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Farm equipment maker Deere foresees sharp sales dropoff
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — The chairman and CEO of Deere & Co. says the agricultural equipment maker is preparing for the largest single-year sales drop in its 178-year history.
Thursday, February 26, 2015


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Obama foundation hints Chicago is likely site for library
WASHINGTON (AP) — The foundation developing Barack Obama’s future presidential library has commissioned polling in Chicago to determine whether residents support building it on the South Side, people close to the foundation said, in the clearest sign to date that the library likely will go to the University of Chicago.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pilot program puts drug test in hands of police in Chicago
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A House panel on Wednesday backed a proposed pilot program that would allow Chicago police to use a field test to determine whether a recovered substance is marijuana, cocaine or heroin.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Medical marijuana lawsuit claims Illinois broke the rules
CHICAGO (AP) — In the first lawsuit filed against the state of Illinois concerning the newly minted medical marijuana industry, a business group claims the state’s Department of Agriculture didn’t follow its own rules when it chose the winners of valuable licenses to grow cannabis.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Court declines Illinois pension issue
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court in Chicago has declined to resolve a contentious issue over whether Illinois’ constitution strictly bars the reduction of retiree benefits.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rauner confident on budget deal; Cullerton wants greater level of detail
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner denied Wednesday that he and Democratic legislative leaders have hit a roadblock in negotiations over whether to give him more authority to patch a multibillion-dollar hole in this year’s budget.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

UI wants professor's lawsuit dismissed
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a professor who lost a job offer from the school over anti-Israel Twitter posts.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Old sugar processing plant in Pekin now home to large ethanol producer
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — The old Sugar House has been through a lot of changes over the years.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stats show Illinois had 'historic' corn, soybean yields
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ 2014 corn and soybean harvest reached historic, “never seen” levels, Illinois Farm Bureau spokesman John Hawkins says.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Illinois AG Madigan weighs in on ACA challenge
CHICAGO (AP) — A case being heard at the U.S. Supreme Court next week challenges health insurance subsidies for more than 270,000 Illinois residents and many more people in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mayors say the closure of nuclear plants would hurt cities
CLINTON, Ill. (AP) — Mayors of six Illinois communities are warning of potential economic consequences if three nuclear power plants close in their areas.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Schock hires top lawyers, PR experts after ethics issues surface
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has hired top lawyers and public relations experts in the wake of recent questions surrounding his travel and entertainment expenses.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Emanuel forced into runoff election
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Former gov prepares to retire from Chicago firm
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the biggest names in Chicago legal circles is preparing to retire.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2 Dead in string of heroin overdoses
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Police say two people in Champaign have died from heroin overdoses since Feb. 16 and at least eight others have needed medical treatment.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

European Cruise Giant Viking Plans Mississippi River Tours
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — European river cruise giant Viking, already gaining a high profile in the United States with its sponsorship of popular PBS television shows, announced Tuesday that it will make New Orleans its first North American home port for Mississippi River cruises expected to begin by late 2017.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mississippi River bridge closure near Cairo, Ill.
CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — A Mississippi River bridge connecting the southern parts of Missouri and Illinois will close for a year while crews make major repairs, transportation officials said Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chicago-area man wins largest prize in Illinois Lottery history
CHICAGO (AP) — A Naperville man has won the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chicago deciding Mayor Emanuel's re-election fate
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hoped to avoid being forced into a runoff as voters headed to the polls today to decide whether to give the former White House chief of staff a second term.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Schock's penchant for uploading photos helped reveal high-flying lifestyle
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

'Gone With The Wind' premiered in Illinois
Monday, February 23, 2015

Proposal would have grads who leave state repay aid
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A measure introduced in the Illinois legislature would make students pay back certain tuition breaks from the state if they leave Illinois within five years of graduation.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Rauner budget takes on powerful lobbies
CHICAGO (AP) — In proposing to cut Illinois’ Medicaid program by $1.5 billion, Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen to go toe-to-toe with three powerful business lobbies: retail pharmacies, nursing homes and hospitals.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Western Ill. Univ. to cut 24 programs
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — The provost at Western Illinois University has presented a plan that would eliminate 24 university programs and review 17 others.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Photographer accused of taking eagles retrial begins
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois nature photographer is set to stand trial for a second time on charges that he took two baby eagles.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Landowners group files appeal to Clean Line proposal
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — A group that represents property owners and a utility have appealed Illinois Commerce Commission approval of plans to build an electricity line designed to bring wind energy from Iowa to Illinois. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Few sex crimes prosecuted in So. Ill.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of sex crimes reported to police in southern Illinois aren’t being prosecuted, even though most victims can identify their attackers.
Monday, February 23, 2015

ComEd customers contribute millions
CHICAGO (AP) — Commonwealth Edison’s customers have been unknowingly contributing millions of dollars to the utility’s charities, including politically influential groups and projects that have close ties to company executives.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Prosecutor tackles suspect fleeing Chicago courtroom
CHICAGO (AP) — A man charged with killing a restaurant employee during a robbery fled from a Chicago courtroom but didn’t get far.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Illinois police department paid $500 ransom to hacker
MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police department paid a hacker a $500 ransom to restore access to data on a police computer that the hacker had disabled through the use of an increasingly popular type of virus.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rep. Bourne releases contact information
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) announced contact information for use by 95th District constituents in need of assistance with matters related to state government.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Solution elusive to Illinois' highway funding gap
CHICAGO (AP) — For motorists, Illinois’ reliance on rapidly diminishing federal funding to repair the state’s aging roads and bridges means wasted hours stuck on congested roads, more money spent on car repairs and lots of frustration.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Caterpillar staying put in Peoria, expanding headquarters
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. announced Friday that it is keeping its global headquarters in Peoria and expanding and overhauling its corporate campus in what it called a re-commitment to the central Illinois city.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Why no state vegetable? Question spurs Illinois class to act
CHATHAM, Ill. (AP) — A class of fourth-graders in central Illinois was learning about state symbols when students stumbled upon a puzzling question: Why does Illinois have a state fruit but no state vegetable?
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bill would tighten rules for vaccine exemptions in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker wants to tighten the rules for parents seeking to exempt their children from vaccination requirements because of religious beliefs.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Big passion fuels small farms in Illinois
LEE, Ill. (AP) — Bryan Flower seriously questioned his decision to run a small farm when he had to wrangle a testosterone-filled bull in the pouring rain.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Prosecutors claim daughter of ex-Obama pastor stole funds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge in Springfield is expected to decide Friday whether to revoke the bail of the daughter of President Obama’s former pastor, who was convicted of money-laundering.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Caterpillar global HQ staying put in Illinois
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. announced today that it is keeping its global headquarters in Peoria and expanding and overhauling its corporate campus in what it called a re-commitment to the central Illinois city.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Davis to co-host Lincoln inaugural ceremony at US Capitol
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced, in conjunction with the Illinois State Society (ISS) and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation (ALBF), he will co-host a ceremony and reception in Statuary Hall, the room that served as the U.S. House of Representatives chamber when Lincoln served in Congress, in the U.S. Capitol at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Second Inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Early voting totals could rival 2011 in Chicago election
CHICAGO (AP) — Early voting turnout in Chicago is on track to rival numbers from 2011.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Budget: Tax hike still possible
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first shot at an Illinois budget didn’t involve new taxes, but residents could still be asked to open their wallets in the future as part of an ultimate solution to the state’s budget crisis.
Friday, February 20, 2015

ACLU says family service agency is in 'crisis'
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has granted more time to state attorneys to respond to an American Civil Liberties Union motion that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services isn’t adequately serving youth.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Lawmakers push renewable energy
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers want to increase the share of clean energy consumed in Illinois with a bill they say will bring jobs to the state.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Deere profit drops, but tops forecast
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere’s first-quarter profit declined, reflecting softer demand for agricultural machinery. Its performance topped analysts’ expectations, but its 2015 guidance appeared to disappoint.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Champaign schools investigate Ash Wed. service
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois school district is investigating after a Catholic priest held an Ash Wednesday service for high school students.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Judge rules in favor of Cubs on Wrigley Field signs
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge today denied a request from rooftop clubs overlooking Wrigley Field to temporarily halt installation of signs they say will block their view and violate a contract they have with the Chicago Cubs.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Illinois sees wind chills as low as -20 to -30
ILLINOIS AP — Temperatures dipped as low as -14 in parts of Illinois with wind chills forecast between 20 and 30 degrees below zero.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Court will hear oral arguments in pension case Mar. 11
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has announced it will hear oral arguments in the state’s landmark pension-overhaul case on March 11.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Obama designating Pullman neighborhood
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning a historic South Side neighborhood in Chicago into a national monument today, in a visit that also could provide a political lift to the city’s mayor.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Top Peace Corps schools in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — The Peace Corps says five Illinois colleges are on an annual list of top volunteer-producing schools.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lincoln and Dirksen highlight museum annex, Pekin
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A special collections annex highlighting archaeological artifacts to NASA items has opened at the Tazewell County Museum.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rauner's budget proposals at a glance
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to correct Illinois’ unprecedented financial crisis involves major program cuts without restoring the expired temporary income tax hike that generated billions of dollars in revenue.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cook Co.: Over 6,500 gay marriages
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County clerk’s office is reporting more than 6,500 same-sex couples married in Illinois’ most populous county over the first year it issued licenses.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pontiac's Museum of Gilding Arts expanding
PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois museum dedicated to gold leaf and the other gilding arts is getting more space in downtown Pontiac.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

New pres for college owned by PEO
NEVADA, Mo. (AP) — An all-women college in the western Missouri city of Nevada has a new president.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rauner and Madigan agree deal on current budget 'days away'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and the top Democrat in the Illinois House agree a deal on eliminating the current budget deficit is within reach.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Carbon monoxide sickens more than 20 in western Illinois
MAQUON, Ill. (AP) — The Knox County sheriff says more than 20 people passed out due to carbon monoxide poisoning during a weekend fish fry outside of the western Illinois village of Maquon (muh-KWAHN’).
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Grand jury investigating Caterpillar's finances abroad
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. says a federal grand jury is investigating the Peoria-based company’s financial dealings in the U.S. and abroad.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Man found guilty of threats against Daley, others sentenced
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 12  1/2 years in prison for mailing and emailing death threats to politicians, police officers and oil executives.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chicago-area imam charged with sex abuse at Islamic school
CHICAGO (AP) — The longtime head of a suburban Chicago Islamic school has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked there, and a civil suit filed Tuesday accuses him of abusing that employee and three teenage students.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Avery Bourne Sworn in as 95th District State Representative
SPRINGFIELD — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) was sworn in Wednesday morning to her first term as 95th District State Representative. Bourne recently received selection to the seat vacated by former State Representative Wayne Rosenthal, who now heads the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Law student to serve 95th District as state rep
LITCHFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A law student is replacing Wayne Rosenthal as state representative in the 95th District.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Small plane slides off runway at Chicago's Midway Airport
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a small, twin-engine plane slid off the runway at Chicago’s Midway International Airport while landing.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Insanity defense planned for man accused of Ill. killing
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Court documents show attorneys plan to use an insanity defense for a man accused of killing a Northern Illinois woman last year.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New computerized tests debut this week, starting in Ohio
STOCKPORT, Ohio (AP) — Sixth-grader Kayla Hunter considers herself pretty tech savvy. She has a computer at home unlike about half her classmates at her elementary school. And it matches up well with the one she’ll use this week to take a new test linked to the Common Core standards.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Illinois measles cases climb to 14 with 1 more infant sick
CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials say the measles case count in Illinois has climbed to 14. Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Tuesday that another infant from a Palatine day care is the most recent confirmed case in the outbreak.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Vape 'em if you got 'em: Jails sell e-cigarettes to inmates
CINCINNATI (AP) — E-cigarettes keep popping up for sale at county jails around the country even as some government officials, schools and health experts urge tighter control over the devices, especially in public buildings.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Proposal would add e-cigarettes to Illinois smoking ban
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Electronic cigarettes soon could be classified with tobacco products until a proposed smoking ban from an Illinois lawmaker.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Law student to serve 95th District as state representative
LITCHFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A law student is replacing Wayne Rosenthal as state representative in the 95th District.

Avery Bourne of Pawnee was selected for the job Saturday at a meeting of Republican leaders from Macoupin, Montgomery, Christian and Madison counties. According to a press release, she was chosen among 10 applicants because of her compassio

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Rauner grapples with this year, next year's budget problems
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will lay out his plan on Wednesday to confront an unprecedented fiscal crisis exacerbated by the recent expiration of the state’s temporary income tax increase, a multi-billion-dollar revenue loss that could foreshadow big spending cuts and test his campaign pledge to not raise taxes.
Monday, February 16, 2015

SIU professor pushing for fermentation program
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Giovanni Ravenna and Nick Galindo kept watch as the temperature crept toward 150 degrees.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Illinois plan to join voter registry raises questions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ plan to join a national voter registration database in 2016 has raised questions about potential security issues and consequences if the program is hacked.  

Monday, February 16, 2015

ACLU asks judge to order Illinois reforms for child services
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois has asked a federal judge to order the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to start enacting court-ordered reforms.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Wolf from Chicago-area zoo dies in New Mexico program
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials say a Mexican wolf removed from Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago to be part of a recovery program in the wild has been found dead in western New Mexico.
Monday, February 16, 2015

US teens getting less & less sleep, study shows
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Court: Can boost sentences if defendants fake mental illness
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-based appellate court says judges can boost defendants’ sentences if they fake mental illness to delay proceedings.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Shelby Co. nonprofit's marijuana license challenged
SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An unusual legal case brewing in central Illinois poses a provocative question: Should a nonprofit organization that’s exempt from federal taxes be allowed to grow medical marijuana, in violation of federal law?
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Illinois measles count at 13 cases now
CHICAGO (AP) — Two more children in suburban Cook County have come down with measles, bringing the Illinois tally of confirmed cases to 13.
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Kids do talking at these conferences
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A school in central Illinois is taking a new approach to the dreaded parent-teacher conference by putting students on the hot seat.
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Police foil killing spree planned by Illinois woman
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian police have foiled a plot by three suspects who were planning to go to a mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and kill as many people as they could before committing suicide on Valentine’s Day, police said Saturday. One of the suspects fatally shot himself as police moved in to arrest him and an American suspect confessed to the plot when she was arrested at the Halifax airport, a senior police official told The Associated Press.
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hot dispute erupts over remains of Ernie Banks
CHICAGO (AP) — Ernie Banks, the beloved Chicago Cubs great who once said he wanted to have his ashes scattered at Wrigley Field, is at the center of a battle over his remains as his estranged wife has gone to court to prevent a longtime friend of “Mr. Cub” from having his remains cremated.
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Cat to announce Peoria HQ plans
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. is to announce plans for its headquarters campus in downtown Peoria on Feb. 20.
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Rooftop owners want restraining order to stop Wrigley signs
CHICAGO (AP) — The owners of two rooftop bars with views into Wrigley Field are asking a judge to temporarily block the Chicago Cubs from putting up a video scoreboard and advertising signs that they say would block their view.
Friday, February 13, 2015

Senator: New education bill could have bipartisan support
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois lawmakers say the time is right for lawmakers to fix the way the state distributes education dollars.
Friday, February 13, 2015

County fairs contribute $170M to economy
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Findings of a University of Illinois study of the state’s 104 county fairs, released today, by he Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Association of Agriculture Fairs found that spending at county fairs totaled more than $170 million in 2014, despite challenges facing fairs.
Friday, February 13, 2015

Rauner taps Fla. Democrat to head child welfare
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has selected a Florida Democrat to lead Illinois’ troubled Department of Children and Family Services.
Friday, February 13, 2015

Little League team hires attorney
CHICAGO (AP) — A day after Little League International stripped Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West of its national championship, team officials announced they’ve hired a high-profile attorney to conduct an investigation they hope will end with the return of their title. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Christie on the trail in Illinois for '16
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — Laying groundwork for a potential 2016 bid, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told supporters in suburban Chicago on Thursday that he and first-term Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner could take similar approaches to running states with divided government. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Students to find out U of I admission status today
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — For the first time the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is letting high school seniors know their admission status all on the same
Friday, February 13, 2015

Rauner pick to head IDOT had '04 arrest for DUI
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s nominee to head the Illinois Department of Transportation was arrested for drunken driving in 2004.
Friday, February 13, 2015

Ill. troops to Afghanistan withdrawal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — About a dozen Illinois National Guard soldiers from Camp Lincoln are headed to Afghanistan to help with the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
Friday, February 13, 2015

12 arrested on meth conspiracy charge
MONTICELLO, Ill. (AP) — A dozen people are facing drug conspiracy charges following a five-month investigation into an alleged methamphetamine ring in the Cerro Gordo area.
Friday, February 13, 2015

150th Anniversary Lincoln funeral train fund short $100K
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — Fundraisers need to find another $100,000 to complete a project to send a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death, organizers said.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

No Illinois Powerball jackpot, but state has $1M winner
WESTVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois didn’t have one of the jackpot-winning Powerball tickets, but state lottery officials say a $1 million winning ticket from the drawing was sold in eastern Illinois.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

State bills seek to ban red light cameras
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The fight over red-light cameras has landed in the Illinois Legislature, where lawmakers who say the recording devices are “dishonest” and fail to make driving safer are pushing to ban them in communities across the state.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

SUV's hot at Chicago Auto Show opening Sunday
DETROIT (AP) — Sport utility vehicles are unstoppable — and automakers hope to cash in on the boom with some updated models coming to this year’s Chicago Auto Show.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rauner forms commission to study justice system
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner continued his leadership by executive order Wednesday, tackling prison crowding by creating a commission to recommend criminal justice and sentencing reforms.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Inspirational coach: Shame on Little League adult cheaters
CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island coach whose inspirational speech to his team went viral after they lost in the Little League World Series says they got beat by cheaters and the adults who orchestrated the scheme should be ashamed.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Correction:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In an Associated Press article on Page 5 yesterday regarding the possibility that Illinois residents might not be able to use their driver’s licenses at airports in 2016, AP referred to Henry Haupt as Secretary of State.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

206!
In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, Abraham Lincoln impersonator Fritz Klein, of Springfield, Ill., makes an appearance at Union Station Visitors Center in Davenport, Iowa.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Historic district adds buildings, expands tax credit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield officials have passed the first major expansion of a downtown Springfield historic district since it was created nearly 40 years ago.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015










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