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Quincy's longest tenured officer retires
In this June 30, 2017 photo, Quincy Police Detective John Summers speaks about his career during his last week at the Quincy Police Department in Quincy. Summers retired after working with the Police Department for 39 years.
(Jake Shane/The Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)
In this June 30, 2017 photo, Quincy Police Detective John Summers speaks about his career during his last week at the Quincy Police Department in Quincy. Summers retired after working with the Police Department for 39 years.
(Jake Shane/The Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — On a shelf just above Sgt. John Summers’ shoulder was a clock. It counted down to the end of his shift July 7, when he wrapped up a nearly 40-year career with the Quincy Police Department.
Saturday, July 22, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buffet assists Decatur with declining population

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

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many smaller Illinois cities hosted minor league baseball

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

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


Friday, July 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Speaker on 'Art on the Farm'

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

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

Comptroller: 'Derailment is imminent'

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

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obama biographer to speak at presidential library
SPRINGFIELD — New York Times reporter Peter Baker will appear at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on July 18 to discuss his new book, “Obama: The Call of History.”
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

House Dems advance property-tax freeze plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Democrats have advanced a statewide property tax freeze to appease the Republican governor and get a budget before Saturday’s deadline.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Appeal means trial delayed indefinitely for Gliniewicz
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The trial is delayed indefinitely for the wife of a former Fox Lake Police lieutenant who killed himself and made it look like it was duty related.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Talks on unpaid state Medicaid bills at impasse
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys in a lawsuit over $2 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills say court-ordered talks to resolve the issue haven’t made progress and they’re asking a judge to order Illinois to start paying $1 billion a month as it heads into a third year without a budget.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Edwardsville police officer gets 40 years for burglaries
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former Edwardsville police officer has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to a long string of burglaries.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mystery of missing Chinese scholar is shaking up community
CHICAGO (AP) — Yingying Zhang, the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, took the same career path as many other young Chinese academics before her: She travelled to a university in the U.S. with dreams of one day landing a professorship and being able to help her parents financially.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Illinois proposes new timeline to bring students up to proficiency
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education is proposing a new timeline for a federal law that aims to help students pass state exams as well as be proficient in math and reading.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Madigan: Democrats draft budget with 4 days left in session
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that Democrats are finalizing a proposed state spending plan that could be ready for Republican scrutiny as early as today, with just four days before Illinois begins a third year in a row without a budget.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Black marks fall off credit reports July 1
CHICAGO — Starting July 1, the credit scores of up to 14 million people could begin to rise as credit reports are scrubbed of nearly all civil judgments and many tax liens. 
Monday, June 26, 2017

Mail carrier delivering more than mail

CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier is in jail after authorities discovered he was allegedly delivering a lot more than letters and magazines on his Chicago route.

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Golf course at library draws criticism

CHICAGO (AP) — Not everybody liked the idea about the proposed golf course at the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park. 

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Madigan, like Rauner, lists 'non-budget' demands for deal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The speaker of the Illinois House says he has his own agenda unrelated to the state budget for which he wants Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agreement. 
Monday, June 26, 2017

Illinois woman to intern in city where she was found as a baby

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A woman known as baby “Crystal Hope” after she was rescued as an infant from freezing to death in an eastern Illinois cemetery has returned to the same city 21 years later to intern at a church.

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Expert on Lincoln assassination speaking Tuesday
SPRINGFIELD — John Wilkes Booth is known around the world as Abraham Lincoln’s killer, but he didn’t act alone. Researcher Dave Taylor explains the role that others played in the president’s murder when he speaks June 27 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Illinois governor signs repeat gun offender plan into law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Judges will be encouraged to prescribe longer sentences for repeat gun offenders under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Champaign extends moratorium on video gambling until January
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The city of Champaign has extended its moratorium on new video-gambling machines until Jan. 23.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Police: 2 killed in crash with SUV fleeing Chicago officers
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say two women were killed when a man trying to flee from officers crashed an SUV into their car on Chicago’s South Side.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Auto dealership wins naming rights to Bloomington arena
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The city-owned arena downtown Bloomington in central Illinois has a new name: Grossinger Motors Arena.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tick-borne illnesses growing among Illinois residents
McLEAN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois health officials say they’re seeing an increase in tick-borne illness among residents in the state.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit due to budget
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Eclipse will last longest near Carbondale, Illinois
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.
Friday, June 23, 2017

State warns residents about rabid bats
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois residents are being warned to beware of rabid animals after more than two dozen rabid bats have been reported in the state this year.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Father of missing student: 'Give my daughter back'
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The father of a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois made an emotional appeal on Thursday for his 26-year-old child’s safe return, saying in an interview: “Give my daughter back.”
Friday, June 23, 2017

Asian carp discovered well past electronic barrier
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan — well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River system from reaching the Great Lakes, officials said today.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Lawmakers meet again today, still no concensus
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature held another day of a special session with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders still at odds over an elusive budget deal.
Friday, June 23, 2017

$25,000 reward offered for rare clock stolen in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A New Orleans antique dealer is offering a $25,000 to anyone who turns in a rare, diamond-encrusted clock stolen in Chicago last month.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Meeting planned with students about missing Chinese scholar
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois police representatives and a campus counseling center will meet with students to discuss the search for a visiting scholar from China.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Judge refuses to release Mexican official pending US trial
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has refused to release a former commander of a Mexican intelligence unit charged with trading secrets to a drug cartel.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Illinois man charged with threatening to assassinate President Trump
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Divine renovation at a Tuscola Catholic church
TUSCOLA, Ill. (AP) — Come two months from now, parishioners at Tuscola’s Forty Martyrs Catholic Church will be able to establish a cozy new seating arrangement for weekend Mass.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Metra adding service for Sunday Pride Parade
CHICAGO (AP) — Suburban Chicago’s commuter rail agency is adding trains to downtown for this year’s Chicago Pride Parade.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Illinois man convicted of killing his six children dies in Spfld. hospital
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man who was convicted of killing his six children in 1978 has died.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

$80,000 is raised online for family of missing scholar
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An online fundraising effort has brought in more than $80,000 for the family of a visiting scholar from China who disappeared from the University of Illinois.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Judge announces Trump won't be defendant in Dakota Access lawsuit
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump won’t be added as a defendant in a lawsuit over the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline that he pushed to completion, a federal judge announced as one of the conditions of allowing a group of Sioux tribal members to intervene in the case.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Illinois plans performance center, not stadium renovations
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says plans for a $132 million renovation at Memorial Stadium are on hold and instead the school will break ground next year on a stand-alone football performance center.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lawmakers heading back to Springfield
CHICAGO (AP) — Already holding the title for longest state budget stalemate, Illinois is poised to enter a third year without a spending plan as the feud between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats controlling the Legislature drags on.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Height of Illinois levees concerning
ST. LOUIS (AP) — State versus state battle lines are being drawn across the Mississippi River, with a top Missouri official urging Illinois regulators to back away from a plan allowing higher levees that could push more floodwater to the Missouri side of the river.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Springfield one of 12 cities in nation to get Justice aid to decrease crime
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The Justice Department will help 12 U.S. cities develop long-term strategies to decrease violent crime, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said today.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Alderman, union bidding on Times
CHICAGO (AP) — An investor group headed by a former Chicago alderman has submitted a bid to buy the Chicago Sun-Times.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Group says progresss of DCFS is too slow
CHICAGO (AP) — A progress report filed in federal court shows that Illinois’ child welfare agency has slowly made “incremental” improvements, but concerns linger about the impact of the state’s budget impasse and a “revolving door” of leadership.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

$40k reward offered in missing UI scholar
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Officials and the family of a Chinese scholar are offering $40,000 for information leading to an arrest in the disappearance of the woman from the University of Illinois.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ISU's nursing schools to get $2M grant
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing is getting a $2 million federal grant to help make the nursing workforce more diverse.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teachers get free admission to Springfield PGA tournament
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Teachers will be able to see a free round of golf in Springfield this month.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Standing Stone continues to clothes those in need
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Every week at Standing Stone Community Center, there will always be another story that strengthens Dawn Thomson’s resolve.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Suburban man faces hate crime after message to Muslim group
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have charged a 45-year-old suburban Chicago man with a hate crime after prosecutors say he called a Muslim civil rights advocate and left a threatening message.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Online health portal, 'done quickly,' gives Ill. headaches
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A $94 million online health insurance system has some Illinois state employees and agencies flummoxed and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration scampering to rid the system of bugs, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Police say Chicago area home standoff ends with 4 in custody
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say charges are pending against four people allegedly involved in a five-hour standoff in suburban Chicago.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Judge orders no bail for suspect in shooting of children
CHICAGO (AP) — A visibly angry judge ordered a Chicago man charged in a shooting at a school playground that left young two children with bullet wounds held in jail without bond.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Son of immigration activist sets his sight on college
CHICAGO (AP) — The son of an immigration activist who gained nationwide attention while taking refuge in a Chicago church now has his eyes on college.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Comptroller: Finances in 'crisis mode'
CHICAGO (AP) — During the two-and-a-half years Illinois has gone without a state budget, the previously little-known office of comptroller has had the unenviable job of essentially sitting at the kitchen table trying to figure out how to pay the bills. 
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cullerton suggests bucking governor on budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature “doesn’t need the governor” to enact an elusive budget deal to end a two-year impasse, the Senate president said Friday ahead of a special session.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Scholar will discuss Scully family land reclamation
ELKHART, Ill. — The Elkhart Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of Paul Beaver to its Dinner Lecture circuit. Mr. Beaver will present “From Swamp to Field”, as his lecture on Friday June 23, 2017,  a fascinating discussion of the methods used by the Scully family in the late 1800’s to drain the wetlands in Logan County, which turned what was unusable land into some of the richest most productive farm ground in the world
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Homestead Prairie Farm to celebrate 1860's way
DECATUR, Ill. — Enjoy a 4th of July festival as Americans celebrated it in the 1860s. Visit Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area for Independence Day 1860 on Saturday, June 24 from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free. No registration required.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ethics board: 2 illegally lobbied mayor
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Board of Ethics has found that business executive and an alderman’s husband illegally lobbied Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Airlines give free travel to CPS students abroad

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools students and their teachers will travel this summer to Central and South America with free flights from The Boeing Co. and United Airlines .

 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Outgoing NIU president to get $600,000 severance deal
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University will pay President Doug Baker about $600,000 plus benefits when he steps down later this month.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Wife: He wanted to work on tax policy
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The wife of a gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several others says her husband went to Washington, D.C. because he wanted to work on tax policy. 
Friday, June 16, 2017

Group holding session on German genealogy
DECATUR — The Decatur Genealogical Society will hold their general meeting on June 25 at 1:00 p.m. 
Friday, June 16, 2017

APL plans dog and cat adoptions for this weekend
 SPRINGFIELD - The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at PetSmart off of Veterans Parkway this weekend. On Saturday, June 17, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. On Sunday, June 18, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and adoptable dogs will be available from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Lincoln site hosting events for Father's Day weekend

LERNA, Ill. – The Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, where Abraham Lincoln’s father once lived, is offering two fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day: a Civil War encampment and free fishing.

 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Governor calls lawmakers back to Springfield
SPRINGFIED – One day after House and Senate Republicans unveiled a compromise balanced budget plan to end the budget impasse, Governor Bruce Rauner today called lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session from Wednesday, June 21st through the June 30th fiscal year deadline.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Phone app helps docs in opioid talks with patients
CHICAGO — A phone app is helping doctors have difficult conversations with patients about lowering doses of opioids.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Yearlong Caterpillar exhibit features 1st tractor off line
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — An exhibit of antique machinery on display at the Caterpillar Visitors Center includes the very first Cat to roll off the line.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Illinois could stand to lose Powerball, Mega Millions without state budget
CHICAGO (AP) — A published report says the multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will dump Illinois by the end of June if the state doesn’t end its budget impasse.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shooter lived out of a van for months after leaving Illinois
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several others during an early morning baseball practice had apparently been living out a white cargo van for months and was frequently seen working on a computer at a nearby YMCA, where he kept mostly to himself.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Grand Levee returns to Vandalia Statehouse with food, music and Lincoln
VANDALIA, Ill. — The Grande Levée – a two-day party appropriate for the dignitaries a frontier state capital attracted during the 1830s – returns to the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site on June 16-17.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cahokia Mounds hosts weekend of Chickasaw music, dancing and games
COLLINSVILLE – Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site presents two days of Native American dancing, music, games and stories when the Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe visits on June 17 and 18.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Police report: Jason Quate admitted killing daughter
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found in an Illinois garage admitted killing her and concealing the body, according to a police report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chicago's FBI office warns public about email scam
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say con artists are scamming people out of thousands of dollars by sending them threatening emails that appear to be from the FBI.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Groups sue seeking court oversight of CPD reforms
CHICAGO (AP) — Several leading community groups filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of Chicago Wednesday in a bid to bypass or even scuttle a draft agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice that seeks to reform the nation’s second largest police force without federal court oversight.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Eagle proves no match for facade of Chicago hotel
CHICAGO (AP) — An eagle learned the hard way that it was no match for a glass facade of a downtown Chicago hotel.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chinese scholar missing from University of Illinois for days
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Police say a Chinese scholar visiting the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus has been missing for days.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

3 monkeys recaptured after escape from Henson Robinson Zoo, Spfld.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials with the zoo in Springfield say three monkeys were able to get out of their cage and one made it outside zoo grounds before they were recaptured.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Report ranks Illinois 19th in child well being in the nation
CHICAGO (AP) — An annual data report says Illinois ranks 19th in the nation when it comes to the well-being of children.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Couple in Illinois dead child case appear in Las Vegas courts
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A mother and father accused in Illinois of concealing the death of a child whose body was found in the garage of an abandoned St. Louis-area house made separate appearances Monday in different Las Vegas courts.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anti Sharia law rallies draw counter protests in US
SEATTLE (AP) — Demonstrators around the country rallied to protest Islamic law, saying it is incompatible with Western democracy. But many of the rallies drew even more raucous counter-protests by people who called such fears unfounded.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Clinton reactor running a year after closing threat
CLINTON, Ill. (AP) — A nuclear reactor in central Illinois has begun operating again just over a year after the plant owner warned it would shut down this month if financial losses continued.
Monday, June 12, 2017

School funding dispute centers on CPS dollars
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — After years of unsuccessful attempts, Illinois lawmakers have approved a plan to overhaul the state’s antiquated method for funding public schools.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Chicago alderman's defense wants some evidence tossed
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a Chicago alderman alleges that federal agents went too far in their surveillance tactics in a corruption investigation and that they may have violated the Democrat’s constitutional rights.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Son of Chicago political activist shot and killed
CHICAGO (AP) — The son of a Chicago political activist who returned to the city after graduating college to work with disadvantaged youth has been shot and killed.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Officials warn that expected hot weather could damage roads
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State transportation officials are warning motorists that the expected hot weather over the next few days might cause pavement to buckle around Illinois.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Parents of girl found dead in garage charged in Illinois
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The parents of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found in a vacant garage of an abandoned St. Louis-area home were charged Friday in Illinois with concealing a homicidal death.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Danville woman marks 50 years of league bowling
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Shirley Gibson was nearly 30 before she picked up a bowling ball. Since then, she hasn’t put it down.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Huge Jackpot
Signs display the lottery prizes, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Chicago. The Powerball jackpot has grown up to $435 million, after more than two months without a winner. The jackpot for Saturday night's drawing would tie for the nation's 10th largest lottery prize.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Multigenerational homes on the rise
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The two-bedroom house that Tracy Pixler has rented on Allington Avenue for the past two years is a full one.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Criminal justice reform signed into law
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that will transform the bail process. The bill sponsors Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) and Rep. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and advocate Dr. Willie Wilson joined the governor at the signing at Chicago Baptist Institute.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Springfield Muni Band plays on despite stolen equipment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Springfield Municipal Band is kicking off its season a few days late after someone stole the group’s audio and other equipment.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Judge: Ex-Rep. Schock not entitled to evidence from staffer
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge says Aaron Schock isn’t entitled to detailed evidence prosecutors gathered from a confidential informant on the then-congressman’s staff as he prepares for trial. 
Friday, June 9, 2017

Man points to wife in death of child
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man under investigation after his wife told police he killed their 6-year-old daughter and hid the body in an Illinois garage directed suspicion at his wife in a jailhouse interview.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Murder retrial of ex-prosecutor cost nearly $36K
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The retrial of a former Illinois prosecutor who was charged with first-degree murder has cost the Quincy Police Department and the Adams County circuit clerk’s office nearly $35,800.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Illinois end-of-year budget deficit to top $6 billion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state’s budget deficit will top $6.2 billion for the fiscal year through June 30, forecasters for the Illinois General Assembly estimated Wednesday. 
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Judge: Illinois not in compliance on Medicaid pay
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Illinois isn’t in compliance with court orders to pay health care bills for low-income and other vulnerable groups as the state heads into a third year without a budget, though she did not order the state to pay $2 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills immediately and in full.    
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blues Festival This Weekend
This Tuesday, June 6, 201, photo shows a nine-story mural of blues musician Muddy Waters in Chicago. The city is dedicating the mural to the blues legend on Thursday ahead of the annual blues festival this weekend. Waters, known the father or king of blues music in Chicago, died in 1983 at age 70.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Child's body found in Illinois garage
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police in Illinois believe the remains of a child found in the garage of a vacant home had been there four years and are investigating the death as a homicide.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fees reduced in college savings plans
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has announced the state is reducing fees and giving more investment choices to people saving money for college in its college savings plans.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pregnancy safe for breast cancer survivors
CHICAGO (AP) — A study gives reassuring news for breast cancer survivors who want to have children. Those who later became pregnant were no more likely to have their cancer come back than those who did not have a baby.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Chicago suburb that wouldn't allow mosque to pay $580,000
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago suburb that prevented a Muslim group from converting a vacant building into a mosque will pay the group $580,000 and be required to train city employees on religious land use law, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Decatur to require new city workers to live in limits
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — New employees hired by the city of Decatur will be required to live within the city limits for at least five years. 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sides await decision on Illinois Medicaid payments
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago is expected to rule on an issue highlighting one of the nation’s longest running state financial crises.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Chicago dedicating mural to Muddy Waters
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago plans to dedicate a nine-story mural to blues music legend Muddy Waters before the city’s annual blues festival this weekend.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

AARP seeks senior contributors for recognition
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Unsung heroes at least 50 years old who are making contributions to communities and improving cities and neighborhoods are eligible for recognition by AARP Illinois.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

End of Watch guitar has roots in southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – It's been seen hanging around with Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. It has appeared with Ted Nugent, Colt Ford, Granger Smith and Lee Brice. You may have seen it with Tyler Farr, Jamey Johnson, Kellie Pickler, Little Big Town, Chase Rice, Aaron Lewis, Adam Wakefield, Frankie Ballard, Dwight Yoakam, Pat Green, Danny the Count, Koker, Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane, Locash, David Lee Murphy, Kendell Marvel, or Dave Bray.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SIU making suites available during eclipse weekend
CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale will make suites available in one of its residence halls for solar eclipse weekend in August.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Appeals court again denies Blagojevich request
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court again has rejected a request from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a rehearing on his request for another resentencing.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

State court justices to attend ceremony for school desegregation activist
ALTON — A State Historical Marker will be unveiled in Alton on Monday, June 19th to honor Scott Bibb, an African American who successfully fought in the Illinois Supreme Court for the desegregation of schools in what became known as the Alton School Cases in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fundraising under way to restore historic Amish house
CHESTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Peeking out from behind a hedgerow lining Illinois Route 133 west of Chesterville, two historic Amish homes steadfastly signify the first steps taken for the creation the new Illinois Amish Heritage Center.
Monday, June 5, 2017

1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits will go to trial on Monday in Kansas against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China approved it for imports.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Drugs score big wins against lung, prostate, breast cancers
CHICAGO (AP) — Drugs are scoring big wins against common cancers, setting new standards for how to treat many prostate, breast and lung tumors. There’s even a “uni-drug” that may fight many forms of the disease.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Man jumps into moving car to save driver having a seizure
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have hailed a northern Illinois man a hero after he jumped through the open window of a moving car to save the driver, who was having a seizure.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Drones found near Chicago Executive Airport prompt warnings
WHEELING, Ill. (AP) — At least two incidents of drones found near a Chicago-area airport have prompted alerts and warnings.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Home of Civil War captain being restored in Joliet
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Barb Newberg talks about the mystery and clues as she shows visitors around Dr. William Dougall’s 19th-century home.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Lake Michigan shore erosion could be accelerating
CHICAGO (AP) — Erosion along shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago’s northern suburbs has been an issue for decades, but new research indicates it could be accelerating.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Silver Model T once carried coeds across America

By TALBOT FISHER

The (Galesburg) Register-Mail

 

KNOXVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Her paint is chipped, her fender dented, her underside a little rusty. But the “Silver Streak,” a 1926 Model T, still has plenty to say. She has traveled thousands of miles, all over the United States, as well into Canada. She has traversed the salt flats in Utah, she has driven down the avenues of Manhattan, and visited with movie stars and had two rendezvous with her creator. On a Sunday afternoon, she came to Knoxville.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chicago, feds come to terms on CPD reform deal
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago and the U.S. Justice Department have negotiated a draft agreement that calls for an independent monitor to oversee police department reforms, though it is unclear if there will be court oversight at some stage in the future, an official in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration told The Associated Press.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

'Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary' walking tours
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering special tours this summer that let visitors explore historic Springfield and learn about the unlikely romance between Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

There's more to monarch story than just milkweed
URBANA, Ill. – Most Illinois gardeners believe that monarch butterfly populations are declining due to the lack of milkweed in the summer breeding areas of our state. However, researchers Greg Spyreas and David Zaya with the Illinois Natural History Survey are proving there may be more to the monarch story than milkweed.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Opioid epidemic hits Illinois hardes in southern region
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A newspaper investigation shows that Illinois’ 16 southernmost counties are hardest hit by the state’s opioid epidemic.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Lawmakers okay school funding overhaul; gov says he'll veto
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers’ approval of an overhauled public school funding formula to replace a decades-old version considered unfair marked a bright spot for advocates in a gridlocked legislative session in which the state failed to agree on a budget for the third year running.
Friday, June 2, 2017

First lady to kick off the Executive Mansion overhaul
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois first lady Diana Rauner is holding an event to kick off major renovations at the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield. 
Friday, June 2, 2017

Woman dies in Fla. during cosmetic surgery

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — A 30-year-old woman suffered a medical emergency and died during a cosmetic procedure at a medical clinic in Florida.

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Decatur Police: Officer shot armed man in the back
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a shooting of a man by a Decatur Police officer as the man ran from a vehicle during a traffic stop. 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Illinois State Police warns of phone scam
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lawmakers adjourn and still no budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The lack of trust between Illinois’ Republican governor and its Legislature led by Democrats reached a full-throated roar Wednesday as the House speaker acknowledged a midnight deadline to end the longest state budget drought in modern American history would be missed, triggering a rule requiring even more votes for later approval and a gubernatorial scolding for “dereliction.”
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bob Seger 'Runaway Train' tour headed to Chicago
DETROIT (AP) — Bob Seger is heading out for a late summer and fall tour with his Silver Bullet Band.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Oil now on its way to Illinois in $3.8-billion pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline began shipping oil for customers on Thursday, as Native American tribes that opposed the project vowed to continue fighting.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

A look at the damage from no budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 1 million Illinois residents are feeling the impact of the state’s unprecedented budget impasse, a situation that’s expected to worsen with the prospect of entering a third straight fiscal year without a spending plan.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

DCFS head resigns facing ethics probe
CHICAGO (AP) — The director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services resigned Wednesday in the face of an ethics probe and as the agency is in the midst of a controversy over a recent child death.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

2 get prison for St. Louis Saks smash-and-grab heist
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two Chicago residents have been ordered imprisoned for their role in a smash-and-grab theft of more than $100,000 worth of handbags at a Saks Fifth Avenue in suburban St. Louis.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

FBI wiretap records Pritzker, Blago talking state jobs
CHICAGO (AP) — FBI wiretaps from a 2008 investigation of then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich recorded current Democratic candidate for governor, billionaire J.B. Pritzker, pictured left, speaking to Blagojevich about a state job appointment.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Decatur Arts Council presents exhibit of Chinese art, artifacts
DECATUR — The Decatur Area Arts Council is presenting an exhibit entitled China: Sumbols & Motifs (A Chinese Art Journey) from June 2-July 27 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

State Museum concert features new take on old-time country
SPRINGFIELD —Come hear some great old time music at on Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield as part of the monthly Music at the Museum concert series.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rochester's Old Stone House Open This Sunday
ROCHESTER — The first open house of the year at the Rochester Historical Preservation Society's Old Stone House in Rochester will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday June 4, 2017. Docents will offer guided tours of the reconstructed 1830s era residence, which is located at the historic park site adjacent to Rochester Community Park on West Main Street. Open houses are scheduled on the first Sunday of the month through September, weather permitting. Admission is free.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Activists Protest Outside Governor's Office
Activists with the March to Springfield hold a protest and rally outside the governor's office at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
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