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Appeals court rejects public gun-range restrictions
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Court of Appeals handed Chicago another defeat in its effort to restrict the operation in the city of gun ranges open to the public.
Thursday, January 19, 2017


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2 proposals address Ill. minimum wage
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature is preparing to tackle two proposals that would raise the minimum wage in the state.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

1 of Illinois' 1st female judges looks back on her career
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — When Kimberly L. Dahlen was appointed the first female associate judge in the First Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois in 1990, not everyone was happy to see a woman on the bench.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

U of I looking to increase enrollment by 15%
CHICAGO (AP) — University of Illinois trustees are to be presented with an ambitious plan to increase enrollment by nearly 15 percent at the system’s three campuses.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Illinois leaders split on attending Trump inauguration
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ elected leaders are split on whether they’re attending President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How Ray Kroc movie 'The Founder' replicated suburban sites
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — In John Lee Hancock’s bio-drama “The Founder,” Northwest suburban businessman Ray Kroc, played by Michael Keaton, beholds an empty tract of land on Lee Street in Des Plaines that will become the site for the first franchised McDonald’s restaurant.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Christopher mechanic waits through the slow season
CHRISTOPHER, Ill. (AP) — Dennis Tomei paces through his Christopher garage. Cold air from the holes in his roof stings his face as he looks out the bay-door windows, waiting for work to pull in. This is how his winters are spent.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Obama reduces sentence of Gangster Disciples 'governor'
CHICAGO (AP) — Among the people having their sentences reduced by President Obama is Eric “Fat Eric” Wilson, a former “governor” in the Gangster Disciples street gang.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chicago colleges to host 1st federal cybersecurity training
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says the city’s community colleges will be the first in the nation to offer cybersecurity training modeled after federal government programs.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bowling team aboard school bus that rolled; minor injuries
JUSTICE, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a school bus that rolled over on Interstate 294 in Illinois was carrying members of a high school bowling team.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Two charged after gunfire exchange with off-duty officer
CHICAGO (AP) — Two men face attempted murder charges after gunfire was exchanged with an off-duty Chicago police sergeant.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama celebrated the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Monday and spoke about the power sports has to unite people.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

3 dead, 1 hurt following crash on Chicago expressway
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Police say three people have died following an early-morning crash on the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Illinois teachers embracing presidential inauguration
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — In Bob Lindsay’s classroom at Fisher High School, small photos of the first 43 U.S. presidents line one wall. A larger portrait of President Barack Obama takes up space on the wall next to a 49-star American flag.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Survey: Ill. suffers from substitute teacher shortages
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois schools see thousands of teacher absences each week and cannot find enough substitutes to cover more than 3,000 of those absences, a new survey has found.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Illinois history sometimes repeats itself
ILLINOIS — There is an old adage that “history repeats itself.”  Events of the early 21st century in Illinois give credence to that statement. 
Monday, January 16, 2017

Illinois Senate vows swift action on ambitious budget plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — If last week’s action is any indication, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois Senate are serious about attempting to bust the state’s 18-month budget deadlock — quickly.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Dollhouse at children's hospital a labor of love
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — The 13-room, three-story Victorian dollhouse unveiled last month as an inspiration for recovering children at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates is a bit of a miracle.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Rail union rejects agreement on jobs program for felons
CHICAGO (AP) — The union representing Chicago Transit Authority rail workers has come out against an extension of a jobs program for felons.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Governor signs school, daycare lead-testing law
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois elementary schools and day care centers will have to test drinking water sources for lead under legislation that Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Off-duty Chicago sergeant wounds person after shots fired
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Chicago police sergeant shot and wounded a person after someone in a vehicle opened fire on the sergeant and his companions on the city’s northwest side.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Cambridge man's home literally his castle
CAMBRIDGE, Ill. (AP) — A small Cambridge house built in 1907 is being re-created with all kinds of elements from the former Jumer’s Castle Lodge in Bettendorf.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Chicago pledges improvements after scathing police report
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are pledging to revamp the city Police Department following a scathing federal report, but a change in presidential administrations could spell uncertainty for the critical next step in the process: negotiating a court-enforceable improvement plan with the Justice Department.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Old State Capitol hosting Slow Food Film Festival
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Old State Capitol Historic State on Jan. 28 hosts the 9th Annual Slow Food Springfield Film Festival highlighting the slow food movement and Illinois farming.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Feds sear Chicago police for abuse
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the Justice Department announced today after a yearlong investigation.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Most banks are seeing less foot traffic these days
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When almost everything can be purchased without ever stepping foot in a store, Dave Denzer still relies on his kids to buy things like tickets online.
Friday, January 13, 2017

High court hears arguments over hospital tax issue
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawyers for a central Illinois hospital and the city of Urbana on Thursday went before the state Supreme Court to argue whether a law allowing not-for-profit hospitals to avoid paying property taxes is constitutional.
Friday, January 13, 2017

How some of the most wealthy governors have handled their business stakes
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jim Justice, the billionaire coal baron soon to be governor of West Virginia, is handing his business empire over to family members before he takes office, following a similar path as President-elect Donald Trump. There is no overarching law mandating what governors must do, and others have opted to put their holdings into a blind trust to avoid conflict.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Central Illinois man files suit over flag-burning arrest
CHICAGO (AP) — A 22-year-old central Illinois man who was arrested and detained after posting online pictures of himself burning an American flag has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have the state’s flag desecration law declared unconstitutional.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Course trains hospitality staff to recognize violence
HUNTLEY, Ill. (AP) — A couple arguing in the lobby, evidence of a fight in a room and an employee suffering from chronic absenteeism or tardiness all can be signs that hotel staffs should notice and respond to in helping prevent domestic violence, Cynthia Schumann said.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cubs to visit White House Monday
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama will welcome the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the White House on Monday, just five days before he leaves office.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Madigan re-elected to 17th term as speaker
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, was re-elected to another term as Illinois House speaker today during inauguration ceremonies of the 100th Illinois General Assembly at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Presidential library celebrating Masters' prairie poetry
 SPRINGFIELD – The poetry of Edgar Lee Masters will mingle with haunting music when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum presents “My Heart’s Home: Edgar Lee Masters Celebrates the Sangamon Country” on Jan. 22
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Obama bids farewell in nostalgic last speech
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Illinois communities set their own marijuana fines
MARSHALL, Ill. (AP) — More communities in Illinois are adopting their own penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana now that the state has eliminated the possibility of jail time.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Northwestern basketball player found dead
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern women’s basketball player Jordan Hankins has been found dead in her room at the university.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Illinois health insurance law sign-ups outpace last year
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 351,000 Illinois residents have signed up for health insurance under the health care law, despite Republican efforts to repeal “Obamacare.” That’s about 4,400 more people than at the same time last year.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Illinois Senate budget plan to end deadlock stalls
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate’s plan to end the nation’s longest state budget deadlock fizzled Monday after Republicans declared they wanted more time to ensure Gov. Bruce Rauner’s demands are met before approving a tax increase.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Illinois Supreme Court to consider not-for-profit hospital property taxes
CHICAGO (AP) — A case scheduled to go before the Illinois Supreme Court this week is challenging the law that allows the state’s not-for-profit hospitals to skip paying property taxes.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

4-month tax incentive program extended
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a four-month extension of a corporate tax incentive program amid an ongoing budget standoff.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Federal judge gives jet car owner OK to sue museum
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ruled Craig Breedlove, who set a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 1964, can sue Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry for allegedly damaging the jet car.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

AFSCME says it'll accept a wage freeze to resume talks
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ largest state employee union says it’s made significant concessions in hopes of resuming contract negotiations, including a wage freeze.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Quincy University receives $1 million gift
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Financially challenged Quincy University in western Illinois has received $1 million from an anonymous donor.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2 Chicago-area mobile stroke units poised to start operating
WINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two suburban Chicago hospitals plan to launch mobile units this year that are designed to quickly get lifesaving treatment to stroke victims.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Illinois Senate hopes to stake out own budget position
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A plan to end a two-year Illinois budget standoff negotiated in the Senate — which likely includes an income tax increase as well as items on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda — could get a vote in Springfield as early as today, a leading Republican senator said Sunday.
Monday, January 9, 2017

$1 billion agreement to help modernize Chicago transit lines
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say a $1 billion funding agreement with the federal government will help modernize Chicago’s Red and Purple lines as part of a public transit construction project to create an estimated 6,000 jobs.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Man in custody after breaching checkpoint at O'Hare
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a man is in custody after breaching a security checkpoint at O’Hare International Airport.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Durbin hesitant on some Trump Cabinet nominees
Monday, January 9, 2017

Southern Illinois congressmen push for budget 'earmarks'
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Congressmen from southern Illinois want the return of so-called earmarks that allow local representatives designate federal funds for local projects.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Judge refuses to release 4 accused of beating disabled youth
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge refused to allow four black people caught on cellphone footage taunting and beating a mentally disabled white man to post bail and leave jail, saying they are accused of such “terrible actions” that they are a danger to society.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Kendall County elected official faces battery charge
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Kendall County elected official is facing a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly striking another woman inside a restaurant.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cahokia Mounds to offer free lectures on Illinois story
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois history buffs will get the chance to look back at 2,000 years of Native American history.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Lincoln museum plans 'Dream' speech to mark King holiday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Lincoln Museum in Springfield plans to mark Martin Luther King’s birthday with two dramatic readings of the slain civil rights leader’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Catholic Diocese of Joliet offering anti-poverty grants
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Joliet is announcing anti-poverty grants to help people who are unemployed or don’t earn enough to care for themselves and families.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Tracking snow: Springfield testing road-condition software
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Phil Jones, a snow inspector for the city of Springfield, drove a public works pickup down Laurel Street Thursday morning.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Mendota teacher creates comic book for EIU graduate class
MENDOTA, Ill. (AP) — Mild mannered football coach and art teacher Brock Sondgeroth of Mendota was musing one day about his final project for an art history class on comics at Eastern Illinois University.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Plans for new Reagan statue stall after Dixon mayor's death
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A plan to erect a statute of President Ronald Reagan as a young lifeguard is on hold in his hometown.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Former Mitsubishi plant now owned by Rivian Automotive
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Rivian Automotive has completed the purchase of the former Mitsubishi plant in the central Illinois city of Normal, where it plans to manufacture electric vehicles.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Springfield businessman faces health-care fraud charges
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield man has appeared in court on allegations that he cheated Medicaid by filing false claims through a company that supplies incontinence products.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Principal admits stealing nude images
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fired Kentucky high school principal has admitted to seizing students’ phones so that he could steal pornographic images and trade them online, investigators said.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bloomington ultra-cyclist headed to Russian extreme race
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — It wasn’t just the bitter wind chill that had Thursday Gervais thinking about Siberia as she biked down Constitution Trail on a cold December day.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

U of Illinois employees to get 2 percent mid-year raises
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois employees will receive a 2 percent raise in March after the school had to put pay increases on hold for the last two years.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Moving company: South Dakota, Vermont top destinations in US
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of the nation’s largest moving companies says South Dakota is first on its list of top moving destinations.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner won't attend Trump inauguration
CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he won’t be in Washington later this month for GOP President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sears to sell Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker
NEW YORK (AP) — After controlling the Craftsman name for 90 years, troubled department store operator Sears said it will sell the famous tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Police look at hate crime laws in Chicago attack
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the beating of a white man in Chicago that was broadcast live on Facebook (all times local):
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Peoria addiction treatment program aims to change community one person at a time
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A Peoria addiction treatment program is aiming to change the community, one man at a time.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Illinois lawmakers from Chicago, Marion decide to retire
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A longtime Illinois lawmaker from Chicago has announced her retirement, while a defeated southern Illinois lawmaker has said he will step down early.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Calls to 911 were made shortly before teen killed by deputy
VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — Calls to 911 were made shortly before a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot while getting into an altercation with a sheriff’s deputy in suburban Chicago.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hazardous materials cargo to be counted in central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A study of hazardous materials shipped by train and truck through a three-county area in central Illinois is expected to begin this spring.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rockford man was New Year's shooting victim
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Rockford man who was shot dead during a fight at a hotel early on New Year’s Day.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Report: State of Illinois had little oversight of lottery
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Lottery did nothing to stop a private company from pulling scratch-off game tickets from stores before all had been sold and before all the grand prizes had been awarded, according to a published report.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Report: State of Illinois had little oversight of lottery
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Lottery did nothing to stop a private company from pulling scratch-off game tickets from stores before all had been sold and before all the grand prizes had been awarded, according to a published report.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Man fatally shot after altercation with DuPage County deputy
VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been fatally shot after getting into an altercation with a sheriff’s deputy in suburban Chicago.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Swansea latest southern Illinois city to allow chickens
SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) — The southern Illinois city of Swansea is the latest in the region to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

4 killed in Ill. plane crash identified
VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois have identified the four people who died after a single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area on New Year’s Eve.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Memorial to hold free seminar on artery health
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on heart attack and stroke prevention by promoting artery health at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Chicago State University facing financial distress
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago State University officials say the school will burn through cash reserves and eventually need to make additional cuts.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Macon County History Museum closed until February 28
DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County History Museum will be closed until February 28. They will be working on renovations to the lower museum, additional painting, new exhibits, as well as archival and collections work.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Son of Vice-President, father of Gov. is forgotten generation in dynasty
The Stevensons are one of the dominant political families of Illinois history, boasting a Vice-President, governor, and U.S. Senator in three separate generations – all named “Adlai.” Overshadowed is Lewis Stevenson, whom some consider a weak link in the family dynasty.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Autism Support Connection holding support group meeting
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TASC/The Autism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, Ill.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

1 of Chicago's bloodiest years ends with 762 homicides
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Chicago's tab for open records lawsuits climbs dramatically
CHICAGO (AP) — The $670,000 the city of Chicago paid out in 2016 to settle lawsuits alleging violations of the state’s open records law was nearly five times what it paid over the previous eight years.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Heroin overdoses up 42 percent in Will County during 2016
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The coroner in Will County in northern Illinois says heroin overdose deaths in his jurisdiction were up more than 40 percent in 2016 over 2015.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Belvidere man writes second book on deadly 1967 tornado
BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — Teri Keegan was on a school bus that rolled several times when the deadly April 21, 1967, tornado ripped across Belvidere High School’s campus.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Last tour of Illinois Executive Mansion given before closure
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The final tours of Illinois’ Executive Mansion have been given before the home closed for restoration work.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Hundreds of new laws go into effect with the new year
SPRINGFIELD — About 200 new laws will go into effect with the New Year, and state lawmakers have released the highlights of the new legislation.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Partial budget ends with new year
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will ring in the new year with a familiar tune: Deadlock in the Capitol and no state budget.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Music therapy makes memory loss patients calmer, more joyful
DARIEN, Ill. (AP) — Alan Pasquesi has a vacant look on his face as his wife puts the white headphones over his ears.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Small amount of sulfuric acid spilled after train derailment
ROXANA, Ill. (AP) — A chemical train has derailed in southern Illinois, releasing a small amount of sulfuric acid.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Illinois turkey hunters will have access to private land
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Turkey hunters will have access to private land in parts of Illinois this spring.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Decades later, Illinois man completes Eagle Scout ranking
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — With all that Larry Foster has accomplished in life, it’s hard to believe his mind was ever on anything but achievement.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dixon scout rehabs 8 tombstones from Oakwood Cemetery
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — David Swegle wanted to do something unique for his Eagle Scout community project, and bringing the dead back to life certainly qualifies for that category.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Prosecutors don't oppose delaying Aaron Schock's trial
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they don’t oppose delaying the criminal trial of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock because they expect it to last as long as six weeks and include up to 100 witnesses.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Robbers target FedEx delivery trucks in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — One FedEx truck was stolen in Chicago and the driver of another truck robbed of packages in separate incidents.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Man arrested in slaying of teen, grandma's shooting
MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (AP) — A man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl and wounding of her 63-year-old grandmother in a Machesney Park apartment.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Chicago gang trial jury heads into Day 4 of deliberations
CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors haven’t indicated if they’re close to a verdict in the major racketeering conspiracy trial of six alleged leaders of Chicago’s Hobos street gang.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Student government: Make SIU a sanctuary for immigrants
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Student groups at Southern Illinois University are asking school leaders to declare their campuses a sanctuary for students who are in the U.S. without legal permission.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Classes aim at increasing safety
WARRENSBURG, Ill. (AP) — Jim Owens, a former Decatur police officer, teaches his students a lot more than how to shoot straight and load their weapons.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Chatham board reprimands town president over middle finger
CHATHAM, Ill. (AP) — Trustees in a village have reprimanded the town’s president for extending his middle finger at a public meeting.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Skin cancer drop in Northeast bucks rising rates elsewhere
CHICAGO (AP) — A decline in melanoma cases and deaths in Northeast states bucks a national trend for the deadliest skin cancer and may reflect benefits of strong prevention program.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cubs, Chicago violence, budget Illinois' top 2016 stories
CHICAGO (AP) — An historic, curse-busting sports achievement topped Illinois’ biggest news stories in 2016, as the Chicago Cubs won a World Series championship for the first time in 108 years.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Canton recovery slow but steady

CANTON, Ill. (AP) — Shirley Franzoni started a candle business 40 years ago in a residential basement.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Report: 144 Illinois school districts gave bonuses last year
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 150 Illinois public school districts gave bonuses to teachers and administrators last school year.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Mt. Pulaski will read the names of residents who died
MOUNT PULASKI, Ill. (AP) — The names of about 90 people who died this year in a central Illinois town will be read aloud on the steps of a historic courthouse.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Ill. community health centers receive $12M in grants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Community health centers across Illinois are receiving federal grants totaling more than $12 million.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Students from Ill. village create variety of art
KANSAS, Ill. (AP) — Art students in Kansas have been learning about a variety of mediums this semester while creating artwork.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2 brothers killed at family Christmas party in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago authorities say two brothers are dead and several other people are injured after a shooting at a family Christmas party.
Monday, December 26, 2016

Illinois high court clears doubt over snow-shoveling law
CHICAGO (AP) — Property owners can take comfort, but shouldn’t lapse into negligence, now that the Illinois Supreme Court has clarified a 1979 state law protecting them from some slip-and-fall lawsuits.
Monday, December 26, 2016

Imprisoned Blagojevich awaits Obama decision on commutation
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the last chances for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to win early release from federal prison rests on a pending decision by the man whose Senate seat Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell — President Barack Obama.
Monday, December 26, 2016

An essential guide to making Christmas returns
(AP) — The holidays are a time for celebration and gifts, but not all presents hit the mark and returning them doesn’t feel very festive. If you find yourself unhappy with a gift, you wouldn’t be the only one.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Cubs won it all just in time for the oldest fans
CHICAGO (AP) — At the end, not much was getting through to Helen Weithman. The memories she collected over 98 years were slipping away. When Kathleen Strobel talked to her, she could tell by the blank look on her mom’s face that that she didn’t understand a lot of what she was saying.

Then came the World Series.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Carbondale approves $50K for concert prior to eclipse
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The city of Carbondale is committing $50,000 for a two-day outdoor music festival that will be held the weekend before this summer’s total solar eclipse.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Relatives gather to remember 1951 mine disaster
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — Sixty-five years later, relatives and friends have gathered in southern Illinois to remember a mine disaster that killed 119 men.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Former gov Blagojevich again appeals prison term
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking a U.S. appeals court to nullify his 14-year prison term and order a third sentencing hearing, with a lawyer arguing on his behalf that the Democrat’s model behavior behind bars and other factors justified a reduction in his sentence. 
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rahm Emanuel releases thousands of emails
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago released thousands of email messages from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s personal accounts on Wednesday as part of a settlement with a government watchdog organization.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

New Census data: Illinois suffered steepest population decline in nation
CHICAGO, Ill. — The U.S. Census released new data Tuesday on national population trends and reported that over the last year, Illinois suffered the greatest population loss in the nation. From July 2015 to July of this year, Illinois lost 114,144 residents to other states, on net. This massive exodus to other states caused Illinois’ overall population to decline by 37,508 people, the U.S. Census reported.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Gang hitman's lawyer questions witness ID
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for a purported street-gang hitman has tried to cast doubt on a trial witness who said she recognized the defendant as the one who fatally shot her fianci in 2013.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

License plate renewal notices to continue
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois secretary of state’s office will continue mailing out license plate renewal notices for now, even if Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders don’t reach a new budget deal.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Lawmakers discuss education funding overhaul
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Despite a standstill over the Illinois budget, a group of bipartisan lawmakers has been meeting more often in recent weeks to devise a plan to overhaul state funding for public schools.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

New and former comptrollers have battle of words
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A battle of words has broken out between Illinois’ former and current comptrollers after Democrat Susana Mendoza said her new offices felt “looted” and Republican predecessor Leslie Munger threatened a lawsuit.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Judge: Medical providers don't have to give information on abortion
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge has put on hold a state requirement that health care providers who oppose abortion must give information or referrals to patients seeking the procedure.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Daley to be deposed next month in Police torture lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is scheduled to give a videotaped deposition next month in a federal lawsuit alleging he ignored evidence of police torture by ex-commander Jon Burge.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kirk prepares for future after losing election
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is preparing to relinquish his role after spending 16 years in elected office and a quarter-century in federal government.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Police: Woman injured by stray bullet at Illinois daycare
CALUMET CITY, Ill. (AP) — Police say a 47-year-old woman was injured when she was struck by a stray bullet that went through a window at an Illinois daycare center where she works.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Cities, counties plan immigrant legal aid after Trump's win
CHICAGO (AP) — Major U.S. cities and counties are beefing up legal services for immigrants to help them fight deportation and avoid fraudulent lawyers in the wake of Donald Trump’s election and his hard-line immigration enforcement promises.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Amazon plans fulfillment centers in Illinois and Michigan
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Online retailer Amazon.com plans to open new fulfillment centers in Illinois and Michigan.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

License plate renewal notices to continue for now
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois secretary of state’s office will continue mailing out license plate renewal notices for now, even if Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders don’t reach a new budget deal.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Farrakhan sees a new opening for black separatist message
CHICAGO (AP) — Minister Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, spoke from a podium draped in the red, black and green of the Pan-African flag, a symbol of black pride.
Monday, December 19, 2016

US women increasingly use pot during pregnancy, study finds
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women are increasingly using pot during pregnancy, sometimes for morning sickness. That’s according to an analysis of annual U.S. government drug surveys.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Police suspect 4 deaths occurred during robbery in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Police believe the fatal shooting of four people on Chicago’s South Side happened during the course of a home invasion or robbery.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Obama admin sets rule to protect streams near coal mines
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has finalized rules designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation’s streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans who vowed to overturn it under President-elect Donald Trump.
Monday, December 19, 2016

THOMPSON SERVED LONGER THAN ANY ILLINOIS GOVERNOR
ILLINOIS — The longest-serving governor in Illinois history was Republican James Thompson, who spent fourteen years as chief executive from 1977-91. He has been variously described as “flamboyant,” a “compromiser,” “media-savvy,” and “a gifted campaigner.”
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Illinois Sheriff's Assoc. cautions about new scam
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Webelos Scout Workshops at Rock Springs Dec. 27th
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sheriff's Assoc. warns of 'Disabled Police' scam
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is advising all Illinois county residents that there is currently underway a phone campaign fraudulently using the name “Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation” in their solicitation.  Although the number appears to resonate with an Illinois company that is not the case. 
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Illinois getting $10M fed grant to study carbon capture
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Two new federal grants worth more than $10 million will give researchers in Illinois money to investigate carbon storage in the state.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cabrini Green, Gold Coast school merger contentious
CHICAGO (AP) — A proposal to merge an overcrowded Gold Coast school in Chicago with an under-enrolled Cabrini-Green school has struggled to gain traction with some parents.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Lawmakers want seatbelts on state's school buses
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker wants to make seat belts on school buses a requirement in the wake of a fatal crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that sparked concern about bus safety.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Prairie Farms and Swiss Valley announce merger
CARLINVILLE, Ill., —  Prairie Farms Dairy and Swiss Valley Farms today announced the two companies have entered into a merger agreement. Both companies are farmer-owned dairy cooperatives and recognized leaders within the dairy industry. The combined entity will bring together two well-known brands and will expand sales opportunities for both cooperatives.
Friday, December 16, 2016

NYC, Chicago college students bunk with elderly
NEW YORK (AP) — Ah, college. Halls of ivy. Stimulating class discussions. All-night cram sessions. Sleeping in an old woman’s apartment?
Friday, December 16, 2016

Governor signs law giving IDs to released inmates
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation ensuring that people released from prison receive a valid state identification card before departing.
Friday, December 16, 2016

Hobos gang killings sent message 'Don't snitch'
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Thursday told jurors at the largest street-gang trial in recent Chicago history that the Hobos gang lived by the motto, “the earth is our turf,” saying the credo required the killing of perceived enemies like one former gang associate who was poised to testify against them.
Friday, December 16, 2016

Governor Rauner touts efforts to train prison staff on mental illness
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 13,000 prison staff members in Illinois received training for dealing with mentally ill inmates in the past year, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration said Wednesday.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Caterpillar announces undisclosed number of layoffs
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. is laying off an undisclosed number of employees because of expected bleak market conditions in 2017.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

More regs coming for group homes
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Department of Human Services official told state legislators that group homes for adults with disabilities will face stricter licensing standards and enforcement, and that they’ll be graded on safety and quality for the first time.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Exelon to hire 400 workers after Gov signed law last week
CLINTON, Ill. (AP) — Exelon Corp. says it plans to hire more than 400 permanent employees to work on capital projects at two Illinois nuclear plants.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

University to offer classes on Chicago's Richard Daley
CHICAGO (AP) — The personal papers of Richard J. Daley, Chicago’s mayor for 21 years until his death in 1976, will help shape a series of courses at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Chicago psychiatrist molested patients
CHICAGO (AP) — Regulators on Wednesday suspended the license of a Chicago psychiatrist accused of overprescribing narcotics and sexually molesting mentally ill patients.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

More to chestnuts than just roasting on an open fire
URBANA, Ill. — Many Americans only know chestnuts from the famous line, “chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” from the 1945 song, “Merry Christmas to You,” by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Chicago alderman indicted on extortion, other charges
CHICAGO (AP) — A prominent Chicago alderman has been indicted on charges that he extorted money from a liquor store owner and pilfered funds from a local government activities fund to pay for gambling and his daughter’s college tuition.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Administration official to servce as Chicago city clerk
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named a 31-year-old administration official as the next city clerk.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tainted peanut butter leads to $11.2M penalty a decade later
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A decade after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating Peter Pan peanut butter contaminated with salmonella, the company that sold it paid with an embarrassing courtroom guilty plea and an agreement to pay the largest criminal fine ever in a U.S. food safety case.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Boeing to move defense unit out of St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Boeing Co. will move the headquarters for its defense unit from St. Louis to the Washington, D.C., area.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fair patrons surveyed after drop in attendance
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture is surveying Illinois State Fair attendees about what they did and didn’t like about the event after attendance dropped more than 13 percent this year.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

EIU students say therapy dogs ease stress of finals week
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Students at Eastern Illinois University are getting relief from the stress of finals week with the help of several therapy dogs.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hopeful sign in obesity fight? Chubby babies on the decline
CHICAGO (AP) — A decline in chubby babies and toddlers is providing a glimmer of good news in the fight against childhood obesity.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ballistics questioned in 1993 Rockford murder
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Rockford man serving a life sentence for murder is in Winnebago County court seeking a new trial based on tests he says show a gun linked to him wasn’t used in the crime.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Illinois medical marijuana sales reach $4.4M in November
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Medical marijuana sales reached more than $4.4 million in November at licensed dispensaries throughout Illinois, marking another month of steady growth for the year-old industry.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Atheist who fought Illinois laws dies
MARENGO, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man who was one of the better-known atheists in the country and an activist for keeping religious and government affairs separate died in a plane crash last week, officials said Monday.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lottery report promts request for investigation by lawmakers
CHICAGO (AP) — State lawmakers want an investigation after a newspaper found the Illinois Lottery sold instant tickets but didn’t hand out many cash grand prizes.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ex-Illinois US Rep. Aaron Schock pleads not guilty to funds misuse
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock, who just two years ago was the future face of the Republican Party, pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court to charges that he misused government and campaign money for personal use.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Official: FBI told Illinois Republicans of possible email hacking
CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI told the Illinois Republican Party months before the presidential election that its email accounts may have been hacked, and party officials later found some of its emails on a website reportedly tied to Russia’s military intelligence agency, the state GOP’s executive director said Sunday.
Monday, December 12, 2016

Schock arraignment today
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, once a rising star in the Republican Party, is being arraigned today on federal corruption charges alleging he used his position to spend lavishly on travel, World Series tickets and other luxuries.
Monday, December 12, 2016

Chicago area receives more than six inches of snow
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Snow, freezing rain and rain made for a messy commute and closed hundreds of schools Monday as a winter storm pushed eastward.
Monday, December 12, 2016

Rural opiod use leads to more drug-affected newborns
CHICAGO (AP) — A surge in U.S infants born with symptoms of withdrawal from heroin or strong prescription painkillers is driven largely by rising drug use among women in rural areas, a new study found.
Monday, December 12, 2016

Illinois man transforms himself from drug dealer to minister
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The darkest chapter in Courtney Carson’s storybook life is also the most publicized, but the lesser known pages that come after tell of a man who has experienced dramatic redemption.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

New webcam shows live views of Illinois bison herd
WILMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A new web camera is now available for those who want to see live views of the bison herd on federal prairie land in northern Illinois.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

U of Illinois inks 10-year deal to buy energy from wind farm
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois says it’s contracting with the largest wind farm in the state to buy power for its Urbana-Champaign campus.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Bridge connecting Indiana, Illinois reopens 4 months early
VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Traffic has resumed across the Lincoln Memorial Bridge that connects Vincennes, Indiana, and Westport, Illinois, on Indiana 441.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Southern Illinois University approves campus alcohol sales
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Alcohol will soon be on the menu at Southern Illinois University.
Friday, December 9, 2016

Man arrested in fatal hit-and-run near Carbondale
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in the southern Illinois have arrested a man in last month’s fatal hit-and-run accident just outside of Carbondale.
Friday, December 9, 2016

85-year-old woman still hunting deer
NEOGA, Ill. (AP) — During every hunting season since 1958, Doris McKay, 85, of Neoga, has ventured into the woods in search of deer.
Friday, December 9, 2016

Alleged gang boss denies ordering hit
CHICAGO (AP) — The purported leader of Chicago’s notorious Hobos street gang took the stand Thursday at his racketeering trial — one of the biggest in recent city history — to insist he didn’t order a deadly hit on a gang associate-turned-informant to stop him from providing evidence that could put the gang leadership behind bars for life.
Friday, December 9, 2016

Company in talks to open Mitsubishi plant in Normal
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Vehicles could start rolling off the line at the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal if a Michigan automotive company has its way.
Friday, December 9, 2016

Cubs World Series trophy going to hit the road
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs’ World Series trophy is hitting the road.
Friday, December 9, 2016

Anti-abortion medical providers argue against state law
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Health-care providers in northern Illinois who object to abortion are asking for a preliminary injunction against a state law that requires them to provide information or referrals to patients seeking the procedure.
Friday, December 9, 2016

Eight people indicted for smash and grab at Frontenac Saks Fifth Avenue
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Eight Chicago residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for the smash-and-grab theft of $60,000 worth of handbags at a Saks Fifth Avenue in suburban St. Louis, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Judge denies Schock's request to move case to Peoria
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge in Illinois has refused to move Aaron Schock’s corruption case from Springfield to Peoria at the former congressman’s request.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Emergency funds totaling $3M headed to community colleges
CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois board in charge of community colleges has approved distribution of $3 million in emergency funds to help schools across the state that are in need.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Purported Chicago Hobos street gang leader to jurors: "Gang never existed"
CHICAGO (AP) — The purported leader of Chicago’s powerful Hobos street gang surprised courtroom observers by choosing to testify Wednesday at his own racketeering conspiracy trial, telling jurors that no such gang existed despite his full-arm tattoo emblazoned with the words — “Hobo: The Earth Is Our Turf.”
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Energy Dept. grants to fund state CO2 projects
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Geological Survey says it has been awarded a pair of federal grants worth a total of more than $12.6 million to try to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions from the use of fossil fuels.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Firearm deer harvest down 8.5 percent
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois hunters harvested about 8.5 percent fewer deer during the seven-day firearm season that ended Sunday compared to last year.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Making music, literature and history event in Spfld.
SPRINGFIELD – The state’s historic sites in Springfield and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site are teaming up with Lincoln Land Community College to present a writing workshop for student artists and a free community concert December 15.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Governor Rauner signs Exelon nuclear plant legislation
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved a plan providing billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants from closing prematurely.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Judge blocks Rauner on contract terms
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A judge in southern Illinois has issued a temporary restraining order to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration from imposing contract terms onto state workers.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Top job firm sued for bias against blacks
CHICAGO (AP) — A national job-placement firm discriminated against blacks in favor of Hispanic workers to comply with racially based criteria of companies seeking temporary workers in factories, on assembly lines or for other low-skilled positions, a federal class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of several African-Americans alleges.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Illinois budget still elusive as leaders lash out
CHICAGO (AP) — As Illinois remains without a budget, legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are succeeding more at frustrating each other than at striking a deal to end an 18-month budget impasse that is damaging the state’s fiscal health every day.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

East St. Louis corruption investigation leads to arrests
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A state and federal corruption investigation in the troubled southwestern Illinois community of East St. Louis led to the arrests Monday of several public officials, days after a township supervisor pleaded guilty to spending public money on personal trips and gifts.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tribune suing city over McDonald emails
CHICAGO (AP) — A newspaper is suing the Chicago Police Department over public records it requested last December related to the police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Illinois factory plans to close, lay off 86
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Alabama Metal Industries has informed the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity that it plans to close its plant in Bourbonnais and lay off its 86 employees.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mendoza sworn in as comptroller
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Susana Mendoza was sworn in as Illinois’ 10th comptroller Monday and immediately heard from the Republican governor about fighting a lawsuit from lawmakers demanding paychecks they haven’t seen since May.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Illinois Symphony's Winter Winds concert Friday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Let the winter winds blow as this evening of great music will warm you up inside for the Holidays.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Couple grateful for gravestone picture return
ASHMORE, Ill. (AP) — For Fairel Smith, having a picture of his mother and stepfather enshrined on their gravestone at the Enon Cemetery was not only an expensive gesture but also a prideful one as well.
Monday, December 5, 2016

Chicago-Florida flight lands in Indiana due to fuel issue
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frontier Airlines says one of its planes flying from Chicago to Florida was diverted to Indianapolis after an issue was reported with its fuel system.
Monday, December 5, 2016

Another year of financial uncertainty looms for Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Homeless shelters in Illinois and low-income college students who rely on state funds are facing another year of financial uncertainty as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democratic lawmakers remain unable to make progress on resolving a budget war.
Monday, December 5, 2016

Rauner names members of Bicentennial Commission
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed more than three dozen people to lead the planning for Illinois’ 200th birthday celebration.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

UI students, profs pushing for sanctuary campus
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — For Caleb Carlson, his tattoos remind him to keep balance in his life. For Brandi Binder, they remind her of what she lost. And for Brent Blackwell, his largest tattoo, a skeleton, reminds him that everyone must die, so "do what you enjoy."
Saturday, December 3, 2016

For UI student veterans, tattoos tell quite a story
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — For Caleb Carlson, his tattoos remind him to keep balance in his life. For Brandi Binder, they remind her of what she lost. And for Brent Blackwell, his largest tattoo, a skeleton, reminds him that everyone must die, so "do what you enjoy."
Tattoos are becoming more of a cultural norm these days, but the body art has long been a norm in the military. And that's why it occurred to Nicholas Osborne, director of the UI's Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, that featuring some UI student veterans and their tattoos in a display around Veterans Day would be a great medium for storytelling.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Illinois high court to hear wind power appeal
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — A decision on a proposed high-voltage power transmission line that would run through several Illinois counties is now heading to the state Supreme Court after an energy company decided to appeal a ruling against construction.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Event at Lincoln Log Cabin will look at ever-evolving Christmas traditions
LERNA, Ill. – Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site presents an old-fashioned Christmas on Dec. 10 with music and treats.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Illinois History: 1970 Constitutional Convention shaped state's future
ILLINOIS — The Illinois Constitutional Convention of 1970 was the sixth in the state’s history, and produced the first changes to the state’s governing document in a century. One writer aptly described the process as an example of “splendid bipartisan cooperation.” 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Lawmakers sue to get paid despite budget mess
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Half-a-dozen state representatives have sued the Illinois comptroller for holding up their paychecks during the state budget mess.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Illinois lawmakers vote to spare two nuclear plants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A multibillion-dollar subsidy for power giant Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants in Illinois operating during the next 13 years was on its way to a supportive Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday after days of rushed negotiations and hours of contentious debate by lawmakers.
Friday, December 2, 2016

House lacks votes to override Chicago school veto
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats failed Thursday to override the Republican governor’s veto of $215 million to help the financially struggling Chicago Public Schools with pension payments as negotiations on an overdue state budget broke down again.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Fifth warmest November in Illinois
Champaign, Ill. —November 2016 was the 5th warmest November on record for Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Vandalia Statehouse opens its doors Dec. 10, candlelight tour
VANDALIA, Ill. – The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds for a free holiday event on Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The first 100 families to visit will receive free Christmas ornaments.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rauner sets conditions for short term budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is telling Illinois Democrats the only way he’ll agree to another short-term budget is if they consider term limits and put a permanent freeze on property taxes.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bloody month in Chicago brings death toll past 700
CHICAGO (AP) — November was another bloody month in Chicago, ending with more than twice as many homicides as during the same month last year.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stateville closing F House, 1922 'Roundhouse'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –  John Baldwin, Acting Director for the Illinois Department of Corrections, today announced that the F House at Stateville Correctional Center has officially closed. The Illinois Department of Corrections moved its final thirty-six offenders out of the housing unit on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Illinois doctor's pill mill supplied eleven states
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators have yanked a suburban Chicago doctor’s license for running a cash-only pill mill and prescribing vast amounts of fentanyl and other addictive painkillers to patients in 11 states.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Court weighs decision on LGBT workplace bias
CHICAGO (AP) — A rare full-court session of a U.S. appeals court in Chicago heard arguments Wednesday on whether protections under a 1964 Civil Rights Act should be expanded to cover workplace discrimination against LGBT employees, as hopes dim among some gay rights activists that the question will be resolved in their favor following Republican election victories.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mother convicted in death of 11-week-old
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois judge has convicted a 22-year-old woman of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 11-week-old daughter.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pharmacist house calls? Project aimed at seniors
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Up to 2,000 older adults in Illinois will be enrolled in a demonstration project during which a pharmacist will visit them at home to review their medications.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Off-duty officer shoots, kills man outside suburban St. Louis Wal-Mart
CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) — An off-duty police officer fatally shot a fugitive in a suburban St. Louis Wal-Mart parking lot after the man crashed into several vehicles, nearly ran over several people and drove at the officer in an attempt to get away, authorities said.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Panel backs gay couple in civil union complaint
CHICAGO (AP) — A same-sex couple denied access to a central Illinois bed and breakfast while planning their civil union ceremony has won another legal victory in a five-year discrimination case that’s highlighted the conflict between religious freedoms and gay civil rights.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Attempt fails to overturn automatic-voter veto
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Democrats advocating for a system of automatic voter registration failed Tuesday to overturn the measure’s veto, losing the support of many Republicans who backed the bill before the governor rejected it.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Evanston aldermen pass strengthened 'welcoming city' law
CHICAGO (AP) — City council members in the Chicago suburb of Evanston have passed legislation strengthening its status as being welcoming to immigrants.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Off-duty officer shoots, kills man outside Illinois Wal-Mart
CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after being shot by an off-duty police officer outside a Wal-Mart store in southern Illinois.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SIU student who died in house fire identified
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Southern Illinois University student who died in a Carbondale house fire as 20-year-old Alexander Kierstead of Aurora.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

McDonald's testing the use of fresh beef in some burgers
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — McDonald’s is testing the use of fresh, never frozen beef for its Quarter Pounder hamburgers.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Man accidentally locked in Chicago jail is awarded $600K
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who was accidently locked up in a Chicago jail for more than a day has been awarded a $600,000 settlement.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Illinois lawmakers plan veto overrides before session ends
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have three more days to attempt to overturn vetoes by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner before their brief fall session concludes.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dozens arrested in minimum wage protests across the US
CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of people have been arrested as they participated in protests nationwide for a $15 per hour minimum wage.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Nutcracker, Dec. 10-11
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Springfield Ballet Company proudly presents its 42nd annual production of The Nutcracker, sponsored by USBank.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Reptiles on display at Rock Springs
DECATUR, Ill. — See and feel Rock Springs Nature Center’s resident live reptiles at a Snake and Turtle Show on Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Landscaping for poor drainage sites
HILLSBORO, Ill. — The splendor of trees and shrubs is apparent in the above-ground portions of the plants, but what lies beneath should not be ignored.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas light recycling event in Decatur
DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County Environmental Management Service will host a Christmas lights recycling event from Nov. 28, 2016-Jan. 20, 2017.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Millikin presents 58th annual Vespers celebration  
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University will present the 58th annual Vespers at Millikin on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on the campus of Millikin University.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Illinois stylists to be trained in domestic violence support
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has a new law requiring all hairstylists in the state to be trained in domestic violence support and response.
Monday, November 28, 2016

ISP apprehend suspect in child death
OLNEY, Ill. — On November 27, 2016, at 2:21 a.m., the Illinois State Police arrested Glen R. Ramey, 53, of Olney, for First Degree Murder and Predatory Sexual Assault in the death of Sabrina Stauffenberg, age eight.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Exelon 'bailout' plan faces uphill climb
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A mammoth plan to save nuclear power plants in Illinois, derided as a corporate bailout by consumer advocates but hailed as a leap forward in energy-efficiency by environmentalists, faces an uphill climb this week in the final days of the General Assembly’s fall session.
Monday, November 28, 2016

James Taylor announces summer tour of 4 baseball parks
BOSTON (AP) — Singer-songwriter James Taylor has announced a summer tour of four baseball parks, culminating in a date at Fenway Park, home of his beloved Boston Red Sox.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Cuban-American millennials hope for role to help shape Cuba's future
MIAMI (AP) — Isabella Prio was born in Miami, is 20 now and a junior at Boston College who fully expects to return to Cuba someday and help shape the island’s future. But she’s never been to the country where her grandfather was once president and refuses to visit until it’s a democracy.
Monday, November 28, 2016

LLCC fall film series concludes Dec. 8
SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Land Community College’s Arts and Humanities department invites the public to view and discuss the film "Birth of a Family” on Thursday, Dec. 8, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Trutter Center.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Memorial recognized among top hospitals
SPRINGFIELD – For the 12th consecutive year, Memorial Medical Center has been named a Consumer Choice Award winner for the Springfield area.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Illinois man freed after DNA evidence clears him in murder
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A Decatur man who spent 18 years in prison for murder was released Wednesday after DNA evidence got him a new trial and prosecutors declined to try him again.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Protesters disrupt Chicago shopping zone over police conduct
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of protesters disrupted Black Friday shopping in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile district demanding an elected civilian police review board.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

1 dead, 5 wounded in shooting at Chicago house party
CHICAGO (AP) — A 20-year-old man has died and five other people have been injured in a shooting at a Chicago house party.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Area hunters harvest 420 deer in county
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 54,452 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 18-20.  Hunters took 57,870 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2015.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Chicago police fatally shoot two
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer shot and killed a gunman who had killed one person and injured another early Friday, in the second fatal shooting involving the city’s police in just over 24 hours.
Friday, November 25, 2016

U of I strengthening ties with Mexico
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is strengthening its ties with Mexico through new academic and research partnerships.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Protesters gather at Magnificent Mile
CHICAGO (AP) — Several hundred protesters gathered in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district to demand an elected civilian police review board.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Robbers in Chicago forcing ATM withdrawals
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are warning people about robberies where the victims are being forced to withdraw money from ATMs.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Village sued, race-based opposition to low-income housing
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is suing the Illinois village of Tinley Park over allegations that officials there blocked construction of a low-income apartment complex amid “race-based community opposition.”
Friday, November 25, 2016

8-year-old girl found dead in Olney, Illinois
OLNEY, Ill. (AP) — An 8-year-old missing girl was found dead in a Southern Illinois town, and authorities say the case is being investigated as a homicide.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving travelers hope to leave politics behind
CHICAGO (AP) — When Mary Mitchell gathers with family for Thanksgiving, she plans to enjoy cooking with her sister, a satisfying meal and maybe a game of charades afterward. One thing that’s not on the list: politics.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chicago police reforms still delayed and uncertain
CHICAGO (AP) — Laquan McDonald’s life seemed to be headed nowhere. A ward of the state who had been shuffled between relatives’ homes and foster care, he was 17 when, high on the hallucinogenic drug PCP, he wandered down the street slashing tires with a knife.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A fun family alternative to Black Friday
SPRINGFIELD – Bring your whole family to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for a fun alternative to the stress and headaches of Black Friday.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Grow silver and red tillandsias for the holiday
URBANA, Ill. — Plant enthusiasts should check out tillandsia this holiday season, according to University of Illinois Extension educator Kelly Allsup.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Veteran given a new house as he confronts PTSD
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The burden of spending roughly half his family’s income on rent isn’t even lifted yet, but Army Spc. Tony Chobanov of Naperville already feels better.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016










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