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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


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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Red Cross celebrates century of serving So. Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD — The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of serving residents of South Central Illinois. In conjunction with a yearlong celebration, join the Red Cross and give blood at the an inaugural 100 Pints for 100 Years Blood Drive Friday, June 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Scheels, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield. 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Boy faces arson charge in prison fire
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy has been charged with starting a fire that caused heavy damage to a building at an abandoned prison in northern Illinois.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Danville to move WWI memorial
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Officials in  Danville are trying to move, clean and more prominently display a World War I memorial that’s nearly a century old.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Marchers walk 200 miles to demand state budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Marchers sang and chanted Tuesday on the final stretch of a 200-mile trek across Illinois to demand a state budget, a mood that dampened later when several allegedly disruptive protesters were removed from the House gallery and a group of protesters, some zip-tied together, stationed itself outside Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Illinois Legislature and governor set national futility record
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly that launched the careers of such political giants as Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas and Barack Obama and the governor’s office once occupied by Adlai Stevenson II have set a record in futility in failing to agree on an annual spending plan for more than two years, the longest fiscal drought of any state since at least the Great Depression.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

5 dead, 44 injured in Chicago holiday weekend shootings
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say five people were killed and 44 were hurt in shootings over the Memorial Day weekend, which has become one of the deadliest times of the year in the city.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fire damages building at former Joliet prison
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a fire caused heavy damage to a building at an abandoned prison in northern Illinois.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Vets hope 74 hr. baseball game breaks world record
SAUGET, Ill. (AP) — A group of military veterans in southern Illinois hopes their Memorial Day weekend effort to play the longest non-stop baseball game ever was successful.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Legislature signs off on automatic voter registration
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature has overwhelmingly endorsed a plan to automatically register qualified voters.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Chicago-based Exelon to shut down Three Mile Island plant in 2019
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The owner of Three Mile Island, site of the United States’ worst commercial nuclear power accident, said Monday that it will shut down the plant in 2019 without a financial rescue from Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bill okayed allowing ads on renewals
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill is headed to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner that would let the state put advertisements on license plate renewal reminders.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Illinois House full of action, but little is said about budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Democrats tried to digest some unpalatable budget choices Monday, chewing on a Senate proposal with $5 billion in new taxes and some questionable savings that some members think the taxes won’t cover.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fewer graduates from public medical schools are choosing to stay in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of medical school graduates who stay in Illinois after graduating from the from the state’s public universities is dropping.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Wreath-laying to honor servicemen
CHICAGO (AP) — Military, public safety and community leaders gathered at a downtown Chicago monument for Memorial Day commemorations that include da tribute to a soldier from central Illinois killed in Afghanistan in April.
Monday, May 29, 2017

U of I trustees to address free speech
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say free speech and campus culture will be the focus of the school trustees’ annual retreat this summer.
Monday, May 29, 2017

House Dems discuss 32 percent income tax hike
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Democrats began debating tax increases Sunday as an attempt to break a two-year budget deadlock, and while their top budget negotiator wouldn’t endorse a $5.4 billion package of tax hikes, he warned of “devastating cuts” if support falters.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Veteran says unit remained vulnerable after war
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — At an outpost that could have been overrun any minute by the smallest of North Korean forces, Robert Alsop was part of a unit that spied on the country that it was still technically at war with.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Excavation at jail site turns up bones
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Excavation work at the site of a new western Illinois jail has turned up some bones.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Class-action lawsuit against Illinois college is certified
 DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge has certified a class-action lawsuit against Oakton Community College that alleges a professor was wrongfully fired.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

DCFS releases report that examined case file
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services released a report Friday reviewing the agency’s actions leading up to the death of a 1-year-old.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Illinois lawmakers pass workers' compensation measures
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Senate Democrats made good Friday on their pledge to pick apart the workers’ compensation system at the behest of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, but the measures they approved brought only derision from the GOP.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Chicago inmates can order fancy Italian pizza made in jail
CHICAGO (AP) — How can you get a gourmet Italian pizza delivered right to your door for no more than $7? Get locked up at Cook County Jail in Chicago.
Friday, May 26, 2017

'Moment of Remembrance' Monday at 3
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois veterans’ advocates are urging Illinois residents to observe a moment of silence on Memorial Day to honor the National Moment of Remembrance .
Friday, May 26, 2017

Bill would ease gender-ID change for transgender people
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has endorsed a plan to make it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Senate Dems: agencies must explain warehouse deals
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats are asking Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration for more information about state leases of private warehouses.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Chicago firm will run overhaul of Union Station
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s historic Union Station will get a roughly $1 billion makeover that will include millions of square feet of office, retail and hotel space, according to details unveiled Thursday by Amtrak and the city.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Morton man helps drive the push to driverless cars
MORTON, Ill. (AP) — Where driverless cars are concerned, the future is almost here. And a major player in making the groundbreaking change in our culture a reality is based in Morton.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Company looks to put Peoria on the textile map using natural-fiber fabrics
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The mounting problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans may be as close as your washing machine. The answer may be as close as the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Legislative hearing takes up Illinois child welfare agency issues and failures
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Investigators with Illinois’ child welfare agency face overwhelming caseloads and feel pressured to quickly wrap up abuse investigations, according to testimony provided during a legislative hearing.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cubs paying for additional security cameras at Wrigley after Manchester
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials announced Tuesday they will accept money from the Chicago Cubs to put more security cameras around Wrigley Field in a move that follows a deadly terrorist attack at a concert venue in England.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Staff at VA hospital says cockroaches are all gone
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials of Hines Veterans Administration Hospital outside Chicago said Tuesday they have solved the problem of cockroaches in food preparation areas and on serving trays handed to patients.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Not one Republican joins Senate Democrats on vote for a $5.4B tax increase
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly was back to work today after the Senate approved a major spending package.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Developer, lobbyist pitch downtown casino for Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some officials in Springfield are pushing for a casino in Illinois’ capital city, but the effort faces major legislative hurdles.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Science Says: Medications can help prevent opioid addiction relapse

CHICAGO — Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another?

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Illinois to receive $1.2M of Target data breach settlement
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will receive over $1.2 million from an $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target Corp. to resolve a probe into the discounter’s pre-Christmas data breach in 2013.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Democrats propose grade, income-based free college tuition
SPRINGFIELD — A trio of House Democrats announced today a plan to make a community college and university education virtually free for all low and middle-income Illinois students who earn a “B” or better grade point average.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Counties' plan to make jury pools more diverse 'revolutionary'

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Two judges in Illinois say a new pilot program aimed at ensuring minorities are well represented in local jury pools will be “revolutionary.”

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Illinois State Museum to participate in Blue Star Program
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Museum (ISM) in Springfield is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Tricky, unpopular budget at crux of 'grand bargain'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate’s “grand bargain” budget compromise is made up of 11 pieces of legislation, three of which are critical to the effort to keep Illinois from entering a third consecutive year without an annual budget plan. 
Monday, May 22, 2017

Museums to focus on state's longest serving governor, James R. Thompson

CHICAGO – By any measure, Gov. James R. Thompson was a big deal for Illinois.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Illinois, UAE schools team up to give engineering degrees
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University officials in Illinois and the United Arab Emirates have signed a deal to let students study at schools in both places and get engineering degrees.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

'I blew him away': Retiree charged in Amtrak shooting
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A retired federal law enforcement officer from Wisconsin told investigators he shot and seriously injured an Amtrak train conductor because he wasn’t allowed to de-board early at a suburban Chicago stop, prosecutors said Friday.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kids events at museum
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum’s popular Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest – scheduled for each Tuesday during June and July at the museum in Springfield – will feature 30-minute fun and engaging films for children and the entire family. 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Explore wetlands; walk a creek; see a praire farm
DECATUR — Discover the aquatic animals that live in Rodney T. Miller Wetland at Rock Springs Conservation Area during Wild Wetlands on Sunday, May 21 at 2pm.  We’ll use nets and buckets to catch, examine, and release live creatures.  Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy!  All equipment is provided.  This program is free and for all ages.  Must pre-register online by May 19 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

State Fair karaoke contests aim to get talent on stage
SPRINGFIELD — If you have ever dream of performing on a big stage, the Illinois & Du Quoin State Fair want to help make your dreams come true. Returning for a second year is the State Fairs Karaoke Contest. This statewide contest will give one lucky fairgoer the opportunity to be an opening act on the Grandstand stage at both the 2017 Illinois State Fair and 2017 Du Quoin State Fair.  
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Visit the era of trappers and soldiers at Fort de Chartres annual Rendezvous
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER, Ill. — The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on June 3 and 4 at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind in the Midwest
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Exhibit at Illinois State Museum in Springfield showcases pinball machines
SPRINGFIELD — Two of Chicago’s greatest exports – pinball and imagist painting – have an intertwined history of mutual appreciation.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Carbondale plans Eclipse Comic Con weekend
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Eclipse Comic Con, a galactic event in more ways than one, is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Aug. 19-20, one of many events planned in conjunction with the total solar eclipse.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Memorial honors Tuskegee Airman from Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new memorial at Springfield’s airport honors the city’s only resident to graduate from pilot training at Tuskegee Army Air Base during World War II.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Chicago announces series of summer beer festivals
CHICAGO (AP) — Craft beer enthusiasts might want to head down to Chicago on Friday nights this summer.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Legislature votes to honor Obama's birthday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Legislature in Barack Obama’s home state has decided to honor the 44th president’s birthday.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Area men honored at police awards ceremony
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz was joined by ISP command staff members Thursday to recognize the contributions made by sworn and civilian members of the Illinois State Police, government agencies, and the public.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Activist who helped organize hundreds of bombings honored as Chicago hero
CHICAGO (AP) — A Puerto Rican nationalist freed from house arrest this week after decades in U.S. prisons received a hero’s welcome Thursday in his longtime hometown of Chicago, where a parade was thrown in his honor and a street sign bearing his name was unveiled.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Illinois to change sex-abuse law with the help of Dennis Hastert victim
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is set to eliminate the statute of limitations in child sex-abuse cases, a change prosecutors and a victim of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert called for after Hastert was imprisoned for violating banking laws while trying to silence a student he abused decades ago.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Man dies after falling at Wrigley Field
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who struck his head after tumbling over a railing at Chicago’s Wrigley Field has died.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

New study sheds light on origins of life on Earth
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A new study from the University of Illinois weighs in on the debate surrounding the origins of life on Earth.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

CPD releases final version of use-of-force policy
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department, struggling to regain public trust in the wake of a video of a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times, on Wednesday released a new use of force policy that requires officers undergo de-escalation training and imposes stricter rules on when they can fire their weapons at fleeing suspects. 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Senate Dems push 'grand bargain'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Major portions of what is supposed to be the bipartisan “grand bargain” budget compromise won Illinois Senate approval Wednesday in a largely partisan manner, setting off more maneuvering as lawmakers attempt to avoid a third consecutive year without a budget and with the 2018 race for governor heating up.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rauner continues to oppose Senate-okayed school-aid change
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An updated method of funding public schools in Illinois won wide Senate support Wednesday, but Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office came out in opposition to the plan, with the Republican’s education adviser maintaining that it would provide a “bailout” for Chicago schools to the detriment of other districts.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Safe Landing
Employees of Keller Construction Co. carefully lower a Navy A-7E Corsair to the ground Monday, May 15, 2017, in Edwardsville Township Park in Edwardsville, Ill.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Downsizing to make room for life's next chapter
ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Jack and Sandy Daniels never intended to move when they built their home in Rockton — north of Rockford — more than 40 years ago.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chicago defends 'likely-to-commit a crime' list
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago Police Department list of people deemed most likely to commit gun crimes or be a gun violence victim includes many people who’ve never been charged with violent crimes or possession of a gun.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gun demand rises in Chicago despite waning sales nationally
CHICAGO (AP) — The appetite for legal firearms is on the rise in Chicago, even as demand appears to be waning nationally.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Inmate treated for eating shoe
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who took nurses hostage at a suburban Chicago hospital was being treated for eating plastic off a jail uniform sandal.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pritzker gets hefty $230K tax reduction
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republicans on Monday criticized Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker for getting a nearly $230,000 reduction in property taxes for a Chicago mansion the billionaire bought next to his multimillion-dollar home.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Auditor fined over campaign reports
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Elections imposed a $5,000 fine Monday on a defunct campaign fundraising account linked to Auditor General Frank Mautino, the stiffest fine allowed by law though it likely will never be collected because the committee has dissolved.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

No injuries in Elkhart train derailment
ELKHART, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say there could be passenger train delays in central Illinois after a late night freight train derailment.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AG Madigan to seek fifth term in 2018
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’s seeking a fifth term next year. 
Monday, May 15, 2017

Chicago jail on lockdown after guards call in sick

CHICAGO (AP) — It seems correctional officers at the Chicago jail feel strongly about spending time with their moms.

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

ISU student fights human trafficking

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State University computer science major has been working with a Nebraska-based initiative to fight human trafficking. 

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Barry Manilow postpones Chicago show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barry Manilow has postponed two concerts in Los Angeles and Chicago on doctor’s orders because of sprained vocal cords.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Woman charged in car-slamming death
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities in Chicago say a 24-year-old woman has been charged with murder after allegedly slamming an 18-year-old woman into a tree with her car after an argument. 
Monday, May 15, 2017

Ameren creates site to help customers get info about outages
ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Ameren Illinois is making it easier for customers get more information about power outages.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Police: Woman killed after being rammed into tree with car
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago authorities say that an 18-year-old woman is dead after another woman repeatedly slammed her into a tree with her car following an argument.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Woman accused of impersonating a nurse in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal grand jury in St. Louis has accused a woman of impersonating a nurse and spending three months at a hospital’s intensive-care unit and with elderly psychiatric patients.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jeanne Gang opens up about her architecture
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Jeanne Gang caught the architecture bug as a child. Her father was the Boone County engineer and family vacations were long road trips that crisscrossed the country, with countless stops along the way “to see every bridge there was.”
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Il. coliseum repairs could cost up to $4M
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Extensive repairs to the deteriorating Illinois State Fair Coliseum could take millions of dollars and two years, according to an agency that oversees state buildings.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

New American Writers Museum opening in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Writers Museum , seven years in the making, is an endeavor even the most daring author might shy from: How, on a single floor of an office building, do you tell the story of centuries of American language?
Friday, May 12, 2017

Durbin say Trump is dangerous; lawyers push back
WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, says President Donald Trump is "dangerous."
Friday, May 12, 2017

Obama Library won't follow Nat'l Archive model
CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama Presidential Center won’t be a part of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Friday, May 12, 2017

3 U of Illinois football players are arrested in robbery
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Three University of Illinois football players have been arrested for allegedly robbing a man of cash in a residence hall.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Brief tornado drops town in central Illinois, little damage
WASHBURN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a tornado briefly touched down in a rural area of central Illinois.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

U of I plans $60M faculty recruiting effort
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois System has launched a three-year, $60 million initiative to recruit top faculty to its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Senate approves abortion safeguards
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to expand public financing for abortions and ensure legal access to the procedure across the state, although the measure likely awaits a veto by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Senate tried to revisit 'grand bargain'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republicans pulled the plug Wednesday on Illinois Senate Democrats’ attempts to recharge the “grand bargain” budget-compromise with three weeks left in the General Assembly’s spring session. 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

UI frats aim to prevent sexual assault

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — New bylaws from the University of Illinois fraternities’ governing board will require all chapters to train their members on how to intervene to prevent sexual assault.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

IHSA postpones tourney

CARLYLE, Ill. (AP) — High water levels on Carlyle Lake in southern Illinois have forced the postponement of state high school bass fishing tournament.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many US drugs
CHICAGO (AP) — Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dept. on Aging urges older adults to 'Age Out Loud'

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department on Aging today recognized more than 2 million older adults statewide in honor of Older Americans Month, which is a national observance taking place every May. Governor Bruce Rauner also proclaimed May 2017 as Older Americans Month in Illinois. This year’s theme – Age Out Loud – is a call to action for older adults across Illinois and the nation to live boldly and age fearlessly.

 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Illinois targeted again with ERA resurgence
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Protestors chained themselves together on the Illinois Capitol steps. Some on hunger strikes, having gone a month without food, sat inside under the dome. Others staged a House-floor sit-in, forming their hands into illuminati pyramids signifying the few at the top commanding the many at the bottom.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Springfield teacher headed for Galapagos Islands
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It’s almost always dark in Layne Zimmers’ world history classroom at Lincoln Magnet School.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Drones helping suburban Chicago accident investigators
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago unit has begun deploying drones to help with investigations of major traffic accidents.
Monday, May 8, 2017

U of Illinois Springfield professors' deal ends strike
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois-Springfield administrators and a union representing professors have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending a strike that started last week.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Pekin school recovers from computer cyberattack

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois high school is recovering from a cyberattack on its computers last month, and officials say they’re trying to determine how to prevent future attacks. 

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

$4.75-million winning Lotto ticket from Thursday drawing sold in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, IL – If you bought a Lotto ticket in Springfield, you may want to check it right away!  A gas station in Springfield sold a $4.75 million winning Lotto ticket for Thursday’s drawing.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Automatic Illinois voter registration gets Senate approval
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois senators have overwhelmingly endorsed an automatic-voter registration plan two years in the making.
Friday, May 5, 2017

University of Illinois cultural center design to be revealed

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Final designs for a $5.5 million cultural center at the University of Illinois will be unveiled next week. 

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Illinois sees 2nd-wettest April
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois saw an average statewide precipitation of slightly more than 7 inches last month, making it the second-wettest April on record. 
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Decatur, former police chief reach settlement over dismissal
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A legal battle between the city of Decatur and its former police chief who said he was wrongly fired has ended with a settlement.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Illinois Academic Senate backs push to increase diversity
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois’ Academic Senate is endorsing a push to increase the number of black students enrolled in the school.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Chicago transit station hindering sale of Thompson Center
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears to be throwing a monkey wrench into plans by the state to sell the James R. Thompson Center.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Miss. River traffic halted at St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As of approximately 10:00 a.m. Monday morning, flooding promoted officials to halt traffic along the Mississippi River at St. Louis, meaning a vital passageway for transporting agricultural products and other goods is temporarily closed.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Manar seeks update to Ill genetic privacy law
SPRINGFIELD – A controversial plan before Congress that would permit companies to fine workers who refuse to share their genetic information through workplace wellness programs has prompted Illinois lawmakers to tighten up a state law protecting workers from such repercussions.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Police say 2 Chicago officers shot in targeted attack
CHICAGO (AP) — Two plain-clothes Chicago police officers were shot and wounded as they sat in an unmarked vehicle in what authorities are describing as a targeted attack on the city’s South Side. A manhunt is underway Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trial delayed for Ill man in Iowa killing
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A third trial has been delayed for an Illinois man charged with the 1990 killing of a 9-year-old girl in Iowa.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Obamas to visit Chicago to discuss planned library
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit Chicago for a community meeting to discuss their planned library and museum.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Violent May Day marches lead to arrests
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — May Day protests remained peaceful in Chicago and throughout much of the country, but one turned violent in the Pacific Northwest as demonstrators in Portland, Oregon, threw smoke bombs and Molotov cocktails at police while elsewhere thousands of people peacefully marched against President Donald Trump’s immigration and labor policies.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Nearly 170 professors to strike at U of Illinois-Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials with the union that represents nearly 170 professors at the University of Illinois-Springfield say they’re going on strike.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

United CEO Munoz on hot seat as Congress examines air travel
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chicago-based United Airlines and its CEO Oscar Munoz are likely to face pointed questions as Congress examines customer service by U.S. airlines and how air travel can be improved.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Expanded Organ Donor Registry passes Senate
SPRINGFIELD — Secretary of State Jesse White's legislation that would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to register for the state's First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver's license or identification card passed the Illinois Senate Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Testing confirms Illinois-record fish was hybrid crappie
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Officials say genetic testing confirms that a state-record crappie caught in southern Illinois is a hybrid crappie.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Longtime Illinois restaurant turned into Route 66 museum
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A building that was once the longtime home to a Springfield restaurant is now a museum celebrating the city’s links to Route 66.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Judge bars winner of Markham mayor's race from taking office
CHICAGO (AP) — The winner of a suburban Chicago mayoral race has been barred by a judge from taking the oath of office because he is a convicted felon.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Judge OKs work on Illinois highway some say threatens bee
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge says work can proceed on a suburban Chicago highway on which construction was halted because of concerns it threatened an endangered bumblebee.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cook County judge who refused traffic court duty quits
CHICAGO (AP) — A newly elected Cook County Circuit Court judge who refused to report to his traffic court assignment has resigned.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chicago schools to stay open despite lawsuit's rejection
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor said the city’s public schools will remain open until the end of the school year, despite a judge’s decision Friday to toss a district lawsuit over education funding by the state of Illinois.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Toby character follows actor through life
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Everyone knows him as Toby Dick Ellis, but to his family, he is still Richard.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Legislature sends Rauner same Chicago pension plan he vetoed
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly has sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a plan to shore up Chicago pensions.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Fugitive for 2 decades ordered held without bail in killing
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who eluded authorities for nearly 20 years in a sexual assault case and was placed on the FBI’s most wanted list has been ordered held without bond.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Head of Chicago airport security fired; no reason given
CHICAGO (AP) — The head of security at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has been fired.
Friday, April 28, 2017

A man who served wouldn't wish it on anyone
ARMSTRONG, Ill. (AP) — Curtis Heck was in Vietnam in the Army’s 101st Airborne, and he saw Vietnam as a place of booby traps and unexploded shells, ever-present dangers.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United
CHICAGO (AP) — The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible.
Friday, April 28, 2017

State Police urged prom, graduation safety
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Illinois State Police District Nine officials are reminding young drivers to think responsibly as they celebrate during the upcoming prom and graduation season.  Our primary safety message is in the word PROM which asks teens to “Please Return On Monday.”     
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Body of missing girl found in Illinois home
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a 1 1/2-year-old girl who was reported missing from a northern Illinois community has been found inside a home.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Illinois comptroller using tax-season revenue to pay bills
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Comptroller says increased revenues coming into the state during tax season have allowed her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Illinois' first family shares temporary home with fox family
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, have learned that their temporary home already has tenants. A mother red fox and six pups are living under the front stairs of the director’s house on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Entrepreneur finds home in fitness community
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Sam Karoll’s life experiences transcend his young age.

Karoll, 26, was born in Atlanta and adopted by Monty and Laura Karoll of Quincy when he was 6 months old.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bourbonnais comic book store finds new popularity

By ALLISON SHAPIRO

The Daily Journal

 

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Tucked between a dog trainer shop and a dog groomer shop sits Dragon’s Refuge, one of the area’s only comic book and table top game stores.

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

19-year-old man convicted of murder in 11-year-old's death
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors say a southern Illinois judge has convicted a 19-year-old man of murder in the shooting death of an 11-year-old boy.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rauner technology chief says $208K buys valuable aid

By JOHN O’CONNOR

AP Political Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s technology chief told a House committee Tuesday that spending $208,000 with an executive-assistance firm during a budget crisis is justified because it’s helping the state design a digital system with technology that, in some cases, doesn’t yet exist.  


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Illinois governor seeks to oust improperly hired employees
CHICAGO (AP) — The administration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

State Fair foundation seeks 'Illinoisan of the Day' nominees
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair is looking for Illinoisans worthy of an honor at this summer’s fair.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017












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