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Audit: Illinois overdrew federal Medicaid dollars
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in “a perpetual ‘treadmill effect”’ of regular overdraws of dollars that the state later had trouble repaying, federal auditors said in a report released Monday.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014


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Galesburg teachers remain on strike
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Teachers in the northwestern Illinois city of Galesburg remain on strike after the union and board of education were unable to reach an agreement on a contract.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Illinois sees year's 1st human case of West Nile
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Health officials in Illinois are reporting the state’s first human case of West Nile virus this year.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Body of US woman slain on Bali to be flown to US
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — The body of an American woman will be flown to the United States after her daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend were accused of killing her on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

4 from Illinois charged in New York burglaries
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested four people from the Chicago area in connection with multiple burglaries committed in central New York.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

McHenry man pleads innocent in woman's slaying
MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) — A 63-year-old McHenry man has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and concealing a homicide in the slaying of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in his home.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Law aims to prevent student athlete concussions
CHICAGO (AP) — High school coaches and athletic directors will have to take concussion training courses under a new Illinois law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems
CHICAGO (AP) — Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Unemployment rises in most US states in July
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in 30 U.S. states last month, even as employers in two-thirds of the states stepped up hiring. The trends reflect an increase in job-hunters nationwide as an improving economy has encouraged more people to seek work.
Monday, August 18, 2014

'Don't know' if Missouri teen shot with hands up
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or while his back was turned to the shooter, “but we don’t know,” a pathologist hired by the teen’s family said Monday.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Blagojevich, state corruption feature in ruling
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court has taken on the issue of pay-to-play corruption in Illinois under disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weather service installs new system
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Up until recently, six short-lived EF1 tornadoes spawned by two storms that tore through northern Illinois on June 30 might have been all but invisible to the National Weather Service.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Illinois fair attendance down 9 percent with rain
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Attendance at this year’s Illinois State Fair is down about 9 percent from last year during a week of frequent rain.
Monday, August 18, 2014

22 states honor Illinois' concealed carry permit
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A growing number of states have recognized Illinois’ concealed carry weapons permit since the law took effect at the beginning of the year, according to a published report.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Attorney General warns about IT telephone scam
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents are being warned to watch out for telephone scammers who pose as representatives from Microsoft or other technology companies.
Monday, August 18, 2014

University of Illinois tests dog arthritis fixes
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is looking for dozens of arthritic dogs to help test a dietary supplement for their aching joints.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Chicago going high tech in hunting, killing rats
CHICAGO (AP) — Rats beware. Chicago is getting high tech in its efforts to wipe out vermin.

It’s going citywide with computerized data analysis that it has been testing out. The program predicts where rodents will turn up based on 311 complaints about things like overflowing trash bins, stray animals and vacant lots.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Nude man tried to rob Rockford bank
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Rockford police have arrested a 32-year-old man they say tried to rob a bank while naked.

Police say Ezekial Deanda approached a personal banker on Friday “while completely disrobed.” They say he then demanded money.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Drug-fighting measures signed into law
CHICAGO — Governor Pat Quinn today signed three new laws to fight the use and manufacture of illegal drugs in Illinois. The laws toughen penalties for meth manufacture near schools, add certain synthetic drugs to the Controlled Substances Act and prohibit anyone under 18 from purchasing or possessing any product containing the herbal drug Kratom. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keep schools safe and protect the health of the people of Illinois.
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Federal officials investigating missing rifles
DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating after two semi-automatic rifles given to the Des Plaines police department more than a decade ago were discovered missing. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Opponents seek hearings on coal mine in Illinois
FAIRMONT, Ill. (AP) — Opponents of a planned coal mine in eastern Illinois are beginning their push for public hearings now that the company has submitted a permit application.
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Service members says cars are missing
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of U.S. service members are reporting that their privately owned vehicles have gone missing or been damaged while being shipped to and from overseas bases, according to a newspaper report published Saturday.
Saturday, August 16, 2014

$7M project paves way for Port of East St. Louis
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — State and local officials have broken ground on a $7 million project to build a road, rail lines and utilities to serve the future Port of East St. Louis.
Friday, August 15, 2014

'Fort Knox' security planned for medical marijuana trade
CHICAGO (AP) — Medical marijuana in Illinois will be encased in vaults, monitored by security guards and protected by fingerprint-recognition biometrics.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Grocery chain suffers data breach
NEW YORK (AP) — A data breach at Supervalu may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Deere to lay off 600 at four sites in Midwest
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Researchers at U of I seek arthritic dogs for study
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Illinois are looking for dozens of arthritic dogs for a study examining whether a dietary supplement already used to treat humans can also help their canine cousins.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Argentina may charge RR Donnelley
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The government of Argentina will seek criminal charges against representatives of a U.S.-based global printing company that abruptly shuttered its plant in the South American country, the president said Thursday.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Chicago couple charged in Indonesia
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police charged an American couple with murder Friday after the body of the woman’s 62-year-old mother was found stuffed in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Political Parties Take Platforms To The Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Faced with a crucial mid-term election where Republicans are seeking to reclaim the governor's mansion, Illinois Democrats used an annual party gathering Wednesday to provide an early look at their strategy for victory this fall.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Police: Teen shot by cop suspect in recent robbery
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released several police reports and documents during a news conference where he also identified the officer involved as Darren Wilson, who has been on administrative leave since he shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Friday, August 15, 2014

IdealSeat Uses Statistics to Track The Best Foul Ball Spots For Fans
(AP) — The Chicago Cubs fan found the ideal seat at Wrigley Field almost by accident, sitting in the sunniest of spots along the left-field line and finding a friendly vendor to bring some nachos for his buddy. He even caught a foul ball that day.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Geologists studying Mount Baldy find another hole
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Geologists beginning an in-depth study of why a then-6-year-old Illinois boy became buried in a popular sand dune in northwest Indiana last year have discovered another hole there.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Representative Rosenthal receives ag education award
SPRINGFIELD — State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R – Morrisonville) was recently honored with the Jim Guilinger Outstanding Legislator Award by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) for his support and service to Illinois agricultural education.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

St. Louis riots: Police response added to much of the turmoil, McCaskill says
FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says the police response in Ferguson needs to be de-militarized.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

US EPA denies permit to store PCBs in land fill in Clinton
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided against giving a chemical waste permit to a central Illinois landfill that would allow it to store PCB.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Unemployment rate in Illinois falls again
CHICAGO (AP) — The state Department of Employment Security says Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. It was the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state’s jobless rate.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

State officials hold medical marijuana town hall meetings
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The first of three town hall meetings to answer questions about the Illinois medical marijuana application process was held in southern Illinois today.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Illinois company is latest to test the marketability of Asian carp as food
GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) — When they arrive at the processing plant, the fish that have been cursed as a menace to American lakes and rivers are raked onto a conveyer belt, some of them still flopping.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Racial Unrest Renders St. Louis Suburb A War Zone
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police on today defended the use of tear gas and smoke bombs to repel protesters after another night of chaos in a St. Louis suburb following the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

St. Louis violence: Despite hackers, chief won't ID cop in shooting
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where an officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager said today that cyber-attacks on his city’s website won’t sway him into releasing the officer’s name.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Treasurer's race heats up over accusations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Republican candidate for treasurer Tom Cross’ campaign accused his Democratic opponent Tuesday of financial mismanagement and political patronage, stirring controversy in the race for a typically overlooked statewide office.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Galesburg teachers vote to strike
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — A teachers strike in Galesburg will affect extracurricular activities, including sports practices.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rockford OKs $250M school building plan
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The Rockford School Board has approved a $250 million facilities plan that will have some students changing schools as soon as fall 2015.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sale of champion steer shatters record
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 12-year-old Morris girl needs a bigger piggy bank.

Shaelye Varner showed the grand champion steer at the Illinois State Fair, then sold it at auction for a whopping $100,000 — shattering last year’s fair record of $62,000.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Quinn talks about labor at Democratic breakfast
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has emphasized his support of labor unions in the nationally watched governor’s contest.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Police, protesters clash outside St. Louis
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police in riot gear fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police over the weekend, as tension rose despite calls from his family for collective calm.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Illinois state education reports from 2013 overdue
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Problems collecting information have forced a delay in the release of last year’s state education reports, Illinois State Board of Education officials said.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dixon may hire firm to review financial controls
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The Dixon City Council is expected to decide next week if they will hire a consultant to review financial controls in the northern Illinois city.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Prosecutor: Evidence from 100 Alton cases missing
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Illinois are trying to determine how and why evidence in more than 100 Alton cases has been destroyed or discarded, clouding prosecutions.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Illinois man dies in fall while trimming trees
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southwestern Illinois officials say a 75-year-old man has died from a fall while trimming trees.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Barmageddon: Law students sue when software fails
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Law students taking the bar exam have it tough: Three years hitting the books. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition. And all of it, potentially wasted with a few failed attempts at the dreaded state-administered test.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

ComEd, Openland grants fund green-spaces projects
CHICAGO (AP) — Commonwealth Edison and the environmental advocacy group Openlands have awarded grants for 22 projects aimed at conserving and improving public green spaces.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Illinois governor, opponent clash over investments
CHICAGO (AP) — As one of the nation’s most competitive governor’s races picks up, voters in Illinois are hearing a whole lot about a British territory thousands of miles away in the Caribbean.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn hammered his wealthy Republican rival for days after reports that Bruce Rauner put some investments in the Cayman Islands, a place often criticized as a tax haven and that has caused political problems for U.S. candidates, including 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Monday, August 11, 2014

90 years on, push for ERA ratification continues
Monday, August 11, 2014

Chicago team in Little League Series Thursday
CHICAGO (AP) — An all-black team from Chicago is headed to the Little League World Series for the first time in three decades.

Jackie Robinson West will be in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, when play starts on Thursday. Cameron Bufford’s fifth-inning grand slam helped the Chicago team to a 12-7 victory Saturday in the Great Lakes Regional championship game in Indianapolis.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rockford officials to examine urban chicken rules
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Rockford City Council members will consider changing urban chicken rules after receiving requests from residents who want to raise them and complaints from others who don’t want feathered neighbors.
Monday, August 11, 2014

Illinois man injured watching demolition derby
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Illinois say a man was injured while watching the Carroll County Fair demolition derby.

The (Sterling) Daily Gazette reports  that 32-year-old Christopher M. Heisler of Milledgeville was watching the event Saturday night when he was hurt. A piece of metal from one of the vehicles flew into the stands and struck Heisler in the chest.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Illinois concealed carry process getting easier
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — There are signs that the initial rush of applications for permits to carry concealed weapons in Illinois is slowing down and the process is getting a bit easier to navigate.
Monday, August 11, 2014

White students no longer to be majority in school
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell’s summer school classroom in Pennsylvania’s wealthiest county says “Welcome” and “Bienvenidos” in polished handwriting.
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Illinois to hold 3 town halls on medical marijuana
CHICAGO (AP) — As Illinois’ new medical marijuana program gets underway, potential patients, growers and retailers have questions. State officials plan to hold three town hall meetings across Illinois to provide answers, particularly about the application process, which starts next month.
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Study explores Asian carp effects on Lake Erie
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A newly released scientific paper says if Asian carp become established in Lake Erie, it wouldn’t necessarily doom valuable native species such as walleye and yellow perch.
Friday, August 8, 2014

Family of SIU student who died sues Carbondale
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The family of a 19-year-old Southern Illinois University student found dead near the school in February has filed a lawsuit against the city of Carbondale, its police chief and the person who last saw him alive.
Friday, August 8, 2014

Cool summer sets expectations for a record harvest
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A mild summer across much of the nation’s heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation’s corn and soybean crops. Pair that with high-yield seeds and other new farming technologies, and the U.S. is looking at busting records come harvest time.
Friday, August 8, 2014

Prosecutors: Chicago gang leader among 35 arrested
CHICAGO (AP) — A 55-year-old patriarch of a violent street-gang faction in Chicago was arrested Thursday along with 34 other Gangster Disciples on charges related to the  running of a lucrative heroin- and crack-cocaine operation, according to prosecutors.
Friday, August 8, 2014

Missing 3 year-old found safe in Illinois corn
ALTAMONT, Ill. (AP) — A south-central Illinois 3-year-old has been found safe in a cornfield after a nearly three-hour search.
Friday, August 8, 2014

80-year-old softball player going strong
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — You don’t need a baseball diamond carved from an Iowa cornfield to find your own Field of Dreams.
Friday, August 8, 2014

Illinois collected $1.4 billion in child support
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois agency says it has collected more than $1.4 billion in child support for the first time in state history.
Friday, August 8, 2014

Illinois banks grapple with concealed carry law
CLINTON, Ill. (AP) — The concealed carry law in Illinois is several months old and banks are working to figure out if they will allow people to carry firearms when they come in.
Friday, August 8, 2014

Handgun found in carry-on bag at Chicago airport
CHICAGO (AP) — Security officers have seized a handgun found in carry-on luggage at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
Friday, August 8, 2014

RNC to approve post-2012 goals, not immigration
CHICAGO (AP) — Republicans are enthusiastic about wrapping up their year of sweeping party rule changes aimed at making the work of picking a candidate for president more efficient and less prone to infighting.
Friday, August 8, 2014

Quinn signs payroll card legislation backed by AG
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has taken action on two legislative proposals aimed at helping consumers avoid additional fees, but some lawmakers and advocates on Wednesday questioned his use of amendatory veto power on a plan designed to help cut medical bills.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Illinois appeals court rules against Bears on tax
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois appeals court says the Chicago Bears owe $4.1 million to Cook County in amusement taxes plus interest.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Will County replaces infected ash trees
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Residents in Will County are seeing massive changes in their municipal treescapes as villages and cities compete for the best ways to remove and replace ash trees infested with the emerald ash borer beetle.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Inspectors check rides at Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State inspectors have been deployed to check the rides at this year’s Illinois State Fair.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Illinois firefighter pleads guilty to arson
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter has pleaded guilty to arson in northwestern Illinois.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Slain marshal's ex-fiancee bilked charity
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — The former fiancee of a U.S. marshal gunned who was killed during a 2011 house raid drained thousands of dollars in proceeds from a charity golf tournament held in the slain man’s honor, a federal grand jury has alleged.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Durbin, Quinn ask Amtrak to consider adding trains
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ top two Democrats are asking Amtrak to study the feasibility of adding trains along the Chicago-to-Carbondale route.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

U of I suspends Sierra Leone programs over Ebola
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois announced it has suspended study-abroad programs in Sierra Leone and plans extra screening for students arriving from West Africa in response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Illinois governor says Walgreens made right choice
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says Walgreens made the right decision to stay headquartered in Illinois.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Walgreens turns down inversion to cut tax bill
Walgreen plans to keep its roots firmly planted in the United States, saying it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed the amount of U.S. taxes it pays.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Objection! Interrupting Chicago lawyer gets rare sanction
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge in Iowa meted out an unusual punishment to a lawyer for repeatedly raising objections and interrupting depositions: She must produce a training video showing why such tactics are inappropriate.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

FBI director says corruption, crime Illinois focus
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — FBI Director James Comey said in a visit to Springfield that stopping violent crime and public corruption are priorities in the region.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gun group wants Peoria firearms ordinance changed
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A gun rights group that has fought many legal battles over gun ordinances in Illinois now has its sights set on a provision in Peoria’s deadly weapons ordinance that requires anyone buying a weapon to provide a thumbprint.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chicago man sentenced for sex trafficking
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a 27-year-old Chicago man to 30 years in prison for forcing four young women into prostitution through a combination of threats and psychological manipulation.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Illinois researchers help declining turtle species
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it is taking steps to protect the state’s population of alligator snapping turtles.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Judge: SIU-Carbondale owes $1.9M in back pay
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University officials bargained in bad faith with the Carbondale campus’ unions during 2011 contract talks and owes 1,500 current and former employees $1.9 million in back pay for furlough days they were forced to take, an administrative law judge has ruled.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

USDA: Illinois corn, soybean crops excelling
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois’ corn and soybean crops are faring well.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Missouri to execute man convicted in 1995 killing
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether to intervene in the scheduled Missouri execution of an Illinois man condemned to death in the 1995 killing of a suburban St. Louis college student.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Illinois gardener plants medical herbs
FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — When Bethany Nagel moved with her husband, Dave, from the Chicago suburbs to rural Shannon seven years ago, she knew they would have a better life. She wanted to find fresher, healthier foods and knew a little about the benefits of buying local produce. Having an herb garden was her dream.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ill. man pleads not guilty to rest stop killing
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A Rockford man charged in the deaths of two people has pleaded not guilty to murdering one of them at a northern Illinois highway rest stop.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

$1M Powerball ticket sold in Granite City
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million was bought at a convenience store in Granite City in southwestern Illinois.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty to misdemeanor
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford pleaded guilty to misdemeanor tax fraud Monday at a federal court hearing in Chicago.
Monday, August 4, 2014

Syracuse University ranks as No. 1 party school
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation’s top party school.
Monday, August 4, 2014

Report: Rauner funneled money into Caribbean
CHICAGO (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner funneled part of his wealth to a Caribbean territory long considered a tax haven, a business practice the venture capitalist defended on Sunday, stressing there was no impact on his personal tax rate.
Monday, August 4, 2014

Pilot makes emergency landing on Illinois roadway
HARTSBURG, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a Springfield pilot flying home from a Wisconsin air show made an emergency landing on a highway in Logan County.
Monday, August 4, 2014

Dillard officially resigns from Illinois Senate
WESTMONT, Ill. (AP) — State Sen. Kirk Dillard has officially resigned from the Illinois Legislature to become chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority.
Monday, August 4, 2014

Illinois comptroller rivals differ on merger idea
CHICAGO (AP) — The two candidates seeking the job of writing checks in a state notoriously behind in paying bills differ on a big issue hovering over the state comptroller’s office — whether to eliminate it by merging it with the treasurer’s office.
Monday, August 4, 2014

Bond hearing set in Illinois meat tampering case
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 68-year-old southwestern Illinois man accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat is to learn whether he’ll be eligible for bond.
Monday, August 4, 2014

Illinois animal welfare laws are toughened
CHICAGO (AP) — Legislation proposed by three suburban Chicago third graders to better protect pets is now Illinois law.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure Saturday increasing fines for mistreating or abusing animals. Supporters say it targets unethical operators of puppy mills.

Saturday, August 2, 2014











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