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Group's cartoon sparks racial clash
CHICAGO (AP) — A political cartoon circulated by a conservative Illinois think tank with ties to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has triggered accusations of racism and insensitivity in the wake of the deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.
Friday, August 18, 2017


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Bloomberg funds $2M in ads backing Chicago soda tax
CHICAGO (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is throwing his support behind a Chicago-area sweetened beverage tax by financing an ad campaign backing the levy.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Officials warn about phony eclipse glasses
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials say residents should beware of fraudsters seeking to profit from the buzz surrounding Monday’s solar eclipse. The warning concerns the selling of eclipse glasses that don’t protect your eyes.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Chicago voter info exposed
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago election officials say a file containing the names, addresses, dates of birth and other information about the city’s 1.8 million registered voters was published online.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Illinois gov: Immigration bill is 'very reasonable'
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says a plan that would limit cooperation between authorities in Illinois and federal immigration authorities “seems very reasonable.”
Friday, August 18, 2017

Gov candidates rail against Trump
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nine candidates for governor took to the rostrum yesterday at a brunch in Springfield hosted by the Democratic County Chairman’s Association, unloading as much firepower on Republican President Donald Trump as on the man they hope to replace, GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Friday, August 18, 2017

House schedules funding veto override
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House will attempt to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a public school funding revamp next week, the speaker said Wednesday after a failed vote on legislation Democrats introduced to gauge support for the Republican governor’s alternative ideas.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Illinois researchers will study weather, climate during eclipse
CHAMPAIGN — Watching the sun disappear at midday during a solar eclipse is not only fascinating for viewers across the U.S., but the rare event also presents a unique opportunity for scientists to investigate weather-related changes in Illinois.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Feds to survey state flood damage
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked federal responders to join state officials in assessing the damage in four counties after flooding last month.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

83-year-old Jesse White to seek 6th term as secretary of state
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats  gathered for the annual Illinois State Fair campaign rally — without stopping at the fair.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Aviation company to lay off 330 workers in Cahokia
CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) — A St. Louis-based aviation company is expected to lay off about 330 employees at an airport in southwestern Illinois as its parent company plans to discontinue some of its services.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Court upholds dismissal of B&B's appeal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has upheld a decision to dismiss a bed-and-breakfast’s appeal of $80,000 in penalties imposed by the state’s Human Rights Commission for turning away a same-sex couple.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

House in session today on school funding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — While Illinois schoolchildren are heading back to school, political leaders in Springfield are locked in a showdown over paying for their education.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Police: Three arrested at Chicago protest
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say three people were arrested during an anti-white supremacy protest outside a courthouse in Chicago.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Missouri regulators reject Clean Line project
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators have rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Springfield approves resolution against hate
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield City Council members have unanimously approved a resolution affirming the state capital city’s commitment to civil rights and opposition to racism.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Report: Students at two-year colleges more likely to face hunger as an issue
URBANA, Ill. – For the majority of college students, having enough food is not on the list of challenges they face in their education. However, a recent study shows that, for some college students, hunger is definitely one of the problems they face and this can impede their ability to succeed in college.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

17-year-old convicted of student's beating death
CARLYLE, Ill. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy has been convicted of fatally punching a southern Illinois high school senior during a party last spring.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Governor signs ag bills at State Fair
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday signed a series of agriculture bills, including House Bill 470, which designates corn as the official state grain of Illinois and is supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pawar selects Cairo mayor as running mate
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Ameya Pawar has selected Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman as his 2018 running mate.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

United Center shut after fight during youth event
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a fight inside the United Center during a youth basketball tournament prompted officials to shut down the arena.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Former Miss America is running for atty. general
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A lawyer who is a former Miss America says she's running for Illinois attorney general.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New state law discourages expulsion of preschoolers
CHICAGO (AP) — Preschool-age children enrolled in publicly-funded early childhood programs and schools in Illinois will be protected from expulsion under a new law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

LLCC providing coverage of eclipse
SPRINGFIELD—A total solar eclipse will be visible from southern Illinois on Monday, Aug. 21. While the eclipse will still be visible from the Springfield area, it will not quite be total. Lincoln Land Community College is providing an opportunity for those not making the journey to southern Illinois to still experience the total solar eclipse through the college’s Facebook page and activities on the LLCC-Springfield campus.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Governor signs consolidation bills, says more action is needed
OAK BROOK, Ill. —  Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 607, two bills that enable local officials to consolidate units of local government.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Illinois makes long-delayed move to replace lottery manager
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois made a long-delayed move toward hiring a new private manager for the $2 billion-per-year lottery on Monday, years after the first of two governors tried to fire the current manager for missing sales goals.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chicago police captain mourned after death while on duty
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say an on-duty Chicago police captain who died after being found unconscious in his police vehicle may have suffered a cardiac-related incident.
Monday, August 14, 2017

Petersburg's Hand of Fate to produce Ill. bicentennial beer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Petersburg brewer has won the Illinois Bicentennial Craft Beer Competition. 
Monday, August 14, 2017

Ottawa photographer prefers film over digital

By STEVE STOUT

The Daily Times

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Pay close attention out and about in Ottawa, and the sight of a young man roaming the city with a vintage sheet film camera and tripod photographing buildings and landscapes may take you back.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Some northern Illinois waterways troubled by breakaway bogs

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Crews are wrestling with large floating bog islands on some northern Illinois waterways that are creating hazards for boaters and threatening damage to piers.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Illinois Senate rejects Rauner veto of school-funding plan

By JOHN O’CONNOR

AP Political Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate overturned Gov. Bruce Rauner on public education funding Sunday, voting to override an amendatory veto despite the Republican governor’s contention that his changes would mean millions of dollars more for school districts outside Chicago.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Lincoln Home ranger program an opportunity for teachers
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Home National Historic Site welcomes educators Jenna Glore, from Riverton Elementary School, and Emilee Secrist, from Jacksonville’s Washington Elementary School, to the ‘Teacher Ranger Teacher’ program. 
Monday, August 14, 2017

LLCC's James S. Murray Gallery features landscapes by L.A. Fuller Aug. 21-Sept. 14
SPRINGFIELD–The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College is featuring the colored pencil art exhibit, “On the Move” by L.A. Fuller Aug. 21-Sept. 14. The exhibit is open for viewing Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. A reception with the artist will be held Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the gallery. 
Monday, August 14, 2017

Protective League pet adoptions planned for today
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, Springfield today. On Sunday, August 13, adoptable cats will be available from noon. until 4 p.m., and dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m. Dogs and cats are also available at the shelter located at 1001 Taintor Rd. seven days a week from noon until 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

$393M Mega Millions ticket sold in Chicago suburb
PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Lottery says a suburban Chicago barbecue restaurant sold the winning ticket for a $393 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Senate looking to address school funding today
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Just days before the school bell’s ring, the Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature is grappling with a Republican governor over how to fix the biggest gap in the U.S. between a state’s richest schools and its poorest.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Judge sentences Hobos hit man to life in prison

CHICAGO (AP) — A hit man for a Chicago street gang was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, with the judge saying witnesses who testified against the Hobos enforcer during one of the city’s biggest gang cases in years no longer have to worry he might one day come after them. 

 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Eclipse: IDOT says prepare for crowds
SPRINGFIELD — Although the sun might go missing for a little while, the Illinois Department of Transportation promises to stay active leading up to the solar eclipse to make sure traffic keeps moving and the traveling public remains safe. Carbondale is in the path of the total eclipse, making it one of the prime viewing areas in the country for the Aug. 21 event. The rest of the state will experience a partial eclipse of approximately 90 percent.  
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dept. on Aging hosts Senior Day at the State Fair Monday
SPRINGFIELD — At this year’s Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) hosts a variety of activities for older adults, their families and friends on Senior Day, Monday, August 14th. The event is open to the public and adults age 60 and older receive complimentary admittance into the fair that day. 
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Eclipse Preparation Underway at IDOT
SPRINGFIELD — Although the sun might go missing for a little while, the Illinois Department of Transportation promises to stay active leading up to the solar eclipse to make sure traffic keeps moving and the traveling public remains safe. Carbondale is in the path of the total eclipse, making it one of the prime viewing areas in the country for the Aug. 21 event. The rest of the state will experience a partial eclipse of approximately 90 percent.  
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Grand opening Saturday for iconic Rt. 66 structure
NORMAL, Ill. — The grand opening — or reopening, if you will — of the gift shop and information center at the historic Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, will be from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 12.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Federal government warns Cook County on soda tax collection

CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government is threatening to withhold about $87 million in food stamp funds from the state of Illinois if Cook County doesn’t alter the manner in which the penny-an-ounce tax on sweetened beverages has been implemented, officials said Thursday.

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Chicago cop's 2012 shooting of ten found unwarranted
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police watchdog agency has determined the 2012 fatal shooting of a 15-year-old by an officer was “unprovoked” and “unwarranted.”
Friday, August 11, 2017

Hobos leader sentenced to 40 years, hit man up next
CHICAGO (AP) — The convicted hit man of the notorious Hobos street gang is next up for sentencing in one of Chicago’s biggest gang cases in years. 
Friday, August 11, 2017

Senate looks to address school funding plan Sunday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Just days before the school bell’s ring, the Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature is grappling with a Republican governor over how to fix the biggest gap in the U.S. between a state’s richest schools and its poorest.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Hair stylist was stabbed over 40 times
CHICAGO (AP) — A hair stylist suffered more than 40 stab wounds to his upper body in a fatal attack last month in the high-rise Chicago condo of a Northwestern professor, police said today.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Army Band to perform at Illinois College Saturday
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Illinois College welcomes the  public to attend a free performance by the 144th Army Band, of Springfield, under the direction of CW3 Christopher N. Jones, August 12, at 3 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel. 
Friday, August 11, 2017

WWI encampment coming to Monticello Railway Museum
SPRINGFIELD — The Monticello Railway Museum and the Illinois State Military Museum and World War I living historians will present a ride along with the Illinois State Military Museum's World War I Living History Detachment on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gov. signs law streamlining government purchasing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that makes state government purchasing less cumbersome.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

71-year-old GE Lighting factory in Mattoon to close Friday
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois General Electric Lighting plant that once employed as many as 1,800 people is closing this week.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dozens of antique cars destroyed by overnight fire
STAUNTON, Ill. (AP) — Dozens of antique vehicles were destroyed when a fire swept through a garage outside the southern Illinois community of Staunton.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Illinois case challenges ballistic tests
CHICAGO (AP) — When Illinois jurors convicted Patrick Pursley of murder, they relied on an expert’s assurance that the scratches and dents on bullets and shell casings from the crime scene proved they could only have come from Pursley’s gun.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pedestrian hit during police chase
DYER, Ind. (AP) —Authorities say a suspected car thief hit a pedestrian during a police chase in south suburban Chicago that ended in northwestern Indiana where the suspect was shot to death.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Schools: Lawmakers to meet Sunday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers will be in session next week as a showdown with Gov. Bruce Rauner over school finance continues.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

State Fair kicks off tonight with Twilight Parade followed by Foghat concert
SPRINGFIELD — In keeping with the 2017 Illinois State Fair theme, Manager Kevin Gordon announced today that the Vose Family, the Cullers Family and Coleman Family will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade. Combined, the families have been a member of the State Fair family for 176 years.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Illinois Department of Labor inspects all rides at State Fair
SPRINGFIELD — At the 2017 Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) will conduct routine inspections of all amusement rides and attractions.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

McDonald's, Walgreens sued over sweetened beverage tax
CHICAGO (AP) — Two retailers are being sued over their alleged failure to properly levy new taxes on sweetened beverages being sold in the Chicago area.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Safety study planned at Illinois university auditorium
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials at the University of Illinois in Springfield say an outside consulting firm will review safety issues at the Sangamon Auditorium following the death of a concertgoer this year.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gunmen kill 1, wound 6 in attack along Chicago street
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say several gunmen opened fire on a group of people standing on a Chicago sidewalk, killing a man and wounding six other people.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Makanda, coveted eclipse viewing spot
MAKANDA, Ill. (AP) — The neon orange stripe runs from the railroad tracks, across the parking lot, to the front door, and up the brick facade of Dave Dardis’ eclectic Rainmaker art studio, shop and gardens.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Rauner rejects Democrat's call to borrow
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized Democrats’ call Monday to borrow money to take a chunk out of a $14.4 billion pile of overdue bills.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sessions fires back after Chicago initiates sanctuary lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities Monday to sue over what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Northwestern prof makes appearance
DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — Wearing red inmate clothes with his hands shackled, a fired Northwestern University professor facing a murder charge in Chicago briefly appeared in a California courtroom Monday, smiling at supporters who waved at him. 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

29 arrested, 234 taken to hospitals during Lollapalooza
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say 27 people were arrested and 234 were taken to hospitals during this year’s Lollapalooza music festival.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Chicago marks 50 yrs. of Picasso sculpture
CHICAGO (AP) — A work of public art that initially bewildered and displeased many Chicagoans — only to later become a city icon — is turning 50.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

HUD's Ben Carson to visit town hit by housing crisis
CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson is expected to visit a far southern Illinois community where two public housing complexes are being torn down, forcing hundreds of residents to find new homes.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

1 injured in fire at Atlon Steel over the weekend
ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say one person was injured in a fire at Alton Steel in southwest Illinois.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Report: Steps proposed to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending a mixture of technologies including loud noises and water jets at a crucial site in Illinois to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
Monday, August 7, 2017

State prepares for traffic near path of solar eclipse
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Department of Transportation officials say efforts are underway to make sure traffic keeps moving and roadways are safe during the upcoming solar eclipse.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Northwestern prof due in Ca. court
CHICAGO (AP) — After a cross-country manhunt, a Northwestern University professor and University of Oxford employee are in custody in the brutal stabbing death of a 26-year-old hair stylist in Chicago. The case has involved peculiar twists, including a cash donation by one of the two suspects in the victim’s name at a Wisconsin library and a videotaped confession sent to friends. The two men surrendered peacefully in California after eight days as fugitives.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Emanuel: Chicago to file federal suit over threat to its sanctuary city status
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago is taking his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, becoming one of the first cities to sue the government in what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Chicago to sue US Justice Department over funding threat
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said the city will sue the federal government in defense of its status as a so-called sanctuary city and against threats to withhold U.S. grant funds.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Historians search for missing Civil War monument
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A team of history enthusiasts in central Illinois is hunting for a Civil War memorial that went missing more than half a century ago.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Chicago stabbing death suspects surrender in Oakland California
CHICAGO (AP) — A Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford employee wanted in the brutal stabbing death of a Chicago man surrendered peacefully in California and will be returned to Chicago for interrogation, federal and local authorities said.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Illinois saw both drought and flooding conditions during July
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Experts say heavy rain and flooding affected northern Illinois in July while the central and southern parts of the state saw dry weather that caused crop damage.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Woman pleads guilty to bilking man out of $4.5 million
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges she bilked an elderly suburban Chicago man out of about $4.5 million over six years.
Friday, August 4, 2017

2 House Republicans won't seek re-election
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Republican legislators won’t seek re-election next year.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Authorities probe deadly Amtrak crash
BRIGHTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police are investigating circumstances involving an Amtrak train that hit a sport utility vehicle that had become stuck on the tracks, killing the driver from St. Louis.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Heroes and Hooves: Horses to help heal PTSD victims
ST. ANNE, Ill. (AP) — The idea started 10 years ago after Jeff Montalta saw the movie “Pay It Forward.” That’s when he knew he wanted to do something to give back to his community.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Feat of Bronze Star winner memorialized in bronze
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Thomas Nicholson didn’t talk about the night of Jan. 25, 1945, when he made repeated trips under German mortar and artillery fire to repair the communications line between his forward observation post and his unit’s mortar position at Kaltenhaus, France.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Rauner's move to remove hundreds of millions of dollars for CPS risky, bold
CHICAGO (AP) — By extracting Chicago money from a measure all Illinois public schools needed to get state funding this fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner reignited an age-old but divisive political strategy on a new front.   
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site hosts portrayal of Mary Lincoln August 5
LERNA, Ill. — At the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site on Saturday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m., Jessica Michna will present a first-person portrayal of Mary Lincoln as she recalls her early years and education in Lexington, Kentucky. Ms. Michna's performance will take place in the site’s visitor center auditorium, and is free and open to the public.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

July violence in Chicago pushes 2017 homicide total past 400
CHICAGO (AP) — July was another dangerous month in Chicago, with 74 homicides reported.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Insurance exchange rates in Illinois see steep hikes
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois consumers who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange could see prices increase by as much as 43 percent next year.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Award winner touts children's literature
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Children’s literature today shows more caring and more presence of fathers, observes an Illinois State University professor who was recently recognized for her literary research.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ara Parseghian, who won 2 titles at Notre Dame, has died at 94
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ara Parseghian, who took over a foundering Notre Dame football program and restored it to glory with two national championships in 11 seasons, has died. He was 94.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Schock accuses prosecutors of misconduct
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Lawyers for former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock on Tuesday accused federal investigators of misconduct in their probe of the once-rising Republican star, and want the charges of fraud against him dismissed.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Chicago 2017 homicide total passes 400
CHICAGO (AP) — July was another dangerous month in Chicago, with 74 homicides reported.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Christie confronts Cubs fan because he said 'awful stuff'
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he confronted a Chicago Cubs fan during Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers because the man said “some really lousy, awful stuff” with a lot of children around.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Death of Indiana man at Illinois park under investigation
OGLESBY, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say the weekend death of an Indiana man who slipped and fell about 60 feet from a cliff at northern Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park remains under investigation.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Corps to release report on blocking Asian carp
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will release a previously delayed report on measures that could be taken at an Illinois waterway chokepoint to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Chicago's projected deficit smallest in 10 years
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say the city’s budget in 2018 will have a $114.2 million shortfall, the smallest in 10 years.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

N. Dakota still seeking pipeline recouperation
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is continuing to seek federal funding to help pay state law enforcement bills related to months of protests over construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Scherer supports sexual assault survivors  
 DECATUR, Ill. – Prioritizing the safety and well-being of college students in Illinois and across the country, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is backing a measure calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to not roll back important protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bloomington making efforts to restore rare brick streets
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Efforts are underway in Bloomington to preserve what’s left of the central Illinois city’s brick streets.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Danville daycare where child drowned surrenders license
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An eastern Illinois daycare center where a 4-year-old girl drowned in a pool last September has surrendered its license to the state.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Dozens of Illinois juvenile lifers receive new sentences
 CHICAGO (AP) — About 35 of 80 Illinois inmates in who received mandatory life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed as juveniles have been resentenced since the Supreme Court ruled that punishment unconstitutional.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Well-wishes offered for man with Alzheimer's, Down syndrome
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — Scott Homola’s mail box has been overflowing with more than 200 birthday cards from strangers who’ve also sent him packages and gift cards from across the country.
Monday, July 31, 2017

A look at the political gridlock over state school funding
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois may have ended its historic budget impasse, but the Capitol finds itself stuck in political gridlock again, this time over school funding.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Lawmakers adjourn day 3, still no school funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators adjourned  on Friday, the third day of a special session, without wading into a school funding fight. 

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What's in your rum?
URBANA, Ill. — Aficionados use words like “oaky” to describe some wines, or “hoppy” when talking about certain beers. But for rum—a product with over 1,000 different varieties—putting the words together to describe what imbibers are smelling and tasting is a bit more difficult.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Yoga students have fun with goats at suburban farm

ELBURN, Ill. (AP) — Seven kids munched away for an hour Wednesday at their home at Rustic Road Farm near Elburn.

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Pinball leagues reappearing in some Illinois cities

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Remember, if you can, the pinball games of yesteryear, when the hobby was in its prime and didn’t have to contend with your iPhone or Nintendo Switch games.

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

History buffs celebrate forgotten Rev War general
COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — History buffs have one wish on the 275th birthday of a Revolutionary War general: That he'll get the recognition he deserves.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

History buffs celebrate forgotten Rev War general
COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — History buffs have one wish on the 275th birthday of a Revolutionary War general: That he'll get the recognition he deserves.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Looking at the sun when partially eclipsed is unsafe
SPRINGFIELD — On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S.  The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Judge allows Chicago-area sweetened beverage tax to begin, dismisses suit
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawsuit challenging a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages sold in the Chicago area was dismissed Friday by a judge who also dissolved a temporary restraining order that had stopped it from being implemented.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Talk: 'Mound Builders of the Upper Mississippi'
LEWISTON, Ill. — The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will meet Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Dickson Mounds Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Ferrel Anderson, Davenport, Iowa, who will present a talk titled “Mound Builders of the Upper Mississippi River Valley”. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be available afterwards. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Guest speaker on 20th Century Farming
DECATUR — Learn about major changes in local farming in the 20th Century during “A Century of Central Illinois Prairie Farming” on Sunday, August 6 at 2 p.m. in Rock Springs Nature Center. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Randolph County to host 1st Bicentennial event
SPRINGFIELD — The Governor’s Office of the Illinois Bicentennial announced today that Kaskaskia Island has been selected as the site to begin the 100 Day Countdown to the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration. Events are being planned for Constitution Day, Aug. 26, 2017, in front of the Liberty Bell of the West and along the Kaskaskia/Cahokia trail.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Fight at state Capitol threatens money for schools
CHICAGO (AP) — Schools in Illinois could start classes in a few weeks without receiving any state money to help pay teachers, buy supplies or keep lights on, as a new front in the yearslong fight between the Republican governor and majority Democrats threatens funding for roughly 850 districts statewide.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Ruling bars pension boost after subbing for 1 day
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former lobbyist for an Illinois teachers union has lost his battle to retain an enhanced pension benefit obtained through a 2007 law that allowed him to count past years as a union employee toward a teacher pension.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Inspector: Former DCFS director mismanaged agency

CHICAGO (AP) — State investigators say the former head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services improperly awarded a no-bid contract to a person with whom he co-owned property. 

 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Musuem's Science Series will look at luminous stars
SPRINGFIELD — Paul Mickey Science Series presented by John Martin, Director of the University of Illinois Springfield Barber Astronomical Observatory will be held Wednesday, August 2, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Nonprofit leader is sentenced for fraud
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois nonprofit director who federal prosecutors say filed for bankruptcy 10 times in five years has been sentenced to a year in prison for fraud.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Illinois man pleads guilty to seeking bribes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 48-year-old central Illinois man who worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan has pleaded guilty to soliciting $320,000 in bribes from Afghan contractors.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Labor Dept. responds to Ohio State Fair tragedy
SPRINGFIELD — In light of yesterday's tragic incident at the Ohio State Fair, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is suspending the operation of all rides similar to KMG’s Fire Ball until further notice.  
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Duckworth speaks on transgender ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress, with one camp standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an ugly attack on dedicated troops.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

No movement on 1st day of session
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The agenda was scant and attendance light Wednesday, the opening day of a special session called by Gov. Bruce Rauner to resolve a funding fight that’ll determine whether schools get state money before the start of the academic year.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Prosecutor notes few gun cases successfully prosecuted
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is expressing surprise at how few gun cases that her office prosecutes result in convictions.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Duckworth, Emanual criticize Trump transgender policy
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are among the Illinois politicians criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to bar transgender people from serving in the military.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wisconson getting phone parts plant
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to announce Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a liquid crystal display panel plant in Wisconsin, according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Associated Press.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

City getting civilian police review board
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Officials in Bloomington are creating a community board to review public complaints against its police department.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Woman sentenced in cancer fraud case
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois woman accused of falsely claiming she and her son had cancer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

$1 sodas help boost McDonald's sales in the US
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald’s says a promotion for $1 sodas and a new line of premium burgers helped boost sales in its flagship U.S. market.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Study: Brain disease seen in most football players
CHICAGO (AP) — Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

World Roller Derby Week celebrates Chicago-born sport
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicagoans will celebrate in August to mark the creation of a sport created at home — Roller Derby.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Governor accuses Democrats of holding schools bill hostage
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner reiterated his call on Monday morning for Illinois lawmakers to send him a school funding overhaul by noon, saying he will call a special session this week if it’s not on his desk.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Mother Jones tribute on its way to Ireland
MOUNT OLIVE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois tribute to Mary Harris “Mother” Jones will be featured at a festival in Ireland which honors the labor organizer.
Monday, July 24, 2017

High waves prompt warning
CHICAGO (AP) — The chance of high, life-threatening waves has officials warning people in the Chicago area to stay out of Lake Michigan. 
Monday, July 24, 2017

John Curran to replace Radogno in state Senate
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by GOP leader Christine Radogno (rah-DOH’-nyoh) before she announced her resignation last month.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Human trafficking: How smugglers use trucks with sometimes deadly results
CHICAGO (AP) — It could take months for investigators to determine what preceded the deaths of at least nine people found with dozens of ailing individuals in a tractor-trailer discovered outside a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas, in what authorities are calling an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Storms exacerbate northern flooding
ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain, hail and strong winds to northern Illinois have exacerbated recent flooding in some areas.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Restraining order on Cook County soda tax extended a week
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge has extended for another week a temporary restraining order blocking a proposed tax on sweetened beverages.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

'Art of Science' exhibits planned for Bloomington airport
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington will soon be host to a series of exhibits created by the University of Illinois’ genomic biology institute.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Police officer shot in confrontation with armed suspect
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer has been shot during a confrontation with an armed suspect.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Love fair food? Now you can pig out and win at state fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Fans of fair food such as corndogs and funnel cakes will get the chance to really pig out at this year’s Illinois State Fair — and win a prize for doing it.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Illinois Raptor Center expands rehabilitation space
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A raptor center in Illinois soon will have rehabilitation space for injured birds of any size.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Quincy's longest tenured officer retires
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — On a shelf just above Sgt. John Summers’ shoulder was a clock. It counted down to the end of his shift July 7, when he wrapped up a nearly 40-year career with the Quincy Police Department.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chicago woman's moon dust sells for $1.8 million
NEW YORK (AP) — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Wisconsin, Illinois both vie for cell phone assembler
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is working on a package of incentives to lure Taiwanese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to the state as part of a deal that two state lawmakers said Thursday they believe could come as soon as the end of the month.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Moody's: Illinois avoids 'junk' credit rating for now
CHICAGO (AP) — A major credit rating agency says Illinois’ rating won’t be lowered to “junk” but warns the state still faces serious financial challenges and long-term risks.
Friday, July 21, 2017

McDonald's clothing: Big Mac adult-onesie anyone?
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — With McDonald’s now offering a delivery service, the fast-food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Driver in Mo. Saks smash-and-grab gets two years
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Chicago man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in a smash-and-grab crime at a suburban St. Louis Saks Fifth Avenue store.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Hastert fitted with electronic monitor
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago sheriff’s department says it has fitted Dennis Hastert with the kind of electronic monitoring that’s typically used when recent convicts are placed on home confinement.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

John Wayne Gacy one of history's most bizarre killers
CHICAGO (AP) — After running away from his Minnesota home in 1976, 16-year-old Jimmy Haakenson called his mother, told her he was in Chicago, then disappeared forever.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sears cuts deal with Amazon, shares of stock soar
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Route 66 spaceship on display at The Mill on 66 to celebrate 88th birthday
LINCOLN, Ill. — On July 25th, 1929 The Mill officially opened as The Blue Mill, and was painted white with blue trim.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rauner tours northern Illinois flood damage
ROUND LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner toured flood damage in northern Illinois for the second time in a week.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sheriff's recruits and trainees laid off due to soda tax holdup
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County sheriff has laid off more than 110 recruits and trainees, saying the move was made because a proposed countywide tax on soda was put on hold.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hastert faces sex-offender treatment
CHICAGO (AP) — Disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is far from putting his child-sex-abuse scandal behind him after being released from federal prison in Minnesota where he served a little over a year for a related banking conviction. He now must undergo intensive court-ordered sex-offender treatment designed to ensure he never again poses a risk to children.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chicago-to-Mackinac race wraps up
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Island, Michigan, has wrapped up with about two-thirds of the field making it to the finish despite difficult weather.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bracing For More Rain
Flooding continued Monday in Fox Lake, Ill., along the Chain O' Lakes. Flood conditions are expected to remain in areas of northern Illinois through Thursday as residents brace themselves for more rain.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

State rolls out plans for bicentennial
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the first activities planned for the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018. Events include a craft beer competition and a video contest with students in Illinois.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Community health centers around Illinois get $24 million
CHICAGO (AP) — Community health centers throughout Illinois are getting more than $24.5 million from the federal government.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Illinois flood conditions continue; more rain on the way
ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) — Flood conditions are expected to remain in areas of northern Illinois through Thursday as residents brace themselves for more rain.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ACLU: State juvenile center unfairly seeks charges
CHICAGO (AP) — The ACLU accuses a juvenile detention facility in southern Illinois of improperly and unnecessarily seeking prosecutions of several dozen detainees.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Area couple makes a haul at 'The Wall'
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A city garbage man honored for his acts of kindness and his wife hauled away a life-altering amount of money from “The Wall” after some hair-raising ups and downs.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hot air balloon is handicapped-accessible
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A handicapped-accessible hot air balloon provided tethered rides to people of all ages and abilities at a recent Illinois festival.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hastert released from Minnesota prison
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison in Minnesota and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records Tuesday.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Chicago community activist killed in weekend shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a community activist who worked to fight violence was fatally shot less than a block from the offices of his nonprofit group.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Illinois judge to rule next month on DNA in ex-Marine's case
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois judge will rule next month on whether DNA evidence can be used at the trial of a former Marine accused of fatally stabbing two girls.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Illinois pilot, Kansas airport manager die in plane crash
CUMMINGS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say an Illinois pilot and his passenger have died after a World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter crashed one day after it flew in a festival that celebrates famed aviator Amelia Earhart in her Kansas hometown.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Animal protection group promotes kitten yoga
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Inspired by goat yoga, the Peoria Humane Society is starting its own new exercise craze — kitten yoga.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Illinois has budget but no school funding plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has its belated state budget, but the state Capitol’s next flashpoint in the political struggle over finances is about how to fund public education with just weeks before the first day of school.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Illinois hemp bill may benefit medical marijuana industry
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would allow hemp to be grown legally in the state could mark a major shift for medical marijuana growers if approved.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Buffet assists Decatur with declining population

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The son of billionaire Warren Buffett is helping a rural Illinois city halt its declining population.

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Man indicted in SIU student's death
CHICAGO (AP) — A man has been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student, according to court records available online Friday — three years after the victim’s mother challenged original findings that her son died accidentally from exposure to the cold.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Northern Illinois flooding damage expected to worsen
GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials said Friday some 6,800 buildings have been affected by “unprecedented” flooding north of Chicago, and the damage is expected to worsen this weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin. 
Saturday, July 15, 2017

St. John's NICU family reunion today
SPRINGFIELD — This weekend, HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital will host a reunion for families whose children were patients in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) from 2009-2014. Patients, siblings, parents and grandparents have been invited to celebrate the progress that these children have made in their lives since leaving the NICU three to eight years ago. The event will be from 1-5 p.m. at Erin’s Pavilion today. 
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Kids can create pinball machines at museum event
 SPRINGFIELD — Kids ages 8 to 10 are invited to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Saturday, July 22 for a ‘Kids Create!’ workshop in which they’ll create pinball machines from recycled and found materials. 
Saturday, July 15, 2017

2 new competitions coming to Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD — Two popular televised games shows are making their way to the Illinois State Fair. Do you have what it takes to compete?  Online registration is now open for those brave enough to compete at the 2017 Illinois State Fair.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Historian discusses Lincoln's role as political boss
SPRINGFIELD — Everyone knows Abraham Lincoln as the great emancipator, self-made man or even country lawyer. But what about Lincoln as political boss?
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Military Museum hosting military vehicle show
SPRINGFIELD —The Military Museum in Springfield will hold a vehichle show on July 22 at the Illinois State Military Museum, located at 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. Springfield. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Report: GOP operative took his own life in Minn.
CHICAGO (AP) — A former private equity adviser and Republican operative who died soon after telling The Wall Street Journal he tried during the 2016 presidential election campaign to obtain Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from Russian hackers killed himself, according to a state death record obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Coalition of labor unions acquires Sun-Times
CHICAGO (AP) — An investment group led by a former Chicago alderman and a coalition of labor unions are the new owners of the Chicago Sun-Times, officials announced Thursday in an unusual deal that revived questions about media ownership and influence over coverage.  
Friday, July 14, 2017

State's strategy for digging out of debt: taking on more
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers who recently ended the longest fiscal standoff of any state since the Great Depression are counting on an ironic strategy to dig out of mountains of debt: borrowing even more money. 
Friday, July 14, 2017

Many smaller Illinois cities hosted minor league baseball

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — In recent years, minor league baseball has changed dramatically across the United States. Large urban areas with multi-million dollar ballparks are increasingly becoming the home of minor league teams that draw hundreds of thousands of fans each year.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Memorial Medical to host after-hours event for RNs
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Medical Center will hold a casual after-hours business reception for registered nurses who are interested in a career at the nonprofit Springfield hospital.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Rauner leaning conservative in staff replacements after major budget defeat
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is hardening his anti-tax stance as he readies a re-election bid following a major legislative defeat, replacing key staff with leaders of a conservative group that blasted the Republican just a few weeks ago for even considering a tax hike to end a yearslong budget impasse.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Davis supports three bills against human trafficking
Washington – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced that the House passed three more bills to help stop human trafficking – a problem that continues to grow in the U.S.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

McDonald's seeking to redefine convenience
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (AP) — McDonald’s is hoping to make a difference in its future seven seconds at a time.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

UI football center to cost $79 million
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A proposed football performance center at the University of Illinois is expected to cost about $79.2 million to build.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

AG issues sex-crimes response guide
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general has issued guidance for law enforcement agencies in the state on a law to improve response to sexual assault and abuse. 
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Employers to withhold for new income tax in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois has officially given human resources departments the information they need to start deducting more from workers’ paychecks.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Report errors let driver in fatal crash keep license
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say police report errors lead to a judge rescinding the driver’s license suspension for a southern Illinois man now charged in a double-fatal accident.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Animal Protective League plans cat and dog adoptions for this weekend
 SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at PetSmart off of Veterans Parkway this weekend. On Saturday July 15, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and adoptable dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m. On Sunday, July 16, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dickson Mounds to host kid's day snake program
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — At Dickson Mounds Museum on Sunday, July 16, 2017, from noon - until 4:00 p.m. the Kid’s Day program will be ‘Snakes, Lizards, & More.’  In celebration of World Snake Day, the whole family is invited to learn about and interact with both live native and exotic amphibians and reptiles. The program is presented by the Central Illinois Herpetological Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and conservation of reptile species. Participants may enjoy related craft activities and more. 
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Woman in Chicago gets probation for dropping baby out 8th floor window
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman accused of throwing her infant daughter to her death from an eighth-floor window has been sentenced to probation.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Illegal sues CPD allenging database error
CHICAGO (AP) — A Mexican immigrant scheduled for deportation has sued Chicago police in federal court, alleging he was wrongly listed in a gang database and that it cost him the chance to get federal protection and remain in the U.S. 
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mo. treasurer: "Don't be like Illinois"
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is offering strong criticism of the state budget — of another state.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CPD investigate free heroin distribution
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say “free samples” of tainted heroin may have resulted in the hospitalization of at least eight people in Chicago over the weekend due to overdoses.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Shedd to help reduce plastics
CHICAGO (AP) — Nineteen aquariums across the U.S. are partnering in an effort to reduce plastic pollution in the Great Lakes, rivers and oceans.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Illinois Treasurer Frerichs lectures gov
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state’s Democratic treasurer issued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner an unsolicited to-do list for staving off fiscal failure Monday, directing the Republican to get behind the state’s first budget in two years and “dial down the rhetoric.”
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Union bid for Sun-Times advances
CHICAGO (AP) — An investor group headed by a former Chicago city council member that includes labor unions says it has secured enough money to buy and operate the Chicago Sun-Times.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Court okays blocking Chicago soda tax
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois appeals court has upheld a temporary restraining order that’s preventing Cook County’s sweetened beverage tax from taking effect.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tow boat sinks in Mississippi
CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after a tow boat sank in the Mississippi River near Cairo, Illinois, leading to a rescue of the crew.
Monday, July 10, 2017

3 Chicago officers plead not guilty in McDonald case
CHICAGO (AP) — Three Chicago police officers have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to cover up what happened the night a white officer shot a black teenager 16 times.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Activists charged, Trump Tower incident
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors have brought felony charges against four of six Greenpeace activists accused of unfurling a banner from Trump Tower in Chicago to protest the president’s stance on global warning.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Governor replaces chief aide with conservative group's CEO
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is replacing his chief of staff with the head of the conservative-leaning Illinois Policy Institute.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Purchasing director pays restitution
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A former purchasing director of a northern Illinois county has paid more than $440,000 in restitution to the county less than a year after being sent to federal prison.
Monday, July 10, 2017

State has some bills to pay after 2 years
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois finally has a budget plan after two years. Now, to start paying bills.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Illinois lost $4M by halting Powerball, MegaMillions sales
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Lottery officials say the state lost about $4 million by halting sales of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets due to the state budget stalemate.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

ISP District 09 announces saturation patrols in high crash locations
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police District 09 Commander, Chris Owen, announced today a saturation patrol detail focusing on high personal injury and fatal crash locations.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Illinois landlines will remain for now despite new state law
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials of telecommunications conglomerate AT&T say Illinois’ landlines won’t be going away anytime soon despite a new state law to end the traditional phone service.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Judge tosses suit by consumer angered by ointment in tube
CHICAGO (AP) — Anyone who has ever struggled to get a last bit of toothpaste or other substance out of a tube may have pulled for an Illinois woman who literally tried to make a federal case out of just such a frustration.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Illinois elections board won't provide voter information
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Elections says it won’t provide information about registered voters to President Donald Trump’s voting commission.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Injured veteran moves into specially adapted smart house
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — After retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Bullock lost his right arm and right leg to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2013, everyday tasks became a whole lot harder.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Horse owners mourn loss of 18 killed
PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Stable and horse owners are rallying to help after a fire at a boarding facility in suburban Chicago killed 18 horses.
Friday, July 7, 2017

NTSB: Passenger chaos after engine explosion, fire
CHICAGO (AP) — Passengers aboard an American Airlines flight that suffered an engine failure and fire last year climbed over seats and pressured flight attendants to evacuate the plane as the second engine continued to run, according to National Transportation Safety Board documents released Thursday.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Illinois has first budget in two years
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in more than two years and ending the nation’s longest fiscal stalemate since at least the Great Depression.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Attorney: Kidnapping suspect deserves fair hearing
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The defense attorney for a man accused of kidnapping a University of Illinois scholar from China says his client deserves the “presumption of innocence.”
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rauner pressed on as House was set to vote on budget veto override today
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner implored lawmakers not to override his veto of a proposal to end Illinois’ unprecedented budget impasse, calling the plan that includes a large income tax increase a “disaster” that will not solve the state’s many financial problems.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lawmakers to attempt override of budget veto Thursday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has adjourned and scheduled a Thursday session which could feature votes to override a budget-deal veto.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

June warm, extreme rainfall variations
Champaign, Ill. — The average temperature for June in Illinois was 72.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

18 horses die in Kendall County barn fire
PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A barn fire in Kendall County left at least 18 horses dead.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Chicago man killed, fireworks explosion
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities in Chicago say a 42-year-old man was killed when a fireworks tube that didn’t ignite suddenly went off and struck him in the head.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Funeral Thursday for trooper killed in crash
FARMER CITY, Ill. (AP) — A visitation and funeral are set to remember an Illinois State Police trooper who died in a vehicle crash.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Holiday weekend in Chicago, in all, leaves 14 dead; 71 shooting incidents
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say that an eruption of gun violence after the official end of the 4th of July weekend left nearly as many people dead in a few hours as were killed between Friday afternoon and midnight Tuesday..
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Senate nixed vetoes of budget plan with tax hike
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a $36 billion budget package fueled by a $5 billion tax increase designed to start digging out of the nation’s deepest budget crisis since at least the Great Depression.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wild Goose Chase: Dogs used to keep geese away
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — It’s fitting a dog named River is keeping seagulls and Canada geese away from the water at Lake Michigan beaches managed by East Chicago.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Senate votes scheduled: Gov. Rauner vows to veto
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two of the nation’s top credit-ratings agencies signaled it would be a good idea for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to accept the results of climactic weekend action to resolve the nation’s longest budget stalemate since the Great Depression, but with Democrats trumpeting progress, there was only silence from minority Republicans who fear their governor’s agenda will be steamrolled.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Latest: Fitch Ratings cites 'concrete' budget progress
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a legislative session on Illinois’ budget as the state enters a third straight year without a spending plan (all times local):
Monday, July 3, 2017

St. Louis man accused in Illinois homeless man's slaying
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A St. Louis man is jailed without bond after being accused of fatally shooting a homeless man whose body was found in a southwestern Illinois field.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Chicago to build training campus for police, firefighters
CHICAGO (AP) — A $95 million public safety training campus is being planned to replace cramped and aging police and fire academies in Chicago.
Monday, July 3, 2017

House overrides Rauner veto of 911 fees
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation to continue funding 911 emergency call centers. 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

House leader: No vote on budget this weekend
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers returned to work Saturday after missing a key deadline to prevent the state from starting an unprecedented third consecutive fiscal year without a budget, but the House leader said a vote wouldn’t be taken over the weekend, meaning the state is entering dangerous territory.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Reagan boyhood home gets attention
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in northwestern Illinois is getting more upgrades.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Judge bars Cook County soda tax
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge on Friday temporarily halted the implementation of Cook County’s sweetened beverage tax, which is opposed by retailers.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Judge orders state to pay more on Medicaid bills
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the state of Illinois to increase the amount of money it pays toward Medicaid bills every month and an additional $1 billion during the next year.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Man held in kidnapping of Chinese scholar
CHICAGO (AP) — A man has been charged with kidnapping a visiting University of Illinois scholar from China who authorities believe to be dead after she disappeared three weeks ago. A federal criminal complaint alleges the suspect’s phone was used to visit an online forum in April called “Abduction 101.”
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Autism support groups holding events
HILLSBORO, Ill. — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities "Sensory Friendly Films." 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Guest Speaker on 'Art on the Farm'

DECATUR — Discover how two very different Central Illinois artists used crops and livestock as inspiration to elevate Midwestern agriculture to an artistic genre in the late 1800s. “Art on the Farm: A Tale of Two Central Illinois Artists” will be led by guest speaker Bill Kemp, Librarian of the McLean County Museum of History, in Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. 

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Friends Creek Conservation Area awarded grant
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District has been awarded a grant of $368,280 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to add 90 acres to Friends Creek Conservation Area.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Chicago-area K-9 dog dies from heat exposure in car
OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) — An investigation is underway after officials said a Cook County Forest Preserves K-9 dog died in a patrol car from heat exposure complications.
Friday, June 30, 2017

20 federal ATF agents have been sent to Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors are launching a new initiative today to stem the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at “epidemic proportions.”
Friday, June 30, 2017

Red, White & Blue Super Saturday at Illinois State Museum
SPRINGFIELD — Celebrate and make art in three colors this Saturday, July 1 at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free with admission.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Comptroller: 'Derailment is imminent'

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is hours away from entering its third fiscal year without a state budget, territory that could mean some universities won’t be able to offer federal financial aid, road construction and Powerball ticket sales will halt, and the state’s credit rating will be downgraded to “junk.”

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Trooper dies after crash on I-74
FARMER CITY, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an Illinois State Police trooper has died and his canine partner was injured following a crash involving a semi-truck along Interstate 74.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Day nine for Illinois budget talks, only 2 remain
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislative leaders met again in continuing attempts to nail down a budget deal before a fiscal crisis that could erupt by Saturday.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

David Davis site joins in "Lincoln's Festival on Route 66"
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – David Davis State Historic Site will help Bloomington-Normal celebrate its connections to Father Abraham and the Mother Road as one of seven locations for “Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66” on July 15.     
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Storms in northern Illinois flood roads, cause damage
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Severe storms brought up to 6 inches of rain to parts of northern Illinois in less than four hours, causing flash flooding in some areas.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Perjury case dropped in Bland case
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A judge dismissed a misdemeanor perjury charge against a fired Texas state trooper Wednesday in a case arising from his 2015 arrest of Sandra Bland, a black woman who was later found dead in a county jail.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cubs visit White House in second trip since series
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed manager Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs into the Oval Office on Wednesday, their second visit to the White House in eight months since winning the World Series.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Consolidated ready to close on FairPoint deal
MATTOON, Ill. — Illinois-based Consolidated Communications and North Carolina-based FairPoint have obtained all necessary state regulatory approvals and anticipate closing the deal in a matter of days.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Budget hopes dim as property tax freeze fails
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A property tax freeze critical to ending Illinois’ historic budget jam failed in the House Wednesday and the Republican governor who is demanding the freeze threatened to keep lawmakers in session over the July 4 holiday unless there is an agreement on a spending plan by the end of Friday.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Madigan demands of Rauner signal doom for deal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Democrats are advancing legislation this week designed to get a budget deal by appeasing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on the tangential issues he’s demanded.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Central Ill. Foodbank is awarded a perfect rating
SPRINGFIELD — Central Illinois Foodbank has been awarded a 4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator. The 4-star rating is the highest possible rating given by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

FBI locates car related to missing Chinese scholar
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The FBI has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month, the FBI said Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Officers accused of lying, teen shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on charges that they conspired to cover up and lie about what happened when a white police officer shot a black teenager 16 times — which prompted outrage when a video of the killing was finally released.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

House Dems propose 4-year property tax freeze
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Democrats proposed Tuesday an increase in the personal income tax rate by 32 percent, a four-year freeze in property taxes and increases in funding for education and social service programs.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017











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