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Illinois Supreme Court agrees to consider remap ballot measure
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court agreed Friday to quickly take up a case challenging the constitutionality of a ballot measure that could alter the way Illinois draws its political maps. 
Saturday, July 23, 2016


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Mike Pence's candidacy could prevent Illinois man's pardon
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Pence’s spot on Donald Trump’s presidential ticket may jeopardize a wrongfully convicted man’s pardon request in Indiana.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults
NEW YORK (AP) — There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group’s leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Special court in Madison County working to help veterans avoid jail
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A special court in Madison County has been helping veterans avoid jail since 2009.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Illinois plane crash killed Florida man
PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Florida man has been identified as the pilot killed when a small plane crashed in a northern Illinois neighborhood.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Memorial tree planted 20 years ago to be rededicated to slain student
NAUVOO, Ill. (AP) — A tree planted in memory of a Nauvoo girl who was killed 20 years ago will be rededicated with a plaque bearing her name.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

ACLU praises new Ill. limits on cellphone surveillance
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is praising a new Illinois law that limits how police can use devices that collect cellphone data and track phone locations.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Illinois officials seeking dead birds for West Nile tracking
WATSEKA, Ill. (AP) — Health officials in eastern Illinois have put out an unusual request for the public to help collect dead birds.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Deere continues layoffs with 120 more
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Company says it is laying off 120 employees at an East Moline factory as part of ongoing job cuts.
Friday, July 22, 2016

State to rethink marijuana for migraines
Friday, July 22, 2016

Plane crash in northern Illinois city kills the pilot
PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in a northern Illinois city Thursday morning, killing the pilot and torching the side of a home.
Friday, July 22, 2016

18 states see big job gains; Illinois is among worst
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates ticked up noticeably in six states in June, even as employers continued to add jobs and the hiring outlook improved.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Mugginess linked to crops working up a sweat
CHICAGO (AP) — The Midwest’s first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on the moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching peak maturity, meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Illinois teen one of 12 dancers accepted into Juilliard
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Teen ballet dancer Catherine Lasak spent three hours a day, six days a week commuting via Metra to downtown Chicago for two years, so great was her desire to perfect her craft.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Illinois State Musuem to offer behind the scenes tours
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum will provide guided tours of the Research and Collections Center, 1011 E Ash St, Springfield, on Saturday, July 30.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Extreme heat could lead to pavement failures
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is urging motorists to be on the alert for the possibility of pavement buckling on roads throughout the state in the next few days due to the recent rainfall and extreme heat in the forecast.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Rauner to sign early childhood legislation
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to sign early childhood legislation at an event with his wife, first lady Diana Rauner in attendance.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hackers access voter registration data
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois election officials say hackers attacked the state’s voter registration system last week and it was shut off as a precaution.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Site allows users to follow the money
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois comptroller’s office has created a website to increase government transparency by allowing the public to track political contributions and state contracts.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Grand jury term for Schock ends
CHICAGO (AP) — The term of a federal grand jury that heard evidence for more than a year on possible spending violations by former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has expired, though legal experts said that doesn’t mean the Illinois Republican is off the legal hook.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dinosaur BBQ chain closes site in Chicago
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s foray into the barbecue-loving Midwest has gone up in smoke with the closing of its year-old Chicago restaurant.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

McDonald's joins in on 'Pokemon Go' craze
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s will become the first major corporation to collaborate with the makers with the wildly popular “Pokemon Go.”
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Crews are assesing scene of plane crash in Joliet
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Firefighters say a plane has crashed into a residential neighborhood in a northern Illinois city.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Judge blocks redistricting plan from ballot
CHICAGO (AP) — A voter referendum aimed at changing the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot, a judge determined Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

$4.5M raised for governor's mansion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A private fundraising campaign to restore the governor’s mansion in Springfield has received about $4.5 million toward its estimated goal of $15 million.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Land of Lincoln coverage to end Oct. 1
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Insurance says individual Land of Lincoln policyholders will see their insurance coverage end Oct. 1.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Judge orders CPS emails to be released
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge has ruled the city of Chicago must provide the Chicago Tribune with emails sought regarding the criminal investigation into and firing of a former Chicago Public School chief.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gunfire connected to gangs hitting Chicago kids
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago mother thought she knew when it was safe to take her children outside, that she could protect them by sizing up and avoiding the people whom trouble seemed to follow.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Change in Illinois law could help victims' families
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — A change in Illinois law could help families fighting to learn the truth about the death of a loved one by strengthening the state’s freedom of information act and allowing more time to file wrongful death lawsuits.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Chicago man sentenced in pregnant teen's death
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has sentenced a reputed Chicago street-gang member to 90 years in prison in the shooting death of a 17 year-old pregnant woman.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Chicago native to lead Indiana Methodists
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of the largest Protestant denominations in Indiana has a new bishop.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New phone redefines Caterpillar abroad
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — With the retail debut last month of the Cat S60 Smartphone, the device joins the ranks of countless Caterpillar Inc. products that aren't big, yellow, iron and made to move dirt.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New chancellor for University of Illinois' flagship campus
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has hired a top administrator from a State University of New York campus who has a background in agricultural research to be the new chancellor at the flagship Urbana-Champaign campus.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ex-Cinderella rockers to take DuQuoin State Fair stage
DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) — Rockers Tom Keifer and Sebastian Bach will take the DuQuoin State Fair Grandstand stage on Aug. 27.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Treasurer's office plans to auction unclaimed property at state fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Treasurer's office plans to auction unclaimed property at this year's Illinois State Fair.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Amtrak bomb-sniffing dog located day after it went missing
ALSIP, Ill. (AP) — A dog used to sniff out bombs for the Amtrak Police Department that went missing this weekend has been found.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Actress spent childhood days in Moweaqua
MOWEAQUA, Ill. (AP) — The first time Bruce Sarver met in person with Isabel Withers, she was dead.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Audit report says Illinois tax protests court violated law
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A state auditor general report has found that a new court in Illinois created to resolve taxpayer complaints has poorly managed expenses and won’t open an office outside of Chicago.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Amazon to open 1st pick up location in state at U of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has partnered with Amazon to make the school’s Illini Union Bookstore the first pickup location in the state.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says
CHICAGO (AP) — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Illinois National Guard says no to Pokemon GO
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  The Illinois National Guard is putting a halt to the playing of internet augmented reality games, including Pokemon GO, on any of its Army National Guard, Air National Guard or Illinois Department of Military Affairs properties and will not allow the public on its facilities to play these games.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

In tight race, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk breaks ranks with the GOP
CHICAGO (AP) — Sen. Mark Kirk made his second appearance in Chicago’s gay Pride Parade this year. He broke ranks to support Democrat-backed gun control measures and called his party’s presumptive presidential nominee “too bigoted and racist” for the job.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Goofy Ridge, Illinois has less than reputable roots
GOOFY RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — It's been said that a bad reputation can be similar to a shadow — always following and hard to hide from.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Paraplegic man makes parks accessible
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A paraplegic man has spent the past 16 years working at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to ensure people with disabilities can enjoy the state’s outdoor recreation areas.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

New prairie blooms at Willow Branch Conservation Area
DECATUR, Ill. — Wildflowers from a newly planted prairie are blooming at the Macon County Conservation Foundation’s Willow Branch Conservation Area in Macon, IL. 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Chicago police rarely disciplined for misconduct
CHICAGO (AP) — An analysis of data from the agency that investigates Chicago police misconduct shows it rarely recommends punishment and that the Chicago Police Board often doesn’t follow its recommendation to fire officers.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Report shows state staring down $8 billion deficit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois’ spending will outstrip what it brings in by nearly $8 billion this year despite a stopgap budget agreement last month, according to a government analysis first obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Route 66 going green: charging stations, solar panels
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Route 66, the historic U.S. highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs and 1957 Cadillacs traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, is turning green.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Enrollees in failed insurance co-op face high costs
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say Illinois residents with Land of Lincoln Health insurance won’t be able to transfer what they’ve paid in copays and deductibles to new plans after the failing nonprofit company goes out of business.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Comptroller: With stop-gap funds, state backlog will be $10B
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says the state’s backlog of unpaid bills will be roughly $10 billion by the year’s end after factoring in the temporary spending plan lawmakers recently approved.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Use of robot to kill suspect opens door for others
CHICAGO (AP) — Police in Dallas were the first in the nation to use a robot to deliver and detonate a bomb to kill a suspect, but other law enforcement agencies are willing and able to follow suit, including some that even have trained for the day when they’d have to do so.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Social service groups continue to push pay lawsuit after stopgap budget
CHICAGO (AP) — Social service providers working without pay for more than a year because of Illinois’ unprecedented budget struggles said Wednesday that they still haven’t been paid after the approval of a short-term spending plan and will push ahead with a lawsuit to force funding. 
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Missouri regulators reject a portion of the Grain Belt Express power line
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri regulators have again rejected the state’s portion of a power line that would carry wind energy from Kansas to Indiana, citing the company’s failure to provide the required 60-day notice before submitting its latest application.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bayer increases offer for seed company Monsanto
BERLIN (AP) — German drug and chemicals firm Bayer increased its offer for U.S. seed company Monsanto Co. on Thursday by $3 a share to $125, saying the move followed several weeks of private talks between the pair.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Muslim group erects anti-terrorism billboards in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A Muslim group in suburban Chicago has erected two billboards over the city’s highways that they hope will fight terrorism and combat Islamophobia.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

State housing agency offers to help home owners with mortgages
CHICAGO (AP) — A new program will help some Illinois homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages to refinance and reduce the amount of money they owe.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Prize-winning world historian Wm. McNeill dies
NEW YORK (AP) — William H. McNeill, the prize-winning scholar who wove the stories of civilizations worldwide into the landmark “The Rise of the West” and helped pioneer the history of disease and epidemics in “Plagues and People,” has died at age 98.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

State moves to shut down health insurance co-op
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois health insurance co-op with 49,000 policyholders in the state has become the latest casualty among a dwindling group of nonprofit alternative insurers set up under the Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hillary Clinton to give speech Wednesday in Springfield
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On-campus summer enrollment dips at SIU
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University is reporting on-campus enrollment this summer is down about 14 percent compared to summer 2015.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ill. replacing PARCC test for HS students
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education says it will no longer administer the Partnership for the Achievement of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test to high school students.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Chicago's Navy Pier plans 100th birthday festivities
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Navy Pier turns 100 later this week and the date will be marked with cake, Shakespeare and fireworks.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rail line will not be built on site tied to 1908 race riot
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — U.S. officials have declared a Springfield block with ties to a landmark 1908 race riot historically significant, removing it from consideration as a route for upgraded rail traffic.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Blagojevich resentencing: Judge to mull opposing portraits
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to order former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to serve his entire 14-year prison term when he returns to court for resentencing next month.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

50 years later, woman says her dad flew through the Arch
Monday, July 11, 2016

Illinois' court fees rising to cover special programs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Court fees and fines in Illinois have become bloated over the years with surcharges to pay for programs and services, resulting in steep increases to what people pay in civil and criminal cases, according to a new report.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Inmate investigated in Illinois cold case
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Indiana man serving a life sentence for the abduction and murder of an eastern Illinois girl over two decades ago has been identified as a suspect in the strangulation of a woman found in 1986 outside a southwestern Illinois town.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Finger-pointing over fingerprinting
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Raquel Vanderpool found out the hard way that while fingerprints don’t lie, they don’t always tell the whole truth.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Police in East St. Louis shoot armed man firing shots
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in East St. Louis say an armed man was shot by police as he allegedly fired rounds at homes and passing motorists.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Decatur man hospitalized after officer shooting
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A Decatur man police claim was armed with a gun and knife is being hospitalized for injuries after he was shot by a police officer.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Protests over cop-involved shootings take place statewide
CHICAGO (AP) — Demonstrations against police-involved shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota have been taking place across Illinois.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Women more likely than men to face poverty during retirement
CHICAGO (AP) — During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Kirk trails Duckworth in fundraising
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth outraised Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk for the fourth consecutive quarter, giving her a multimillion-dollar cash advantage in a race that could help determine whether Democrats retake control of the Senate.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Chicago-area woman accused of Facebook threat against police
EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman is accused of posting a threat on Facebook to shoot any police officer who pulls her over and asks her to get out of the car.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

5-year-old plays game with I will and I can attitude
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Tommy Morrissey took the driver in his left hand and stepped back as his dad, Joe, placed the ball on a tee.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Taylorville native Wombacher to make UFC debut on July 13
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — After four years and more than 1,000 amateur fights, Taylorville native and mixed martial arts referee Bobby Wombacher will step into a Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon for the first time this coming Wednesday, July 13, to make his debut on UFC Fight Night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Jesse White undecided about sending out renewal notices
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Just because Illinois lawmakers approved a stopgap budget doesn’t necessarily mean that motorists will again receive reminders in the mail that it’s time to renew their license plate registrations.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Illinois Sheriff's Association advises of phone scam
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.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Historic sites expand hours to 7 days
SPRINGFIELD – Three of the state’s most important historic sites will begin operating seven days a week in an effort to better serve taxpayers, offer more educational opportunities and encourage tourism.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Despite warning, Murray Energy says no layoffs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The CEO of coal giant Murray Energy said Thursday that company officials are doing their best to avoid the layoffs that 4,400 workers in six states were warned about in precautionary notices last month.
Friday, July 8, 2016

State budget uncertainty could affect tuition grants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has warned that continued uncertainty over state funding for tuition-assistance grants could jeopardize the academic success of thousands of low-income college students.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Labor board denies gov's request to expedite case
CHICAGO (AP) — A state labor board dealt a blow to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday, denying his administration’s unusual request to circumvent a legal recommendation and expedite deciding whether negotiations with the state’s largest public employees union have stalled.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Illinois medical marijuana program gets boost from Rauner OK
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ experiment with medical marijuana has earned a boost thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s approval of legislation extending the state pilot program for 2 1/2 years and including two more medical conditions.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tornado reported in Metropolis
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Severe weather that struck parts of western Kentucky has left thousands of residents without electric power.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cops' lawyers seek juvenile records
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of a black 17-year-old are seeking access to the teen’s juvenile records.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Duckworth raises $2.7M in US Senate race against Mark Kirk
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s campaign says she raised a record $2.7 million in the most recent quarter for her closely watched bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Pope taps Chicago archbishop for key spot on panel
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to be a member of the powerful Vatican office that vets bishops’ nominations, signaling he wants a key pastoral voice involved in the selection of U.S. church leaders.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Land of Lincoln insurees have guaranty
CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois has tried an unusual maneuver to save a health insurer with 49,000 Illinois policyholders from possible financial failure by blocking it from paying a $31.8 million bill to the federal government.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

3 shot to death, dozens hurt in Chicago over 4th
CHICAGO (AP) — The July 4 weekend in Chicago ended with 50 people shot, three fatally, by gunfire after the police force flooded the streets with thousands of officers and arrested dozens of gang members.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Coal groups worry CEOs are at risk of liability
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal industry groups from three states are arguing that the conviction of former coal executive Don Blankenship could unfairly expose other industry leaders to criminal conspiracy charges.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Regulators step in to help Land of Lincoln Health
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators are stopping a struggling insurance company from paying $31.8 million it owes the federal government in a move meant to protect the insurer’s more than 40,000 customers.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mikva, liberal voice from Ill., dies at 90
CHICAGO (AP) — Abner Mikva, an influential liberal from Illinois who served in Congress, the federal judiciary and as a White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, has died. He was 90.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Flag-burning Facebook protest leads to 4th of July arrest
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man’s flag-burning protest has led to his arrest on Independence Day on charges including flag desecration.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ill. man works preserves Delavan underground railroad sites
DELAVAN, Ill. (AP) — Glenn Holmes will talk about Delavan’s history to anyone willing to listen.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Illinois farmer gives $3M in land to small Indiana college
GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A small northern Indiana college has received $3 million worth of Illinois farmland from the estate of a former student who attended only three semesters more than 70 years ago.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Man, 2 daughters killed in act of 'pure evil'
HAZEL CREST, Ill. (AP) — The police chief of a Chicago suburb where a man and his two daughters were killed Saturday in their home called the act “pure evil” and urged anyone with information to share it with investigators.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Worker injured in suburban Chicago fireworks accident
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — A pyrotechnician suffered burns after authorities say part of a Chicago suburb’s fireworks display detonated prematurely.
Monday, July 4, 2016

Report calls for better control of Chicago settlement costs
CHICAGO (AP) — A city watchdog report says the Chicago government lacks a centralized program to keep down the hundreds of millions of dollars it pays out each year for things like police misconduct cases and workers’ compensation claims.
Monday, July 4, 2016

Illinois strip club tax nets about $500M in first few years
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A tax imposed on facilities across Illinois that serve alcohol and have adult live entertainment has been generating about a half-million dollars annually for state agencies.
Monday, July 4, 2016

As late budgets go, Illinois has no equal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has redefined what it means to have a late budget.
Monday, July 4, 2016

Taylorville woman cited for lane usage in I55 crash
SPRINGFIELD — According to Illinois State Police District 9, a 53-year-old Taylorville woman driving a 2004 black Jeep Wagon was cited for improper lane usage.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Group Blocks Lucas
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Chicago pushing for tougher laws for gun crimes
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police and Illinois lawmakers are calling for stiffer penalties for repeat gun offenders they say are driving much of the city’s increase in violence.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Illinois History: Another yey moment in Revolution happened on July 4
ILLINOIS — During the American Revolution in Illinois, the Declaration of Independence was not the only important event on July 4.  On that date in 1778, George Rogers Clark’s brazen capture of Kaskaskia in southwestern Illinois secured a key outpost for the American cause.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Spfld. APL sets July pet adoption dates
SPRINGFIELD – The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during July with cats and dogs available at various locations.  All animals from APL have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoptions.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Autism support group to meet July 7
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TAse/The Autism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held at a different time and place for this month only. We will be having a family swim party, Thursday, July 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Park Pool in Hillsboro, Illinois. Families can connect with other families, have fun swimming and obtain support and information during this informal time. Lifeguards will be on duty.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Vet's home gets new system to fight bacteria
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A nearly $5 million water system has been installed at the Illinois Veterans Home to combat a severe form of pneumonia caused by a bacteria.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Chicago park defender unapologetic about museum
CHICAGO (AP) — The head of a small nonprofit that stood its ground and blocked “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ private museum from being built on Chicago’s prized lakefront is unapologetic in the face of attacks that its campaign merely protected an existing parking lot.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

New cigarette tax could be on ballot in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An entire generation has come of age since the last time Missouri raised its cigarette tax, from 13 cents a pack to 17 cents, in 1993.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Consolidated Communications Completes Acquisition of Champaign Telephone Company (CTC)
MATTOON, Ill. — Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced today it has completed the acquisition of Champaign Telephone Company (CTC) and its sister company, Big Broadband Services, a private business communications provider in the Champaign-Urbana, Ill. area.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lincoln Library looks back on WWI trench warfare
SPRINGFIELD – A century ago, World War I took warfare to such vast new levels that some believed it would be “the war to end all wars.”
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Battles Of Somme And Verdun
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Secretary of State Offices Closed for Independence Day
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Nearly 15 people shot a day in Chicago in June
CHICAGO (AP) —  Police statistics show that nearly 15 people were shot in Chicago every day during June, including a daily average of more than two who died.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Rauner signs bill extending medical marijuana
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ experiment with medical marijuana has earned a boost thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s approval of legislation extending the state pilot program for 2 1/2 years and including two more medical conditions.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Voters near 'revolt' prompt budget deal
CHICAGO (AP) — After a year and a half of bickering and unbending demands, Illinois lawmakers were moved to compromise on a stopgap budget by a powerful force: a high-stakes November election and an already-disgusted voting public that one legislative leader described as on the verge of “revolt.” 
Friday, July 1, 2016

Are we overusing the half-staff flag tribute?
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half-staff last year in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect, an Associated Press analysis found.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Attention turns to court in Illinois remap issue
CHICAGO (AP) — The question of whether a ballot measure allowing an independent commission to draw Illinois’ political boundaries is constitutional will unfold in oral arguments late  today in a Chicago courtroom.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lawmakers voting on stopgap deal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — As of presstime today Illinois lawmakers had begun voting on a stopgap spending deal that would ensure schools open in August and fund state services for the next six months, but it wouldn’t end the ideological divide that led to the yearlong budget standoff. 
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Auburn, Ill. woman among 23 Carnegie heroes
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A civilian who helped a New York police officer subdue a gunman who had already fatally shot another officer is one of 23 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism announced Thursday.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hershey stock soars after report of Mondelez bid
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Hershey are soaring after a report that it could be taken over by Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jury awards 12-year-old $53M in birth injury case
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County jury has awarded a record $53 million in a birth injury case involving an infant born at a Chicago hospital in 2004.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Gun shop raffling AR-15 rifle for Orlando victims
MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago gun shop is raffling a semi-automatic weapon to benefit victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mo. governor backs Clean Line energy project
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is backing a proposed power line in Missouri that’s part of a multistate wind energy project.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Legendary Delta Queen closer to cruising after Senate committee vote
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An effort to get the legendary Delta Queen riverboat back afloat on the Mississippi River and its tributaries got a boost Wednesday when the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee agreed to reinstate an exemption for the 89-year-old vessel.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Age to buy tobacco in Chicago now 21
CHICAGO (AP) — The minimum age in Chicago for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products goes up to 21 at the end of the week.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Judge orders Illinois to add PTSD to medical marijuana eligibility list
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois must add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment, a Cook County judge ordered Tuesday in a sternly worded ruling that also said the state’s public health director engaged in a “private investigation” that was “constitutionally inappropriate.”
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Review: City lawyers hid evidence of police misconduct in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — When a federal judge concluded that a lawyer employed by the city of Chicago concealed audio evidence in a civil trial, the court issued a sharp rebuke, saying the recordings showed police lied about the events that led officers to shoot and kill a black motorist.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Officials: Starved Rock visitors should watch crowds
UTICA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say those planning to head to a popular park in central Illinois during the Fourth of July weekend should watch Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on the size of crowds. 
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Rauner pushes new stopgap budget, rips Democrats' plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing a stopgap budget to fund schools, universities and other state services amid an ongoing fight with Democrats who run the Legislature.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Short-term budget fix for Illinois close, but not schools
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he’s close to a compromise with Democratic lawmakers on a partial-year budget plan with just three days left in the fiscal year, but the gap between the two sides on a second measure to open public schools on time became apparent late in the day.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Illinois medical marijuana director resigns
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney appointed last year by Gov. Bruce Rauner to lead the Illinois medical marijuana program has resigned to pursue work in the private sector.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

J. Wright, state medical marijuana director resigns
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney appointed last year by Gov. Bruce Rauner to lead the Illinois medical marijuana program has resigned, a spokeswoman for the governor confirmed today.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Activists push for stricter laws in wake of Hastert case
CHICAGO (AP) — Activists are pushing for tougher laws on child sexual abuse in the wake of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s hush-money case that revealed he abused several high school students decades ago. 
Monday, June 27, 2016

Governor meets with emergency mgmt. agency
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner visited with employees at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today. He toured facilities that house equipment and vehicles the agency uses to respond to disasters and protect Illinois residents from unnecessary exposure to radiation.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Rauner: Democrats are agreed on partial-year plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says there’s general agreement on a partial-year budget to keep Illinois state government going past Thursday’s end of the fiscal year.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Budget mess: Rt. 29 completion at risk
EDINBURG, Ill. (AP) — The  completion of Illinois Route 29 from Taylorville to Springfield is at risk, Illinois Department of Transportation warns, if there is no budget agreement by July 1. The remaining $12 million left to complete the $42.4-million project is among $2 billion in road projects threatened by the budget stalemate.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Western Illinois University researches Zika virus spread
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University students and faculty scientists are spending the summer doing research related to how Zika virus spreads from mosquitoes to humans.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

1 dead, 1 injured after boats crash on Rock River
OREGON, Ill. (AP) — Winnebago County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Hintz says one person is dead and another injured after two boats collided on the Rock River in northern Illinois.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ill. police sue town, claim body cameras record nonstop
ROUND LAKE PARK, Ill. (AP) — Ten police officers in a Chicago suburb are suing the town, claiming the body cameras they wore never turned off and recorded them using the restroom and changing clothes.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Workplace retaliation suit against Tammy Duckworth settled
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth concluded Friday with an agreement that no law was violated, removing an obstacle in her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November’s most competitive Senate races.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Illinois windfall from license plate late fees exceeds $5M
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois now has collected an extra $5 million in license plate renewal late fees after lawmakers did not take final action to get tardy motorists some relief during the spring session.  
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Economic woes cause drop in number of Illinois boaters
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of boaters are still active on Illinois waters, but their numbers have declined significantly over the past several years due to the struggling economy.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ill. women hit hard by state budget impasse
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois women who rely on state services are among those most affected by the nearly yearlong state budget impasse.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Insurance co-op sues feds over ACA payments
CHICAGO (AP) — A struggling Illinois health insurance co-op is suing the federal government, claiming it is being shortchanged $72.8 million in promised payments under the Affordable Care Act.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Windfall: License plate late fees now exceed $5M
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois now has collected an extra $5 million in license plate renewal late fees after lawmakers did not take final action to get tardy motorists some relief during the spring session.  
Friday, June 24, 2016

History And Health Unite
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Beautiful summer evenings, a gorgeous historic site and healthy, relaxing yoga – it all starts June 29 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site.
Friday, June 24, 2016

109-Pound Newborn
The newest resident of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo wears stripes and weighs in at 109 pounds.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

This county health department is getting it right
DESOTO, Ill. (AP) — The 4-Way Quik Stop and Jackson County Health Department are teaming up to find creative solutions to tackle an ongoing health problem: the lack of easy access to healthy foods in some rural communities.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Amtrak unveiling $7M lounge at Union Station
CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak is making plans to unveil improvements at Chicago’s Union Station, including the new Metropolitan Lounge.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

At least four tornados touched down in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — At least four tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois overnight as powerful storms swept across the upper Midwest, damaging rural communities and forcing thousands of soccer fans to seek shelter during the Copa America semifinal in Chicago.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Red Cross urges blood donation during summer
PEORIA, Ill. — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hurricane-force winds, tonadoes possible in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Powerful storms could bring hurricane-force winds, tornadoes and baseball-sized hail to parts of the Midwest today, including the Chicago area.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

1 in 3 on Medicare got commonly abused opiods
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 12 million Medicare beneficiaries received at least one prescription for an opioid painkiller last year at a cost of $4.1 billion, according to a federal report that shows how common the addictive drugs are in many older Americans’ medicine cabinets.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sheila Simon responds to criticism of her father
CARBONDALE —“I’ve expected a good debate in this campaign, but I sure didn’t expect to have to defend my father’s reputation,” said state senate candidate Sheila Simon.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rx pizza: 1 free meal can sway doctor prescribing
CHICAGO (AP) — As little as one free meal from a drug company can influence which medicines doctors prescribe for Medicare patients, according to a study using Medicare records and recently released data from the health care law's Open Payments program.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Schneider witnessed Nuremberg trials
RANTOUL, Ill. (AP) — He watched Nazis on trial and saw monsters like Hermann Goering humbled — sentenced to death, Adolf Hitler’s former right-hand man chose to commit suicide the night before he was supposed to be hanged.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Michigan woman admits to thefts from Ill. animal shelter
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Michigan woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing at least $42,000 from an Illinois animal shelter.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer storms, high winds cause damage in central Illinois
RANTOUL, Ill. (AP) — Stormy weather and high winds have caused damage across central Illinois.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Inmate No. 47991-424: Hastert to report to prison soon
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert must report to a federal prison in southeastern Minnesota this week to begin serving a 15-month sentence in his hush-money case, one that revealed he sexually abused at least four boys decades ago when he coached wrestling at a suburban Chicago high school.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Madigan cancels session, urges 'working groups' on budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House again has canceled plans to convene for a weekly session on Wednesday.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Great Lakes states to decide on thirsty city's water plea
CHICAGO (AP) — Representatives of the eight states adjoining the Great Lakes prepared Tuesday to decide whether a city in the Milwaukee suburbs qualifies to tap Lake Michigan for its drinking water, a key test of a compact designed to prevent raids on the region’s abundant but vulnerable water supply.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Supreme Court rejects appeal from smokers in Illinois
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Illinois smokers who sought reinstatement of a $10.1 billion class-action judgment in a long-running lawsuit against Philip Morris.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Sheen family trying to bring archbishop's remains to Peoria
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Relatives of Illinois-born Archbishop Fulton Sheen have taken a step they say is key in re-launching an effort to have him canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Chicago charter school closes, CEO cites the budget impasse
CHICAGO (AP) — A small elementary charter school in Chicago has closed and its CEO says it was because of financial uncertainty as Illinois approaches one year without a state budget. 
Monday, June 20, 2016

Springfield school district changes discipline policy due to new law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield Public Schools will begin determining punishments for fighting on more of a case-by-case basis under a new state law, according to Superintendent Jennifer Gill.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Settlement options outlined by group suing to stop Lucas Museum
CHICAGO (AP) — A group suing to block construction of “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas’ museum on Chicago’s lakefront is willing to negotiate a settlement to allow the project to proceed, but under several conditions.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Nearly 2 million concussions in kids' sports, play yearly
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 2 million concussions from sports or play activities occur in U.S. children and teens each year and many receive no treatment, according to a new study.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Communities across Illinois take up Airbnb regulation debate
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago and Airbnb have been battling over proposed regulations for the short-term rental industry in the city for months.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Illinois budget fight delaying utility payments to prisons
MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (AP) — One small central Illinois community is considering shutting off water to its prison because it’s owed nearly $370,000 from the state during the nearly yearlong budget stalemate between Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 
Monday, June 20, 2016

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches) available to help Illinois smokers quit
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Illinois yet to disclose health care premium hikes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than half of the states have disclosed how much higher their health care premiums could be next year under the Affordable Care Act, but Illinois isn’t expected to do so for more than a month.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

ISP master sergeant performs taps for area services

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — It’s a service that takes less than one minute to perform. But the memory Mike Atkinson creates by playing taps at memorial services and funerals is far more lasting.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Security ramped up for upcoming gay pride events across the US
CHICAGO (AP) — The huge crowds expected to attend gay pride parades around the United States in the coming weeks will be greeted by more police officers and ramped-up security measures as a means to protect them in the wake of the mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Florida.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Illinois yet to disclose proposed health care premium hikes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than half of the states have disclosed how much higher their health care premiums could be next year under the Affordable Care Act, but Illinois isn’t expected to do so for more than a month.
Friday, June 17, 2016

State borrows millions for building despite budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois borrowed $550 million Thursday for construction projects, taking advantage of historically low interest rates as the state approaches one full year with a budget.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Student impersonates pols in speech
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois eighth-grader earned laughs and cheers — as well as a diploma — when he graduated from middle school.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Illinois family leaves to spend year on road in RV
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The Pritts family has definitely left Normal.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Rural economy remains weak in 10 states
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of bankers suggests there’s been a slight improvement in the weak economic outlook for rural areas of 10 Western and Plains states.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Some minorities underrepresented in state legislature
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has never had an Asian-American lawmaker in its state Legislature, but Theresa Mah is on the verge of changing that.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Senator ends 15-hour fillibuster on gun control shortly after 2 a.m. today
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator who mourned the loss of 20 children in his home state waged a roughly 15-hour filibuster into early today, asserting as he yielded the floor that Republican leaders had committed to hold votes on expanded gun background checks and a ban on gun sales to suspected terrorists.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Discover the Importance of Pollinators, June 23
DECATUR, Ill. —Pollinators, such as moths and butterflies, are largely responsible for producing the foods you eat.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lincoln Log Cabin Welcomes Artists To Paint Out
 LERNA, Ill. – History will help inspire art June 18-19, when the Lincoln Log Cabin welcomes landscape painters looking for inspiration at this historic site on the Illinois prairie
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Opiods linked with deaths other than overdoses
CHICAGO (AP) — Accidental overdoses aren’t the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers — the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Illinois UMW members join in Kentucky rally
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners rallied Tuesday in Kentucky to call on Congress to protect their benefits as the industry struggles and operators seek bankruptcy protection from debts.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: Chicago police need anti-discrimination rule
(AP) — Accusations that an officer called President Barack Obama a racial slur have prompted the agency that investigates police misconduct in Chicago to recommend that the city’s police department enact a policy that prohibits officers from engaging in any kind of discrimination.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ill. AG warns of email scam that targets business owners
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning business owners that crooks posing as representatives from her office are trying to scam them.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ill. lineman Clements faces charge from fight at party
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois football player Jarrod “Chunky” Clements has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight at a party in March and has entered a program that could see the charge reduced or dropped, authorities said Monday.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Treasurer: Budget fight dips monthly investment profit $2.6M
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs says the state loses $2.6 million a month in investment income because of the ongoing state budget impasse.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Clinton Lake users note value amid talk of plant closing
CLINTON, Ill. (AP) — On a Saturday or Sunday, particularly when striped bass are running, you’ll find fisherman standing nearly shoulder to shoulder below the spillway at Clinton Lake.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New evidence in '09 toddler case
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A Lake County judge has ruled that he will allow new testimony in the case of a Chicago-area day care worker who was convicted in a toddler’s death.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Injectors to fight allergic reactions under Rauner's review
CHICAGO (AP) — A bill is awaiting action from Gov. Bruce Rauner that would give Illinois police training and authorization to carry epinephrine auto-injectors to help with severe allergic reactions.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Activists walk 150 miles to protest at Thomson Prison
THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — Dozens of activists have walked 150 miles to a federal prison in northwestern Illinois to protest solitary confinement. 
Monday, June 13, 2016

Woman with metastatic cancer focuses on goals
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Beth Calabotta doesn’t know how much time she has left. The 48-year-old Quincy resident is living with a cancer-induced death sentence.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Schock says any mistakes were 'honest' ones
PEORIA, Ill. — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, whose spending has been under investigation by a grand jury for a year, said if there were mistakes made during his time in office they were "honest" ones.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Woman who created beehive hairdo dies at age 98
CHICAGO  — Margaret Vinci Heldt, who became a hairstyling celebrity after she created the famous beehive hairdo in 1960, has died at age 98.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Quinn petitions for Chicago mayor term limits
CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn kicked off a signature drive Sunday to impose a two-term limit on Chicago's mayor and create a citywide elected consumer advocate position.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Western Ill. University trustees eliminate four degree programs in unanimous vote
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University trustees on Friday voted to eliminate African-American studies, women’s studies and two other degree programs due to poor enrollment and low graduation rates.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Illinois Lottery leader announces resignation
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The head of the Illinois Lottery has resigned from the position after undergoing surgery.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gov. Rauner vetoes $3.9 billion in spending for colleges, human services
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday nixed a Democratic plan to provide about $3.9 billion for higher education, mental health treatment, and other programs, writing in a long-expected veto message that the state needs a “real solution” to its budget stalemate, not “a check written from an over-drawn bank account.”
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Greater Decatur Youth Band to begin 22nd season
DECATUR, Ill. — The Greater Decatur Youth Band (GDYB) will begin its 22nd season on June 13, 2016.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summer Care Of Roses
 URBANA, Ill. — Roses, sometimes called the "Queen of Flowers," should be in full glory in the month of June. The many colors, scents, and flower sizes are all qualities the rose connoisseur craves.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Reawaken your childlike wonder
URBANA, Ill. – Remember when you were a kid and the best part of the summer was collecting fireflies in a jar or discovering elaborate spider webs?
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pruning perennials for better shape
URBANA, Ill. – The time between Mother's Day and Father's Day is ideal for pruning many garden perennials, providing more branching and even more flowering in the fall.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

June is perennial gardening month
URBANA, Ill. — For many gardeners, spring is a mad rush of cleaning up the garden, dividing, purchasing “dream” plants, planting, mulching, and fertilizing.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

High lead levels in water found at 14 more Chicago schools
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of Chicago schools that have tested positive for lead in the water flowing from fountains has grown by two, bringing the number to 14, school district officials said Thursday.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Exhibit to open about history of beer in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Public Library is presenting a traveling exhibit called “Beer Chicago: The Refreshing History.”
Friday, June 10, 2016

Rauner and wife appear together at youth policy panel amid lawsuit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, made a rare joint appearance Thursday at a cabinet discussion about youth policies amid her nonprofit group’s involvement in a lawsuit against his administration.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home looking for new director
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in northern Illinois is looking for a new director. The previous director resigned last month to take a new job.
Friday, June 10, 2016

From schools to roads, fallout of Illinois budget feud grows
CHICAGO (AP) — The consequences of Illinois lawmakers’ epic failure to approve a state budget continue to pile up, with new warnings about unfunded 911 call centers and schools, thousands of road construction jobs in jeopardy and the long-term cost to taxpayers growing by the billions. 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Champaign fire started by kids using fireworks
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Fire investigators in Champaign now say that a Memorial Day fire that displaced 32 people was started by children playing with fireworks.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Greenhouse is like home for 83-year-old Bloomington man
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — If you were born without a green thumb, you might think Mel Niepagen is a godsend.
Friday, June 10, 2016

U of Illinois student's website details the state budget impact
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When Melissa Heil heard that Lutheran Social Services of Illinois was cutting jobs — hundreds of them, more casualties of the state budget impasse — she wanted to do something to help.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Bells in Motion at Central Christian Church
DECATUR, Ill. — Bells in Motion, an English Handbell Ensemble, held a concert Sunday June 5 at Central Christian Church in Decatur, Ill.
Friday, June 10, 2016

State credit rating lowered over budget impasse
CHICAGO (AP) — A major credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois’ rating to two levels above “junk” status, citing the “political gridlock” that’s prevented the state from getting a balanced budget for more than a year.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Schock back to House floor for first time since resignation
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has returned to the floor of the House of Representatives for the first time since his resignation.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Awkward: Illinois governor sued by wife's nonprofit
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Heat forces time change for Illinois prep baseball finals
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Temperatures forecast to reach 100 degrees Friday have made Illinois high school sports officials change time schedules for softball and baseball finals to avoid the hottest times of the day.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kentucky woman dies in 100-foot fall in Illinois wilderness
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois say a Kentucky woman has died after falling at Garden of the Gods wilderness area.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Business center closing over budget mess
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A center at Illinois State University devoted to helping build small businesses plans to close this month because it will run out of money because of the state budget stalemate.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

DuQuoin adds Aaron Lewis, Pat Green to lineup
DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) — The DuQuoin State Fair will host a night of country music featuring artists who together have sold 17 million albums.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Illinois AG sues Jimmy John's over noncompete agreements
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain accusing it of improperly forcing low-level employees to sign agreements preventing them from seeking jobs with competitors.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

WIU to vote on elimination of 4 degree programs
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Trustees at Western Illinois University are to decide this week on whether they will eliminate four degree programs due to poor enrollment and low graduation rates.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Rauner: Democrats should be in session working for budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has criticized House Democrats again over canceling a session day while there’s no budget.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Graffiti cleaned from Starved Rock overhang
UTICA, Ill. (AP) — Kerry Novak, site superintendent at Starved Rock State Park, was trying to figure out how to clean graffiti off Council Overhang with limited staff and without damaging the delicate sandstone when he was contacted by a suburban art conservation/restoration firm.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

New device unveiled to keep mail carriers safe
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The squid and the whale. Frazier vs. Ali. Aaron Burr against Alexander Hamilton. Among other historic rivalries, mail carriers are vying for the upper hand over dogs.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Umpire claims suburban mayor punched him during game
MONEE, Ill. (AP) — A youth baseball umpire says that the mayor of a Chicago suburb punched him in the face and broke his jaw during a game.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How Ali got his start as a Muslim
CHICAGO (AP) — As a young boxer, Muhammad Ali searched for a faith to guide him as he confronted the indignities of racial discrimination.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Chicago starting special mobile police unit for summer
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department says it’s sending out new mobile police patrol units this summer to keep parks, beaches and neighborhoods safe. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was set to announce the Summer Mobile Patrol initiative on Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Debt could provoke dispute with FBI
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois, on the cusp of a second year without a state budget, counts among its many unpaid bills one that threatens to provoke a dispute with the nation’s top crime-fighting force.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Atty General: Be wary of pre-sale 'Hamilton' offers
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ attorney general is warning theater-goers to be wary of websites offering tickets to the mega-hit musicals “Hamilton” and “Aladdin” before they go on sale to the general public.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Senate GOP drops push to 'defund Obamacare'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TSA says progress being made on shortening lines
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration says significant progress has been made on shortening screening lines since earlier this spring when airlines reported thousands of frustrated passengers were missing flights.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TSA says progress being made on shortening lines
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration says significant progress has been made on shortening screening lines since earlier this spring when airlines reported thousands of frustrated passengers were missing flights.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Without budget, Eastern may need short-term layoffs
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University President David Glassman says that while the school is not planning more mass layoffs to cope with the continued lack of a state budget more cost-cutting may be required. That could include short-term layoffs.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Rauner: Crime to spike due to budget impasse
OREGON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he expects crime will spike “at some point” because the state budget impasse is leading to cutbacks of a juvenile offender program. 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Designation could lead to Kankakee River projects
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A website has been created to encourage exploration of a new national water trail in Indiana and Illinois.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Superintendents blast Illinois governor on school funding
CHICAGO (AP) — Questions about education funding and schools opening on time were focal points Monday in Illinois’ ongoing budget gridlock, with superintendents accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of playing politics and the Republican pushing a funding plan while intensifying his critique of Chicago schools.  
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

July hearing set in social services lawsuit against Ill.
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys involved in a lawsuit brought by social service providers working without state pay for nearly a year are due in court next month.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ill. lawmakers seek to curb heroin, opioid crisis
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have passed legislation seeking to curb the state’s heroin and opioid crisis.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Police: Girl, 7, critically injured in Chicago shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a 7-year-old girl has been critically injured in a shooting on the city’s northwest side.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Carillon festival draws music fans to Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A series of carillon concerts is getting underway at a park in Springfield.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Efforts underway to save Illinois monarch butterfly habitats
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Efforts are underway in Illinois to find a way to increase the monarch butterfly habitat in the state.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Illinois to receive $1.3M to help house homeless veterans
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal officials are giving Illinois nearly $1.3 million to help find permanent housing for 155 homeless veterans in the state.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Would teens be slimmer if Katy Perry hawked kale and quinoa instead of junk
CHICAGO (AP) — Would U.S. teens be any slimmer if Katy Perry hawked kale and quinoa?

New research doesn’t prove a link, but its authors think music stars popular with teens may be contributing to the obesity epidemic by endorsing fatty fast food, snacks and soda.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Inspirational Ali transformed Parkinson's awareness
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most enduring images of Muhammad Ali is him lighting the torch, his arm shaking, at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. It was a telltale sign of his Parkinson’s disease, and he didn’t try to hide it.
Monday, June 6, 2016

US cities see unexplained rise in violent crimes this year; Chicago up 50%
CHICAGO (AP) — Violent crimes — from homicides and rapes to robberies — have been on the rise in many major U.S. cities, yet experts can’t point to a single reason why and the jump isn’t enough to suggest there’s a trend.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Parents upset with district ditching letter grades
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago school district’s decision to start getting rid of letter grades on report cards this school year has prompted criticism from some parents.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Judge: Soccer team no right to strike
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge ruled the world champion U.S. women’s soccer team does not have the right to strike to seek improved conditions and wages before the Summer Olympics, seeming to end the prospect of an unprecedented disruption by one of the most successful American national teams.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Adlai Stevenson III to discuss 'The Black Book' at Lincoln Library June 16
SPRINGFIELD – Former U.S. senator Adlai Stevenson III, shown at left, visits the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on June 16 to discuss modern politics as seen through the lens of his family’s many generations of leadership.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Illinois History: Hard roads changed state's transport and economy
ILLINOIS — After struggling over paths of ankle-deep mud for decades, Illinoisans were ready for a major overhaul of their roads in the early twentieth century.  The improvements revolutionized transportation and economic growth around the state.
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