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Third of cuts will come from Medicaid
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Cuts to Medicaid will make up about one-third of the $300 million in spending reductions by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office as part of a budget fix for this fiscal year.
Friday, April 24, 2015


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Oprah's gear going to high bidder
CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is selling the furniture, artwork, household items and clothing that once filled her Chicago home.
Friday, April 24, 2015

Biden addresses U of I students
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden brought the White House campaign to reduce college sexual assaults to the University of Illinois on Thursday, urging students to force the cultural change he said it will require.
Friday, April 24, 2015

Sheriff describes lapse that led to inmate escape
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — The Kankakee County sheriff says documents showing staff conducted a count of inmates at lockdown time were falsified the night that a detainee attacked a guard and escaped.
Friday, April 24, 2015

Iowa casino doesn't have to pay
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she’d hit it big. The screen said: “The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award - $41797550.16.”
Friday, April 24, 2015

House okays time limit on storing data from plates
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has passed a measure that restricts how long law enforcement agencies can keep data collected by automated license plate readers.
Friday, April 24, 2015

Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would protect students and their schools from being “negatively impacted” if they choose not to take state assessment tests.
Friday, April 24, 2015

McHaney re-elected chief judge of 4th circuit
VANDALIA, Ill. — At a meeting of the judges of the Fourth Judicial Circuit on April 10, 2015, Circuit Judge Michael D. McHaney, Marion County, was re-elected Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit for a two year term beginning July 1, 2015. The circuit is made up of nine counties; Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby.
Friday, April 24, 2015

Cardinal George a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George was remembered yesterday as a man of deep faith, intellect and compassion as Catholics said their final goodbyes to the man who led the nation’s third-largest archdiocese and was known as a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy.
Friday, April 24, 2015

Ex-Illinois lawmaker gets 5 mos. for bribery conviction
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith was sentenced to five months in prison today for pocketing a $7,000 bribe in an FBI sting from a purported day care in return for his backing of a state grant application.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Michael Brown's parents file lawsuit against City of Ferguson
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown’s parents filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Thursday, opening a new chapter in the legal battle over the fatal shooting by a white police officer that sparked a national protest movement.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Caterpillar earnings soar well above expectations in 1st quarter
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar’s earnings soared more than 20 percent in the first quarter, even though revenue slipped, and the construction and mining equipment maker hiked its 2015 earnings forecast well above most expectations.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Amtrak says Illinois pets on trains project is successful
CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak says it has not had a single complaint or problem with a pilot project in Illinois allowing customers to travel with small pets. So, it’s making the program permanent around the state.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Landfill gives up on storing toxic waste
CLINTON, Ill. (AP) — A company that for years has planned to store toxic PCBs in a landfill sitting atop a central Illinois aquifer now says it’s giving up the idea.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bill would clear building of Obama Library
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature that would ensure the city of Chicago has legal authority to build on park land President Barack Obama’s library and George Lucas’ proposed museum.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Group names most endangered places
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Landmarks Illinois has announced the state’s most endangered historic places:
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Catholics say farewell to Chicago Cardinal George
CHICAGO (AP) — Catholics said their final goodbyes today to the late Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who had a reputation for being an intellectual leader in the church.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bill would privatize economic development agency
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation privatizing Illinois’ economic development agency and making the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum a stand-alone agency is being considered in Springfield.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Exelon subsidy would cost ratepayers $1.6 billion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A plan to financially reward Exelon Corp. for producing no-carbon energy and potentially save three Illinois nuclear plants from closure would cost ratepayers $1.6 billion over five years and strain budgets for financially strapped businesses and municipal governments, a study released Tuesday found.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rauner: Stop 'fair share' fees for non-union teachers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says public school teachers who aren’t union members shouldn’t have to pay union fees — the same policy he’s tried to enforce among state government workers. 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Senator introduces bill to undo state cuts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would restore $26 million in social services and public health grants recently suspended by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Budget chief believed he had been clear
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget chief told a House oversight panel Tuesday,  specially formed by House Speaker Michael Madigan last week, that he thought he had been clear to lawmakers previously that more cuts could happen beyond the legislation they approved, which didn’t go far enough to close the hole.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

IHSA to vote on rules to limit contact in football practice
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois High School Association is expected to vote in June on new rules that would limit the amount of full-contact practice allowed for high school football teams.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Health law brings growth in food stamps
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Exelon subsidy would cost $1.6 billion over 5 years
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A study ordered by consumer groups finds a plan to financially reward Exelon Corp. for producing carbon-free nuclear energy would cost $1.6 billion over five years and strain financially strapped business and municipal government budgets.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

US couple sentenced to prison in Bali killing
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the killing of the woman’s mother on the resort island of Bali.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Critical-thinking counseling sought in IS case
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a suburban teenager accused of trying to join the Islamic State group has told a federal judge his client isn’t dangerous and should be released to get counseling on critical thinking. 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

State officials seek "Illinoisan of the Day" nominations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill — Nominations are needed for the 7th annual Illinoisan of the Day program. The Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation is seeking individuals to spotlight during the 2015 Illinois State Fair. The Illinoisan of the Day program looks to honor individuals who exemplify the qualities and characteristics associated with the Land of Lincoln: integrity, dependability, sense of community, and strong ethics.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Illinois House panel grills Rauner budget director over cuts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House members want Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget office to provide a detailed list of program cuts and the criteria used to make those decisions.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Drier weather helping Illinois farmers plant corn, oats
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois farmers are taking to their fields to plant corn and oats.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture cites drier weather for helping farmers. USDA statistics show corn planting in Illinois was 15 percent complete. That’s compared to the five-year average of 21 percent by this time in the season. Oat planting was 69 percent complete, slightly ahead of the 65 percent five-year average.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Transportation officials to talk roads in Illinois tour
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois transportation officials are making stops in multiple communities in coming weeks to talk about the condition of the state’s roads.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Audit: Anti-blight programs in 6 states need more oversight
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Illinois outlets included in Blue Bell recall

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eastern Illinois plans to talk ideas with community college
MATOON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees plans to meet this week with its counterparts from a local community college about current and future collaborations.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Low-level drug offenders in Chicago to be treated, not jailed
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County State’s Attorney says her office won’t prosecute most misdemeanor marijuana cases and will steer many facing felony drug charges into treatment rather than locking them up — a policy shift she says will save the county that includes Chicago the money it costs to keep offenders in jail.
Monday, April 20, 2015

NIU football players help clean up in Fairdale after tornado
FAIRDALE, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University’s football team has lent a hand to cleanup efforts after a deadly tornado in the nearby town of Fairdale.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Hopes dim for school funding formula overhaul's passage
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Despite a revamp to ease partisan and regional opposition, Illinois lawmakers now see little chance of passing legislation this session that would overhaul the state’s outdated school funding formula for the first time in two decades.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Illinois-based Kraft shedding dyes in mac and cheese
NEW YORK (AP) — This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Area course welcoming bluebirds
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — While golfers putted on a nearby green, Frank Zimmerman and Guy Fraker had birdies of a different kind on their minds.
Monday, April 20, 2015

U of I faculty pay among best paid in Big 10
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Faculty pay at the University of Illinois is among the highest in the Big Ten.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Legislature
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Seizing on Illinois’ budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a master deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the Legislature in exchange for new revenue to save programs near and dear to the Democrats.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Illinois History: Tiny Chicago became prototype boom town
ILLINOIS — Today, Chicago is the nation’s third-largest city, home to 2.7 million residents in a tri-state metropolitan area numbering 9.5 million. In the early 1800s, there was little reason to think the settlement on Lake Michigan would ever reach such mammoth proportions.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

$54M Dixon theft now subject of college courses
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — It was one of the worst abuses of public trust in Illinois’ corruption-rich history. Now, a former bookkeeper’s theft of nearly $54 million from the city of Dixon is the subject of several college courses.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Attorneys seek dismissal of charges in Islamic State case
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a Chicago-area man charged with trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria are seeking the dismissal of the charges.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Illinois House OKs bill to create bobcat hunting season
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation to create a bobcat hunting season has advanced in the Illinois General Assembly.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church’s response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops’ fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

LLCC invites public to Earth Week events April 25 and 29
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to several upcoming Earth Week activities including bird banding demonstrations on Saturday, April 25 and a Smart Grid display on Wednesday, April 29.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Woman's Power Lunch Against Cancer to feature a Chicken Soup for the Souls author
SPRINGFIELD — The 2015 Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer will feature LeAnn Thieman, one of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series’ most prolific authors. Proceeds from the 6th annual event will benefit cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

State restores $97M to school cuts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 600 of the 800 Illinois school districts will have $97 million in state funding restored after a budget deal brokered last month between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders cut money for education, with about one-third going to Chicago schools and the rest scattered among the other districts.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Budget cuts: Tobacco Quitline closes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been put on hold as a result of budget-cutting measures initiated by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Friday, April 17, 2015

SIU officials approve a five percent tuition hike
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved a 5 percent tuition hike for incoming undergraduate students next year.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Ill. Senate passes 'Right to Try' measure
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved a bipartisan measure that would allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs.
Friday, April 17, 2015

State medical marijuana chief is stepping down
CHICAGO (AP) — The coordinator of the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program is stepping down May 6 to go into private law practice.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Northern Illinois University offers 'Game of Thrones' course
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
Friday, April 17, 2015

Chicago schools CEO requests leave amid probe
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett requested a leave of absence Friday amid a federal investigation over a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, according to her attorney. 
Friday, April 17, 2015

Baha'i temple to dedicate welcome center
WILMETTE, Ill. (AP) — The Baha’i temple in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette will dedicate a new welcome center next month.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Amtrak: Proposed budget cut means less service in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An official with Amtrak says service reductions in Illinois will happen if budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner are approved.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

New education chief is urban school reformer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education moved unanimously Wednesday afternoon to make a leadership change, replacing one of the nation’s longest-serving superintendents with a former professional football player who spent recent years at the helm of a high poverty, urban district in California that faced a multi-million dollar deficit.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

1,800 Jobs lost in March in Illinois
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ unemployment rate in March held nearly steady at 6.0 percent.  The state’s unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national unemployment rate reported for March, which also was unchanged from the prior month at 5.5 percent.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chicago not releasing police video
CHICAGO (AP) — Months after a teenager was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the city is still refusing to release the dash-cam video of the fatal shooting and didn’t even show it to aldermen Wednesday before they approved a $5 million settlement with the family.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Medical marijuana hearing has deadline
CHICAGO (AP) — People who want to present evidence about adding migraines, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions to the Illinois medical marijuana program must mail a statement of intent by Saturday.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Emanuel tells Spike Lee he doesn't like name 'Chiraq' for film
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told film director Spike Lee that he’s not happy the working title of Lee’s upcoming motion picture is “Chiraq.”
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lincoln, Gospel, Titanic All Will Play In Illinois
Thursday, April 16, 2015

NTSB: plane changed its course before deadly crash in Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A preliminary report on the airplane crash that killed seven people near Bloomington confirms the pilot unexpectedly changed course as he approached the airport.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

State Board of Education voting on plan to fund some schools
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education plans to vote on a plan to feed $97 million into Illinois schools with the greatest funding needs.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Madison County still on top as 'judicial hellhole'
CHICAGO (AP) — While lawsuit-filing rates in most of Illinois are at a 40-year low, they remain high in Cook and Madison counties due, in part, to asbestos cases brought by out-of-staters, a report released Tuesday by tort-reform advocates says. 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

4 from Schock's staff subpoenaed by Justice Dept.
WASHINGTON (AP) — At least four staffers who worked for former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury as part of an ongoing probe into the congressman’s expenses.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Budget director: more funding may be suspended
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top budget aide says more funding could be suspended this year on top of tens of millions in social services and public health grants that were put on hold earlier this month.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book by Blagojevich brother launched
CHICAGO (AP) — A book by the brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is being released.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hundreds of dogs sickened by flu strain
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lincoln's tomb gets some tough national criticism
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Caretakers of Abraham Lincoln’s tomb are on the defensive over an unflattering critique in National Geographic magazine and looming budget cuts that could threaten management of the historic site, even as they commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War president’s assassination.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Long-term digital archive of Lincoln papers in the works
WASHINGTON (AP) — An effort to find and digitize all of President Abraham Lincoln’s papers is getting a boost from document storage company Iron Mountain Inc.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hospitals: $1.5B Medicaid cut plan could cost jobs, services
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois hospitals say a proposal to reduce Medicaid spending by $1.5 billion from Gov. Bruce Rauner could lead to significant job and service cuts.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Original report of Lincoln's assassination
On the night Abraham Lincoln was shot, April 14, 1865, Associated Press correspondent Lawrence Gobright scrambled to report from the White House, the streets of the stricken capital, and even from the blood-stained box at Ford’s Theatre, where, in his memoir he reports he was handed the assassin’s gun and turned it over to authorities. Here is an edited version of his original AP dispatch:
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lincoln presenters descend on Vandalia this weekend
VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) — Abraham Lincoln presenters will gather this weekend in the Illinois city where the 16th president began to establish his reputation.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Judge sets June hearing in U of Illinois FOIA lawsuit
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A Champaign County judge has set a June hearing for a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the University of Illinois by a professor denied a job at the school.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lawmakers call for analysis of pension plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Public-pension experts in the Illinois Legislature say time is running out for Gov. Bruce Rauner to put forward a cost-saving retirement plan that can be part of next year’s state budget.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

East St. Louis medical pot farm nears approval
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — An East St. Louis medical marijuana facility is nearing approval after a Madison County judge lifted a temporary restraining order issued when the indoor farm’s location was unknown.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Patients' medical records under threat from data breaches
CHICAGO (AP) — Your private medical information is under threat. That’s according to a study that found almost 30 million health records nationwide were involved in criminal theft, malicious hacking or other data breaches over four years.  The incidents seem to be increasing.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Autism could be linked with moms' diabetes during pregnancy
CHICAGO (AP) — Diabetes that develops early in pregnancy may increase women’s chances of having a child with autism, according to a new study.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rauner resists extending medical marijuana program for now
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants the state’s medical marijuana program to be thoroughly reviewed before a decision is made on whether to extend it beyond 2017, according to a spokeswoman.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Patient freedom, ethics at the heart of 'Right to Try'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Medical professionals worry that an effort in Illinois to grant more access to unproven drugs for the terminally ill might offer false hope or even be harmful.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Man drowns after canoe tips in northern Illinois lake
INGLESIDE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say one man died and three people were rescued after a canoe overturned on a lake in northern Illinois.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Illinois group says concussions lawsuit 'threatens' football
CHICAGO (AP) — The nation’s first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide.
Monday, April 13, 2015

2 drunken driving bills awaiting votes in Illinois House
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two bills that would affect motorists with repeat drunken driving convictions are awaiting votes in the Illinois House.
Monday, April 13, 2015

CEO in medical marijuana dispute with Illinois dies
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities in Cook County are investigating the death of the CEO of a company involved in a lawsuit with the state of Illinois over the company’s failed bid for a medical marijuana-farming permit.
Monday, April 13, 2015

LLCC to present symposium on new thoughts about Booth
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College is participating in the commemorative events of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition Re-enactment by hosting a symposium Thursday, April 23 featuring presenter Dr. Terry Alford, professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale. Dr. Alford will present at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Trutter Center at LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

SIU School of Medicine hosting Lincoln death symposium
SPRINGFIELD — Southern Illinois University School of Medicine physician and professor Christine Todd, M.D., is a participating speaker at a presentation to honor the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. Todd is professor and chair of the Department of Medical Humanities, SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fairdale residents allowed to return home
FAIRDALE, Ill. (AP) — Residents of the  small northern Illinois farming community that took a direct hit from a half-mile-wide tornado were allowed back into the area Saturday to assess the damage.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Wildlife park near Sullivan moves forward
SULLIVAN, Ill. (AP) — A plan for a central Illinois zoo and wildlife park is taking a step forward after the approval of a change in a county’s zoning ordinance.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dad who abandoned girl waives extradition
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say the father of a 3-year-old girl found alone near a suburban Chicago forest preserve has waived extradition and will be returned to Illinois to face aggravated kidnapping charges.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

U of I hiring may need reconsidering
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says a plan to hire 500 new professors by 2020 may need rethinking amid state budget troubles.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rauner wants to repeal pay hike for civil case juries
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A law that cut the size of juries in Illinois civil cases from 12 to six is being targeted for repeal by Gov. Bruce Rauner, who says some counties are struggling to find the money in their budgets for a corresponding hike in juror pay.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rauner hopes deal will speed resolution of dispute
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has agreed to allow government agencies to resume taking fees from the paychecks of non-union members to cover union representation while his lawsuit challenging the legality of the fees is resolved in court.
In a statement, Rauner’s office said it agreed to the deal in exchange for union commitment to a faster timeline for resolving the dispute. Following the agreement, a St. Clair County associate judge issued an order requiring the Rauner administration to remit the fees.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Gov. declares Ogle, DeKalb counties as disaster areas
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today declared DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas after severe storms and tornadoes ripped across Illinois. At least two people in DeKalb County are reported dead and roughly a dozen more injured. Dozens of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Rauner: Jury pay bump burdens Illinois counties
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to repeal a law passed last fall that cut the size of juries in civil cases from 12 to six but also increased juror pay.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Illinois tornado kills 2, injures several
FAIRDALE, Ill. (AP) — Crews searched for missing residents this morning after at least one tornado brought chaos to a tiny northern Illinois town, killing two people, injuring roughly a dozen more and sweeping homes off their foundations, as a large storm system rumbled across much of the country.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Survey: Illinois farmland prices fall
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A land-managers’ organization says farmland prices fell across much of Illinois in 2014 but more sharply in the eastern part of the state than other areas.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Rauner lifts freeze on corp. tax credits
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has approved $100 million in business tax incentives after suspending more than $200 million in grants for social services and parks.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Marijuana dispensary warns of bogus ad
SAUGET, Ill. (AP) — The manager of a planned southern Illinois medical marijuana dispensary is warning prospective employees to steer clear of an online ad that purports to offer high-paying retail jobs.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Authorities: Dad left girl in trash can near preserve
CHICAGO (AP) — Child welfare authorities say the father of a 3-year-old girl found alone near a suburban Chicago forest preserve left her in a trash can.
Friday, April 10, 2015










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