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Illinois State Museum to participate in Blue Star Program
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Museum (ISM) in Springfield is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.
Monday, May 22, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

Tricky, unpopular budget at crux of 'grand bargain'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate’s “grand bargain” budget compromise is made up of 11 pieces of legislation, three of which are critical to the effort to keep Illinois from entering a third consecutive year without an annual budget plan. 
Monday, May 22, 2017

Museums to focus on state's longest serving governor, James R. Thompson

CHICAGO – By any measure, Gov. James R. Thompson was a big deal for Illinois.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Illinois, UAE schools team up to give engineering degrees
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University officials in Illinois and the United Arab Emirates have signed a deal to let students study at schools in both places and get engineering degrees.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

'I blew him away': Retiree charged in Amtrak shooting
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A retired federal law enforcement officer from Wisconsin told investigators he shot and seriously injured an Amtrak train conductor because he wasn’t allowed to de-board early at a suburban Chicago stop, prosecutors said Friday.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kids events at museum
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum’s popular Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest – scheduled for each Tuesday during June and July at the museum in Springfield – will feature 30-minute fun and engaging films for children and the entire family. 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Explore wetlands; walk a creek; see a praire farm
DECATUR — Discover the aquatic animals that live in Rodney T. Miller Wetland at Rock Springs Conservation Area during Wild Wetlands on Sunday, May 21 at 2pm.  We’ll use nets and buckets to catch, examine, and release live creatures.  Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy!  All equipment is provided.  This program is free and for all ages.  Must pre-register online by May 19 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

State Fair karaoke contests aim to get talent on stage
SPRINGFIELD — If you have ever dream of performing on a big stage, the Illinois & Du Quoin State Fair want to help make your dreams come true. Returning for a second year is the State Fairs Karaoke Contest. This statewide contest will give one lucky fairgoer the opportunity to be an opening act on the Grandstand stage at both the 2017 Illinois State Fair and 2017 Du Quoin State Fair.  
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Exhibit at Illinois State Museum in Springfield showcases pinball machines
SPRINGFIELD — Two of Chicago’s greatest exports – pinball and imagist painting – have an intertwined history of mutual appreciation.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Visit the era of trappers and soldiers at Fort de Chartres annual Rendezvous
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER, Ill. — The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on June 3 and 4 at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind in the Midwest
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Carbondale plans Eclipse Comic Con weekend
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Eclipse Comic Con, a galactic event in more ways than one, is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Aug. 19-20, one of many events planned in conjunction with the total solar eclipse.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Memorial honors Tuskegee Airman from Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new memorial at Springfield’s airport honors the city’s only resident to graduate from pilot training at Tuskegee Army Air Base during World War II.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Chicago announces series of summer beer festivals
CHICAGO (AP) — Craft beer enthusiasts might want to head down to Chicago on Friday nights this summer.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Legislature votes to honor Obama's birthday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Legislature in Barack Obama’s home state has decided to honor the 44th president’s birthday.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Area men honored at police awards ceremony
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz was joined by ISP command staff members Thursday to recognize the contributions made by sworn and civilian members of the Illinois State Police, government agencies, and the public.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Activist who helped organize hundreds of bombings honored as Chicago hero
CHICAGO (AP) — A Puerto Rican nationalist freed from house arrest this week after decades in U.S. prisons received a hero’s welcome Thursday in his longtime hometown of Chicago, where a parade was thrown in his honor and a street sign bearing his name was unveiled.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Illinois to change sex-abuse law with the help of Dennis Hastert victim
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is set to eliminate the statute of limitations in child sex-abuse cases, a change prosecutors and a victim of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert called for after Hastert was imprisoned for violating banking laws while trying to silence a student he abused decades ago.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Man dies after falling at Wrigley Field
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who struck his head after tumbling over a railing at Chicago’s Wrigley Field has died.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

New study sheds light on origins of life on Earth
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A new study from the University of Illinois weighs in on the debate surrounding the origins of life on Earth.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

CPD releases final version of use-of-force policy
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department, struggling to regain public trust in the wake of a video of a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times, on Wednesday released a new use of force policy that requires officers undergo de-escalation training and imposes stricter rules on when they can fire their weapons at fleeing suspects. 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Senate Dems push 'grand bargain'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Major portions of what is supposed to be the bipartisan “grand bargain” budget compromise won Illinois Senate approval Wednesday in a largely partisan manner, setting off more maneuvering as lawmakers attempt to avoid a third consecutive year without a budget and with the 2018 race for governor heating up.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rauner continues to oppose Senate-okayed school-aid change
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An updated method of funding public schools in Illinois won wide Senate support Wednesday, but Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office came out in opposition to the plan, with the Republican’s education adviser maintaining that it would provide a “bailout” for Chicago schools to the detriment of other districts.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Safe Landing
Employees of Keller Construction Co. carefully lower a Navy A-7E Corsair to the ground Monday, May 15, 2017, in Edwardsville Township Park in Edwardsville, Ill.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Downsizing to make room for life's next chapter
ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Jack and Sandy Daniels never intended to move when they built their home in Rockton — north of Rockford — more than 40 years ago.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chicago defends 'likely-to-commit a crime' list
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago Police Department list of people deemed most likely to commit gun crimes or be a gun violence victim includes many people who’ve never been charged with violent crimes or possession of a gun.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gun demand rises in Chicago despite waning sales nationally
CHICAGO (AP) — The appetite for legal firearms is on the rise in Chicago, even as demand appears to be waning nationally.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Inmate treated for eating shoe
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who took nurses hostage at a suburban Chicago hospital was being treated for eating plastic off a jail uniform sandal.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pritzker gets hefty $230K tax reduction
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republicans on Monday criticized Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker for getting a nearly $230,000 reduction in property taxes for a Chicago mansion the billionaire bought next to his multimillion-dollar home.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Auditor fined over campaign reports
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Elections imposed a $5,000 fine Monday on a defunct campaign fundraising account linked to Auditor General Frank Mautino, the stiffest fine allowed by law though it likely will never be collected because the committee has dissolved.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

No injuries in Elkhart train derailment
ELKHART, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say there could be passenger train delays in central Illinois after a late night freight train derailment.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AG Madigan to seek fifth term in 2018
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’s seeking a fifth term next year. 
Monday, May 15, 2017

Chicago jail on lockdown after guards call in sick

CHICAGO (AP) — It seems correctional officers at the Chicago jail feel strongly about spending time with their moms.

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

ISU student fights human trafficking

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State University computer science major has been working with a Nebraska-based initiative to fight human trafficking. 

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Barry Manilow postpones Chicago show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barry Manilow has postponed two concerts in Los Angeles and Chicago on doctor’s orders because of sprained vocal cords.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Woman charged in car-slamming death
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities in Chicago say a 24-year-old woman has been charged with murder after allegedly slamming an 18-year-old woman into a tree with her car after an argument. 
Monday, May 15, 2017

Ameren creates site to help customers get info about outages
ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Ameren Illinois is making it easier for customers get more information about power outages.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Police: Woman killed after being rammed into tree with car
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago authorities say that an 18-year-old woman is dead after another woman repeatedly slammed her into a tree with her car following an argument.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Woman accused of impersonating a nurse in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal grand jury in St. Louis has accused a woman of impersonating a nurse and spending three months at a hospital’s intensive-care unit and with elderly psychiatric patients.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jeanne Gang opens up about her architecture
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Jeanne Gang caught the architecture bug as a child. Her father was the Boone County engineer and family vacations were long road trips that crisscrossed the country, with countless stops along the way “to see every bridge there was.”
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Il. coliseum repairs could cost up to $4M
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Extensive repairs to the deteriorating Illinois State Fair Coliseum could take millions of dollars and two years, according to an agency that oversees state buildings.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

New American Writers Museum opening in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Writers Museum , seven years in the making, is an endeavor even the most daring author might shy from: How, on a single floor of an office building, do you tell the story of centuries of American language?
Friday, May 12, 2017

Durbin say Trump is dangerous; lawyers push back
WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, says President Donald Trump is "dangerous."
Friday, May 12, 2017

Obama Library won't follow Nat'l Archive model
CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama Presidential Center won’t be a part of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Friday, May 12, 2017

3 U of Illinois football players are arrested in robbery
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Three University of Illinois football players have been arrested for allegedly robbing a man of cash in a residence hall.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Brief tornado drops town in central Illinois, little damage
WASHBURN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a tornado briefly touched down in a rural area of central Illinois.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

U of I plans $60M faculty recruiting effort
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois System has launched a three-year, $60 million initiative to recruit top faculty to its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Senate approves abortion safeguards
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to expand public financing for abortions and ensure legal access to the procedure across the state, although the measure likely awaits a veto by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Senate tried to revisit 'grand bargain'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republicans pulled the plug Wednesday on Illinois Senate Democrats’ attempts to recharge the “grand bargain” budget-compromise with three weeks left in the General Assembly’s spring session. 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

UI frats aim to prevent sexual assault

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — New bylaws from the University of Illinois fraternities’ governing board will require all chapters to train their members on how to intervene to prevent sexual assault.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

IHSA postpones tourney

CARLYLE, Ill. (AP) — High water levels on Carlyle Lake in southern Illinois have forced the postponement of state high school bass fishing tournament.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many US drugs
CHICAGO (AP) — Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dept. on Aging urges older adults to 'Age Out Loud'

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department on Aging today recognized more than 2 million older adults statewide in honor of Older Americans Month, which is a national observance taking place every May. Governor Bruce Rauner also proclaimed May 2017 as Older Americans Month in Illinois. This year’s theme – Age Out Loud – is a call to action for older adults across Illinois and the nation to live boldly and age fearlessly.

 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Illinois targeted again with ERA resurgence
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Protestors chained themselves together on the Illinois Capitol steps. Some on hunger strikes, having gone a month without food, sat inside under the dome. Others staged a House-floor sit-in, forming their hands into illuminati pyramids signifying the few at the top commanding the many at the bottom.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Springfield teacher headed for Galapagos Islands
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It’s almost always dark in Layne Zimmers’ world history classroom at Lincoln Magnet School.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Drones helping suburban Chicago accident investigators
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago unit has begun deploying drones to help with investigations of major traffic accidents.
Monday, May 8, 2017

U of Illinois Springfield professors' deal ends strike
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois-Springfield administrators and a union representing professors have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending a strike that started last week.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Pekin school recovers from computer cyberattack

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois high school is recovering from a cyberattack on its computers last month, and officials say they’re trying to determine how to prevent future attacks. 

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

$4.75-million winning Lotto ticket from Thursday drawing sold in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, IL – If you bought a Lotto ticket in Springfield, you may want to check it right away!  A gas station in Springfield sold a $4.75 million winning Lotto ticket for Thursday’s drawing.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Automatic Illinois voter registration gets Senate approval
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois senators have overwhelmingly endorsed an automatic-voter registration plan two years in the making.
Friday, May 5, 2017

University of Illinois cultural center design to be revealed

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Final designs for a $5.5 million cultural center at the University of Illinois will be unveiled next week. 

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Illinois sees 2nd-wettest April
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois saw an average statewide precipitation of slightly more than 7 inches last month, making it the second-wettest April on record. 
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Decatur, former police chief reach settlement over dismissal
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A legal battle between the city of Decatur and its former police chief who said he was wrongly fired has ended with a settlement.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Illinois Academic Senate backs push to increase diversity
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois’ Academic Senate is endorsing a push to increase the number of black students enrolled in the school.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Chicago transit station hindering sale of Thompson Center
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears to be throwing a monkey wrench into plans by the state to sell the James R. Thompson Center.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Miss. River traffic halted at St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As of approximately 10:00 a.m. Monday morning, flooding promoted officials to halt traffic along the Mississippi River at St. Louis, meaning a vital passageway for transporting agricultural products and other goods is temporarily closed.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Manar seeks update to Ill genetic privacy law
SPRINGFIELD – A controversial plan before Congress that would permit companies to fine workers who refuse to share their genetic information through workplace wellness programs has prompted Illinois lawmakers to tighten up a state law protecting workers from such repercussions.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Police say 2 Chicago officers shot in targeted attack
CHICAGO (AP) — Two plain-clothes Chicago police officers were shot and wounded as they sat in an unmarked vehicle in what authorities are describing as a targeted attack on the city’s South Side. A manhunt is underway Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trial delayed for Ill man in Iowa killing
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A third trial has been delayed for an Illinois man charged with the 1990 killing of a 9-year-old girl in Iowa.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Obamas to visit Chicago to discuss planned library
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit Chicago for a community meeting to discuss their planned library and museum.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Violent May Day marches lead to arrests
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — May Day protests remained peaceful in Chicago and throughout much of the country, but one turned violent in the Pacific Northwest as demonstrators in Portland, Oregon, threw smoke bombs and Molotov cocktails at police while elsewhere thousands of people peacefully marched against President Donald Trump’s immigration and labor policies.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Nearly 170 professors to strike at U of Illinois-Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials with the union that represents nearly 170 professors at the University of Illinois-Springfield say they’re going on strike.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

United CEO Munoz on hot seat as Congress examines air travel
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chicago-based United Airlines and its CEO Oscar Munoz are likely to face pointed questions as Congress examines customer service by U.S. airlines and how air travel can be improved.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Expanded Organ Donor Registry passes Senate
SPRINGFIELD — Secretary of State Jesse White's legislation that would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to register for the state's First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver's license or identification card passed the Illinois Senate Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Testing confirms Illinois-record fish was hybrid crappie
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Officials say genetic testing confirms that a state-record crappie caught in southern Illinois is a hybrid crappie.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Longtime Illinois restaurant turned into Route 66 museum
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A building that was once the longtime home to a Springfield restaurant is now a museum celebrating the city’s links to Route 66.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Judge bars winner of Markham mayor's race from taking office
CHICAGO (AP) — The winner of a suburban Chicago mayoral race has been barred by a judge from taking the oath of office because he is a convicted felon.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Judge OKs work on Illinois highway some say threatens bee
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge says work can proceed on a suburban Chicago highway on which construction was halted because of concerns it threatened an endangered bumblebee.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cook County judge who refused traffic court duty quits
CHICAGO (AP) — A newly elected Cook County Circuit Court judge who refused to report to his traffic court assignment has resigned.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chicago schools to stay open despite lawsuit's rejection
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor said the city’s public schools will remain open until the end of the school year, despite a judge’s decision Friday to toss a district lawsuit over education funding by the state of Illinois.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Toby character follows actor through life
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Everyone knows him as Toby Dick Ellis, but to his family, he is still Richard.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Legislature sends Rauner same Chicago pension plan he vetoed
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly has sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a plan to shore up Chicago pensions.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Fugitive for 2 decades ordered held without bail in killing
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who eluded authorities for nearly 20 years in a sexual assault case and was placed on the FBI’s most wanted list has been ordered held without bond.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Head of Chicago airport security fired; no reason given
CHICAGO (AP) — The head of security at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has been fired.
Friday, April 28, 2017

A man who served wouldn't wish it on anyone
ARMSTRONG, Ill. (AP) — Curtis Heck was in Vietnam in the Army’s 101st Airborne, and he saw Vietnam as a place of booby traps and unexploded shells, ever-present dangers.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United
CHICAGO (AP) — The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible.
Friday, April 28, 2017

State Police urged prom, graduation safety
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Illinois State Police District Nine officials are reminding young drivers to think responsibly as they celebrate during the upcoming prom and graduation season.  Our primary safety message is in the word PROM which asks teens to “Please Return On Monday.”     
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Body of missing girl found in Illinois home
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a 1 1/2-year-old girl who was reported missing from a northern Illinois community has been found inside a home.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Illinois comptroller using tax-season revenue to pay bills
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Comptroller says increased revenues coming into the state during tax season have allowed her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Illinois' first family shares temporary home with fox family
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, have learned that their temporary home already has tenants. A mother red fox and six pups are living under the front stairs of the director’s house on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Entrepreneur finds home in fitness community
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Sam Karoll’s life experiences transcend his young age.

Karoll, 26, was born in Atlanta and adopted by Monty and Laura Karoll of Quincy when he was 6 months old.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bourbonnais comic book store finds new popularity

By ALLISON SHAPIRO

The Daily Journal

 

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Tucked between a dog trainer shop and a dog groomer shop sits Dragon’s Refuge, one of the area’s only comic book and table top game stores.

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

19-year-old man convicted of murder in 11-year-old's death
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors say a southern Illinois judge has convicted a 19-year-old man of murder in the shooting death of an 11-year-old boy.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rauner technology chief says $208K buys valuable aid

By JOHN O’CONNOR

AP Political Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s technology chief told a House committee Tuesday that spending $208,000 with an executive-assistance firm during a budget crisis is justified because it’s helping the state design a digital system with technology that, in some cases, doesn’t yet exist.  


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Illinois governor seeks to oust improperly hired employees
CHICAGO (AP) — The administration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

State Fair foundation seeks 'Illinoisan of the Day' nominees
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair is looking for Illinoisans worthy of an honor at this summer’s fair.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Governor to hold live Facebook event with state's children
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants the state’s children to let him know their thoughts on education.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Northwestern suspends fraternity after parties, problems
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern University says it has suspended a fraternity chapter for violating terms of a disciplinary probation for serving alcohol to minors.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Aviation officer gives his version of United flight removal
CHICAGO (AP) — The physician who was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago this month was verbally and physically abusive, and flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest, according to the aviation officer who pulled the man out of his seat.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Toy tractors tell farming history
BISHOP HILL, Ill. (AP) — The sun was shining April 1 in historic Bishop Hill as tourists could be seen mingling about the town, visiting the Colony Store and Bishop Hill Bakery. Others went in the door of the Steeple Building, where countless toy tractors were on display.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Illinois lawmakers return from break facing budget issues
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week to resume work on trying to end the budget stalemate that has eluded them for almost two years.
Monday, April 24, 2017

5-month paving project to begin on I-55 in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Getting in and out of Springfield from the east may take a little longer for a while.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright building tours planned to mark birthday
CHICAGO (AP) — Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will be getting the chance to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth by walking through some of the most famous buildings he designed in and around Chicago.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Illinois Democrats aim high with minimum wage proposals

By KIANNAH SEPEDA-MILLER

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Amid a national push by unions and worker advocates for a $15 minimum wage, Illinois Democrats hope to pass an ambitious hike during the spring legislative session, despite a warning from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner that he opposes an increase of any kind.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Father remembers son killed in hammer throw at track meet

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The father of an Ohio college student who died after being struck during a hammer-throw event at a suburban Chicago track meet remembered his son as a strong Christian.

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

LLCC to hold second annual Video Game Design Tournament April 27
SPRINGFIELD–Lincoln Land Community College will hold its second annual Video Game Design Tournament Thursday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The public is invited to attend the free event.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Bill passes House to create network to aid small business
LITCHFIELD — The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) operates several Small Business Development Centers around the state to provide information, training, and resources for start-ups and existing small businesses. Recently, the Illinois House unanimously passed legislation recently that would add marketing and networking to those services.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

ISP brings awareness to Distracted Driving Awareness Week
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police District 09 Commander, Chris Owen, announces they will be participating in the inaugural “Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week.”  Troopers will be giving special attention to distracted driving laws the week of April 24-28. A press conference Monday, April 24, at the Illinois State Capitol will kick off the campaign. 
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Renovated oldest U of I academic building to reopen
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The oldest academic building on the University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus is scheduled to reopen this summer after a $78 million renovation.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Illinois receives $16M to fight opioid crisis
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is receiving more than $16 million in federal money to help fight a prescription drug addiction crisis. 
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Woman who embezzled from Chicago museum gets prison
CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-employee of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History who authorities say stole nearly $1 million from the institution has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Court promptly denies Blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing

By MICHAEL TARM

AP Legal Affairs Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court in Chicago took just three days to reject a request from imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for another sentencing hearing, agreeing his 14-year prison term for corruption was a stiff punishment but was well within the sentencing judge’s discretion.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Festival of Spring Sangamon River cleanup is Saturday

DECATUR, Ill. —  Celebrate Earth Day with a day of outdoor activities.  The Macon County Conservation District and Decatur Audubon Society will hold the 36th Annual Festival of Spring and Sangamon River Cleanup on Saturday, April 22 from 8am to 4pm at Rock Springs Conservation Area.

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Coin toss decides winner of tiny town's mayor's race
MARION, Ill. (AP) — The flip of a coin on Thursday decided the next leader of a tiny town in southern Illinois after an election earlier this month ended in a tie.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Com Ed to spend $33 million on Rockford library
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Commonwealth Edison has agreed to spend $33 million on a new library in downtown Rockford after contamination was discovered under the city’s main library branch.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Soil contamination may delay plans for Pullman site
CHICAGO (AP) — A cleanup of contaminants left at the Pullman National Monument site on Chicago’s South Side from decades of rail car production may delay plans for the former factory grounds.
Friday, April 21, 2017

ISP warns teens going to prom about safe driving

ILLINOIS (AP) — Illinois State Police want high school students driving to their proms to be careful. 

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Illinois lawmakers ponder legalizing pot
CHICAGO (AP) — The head of Colorado’s Department of Revenue has spoken to a panel of Illinois lawmakers considering a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Public invited to Audubon Society presentation this Sunday
DECATUR — The Decatur Audubon Society invites members and other interested persons to the regular monthly meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Group says gov deceived voters on abortion stance
CHICAGO (AP) — Campaigning as a pro-choice Republican in 2014, Bruce Rauner said he would sign legislation to ensure abortion remains legal in Illinois and to expand abortion coverage for state workers and Medicaid recipients.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ex-rep. Schock asks court to toss corruption case

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a judge to toss the corruption case against him, arguing that authorities misinterpreted the law and overreached.

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Davis tour highlights economic impact of Route 66
Taylorville, IL – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Illinois State Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) made stops at businesses and other historical Route 66 locations Tuesday in Edwardsville, Livingston, Litchfield, Carlinville, and Girard to highlight the economic and historical significance of Route 66. The two lawmakers met with local mayors, business owners, and community leaders at each stop.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ruling on Blagojevich hearing expected in weeks
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich urged an appellate panel Tuesday to grant him a third sentencing hearing, arguing their client’s behavior in prison justifies sharply reducing his 14-year term for corruption.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

US Court, again, takes up Blagojevich prison term

CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court is considering whether Illinois’ imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich should get a third sentencing hearing. 

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Police torture claims overwhelm Illinois investigation panel

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois panel tasked with reviewing claims of police torture is overwhelmed with cases and short on funding, especially with the state budget impasse.

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

U of I presents alumni award to Assumption farmer
URBANA, Ill. — Each spring the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) recognizes faculty, staff,  graduate students and alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievements or exceptional service to the college. The recipients are honored at the annual Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards Banquet. The banquet was held Monday, April 17, at Pear Tree Estate in rural Champaign, Ill.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Alexander Hamilton's son was Illinois legislator
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rep. Davis challenges law that lets Jackson, Jr. collect work comp funds

CHICAGO — Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in a Chicago Sun-Times article Sunday questioned a law that allows former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D.-Ill. to collect about $100,000 a year in workers’ compensation even though he was found guilty of misappropriating campaign funds.

 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Trump asks: 'Who paid for the tax-day rallies?'
CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump says “someone should look into who paid” for the rallies around the country Saturday that urged him to release his tax returns.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Illinois gov't. workers late in filing 2014 tax returns

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ department of revenue says more than 300 state employees, including two lawmakers, are delinquent in paying their taxes for the 2014 calendar year.

 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Chicago archbishop leads march and pays for shooting victims
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cardinal Blaze Cupich (blayz SOO’-pich) led hundreds of marchers through one of the city’s most violence-plagued neighborhoods to pray the annual Stations of the Cross and demand an end to gun violence.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Gov. Raunergrants 4 new clemency petitions, denies 140
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted four new petitions for clemency, acted again on a previous case and denied 140 others.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Illinois doctors travel to help patients get medical pot
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois doctors are traveling to Springfield to help residents enroll in the state’s medical marijuana program. 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Veteran to be deported seeks pardon for drug sale
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Prisoner Review Board is being asked to intervene on behalf of an Army veteran with a green card who faces deportation because of a 2008 drug conviction.
Friday, April 14, 2017

Dragged passenger needs reconstructive surgery

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines and the city of Chicago may find themselves the target of lawsuits by the man who was dragged off a United plane in Chicago last week after refusing to give up his seat.

One of Dr. David Dao’s lawyers, Thomas Demetrio, said as much Thursday during a news conference in which he suggested that Dao could be “a poster child” for the mistreatment of passengers by the airline industry.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Tip line for corruption by elected officials launched
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A law enforcement task force has started a tip line to collect information about public corruption in Southern Illinois. 
Friday, April 14, 2017

Rauner opposes bill allowing taxpayer-funded abortions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is opposing legislation that would allow the state to cover abortions for its employees and Medicaid recipients.
Friday, April 14, 2017

Man dragged off plane has concussion, lost teeth
CHICAGO (AP) — A passenger dragged from a United Express flight suffered a “significant” concussion and broken nose, and he lost two front teeth, one of his lawyers said Thursday.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chicago-area chef, cancer worker charged, terrorism
CHICAGO (AP) — Two suburban Chicago men who posed for photos holding a black Islamic State group flag at a Lake Michigan beach park were arrested Wednesday on federal terrorist charges, and an undercover operative said one of the men suggested homosexuals should be thrown off the city’s tallest building.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Judge grants innocence certificate in 1957 killing
SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge on Wednesday granted a certificate of innocence to a Washington state man who was wrongfully convicted in 2012 of the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old girl, clearing the way for him to sue Illinois.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Man charged in judge's death, robbery was motive
CHICAGO (AP) — Robbery was the motive that led to the fatal shooting of a criminal court judge outside his Chicago home, police said Wednesday.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Museum program tonight on ancient history of Central Illinois
 SPRINGFIELD, — The Illinois State Museum’s monthly Paul Mickey Science Series program for April is “Just Outside Cahokia (There's an Ancient History of Illinois)” exploring the history of the Mississippian people in central Illinois.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

United no longer to use police to remove passengers
CHICAGO (AP) — The chief executive of United Airlines said the carrier will no longer ask police to remove passengers from full flights after the uproar over a man who was dragged off a plane by airport officers in Chicago.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mexican defense fund sues over detained immigrant
CHICAGO (AP) — A Honduran immigrant who posted bail but remains at a northern Illinois jail on the request of immigration authorities has filed a federal complaint calling his detention unconstitutional. 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2 Chicago-area men arrested on terrorism charges
CHICAGO (AP) — Two suburban Chicago men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to support the Islamic State militant group.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CPD questions people of interest in judge slaying
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say they’re questioning multiple people of interest in the fatal shooting of a judge who oversaw criminal cases in Cook County, Illinois.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Passenger in video had been convicted of drug charges
CHICAGO (AP) — The man dragged from a full United Airlines flight is a Kentucky physician who was convicted more than a decade ago of felony charges involving his prescribing of drugs.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Governor Rauner launching 2-day campaign tour
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is launching the first official campaign tour of his re-election bid on Tuesday, as Democrats line up to unseat him in 2018 and the Republican tries to turn around his sagging approval ratings.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Illinois College to offer video gaming scholarships
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois College will become one of a small group of higher-education institutions offering scholarships for playing video games.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ISP seeking info on nearby cold case
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — On April 25th, 1998, at approximately 5:25am, the body of 20 year old Jeremy Chappelear, pictured left, was found on Buckeye Trail, 200 feet south of 4th Avenue, near Donnellson, Illinois. 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Judge in Chicago tosses adultery Satanist lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — It’s not every day that federal judges grapple with issues of Satanism and adultery.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
SPRINGFIELD — The week of April 9-15, 2017, is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  This week marks the time each year when the public safety community formally acknowledges the contributions and sacrifices of all Telecommunicators, Call-Takers, and Technicians.  
Monday, April 10, 2017

Western Illinois University offers chance to study ducks
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University is giving students and natural resource professionals a chance to flock to a community along the Mississippi River to learn more about the migration and health of ducks.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Cook County criminal judge shot to death in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a Cook County Circuit Court judge has been shot to death outside his home on the South Side of Chicago.
Monday, April 10, 2017

General Assembly takes 2 week break with no budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly left the capital city last week for a two-week spring break — without progress on an annual budget.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Couple converts barn to a venue for weddings
LEAF RIVER, Ill. (AP) — Their daughter’s wedding inspired a Leaf River couple to turn their century-old dairy barn into an event venue.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Illinois property confiscation laws
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kara Bland’s 2010 Chevy Malibu still had temporary plates when police seized it for a crime she did not commit. She loaned it to the father of her daughter, who was arrested after picking up someone who had marijuana on him.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Prosecutors seek 7 years for ex-Chicago schools chief
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending a 7  1/2-year prison sentence for a former Chicago Public Schools CEO who pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme. 
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lawmakers send state-nurse protection bill to Rauner
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Bruce Rauner that would prohibit further privatization of health care workers in state prisons. 
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Survivors recall deadliest tornado in U.S. history

By CHRIS HOTTENSEN

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Ninety years ago, the deadliest tornado in recorded U.S. history sliced a diagonal swath across Southern Illinois, practically obliterating the towns of Gorham, Murphysboro, De Soto, Bush, West Frankfort and Parrish.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Easter Bunny at Skydeck
CHICAGO — The Easter Bunny will be at the Skydeck Chicago from 12:00PM to 4:00PM on Saturday, April 15th and Sunday, April 16th.
Friday, April 7, 2017

A look at Illinois' ultra-wealthy candidates

CHICAGO (AP) — A billionaire businessman’s announcement that he’s running for Illinois governor in 2018 means there will be at least three candidates in the race who have enormous personal wealth. 

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Thompson Center on list
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Downtown Chicago’s state government Thompson Center building is on top of this year’s Landmarks Illinois “Most Endangered Historic Places “ list.
Friday, April 7, 2017

House approves stopgap budget plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House voted Thursday to tap $817 million in accumulated but unallocated revenue to temporarily relieve struggling universities and human services. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Chicago using electronic sensors to count visitors to park
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is using new technology to count visitors to Millennium Park and its numbers show 12.9 million visited the lakefront park in the second half of last year.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Judge tosses civil case on Hastert funds misuse
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a onetime business associate of Dennis Hastert’s that claimed the imprisoned ex-House Speaker misused federal funds. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Renovation of Dick Van Dyke's home in Danville amping up

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Work could begin this summer to restore actor Dick Van Dyke’s childhood home in eastern Illinois.

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Taylorville inmate forms two political action committees
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man sentenced to 10 years in prison for bilking a female acquaintance has started two political action committees from behind bars
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Winds crack glass on Chicago building; streets close
CHICAGO (AP) — High winds are blamed for cracking glass on a high-rise building in downtown Chicago, prompting police to close some nearby streets.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Weight swings risky for overweight heart patients

CHICAGO (AP) — Losing and regaining weight repeatedly may be dangerous for overweight heart patients, a study suggests.

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker announces bid for governor
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker was expected to announce his bid for Illinois governor otoday, raising the financial stakes in what was already expected to be a costly and competitive fight to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

School districts file suit against state
TAYLORVILLE — Today Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 and 16 other Illinois school districts stood up for students when they filed an unprecedented lawsuit to hold accountable the State, Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to carry out their constitutional duty of adequately funding a “high quality education” for all students.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Video gambling parlors sue Illinois over profit-sharing
CHICAGO (AP) — Two companies that own video gambling parlors have sued the Illinois Gaming Board to challenge rules that require them split profits with the companies that operate the gambling machines.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SIUE student is shot dead in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Officials say a Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville student from Chicago was killed in a St. Louis-area shooting.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Man charged in shooting of 4 at Chicago restaurant
CHICAGO (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder in the likely gang-related fatal shooting of four men in and around a South Side Chicago restaurant, police announced Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Members who backed transgender student elected
PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A slate of candidates who promised to roll back a policy allowing high school transgender students to use the facilities of the gender with which they identify failed Tuesday in their effort to get on a suburban Chicago school board.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Trump-supporting mayor holding on to narrow lead
CHICAGO (AP) — A longtime suburban Chicago mayor who held a fundraiser for President Donald Trump last year was holding on to a narrow lead in his re-election battle with a union organizer backed by top Democrats.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

St. Louis gets new mayor, no stadium
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' newly elected mayor is promising to help the city reduce the sort of violent crime that devastated her own family two decades ago.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Suburbs struggle finding candidates for elections
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — There seems to be a lack of interest in running for local office in suburban Chicago.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Senate president touts bill to protect immigrants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Senate Democrats, contending that immigrants are hiding in their homes because of aggressive actions by President Donald Trump’s administration, promoted legislation Monday that would bar law enforcement from entering state-supported schools or health facilities without a warrant looking for immigrants in the country illegally.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Transgender issue overshadows school board election
PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago school district’s policy that has allowed a transgender student to use the girls’ locker room since late 2015 has become a defining issue in the school board race. 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

School buddy program pairs students with veterans

By DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR

The Quincy Herald-Whig

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — St. Dominic School fifth-grader M.J. Mefford was feeling pretty lucky because she got to spend some time with one of her good buddies, U.S. Marine Corps veteran George Herendeen.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks dies at 83

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with his adopted hometown was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago,” has died at age 83.

 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Caterpillar to close Illinois plant, lay off 800 workers
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. has announced the closing of its facility near Aurora, Illinois, and the lay off 800 workers.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

American Red Cross volunteers installing free smoke alarms
 DECATUR, Ill. — The American Red Cross has free smoke alarms available for area residents. Red Cross volunteers will install the smoke alarms and help residents to create a home escape plan in the event of a fire.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Lincoln presidential library is made a separate agency
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order making the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a separate state agency.
Friday, March 31, 2017

2 more dead in Chicago neighborhood where 5 were killed just hours earlier
CHICAGO (AP) — Two people have died in a drive-by shooting in the same Chicago neighborhood where separate shootings several hours earlier left five people dead, including a pregnant woman, police said Friday.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Illinois judge says cannabis companies can make campaign contributions
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ medical marijuana companies, operating in an industry abounding with rules, now have one less regulation they have to follow.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Committee okays internet privacy plans
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House committee has backed legislation meant to enhance internet privacy rights at a time when federal protections are being rolled back.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

New lecture series named for renowned aquatic biologist
URBANA, Ill. – What makes a stream or river healthy? In the years following the growth of the environmental movement in the United States and passage of the Clean Water Act, researchers and managers struggled with this question of just how to measure the condition of our waters. 
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Governor recognizes State Police 95th anniversary
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner on Wednesday highlighted the approval of two Illinois State Police (ISP) Cadet classes, and reaffirmed the administration's continued support for the ISP and public safety. He proclaimed April 1, 2017 Illinois State Police Day in Illinois to honor the 95th anniversary of the creation of the ISP.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Taxpayers pay millions in bonuses to Illinois lottery staff
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois taxpayers have funded about $2 million in “retention” bonuses for employees of a private firm managing the lottery despite the firm performing so badly that the state is working to replace it.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Comptroller appeals ruling ordering lawmaker pay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois comptroller has appealed a Cook County judge’s ruling that state lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Till relative wants push for civil rights law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Family members of Emmett Till pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday to enforce a law that that allows prosecutors to reinvestigate old civil rights murder cases.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chicago activists call for transparency in ICE shootings
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago activists and residents called for more transparency Tuesday as officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigate an agent-involved shooting that left a man wounded and raised questions about the use of force.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lawyer: Informant in Schock case broke the law
WASHINGTON (AP) — A staffer working for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock secretly provided the government with a trove of emails, credit card receipts and other documents that violated the now-indicted congressman’s constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure, his lawyers argue in new court filings.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Illinois lottery manager still on the job after firing
CHICAGO (AP) — When Illinois lawmakers voted in 2009 to hire a private company to run the state’s $2 billion-a-year lottery, they had high hopes of making more money that could be funneled into education and construction projects.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Environmental groups vow to fight Trump actions
CHICAGO (AP) — Environmental groups that have hired scores of new lawyers in recent months are prepared to go to court to fight a sweeping executive order from President Donald Trump that eliminates many restrictions on fossil fuel production and would roll back his predecessor’s plans to curb global warming. But they said they’ll take their first battle to the court of public opinion.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Longhunters gather at Fort de Chartres for Colonial Trade Faire
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER, Ill. – After months spent in search of game, it’s time for longhunters to gather so they can sell their bounty, buy supplies and celebrate with friends – an event the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site will re-enact April 1-2.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

State seeks volunteers for Lincoln's New Salem
PETERSBURG, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is looking for volunteers to help recreate life in the 1830s log village where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years as a young adult.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Who was that masked man? Illinoisans vie for inspiration for Lone Ranger

by Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

 

ILLINOIS — For over eighty years, radio and television fans have asked the question, “who was that masked man?”  He may have roots in the Land of Lincoln. 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Lawyer says ICE agent shot unarmed Chicago man as he opened the door
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal immigration officials say an agent shot and wounded a man after he pointed a gun at agents trying to make an arrest in a Chicago home, but the wounded man’s attorney said he was unarmed and targeted for no apparent reason.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Civil lawsuit alleging negligence by Home Depot in killing is revived
CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court has restored a civil lawsuit that blames Home Depot for not firing a suburban Chicago supervisor with a history of sexual harassment who ended up strangling a 21-year-old pregnant subordinate — in a civil case focused on the liability of companies when supervisors use their authority to hurt co-workers away from work.   
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Production of universal license plate is stalled
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two years after Illinois adopted a universal specialty license plate, it still hasn’t been produced or issued.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Chicago leaders vow to keep fighting Trump
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s leaders say they’ll keep fighting against President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities” despite financial risks.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Madigan letter rebukes governor's claims
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House is upbraiding Gov. Bruce Rauner for comments the governor made about him. 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Man arrested with child, gun, dope in stroller
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has been charged with child endangerment after police say they found a handgun hidden in a baby stroller alongside a 1-year-old boy.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Grandparents ask to be guardians of 7 Illinois siblings
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Seven southern Illinois siblings’ paternal grandparents are asking to be their guardian after the children’s parents were found dead in a tragic chain of events.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Health could affect deposition by Daley in torture suit
CHICAGO (AP) — An undisclosed medical issue could affect whether former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley must give a deposition in a federal lawsuit alleging he ignored evidence of widespread torture by a former police commander.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Injured police dogs to get ambulance rides
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Police dogs hurt on the job in the Champaign area will soon be able to get an ambulance ride to a hospital along with emergency care on the way there.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Illinois considers legalizing marijuana for a fiscal boost
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Marijuana advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to become the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationwide to legalize recreational pot, arguing the move will help solve the state’s notorious budget crisis.
Monday, March 27, 2017

1.4 million Illinois job seekers may have had personal data hacked
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — About 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois may have had their personal information compromised when one of the state’s employment security agency vendors was hacked, the governor’s office said Friday.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Autism support group to meet April 6
HILLSBORO — TASC/TheAutism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, Illinois.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Illinois family discovers ties to Underground RR

By ISAAC SMITH

The Southern Illinoisan

SPARTA, Ill. (AP) — The hackberry tree in front of James and Phyllis Hayes’ house has seen it all.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Presidential library remembering the 'war to end all wars'

SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will look back 100 years to World War I with two events in April: a presentation on America’s entry into the “war to end all wars” and a screening of the classic movie “Paths of Glory.”

President Woodrow Wilson won a second term by promising to keep America out of World War I, but five months later our troops were headed for the battlefield. What pushed the country into war?


Friday, March 24, 2017

Smartphone maker may open at Motorola
HARVARD, Ill. (AP) — A smartphone manufacture wants to make the phones at the Motorola campus in the Harvard plant that’s been vacant for more than a decade.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Chicago losing more residents than any other city
CHICAGO (AP) — The last straw that convinced Chicago native Marissa Marshall it was time to move away was hearing dangerously close gunfire in the rough neighborhood where she found affordable housing.
Friday, March 24, 2017

High court gives nonprofit hospitals a partial win
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday vacated a lower court’s ruling that found unconstitutional a state law allowing not-for-profit hospitals to avoid paying property taxes in certain cases.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Judge rules in favor of lawmakers seeking their pay
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Illinois lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget, which has caused a pileup of more than $12.8 billion worth of unpaid bills.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Census estimates population drop for Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released Census Bureau estimates show the Chicago-area’s population has declined two years in a row.

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. seeks prison tower cameras to replace guards
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in watchtowers with closed-circuit cameras at nearly two dozen lower-security Illinois prisons, an effort to cut expenses for a cash-strapped state that has gone two years without a budget.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crime
CHICAGO (AP) — The case of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people watched on Facebook raises questions that have come up before in other attacks: What’s the obligation of bystanders who see a crime unfolding? And why do they not intervene?
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Opioid crisis prevention workshop to raise awareness of rural community issue
SPRINGFIELD — Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, mental health and behavioral therapists, pharmacists, dentists, policy makers, public health, law enforcement, community coalitions, and concerned citizens are invited to participate in the “Opioid Crisis Next Door: Prevention, Care and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders” workshop on Wednesday, March 29. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway in Springfield.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Illinois House votes against making Obama birthday a holiday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Barack Obama’s name might be revered in his home state. But the Illinois House has rejected making his birthday a state holiday. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chicago police: Gang-rape investigation progressing
CHICAGO (AP) — Investigators are making good progress in identifying those who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old Chicago girl in an attack that was streamed on Facebook Live, authorities said.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Privatization: 124 prison nurses get layoff notices
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has told 124 prison nurses that their jobs are being privatized, a move their union blasted Tuesday as retaliation for its rejection of a contract offer last year.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Workers to appeal union fees case to high court
CHICAGO (AP) — Two state workers who joined Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s lawsuit arguing labor unions shouldn’t be allowed to collect fees from non-members say they’re appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Catholics' sacred relics part of Springfield discussion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Spiritual relics that Roman Catholics consider sacred will be part of an exposition Thursday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Program on 18th Century French settlements in Illinois
DECATUR, Ill. — Travel across the Midwest with guest speaker Bonnie Vega as she describes French settlement in Illinois, beginning in 1703. Vega’s presentation, 18th Century French Settlement in Illinois Country will be held at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Register online by March 24 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Court won't take up appeal of state worker pay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court won’t immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

State Sen. Biss says he's running for Illinois governor
CHICAGO (AP) — State Sen. Daniel Biss said Monday he’s running for Illinois governor in 2018, joining a growing field of Democrats hoping to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chicago teen was gang-raped on Facebook Live
CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Springfield releases body cam video after officer is charged
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Newly released Springfield police body camera footage shows an officer punching a 19-year-old man nearly a dozen times.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Anti-abortion doc, centers sue over state health law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An anti-abortion physician and two pregnancy help centers have filed a lawsuit alleging an Illinois law requiring them to discuss abortion with patients is unconstitutional. 
Monday, March 20, 2017

Donations made for 7 siblings after parents killed
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Donations are pouring in for seven southern Illinois siblings whose parents were found dead after a tragic chain of events last week.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Voters register objections to budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate’s “grand bargain” budget compromise has had a rough go, with false starts, misfires, a lukewarm Republican reception, and Democrats abruptly pulling the plug last month when GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner weighed in against it. And that doesn’t count taxpayers’ reaction. 
Monday, March 20, 2017

Team to review Papers of Lincoln
SPRINGFIELD – Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, announced today that a team of experts will review the library’s Papers of Abraham Lincoln project and make recommendations for the future of this vital initiative.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Chicago police investigate officer who raised money for kids
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police sergeant who helped give the department’s battered public image a lift by raising money for three little girls found in a filthy, unheated abandoned building last year is now the subject of an department probe into the fundraising effort.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Coroner: Man in fatal house fire was shot in the head
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man found dead inside a burned home in southern Illinois had been shot in the head, and a gun was found in his ex-wife’s SUV after she drove into a nearby lake and died shortly after the fire was reported, authorities said Friday.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Charges filed against parents of wounded toddler
CHICAGO (AP) — The parents of a Chicago toddler who was accidently shot in the head have been charged with crimes related to the shooting and the care of their other children.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Renovation of historic Galesburg theater gets rave reviews
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — The renovation of a more than 100-year-old theater in western Illinois is getting rave reviews.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Illinois ID cards aim to help drivers with disabilities
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — New identification cards in Illinois aim to ease interactions between police and people with disabilities.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

UI aid would support in-state students
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois would reserve 85 percent of financial aid for Illinois residents as part of a proposed five-year state funding agreement being considered in the Legislature.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Caterpillar hires ex US AG after raid
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. is hiring a former U.S. attorney general to help it sort out matters that sparked a federal raid on its headquarters in central Illinois.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Chicago woman in suitcase murder in Bali gives up custody of her baby
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American woman convicted in her mother’s “suitcase murder” in Indonesia gave custody of her young daughter on Friday to an Australian woman until her release from prison.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Mom found dead after infant saved in lake rescue
HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — A woman found dead in a  lake near Highland, Illinois, was identified Friday as the mother of an infant rescued hours earlier by a paramedic, who performed CPR on the hood of the submerged SUV in which the child was found floating shortly after a fatal fire erupted at their home.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Panel approves OT rule for home care workers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A legislative panel in Illinois has failed to block a new overtime rule for home care workers that is expected to be in place by late summer.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Durbin: Railway must do more on guns
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin told Norfolk Southern this week that it must do more to secure a major rail yard on Chicago’s South Side after three major gun thefts led to many of the weapons circulating in nearby violence-plagued neighborhoods, according to a letter the Illinois Democrat sent this week to the company’s CEO. 
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Manar's automatic voter registration plan advances
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Senate committee approved a new automatic voter registration plan Wednesday, sending to the floor a proposal that advocates say is tighter than one Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected last year.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Infant pulled from car in lake near Highland, Ill.
HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — An infant was hospitalized in St. Louis today after being found in a car that rolled into an Illinois lake.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Illinois House panel seeks yet another education funding reform proposal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The latest group of Illinois lawmakers to tackle the way the state finances public schools hopes to propose a new funding model and approve it this spring.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ethics: Aldermen warned against White Sox offer
CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the Chicago City Council are again being warned not to accept special offers for a seat at a popular sporting event.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017










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