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Normal man rides horse to Decatur for court date
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — After missing a series of previously scheduled court appearances in Decatur, a Normal man came up with an old-fashioned way to make sure he was there Thursday for his latest one.
Friday, April 29, 2016


Anderson Jewelers

Nurturing new cyclists goal of Bikes Change Lives
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Mike Kerber of the McLean County Wheelers is looking forward to being a mentor for one of the people who will be given a bicycle through the club’s Bikes Change Lives program.
Friday, April 29, 2016

5 baby bison born at Illinois grassland preserve
WILMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — For the first time, a national grassland preserve in northeastern Illinois has added to its bison herd through newborns — and not just one or two.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Board to review 15 conditions for Illinois medical marijuana
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois patients who want to use medical marijuana legally will try again to expand the program to include chronic pain, diabetes, migraine and other health conditions.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Most states, including Illinois, don't track toxic foam use
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is one of 33 states not tracking the use of a toxic firefighting foam that has prompted the military to check U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination caused by chemicals.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Laws holding back juveniles with criminal records
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A report from a state-run commission says Illinois laws are preventing juveniles with criminal records from getting employment, education and housing.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Abbott Labs to spend $19.3 billion to buy St. Jude Medical
(AP) — Abbott Laboratories will spend $19.3 billion to buy St. Jude Medical Inc. in a cash-stock deal that aims to strengthen the medical device maker’s stake in cardiovascular care.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Reputed 'El Chapo' associate pleads guilty in Chicago court
CHICAGO (AP) — A reputed associate of Mexican cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has pleaded guilty to helping move more than $1.5 million in drug money between the U.S. and Mexico.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Companies look for ways to keep Millennials
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — When searching for a job after college, Kyle Swenson didn’t want location to determine where he would begin his career, a decision he admits not many of his friends would make.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

EIU investigates mumps outbreak
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — An outbreak of mumps at Eastern Illinois University has affected about a dozen students.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wife to discuss murder case against husband
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The current wife of a former Quincy prosecutor charged with killing his first wife in 2006 is speaking out.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lincoln Home visitors spent $13.8 million locally in 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Visitors to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield spent more than $13.8 million at local businesses in 2015.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Terra Cotta Army of Qin Shihuang
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Dr. Michael Wiant, Interim Director of the Illinois State Museum, will present a talk titled “The Terra Cotta Army of Qin Shihuang” at the Wednesday, May 4, 2016, meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS).
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Former speaker Hastert sentenced
CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

A look at the men accusing Dennis Hastert of sexual abuse
CHICAGO (AP) — When he goes before a judge Wednesday, Dennis Hastert will learn whether he goes to prison for breaking federal banking rules in a scheme to cover up sexual abuse.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Transgender student wins boys bathroom access
WILLIAMSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A transgender student at Williamsville High School in central Illinois who was born female but identifies as male will be able to use the men’s bathroom.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Volunteer firefighter accused of using cigarettes in arsons
FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Court records show a 20-year-old northern Illinois volunteer firefighter accused of starting five fires tossed lit cigarettes to spark at least two of the blazes.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dog found tied to Illinois bridge recovering
SIBLEY, Ill. (AP) — A dog that was shot and left tied to a bridge in eastern Illinois is improving.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Illinois village president pleads not guilty to felonies
HEBRON, Ill. (AP) — The president of a small village in Illinois has pleaded not guilty to felony drug possession and firearms charges.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

US House OKs bill extending Great Lakes restoration program
The U.S. House has voted to extend for an additional five years a program designed to improve water quality in the Great Lakes and make progress on resolving their biggest environmental threats.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

71st Annual Lincoln Pilgrimage
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Illinois bills would limit the mentally ill from owning guns
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats are advancing plans preventing people with mental illnesses from legally owning firearms.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SIU leader condemns racist video
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Racial tension on the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale campus is high after a series of recent incidents that include an anonymous video posted on YouTube that called for the lynching and beating of black students.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Firefighter accused of arson in N. Illinois
FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — A 20-year-old volunteer firefighter is accused of setting several fires in northern Illinois.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

U of I union plans work-in after last week's strike
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A faculty union at the University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus that went on a two-day strike last week plans another work action.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Gov. Rauner, union go to labor board over contract
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawyers for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the largest state employees’ union are making their case about whether negotiations on a new labor agreement have stalled.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LLCC Recital Series features Paul Van Heuklom
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Paul Van Heuklom, professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College, will perform a Native American flute concert in the LLCC Recital Series on Sunday, May 1. The 4 p.m. performance in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Students perform at LLC's Johnston Music Festival
 MATTOON — More than 130 students from 21 area junior high schools will participate in the Frances Watts Johnston Junior High Honors Band and Chorus Festival held at 6:30 p.m. on May 6 at Lake Land College in the Field House.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

'Individual A' sues Hastert, alleging unpaid hush money
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who alleges he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit Monday, saying he’s owed more than half the money Hastert promised.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SIU-Carbondale chancellor condemns racist video
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The leader of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is threatening legal action and condemning an anonymous YouTube video that calls for the lynching and beating of black students.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Illinois impasse sparks fears of the unthinkable: No school
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — The economic hard times that have hit this Illinois coal town are particularly visible inside its 113-year-old high school, where cracks in the walls and holes in the ceiling go unfixed and paint is peeling off the purple lockers lining the hallways.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Police searching for missing Champaign woman find remains
DEWITT, Ill. (AP) — Police in central Illinois say they found human remains while searching Clinton Lake in a missing persons case.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Illinois seeks to limit use of solitary confinement
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Brian Nelson’s years in solitary confinement left him terrified of other people, and he says he can still taste the concrete dust from his cell, even though he’s been free since 2010.
Monday, April 25, 2016

2 copies of Lincoln books going to every Illinois library
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of libraries across Illinois are due to get two more books about Abraham Lincoln.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Delavan students aim to reduce underage drinking
DELAVAN, Ill. (AP) — A small Tazewell County high school had a big message April 11 about underage drinking and drug usage for fellow area high school students — make good choices and be safe.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Rockford school district hoping to expand robotics clubs
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Rockford schools are hoping to start robotics clubs district-wide in an effort to teach students science, technology, engineering and math skills.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Billy Busch offers $1 more than siblings for Grant's Farm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kraftig Brewing Co. founder William K. “Billy” Busch is now offering $1 more than his siblings in his effort to buy Grant’s Farm in south St. Louis County.
Monday, April 25, 2016

U of I professor hits 50 years, plans to keep teaching

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Roy Axford has been a professor at the University of Illinois for 50 years. And he has no plans to stop.

 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

41 send letters asking for leniency for Dennis Hastert
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, several other former congressmen and a onetime CIA chief were among 41 people who wrote letters asking for leniency for Dennis Hastert as the former U.S. House speaker heads to sentencing next week in his hush-money case.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Illinois professor to lead inmate review program
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A professor at Southern Illinois University has been recruited by the Illinois Department of Corrections to review the effectiveness of every offender program aimed at reducing recidivism.  
Saturday, April 23, 2016

On 60th anniversary, TCCU looking forward
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Credit Union had more reasons to celebrate at its annual meeting this year, in addition to the positive results in growing its membership and its loan portfolio. 2016 marks the organization’s 60th anniversary of service to people who live or work in Christian, Shelby or Montgomery Counties.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Survey suggests a possible shortage of LPNs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A shortage of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may be on the horizon in Illinois, according to a recent study conducted by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) – Illinois Center for Nursing. The voluntary 2015 LPN Workforce Survey also finds that LPNs, in comparison to RNs, are a more racially diverse group, clustered in the urban areas of Illinois. The survey was completed by nearly 22% of the total LPN population in Illinois.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Consolidated acquires Champaign Phone Co.
 MATTOON, Ill. — Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced this week it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Champaign Telephone Company (CTC) and its sister company, Big Broadband Services, a private business communications provider in the Champaign-Urbana, Ill. area. 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Illinois home prices climb 4.3 percent in March
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The spring market is in swing with steady gains in March median prices and modest growth in statewide home sales even as the housing supply is low for the season, according to the Illinois Realtors.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lawmakers pass short-term fix for colleges
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved today a $600 million short-term funding fix for colleges and universities that have been struggling without state funding during the monthslong budget stalemate, a much-needed lifeline for institutions that have been laying off employees.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Labor board seeks injunction stopping CPS strikes
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois state labor officials have asked a judge for a temporary injunction against strikes like the one the Chicago Teachers Union had April 1.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Senate okays redistricting plan, nixes cutting lt. gov.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The method for drawing political district boundaries took a prime seat during legislative work Thursday, with one proposal to make the process fairer clearing the Senate and another one advancing in the House.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Caterpillar 1Q profit met Wall Street's projection
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar’s first-quarter adjusted profit met Wall Street’s view, even as sales declined across various categories while it continues to deal with soft product demand. The mining and construction equipment company lowered its full-year profit forecast.
Friday, April 22, 2016

3-year-old Bloomington girl loves trash collector
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — What started as a weekly wave between a little girl and her neighborhood trash hauler has become a heart-warming story for more than a half million people.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Church transforming club for homeless people
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — When Charles Ahrens looks at the unfinished floors and walls of the third floor of a building that once hosted comedy shows, he sees a future home for people living on the streets, many of them mentally ill.
Friday, April 22, 2016

State legislation would help to encourage reporting sex assault
CHICAGO (AP) — A group of Illinois prosecutors and advocates say new legislation would encourage more victims of sexual assault to report the crime to authorities.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

IDNR announces closure of Ramsey Lake Park
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area near Ramsey and Horseshoe Lake State Park near Granite City will be closed indefinitely. Ramsey Lake is being closed due to termination of electrical service.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Educators pressure state lawmakers
CHICAGO (AP) — Educators on Wednesday amped up the pressure on Illinois leaders for more school and university funding with protests in Springfield and fierce criticism of Gov. Bruce Rauner by the head of the Chicago Teachers Union.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

CPD will change ways, but won't abolish agency
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police department will implement suggested changes to the way police-involved shootings and police misconduct are investigated, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today, but will stop short of a task force recommendation to abolish the agency that handles those investigations.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

University of Illinois planning layoffs
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is planning layoffs as a result of the state financial crisis, according to an email from a school administrator, marking the first time the university system’s flagship campus has turned to job cuts amid the budget stalemate.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Illinois identifies cluster of bloodstream infection cases
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois health officials are reporting a cluster of cases of a rare bloodstream infection they detected while investigating a Wisconsin outbreak.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bill would require research animals chance at adoption
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Furry, four-legged lobbyists visited the Illinois State Capitol to support legislation that would require research dogs and cats a chance at adoption.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Audit slams state on Quinn anti-violence programs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Three anti-violence programs administered by former Gov. Pat Quinn were so poorly monitored that nearly $4 million was lost to questionable expenses or unspent funds never collected, an audit released Tuesday concluded.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lawmakers debate how state should draw districts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The full Illinois House and Senate are expected to debate plans this week on how to overhaul the way the state draws its legislative districts every decade, an issue that members from both parties say they want to change but over which debate inevitably devolves into partisan sniping.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

NHL investigating slur at Blackhawks game
CHICAGO (AP) — The NHL says it is investigating after Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw appeared to use a gay slur after he was sent to the penalty box late in Chicago’s loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Man freed in girl's 1957 slaying speak of prison life

CHICAGO (AP) — Jack McCullough awoke a few months into his life sentence for the 1957 slaying of an Illinois schoolgirl as his cellmate plunged a shank fashioned from a toothbrush into his face, eventually dislodging his eye. 

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ill. Nat'l Guard using aerial support to track drugs

BLOOMINGTON, IIll. — Illinois' war against illicit drugs is a challenge. Success is dependent upon the resources and intelligence available to any law enforcement agency, but sometimes that alone is not enough. Sometimes, it takes a cooperative effort from other organizations to close a case.

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Coal tax pitched as good for Illinois' dwindling coffers
BENLD, Ill. (AP) — A proposed tax on fossil fuels extracted from Illinois soils that would in part help fund the financially strapped state’s general revenue coffers is getting renewed attention.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gospel Fest lineup revealed

CHICAGO (AP) — Several Grammy Award winners are set to perform at this summer’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival.

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Illinois History: Senator expelled from D.C. in 1912
Monday, April 18, 2016

Rauner-Madigan rivalry hamstrings budget talks
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The rivalry between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan continues to intensify during Illinois’ 10-month budget stalemate, leaving little hope that the state will have a spending plan any time soon.
Monday, April 18, 2016

'Miners, Mother Jones and the Struggle for a Living Wage'
Monday, April 18, 2016

For lawmakers: No budget, no paycheck
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawmakers from the governor on down will start waiting for their paychecks like others whose payments from the state have been delayed due to the prolonged budget impasse, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger said Sunday.
Monday, April 18, 2016

The fall of Illinois manufacturing
When Marty Flaska moved his forklift-manufacturing business to Illinois 18 years ago, he didn’t think to look at the cost of operating in other states. In 2014, out of curiosity, his son ran the numbers.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Prisons chief: Illinois needs rethinking on drug offenders
CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The acting director of the Illinois Department of Corrections says Illinois needs to rethink how it handles drug offenders.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Better Business Bureau warns of fake Blackhawks tickets
CHICAGO (AP) — The Better Business Bureau is warning hockey fans not to be fooled by fake tickets and merchandise as Chicago Blackhawks fever ramps up.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Woman shot by police in Marion hostage standoff sues city
MARION, Ill. (AP) — A woman who was shot by police after being taken hostage is suing the city of Marion and members of its police department and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Proposal could mean Illinois drivers taxed by mile
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois drivers could be taxed by the mile under a new proposal that would involve the use of devices to track the distance motorists travel.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cook Co. Sheriff: Public has a right to know
CHICAGO (AP) — The sheriff who oversees one of the nation’s most crowded jails has voluntarily released video showing half a dozen incidents of excessive force by deputies at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Hastert judge: Letters of support have to be public
CHICAGO (AP) — The judge in Dennis Hastert’s hush-money case says that if the former U.S. House speaker wants letters of support considered during his sentencing, they must be made public.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Man wrongly convicted of murder to be released
SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — A 76-year-old man from Washington state who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in the abduction and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois schoolgirl in 1957 will be released from prison, a judge orderedtoday.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Chatham man accused of having pipe bomb parts
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An Illinois man was jailed on $250,000 cash bond Thursday after Missouri prosecutors accused him of having components for pipe bombs, and Home Depot workers are being credited with tipping off authorities.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Tribe protests pipeline coming to Illinois
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux has set up a camp in North Dakota to protest a planned pipeline to carry crude from the Bakken oil fields to Illinois over concerns that a spill would impact the tribe’s drinking water.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Beauty licenses expedited for pre-release prisoners in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois regulators are making it easier for prisoners on the verge of release to apply for state barber and cosmetology licenses while they remain behind bars.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Landmark group lists endangered sites
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois historic preservation group says sites on its yearly list of endangered places are at risk due to an unsure economic climate in the state.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

WIU to lay off 110 staffers due to lack of state budget
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — The president of Western Illinois University says the school will lay off 110 non-instructional staffers because of the lack of state budget.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Effort begins to restore I&M Canal
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — The very existence of Ottawa is due to the creation of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, where freight and passengers were originally moved by mule-drawn boats.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Social media posts under mine Ex-US Rep. Reynolds claims
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors claim social media posts undermine the reason former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds cited for traveling to South Africa in violation of his bond.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cooler temps delay Illinois planting
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal officials say cooler temperatures sometimes dipping below freezing have prohibited Illinois agricultural producers from planting until they find warmer soil.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Judge may factor in Hastert's lies
CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert’s lawyers have suggested that what occurred with a 14-year-old in a motel decades ago may not qualify as sexual abuse, while the judge in the former U.S. House speaker’s hush-money case signaled Wednesday that he’ll factor in Hastert’s lies to investigators when he determines a sentence.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

State looking into 'unfair' on-call retail practice
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia have written letters to several national retailers expressing concern about on-call scheduling, which allows companies to assign shifts to workers with only a few hours’ notice.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hastert accuser to speak at sentencing
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say they expect one person who accuses Dennis Hastert of sexual abuse to speak at his sentencing in his hush-money case, and the judge has indicated that he wants to consider that the former U.S. House speaker lied to federal authorities.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Chicago meningitis outbreak continues
CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials in Chicago say last summer’s deadly outbreak of meningitis in gay and bisexual men is continuing with two new confirmed cases.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Panel urges Chicago police to acknowledge racism
CHICAGO (AP) — A task force Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel established to look into police practices said the department must acknowledge its racist past and overhaul the way it handles excessive force allegations, as City Council members neared a final vote on Emanuel’s hand-picked choice for chief — an African-American with 27 years on the force.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

U of I student charged with murder
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A University of Illinois student faces murder charges after authorities accused her of suffocating her newborn baby last month after giving birth in a residence hall bathroom.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Illinois group wants to stop veteran suicides
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A task force aimed at preventing suicide deaths among veterans will begin meeting next month in Illinois.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

US House staffers subpoenaed by federal court
CHICAGO (AP) — Four congressional staffers have told the U.S. House that they’ve been subpoenaed by the federal court in Springfield, Illinois, where a grand jury is conducting a probe into the spending of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Historic site to be renovated with $1 Mil gift
LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — A private Illinois college is receiving a $1 million gift to renovate one of its historic buildings.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

ISU gets planetarium upgrade
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — The planetarium at an Illinois college has upgraded its decades-old video projection system.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Illinois agency proposes new anti-vaccinator certificate
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois health officials have proposed new rules requiring parents who oppose vaccinating their children based on religious reasons to provide a special document to schools and child care facilities each year.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

First-quarter traffic deaths higher than 2015
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Traffic deaths on Illinois highways are on a pace to exceed last year’s total of just over 1,000.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Gov. releases school funding breakdown
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has released figures breaking down how much each Illinois school district would receive next year under his education funding plan.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

$6.4M for 2 police custody deaths
CHICAGO (AP) — A City Council panel recommended Monday that Chicago pay $6.45 million to families of two men who died in police custody — one after he was dragged from a jail cell and shot with a stun gun and the other who had a fatal asthma attack after officers allegedly refused to let him use his inhaler.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Judge gives man 100 years for shooting 2 Chicago officers
CHICAGO (AP) — A 100-year prison sentence has been handed to a man convicted of shooting two Chicago police officers when they interrupted him during a 2011 drug transaction.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Alzheimer's Association seeks volunteers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter is seeking outgoing and engaging individuals interested in becoming Alzheimer’s Association Community Representatives (AACR) in the Springfield area.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Chicago paying for youth job program that lost state funds
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago will pay for a program that teaches young people how to repair bicycles after it lost funding from both the state of Illinois due to the budget impasse and the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Illinois bill seeks more transparency on adoption records
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Ed Izenstark inherited Huntington’s disease from his biological father, but he only found out after the fatal nerve disorder began to show itself and after months of frustrating and costly efforts to learn more about his origins.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Illinois NHL official retires after 1,500 games
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — When the final horn sounded at the United Center on April 3, the Blackhawks and Bruins formed a long line at center ice. One by one, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron and the rest of the players from both teams took their turn shaking hands with the linesman, Andy McElman.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Student council gives back
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — When students at Cedar Ridge Elementary School want to see new items in the classroom, they turn to the student council.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Illinois seeks quicker lead notifications by water systems
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Illinois regulators are responding to the Flint, Michigan, water crisis by requiring water systems that exceed federal lead standards to act more quickly.
Monday, April 11, 2016

2 new cheetah brothers arrive at Scovill Zoo
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Scovill Zoo in Decatur is celebrating the arrival of two cheetah brothers.
Monday, April 11, 2016

ISU spending 20 percent under budget
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University has fared better than most others across the state amid the ongoing budget crisis, according to school officials.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Illinois History:
ILLINOIS — Despite its economic growth in the late 1800s, Illinois on the whole, and Chicago in particular, was criticized for a perceived lack of arts and culture.  But the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 helped spark what one writer called “an artistic renaissance.”
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Prosecutors detail sex allegations against Hastert
CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to a person the former House speaker sexually abused when the victim was a 14-year-old wrestler on a team coached by Hastert, prosecutors said in a court filing that details allegations by five former students.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

US water systems repeatedly exceed federal standard for lead
GALESBURG, Illinois (AP) — This railroad town promotes its ties to Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and the poet Carl Sandburg. But Galesburg’s long history also shows in a hidden way: Aging pipes have been leaking lead into the drinking water for decades.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

New exhibit of Lincoln artifacts opens soon
SPRINGFIELD – A new exhibit opening April 15 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will give visitors intimate glimpses into Lincoln’s family, career, finances and presidency.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Details of Chicago family killing released
CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released autopsy reports offer gruesome details of the slayings of six people in a home on Chicago’s South Side in February, including that victims suffered multiple stab wounds.
Friday, April 8, 2016

State ordered to care for 1,200 kids
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Cash-strapped Illinois needs to provide in-home nursing care to more than 1,200 children with disabilities and severe medical conditions, a federal judge ordered Wednesday, responding to a lawsuit alleging the state has failed to fulfill its Medicaid obligations.
Friday, April 8, 2016

State budget crisis affecting leaky fuel tank cleanup
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal regulators have warned Illinois to resume paying companies that wrench leaky fuel tanks from the ground or be forced to tell gas station operators they have to pay, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Rifles on campus: College security forces ramp up their firepower
BOSTON (AP) — Once a rarity on campuses, semi-automatic rifles are becoming a standard part of the arsenal for college security forces — firepower they say could make a difference the next time a gunman goes on a rampage.
Friday, April 8, 2016

ISP nets felony conviction and restitution
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police (ISP) officials today announced a successful conviction resulting from a thorough investigation by the ISP Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau (MFCB) and aggressive prosecution by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

How Manar's proposal would change school funding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats are attempting to overhaul public schools funding for the first time since 1997 with a plan that would gradually shift money from wealthy districts to poorer areas in an effort to ensure the amount of money spent on education across the state is more equitable.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Report: 4 'credible' sex allegations against Hastert
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Tribune is citing unidentified law enforcement sources as saying at least four people have made “credible allegations of sexual abuse” against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Illinois mayor takes civics lesson to the classroom
LASALLE, Ill. (AP) — Mayor Jeff Grove explained La Salle government recently to 16 students in Jaicyln Brown’s eighth-grade American history class at Trinity Catholic Academy.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Chicago Blues Fest salutes Otis Rush and more
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blues Festival will include a celebration of the city’s independent blues record label, Alligator Records, and a tribute to guitarist Otis Rush.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stonington Night Unit changes meeting date
STONINGTON, Ill. — The Stonington Night Unit of Christian County Home and Community Education has rescheduled their April 7 meeting to Wednesday April 13 at 7:00 at the home of Ellen Colbrook.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Widow of discredited Illinois officer pleads not guilty
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The widow of a suburban Chicago police officer who authorities say killed himself as his apparent embezzlement from a youth program was about to be uncovered has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sparta shooting complex reopens with limits
SPARTA, Ill. (AP) — A large shooting complex in southern Illinois has had a limited reopening after it was closed nearly seven months ago due to the lack of a state budget.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

At Chicago sober home, help with recovery comes with some rules
CHICAGO (AP) — On a recent morning, Henry McGhee checked in on the residents of one of the four sober homes he owns in Chicago. He’s been in business 15 years and estimates he’s provided housing for more than 8,000 people, many of them black men who completed prison terms for drug crimes.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Lawmakers to debate fantasy sports, school funding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers today debated legalizing daily fantasy sports betting as they rushed to try to meet a Friday deadline to advance dozens of bills out of committees.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Addiction epidemic fuels demand for 'sober homes'
CHICAGO (AP) — The nation’s epidemic of addiction to painkillers and heroin is fueling runaway demand for a once-obscure form of housing known as “sober homes,” where recovering addicts live together in a supervised, substance-free setting to ease their transition back to independence.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

How table tennis is keeping retirees young
DANFORTH, Ill. (AP) — For the past 12 years, this game has preserved the youth of several retired Iroquois County farmers.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Former agency head: Problems with Quinn program continued
CHICAGO (AP) — The former head of an agency overseeing an Illinois anti-violence initiative says ex-Gov. Pat Quinn’s staff directed him where money should go even after Quinn vowed reforms to the troubled program.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

45-ton beam falls on crew, killing 1
DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — Police say a construction worker was killed and three others were injured when a 45-ton beam fell on them as they worked on a bridge in a Chicago suburb.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fairdale marks progress amid tornado anniversary

FAIRDALE, Ill. (AP) — A rural DeKalb County town is celebrating the strides it has made on its own since a tornado devastated the community last April.

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Urbana to lower pot possession fine to $50
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The Urbana City Council has approved an ordinance to lower the fine for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana from $300 to $50.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Chicago may pay $4.9 million to family of man who died in custody
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago would pay $4.9 million under a proposed settlement of a lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died at a hospital after officers subdued him with a stun gun and dragged him from his jail cell, a city official said Monday
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lawmakers consider regulating midwives

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers will consider regulating midwives for the first time since 1963 and they’re scheduled to vote on a measure to raise the age to buy tobacco products to 21. 


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

LLCC Agriculture Club members compete in national PAS contest
SPRINGFIELD — Five students in Lincoln Land Community College’s Agriculture Club competed this spring in various contests at the 2016 National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New push to keep seniors in home-based programs
CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government is pushing states to keep more low-income seniors out of nursing homes and, instead, enroll them in home and community-based programs.
Monday, April 4, 2016

Budget mess affects safety with armored-pickup halt
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — After four months hauling cash from Illinois driver’s facilities without payment from the state, an armored-truck company walked last fall, leaving the job to police officers who work for the secretary of state.
Monday, April 4, 2016

U of I president: Keep chancellor finalists secret
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign President Timothy Killeen wants to keep candidates’ identities secret after initially saying finalists for chancellor at the might sit through public interviews.
Monday, April 4, 2016

Support group to discuss benefits of autism movement program
HILLSBORO, Ill.— TASC/The Autism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave., Hillsboro, Ill.
Monday, April 4, 2016

Alaska cancels standardized testing after Internet problems
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Alaska education department said Friday that it was canceling its computer-based statewide student assessments amid Internet problems at the University of Kansas where the test developer is based.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bill seeks warning labels on Illinois medical pot products
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Medical marijuana products in Illinois would be required to carry warning labels about possible side effects under a bill proposed by a Republican lawmaker.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Global research sees statin benefits in lower risk patients
CHICAGO (AP) — The first major research of its kind shows that cholesterol-lowering statins can prevent heart attacks and strokes in a globally diverse group of older people who don’t have heart disease.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

$14M terminal to open at southern Il airport
MARION, Ill. (AP) — The director of a southern Illinois airport scheduled to open a new $14 million terminal this fall says the project is as much about handling existing capacity as it is about preparing for possible future growth.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Tribe's bingo hall plan under review by federal agency
SHABBONA, Ill. (AP) — A federal agency is reviewing a proposal to put a Native American electronic bingo hall on the outskirts of a northern Illinois village.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

U of Illinois union faculty considers strike
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — About 500 University of Illinois faculty members plan to vote on a potential strike.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Governor Rauner Requests SBA Assistance for Christian, Iroquois Counties for December Floods
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today submitted a request for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance to help people and businesses in Christian and Iroquois counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in late December. If approved, the SBA declaration would enable people and businesses in those counties, as well as counties contiguous to each, to apply for low-interest, long-term loans.
Friday, April 1, 2016

US spy agency selects site St. Louis over Illinois
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A U.S. spy agency seeking a new $1.6 billion home for its western regional headquarters expects to remain in St. Louis rather than move to the city’s Illinois suburbs.
Friday, April 1, 2016

New five-cent gas tax takes effect in Decatur
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A new gas tax taking effect in Decatur today will fund street repairs, Decatur officials say.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Illinois late license plates still fees growing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois motorists paid nearly $2 million in March for failing to renew vehicle plates on time, showing the fines are growing at a significant rate since the cash-strapped state stopped mailing renewal reminders.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Passenger had materials used in bomb detection training
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Peoria International Airport was evacuated for about three hours Thursday morning after a passenger had a bag that appeared to contain tubes of explosive material, though security officials determined it wasn’t a bomb.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Chicago teachers launch strike, Rauner responds
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers took to picket lines today in a one-day strike they say is aimed at getting lawmakers to adequately fund education and other programs in the nation’s third-largest district.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Police ID gunman at Va. bus terminal as Illinois man
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A 34-year-old Illinois man fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a busy bus terminal before the gunman was killed by other troopers, authorities said Friday.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Peoria airport is evacuated
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an Illinois airport was evacuated for about three hours after a passenger had a bag that appeared to contain tubes of explosive material, though security officials determined it wasn’t a bomb.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Chicago teachers to strike over contract, budget
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of Chicago teachers plan to walk off the job for one day on Friday, shutting down schools in the nation’s third-largest district in what could be an early glimpse of a more prolonged strike still to come.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Quincy students putting shoes on Ugandan children
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Second-grader Abby Press says it’s an easy step-by-step process.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Budget impasse: Rauner frustrated at lack of progress
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner expressed frustration at the lack of progress in budget negotiations with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, saying Wednesday that his efforts to arrange a one-on-one meeting have gone nowhere.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ex-congressman not complying with order
CHICAGO (AP) — A former U.S. congressman free on bond in a federal tax case says he’s not complying with a federal judge’s order and return to Chicago from a trip to South Africa.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Chicago police union hires accused officer
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago police union says it has hired as a janitor the officer charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Emanuel plans to poach NC businesses
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will try to poach businesses and conventions from North Carolina because of a law eliminating anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Settlement ends deception of cancer charities
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is among states involved in a settlement of a massive fraud case involving two cancer charities labeled “shams” by the Federal Trade Commission.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Anniversary of Frederick Douglass speeches to be observed
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In 1866, Frederick Douglass became the first African-American to deliver a speech in the Illinois capitol building. The Old State Capitol State Historic Site celebrates the 150th anniversary of this breakthrough with a special event April 3.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Time To Remember Opens Saturday April 2
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A spectacular new exhibit entitled A Time To Remember will open at the Elijah Iles House’s Museum of Springfield History at noon on April 2, 2016.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Rockford, Illinois' Cheap Trick still wants you to want them
Some classic rock bands limp into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the basis of past reputation. On the other hand, Cheap Trick — the hard-charging, melodic rockers from Rockford, Illinois — is racing full speed ahead into the Rock Hall, fueled by its best album in decades.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Trader Joe's settles cookie lawsuit with Pepperidge Farm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A clash over chocolate-filled cookies has culminated in Trader Joe’s settling a lawsuit filed by Pepperidge Farm.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Revenge porn charges against Blackhawks prospect dropped
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors in Illinois have dropped revenge porn charges against a minor league hockey player, saying they have no jurisdiction in the matter.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Chicago State collecting keys from faculty and students
CHICAGO (AP) — Employees and students at Chicago State University are being asked to turn in their keys to campus facilities in an example of how the lack of a state budget is affecting higher education in Illinois.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

1st Italian Bilingual School In Chicago Opens
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi shoots a basket in the gym as he participates in the grand opening of Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi (SIEF) today in Chicago. SIEF is the first Italian bilingual school in Chicago.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Illinois farmland prices see significant drop in 2015
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A new report from the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers has found that farmland prices in the state saw a significant decline last year.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Prosecutors won't retry Blagojevich on 5 tossed counts
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t retry former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on the five counts tossed by a federal appeals court and have requested a resentencing date.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

U of Illinois faculty to consider anti-coal resolution
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Faculty leaders at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus are expected to consider a resolution calling on the school to divest itself of any coal-related industries.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tribal leaders to protest pipeline coming to Illinois
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes are protesting the planned $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline to carry oil from western North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to Illinois.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gov., unions to keep fighting over non-member fees
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday called a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing labor unions to collect fees from non-members “tragic” and said he’ll keep working to ban the practice in Illinois and elsewhere.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Chicago Teachers Union releases plan for walkout
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union has released details of how it will conduct a citywide walkout and rallies this week to call attention to school funding and contract negotiations.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Garland meets with GOP's Mark Kirk
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Kirk on Tuesday became the first Republican senator to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, criticizing GOP leaders’ refusal to hold confirmation hearings or a vote on the longtime federal judge and praising him as “one of the most eminent jurists in the country.”
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sticker shock for caregivers of people with dementia
CHICAGO (AP) — Many relatives and friends providing financial support or care to people with dementia have dipped into their retirement savings, cut back on spending and sold assets to pay for expenses tied to the disease, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Alzheimer's Association.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ill. legislation would let cities share taxpayer data
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation is pending in Springfield that would let Illinois municipalities share sensitive financial data with third-party vendors hired to track uncollected taxes.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Man convicted in 1957 slaying of Ill. girl could go free
SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — A former security guard serving a life sentence in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl returns to court Tuesday in his battle to convince a judge he’s innocent, while the victim’s brother has demanded the appointment of a special prosecutor to keep the man behind bars.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cover crops getting new attention in central Ill.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Cover crops are growing in popularity in central Illinois as a way to preserve nutrients in soil and purity in water runoff.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Memorial Medical Center honored for eye donations
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center earned recognition for its work in helping patients receive the gift of sight with a cornea transplant.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Warmer weather means insect hatching earlier in Illinois
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Farmers are seeing more insects than normal for this time of year because of warmer weather.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Illinois looks to surrounding states' state fair foundations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has suggested that a private foundation could help pay for $180 million in repairs and maintenance at the state’s two fairgrounds amid a state budget impasse.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Rauner calls SC ruling on union fees 'tragic'
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing labor unions to collect fees from non-members is “tragic” and a lawsuit aimed at banning the practice in Illinois will continue.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Springfield Clinic joins Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Springfield Clinic, an independent medical group with more than 400 physicians and advanced practitioners in nearly 90 medical specialties, has joined the Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance (MHQA).
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Memorial Medical Center to hold artery health seminar
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on artery health at noon Thursday, April 7, at the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4550 W. Iles Ave.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

4-legged healers soothe hospital's stressed-out doctors and nurses
CHICAGO (AP) — Patients who delay getting treatment and insurers who balk at paying for it are among job stresses that Chicago nurse Ben Gerling faces on a semi-regular basis. So there was no tail-dragging when his employer offered a few four-legged workplace remedies.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Free oral cancer screenings at SCI
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Open your mouth and stick out your tongue.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Chicago mayor to introduce new interim police superintendent
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has rejected three finalists recommended by the Chicago police board for the city’s top police post and selected the force’s current chief of patrol as the new interim superintendent, his office said.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Teen accidentally strikes, kills grandmother with minivan
NILES, Ill. (AP) — Police say a woman has died in suburban Chicago after her teenage grandson accidentally hit the gas pedal of her minivan and struck her.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Illinois looks to surrounding states' state fair foundations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has suggested that a private foundation could help pay for $180 million in repairs and maintenance at the state’s two fairgrounds amid a state budget impasse.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Chicago teen featured in anti-violence campaign shot
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago seventh-grader featured in an anti-violence campaign has been shot in the back by a stray bullet outside his home.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Blood test for concussions? Researchers report some progress
CHICAGO (AP) — New research bolsters evidence that a simple blood test may someday be used to detect concussions.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Highway enforcement effort honors late Illinois trooper
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois truck drivers will be the target of a 24-hour traffic enforcement effort by state troopers honoring a colleague who died while on duty.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Illinois history: Racial tension simmered at turn of century
ILLINOIS — Though life was slowly improving for millions in Illinois as the twentieth century opened, many still struggled for fairness, including women, the poor, and minorities.  In several instances, racial tensions exploded into some of the landmark moments in American social history.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Budget could create Election Day mess
CHICAGO (AP) — A sweeping new election law that was intended to increase voter turnout in time for the presidential contest and a critical U.S. Senate race may instead cause greater frustration among voters due to Illinois lawmakers’ inability to agree on a budget, with officials warning of possible long lines, fewer safeguards against voter fraud and other costly headaches come November.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Lincoln Library offering free classroom programs
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explain the science of artillery in Union Square Park on April 2 as the library expands its popular “Civil War Tech” program to serve central Illinois schools.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

LLCC opens new bird banding station on campus
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College cut the ribbon this week on a new structure that will house the college’s bird banding research program. In cooperation with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, LLCC biology students participate in the capture, banding and release of birds, recording information which is added to a massive data pool on bird migration patterns.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Rauner: School funding rewrite can be done over time
PAXTON, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says an overhaul of Illinois’ outdated school funding formula can be done over time.
Friday, March 25, 2016

State lawmakers give pot decriminalization another try
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Another attempt to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana statewide is again in front of Illinois lawmakers, but as before, they face strong opposition from law enforcement and anti-pot advocates.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Census: 1st population drop in Cook Co.
CHICAGO (AP) — New U.S. Census data show Illinois’ Cook County had the largest population decline among counties and its first dip since 2007.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Board approves SIU-C tuition increase of 3 percent
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University’s board of trustees has voted to increase tuition next year at the school’s Carbondale campus by 3 percent.
Friday, March 25, 2016

After arrests, Illinois AD says Groce still has job
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman gave basketball coach John Groce a public assurance that he still has a job on Thursday, the second from the new AD in less than a month.
Friday, March 25, 2016

With victim emerging, a look at Hastert sentencing
CHICAGO (AP) — Word that a man who says Dennis Hastert sexually abused him could testify at the former U.S. House speaker’s sentencing next month in a hush-money case raises the potential for an emotional and revelatory scene.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Peabody tells Illinois it can cover mine closing costs
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Financially troubled Peabody Energy tells Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan it is “committed” to restoring land at its three coal mines in the state as a possible bankruptcy looms.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Court strikes down Chicago pensions plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court dealt another devastating blow today to the state’s impatient attempts to control its ballooning public pension debt by striking down a state law that would have cut into an $8 billion hole in two of Chicago’s employee pension accounts.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Limited tram rides resume at St. Louis Arch
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tram rides to the top of the Gateway Arch have resumed, but on a limited basis.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

AFSCME not owed pay raises without appropriation
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has declared that former Gov. Pat Quinn was correct in 2011 when he denied state workers a promised 2 percent pay raise because lawmakers had not appropriated the money.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Illinoig AG Madigan reports collecting nearly $1-billion
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office says it collected nearly $1 billion in revenue last year. 
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Alleged victim may testify at Hastert sentencing
CHICAGO (AP) — An alleged sex abuse victim of Dennis Hastert could testify about his emotional trauma next month at the former U.S. speaker’s sentencing in his hush-money case, according to a transcript of an unannounced court hearing this week during which the court linked sex-abuse allegations to the Illinois Republican for the first time.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Chicago teachers approve 1-day walkout
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union voted Wednesday to walk off the job on April 1 and close down the schools for the day in a battle with district officials over funding and a new contract.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ill. budget impasse spurs creative way to fund shelters
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois homeless shelters struggling to get by without state aid during the budget stalemate could get a much-needed financial boost through specialty scratch-off lottery tickets.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Illinois now the only state in the Union without a budget
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor backed off his veto threat Wednesday on the GOP’s $6.6 billion no-new-taxes spending package, ending nearly nine months of partisan gridlock that brought warnings that schools and agricultural extension offices could close.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Illinois village leader arrested for drugs, firearms
HEBRON, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois village president has been charged with drug and firearms offenses after police say they found cocaine, crack pipes and a shotgun at his home.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Beach fans aim to curb litter, voting with butts
CHICAGO (AP) — You might consider it snuffing out the democratic process — but in this case, that’s not bad.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Fermentation science degree on tap at SIU-C
CARBONDALE, Ill. – The beer brewers, wine vintners and spirit distillers of tomorrow can officially begin their professional training starting this summer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Duckworth lawsuit's April trial is postponed
JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — Court officials in southern Illinois say a civil lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth stemming from when she led Illinois’ veterans agency won’t go forward next month.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

St. Mary's hosts AARP driver safety program
DECATUR, Ill. — Cars have changed, so have traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers over age 50 have never looked back since they received their first driver's license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SIU-E faculty considering unionization
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Some Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville faculty members say they are considering organizing a union because of budget woes and potential layoffs.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

AG demands Peabody prove it has mine-closure money
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has demanded that a financially shaky Peabody Energy prove it has the $92 million necessary to restore Illinois mining land if it shuts down.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Crews uncover hidden murals
PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Two murals painted on the exterior of a historic building in Peoria Heights have been uncovered as crews razed another structure to make way for a parking lot.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chicago increases security after Brussels attacks
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department has increased security after attackers detonated bombs in deadly attacks on the European city of Brussels in Belgium.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Illinois Jaycees honor Representative Bourne
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Jaycees selected Avery Bourne as an honoree of its Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois award’s program. The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) program annually recognizes young people throughout Illinois who excel in their chosen fields, endeavors and show a great commitment to their respective communities. Bourne, 23, is being recognized in the category of Political, legal and/or governmental affairs.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Road recycling saves SIU
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is recycling its roads and saving up to $40,000 a year.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Book by Chicago author explores urban segregation
Journalist Natalie Y. Moore grew up in Chatham on Chicago’s South Side, “a solid black middle-class neighborhood” where her college-educated parents worked as a teacher and a Shell Oil middle manager. In 1986, the family agreed to be interviewed and photographed for a Chicago Sun-Times feature story about viewers of “The Cosby Show.”
Monday, March 21, 2016

Almost 60 percent of Illinois schools deficit spend
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Most school districts across Illinois are spending more than they’re taking in and dipping into reserves or borrowing to stay afloat, according to new state data.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Lawmaker wants to legalize midwives statewide
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Mishra Keller skirted a state law when she chose to deliver her second child at home with the help of a midwife, given that the trained birthing professionals have been barred from practicing since 1987 in Illinois.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Bus carrying Indiana high school team overturns
DEMOTTE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a bus carrying a northwest Indiana high school basketball team has overturned on an interstate.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium introduces new sea otter pup
CHICAGO (AP) — Shedd Aquarium’s new sea otter pup now has a name.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Judge orders ex-US Rep. Aaron Schock to provide records
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock to provide some records to prosecutors as part of a grand jury probe into the Illinois Republican’s spending.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ill. guard Nunn pleads not guilty to domestic battery
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An attorney for Illinois basketball player Kendrick Nunn says the junior has pleaded not guilty to two counts of domestic battery.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Senate Democrats OK $3.9 billion spending bill Republicans call a sham
SPRINGFIELD — Senate Democrats on Thursday passed a bill to OK nearly $4 billion in state spending while their GOP colleagues called the effort a hoax on the public and even on the institutions the money is intended to benefit.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Soil temperatures higher than average across Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Soil temperatures are warmer than average across Illinois as the spring planting season nears.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Obama Foundation opens office on Chicago's South Side
CHICAGO (AP) — The Barack Obama Foundation, which is leading the effort to build the Obama Presidential Library, has opened an office in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Study finds high drug abuse rates for kids who were jailed
CHICAGO (AP) — A study has found high rates of drug and alcohol abuse and dependency among some who went through Cook County’s juvenile detention center.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Chicago officer gave differing accounts of fatal shooting of college student
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer who fatally shot a bat-wielding college student and the student’s neighbor gave two versions of what happened — first telling detectives that the student held the baseball bat over his head then telling them two days later that the young man swung the bat at him.
Friday, March 18, 2016

Company seeks to expedite pipeline coming to Patoka
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company is asking utility regulators to expedite a permit to build the so-called Bakken oil pipeline through 18 counties in Iowa.
Friday, March 18, 2016

Illinois man faces murder charges in wife's disappearance
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man has been charged in connection with his estranged wife’s disappearance.
Friday, March 18, 2016

Attic yields letters related to windmill in Golden, Illinois
GOLDEN, Ill. (AP) — Busy cleaning out the attic of her father’s home in Clayton, Carolyn Ware disposed of no-longer-needed papers accumulated over the years.
Friday, March 18, 2016

Comptroller: Illinois bill backlog could hit $10-billion by June
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ overdue bills are actually 16 percent higher than previously reported and could top $10 billion by end of the fiscal year.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Three finalists named in hunt for new CPD chief
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police board on Thursday named three final contenders to become the city’s police chief, filling a leadership gap left in the violent-crime-ridden city after the last superintendent was fired in a scandal that followed the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

NWS confirms five tornadoes touched down
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Tornadoes touched down at least five times in central and western Illinois during the storms that blew through the state this week, destroying homes and causing some injuries.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Construction on UIS student union set for May
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois trustees have approved a plan to build the first student union at the school’s Springfield campus.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Caterpillar expects 1Q results to miss estimates
NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar expects its first-quarter results to come in well below Wall Street's view as it continues to deal with weak product demand.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Greek heroine found not guilty at mock trial
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge threatened to clear the room after spectators became increasingly vocal about a woman on trial this week in Chicago.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Chicago to hold inaugural teen literary festival
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Library and Columbia College Chicago are teaming up for the city’s inaugural teen literary festival.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

How to spot a wildlife orphan and what to do
URBANA, Ill. — Each spring, wildlife babies are taken from the wild by well-meaning people who believe the animals have been abandoned by their parents. Although it may be human nature to want to rescue an animal that looks like it needs help, the truth is wild babies rarely need human assistance.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Chicago expected to rescind tampons tax
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council is expected to rescind a city sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Missouri man convicted in 1977 killing dies in prison
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man convicted in 2009 of raping and killing a St. Louis-area teenager decades earlier has died in prison.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Clinton, Trump lead in Missouri by slim margins
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump clung to slim advantages over their challengers in Missouri's presidential primaries following victories in several other pivotal states that bolstered their standing as national front-runners.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Durbin to accompany president on trip to Cuba
CHICAGO (AP) — Three members of Illinois’ congressional delegation will accompany President Barack Obama to Cuba this weekend.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hail, wind causes damage in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Winds ripped the roof off a home in Springfield and a possible tornado was reported in Kankakee County as a severe storm moved through Illinois.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Trump and Clinton win in influential Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump won Illinois’ Republican primary and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was victorious in her Democratic race against U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders during a drama-packed election that included several important down-ticket races.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sanders still banking on Illinois win
WASHINGTON (AP) —Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders closed his argument for Illinois votes by highlighting links between his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s troubled administration.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016









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