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Crisis pregnancy centers sue gov, state agencies
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Crisis pregnancy centers in northern Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit saying their employees’ freedom of speech and religious rights will be violated if the state forces them to give patients information about abortion services.
Friday, September 30, 2016


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Deadline for Chicago teachers strike is nearing
CHICAGO (AP) — Teachers in the country’s third-largest city have cranked up the heat in contract talks, threatening to go on strike in less than two weeks.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Autopsies done for sisters found dead in Seychelles
VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — Two American sisters found dead in their tropical island villa while vacationing in Seychelles died of excess fluid in their lungs, according to police in the African archipelago nation.
Friday, September 30, 2016

U of I shooting suspect turns himself in
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a party near the University of Illinois campus has turned himself in at the county jail.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Judge won't stay ruling on Illinois voter registration
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has denied an Illinois attorney general’s office request for him to reverse his own decision halting same-day voter registration at polling stations.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fatal shooting forces rush hour closure of Chicago highway
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Police are investigating a shooting on a Chicago expressway that left a man dead and a woman critically injured.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Chicago woman found dead, Seychelles
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man says his family has been given little information on how his two sisters died while vacationing on a tropical African island.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Signs go up marking central Illinois as a Lincoln gateway
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — One central Illinois community is now an official gateway to a collection of counties in the heart of the land of Lincoln.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Doc made vaccine with cat saliva, vodka
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators on Wednesday suspended the license of a suburban Chicago doctor who allegedly gave patients modified vaccinations containing cat saliva and vodka.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Concussions among youth up 83%
CHICAGO (AP) — New data showed that the percentage of Illinois youth diagnosed with concussions grew by 83 percent between 2010 and 2015.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Agency to Illinois kids: Walk to school
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois agency is encouraging kids to go old school — and walk to school.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Trib completes sale of Tribune Tower
NEW YORK (AP) — Tribune Media has completed the sale of several real estate assets, including the Tribune Tower in Chicago.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dr. subpoenaed in medical marijuana investigation
MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois doctor who works at a clinic where many patients try to access the state’s medical marijuana program has been subpoenaed in a state and federal investigation.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Police issue warrant in University of Illinois shooting
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — An arrest warrant for a first-degree murder charge has been issued for an 18-year-old Champaign man in the deadly shooting at a party near the University of Illinois campus, police said Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hearing to discuss preparations for Zika in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials plan to discuss the low risk of Zika virus in Illinois and efforts to prepare in case the situation changes.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Man charged in shooting at tourist spot
CHICAGO (AP) — A man Chicago police describe as a gang member with two gun offense convictions was charged Monday with murder in the slaying of a man who was shot over the weekend near Millennium Park, a popular downtown tourist attraction.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chicago-based religious order sued for docs on allegations
CHICAGO (AP) — A 51-year-old Colorado man who says he was sexually abused when he was around 7 years old by a teenager who later became a prominent Roman Catholic priest — one known for his work with at-risk kids — on Monday sued the Chicago-based religious order to which the priest belongs, seeking the release of all records related to allegations of abuse by any of its priests.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Study: Ill. video gaming has generated about $785M
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Data from industry experts and the state of Illinois show video gaming has generated about $785 million in state and local tax revenue since the machines were legalized four years ago.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

APL's Blessing of the Animals, Oct. 2
SPRINGFIELD – The Animal Protective League (APL) will host its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday, October 2, at the APL shelter, 1001 Taintor Road in Springfield. The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Elkhart society program on Underground Railroad
ELKHART, Ill. — Nancy Rollings Saul, award-winning writer and photographer to present the Elkhart Historical Society’s Friday October 7th Dinner Lecture on “The Underground Railroad.” Saul has had a particular interest in the Underground Railroad since 2003, when she curated an Underground Railroad exhibit for The Courier in the Layman Gallery at Lincoln College in conjunction with Lincoln’s 150th anniversary celebration.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Victim of campus shooting was to start nursing job
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man shot dead as he was walking by a fight on the University of Illinois campus over the weekend was to start a career as a registered nurse on Monday.
Monday, September 26, 2016

Doctors 'prescribe' fresh produce with help from food banks
OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The idea is simple: Load fresh fruits and vegetables into a refrigerator truck and drive it to a health clinic, then have a doctor write a “prescription” for food to improve the diets of low-income people with diabetes and high blood pressure.
Monday, September 26, 2016

Man shot near popular Chicago tourist destination dies
CHICAGO (AP) — A man has died after being shot near Millennium Park, one of Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations.
Monday, September 26, 2016

Chicago teachers vote to authorize strike in contract talks
CHICAGO (AP) — Teachers in the nation’s third-largest public school district have overwhelmingly voted in support of a strike, though the earliest one could occur is mid-October.
Monday, September 26, 2016

Illinois History:
ILLINOIS — After a decade of depression and four years of war, Illinois, like the rest of the nation, was ready for peace and prosperity.  In the years following World War II, the state experienced an economic boom and a cultural transformation that defined the present and future.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Grant to pay for repairs at Abraham Lincoln's office
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal money will pay for restoration work at Abraham Lincoln’s law office in Springfield.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Com-Ed retiree fashions very cool retro campers

DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Dixon native Glenn Wallin Sr. always has had a knack for building things.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Suburbia trying to cope with video gaming, too
OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — Several southern Chicago suburbs are enacting new rules to curb the spread of video gambling businesses.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Free mammograms for uninsured women
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Free mammograms for uninsured and under-insured women ages 40 and older will again be available on Mondays in October, thanks to a grant obtained by the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois (RCPIL). Mammograms will be available at three area locations. 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Poison center warns of dangers from fall mushrooms
ILLINOIS — Every year as the cool, damp weather of fall sets in, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) receives calls about a potential threat popping up in neighborhoods and nearby forest preserves across the country: mushrooms. Many different types of toxic mushrooms can be found in Illinois, and most are minimally to moderately toxic. However, in rare cases, they can be very poisonous and require hospitalization.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Recycled leaves can be put to very good use
 URBANA, Ill. — Rather than bagging or removing fallen leaves, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Rhonda Ferree suggests using them in your yard.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Illinois man builds tiny home for family of five
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — While downsizing is not unheard of, for Brent Hollenberg and his family, their next home is a significant size reduction.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lead crisis in housing project no surprise
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — When the mayor in this industrial town ordered the evacuation of a 40-year-old public-housing complex this summer because of severe lead contamination, many people wondered: How could the problem have been overlooked for so long?
Friday, September 23, 2016

Walk to end Alzheimer's Sat. in Spfld.
SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of Springfield area residents will unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Land of Lincoln customers reminded to enroll for coverage
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is reminding Land of Lincoln Health (LLH) customers that the company’s advanced Special Enrollment Period will end September 30, 2016.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Emanuel details mentoring plans in crime speech
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel appealed to Chicago residents for help fighting the troubling rise in city violence, announcing youth mentoring efforts, policing strategies and gun legislation as his plan to fight and prevent crime.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Supreme Court overturns law cutting civil juries to 6
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court struck down a law Thursday that reduced the size of civil juries from 12 members to six, finding that the writers of the state constitution had intended to guarantee larger juries when they adopted the current charter in 1970.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Insurance companies forcing roof replacements
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — When Dennis Roberts’ car insurance started getting a bit too expensive, he did what a lot of consumers do and shopped around.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Attorneys for Banks' widow withdraw
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys representing the widow of baseball great Ernie Banks have withdrawn from a lawsuit over the late Chicago Cubs player’s estate.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Exec Mansion work to follow funding rules
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An agreement shows that a privately funded renovation of the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield will follow wage and bidding rules required of traditional taxpayer-funded construction projects.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Carbondale limits video gambling to 100 machines
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Carbondale officials are limiting the number of video gambling terminals allowed in the city.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lawyer who played judge could be indicted
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a former Chicago court staff attorney fired after donning a robe and hearing real cases on the bench says a grand jury could indict her soon. 
Thursday, September 22, 2016

County endorses city's efforts to seize property
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — The Lake County Board of Commissioners has permitted Gary to go to court to seize vacant lots and abandoned buildings in the names of serial tax-delinquent owners.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Boeing praises international ruling
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said today it has won an important victory in an international trade dispute with the European Union over subsidies to airplane manufacturer Airbus.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Twp. voters asked if they would secede from Cook Co.
ORLAND TOWNSHIP, Ill. (AP) — Voters in Orland Township will consider a referendum in November to leave Cook County and join adjacent Will County.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wesleyan, ISU launch Peace Corp program
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Two central Illinois universities are working together to prepare students who are interested in serving in the Peace Corps.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Final days of Illinois products farmers market
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With just four weeks remaining in the farmers’ market season, the Illinois Products Farmers Market is inviting families to spend their Thursday evenings at the state fairgrounds. Family friendly activities are planned for remaining days of the market.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hunters asked to report suspected deer virus cases
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to be on the lookout for possible cases of a virus that can cause die-offs of white-tailed deer.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Creation of Amish history museum is underway
ARTHUR, Ill. (AP) — Efforts to open an Amish history museum in Illinois are underway after the oldest-known Amish house in the state was moved to the site set aside for the project west of Chesterville.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Extend your gardening with cool-season crops
URBANA, Ill. - Planting a vegetable garden doesn’t just happen in the spring. “Many of the vegetables that we grow in the spring can be planted in late summer or early fall,” says University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Ken Johnson.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chicago Boeing eyeing Airbus deal
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airbus announced today that the U.S. government has granted it a license to sell the first 17 airplanes involved in a landmark deal with Iran made possible by last year’s nuclear agreement.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Chicago to add 970 cops in 2 years
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police department will add nearly 1,000 new positions over the next two years, a move that comes as the city deals with a dramatic increase in shootings and homicides and battles financial woes that threaten basic services.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teacher union in Chicago begins to cast ballots on strike authorization
CHICAGO (AP) — Teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district are casting ballots on whether they support a strike.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Rauner creates bicentennial planning groups for state's 200th
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is gearing up for the Land of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Decatur city council eases pot possession punishment
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The City Council in Decatur has raised the amount of marijuana someone can possess and still be guilty of no more than a city-code violation punishable by fines.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kidnapping Charges Filed
These undated photos provided by the Madison County Sheriff's Department show 13-year-old Katherine Elizabeth Derleth, left, her infant son, Christopher Ray Derleth and Katherine’s stepfather Christopher M. Derleth.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery to reopen Saturday
LOCKPORT, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State Museum site in suburban Chicago is scheduled to reopen after being closed due to the state budget impasse.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Brett Creager Memorial Youth Waterfowl Event Sept. 24
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — For years, waterfowl hunters at Sangchris Lake State Park relied on volunteer Brett Creager, who ran the daily blind drawings during waterfowl season. Brett hunted Sangchris since he was a boy, and when he died in November 2015, a special youth waterfowl celebration was established in his memory.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

David Gill off ballot, looking to court to put him back on
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An independent candidate for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Congressman Rodney Davis has been removed from the ballot by the state’s Board of Elections.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Chicago coach sues Little League
CHICAGO (AP) — The coach who reported residency issues that led to Little League Baseball International to strip a Chicago team of its 2014 U.S. championship has sued the league itself.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hot dog king may own WWII Japanese commander's tooth
CHICAGO (AP) — The founder of a Chicago hot dog empire thinks he may have a gold tooth that belonged to a Japanese World War II admiral who orchestrated the Pearl Harbor attack and will “do whatever it takes to find out.”
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Islamic State claiming attacks reflects influence obsession
CHICAGO (AP) — Islamic State militants rarely miss a chance, however tenuous the link, to claim at least partial credit for apparent terrorist attacks on U.S soil, from June’s deadly mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, to the stabbing of 10 people in a Minnesota shopping mall Saturday.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ill. man charged with kidnapping
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in southern Illinois have filed kidnapping and child abduction charges against a 39-year-old man they say took his 13-year-old stepdaughter and her infant son.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Chicago man pleads guilty in triple fatal Indiana crash
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Chicago man has pleaded guilty in a crash that left three international college students from Indiana dead earlier this year.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ex-guardsman to be sentenced in Ill. terror plot
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Illinois National Guard soldier and his cousin are scheduled to be sentenced for plotting to attack a U.S. military facility.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Illinois Farm Bureau names US Rep. Davis Friend of Ag
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Activator announced Monday that it has named Congressman Rodney Davis a “Friend of Agriculture” and is endorsing him for reelection.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ag education deemed area of critical need in state
 RANTOUL, Ill. — Leaves are turning. The Friday night lights come on and the sound of marching band practice fills the air. Farmers prepare to harvest their crops and students across Illinois have returned to the classroom, following months of uncertainty in education funding.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

SIU clinical trial to test Alzheimer's disease treatment
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Researchers at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine are conducting a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a treatment for the agitation that often accompanies Alzheimer's disease (AD). Patients may be eligible to participate in the trial if they have moderate to severe agitation due to AD, are between the ages of 50 and 90 and have a caregiver able to attend each study visit.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Chicago police to undergo de-escalation training
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department launched mandatory training designed to help officers de-escalate conflicts, including situations involving the use of force and mental health issues.
Monday, September 19, 2016

MDs strengthen advice against codeine for kids
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has strengthened its warnings about prescribing codeine for children because of reports of deaths and risks for dangerous side effects including breathing problems.
Monday, September 19, 2016

State schools eliminate zero-tolerance policies
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois schools are now required to limit long-term suspensions and expulsions under a new law that also eliminates the use of zero-tolerance policies used to severely punish students for certain offenses.
Monday, September 19, 2016

Karmeier next chief justice of state Supreme Court
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be its next Chief Justice.
Monday, September 19, 2016

Governor wants expanded review of state hiring
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says work continues to “root out” improper patronage hiring in state government.
Monday, September 19, 2016

Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier elected as next Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be its next Chief Justice. Justice Karmeier was unanimously elected to the office by his fellow justices and will serve a three-year term commencing October 26, 2016. He succeeds Rita B. Garman, whose tenure as Chief Justice ends October 25, 2016.
Monday, September 19, 2016

State Fair attendance down, weather cited
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials say attendance at the 2016 Illinois State Fair fell by around 13 percent compared to attendance numbers last year.
Monday, September 19, 2016

A look at the impact of prescription drugs in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois candidates for state and federal office have received nearly $3 million in contributions from the makers of prescription painkillers since 2006, according to a joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity that looked at industry efforts nationally to help fight limits on their drugs.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rauner donates to Missouri GOP candidate
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ wealthy governor has donated $100,000 to Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Police probe how gang member got concealed carry permit
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago and state police are investigating how a convicted felon and documented gang member got a permit to carry a concealed firearm.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ex-Illinois legislator says woman extorted him on Facebook
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A top Republican in the Illinois House who resigned in July after claiming his Facebook page had been hacked acknowledged Friday that he engaged in “inappropriate online conversations” with a woman who extorted him into wiring money to the Philippines.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rural Illinois communities get $25M in federal grants, loans
CHICAGO (AP) — Rural communities across Illinois are receiving federal grants and loans worth more than $25 million for economic development and local infrastructure projects.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Testimony from WWII probe of Tribune could go public
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Tribune says a Maryland historian is close to revealing decades-old grand jury testimony involving a story the newspaper published during the World War II Battle of Midway.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pipeline protest site a city unto itself with school, meals
NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — Tribal flags, horses, tents, hand-built shelters and teepees dominate one of the biggest, newest communities in North Dakota, built in a valley on federal land near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Education board begins reworking expulsion rules
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois education officials are beginning to draft legislation that would prohibit school districts from dropping students from enrollment lists because they don’t meet minimum academic and attendance standards.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Oldest Amish house in Illinois to be moved on Tuesday
CHESTERVILLE, Ill. — The oldest known Amish house in Illinois is about to be moved on Tuesday, September 20, to a new home at the newly established Illinois Amish Museum and Heritage Center just west of Chesterville, Illinois, starting about 7:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Social service providers appeal lawsuit dismissal
CHICAGO (AP) — Social service providers are appealing a judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit asking the court to force payment on contracts with the state of Illinois.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Lawyers questioned over Indiana's order to ban state help for refugees
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys defending Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s order to bar agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in his state faced unusually fierce questioning before a federal appeals court Wednesday, suggesting the panel might side with a lower court that found the order discriminatory.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Filmmaker re-releasing DVD on Geo. Harrison in Illinois
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield filmmaker has added to his documentary on George Harrison and the Beatle guitarist and songwriter’s 1963 visit to Illinois and is re-releasing the film.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

$1.9M settlement in Bland lawsuit
HOUSTON (AP) — The family of Sandra Bland, a black Chicago-area woman who died in a Texas jail after a contentious traffic stop last summer, has reached a $1.9 million settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit, the family’s attorney told a Houston television Thursday.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuskegee Airmen exhibit arrives in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An exhibit about the first African-American pilots to fly combat airplanes in World War II is on display at Springfield’s airport.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Panel approves bill prohibiting cash payments to Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an election-year broadside, the Republican-led House Foreign Affairs Committee approved legislation today to prohibit the United States from making cash payments to Iran and require that Congress be notified before any future claims settlements with Tehran are conducted.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bayer, Monsanto try to create global chem, ag giant
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The U.S. seedmaker Monsanto agreed to a $57 billion buyout offer from Germany’s Bayer in a deal that would create a global agricultural and chemical giant.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Biggest street-gang trial in recent history in Chicago begins today
CHICAGO (AP) — Six purported leaders of the Hobos street gang went on trial today in a case that is expected to provide a rare look inside the criminal activity fueling gun violence in the nation’s third-largest city.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

City of Chicago argues that police officers' personal emails are private
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago has asked a judge to overturn an Illinois attorney general’s binding opinion that police officers’ personal emails concerning a white officer’s fatal shooting of a black teenager are public record.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ex-Joliet officer indicted in federal court for 2012 beating
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have indicted a former Joliet police officer in the 2012 beating of a suspect three years after jurors in state court acquitted him in the case.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wife of ex-US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves prison
CHICAGO (AP) — The wife of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has left a federal prison camp about a month before she is scheduled to be released.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Illinois-based Dot Foods plans to expand
WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (AP) — Dot Foods Inc. says it plans to create 100 new jobs in western Maryland by 2023 by expanding its Williamsport warehousing and trucking operations.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Department on Aging recognizes Healthy Aging Month
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The fast-growing older adult population in Illinois and throughout the nation shines an even brighter light on the importance of healthy living and healthy aging. The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) recognizes the unique role healthy living plays in improving the physical, mental, social and financial well-being of older adults.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Illinois high court won't reconsider redistricting ruling
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has denied a request to reconsider its ruling that a group’s initiative to change how legislative districts are drawn is ineligible for the November ballot.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Collector used fake Heisman to secure loan
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Chicago have filed fraud charges against an Arkansas sports memorabilia collector, accusing him of defrauding investors by offering a phony Heisman Trophy as collateral for a $100,000 loan.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Judge decides against presiding over Melodie Gliniewicz case
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A judge has recused herself from presiding over the trial of the widow of a suburban Chicago police officer who tried to make his suicide appear as if he was gunned down in the line of duty.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Self-appointed bishop from Pennsylvania indicted in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury in Chicago has indicted a self-appointed bishop of a Pennsylvania-based ministry for allegedly collecting wages and bogus travel-agent fees from church members.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rauner policies hit during rally held by clergy, union
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A group of clergy and union members rallied outside the Illinois state Capitol to protest what they say is Gov. Bruce Rauner’s efforts to cut social service costs.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Chicago woman sentenced to jail in stabbing of cat
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago woman who pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty after admitting she helped her adult daughter fatally stab the family’s cat has been sentenced to jail.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Man given 6-months for passing along red-light camera bribes
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who participated in a bribery scheme that steered $100 million in red-light camera contracts to an Arizona company has received a six-month prison sentence.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Illinois GOP candidates spending big
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — For the first time in recent history, Illinois Republicans are vastly outspending Democrats in fall legislative races with the help of a wealthy governor determined to curtail a traditionally blue political landscape that has thwarted his agenda for two years.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Woman fatally shot at Chicago vigil for shooting victim
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a woman was fatally shot at a vigil on the same Chicago block where a man was killed a day earlier.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Illinois turns to private donors to fix fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — John Slayton and the Illinois State Fairgrounds Foundation have their work cut out for them.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Illinois health care bills continue to build without budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ debt to the state’s health care providers continues to grow in the wake of the failure by legislators and the governor to agree on a budget.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Surge in ER visits for injuries, concussions from soccer
CHICAGO (AP) — Soccer injuries are sending soaring numbers of U.S. kids to emergency rooms, a trend driven in part by young players with concussions seeking urgent medical care, a study has found. 
Monday, September 12, 2016

Streator man had friendship with Mother Teresa
STREATOR, Ill. (AP) — Not too many people can say they had a letter correspondence with a saint.    
Monday, September 12, 2016

Fighter pilot, poet, POW to speak at Lincoln Library
 SPRINGFIELD – John Borling knows both the highs and lows of life. He was a fighter pilot, held key commands in the Air Force and retired as a major general. He also endured years of torture and isolation as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Illinois expands Medicaid access to hepatitis C drugs
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is allowing more hepatitis C patients on Medicaid to access drugs that can cure the potentially fatal disease.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Seriously: Law to teach drivers how to react to police stops
CHICAGO (AP) — A new Illinois law aims to teach drivers how to act if they’re stopped by a police officer.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

4 tornadoes sweep through central Illinois; no one hurt
HOMER, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service is confirming that at least four tornadoes swept through east-central Illinois.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

LLCC plans campus visit day for Oct. 10
 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Lincoln Land Community College invites high school students and their parents, along with new and returning adult learners, to Campus Visit Day Monday, Oct. 10 (Columbus Day). The free event is being held at the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road with two sessions scheduled, 9-11:30 a.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

White urges students to enter literature competition
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging students in grades 4 through 12 to enter the 2017 “Letters About Literature” contest — a national reading and writing competition funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Library of Congress through the Secretary of State’s Illinois Center for the Book program.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Illinois Veterans Department seeks nominations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is asking for nominations for the Illinois Veterans’ Patriotic Volunteer Appreciation Award and the Illinois Veterans’ Business Appreciation Award.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Traffic stop leads to arrest of murder suspects
DANVILLE, Ill. — On August 27, 2016, at approximately 4:57 a.m., an Illinois State Police (ISP) District 10 Trooper observed two vehicles driving erratically in a road rage incident traveling eastbound on I-74 starting at milepost 200. The Trooper requested additional units. Officers in Vermilion County were able to assist. A traffic stop was initiated on both vehicles on I-74 eastbound near the Mile Post 214 exit ramp.
Friday, September 9, 2016

State asks federal gov for Medicaid flexibility
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois is seeking permission from the federal government to use Medicaid funding to pay for mental health and substance abuse services that usually aren’t covered under the health insurance program for those living in poverty.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Smith's contract includes buyout if he leaves Illinois early
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — If football coach Lovie Smith leaves the University of Illinois before his $21 million contract ends, he’ll owe the university between $4.5 million and $6.5 million.
Friday, September 9, 2016

State audit finds wards stranded in shelters and psych hospitals
CHICAGO (AP) — A state audit finds children in the care of Illinois’ welfare system are being housed in psychiatric hospitals and shelters hundreds of days longer than necessary because of the difficulty of finding placements in foster care.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Threat of strike looms over the start of Chicago Public Schools school year
CHICAGO (AP) — Teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district will vote this month on whether they want to strike as contract talks with Chicago Public Schools ramp up again.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Kirk speaks out on $1.7-billion payment to Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials told Congress on Thursday that Iran wanted “immediate access” to $1.7 billion paid by the United States in cash to settle a decades-old arbitration claim between the two countries.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Illinois universities say fall enrollments a mixed bag
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — While the University of Illinois and Illinois State University have more freshmen enrolled this fall, other public universities are reporting declines, which they say they’ve anticipated as a result of the state’s budget crisis.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Judge to rule on pipeline coming to Illinois
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has said he’ll rule by Friday on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s lawsuit that challenges federal permits for the four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

U of Illinois president receives $100,000 bonus
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen will be paid a $100,000 performance bonus for his first year on the job.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Man convicted of Palatine massacre seeks hearing
CHICAGO (AP) — A man convicted of one of the Chicago area’s most infamous crimes is seeking a court hearing to review newly discovered evidence, saying a key prosecution witness allegedly lied to get a reward worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Belgium mulls action against Caterpillar closure
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium’s government is considering legal action against Caterpillar over the U.S. heavy equipment maker’s decision to close a manufacturing site and lay off more than 2,000 workers.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

ISP: 14 vehicle fatalities during holiday
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced the results of their Labor Day weekend enforcement operation.  Between September 2, 2016, and September 5, 2016, the ISP increased its enforcement efforts.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Judge: Illinois campaign finance law constitutional
CHICAGO (AP) — Current Illinois law that limits how much political action committees, or PACs, can contribute to candidates, but permits political parties and their legislative leadership to contribute as much as they want, is constitutional and can remain on the books, a federal judge in Chicago ruled Wednesday.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Illinois woman designing concealed carry fashion line for pistol-packing mamas
ATLANTA (AP) — Does this gun make me look fat?
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Pensions for future co. board members banned by state law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new Illinois law bars newly-elected members on the state’s county boards from signing up for pensions from the Illinois Municipal Retirement fund.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Radiologist develops in-flight emergencies app
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Stepping up to the call in the air “Is there a doctor on board?” can quickly overwhelm even experienced physicians confronted by unfamiliar conditions in even more unfamiliar surroundings, but a Peoria doctor has developed an app to help.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Extreme heat: Electric fans may make seniors hotter
CHICAGO (AP) — True or false: Electric fans are a cheap and effective way to stay cool during extreme heat waves. A tiny new experiment in older adults suggests the answer may not be as simple as it seems.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Labor Day in Chicago: 13 shot to death, dozens hurt
CHICAGO (AP) — Thirteen people were shot to death over the Labor Day weekend in Chicago, making it the deadliest holiday weekend of one of the deadliest summers the city has experienced in decades.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Trial lawyers spent $35M-plus on Illinois politics in the last 15 years
CHICAGO, Ill. — A new study titled Justice for Sale III by the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL), and released in conjunction with Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (ILAW) and the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), reveals that campaign contributions by trial lawyers to Illinois politicians and judges topped $35.25 million during the past 15 years.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pension question in officer's staged suicide inspires bill
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker is proposing legislation prohibiting pension benefits for a survivor of an official if the beneficiary is guilty of crimes connected to the deceased relative.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Divided America: In recovery, many poor schools left behind
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Consider Waukegan and Stevenson, two Illinois school districts separated by 20 miles — and an enormous financial gulf.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Memorial's Be Aware Women's Fair returns to Illinois State Fairgrounds in October
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Medical Center’s Be Aware Women's Fair will return to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for its seventh annual event on Saturday, Oct. 8, providing women with a fun and informative day devoted to their physical, emotional and financial health.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

LLCC museum to open new Trutter exhibit Sept. 30
SPRINGFIELD—The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum at Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating the opening of a new exhibit, “Trutter: Black and White,” on Friday, Sept. 30. The opening reception is being held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The public is invited.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Illinois was active on the homefront in WWII
ILLINOIS — While Illinois sent high numbers of soldiers to fight in World War II, the homefront was equally active. Spikes in manufacturing, shifts in social roles, and changes in demographics all arose from the dedication of the civilian effort.
Monday, September 5, 2016

Professor studies armadillo's northward migration
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A professor at Southern Illinois University has launched a new study investigating the curious case of an armadillo’s northern migration.
Monday, September 5, 2016

Same-day voter registration at issue in lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit has raised questions about whether Illinois’ new Election Day voter registration rules are constitutional, a situation that could complicate how polling sites are run this November. 
Monday, September 5, 2016

State settles at $450,000 in prison rape suit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $450,000 to a man who says he was punished and humiliated by prison officials after he reported that his cellmate raped him.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

'Our cause is just,' says tribal leader in pipeline protest
STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — High on a hill overlooking the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, Dave Archambault II knelt and touched a stone that bears a handprint worn into it by thousands of his ancestors who have done the same for centuries. 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Judge issues mixed ruling on state worker contract talks
CHICAGO (AP) — An administrative law judge issued a mixed decision this week over whether contract negotiations have stalled between Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration and Illinois’ largest public employees union.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Last month was wettest August on record in Illinois
CHAMAIGN, Ill. — The statewide average rainfall for August was 6.89 inches, 3.30 inches above normal and the wettest August on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Gov. fires 29 from patronage scandal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner fired 29 Illinois Department of Transportation employees Thursday who were among hundreds improperly hired based on political connections.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Wade: Chicago needs more gun laws
(AP) — Dwyane Wade has lashed out against his hometown of Chicago’s gun laws, calling them weak and saying he’s already urged city officials to enact changes to help both citizens and police.
Friday, September 2, 2016

State: $450,000 in prison rape suit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $450,000 to a man who says he was punished and humiliated by prison officials after he reported that his cellmate raped him.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Chicago mayor wants to hire 'hundreds' more police
CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel’s floor leader in the Chicago City Council says the mayor plans to hire “hundreds” more police officers after the city’s deadliest month in decades.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Cat considers closing Belgian site, laying off 2,000
BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. heavy equipment maker Caterpillar said Friday it may close a Belgian manufacturing site and lay off about 2,000 workers, an announcement met with dismay and alarm by employees and the government.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Judge dismisses social service providers' lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by social service providers who wanted the court to force payment on contracts with the state of Illinois, saying the issue belongs in a higher court.  
Thursday, September 1, 2016

10,000 Syrian refugees find new home in US
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — On Sunday, Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh participated in a ceremony in Amman, Jordan, to mark the United States hitting its target of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees in a year-old resettlement program. On Wednesday, the 47-year-old former construction worker and his family were walking grocery aisles, stocking up on roasted chicken, milk and lemons for their new home outside San Diego.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Chicago homicides hit 20-year high as violence spikes
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago recorded its deadliest month in two decades in August, part of a sharp rise in gun violence in the nation’s third-largest city this year.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Murder charges to be filed in 1991 death
MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — A 58-year-old man will be charged Thursday with murder and kidnapping in the 1991 killing of a 14-year-old suburban Chicago girl, prosecutors said.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

FBI seeks public's help in 2005 killing
CHICAGO (AP) — Haunted by the 2005 slaying of an Indiana schoolgirl, whose decapitated and dismembered body was found by boaters in a river near Chicago, federal and local officials appealed for the public’s help Wednesday in solving the crime.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Addiction services featured in Illinois Medicaid proposal
CHICAGO (AP) — Addiction treatment and support for long-term recovery are included in a new proposal to restructure Illinois’ $18 billion Medicaid program.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Group asks Illinois high court for redistricting rehearing
CHICAGO (AP) — A group is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that a voter referendum seeking to change how political boundaries are drawn is unconstitutional.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Miss America contestants welcomed
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There they are: the 52 Miss America contestants, on the Atlantic City Boardwalk — and not a moment too soon for a city that could use a happy diversion.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pipeline protesters disrupt second site
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say some Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters are disrupting construction about 20 miles west of a main protest site in southern North Dakota.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sold For Up To $240-Million
This April 25, 2016, file photo shows the top of the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Suspect shot during drug bust in Joliet mall lot
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been injured in a shootout with U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officers in the parking lot of a suburban Chicago mall.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2 killed, home explosion in Vermillion County town
FAIRMOUNT, Ill. (AP) — Fire officials in central Illinois say two people are dead after an explosion leveled a home leaving debris and a basement covered by 5-feet of rubble.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

1 dead in small plane crash in Mount Vernon
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead after an ultralight plane crash in southern Illinois.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Marion airport terminal to open this fall
MARION, Ill. (AP) — A new terminal at the Williamson County Regional Airport — a project stalled this summer — will be complete by next month but not occupied.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Amazon expands again in Ill.
MONEE, Ill. (AP) — The online retailer Amazon.com Inc. says it’s opening another new facility in Illinois where workers will pack and ship customer orders.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Decatur one of 3 Illinois cities to get federal grant to help police
CHICAGO (AP) — Three Illinois communities will receive nearly $300,000 in federal grants to help law enforcement and corrections officers.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Student sees benefits of 'Pokémon Go'
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — A doctoral candidate in the Northern Illinois University Department of Geography argues that augmented reality gaming has educational benefits for those who otherwise would stay indoors.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Club wants to create interest in running
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Kristen Kretzer said the idea came from “thinking outside the box.”

Kretzer, the sports and special events director at the Quincy Family YMCA, is excited about the Y’s new Youth Running Club.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Playing with sports concussion doubles recovery time
CHICAGO (AP) — Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action, a study found.
Monday, August 29, 2016

Wade's cousin's death part of uptick in Chicago gun violence
CHICAGO (AP) — The fatal shooting of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin in Chicago is part of a sharp uptick in gun violence in the nation’s third-largest city this year. Among the other innocent people caught in crossfire have been young children playing outside and a father paying bills at his kitchen table.
Monday, August 29, 2016

Illinois trying to collect 30 year old overpayments
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Department of Human Services is still attempting to collect money from overpayments made nearly 30 years ago from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, once more commonly known as food stamps.
Monday, August 29, 2016

Nearly 1 million Illinoisans served in WW II
ILLINOIS — As the Depression dragged into the late 1930s, the United States was faced with another threat, as a world war loomed in Europe and Asia. Illinois, as in other times of crisis, became a national leader in the effort.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Dwyane Wade's cousin fatally shot
CHICAGO (AP) — NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot and killed in Chicago while pushing her baby in a stroller near a school where she intended to register her children. Wade lamented on Twitter what he called another “act of senseless gun violence.”
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Appeals court grapples with unions, free speech and giant rats
CHICAGO (AP) — Enormous rats are making their way through the federal court system. But they’re not wet-nosed, living rodents. They’re rubber, inflatable ones.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

State pension payment up by $400M
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ contribution to the state’s largest public-pension fund is expected to increase by more than $400 million next year because the board overseeing the account on Friday lowered its expected rate of return on investments.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

New corn disease found in Illinois field
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois researchers say a new type of corn disease has been found in northern Illinois.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

LLCC accepting athletic hall of fame nominations
 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Lincoln Land Community College is accepting nominations for its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction to be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Cass Gymnasium. Introduction of inductees will take place at the half-time of the men’s basketball game against Illinois Central College, which begins at 3 p.m.. The public is invited.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hunter safety education class offered in Sept.
DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County Conservation District is hosting an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Education Class this September. This 10 hour class will meet at Rock Springs Nature Center on Friday, September 16 from 6:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Students will gain an understanding of hunter ethics, rules, and equipment in this 10 hour class.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Memorial Home Services Hospice seeks volunteers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Memorial Home Services Hospice will offer training on Saturday, Oct. 15, to people who are interested in serving as volunteers.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

IDNR offering nature workshops for educators
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — Native bees, pollinators, wild mammals and urban wildlife are just some of the topics being offered this fall through the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Decatur woman can become nurse under new law
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A Decatur woman’s ambition to become a nurse has led to new legislation allowing some convicted felons to petition the state for a health care worker license.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Redistricting referendum won't appear on ballot
CHICAGO (AP) — A divided Illinois Supreme Court narrowly ruled Thursday that a voter referendum seeking to change how Illinois draws political boundaries is unconstitutional, making it ineligible to appear on the November ballot.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Ia. pipeline delay denied; 300 protest
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board denied Thursday a request by a group of landowners to halt construction of an oil pipeline beyond this week.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Comptroller candidates argue to prove independence
CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Illinois comptroller worked Thursday to prove their independence from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, even though both major-party hopefuls agree with many of their political leader’s positions.
Friday, August 26, 2016

At least 12 tornadoes strike Indiana, Ohio
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A wave of severe storms produced at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio, damaging homes and businesses but causing no serious injuries, authorities said Thursday, as crews worked to restore power and remove fallen trees.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Motorists encouraged to sign up for emergency database
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is discontinuing the Yellow Dot Program, effective immediately.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Illinois AG sues drug company over marketing
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against a Phoenix-based pharmaceutical company for alleged deceptive marketing of an opioid drug meant for cancer patients.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Walgreens clinics run by SSM to include birth control
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nonprofit Catholic organization SSM Health will provide birth control pills at the 26 clinics inside St. Louis-area Walgreens stores that it began operating Thursday, an SSM spokesman said.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Illinois health insurance: Prices up, choices down
CHICAGO (AP) — Higher prices and fewer choices on the Illinois marketplace under President Barack Obama’s health insurance law will make choosing a plan for 2017 a potentially frustrating experience for families who buy their own coverage, according to information released Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Insurance.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Officials: Pension change could be 'devastating'
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration says a pending move by Illinois’ largest public-pension fund would increase the state’s required payment by hundreds of millions of dollars, potentially leading to higher taxes or massive cuts to education and social services already suffering amid a budget crisis.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Judge to rule on pipeline coming to Illinois
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A ruling in the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop a four-state oil pipeline under construction near their reservation will come by Sept. 9, a federal judge said Wednesday.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Springfield based MP Company gets job training
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Approximately 100 Soldiers with the 233rd Military Police Company based in Springfield, Illinois, conducted annual training (AT) at the Camp Grayling Joint Military Training Center and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) during Northern Strike 16.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

One Illinois Kiwanis club uses bocce to bridge gaps
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — The group was about to start a new session of the game bocce, until a handful of them realized the scoring dial had not been reset for the start of the new round.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gov. signs bill to punish trafficking guns into state
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Firearm traffickers in Illinois will be punished with sentences of up to 30 years in prison under legislation Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Tuesday, a move aimed at curbing Chicago’s rampant gun violence.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Illinois graduating seniors have slight ACT increase
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New statistics show the Illinois’ graduating seniors this year had a slight increase in their ACT scores.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A program offering help with winter heating bills is preparing to enroll seniors and people with disabilities.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Eastern Illinois botanist gets a plant to call his own
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A longtime botanist at Eastern Illinois University now shares his name with a new plant species found in India.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rauner signs criminal justice legislation
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a package of legislation involving criminal justice, saying the system needs to be approached “with more compassion.”
Monday, August 22, 2016

Lincoln Land kicks off 50th anniversary celebration
Monday, August 22, 2016

Pontiac, Ill. prison on lockdown after inmates assault six employees
PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — An inmate punched a correctional lieutenant at an Illinois prison, sparking an assault that involved six prison employees and five inmates, the prison workers union said today.
Monday, August 22, 2016

Feds want max term for Ill. guardsman
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors want a federal judge next month to impose the maximum 30-year prison sentence on a former Illinois National Guard soldier who plotted to attack a military armory in his home state, saying in a new filing that “betraying one’s country while in its service is a particularly grave crime.”  
Monday, August 22, 2016

Illinois law enforcement find ways to replenish Naloxone
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Some law enforcement agencies in northern Illinois are finding creative ways to replenish their supplies of a pricey emergency drug that can save the lives of those who overdose.
Monday, August 22, 2016

Illinois is the latest state to expand domestic workers' rights
CHICAGO (AP) — Left out of federal labor law written decades ago, nannies, housekeepers and private caregivers are gaining legal protections in a growing number of states, with Illinois becoming the latest to establish a domestic workers’ “bill of rights.”
Monday, August 22, 2016

Feds want max term for Ill. guardsman
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors want a federal judge next month to impose the maximum 30-year prison sentence on a former Illinois National Guard soldier who plotted to attack a military armory in his home state, saying in a new filing that “betraying one’s country while in its service is a particularly grave crime.”  
Monday, August 22, 2016

Illinois is the latest state to expand domestic workers' rights
CHICAGO (AP) — Left out of federal labor law written decades ago, nannies, housekeepers and private caregivers are gaining legal protections in a growing number of states, with Illinois becoming the latest to establish a domestic workers’ “bill of rights.”
Monday, August 22, 2016

Illinois sends flood-relief assistance to Louisiana
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have sent assistance to Louisiana after devastating flooding hit Baton Rouge and other parts of the state.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Illinois terrorism suspect says he's mentally fit for trial
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man facing terrorism charges for allegedly trying to set off a bomb in 2012 told a judge Friday he is sane, although he giggled and did impersonations on the witness stand.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Without a subsidy, couple faces higher insurance premiums
With a household income too high for a federal subsidy, Bruce Mainzer and Beth Shadur are bracing for higher health insurance premiums in 2017.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

$10,000 reward offered in shooting of Chicago officer's son
CHICAGO (AP) — A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the person responsible for killing a 19-year-old son of a Chicago police officer.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rauner vetoes plan to reopen Hardin County prison camp
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would require the reopening of the Hardin County Work Camp in far southern Illinois.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Caterpillar moving some mine truck work to Decatur
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. plans to move some manufacturing from North Carolina to its plant in Decatur as part of a restructuring announced this week.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Univ. of Chicago researchers analyze police misconduct
CHICAGO (AP) — Two University of Chicago research teams are analyzing big data to determine whether a police officer will have improper interaction with a citizen.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend on Lake Michigan
CHICAGO (AP) — Preparations for the annual Chicago Air and Water Show are underway with practice flights drawing eyes to the skies over the city.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Deere 3rd-quarter profit tops analysts' expectations
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere topped profit expectations and raised its earnings outlook for the year as the farm equipment maker cuts its own costs with farmers under pressure.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Teen's hog calling brings home the blue ribbon
GEORGETOWN, Ill. (AP) — Andrew Metheney doesn’t know much about raising hogs, but he knows how to call them.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Dakota Pipeline construction halted until court date
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Developers of a four-state oil pipeline have agreed to halt construction of the project in southern North Dakota until a federal court hearing next week in Washington, D.C. The temporary construction shutdown comes amid growing protests and increased tension over the Dakota Access Pipeline that is intended to cross the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Judge in hot water for letting clerk take the bench
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge and a law clerk who was a few months away from becoming a judge herself are in legal hot water after the judge allegedly let the clerk put on a robe, take the bench and rule on a couple of minor cases.
Friday, August 19, 2016

CPD recommends firing 7 cops for false reports
CHICAGO (AP) — Seven Chicago police officers should be fired for filing false reports in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, the police superintendent said Thursday, in a move aimed at repairing the reputation of a department dogged by decades of cover-ups and scandal.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Madigan, Duckworth take on Trump, Republican Party at Illinois fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan took on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Democrats’ Day at the Illinois State Fair.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Illinois GOP promises battle for Legislature
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Republicans at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, focused on term limits, political map-drawing and loads of campaign cash to defeat "machine" Democrats who have a vise grip on the General Assembly.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Illinois State Fair showcases local livestock, culinary and art winners
SPRINGFIELD — For years the Illinois State Fair has had the opportunity to showcase some of the best local livestock and culinary talent in the country. This year is no exception.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Illinois AG orders emails to be disclosed
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago police officers’ emails discussing the Laquan McDonald shooting can’t be kept secret even though they were transmitted privately, a state official has decreed in what open-records advocates say is a solid step toward transparency on an issue that has roiled Illinois and reached as high as Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Vet goes to Kankakee in search of copter
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Glenn Dickenson had to pace a little. He had to carefully choose his words. He knew he was close to tears, but he seemed determined not to reveal the emotion he invested in this weekend trip to Kankakee.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Body donations on the rise at US medical schools
(AP) — Many U.S. medical schools are seeing a surge in the number of people leaving their bodies to science, a trend attributed to rising funeral costs and growing acceptance of a practice long seen by some as ghoulish.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

U of I developing models to test grid protection
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois says it has received an $18.7 million federal grant to develop a way to test the United States’ response to and recovery from any attack on the country’s electric grid.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Treasurer sets hearings on life insurance practices
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs is launching a series of public hearings to explore how life insurance companies avoid paying death benefits.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New law sets standards for Alzheimer's caregivers
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that sets training standards for those who provide care to people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Activists protesting police violence hit murder of cop's son
CHICAGO (AP) — Activists who have recently protested alleged brutality by Chicago police gathered to demand action in the killing of the 19-year-old son of a police officer.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

No decision yet in Illinois school district transgender bathroom case
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal magistrate judge said Monday he will not immediately rule on a dispute at a suburban Chicago school district over transgender student access to girls’ locker rooms and restrooms.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Police chief was surprised by violence after fatal shooting
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Following a night of violence that left half a dozen businesses in flames, the Milwaukee police chief expressed surprise at the level of unrest that erupted after the fatal shooting of a black man by a black officer.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Aetna to leave Illinois health insurance exchange for 2017
CHICAGO (AP) — Aetna is leaving the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange in Illinois for 2017, further reducing competition.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Damages to Illinois riverboat casinos slashed
CHICAGO (AP) — An appellate court has sharply reduced a jury’s damages award to several Illinois casinos from $78 million to $26 million in a case tied to imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

State traffic fatalities to reach 1,000 in 2016
SPRINGFILED, Ill. (AP) — Safety and insurance industry experts say Illinois traffic fatalities are expected to pass 1,000 this year for the first time since 2008 because of higher speeds, more miles driven and an increase in younger drivers on the road.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Son of Chicago police officer latest victim of gun violence
CHICAGO (AP) — The son of a Chicago police officer is the latest victim of the city’s gun violence.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Chicago's 'impossible to comply with' home-sharing ordinance
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Northern Illinois crew battles forest fires in Idaho, Oregon
WILMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois firefighting crew that was deployed to fight a blaze in the Boise National Forest has now moved to work on a fire in Oregon.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Il trooper's vehicle strikes, kills man on highway
EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an Illinois State trooper’s vehicle struck and killed a Freeport man who was walking in the middle of a highway in East Peoria.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Illinois State Fair workers paid $1.5M for last year's event
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The stopgap budget that’s keeping Illinois finances flowing has helped this year’s Illinois State Fair workers after many were left unpaid last year.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Gov. signs bill creating police dog retirement act
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that gives retiring police dogs the chance to be adopted by their handlers.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Illinois Sheriffs' Association advises of new scam
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is advising all Illinois county residents that there is currently underway a phone campaign fraudulently using the name of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association in their solicitation. The Illinois Sheriffs' Association never solicits by phone but does conduct a direct mail campaign throughout the state of Illinois endorsed by the individual Sheriffs across Illinois.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Gov. Horner clashed with Chicago Machine
ILLINOIS — As Illinois battled to overcome the Great Depression, another fight simmered in the Executive Mansion, where Democratic Gov. Henry Horner clashed with the Chicago machine.  The acrimony helped define the Horner administration, considered one of the best in Illinois history.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Durbin: Blue Cross could be more competitive
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is taking the rare step of weighing in on the state’s handling of a hefty health insurance rate increase request, asking Illinois regulators to press the state’s leading insurer of families and small businesses to reduce costs and be more competitive.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Governor vetoes automatic voter sign-up citing fraud concerns
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed automatic voter registration in Illinois Friday, saying that despite overwhelming support in the General Assembly, the legislation doesn’t do enough to safeguard against fraud.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bill to support Springfield, DuQuoin fairgrounds stalled
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Efforts in the state Legislature to create a private foundation that would support the fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin remain stalled as the Illinois State Fair kicks off this year.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

New law bans gun ownership over restraining orders
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to prohibit people with restraining orders from owning firearms.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Campground hardest hit area of state fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair reopened Saturday morning after record rainfall forced organizers to close early Friday and cancel the Grandstand concert.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

IDPH offering free health screenings during State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is partnering with Kerr Hearing Aid Center, Southern Illinois University-Simmons Cancer Institute, Springfield Urban League, and Walgreens to provide free health screenings and vaccinations during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Spfld. historic sites offer youth leadership academy
SPRINGFIELD – Historic sites in Springfield are teaming up to provide jobs for students and teach them personal and professional skills that will help for years to come.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

VFW announces kick-off of scholarship competition
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State Commander W. Dave Stout of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Illinois announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.
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