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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


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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.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bloomington man pleads not guilty in parents' deaths
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A 25-year-old Bloomington man has pleaded not guilty to stabbing his parents to death.
Friday, August 12, 2016

GE announces intent to close Mattoon plant
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — General Electric Lighting has announced plans to close its lamp plant in the central Illinois city of Mattoon next year, unless its workers come up with an acceptable alternative for the facility.
Friday, August 12, 2016

3rd new Legionnaires case confirmed at veteran home
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — State officials have confirmed a third new case of Legionnaires’ disease at a western Illinois veterans’ home since an outbreak there last year killed 12 people and sickened 54.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Pastors sue state over gay conversion therapy ban
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A group of pastors is suing Illinois over a law that bars therapists and counselors from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation, saying in a Thursday filing that the prohibition violates free speech and religious rights.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Muslim woman mistaken for terrorist sues Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A young Muslim woman on Thursday sued Chicago police who mistakenly identified her briefly as a potential “lone wolf” terrorist as she was leaving a city subway station last year on the Fourth of July wearing a headscarf, face veil and carrying a backpack.
Friday, August 12, 2016

State Fair festivities getting underway
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Festivities are getting underway as the Illinois State Fair kicks off in Springfield with the annual Twilight Parade and preview night tonight.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Laquan McDonald's juvi record sealed
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for the Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald will not have access to the victim’s juvenile records, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Opposition to oil pipeline heats up in N. Dakota, Ia.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indians blocked crews constructing the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota on Wednesday, while Iowa landowners are asking a judge to halt work in their state until their constitutional challenges are heard.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Champaign looks at $700,000 to remove ash trees
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — City officials in Champaign say they expect to spend at least $700,000 to remove the remaining ash trees from the city.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Surgeon general's Illinois visit highlights opioid crisis
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general’s campaign against prescription painkiller addiction came to Chicago, where he toured a substance abuse treatment facility.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Defense Info Agency Opens Today
Governor Bruce Rauner joined federal, state and local officials this morning in cutting the ribbon to open the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) Global Operations Command Facility this morning at Scott Air Force Base near Belleville.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Illinois' state bird commemorated on new postage stamp
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ state bird is now being commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Judge denies Blagojevich's bid for lighter sentence
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge refused Tuesday to lighten Rod Blagojevich’s original 14-year prison sentence for corruption, rejecting pleas for lenience by the now white-haired former Illinois governor who attended the resentencing hearing by video from a Colorado prison a thousand miles away.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

'Text neck' phenomenon in high school athletes becoming concerning
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — For athletes turning out for fall sports this week, that pain in the neck or shoulder could be related to an off-the-field activity.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

His hair now white, ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich appears for resentencing
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared on a courtroom video Tuesday in prison-issued clothing, his once dark hair now white, as a judge weighed whether to cut his 14-year sentence after an appeals court threw out some convictions related to his alleged attempt to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Khans to speak at Islamic Society convention in Chicago
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Pakistani immigrant parents of an American soldier who died fighting in Iraq are to speak at a convention in suburban Chicago next month.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hundreds of grading errors found at East Aurora school
EAST AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Officials say an error with an online grade book affected the grades of hundreds of students at a suburban Chicago high school. 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Illinois dedicates monument to Purple Heart recipients
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is honoring those who were wounded in combat with a monument in Springfield.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Couple plans Mississippi River adventure
ST. MARYS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia couple plans to cross the nation by canoe on a journey inspired by the classic book “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
Monday, August 8, 2016

Champion '85 Bears to be featured at State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state budget mess has come home to roost at the Illinois State Fair, where admission is up 40 percent and, for the first time, the preview night is no longer free.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Re-enactment pays homage to Vietnam veterans
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — The Vietnam War battle re-enactment began without warning.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Illinois River medics provide emergency care in Peoria
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A medical transport crew in Peoria takes a break from its truck each weekend to staff Illinois’ first, and perhaps only, Advanced Life Support transport watercraft.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Rauner vetoes University of Illinois student trustee bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill backed by the University of Illinois that would have allowed a nonresident student to serve as a student trustee.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Young adults support new efforts to curb gun violence
About 9 in 10 young adults say they support criminal background checks for all gun sales, a level of support that remains consistent across racial and ethnic groups.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Illinois want gun traffickers to get long prison sentences
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hoping to stem the flow of illegal guns into Illinois, lawmakers have sent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a bill that would punish traffickers with up to 30 years in prison.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Chicago releases video of fatal shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Video released today related to the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old suspected car thief shows officers firing into the vehicle, then handcuffing the blood-covered suspect following a foot chase.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Chicago poll: Young whites think Hillary broke law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Young Americans are divided over Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email account while she was secretary of state, with most young whites saying she intentionally broke the law and young people of color more likely to give Clinton the benefit of the doubt.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Family of boy found dead was reported for neglect
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ child welfare agency had prior contact with the family of a 4-year-old boy whose malnourished, partially burned remains were found by Chicago firefighters this week, agency officials said.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Rauner shocks GOP with action on abortions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has clashed with Illinois Democrats on big issues like the state budget and the influence of unions, but he recently he bucked the party line on legislation the GOP has fervently opposed: expanding birth control coverage and access to abortions.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Independent seeking Davis seat sues over signatures
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A Bloomington physician running for Congress as an independent candidate has filed a lawsuit challenging the signature requirement.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Help available for Land of Lincoln policyholders
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents looking for new insurance after the failure of Land of Lincoln Health can get face-to-face help in Chicago.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Special prosecutor named for Laquan McDonald case
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge appointed a suburban Chicago state’s attorney to handle the murder case against the Chicago police officer who shot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times, video of which led to large protests and the eventual ouster of the city’s police superintendent.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

No-overtime policy for home care workers suspended
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration suspended Wednesday its no-overtime policy for workers caring for disabled residents in their homes, just hours before the workers’ union planned to file a lawsuit challenging the plan’s legality.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Can house dust explain why asthma is so uncommon in Amish children?
CHICAGO (AP) — Forget Fluffy and Fido. Bessie the cow just might make a healthier pet.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Chicago teen visits 245th nat'l park
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — For 15-year-old Junior Ranger Aida Frey, the great American road trip isn’t one that’s done in a single summer.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Medical marijuana sales climb as program grows
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials posted new forms this week for doctors and patients in the state’s medical marijuana program to reflect changes in the law, and announced Wednesday that July retail sales reached a new high at $2.9 million.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Chicago agency had no records on 6 police shootings
CHICAGO (AP) — The beleaguered Chicago agency that investigates police-involved shootings made no mention in quarterly reports in recent years of dozens of incidents in which officers fired their weapons and had no records at all of six shooting incidents, the city’s inspector general found in a report released Tuesday.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Obama's library a tough choice between 2 historic parks
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Group offers mothers a break from isolation
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Bailey Broderick returned to her native Decatur and brought with her an idea to help mothers connect and share experiences.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Dakota Access Pipeline foes gather at ND Capitol
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline have gathered on the grounds of the North Dakota Capitol to protest.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Carbondale officer in serious condition
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubbs says an officer remains in serious but stable condition after he was shot during a pursuit late Sunday.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Secretary White sending vehicle registration notices again
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says his office has resumed sending vehicle registration reminder notices that he stopped sending during the budget standoff. 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Advocates urge Illinoisans to comment on health plan rate increases
CHICAGO (AP) — Consumer advocates are encouraging Illinoisans to make their voices heard on insurance rate increases proposed for health plans sold in the state under the federal health care law.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ill. insurers seek premium hikes of up to 45 percent
CHICAGO (AP) — Health insurance premiums for Illinois residents who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace could increase by as much as 45 percent according to proposals submitted by insurers and made public Monday.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Trampoline park injuries jump as the trend spreads
CHICAGO (AP) — Trampoline park injuries have soared as the indoor jumping trend has spread.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Former missile base hidden at Pere Marquette Park
GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) — The last remnants of a U.S. Army missile base that defended American skies during the Cold War can still be spotted by sharp-eyed visitors to Pere Marquette State Park.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Gay music director can continue suit against Catholic church
CHICAGO (AP) — A gay music director fired after he publicized his same-sex marriage engagement can continue his lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago and the parish where he worked after a federal judge declined to dismiss the complaint.
Monday, August 1, 2016

New Illinois law raises fines for ignoring railroad signals
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Disregarding railroad crossing lights will come with a heftier fine under a new Illinois law.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Southern Illinois police officer shot, wounded during chase
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say someone speeding away from a shooting scene in southern Illinois opened fire on pursuing officers, seriously wounding one before getting away.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Archaeology School uncovers McHenry County past
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Midwest Archaeological Research Services is giving Illinois students the opportunity to uncover a part of McHenry County’s past via its 2016 Archaeology Field School.
Monday, August 1, 2016

House races now key to Illinois' political power struggle
CHICAGO (AP) — After a year of squabbles over the state budget, the outcome of Illinois’ power struggle now hinges on dozens of House election campaigns that will determine whether Democrats can impose their will on Gov. Bruce Rauner or the Republican gains traction with his ideas to “shake up” the state.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Chicago officers relieved of duty after suspect killed
CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago officers involved in a shooting that left a suspect dead were relieved of their police powers even as the case is still being investigated, police say.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Illinois Struggled to recover from the Depression
ILLINOIS — One of the few bright spots in Illinois during the Depression was another World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933. Called “A Century of Progress,” the fair was located on 427 acres of reclaimed lakeshore land that featured eighty-two miles of exhibits on the global progress of the last hundred years.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

U of I chancellor 1st African-American
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The newly appointed leader of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has had extensive personal and professional experiences that include growing up in a segregated city, recording a song with Stevie Wonder and working with Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Flag-burning laws unconstitutional, but they persist
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz had just finished walking in a July 4th parade when her assistant told her a central Illinois man had been arrested on suspicion of burning an American flag.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Governor signs bill reducing marijuana possession penalties in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Marijuana possession in small amounts in Illinois will be punishable by fines but not jail time after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that makes the state the third largest to decriminalize minor pot offenses.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Classy Chassis: Mattoon business rebuilds popular vintage campers

MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — Greg and Lisa Patterson of Mattoon were at Antique Week in Texas four years ago when vintage camper trailers first caught their attention.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Jail guard charged with punching jail inmate
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County correctional officer has been charged with felony misconduct after video surveillance cameras captured him allegedly punching a jail inmate.
Friday, July 29, 2016

Jail guard charged with punching jail inmate
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County correctional officer has been charged with felony misconduct after video surveillance cameras captured him allegedly punching a jail inmate.
Friday, July 29, 2016

Officer says he was silenced in Sandra Bland case
DALLAS (AP) — A police officer in the small Texas town where Sandra Bland, a black woman who later died in a jail cell, was pulled over says the county’s top prosecutors threatened to end his career if he came forward with what he says is evidence of wrongdoing, an accusation the prosecutors deny.
Friday, July 29, 2016

Chicago police-involved shooting under investigation
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department has “quite a few questions” after officers fatally shot a man driving a stolen car, and investigators have retrieved body cameras and cameras on squad car dashboards to determine what happened.
Friday, July 29, 2016

Once-hated fish now weapon against Aisian carp
CHICAGO (AP) — It’s a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared from many states a half-century ago.
Friday, July 29, 2016

Blagojevich won't attend resentencing
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has chosen not to appear in person at his resentencing next month in Chicago and will instead make his first appearance in a public forum in four years via video from a Colorado prison, his attorney told a federal judge Wednesday.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Man won't be prosecuted for threat to Univ. Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities have decided not to prosecute a man whose online threats prompted the University of Chicago to close for a day last November.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sioux tribe sues over pipeline permits
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for a $3.8 billion pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Gospel singer convicted in Illinois case
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors have convicted an Indiana gospel singer of luring a 13-year-old boy to an Illinois hotel room and having the boy pose for sexually explicit photos.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Site of 1893 World's Exposition selected for presidential library
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama’s presidential library will be built in a park on Chicago’s South Side along the shores of Lake Michigan and a short walk from the university where Obama once taught, a person familiar with the selection process told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Madigan says Democrats no factor in Ron Sandack cyber attacks
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan says he has no idea why Republican state Rep. Ronald L. Sandack resigned over the weekend.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Trustees appoint new Illinois state historian
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The trustees of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have appointed a new state historian to direct collections and research at the state historical library.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

NTSB says part of plane scattered nearly a mile
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report says a plane that crashed southwest of Chicago killing the pilot and setting a house on fire, left nearly a mile-long trail of debris before crashing.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rauner visits Quincy VA home after two new Legionnaires' cases reported
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner visited this morning the Quincy Veterans Home , a day after two new cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported at the facility where 12 people died of the disease last year.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

State corn, soybean crops in good shape despite heat
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says above-average rainfall kept most of Illinois’ corn and soybean crops in good condition despite last week’s extreme heat. High humidity and rain, however, did hamper efforts to bale hay.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dozens of gang members indicted
CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of members of the Latin Kings street gang in the Chicago area and northern Indiana have been arrested on charges of a federal racketeering conspiracy that included arson, beatings, extortion, witness tampering and the attempted murder of a police officer, according to indictments unsealed Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Election board says auditor gen misses filing deadline
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Board of Elections officials say Auditor General Frank Mautino didn’t file amended campaign disclosure reports and could face a public hearing.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Illinois man spends night on roof of Italian cathedral
MILAN (AP) — Italian police say an unnamed American tourist from Illinois spent a night locked on the spectacular rooftop of Milan's Gothic-inspired Duomo cathedral after being overlooked by security.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Police union to officers: Don't request overtime
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police union is asking officers to refuse to work overtime during the Labor Day weekend to protest the “disrespect” of police and the recent slayings of officers around the United States.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Centreville man gets 11 years in prison for prostitution
CENTREVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Centreville man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for the commercial sex trafficking of a 16-year-old girl.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning to hold annual kickoff August 18
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) will hold its annual kickoff event on Thursday, August 18 in the Trutter Center on LLCC’s Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. Doors open at 10 a.m. and refreshments will be provided. The public is invited, including anyone interested in becoming a member.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Prosecutors: Blagojevich isn't 'deserving of leniency'
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors say statements by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich prove he isn’t “deserving of leniency.”
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

State won't release details of 'Chicago Fire' tax credits
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials say they won’t release details of expenditures the TV show “Chicago Fire” made to qualify for nearly $16 million in tax breaks paid in 2015.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Proposed waterfowl season, bag limits issued
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lawmaker resigns over 'cyber' issues
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A ranking Republican has resigned from the Illinois House after saying he faced cybersecurity issues involving fraudulent social media accounts allegedly set up in his name.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Governor working with police on marijuana bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is working with the Illinois State Police on how to handle a proposal to make marijuana possession in small amounts punishable only with fines under a bill he appears poised to sign.
Monday, July 25, 2016

How women have fared in seeking elected office in state
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Women are underrepresented in elected offices across the U.S., but Illinois has some bright spots.
Monday, July 25, 2016

Chicago ERs prepping for intoxicated Lollapalooza teens
Monday, July 25, 2016

Hastert attorney wants breach-of-contract suit tossed
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An attorney for Dennis Hastert has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a victim of sexual abuse seeking outstanding hush-money payments from the imprisoned former U.S. House speaker.
Monday, July 25, 2016

Top-ranking GOP Illinois state lawmaker resigns
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Top-ranking Republican state Rep. Ron Sandack says he’s resigning from the Illinois House, citing “cyber security issues.”
Monday, July 25, 2016

2 efforts in Illinois attempt to change sex offender laws
CHICAGO (AP) — Two separate efforts have arisen in Illinois that attempt to alter laws governing sex offenders in Illinois.
Monday, July 25, 2016

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

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

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










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