel
CHICAGO (AP) — People who lost their homes when a tornado roared through their central Illinois town last week received help from a new neighbor: the top executive of a medical marijuana-growing company.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Illinois towns increasingly allow golf carts on streets
TOLONO, Ill. (AP) — It’s not unusual to see residents zipping around on golf carts in many small Illinois communities, as local officials increasingly adopt ordinances to accommodate the popular vehicles.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Endangered turtle missing from DeKalb County forest preserve
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Scientists with Northern Illinois University say an endangered Blanding’s turtle that they’ve been tracking for about two years has gone missing from the Afton Forest Preserve.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Belleville modifies police uniform policy after flag flap
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Belleville police uniform policy that would have inadvertently prevented officers from wearing American flag shoulder patches has quickly been rescinded by the city’s police chief.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fight over state worker pay gets two key rulings
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The legal ping pong over paying Illinois government workers without a budget took new bounces Friday, with appellate justices reversing one order and the Supreme Court declining to step into the fray.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Key bridge near St. Louis to close for 4 months
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A key Mississippi River bridge between St. Louis and Illinois will close on Monday for at least four months of roughly $16 million of improvements.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Heroin deaths continue to climb in Madison Co.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Heroin overdose deaths continue to climb in Madison County despite a recent boost in drug prevention efforts.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Chicago a destination for high-tech aerospace exhibit
WASHINGTON (AP) — With space shuttles now housed in history museums, innovators in aerospace are thinking of newer, better ways humans could reach space. One idea: What about a space elevator?
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ill. seeks auditor general, just 3rd in history
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are seeking an auditor general for just the third time in state history.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Sweet corn now official Illinois state vegetable
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Sweet corn is now Illinois’ state vegetable.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Tornado hits but causes little damage
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — A tornado hit the small, rural Illinois town of Cameron just before dusk on Thursday, causing extensive damage but no significant injuries, state police said.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Illinois bans powdered alcohol and restricts caffeine
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law a ban on powdered alcohol and restrictions on caffeine in powdered form.
Friday, July 17, 2015

'Midgets' remain despite objections
FREEBURG, Ill. (AP) — Athletes at a southern Illinois high school will keep the nickname Freeburg Midgets, despite the objections of a group representing people with dwarfism who find the name offensive.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Conference: Illinois has great wind and solar potential
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State University professor said at a renewable energy conference that the state has the potential to produce far more wind and solar power than it now does.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Gov eliminates some hiring oversight
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has eliminated the need for the chief executive to approve non-political state government hires.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Chicago police now at military facilities
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department says it has posted officers at all military recruiting stations and installations in the city.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Caseworker arrested for selling IDHS LINK cards
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is accusing a former Illinois Department of Human Services caseworker of misappropriating more than $300,000 in assistance intended to help needy families buy food.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Uof I negotiating to privatize its sports venue concessions
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has tentatively agreed to a $10 million contract with a national food service company to provide meals for athletes and fans in premium seats at Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Death business expands into hosting other events
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danessa Molinder entered the courtyard wearing a white dress and matching veil. Her groom waited at the other end, in front of decorative doors and lattice work that blocked the view of a nearby cemetery with 73,000 graves.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Emanuel names top aide to run Chicago's schools
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today selected his chief of staff to lead the city’s struggling public schools as the district deals with budget cuts and a multibillion-dollar pension crisis.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Some Illinois farmers say Enbridge crews are damaging land
HUDSON, Ill. (AP) — Farmers in central Illinois near Bloomington say crews working on an Enbridge oil pipeline have damaged their wet fields.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Man charged in shooting of STL police officer
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 23-year-old man who St. Louis police say ambushed and opened fire on a uniformed sergeant was arrested Thursday and charged with four felonies in a shooting that the police chief has decried as an attempted assassination.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Temporary budget likely is doomed
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers sent a stop-gap budget plan Wednesday evening to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who will likely dismiss the piece.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Governor's office issues statement on legislative pay raises
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  Lance Trover, Director of Communications, issued the following statement yesterday:
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Peoria facility tests drivers' cognitive skills
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Potential drivers as young as 14 years old and as old as 95 can have their skills behind the wheel evaluated using technology that is unique to central Illinois.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Newly-signed legislation brings happy hour back to Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Happy hour drink specials will make a comeback in Illinois under legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Schock spends $1M plus from campaign fund on legal fees
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Congressman Aaron Schock has spent more than $1 million from his campaign fund over the past three months to pay for lawyers.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

EIU president says over 200 employees will have to take furlough
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Budget cuts at Eastern Illinois University now include furlough days for 222 employees.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Film to highlight '40 state hoops champs from Granite City
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — A Granite City basketball squad that won an Illinois state title 75 years ago with a team of Eastern European immigrants is the subject of an upcoming Hollywood film.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Peregrine no longer threatened in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — In the early 1950s, there were no peregrine falcons in Illinois and scientists worried that the species would disappear entirely from North America.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Property tax freeze, school funding to to Senate
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate will vote on a property tax freeze proposed by the chamber’s Democratic President John Cullerton, who calls it a compromise with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Oil spill cleanup continues in southwestern Illinois
HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — The cleanup continues in southwestern Illinois after a weekend oil spill dumped more than 4,000 gallons of crude into a creek.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rauner signs off on bobcat hunting
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois hunters may target bobcats beginning next year after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Justice Burke laments gov's comments on the Illinois Supreme Court
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke says it’s “regrettable” has Gov. Bruce Rauner characterized the high court as untrustworthy and part of a “corrupt system.”
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Governor okays new electronics recycling bill
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The state’s electronics recycling efforts will change after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation addressing shortfalls in the program.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Woman cited for fireworks at tourney
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in western Illinois say a Rock Island woman will be cited for setting off fireworks during the final hours of the John Deere Classic.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hastert, Blagojevich prosecutor to become judge
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal prosecutor who played a central role in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s trial and who is on the team prosecuting Dennis Hastert is leaving to become an Illinois judge.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Allegations a quandary in Hastert case
CHICAGO (AP) — Allegations of past sexual misconduct by former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert present a quandary for the defense in the high-profile hush-money case, an attorney told a federal judge Tuesday, saying the claims are “an 800-pound gorilla” in the room. 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Davis issues statement on nuclear deal with Iran
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after the administration reached a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Closing Illinois museum could cost history, money, fans say
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Closing the 138-year-old Illinois State Museum and its satellite sites would damage the state’s scholarly reputation, harm future research opportunities and potentially open the door to lawsuits, supporters of the cultural institution told lawmakers Monday.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Southeastern Ill. company says it's growing marijuana
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ medical marijuana program reached an important milestone Monday with the announcement that at least one of the authorized companies has started growing plants.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Quincy mayor declares state of emergency after strong storms
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of Quincy says his city will remain under a state of emergency for the time being after it was struck by a strong thunderstorm.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

1.4 million attend this year's Taste of Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — City officials say about 1.4 million people attended this year’s five-day Taste of Chicago.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Rough play riskier than heading in youth soccer
CHICAGO (AP) — Heading takes the heat in youth soccer, but limiting rough play might be a better way to prevent concussions and other injuries, a nine-year study of U.S. high school games suggests.
Monday, July 13, 2015

Co. under probe pushed for hiring of Byrd-Bennett
CHICAGO (AP) — The head of an education company at the heart of an ongoing federal investigation advocated for the hiring of ex-Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and communicated on her behalf with a top aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to a published report Sunday.
Monday, July 13, 2015

French left lasting imprint on Illinois
ILLINOIS — Across the Atlantic, tomorrow, July 14 marks Bastille Day, or French National Day, to honor the storming of the Bastille, a Paris fortress used as a prison, which started the French Revolution.  The holiday is celebrated in pockets across the United States, as many major cities have some form of French commemoration.
Monday, July 13, 2015

Rauner pension plan would end union negotiations and freeze pay
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois could save billions of dollars each year through an ambitious new plan to address hugely underfunded pension systems, a proposal he describes as "fair and reasonable" for both government workers and taxpayers.
Monday, July 13, 2015

After years of declining crime, a spike in city violence
CHICAGO (AP) — Police departments across the country that have spent years boasting about plummeting crime numbers are now scrambling to confront something many agencies have not seen in decades: more bloodshed.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Little people group targeting 'midget' mascots across US
FREEBURG, Ill. (AP) — As with many small towns, the biggest source of bragging rights in this agrarian outpost in southern Illinois are its high school athletes — the Freeburg Midgets.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Pluto-bound spacecraft carrying ashes of Illinois astronomer
STREATOR, Ill. (AP) — The NASA spacecraft set to complete a flyby of Pluto on Tuesday is carrying some of the ashes of the Illinois astronomer who discovered the dwarf planet.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

2 Illinois courts, 2 takes on state employee pay - no budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — For those keeping score this week, two Illinois courts issued conflicting opinions on whether Illinois state employees should get paid even without an agreed-upon budget plan.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Illinois men bring 1-year-old along for robberies
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Police in northern Illinois say two men who carried out a string of robberies brought a 1-year-old child along with them for some of the heists.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Turkey Testicle Festival host not ruffled by competing event
EAST DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) — The owner of a suburban Chicago pub that has held an annual Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years isn’t testy at all that a nearby community plans to host its own celebration of the unusual dish this November.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Chicago to try produce bus again for city's food deserts
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making another effort to launch a produce bus project to take fresh fruits and vegetables to parts of city lacking groceries that offer them.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Suburban Chicago library reopens after no more bedbugs found
PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago library has reopened after the discovery two dead bedbugs.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Court upholds light sentence for Beanie Babies creator
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld the probation sentence Friday for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, rejecting arguments by federal prosecutors that he deserved prison time for hiding millions of dollars in a Swiss bank account.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Confusion over Illinois state workers pay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House adopted a stop-gap spending plan Thursday that would guarantee state employee paychecks for July, but Gov. Bruce Rauner quickly criticized it, as Illinois’ budget muddle got even messier when a judge’s ruling on worker pay contradicted an earlier decision by a different court.
Friday, July 10, 2015

State medical society offers free resource guide for end-of-life planning
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Medical Society is reminding doctors and patients about a free resource to help with end-of-life planning discussions.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Background check policy coming to U of I now
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say a policy requiring background checks for all new employees is expected to start Oct. 5.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Towers get preliminary landmark status
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s famous Marina Towers, with their corn-cob look, have been granted preliminary landmark status but hurdles still remain for the Chicago River mainstay to receive permanent protection.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Wright sentenced for role in fraud
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The daughter of President Barack Obama’s former pastor was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for her role in a state-grant fraud scheme.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Another Southwest flight aborts on takeoff at Midway
CHICAGO (AP) — For the second time this week, a Southwest Airlines plane has aborted a takeoff at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Veteran newspaper reporter Bob Fallstrom dies at age 88
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Veteran newspaper editor Bob Fallstrom, who spent 66 years with the (Decatur) Herald and Review, has died at age 88.
Friday, July 10, 2015

St. Clair Co. Fair canceled amid cash problems
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — This year’s St. Clair County Fair in southern Illinois has been canceled amid financial hardship.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Ex-POW to speak at Vietnam vets convention
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Vietnam veteran who was a prisoner of war for more than seven and a half years will be the highlighted speaker at the Vietnam Veterans of America’s convention in Springfield later this month.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

15 jobs are cut at Get Covered Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has eliminated 15 staff positions from Get Covered Illinois, the state’s health insurance exchange, three months ahead of the third annual enrollment period under President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Rauner tells lawmakers he'll trade taxes for 'turnaround'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he is willing to raise taxes if the General Assembly agrees to his alterations of the Illinois legal and political landscape, but he nixed the idea of a stop-gap funding plan before Democratic lawmakers even teed it up.
Thursday, July 9, 2015










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