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J. Wright, state medical marijuana director resigns
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney appointed last year by Gov. Bruce Rauner to lead the Illinois medical marijuana program has resigned, a spokeswoman for the governor confirmed today.
Monday, June 27, 2016


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Activists push for stricter laws in wake of Hastert case
CHICAGO (AP) — Activists are pushing for tougher laws on child sexual abuse in the wake of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s hush-money case that revealed he abused several high school students decades ago. 
Monday, June 27, 2016

Governor meets with emergency mgmt. agency
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner visited with employees at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today. He toured facilities that house equipment and vehicles the agency uses to respond to disasters and protect Illinois residents from unnecessary exposure to radiation.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Rauner: Democrats are agreed on partial-year plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says there’s general agreement on a partial-year budget to keep Illinois state government going past Thursday’s end of the fiscal year.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Budget mess: Rt. 29 completion at risk
EDINBURG, Ill. (AP) — The  completion of Illinois Route 29 from Taylorville to Springfield is at risk, Illinois Department of Transportation warns, if there is no budget agreement by July 1. The remaining $12 million left to complete the $42.4-million project is among $2 billion in road projects threatened by the budget stalemate.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Western Illinois University researches Zika virus spread
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University students and faculty scientists are spending the summer doing research related to how Zika virus spreads from mosquitoes to humans.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

1 dead, 1 injured after boats crash on Rock River
OREGON, Ill. (AP) — Winnebago County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Hintz says one person is dead and another injured after two boats collided on the Rock River in northern Illinois.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ill. police sue town, claim body cameras record nonstop
ROUND LAKE PARK, Ill. (AP) — Ten police officers in a Chicago suburb are suing the town, claiming the body cameras they wore never turned off and recorded them using the restroom and changing clothes.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Workplace retaliation suit against Tammy Duckworth settled
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth concluded Friday with an agreement that no law was violated, removing an obstacle in her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November’s most competitive Senate races.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Illinois windfall from license plate late fees exceeds $5M
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois now has collected an extra $5 million in license plate renewal late fees after lawmakers did not take final action to get tardy motorists some relief during the spring session.  
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Economic woes cause drop in number of Illinois boaters
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of boaters are still active on Illinois waters, but their numbers have declined significantly over the past several years due to the struggling economy.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ill. women hit hard by state budget impasse
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois women who rely on state services are among those most affected by the nearly yearlong state budget impasse.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Insurance co-op sues feds over ACA payments
CHICAGO (AP) — A struggling Illinois health insurance co-op is suing the federal government, claiming it is being shortchanged $72.8 million in promised payments under the Affordable Care Act.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Windfall: License plate late fees now exceed $5M
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois now has collected an extra $5 million in license plate renewal late fees after lawmakers did not take final action to get tardy motorists some relief during the spring session.  
Friday, June 24, 2016

History And Health Unite
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Beautiful summer evenings, a gorgeous historic site and healthy, relaxing yoga – it all starts June 29 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site.
Friday, June 24, 2016

109-Pound Newborn
The newest resident of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo wears stripes and weighs in at 109 pounds.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

This county health department is getting it right
DESOTO, Ill. (AP) — The 4-Way Quik Stop and Jackson County Health Department are teaming up to find creative solutions to tackle an ongoing health problem: the lack of easy access to healthy foods in some rural communities.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Amtrak unveiling $7M lounge at Union Station
CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak is making plans to unveil improvements at Chicago’s Union Station, including the new Metropolitan Lounge.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

At least four tornados touched down in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — At least four tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois overnight as powerful storms swept across the upper Midwest, damaging rural communities and forcing thousands of soccer fans to seek shelter during the Copa America semifinal in Chicago.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Red Cross urges blood donation during summer
PEORIA, Ill. — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hurricane-force winds, tonadoes possible in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Powerful storms could bring hurricane-force winds, tornadoes and baseball-sized hail to parts of the Midwest today, including the Chicago area.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

1 in 3 on Medicare got commonly abused opiods
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 12 million Medicare beneficiaries received at least one prescription for an opioid painkiller last year at a cost of $4.1 billion, according to a federal report that shows how common the addictive drugs are in many older Americans’ medicine cabinets.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sheila Simon responds to criticism of her father
CARBONDALE —“I’ve expected a good debate in this campaign, but I sure didn’t expect to have to defend my father’s reputation,” said state senate candidate Sheila Simon.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rx pizza: 1 free meal can sway doctor prescribing
CHICAGO (AP) — As little as one free meal from a drug company can influence which medicines doctors prescribe for Medicare patients, according to a study using Medicare records and recently released data from the health care law's Open Payments program.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Schneider witnessed Nuremberg trials
RANTOUL, Ill. (AP) — He watched Nazis on trial and saw monsters like Hermann Goering humbled — sentenced to death, Adolf Hitler’s former right-hand man chose to commit suicide the night before he was supposed to be hanged.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Michigan woman admits to thefts from Ill. animal shelter
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Michigan woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing at least $42,000 from an Illinois animal shelter.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer storms, high winds cause damage in central Illinois
RANTOUL, Ill. (AP) — Stormy weather and high winds have caused damage across central Illinois.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Inmate No. 47991-424: Hastert to report to prison soon
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert must report to a federal prison in southeastern Minnesota this week to begin serving a 15-month sentence in his hush-money case, one that revealed he sexually abused at least four boys decades ago when he coached wrestling at a suburban Chicago high school.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Madigan cancels session, urges 'working groups' on budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House again has canceled plans to convene for a weekly session on Wednesday.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Great Lakes states to decide on thirsty city's water plea
CHICAGO (AP) — Representatives of the eight states adjoining the Great Lakes prepared Tuesday to decide whether a city in the Milwaukee suburbs qualifies to tap Lake Michigan for its drinking water, a key test of a compact designed to prevent raids on the region’s abundant but vulnerable water supply.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Supreme Court rejects appeal from smokers in Illinois
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Illinois smokers who sought reinstatement of a $10.1 billion class-action judgment in a long-running lawsuit against Philip Morris.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Sheen family trying to bring archbishop's remains to Peoria
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Relatives of Illinois-born Archbishop Fulton Sheen have taken a step they say is key in re-launching an effort to have him canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Chicago charter school closes, CEO cites the budget impasse
CHICAGO (AP) — A small elementary charter school in Chicago has closed and its CEO says it was because of financial uncertainty as Illinois approaches one year without a state budget. 
Monday, June 20, 2016

Springfield school district changes discipline policy due to new law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield Public Schools will begin determining punishments for fighting on more of a case-by-case basis under a new state law, according to Superintendent Jennifer Gill.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Settlement options outlined by group suing to stop Lucas Museum
CHICAGO (AP) — A group suing to block construction of “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas’ museum on Chicago’s lakefront is willing to negotiate a settlement to allow the project to proceed, but under several conditions.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Nearly 2 million concussions in kids' sports, play yearly
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 2 million concussions from sports or play activities occur in U.S. children and teens each year and many receive no treatment, according to a new study.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Communities across Illinois take up Airbnb regulation debate
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago and Airbnb have been battling over proposed regulations for the short-term rental industry in the city for months.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Illinois budget fight delaying utility payments to prisons
MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (AP) — One small central Illinois community is considering shutting off water to its prison because it’s owed nearly $370,000 from the state during the nearly yearlong budget stalemate between Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 
Monday, June 20, 2016

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches) available to help Illinois smokers quit
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Illinois yet to disclose health care premium hikes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than half of the states have disclosed how much higher their health care premiums could be next year under the Affordable Care Act, but Illinois isn’t expected to do so for more than a month.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

ISP master sergeant performs taps for area services

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — It’s a service that takes less than one minute to perform. But the memory Mike Atkinson creates by playing taps at memorial services and funerals is far more lasting.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Security ramped up for upcoming gay pride events across the US
CHICAGO (AP) — The huge crowds expected to attend gay pride parades around the United States in the coming weeks will be greeted by more police officers and ramped-up security measures as a means to protect them in the wake of the mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Florida.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Illinois yet to disclose proposed health care premium hikes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than half of the states have disclosed how much higher their health care premiums could be next year under the Affordable Care Act, but Illinois isn’t expected to do so for more than a month.
Friday, June 17, 2016

State borrows millions for building despite budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois borrowed $550 million Thursday for construction projects, taking advantage of historically low interest rates as the state approaches one full year with a budget.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Student impersonates pols in speech
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois eighth-grader earned laughs and cheers — as well as a diploma — when he graduated from middle school.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Illinois family leaves to spend year on road in RV
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The Pritts family has definitely left Normal.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Rural economy remains weak in 10 states
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of bankers suggests there’s been a slight improvement in the weak economic outlook for rural areas of 10 Western and Plains states.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Some minorities underrepresented in state legislature
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has never had an Asian-American lawmaker in its state Legislature, but Theresa Mah is on the verge of changing that.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Senator ends 15-hour fillibuster on gun control shortly after 2 a.m. today
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator who mourned the loss of 20 children in his home state waged a roughly 15-hour filibuster into early today, asserting as he yielded the floor that Republican leaders had committed to hold votes on expanded gun background checks and a ban on gun sales to suspected terrorists.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Discover the Importance of Pollinators, June 23
DECATUR, Ill. —Pollinators, such as moths and butterflies, are largely responsible for producing the foods you eat.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lincoln Log Cabin Welcomes Artists To Paint Out
 LERNA, Ill. – History will help inspire art June 18-19, when the Lincoln Log Cabin welcomes landscape painters looking for inspiration at this historic site on the Illinois prairie
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Opiods linked with deaths other than overdoses
CHICAGO (AP) — Accidental overdoses aren’t the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers — the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Illinois UMW members join in Kentucky rally
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners rallied Tuesday in Kentucky to call on Congress to protect their benefits as the industry struggles and operators seek bankruptcy protection from debts.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: Chicago police need anti-discrimination rule
(AP) — Accusations that an officer called President Barack Obama a racial slur have prompted the agency that investigates police misconduct in Chicago to recommend that the city’s police department enact a policy that prohibits officers from engaging in any kind of discrimination.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ill. AG warns of email scam that targets business owners
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning business owners that crooks posing as representatives from her office are trying to scam them.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ill. lineman Clements faces charge from fight at party
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois football player Jarrod “Chunky” Clements has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight at a party in March and has entered a program that could see the charge reduced or dropped, authorities said Monday.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Treasurer: Budget fight dips monthly investment profit $2.6M
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs says the state loses $2.6 million a month in investment income because of the ongoing state budget impasse.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Clinton Lake users note value amid talk of plant closing
CLINTON, Ill. (AP) — On a Saturday or Sunday, particularly when striped bass are running, you’ll find fisherman standing nearly shoulder to shoulder below the spillway at Clinton Lake.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New evidence in '09 toddler case
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A Lake County judge has ruled that he will allow new testimony in the case of a Chicago-area day care worker who was convicted in a toddler’s death.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Injectors to fight allergic reactions under Rauner's review
CHICAGO (AP) — A bill is awaiting action from Gov. Bruce Rauner that would give Illinois police training and authorization to carry epinephrine auto-injectors to help with severe allergic reactions.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Activists walk 150 miles to protest at Thomson Prison
THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — Dozens of activists have walked 150 miles to a federal prison in northwestern Illinois to protest solitary confinement. 
Monday, June 13, 2016

Woman with metastatic cancer focuses on goals
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Beth Calabotta doesn’t know how much time she has left. The 48-year-old Quincy resident is living with a cancer-induced death sentence.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Schock says any mistakes were 'honest' ones
PEORIA, Ill. — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, whose spending has been under investigation by a grand jury for a year, said if there were mistakes made during his time in office they were "honest" ones.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Woman who created beehive hairdo dies at age 98
CHICAGO  — Margaret Vinci Heldt, who became a hairstyling celebrity after she created the famous beehive hairdo in 1960, has died at age 98.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Quinn petitions for Chicago mayor term limits
CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn kicked off a signature drive Sunday to impose a two-term limit on Chicago's mayor and create a citywide elected consumer advocate position.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Western Ill. University trustees eliminate four degree programs in unanimous vote
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University trustees on Friday voted to eliminate African-American studies, women’s studies and two other degree programs due to poor enrollment and low graduation rates.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Illinois Lottery leader announces resignation
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The head of the Illinois Lottery has resigned from the position after undergoing surgery.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gov. Rauner vetoes $3.9 billion in spending for colleges, human services
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday nixed a Democratic plan to provide about $3.9 billion for higher education, mental health treatment, and other programs, writing in a long-expected veto message that the state needs a “real solution” to its budget stalemate, not “a check written from an over-drawn bank account.”
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Greater Decatur Youth Band to begin 22nd season
DECATUR, Ill. — The Greater Decatur Youth Band (GDYB) will begin its 22nd season on June 13, 2016.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summer Care Of Roses
 URBANA, Ill. — Roses, sometimes called the "Queen of Flowers," should be in full glory in the month of June. The many colors, scents, and flower sizes are all qualities the rose connoisseur craves.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Reawaken your childlike wonder
URBANA, Ill. – Remember when you were a kid and the best part of the summer was collecting fireflies in a jar or discovering elaborate spider webs?
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pruning perennials for better shape
URBANA, Ill. – The time between Mother's Day and Father's Day is ideal for pruning many garden perennials, providing more branching and even more flowering in the fall.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

June is perennial gardening month
URBANA, Ill. — For many gardeners, spring is a mad rush of cleaning up the garden, dividing, purchasing “dream” plants, planting, mulching, and fertilizing.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

High lead levels in water found at 14 more Chicago schools
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of Chicago schools that have tested positive for lead in the water flowing from fountains has grown by two, bringing the number to 14, school district officials said Thursday.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Exhibit to open about history of beer in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Public Library is presenting a traveling exhibit called “Beer Chicago: The Refreshing History.”
Friday, June 10, 2016

Rauner and wife appear together at youth policy panel amid lawsuit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, made a rare joint appearance Thursday at a cabinet discussion about youth policies amid her nonprofit group’s involvement in a lawsuit against his administration.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home looking for new director
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in northern Illinois is looking for a new director. The previous director resigned last month to take a new job.
Friday, June 10, 2016

From schools to roads, fallout of Illinois budget feud grows
CHICAGO (AP) — The consequences of Illinois lawmakers’ epic failure to approve a state budget continue to pile up, with new warnings about unfunded 911 call centers and schools, thousands of road construction jobs in jeopardy and the long-term cost to taxpayers growing by the billions. 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Champaign fire started by kids using fireworks
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Fire investigators in Champaign now say that a Memorial Day fire that displaced 32 people was started by children playing with fireworks.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Greenhouse is like home for 83-year-old Bloomington man
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — If you were born without a green thumb, you might think Mel Niepagen is a godsend.
Friday, June 10, 2016

U of Illinois student's website details the state budget impact
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When Melissa Heil heard that Lutheran Social Services of Illinois was cutting jobs — hundreds of them, more casualties of the state budget impasse — she wanted to do something to help.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Bells in Motion at Central Christian Church
DECATUR, Ill. — Bells in Motion, an English Handbell Ensemble, held a concert Sunday June 5 at Central Christian Church in Decatur, Ill.
Friday, June 10, 2016

State credit rating lowered over budget impasse
CHICAGO (AP) — A major credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois’ rating to two levels above “junk” status, citing the “political gridlock” that’s prevented the state from getting a balanced budget for more than a year.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Schock back to House floor for first time since resignation
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has returned to the floor of the House of Representatives for the first time since his resignation.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Awkward: Illinois governor sued by wife's nonprofit
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Heat forces time change for Illinois prep baseball finals
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Temperatures forecast to reach 100 degrees Friday have made Illinois high school sports officials change time schedules for softball and baseball finals to avoid the hottest times of the day.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kentucky woman dies in 100-foot fall in Illinois wilderness
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois say a Kentucky woman has died after falling at Garden of the Gods wilderness area.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Business center closing over budget mess
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A center at Illinois State University devoted to helping build small businesses plans to close this month because it will run out of money because of the state budget stalemate.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

DuQuoin adds Aaron Lewis, Pat Green to lineup
DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) — The DuQuoin State Fair will host a night of country music featuring artists who together have sold 17 million albums.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Illinois AG sues Jimmy John's over noncompete agreements
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain accusing it of improperly forcing low-level employees to sign agreements preventing them from seeking jobs with competitors.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

WIU to vote on elimination of 4 degree programs
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Trustees at Western Illinois University are to decide this week on whether they will eliminate four degree programs due to poor enrollment and low graduation rates.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Rauner: Democrats should be in session working for budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has criticized House Democrats again over canceling a session day while there’s no budget.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Graffiti cleaned from Starved Rock overhang
UTICA, Ill. (AP) — Kerry Novak, site superintendent at Starved Rock State Park, was trying to figure out how to clean graffiti off Council Overhang with limited staff and without damaging the delicate sandstone when he was contacted by a suburban art conservation/restoration firm.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

New device unveiled to keep mail carriers safe
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The squid and the whale. Frazier vs. Ali. Aaron Burr against Alexander Hamilton. Among other historic rivalries, mail carriers are vying for the upper hand over dogs.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Umpire claims suburban mayor punched him during game
MONEE, Ill. (AP) — A youth baseball umpire says that the mayor of a Chicago suburb punched him in the face and broke his jaw during a game.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How Ali got his start as a Muslim
CHICAGO (AP) — As a young boxer, Muhammad Ali searched for a faith to guide him as he confronted the indignities of racial discrimination.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Chicago starting special mobile police unit for summer
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department says it’s sending out new mobile police patrol units this summer to keep parks, beaches and neighborhoods safe. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was set to announce the Summer Mobile Patrol initiative on Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Debt could provoke dispute with FBI
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois, on the cusp of a second year without a state budget, counts among its many unpaid bills one that threatens to provoke a dispute with the nation’s top crime-fighting force.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Atty General: Be wary of pre-sale 'Hamilton' offers
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ attorney general is warning theater-goers to be wary of websites offering tickets to the mega-hit musicals “Hamilton” and “Aladdin” before they go on sale to the general public.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Senate GOP drops push to 'defund Obamacare'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TSA says progress being made on shortening lines
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration says significant progress has been made on shortening screening lines since earlier this spring when airlines reported thousands of frustrated passengers were missing flights.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TSA says progress being made on shortening lines
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration says significant progress has been made on shortening screening lines since earlier this spring when airlines reported thousands of frustrated passengers were missing flights.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Without budget, Eastern may need short-term layoffs
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University President David Glassman says that while the school is not planning more mass layoffs to cope with the continued lack of a state budget more cost-cutting may be required. That could include short-term layoffs.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Rauner: Crime to spike due to budget impasse
OREGON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he expects crime will spike “at some point” because the state budget impasse is leading to cutbacks of a juvenile offender program. 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Designation could lead to Kankakee River projects
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A website has been created to encourage exploration of a new national water trail in Indiana and Illinois.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Superintendents blast Illinois governor on school funding
CHICAGO (AP) — Questions about education funding and schools opening on time were focal points Monday in Illinois’ ongoing budget gridlock, with superintendents accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of playing politics and the Republican pushing a funding plan while intensifying his critique of Chicago schools.  
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

July hearing set in social services lawsuit against Ill.
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys involved in a lawsuit brought by social service providers working without state pay for nearly a year are due in court next month.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ill. lawmakers seek to curb heroin, opioid crisis
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have passed legislation seeking to curb the state’s heroin and opioid crisis.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Police: Girl, 7, critically injured in Chicago shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a 7-year-old girl has been critically injured in a shooting on the city’s northwest side.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Carillon festival draws music fans to Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A series of carillon concerts is getting underway at a park in Springfield.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Efforts underway to save Illinois monarch butterfly habitats
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Efforts are underway in Illinois to find a way to increase the monarch butterfly habitat in the state.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Illinois to receive $1.3M to help house homeless veterans
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal officials are giving Illinois nearly $1.3 million to help find permanent housing for 155 homeless veterans in the state.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Would teens be slimmer if Katy Perry hawked kale and quinoa instead of junk
CHICAGO (AP) — Would U.S. teens be any slimmer if Katy Perry hawked kale and quinoa?

New research doesn’t prove a link, but its authors think music stars popular with teens may be contributing to the obesity epidemic by endorsing fatty fast food, snacks and soda.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Inspirational Ali transformed Parkinson's awareness
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most enduring images of Muhammad Ali is him lighting the torch, his arm shaking, at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. It was a telltale sign of his Parkinson’s disease, and he didn’t try to hide it.
Monday, June 6, 2016

US cities see unexplained rise in violent crimes this year; Chicago up 50%
CHICAGO (AP) — Violent crimes — from homicides and rapes to robberies — have been on the rise in many major U.S. cities, yet experts can’t point to a single reason why and the jump isn’t enough to suggest there’s a trend.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Parents upset with district ditching letter grades
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago school district’s decision to start getting rid of letter grades on report cards this school year has prompted criticism from some parents.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Judge: Soccer team no right to strike
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge ruled the world champion U.S. women’s soccer team does not have the right to strike to seek improved conditions and wages before the Summer Olympics, seeming to end the prospect of an unprecedented disruption by one of the most successful American national teams.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Adlai Stevenson III to discuss 'The Black Book' at Lincoln Library June 16
SPRINGFIELD – Former U.S. senator Adlai Stevenson III, shown at left, visits the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on June 16 to discuss modern politics as seen through the lens of his family’s many generations of leadership.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Illinois History: Hard roads changed state's transport and economy
ILLINOIS — After struggling over paths of ankle-deep mud for decades, Illinoisans were ready for a major overhaul of their roads in the early twentieth century.  The improvements revolutionized transportation and economic growth around the state.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Chicago releases videos showing police incidents
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago agency that investigates police misconduct cases released more than 300 video clips today — along with audio recordings and police reports — from 101 incidents it has investigated, the latest step by the city to restore public trust in its beleaguered police force.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Missouri utility group joins with Clean Line Energy
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A group representing Missouri municipal utilities has signed up for space on a transmission line that would carry wind power from western Kansas across Missouri and further east, despite a state commission’s rejection of the proposed line.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Exelon announcement worries Clinton residents
CLINTON, Ill. (AP) — No matter where you went Thursday in this DeWitt County city of 7,000 — from Carol Van Rheeden’s chat with friends over coffee on the square downtown to the pews of the First Christian Church of Clinton — the same sore subject was on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Lines to the 'Max' for 'Saved by the Bell' pop-up diner
CHICAGO (AP) — Fans of the old TV show "Saved by the Bell" are getting a chance to step back in time and feel like part of their favorite '90s high school sitcom gang. But chances are they are eating better than the kids at Bayside High ever did.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Democrat asks Illinois' auditor to step aside amid probe
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker wants Democratic Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino to take a leave of absence after learning federal officials questioned him about campaign expenses.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

4 E. coli cases in Illinois are linked to flour recall
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois health officials say three cases of E. coli have been reported in the Chicago area and one in western Illinois linked to a nationwide recall of General Mills flour.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Amazon to build two centers in Edwardsville, creating 1,000 jobs
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Amazon.com says it will open two facilities in Edwardsville that will have 1,000 full-time jobs.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Exelon says it will close nuclear plants
CHICAGO (AP) — Exelon Corp. said Thursday that it will shut two Illinois nuclear power plants after the state Legislature declined to act on the company’s request for financial support.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Poll: A third of people have done no long-term care planning
CHICAGO (AP) — Demand for long-term care is expected to increase as the nation ages, but the majority of Americans 40 and older lack confidence in their ability to pay for it.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Juveniles seeking asylum treated differently in Chicago than LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For unaccompanied immigrant children seeking asylum in the U.S., where they apply seems to make a world of difference.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

CEO: Chicago schools won't open without education budget
CHICAGO (AP) — The CEO of Chicago Public Schools says the district won’t be able to open this fall if Illinois lawmakers and governor don’t get an education budget approved.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Group raises funds to help laid-off EIU workers
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A fund set up to help Eastern Illinois University employees who lost jobs due to the state’s budget stalemate is taking applications from potential recipients.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

United Health Care to leave insurance market in Ill.
CHICAGO (AP) — A company spokeswoman says UnitedHealthcare is pulling out of the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace in Illinois.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dr.'s call prompted search for Sinead O'Connor
CHICAGO (AP) — A search last month in suburban Chicago for Sinead O’Connor was launched after a doctor concerned about her welfare contacted authorities, according to police documents obtained Wednesday.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Black teen killing case gets special prosecutor
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor today to handle the case of a white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times after the embattled Cook County state’s attorney asked to step aside.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

College rescinds Hastert's honorary degree
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago college has rescinded an honorary degree awarded to former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert following his convictiNorth Central College trustees voted last month to rescind the honorary doctor of laws degree awarded to Hastert when he gave the college’s commencement address in 2004.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Judge: Chicago mayor's emails are not exempt from disclosure
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has determined that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s emails, texts and other communications transmitted over private devices aren’t exempt from disclosure.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

A look at some of the non-budget bills Illinois lawmakers passed this session
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ 11-month budget impasse dominated talks around the Capitol and the state during the legislative session that concluded Tuesday. But lawmakers also considered a number of non-budget measures and sent them to the governor. Here’s a look at a few of those proposals:
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Report: Black Missouri drivers still get stopped more often
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Black drivers in Missouri were nearly 70 percent more likely than whites to get stopped by the police last year, marking a slight improvement from the year before but showing there still are significant racial disparities in such stops.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Gov touting stopgap budget fix on state tour
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — After failing again to approve a state spending plan, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders in the Illinois Legislature look to move past a chaotic night and convince voters the other side is to blame for the state's enormous mess.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Big storms produce tsunami-like waves in the Great Lakes
Champaign, Ill. – Spring and summer storms that create thunder and lightning on land also cause tsunami-like waves on the Great Lakes, bringing water surges onshore and jeopardizing docked boats and beach lovers, according to David Kristovich, head of the Climate and Atmospheric Science section with the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Peterson guilty in murder-for-hire plot
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Jurors on Tuesday found former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson guilty of trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped to convict him in the killing of his third wife.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Automatic voter registration awaits gov's signature
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Visitors to one of a handful of Illinois state agencies would be automatically registered to vote under legislation lawmakers sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Session ends without a budget, again
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois appears poised to enter a second year without a budget after lawmakers finished their legislative session without agreement on a spending plan, setting up a November electoral showdown while public schools and social service providers brace for an uncertain future.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Med marijuana expansion goes to gov
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program by 2  1/2 years won lawmakers’ approval and goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

14-year-old Ill. boy documenting tombstones for Eagle Scout project
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy from southern Illinois is documenting tombstones at two cemeteries as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lawmakers send Rauner plan to reopen Illinois prison camp
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to re-open a southern Illinois prison.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

6 killed, dozens wounded over bloody Chicago holiday weekend
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago rung in the unofficial start to summer with dozens of shootings that killed six people and wounded 56 others over Memorial Day weekend.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Jury begins deliberating in Peterson murder-for-hire trial
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

House OKs measure to study lead in Illinois drinking water
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House members have approved a plan that would require better monitoring of lead levels in state water supplies from the state’s Environmental Protection Agency.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Q&A: Illinois heading toward 2nd year with no state budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is heading toward a second year without a state budget, putting some schools and colleges in jeopardy of closing and all but ensuring more social services and state programs will be cut amid a legislative standoff unlike anything the state has ever seen.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hospital to expand unit for mental illness
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Holy Cross Hospital plans to open a 32-bed crisis unit in February where police can take people experiencing psychiatric or substance-use problems.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Governor, lawmakers spending holiday in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers spent Memorial Day in the state Capitol trying to fashion their first state budget in two years as the end-of-session deadline nears.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Election-year politics dim hopes of budget deal
CHICAGO (AP) — The emails started arriving as heads were still spinning in the state Capitol over Democrats ramming through a state budget proposal. The missives from Republicans on Wednesday accused the majority party of approving a plan that’s out of balance by $7 billion.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Illinois daily fantasy sports betting bill is shelved
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation to regulate daily fantasy sports betting in Illinois was shelved Sunday after the proposal became mired in vote-buying allegations.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Illinois students give Civil War vets 'their identity back'
CHICAGO (AP) — Visitors who come to the Odell Township Cemetery in north-central Illinois this weekend will see something that wasn’t around last Memorial Day: The names of men who fought in the Civil War.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Senate sends 2 more school-funding revamps to House
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The array of ideas for making Illinois public-school funding fairer grew more complex Friday with two more plans sent to the House by Senate Democrats with three days remaining in the spring session.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Illinois students give Civil War vets 'their identity back'
CHICAGO (AP) — With more than a century of rain, wind, snow and pollution conspiring to erase what was once carved into a row of headstones, about the only thing anyone in the tiny north-central Illinois community of Odell knew of the men buried there was that they’d fought in the Civil War.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dick Van Dyke coming to hometown to restore home
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Dick Van Dyke plans to return this summer to the eastern Illinois town where he grew up to lead a fundraising drive aimed at saving his childhood home.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Illinois to offer free youth fishing clinics this summer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Young people and their families can learn how to fish at free clinics across Illinois this summer.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Medical marijuana advocates cheer Rauner's about-face
CHICAGO (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates are applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s about-face on expanding Illinois’ pilot program, saying it will allow time to show the program is worthwhile and help more patients who are suffering.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

7-year-old Chicago girl dies in tractor accident
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a 7-year-old girl has died after being struck by a tractor while crossing the street with her mother.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Peterson's defense rests after calling 3 witnesses
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Drew Peterson’s attorneys rested their case after calling three inmates to testify in the former suburban Chicago police officer’s murder-for-hire trial.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Activist sues over denied deferred deportation renewal
CHICAGO (AP) — A 29-year-old Chicago woman is suing several federal agencies after they rejected her renewal for deferred deportation status.
Friday, May 27, 2016

$11.2-billion Illinois road plan focuses primarily on maintenance and repair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration announced Thursday it would increase spending on road and bridge repairs by nearly $3 billion during the next six years, but the state’s transportation secretary said the state still won’t get ahead of deteriorating roads.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Negotiations going nowhere: After July 1 passing budget possible but difficult
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Negotiations to end Illinois’ 11-month budget stalemate appear to be going nowhere after the latest meeting between legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Friday, May 27, 2016

12 security breaches at Chicago airports
CHICAGO (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found that people climbed over or crashed cars through security fencing around Chicago’s two main airports more than authorities have disclosed.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Many taking Social Security before full retirement
CHICAGO (AP) — Taking Social Security benefits early comes with a price, yet more than 4 in 10 Americans who are 50 and over say they'll dip into the program before reaching full retirement age.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

House Democrats defy governor, push own budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Amid howls of protest from Republicans, the Democratic-led Illinois House passed a spending plan for next year Wednesday without considering any of the pro-business legislation GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner wants as part of a deal to end an historic budget stalemate.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court to review hospital taxation issue
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a case regarding the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lawmaker, university spar over research animals
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill that would’ve required universities in Illinois to offer healthy feline and canine test subjects to rescue organizations has provoked a dispute between its Democratic sponsor and the University of Illinois.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Amtrak seeks developer for Chicago 91-yr.-old Union Station overhaul
CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak is seeking a developer for a new phase of its overhaul of Chicago’s Union Station.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lawmakers pass plan to limit mentally ill from owning guns
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved a measure designed to prevent people with mental disabilities from owning guns.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Champaign among faster-growing cities
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Champaign is among the nation’s faster-growing cities.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Peterson planned party
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Wiretapped conversations show Drew Peterson planning a prison celebration after arranging for another inmate’s uncle to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in his ex-wife’s death.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Couple files religious discrimination complaint against inn
GALENA, Ill. (AP) — A Wisconsin couple has filed a discrimination charge with the state of Illinois saying that an inn owner refused to host their wedding because they wanted a non-religious service.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Illinois pushes legal aid for juveniles
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A lawyer would have to be present when police question juveniles younger than 15 in murder or sex offense investigations under a measure Illinois lawmakers are considering that seeks to eliminate false confessions.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Many Vietnam vets support lifting of the arms embargo
CHICAGO (AP) — The way Terry Neilen sees it, lifting the ban on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam makes sense in the face of China’s growing influence in the region.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ill. remapping issue step closer to Nov. ballot
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Election officials say a group that wants voters to decide if an independent commission should draw Illinois’ political boundaries appears to have enough valid signatures for November’s ballot.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lawmaker, university spar over research animals
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill that would’ve required universities in Illinois to offer healthy cats and dogs to rescue organizations after animal testing has provoked a dispute between its Democratic sponsor and the University of Illinois.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Grandmother, uncle held in 7-year-old's death
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The grandmother and uncle of a 7-year-old girl who died after a shooting in southwestern Illinois are in custody in connection with the incident.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Illinois farmers see changes in property tax assessments
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois farmers are paying attention to assessed land value as they pay their 2016 property taxes because of a remedy to a disparity that hinged on soil quality.
Monday, May 23, 2016

High court rejects request to reconsider Blagojevich appeal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption convictions.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Task force aiming to prevent veteran suicides meets
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A state-appointed Illinois task force aimed at preventing suicides among veterans has met in Belleville.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Plans shape up for actor Dick Van Dyke to visit Illinois
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The executive director of Dick Van Dyke’s charitable foundation says the 90-year-old actor will take part in events in Danville and suburban Chicago next month.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Governor: Still time to achieve 'grand compromise'
BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says there’s time for Republicans and rank-and-file Democrats to accomplish “a grand compromise” on a balanced budget before the Legislature adjourns May 31.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Budget stalemate erodes interest in some Illinois colleges
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — High school seniors’ unease over the lack of state funding for Illinois universities is contributing to a drop in applications at a number of campuses, and the problem appears to primarily affect schools facing some of the toughest financial struggles.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Senators want higher liability for oil spills
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s U.S. senators want the Department of Transportation to make sure oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes are treated as “offshore” and not “onshore” to ensure the owners will have to pay the full cost of a cleanup if there is a spill.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Iowa landowners challenge pipeline
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Landowners have filed two lawsuits in northwest Iowa in an attempt to block construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline leading to a storage facility in south-central Illinois.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Illinois prisons chief to lead mental health overhaul
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ top corrections official says an overhaul has begun of prison mental health programs following a settlement in a class-action lawsuit.Illinois Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin says he wants the state to be a national model. Baldwin says Gov. Bruce Rauner is committed to making funding available.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Youth police camp now accepting teen participants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) and the American Legion announce plans for the 44th Annual American Legion Youth Police Camp (ALYPC). The camp will again be held at the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield, Illinois, and will run from June 26 through July 1, 2016.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

SIU hosting major solar eclipse workshop in June
CARBONDALE, Ill. – A total solar eclipse that will center on Southern Illinois is still more than a year away, but in astronomical terms that’s only a blink of an eye.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fort de Chartres: Visit the era of trappers and soldiers
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER – The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on June 4 and 5 at the annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Future of Illinois daily fantasy sports bill unclear
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A last-minute push to legalize daily fantasy sports betting in Illinois cleared the state Senate on Thursday, but the bill’s future is in limbo because of some legislative maneuvering.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Hastert to report to prison by June 22
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been ordered to report to prison by June 22 to begin serving a 15-month sentence in his hush-money case.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Two charged in slaying of Chicago family of six
CHICAGO (AP) — Police announced charges Thursday in the February slayings of six family members found in a Chicago home, alleging that a cousin and his girlfriend committed the “unspeakable act” in what started as a robbery.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Kellie Pickler added to the lineup at DuQuoin State Fair
DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) — Country music and television star Kellie Pickler has joined the grandstand lineup for the DuQuoin State Fair.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Military vehicles on display this weekend at Springfield museum
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Military Museum will host the 2016 Military Museum Vehicle Show "Motorpool Mania" Saturday May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Historic cars to gather at historic home for Champagne British Car Festival
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Beautiful cars in a beautiful setting – that’s the promise of the 25th Annual Champagne British Car Festival on June 5 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Monster Truck Nationals bringing 'Fight to the Finish' to state fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Monster Truck Nationals “Fight to the Finish” tour, featuring five of the most colossal monster trucks in the world, is coming to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., for two shows on June 4 and 5, 2016.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Historic site offers nature hike
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – On May 28, guides will lead history and nature enthusiasts on a nature hike through the fields, marshes and woods of Cahokia Mounds.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rauner cool to idea of $15 hourly wage for home care workers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is signaling a cool reception to legislation that raises the base salary for home care workers to $15 an hour.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Union supporters protest Rauner's call to change labor laws
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of union supporters from across Illinois rallied in front of the state Capitol building Wednesday to protest Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call for changes to collective bargaining policies.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lawmakers pass limits on phone tracking technology
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved a bill that restricts how law enforcement agencies use devices that mimic cell towers to track phone locations in criminal investigations.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Off-road vehicle trails could be coming to So. Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources wants to build a series of off-road vehicle trails at the Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area in southern Illinois.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Illinois upgrading security for driver's licenses
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will soon begin mailing more secure driver’s licenses and ID cards to applicants as the state works to meet tighter federal security standards, officials said Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mixed reviews for latest talks on budget standoff
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislative leaders gave mixed reviews Tuesday to the latest negotiations with Gov. Bruce Rauner to seek an end to Illinois’ epic budget standoff, tempering any optimism with skepticism that a compromise is possible any time soon.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Amid budget deficit, Illinois considers taxing soda
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers scrambling to find money to fix Illinois’ multi-billion dollar deficit are looking to sugary drinks as one potential source of revenue.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TSA sends screeners to help cut wait times
CHICAGO (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is immediately sending 58 new security officers and four more bomb-sniffing dog teams to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to address long delays at security checkpoints.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2-year-old K9 'Hawk' is newest Carlinville police officer
CARLINVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A quadruped named “Hawk” is the newest member of the Carlinville Police Department.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ill. high court to hold session in suburban Chicago
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court is holding a special evening session in Springfield, followed by oral arguments at a suburban Chicago university. 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Illinois upgrading security for driver's licenses, ID cards
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinoisans will receive temporary paper driver’s licenses and identification cards as the state works to meet federal security mandates.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Illinois professors protest Gov. Rauner's board nomination
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s choice to fill the college faculty slot on the Illinois Board of Higher Education has prompted backlash from faculty at the University of Illinois.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Gov. Rauner vetoes Illinois union arbitration bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation Monday that would let an arbitrator settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall, describing the bill as an attack on taxpayers.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cool, wet weather keep farmers out of fields much of week
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Department of Agriculture says wet, cool conditions in Illinois kept farmers out of their filed for much of last week.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Area agency announces senior celebration, May 18
SPRINGFIELD — The Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland is sponsoring the 18th Annual Central Illinois Senior Celebration at the Orr Building in the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SIU hosting program Tuesday on brain aging
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Does rosacea lead to Alzheimer's disease? Is aluminum connected to dementia?
Monday, May 16, 2016

Two gardening events at Dana-Thomas home
 SPRINGFIELD — Plants and butterflies inspired Frank Lloyd Wright when he designed the Dana-Thomas House, so it’s only fair for the state historic site to help others plant gardens and attract butterflies.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Rauner running out of time to get reform he wants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vision of a grand two-year budget compromise with Illinois lawmakers is diminishing as the clock ticks down on this year’s legislative session.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Chicago-area police issue well-being check on star
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area police issued a well-being check Monday for Irish singer and musician Sinead O’Connor, who reportedly went for a bicycle ride Sunday morning in a northern suburb but never returned.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pedestrian deaths on the rise in Illinois, US
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Data from the Illinois Department of Transportation shows that the state’s pedestrian fatalities increased by 18 percent in 2015.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Your Stadium Here: Public schools cashing in with naming rights
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — In the last two years, a northern Indiana high school sold the naming rights to its football field to a bank for $400,000, its baseball field to an auto dealership, its softball field to a law firm, its tennis court to a philanthropic couple and its concession stands to a tire and auto care company and a restaurant.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Early 20th Century Illinois governors were reformers
ILLINOIS — Despite Illinois’ checkered political history, several governors have left an indelible – and positive -- imprint. Three straight governors in the early-20th century rank among the best in state history.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Christian County Final Multiplier Announced
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Christian County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0215, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Class of 12 seniors prepares to graduate
THOMPSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Like any other, the Thompsonville High School graduating class includes its cliques: the athletes, the studious ones, the artists, the comedians, the popular kids and so on.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Young girl choked in Chicago restaurant, main jailed
CHICAGO (AP) — A man has been charged in the choking of an 8-year-old girl in a bathroom at a downtown Chicago restaurant.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Central Illinois vets recommend dog flu vaccine
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Veterinarians in Central Illinois are recommending dog owners consider getting their pets vaccinated against the flu.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Suburban teacher's aide charged with sex assault of student
VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago teacher’s aide has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of criminal assault of a 16-year-old student at her Bolingbrook residence.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Energy industries ask Illinois lawmakers for assistance
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The nuclear, coal and renewable-energy industries find themselves vying for the attention of Illinois lawmakers this legislative session.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Ill. schools considering later start times
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A large suburban Chicago school district is the latest of several in Illinois moving toward starting classes later in the morning amid recommendations from doctors that teenage students need more sleep.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Class of 12 seniors prepares to graduate
THOMPSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Like any other, the Thompsonville High School graduating class includes its cliques: the athletes, the studious ones, the artists, the comedians, the popular kids and so on.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Ill. rape crisis center to end all services but hotline
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois rape crisis center is suspending nearly all of its services and will lay off five employees after operating for nearly a year without state money.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Judge allows case against Duckworth to go to trial
(AP) — An Illinois judge on today tentatively set a trial date well before the November general election in a 7-year-old workplace retaliation lawsuit accusing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth of ethics violations while she led the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hastert won't appeal conviction or 15-mo. sentence
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert won’t appeal his conviction or 15-month prison term in a hush-money case that centered on his sexual abuse of students when he was a high school wrestling coach in Illinois decades ago, his lead attorney said Thursday.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Carlinville home explodes after gas line is struck
CARLINVILLE, Ill.  – A Carlinville home under  exploded Wednesday morning after a subcontractor for the city of Carlinville struck a natural gas line while digging. Ameren Illinois was immediately notified, however, before they were able to shut down the natural gas line erupted.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Chicago police trade fire with suspect in killing of 3
CHICAGO (AP) — At press time today, SWAT officers had surrounded a Chicago home, exchanging gunfire with a man who authorities say is a suspect in the killing of three people hours earlier.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reporters arrested in Ferguson settle lawsuit with county
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four journalists arrested during protests that followed the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson have settled their lawsuit against St. Louis County police.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Illinois State Police warns of phone scams
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state. An individual will call and claim to be associated with the ISP or the “Illinois Police.”
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Judge allows Illinois class-action Facebook lawsuit to proceed
CHICAGO (AP) — A California federal judge has ruled that three Illinois men can proceed with their class-action lawsuit challenging Facebook’s facial recognition software used to identify people in uploaded photos.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Age, income factors in staying with single employer
CHICAGO (AP) — A new poll says more than 40 percent of America’s baby boomers stayed with their employer for more than 20 years. But it’s unlikely that their children or grandchildren will experience the same job tenure.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Schools warn of closures, layoffs without budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois superintendents warned of school closures and staff layoffs Tuesday as they implored state lawmakers to pass a budget to give them certainty for the fall when the new academic year begins.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Court could OK construction on Lucas museum in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge could decide to let construction begin on filmmaker George Lucas’ proposed art museum in Chicago. 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Veterinarians reporting dog flu increase in central Illinois
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Veterinarians in central Illinois say canine influenza has sickened dozens of dogs in the Bloomington and Normal area over the past few days.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tile mosaic marking historic Will County farm vandalized
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A mosaic marking an historic farm in Will County has been vandalized and a volunteer group that maintains it is looking to raise enough money for repairs.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Illinois board to consider U of Chicago hospital expansion
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A nine-member state review board is expected to consider a $269 million expansion proposal from the University of Chicago Medical Center that includes an adult trauma center.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Trial opens in case of Chicago store owner shot by police
CHICAGO (AP) — Trial opened Monday in a federal lawsuit brought by a man seeking millions of dollars in damages after he was shot multiple times by Chicago police officers responding to a robbery at his store.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Illinois to close youth detention center despite objections
KEWANEE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is moving forward with closing a youth detention center in Kewanee over objections from a bipartisan legislative oversight panel.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Decatur woman killed in crash with state trooper
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police have identified a woman killed in a vehicle crash with a state trooper who was helping to search for a man accused of shooting a Mahomet officer.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Illinois bill seeks sexual assault investigation oversight
ROBBINS, Ill. (AP) — A bill that's moving through the Illinois Legislature is aimed at ensuring local police departments properly handle rape investigations.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Glass maker creates memorials with glass, ashes
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Veronica Kroeze's mother died in 2004, and since then, her mother's ashes had been displayed in an urn on her credenza in her living room.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Ex-police officer faces court hearing in street gang case
ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia police officer accused of helping a street gang evade police faces a court hearing as part of a nationwide racketeering case.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Tornadoes, hail again in forecast for parts of central US
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say severe storms are likely Monday in parts of the Southern and Great Plains states, with tornadoes and very large hail a possibility in some areas.
Monday, May 9, 2016














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