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Coronor who withheld indigent remains resigns
A western Illinois coroner is resigning after facing criticism over his practice of keeping poor people’s remains until their relatives could pay $1,000.
Thursday, June 21, 2018


Gov orders plan for dealing with backlog complaints
Gov. Bruce Rauner is ordering his administration to develop a plan for dealing with over 1,000 backlogged discrimination complaints.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Family asks escaped murder suspect to surrender
The stepmother of a man charged with murder is calling on him to surrender to police after escaping from southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wounded boy stable after shooting in Bloomington
Authorities say a 4-year-old boy is in stable condition after being wounded in a shooting that left three men dead at an apartment complex in central Illinois.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SIU board sets meeting on removing president
Southern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees has set a special meeting to consider placing the school president on administrative leave after a dispute over a failed move to shift about $5 million in state funding between its campuses.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

GE to end more than 100-year run on Dow
General Electric will be dropped from the Dow Jones industrial average next week, ending the conglomerate’s more than 100-year run in the 30-company blue chip index.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Section of I-55 buckles during Illinois heat wave
Officials say crews will be working to repair a section of Interstate 55 in central Illinois where the roadway buckled in the recent high temperatures.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rauner and partner buy 53 acres near Springfield
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has bought 53 acres (21.4 hectares) of land west of Springfield with a local farmer.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Petition asks CTA to install blue lights to prevent suicide
A Chicago resident has started an online petition asking Metra and the Chicago Transit Authority to install calming blue lights at all train stations as a way to prevent train suicides.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Northwestern revokes Cosby degree
Northwestern University has revoked the honorary degree it awarded Bill Cosby two decades ago —the first time the school has taken such a step in its 167-year history.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Candidate apologizes for blackface
A candidate for the Illinois Senate has apologized for a decade-old photo from a Halloween party that depicts him dressed in blackface as a rapper.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Flooding prompts Rockford rescues
Bystanders have rescued a 70-year-old man from his submerged car after flash flooding swamped a northern Illinois city.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Illinois to fund Meicaid preventative dental services
Illinois’ Medicaid program will soon provide preventative dental care for almost half a million low-income residents.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2nd person dies after shooting in Chicago
A teenage shooting victim, whom Chicago paramedics covered with a sheet mistakenly believing he had been instantly killed, has died almost a day later.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

3 fatally shot at party in Bloomington
Bloomington, Illinois police say three people are dead and a fourth was wounded in a shooting at an apartment building in the city.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

U of I curator describes thefts of rare books
A curator of rare law books at the University of Illinois College of Law has described how a thief around 1980 pillaged book collections nationwide, often cutting out artwork and selling it.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Lawsuit: Many wrongly listed in Chicago gang database
A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Chicago soldier killed in Korea finally being laid to rest
Not long after her father went missing during the Korean War, Carol Elkin spotted then-Gen. Dwight Eisenhower in downtown Chicago and did what any kid might do when coming face to face with the nation’s most famous soldier: She asked him to bring her dad home. 
Monday, June 18, 2018

Cleanup of massive central Illinois rock slide begins
A cleanup of a massive rock slide in central Illinois’ Peoria County has begun.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Plan would turn old Illinois library into craft distillery
An old library in a Chicago suburb could be turned into a distillation plant and tasting room for hand-crafted alcohol.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Peoria man killed in auto race in Canada
The president of two Peoria automobile dealerships is dead after he lost control of his race car and crashed during a race at a track in Canada.
Monday, June 18, 2018

William Shatner captains bitcoin mining farm in Illinois
Could southern Illinois be the final frontier for bitcoin miners? Actor William Shatner thinks so, and is recruiting new tenants at solar-powered mining facility in the area.
Monday, June 18, 2018

New organization that honors black firefighters to open
A new organization for to promote, remember and protect African American firefighters and emergency workers is opening its doors on the Chicago’s southwest side.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Rauner names curator for newly remodeled governor's mansion
The superintendent of Illinois historic sites including the Old State Capitol and Lincoln Tomb has been tapped to serve as curator of the newly remodeled Illinois Governor’s Mansion.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Mother of man fatally shot by central Illinois police sues
A mother whose son was fatally shot by police in central Illinois is suing the city of Peoria and several officers in the shooting last September.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Inmates considered dangerous escape from jail
CARMI, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Illinois were searching for three men who broke out of a county jail.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Officials warn of increase in ticks this summer
AURORA, Ill. (AP) —The number of people contracting illnesses from ticks, mosquitoes and fleas has been increasing for years, said Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Insect-borne disease has increased in the state by nearly 60 percent from 2004 to 2016, she said.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Parkland students begin tour with rally in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A group of Florida high school shooting survivors started their nationwide bus tour registering young voters to help accomplish their vision for stricter gun laws at a rally on Chicago’s South Side.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fate of gun bills in Rauner's hands
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation aimed at curbing gun violence — some of which wouldn’t have stood a chance just a few years ago — won approval in the Illinois General Assembly this spring amid scrambling to respond to mass shootings around the country.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

For more than 75 years, Peoria's Ag Lab has made an impact on lives with 'wonderful discoveries'

By Scott Hilyard

Of the Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, formerly named the Northern Regional Research Laboratory, has been headquartered in Peoria for 78 years.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Salmonella outbreak tied to cereal
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting one case of Salmonella that matches a multi-state outbreak strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 73 cases of Salmonella Mbandaka from 31 states. The CDC investigation indicates Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is the likely source of this multi-state outbreak.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court's 2nd black justice sworn in
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The second black justice in the Illinois Supreme Court’s 170-year history is preparing to take the oath of office. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Walgreens putting 1,800 workers in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Walgreens says it’s opening a new office in Chicago and staffing it with 1,800 people.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Officials to begin search for vendor to run resort
WHITTINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have finished remediation efforts at a resort in the southern part of the state and will soon begin seeking a new vendor to run the site.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Musk has many more dream projects
CHICAGO (AP) — A newly announced project by billionaire innovator Elon Musk for a tunnel transit system that would carry travelers to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport at up to 150 mph (241 kph) is just another project on a growing list of Musk dream projects.  
Friday, June 15, 2018

Morgue smelling up the neighborhood
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — The odor of decomposing bodies has renewed calls to replace a county morgue in northern Illinois. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

12-year-old girl fatally shot in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A 12-year-old Michigan girl spending the summer in Chicago was fatally shot, just a few hours after attending a cousin’s eighth-grade graduation, police and family members said.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Lincoln gave his 'House Divided' speech 160 years ago Saturday

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — It was a speech that helped put Abraham Lincoln on the political map. Two of its words became synonymous with the slavery struggle in America.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Flights available in 1928 Ford Tri-Motor plane
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Residents in the Bloomington area are getting the chance to ride in a 90-year-old airplane.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Two rare leopard cubs born at Brookfield Zoo
BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago says two Amur leopard cubs, members of an endangered species, are doing well two months after being born.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Governor announces release of funding for Department of Ag programs
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner joined the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Raymond Poe, local officials, and the Stremsterfer family at Stremsterfer Farms in Pleasant Plains today to announce the release of $16M in agriculture grants. The funds being released from the fiscal year 2018 budget will fund soil & water districts, county fairs and agriculture societies, and the University of Illinois Extension services.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Musk company to build Chicago-to-O'Hare express transport
The Boring Company, founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport in mere minutes.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

U of Chicago not requiring ACT, SAT
The University of Chicago is becoming the first major U.S. research university to stop requiring American undergraduate applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Adams Co. coroner will no longer hold remains until poor pay
Officials in a western Illinois county have ended a local coroner’s practice of holding the remains of poor people until relatives come up with $1,000 following criticism from some residents that it amounted to holding the deceased person’s ashes for ransom.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

State LRB moves forward with employee increases
The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with giving step increases to unionized state workers.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Springfield airport gets $4.6M grant for terminal improvements
Three Illinois regional airports are receiving nearly $12 million in federal grants to make improvements to runways and terminals.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Detective takes 5th 200 times in trial
A former Chicago police detective is refusing to answer questions about his investigation that led to the murder conviction of a man who was exonerated after spending more than 20 years behind bars.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Judge blocks suburb's semi-automatic weapons ban
A judge is blocking the northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield from enforcing its ban on certain semi-automatic guns.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

9 charged in Oregon pot scheme with ties to Illinois
Oregon’s top federal prosecutor has charged nine people with financial and drug crimes in a scheme that involved defrauding banks and using the money to start illegal marijuana grow houses and fund an interstate pot distribution ring, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Doctors' group adopts sweeping gun control policies
With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Chicago gangs are embracing social media frequently with deadly results
Lamanta Reese lived much of his gang life in virtual reality, posting videos on YouTube of him and others taunting rivals. He died at age 19 in the real world, bleeding from his head onto a porch on Chicago’s South Side after one of those gang rivals, prosecutors say, shot him 11 times. Another possible factor in his slaying: A smiley-face emoji Reese posted that the suspected gunman may have interpreted as a slight about his mom. 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Chicago mayor looks to tiny homes as a solution
To solve Chicago’s affordable housing crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on developers to think small.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

GOP opposes Blagojevich clemency
The Republicans in Illinois’ congressional delegation are asking President Trump not to grant former Gov. Rod Blagojevich clemency.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Group works to preserve Ebony magazine test kitchen
A historic preservation organization is working to preserve the kitchen where Ebony magazine tested recipes for its monthly feature “A Date with a Dish.”
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Chicago evicts homeless from camp downtown
Dozens of Chicago’s homeless have been forced to pack up their belongings and leave an area along the Chicago River they have long called their own.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Eddie Vedder's vinyl single to be released with Cubs tickets
Eddie Vedder’s support of the Chicago Cubs remains strong.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

State seeks more bids for Lake Shelbyville resort
State officials plan to reopen bids for a resort along Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Thomson prison to open next year
A prison in northwestern Illinois will be completely activated by the end of next year, a Bureau of Prisons official said.
Monday, June 11, 2018

'Oz' heads list of Illinois' top books
It begins in Kansas and detours to the Emerald City, but “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was written in Chicago and now heads the list of Top Illinois Books chosen by voters in the Illinois Top 200 project.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Army scouting cities for command HQ
The U.S. Army is scouting large cities to find a home for a new command headquarters so it will be close to academia and industry, a first for the service.
Monday, June 11, 2018

7 wounded at Chicago area child's birthday
Police say seven people were wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting at a child’s birthday party in suburban Chicago.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Illinois is 30th state to adopt Uniform Bar Exam
Illinois has become the 30th state to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam allowing state attorneys to more easily practice in other states.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Chicago: 3 killed, 8 wounded in 3-hour span
Chicago police say at least 11 people were shot, including three who died, in a three-hour span on the city’s South and West sides.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Pre-cut melons linked to Illinois Salmonella outbreak
A multi-state Salmonella outbreak in the Midwest has left at least six people ill in Illinois.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Madigan names all-woman Democratic party panel amid scandal
The powerful head of the Illinois Democratic Party appointed an all-woman panel to choose its next executive director and the state’s Republican governor signed ethics legislation on Friday as lawmakers scrambled to contain a growing scandal over sexual harassment.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

5 minutes, 3 holdups, 1 arrest for attempted robber
Joliet police have arrested a Plainfield man on suspicion of attempted bank robbery and driving a stolen vehicle Friday after he allegedly attempted to rob three businesses within five minutes.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Illinois residents sue waste company over landfill odor
Residents of a northern Chicago suburb are suing a waste collection company amid concerns about it possibly expanding its landfill.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Man shot by Chicago police had been shot days earlier
A 24-year-old man who was fatally shot this week by a Chicago police officer had suffered a gunshot wound just days earlier.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Governor signs bill responding to Equifax hack
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a measure that will prevent consumer reporting agencies from charging people for protecting their credit reports.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Chicago continues rollout of new municipal ID card
The city of Chicago is sending out staffers into various communities to get municipal ID cards into the hands of undocumented immigrants, homeless people, senior citizens and others who often find it hard to obtain a valid form of identification.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Chicago ATF agent critically wounded
An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot several times and critically wounded during an undercover operation in Indiana in which a suspect was killed, authorities said Thursday.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Once homeless, teen pays it forward now
What started with a pot of chili for a dozen homeless people on Lower Wacker Drive has mushroomed into an effort to feed more than 300, thanks to the generosity of a 10-year-old boy and his family.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Illinois man dead after rattlesnake bite on golf course
A golfer has died after he was bitten by a rattlesnake in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Police are investigating handcuffing of 10 year-old
Chicago police are investigating an incident in which officers handcuffed a 10-year-old boy while he was being questioned about a gun, and the child’s family says it was a case of mistaken identity.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Route 66 historic trail bill passes House
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement after the House passed one of two bills he and U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) have introduced to preserve the history of Route 66. H.R. 801, the Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act, to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail passed the House unanimously yesterday.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Lawmakers are seeking probe of Madigan's office
Three women Democratic state representatives are calling for an independent investigation of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Man who pulled gun on cops killed, family asks why
A Chicago police officer fatally shot a 24-year-old man who authorities said pulled a gun while running away, prompting questions from the man’s family about why the encounter turned deadly.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Madigan aide quits after harassment complaint
The chief of staff to powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan abruptly resigned Wednesday after an employee accused him of lewd comments and of mishandling complaints of sexual harassment.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Chicago joins other cities to work to curb the costs of renewable energy
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is hoping to work with other cities to drive down the cost of renewable energy by asking developers for price estimates to meet their collective energy demand.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Granite City's US Steel bringing back 300 jobs
U.S. Steel Corp. says it will restart the second of two shuttered blast furnaces at a southwestern Illinois mill and bring back about 300 workers.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Blagojevich files papers seeking commutation
Illinois’ imprisoned ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich, has filed paperwork asking President Donald Trump to commute his 14-year prison term for corruption that included seeking to sell an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

McDonald's open new HQ in Chicago
Fast-food giant McDonald’s Corp. has unveiled its new headquarters in Chicago, a move company officials say is intended to attract top talent.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Governor signs state budget, his first
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed a full-year state budget for the first time since he took office, forgoing the pro-business changes and tax cuts he demanded throughout a years-long budget impasse for an election-year plan he said “moves the state forward.”
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Village rescinds English language plan
A Chicago suburb has rescinded a resolution that made English its official language.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

UI, Microsoft help students with autism find careers
The University of Illinois and Microsoft are launching a new partnership to help students with autism pursue science and technology careers.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Former law maker pleads guilty to shoplifting
A former Illinois lawmaker arrested on a shoplifting charge has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor retail theft.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pritzker puts $25M into campaign; now over $100M
Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker has made a $25 million contribution to his campaign for Illinois governor.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds
Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Police arrest truck driver in I-74 shattered windows cases
A central Illinois prosecutor says a truck driver from Wisconsin used a slingshot and metal ball bearings to shatter windows in vehicles along Interstate 74.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Illinois high schools start esports video gaming teams
More than two dozen Illinois schools have started esports teams as the Illinois High School Association has recognized video gaming as an emerging high school sport.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Judge: 'In God We Trust' on money isn't religion endorsement
A federal court has ruled that printing “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency doesn’t amount to a religious endorsement and therefore doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Chicago police: 11-year-old boy found with head wound, dies
Chicago police say an 11-year-old boy has died after being found with a head wound on the floor of a home.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Illinois Bicentennial Rosé wine is uncorked
NEW BERLIN, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday joined the Danenberger family to uncork their vineyards’ Illinois Bicentennial Rosé, one of sixteen wines from thirteen wineries across the state designated by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance (IGGVA) as official Bicentennial Illinois-grown rosés.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Updated Illinois sport fish consumption advisory
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more or less contaminated.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Bluesman Eddy Clearwater dies of heart failure, age 83
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago bluesman Eddy Clearwater, lauded for his guitar playing and flamboyant showmanship, has died of heart failure.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Pension buyouts may not bring savings claims
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ new state budget relies on more than $400 million in savings from a new pension buyout plan that finance experts caution is highly speculative and may not save as much money as lawmakers say.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Money needed to restore Illinois Lorado Taft statue

OREGON, Ill. (AP) — The Eternal Indian statue stands tall, his gaze accustomed to overlooking the city and rest of the Rock River Valley.

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Muddy Waters wrote the songs of Chicago's blues legacy 
ILLINOIS — Since June 2017, Muddy Waters’ image has beamed down from a 10-story mural at 17 N. State St. in Chicago. But the king bee of Chicago blues looms even larger over the city with his outsized musical and cultural legacy.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Activists look to next states in push for ERA
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Activists pushing to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are turning their focus to a handful of states that have yet to ratify it, after Illinois brought them a step closer to achieving a goal that’s been elusive for decades.
Friday, June 1, 2018

#3 Dem in Illinois House quits after allegations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The No. 3 Democrat in the Illinois House stepped down from his leadership post Thursday less than an hour after a legislative activist accused him of verbal abuse and sexual harassment. 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Rauner pledges quick action on rancor-free budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Republican who arrived in town three years ago and fought established Democrats so hard the state was thrust into fiscal crisis, gave his blessing Thursday to a bipartisan budget plan that lawmakers OK’d and prepared to send his way.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Dominican sisters launch ministry for women
SPRINGFIELD — At a time when women are finding their voices and creating waves of energy offering hope for positive change in U.S. culture and in the Catholic Church , the Dominican Sisters of Springfield have launched a new ministry of mutual support for young women who seek to be a part of the change they want to see.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Illinois $38B budget likely to get a thumbs up today
The Illinois General Assembly enters its final day of the spring session halfway to sending Gov. Bruce Rauner what both Democrats and Republicans say is a balanced budget.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Trump may commute Blagojevich's term
President Donald Trump said today that he’s considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption, and pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, who did a stint in federal prison after she was convicted of charges related to a stock sale.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Court refuses to dismiss Schock corruption charges
An appeals court in Chicago refused to dismiss corruption charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, saying Wednesday that it can’t legally assess whether his prosecution violated constitutional separation-of-powers clauses until after his trial.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

CDC report examines Legionnaires' at VA home
A veterans’ home in western Illinois where several cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported has improved its pneumonia surveillance and testing protocols but continues to have problems with the disease, according to a newly released report from the Centers for Disease Control.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Illinois becomes 37th state to ratify the federal ERA
Illinois on Wednesday became the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, putting the country only one state away from a landmark change to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing equal rights for women.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Illinois environmental group sues over coal ash
An Illinois environmental group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the owner of a shuttered power plant where contaminants from old coal ash ponds are seeping into the state’s only National Scenic River, saying federal and state environmental agencies aren’t doing enough to stop it.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Son of spelling bee champ looking to win
This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee has drawn the largest number of competitors in its history, 516 spellers, but the field gets much smaller Wednesday with the announcement of the 50 or so spellers who will make Thursday’s finals.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Debates over taxes, abortion belie budget process
Heated debates over income taxes and abortion funding in the state Capitol Tuesday belied what legislative leaders said was a collegial negotiation over the full budget which made lawmakers optimistic they could complete their work by Thursday’s deadline.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Man paints swastikas on Illinois gravesites
A man accused of painting swastikas on more than 200 gravestones at a southern Illinois cemetery has been charged with criminal damage, institutional vandalism and hate crimes.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Plan to increase smoking age stalls in Illinois House
A plan to prohibit smoking for those under age 21 failed in the Illinois House Tuesday after meeting opposition from lawmakers calling it a governmental overreach.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Illinois 6th in nation for highest credit card debt
The New York state comptroller’s office says the nation’s four most-populated states carry the highest total amount of credit card debt, with California leading the way followed by Texas, Florida and New York.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DOC might appeal mental health ruling
The Illinois Department of Corrections indicated Monday it will consider appealing a federal judge’s order that the agency immediately provide sufficient staff and treatment to 12,000 mentally ill inmates, arguing that it has made significant strides in complying with a two-year-old lawsuit settlement.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Monastery Museum open June 3
Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, June 3, from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Admission for adults is $5.00 and $1.00 for children.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Diver seeking missing boater drowns
A fire department diver looking for a man who fell off a boat into the Chicago River on Monday night was separated from his partner underwater and was killed.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

41 animals found dead in pet store
Authorities say 41 small animals were found dead inside a closed pet store in western Illinois where the electricity had been disconnected.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

WIU offering a minor in stage combat
Western Illinois University is among the first U.S. colleges to offer a minor in stage combat.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lincoln Museum to celebrate first ladies
First ladies are getting their own day in in the Illinois state capital. 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Gambling expansion revived in House, stalls in committee
A dormant gambling-expansion plan came to life just long enough to stall in a House committee.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Grand Levee at Vandalia Statehouse June 15-16
The Vandalia Grande Levee, a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors, will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, at the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site, located at 315 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia. The family event is free and open to the public.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Young tanker from Illinois survived WWII, dedicated himself to teaching
Arlyn Lober is a familiar name to many in central Illinois. He taught at Lanphier High School from the early 1950s through the mid-1980s and was a highly successful basketball coach for 21 years, taking five teams to the state tournament. But before all of that, in 1944, during one of the darkest moments of World War II, Lober was a newly minted G.I. assigned as a gunner to an M-4 Sherman tank facing his baptism of fire during the Battle of the Bulge. 
Monday, May 28, 2018

Adventure days for kids at Dickson Mounds
The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds is offering a series of nature adventure days for kids each Wednesday in June in western Illinois.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Chicago one of many cities seeking to emulate NYC's elevated park
The success of New York City’s elevated park, the High Line, has inspired a slew of projects across the United States and internationally that repurpose rusting ribbons of steel and concrete as green space in hopes of rejuvenating neighborhoods or reclaiming overbuilt riverfronts.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Former POW heads up Memorial Day service in Chicago
A former prison of war in Vietnam led a wreath-laying ceremony at a Chicago monument as part of Memorial Day commemorations.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Students' virtual reality program helps inmates
Graphic and industrial design students at the University of Illinois have created “immersive reality scenarios” to help prison inmates on the verge of release navigate the world outside.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Treatment of Dionne quintuplets was shameful
They weighed a collective thirteen pounds, six ounces at birth, and grew up in a tourist attraction resembling both a museum and a zoo. Everyone around them reaped the financial rewards. The lingering effects left them socially maladjusted for life.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Illinois State Museum participating in Blue Star program
The Illinois State Museum 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. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their communities, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Pew study says some public pension funds could run dry in downturn
Many pension funds for public workers already owe far more in retirement benefits than they have in the bank, and the problem will only grow worse if the economy slows down, according to a report released Thursday.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Lawmaker charging retaliation want complaint system changes
The process for investigating ethics complaints in the Illinois General Assembly is rife with “trap doors, blind alleys and loopholes” set up to bury politically sensitive grievances, a lawmaker who claims retaliation from the House speaker said Thursday.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Illinois House considers marijuana to fight opioids
An Illinois House panel has endorsed a proposal expanding the use of medical marijuana to fight the state’s opioid crisis.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Judge who took part in storied under cover probe in Chicago dies
A southern Illinois judge who went to Chicago for a temporary assignment and ended up helping convict dozens of judges, attorneys and police officers in one of city’s most famous corruption cases has died.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Stretch of Route 16 to close June 4 for 25 days
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that road construction will begin Monday, June 4, on Illinois 16 between Hillsboro and Nokomis, a half-mile northeast of Irving.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chicago's population drops for third year in a row
U.S. Census Bureau says Chicago’s population has decreased for the third consecutive year.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rauner's gun veto is not all or nothing, governor's aide says
Gov. Bruce Rauner is not demanding reinstatement of the death penalty in exchange for Democratic-favored gun restrictions in an all-or-nothing package, an aide said after testimony before a House committee Wednesday.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Council backs Obama Center plans
The effort to build the Obama Presidential Center in a park on Chicago’s South Side where Barack Obama’s political career began cleared its biggest hurdle yet Wednesday when the City Council signed off on the proposal.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Judge rejects corrections mental health
A federal judge has rejected the Illinois Department of Corrections’ plan to address flaws in mental health care for 12,000 inmates.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Report says pilot possibly disoriented before crash
Federal investigators found that a small plane had flipped over before a nighttime crash into a northern Illinois farm field, killing a Chicago-area activist in late 2016.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

SUV rammed into Louis Vuitton store, suburban Chicago
Police say thieves drove an SUV into the front of a Louis Vuitton  store in a suburban Chicago shopping center and made off with more than $50,000 in merchandise from the luxury luggage and fashion retailer.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Governor gets bill legalizing industrial hemp
The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chicago singer R. Kelly accused of sexual battery
A woman has filed a lawsuit against R. Kelly, accusing the singer of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with herpes and locking her in rooms for punishment.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Student in custody after threat closes 2 Illinois schools
A school official says police have taken a student into custody after a threat prompted the closing of two southwestern Illinois high schools.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

One Illinois school turning out skilled woodworkers
Kip Johnson is among a special class of teachers that, he says, is dwindling.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Illinois Democrats grill Rauner aide on governor's death penalty plan
Democratic legislators grilled a top aide to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday over a compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones the Legislature approved.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Report cites Rauner's office for improper hiring
A state inspector on Monday criticized Governor Bruce Rauner’s office for improper hiring that violated the same anti-patronage law Rauner blasted his predecessor for skirting.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chicago to add extra police for holiday
More than 1,000 extra Chicago police officers will soon be hitting the streets to stem the surge in violence that typically accompanies long holiday weekends in the city. 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Southern Illinois University president says he won't resign
Southern Illinois University’s president says he won’t step down after lawmakers called for his resignation following allegations he secretly tried to move more than $5 million in state appropriations from Carbondale to Edwardsville campuses.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Lawmakers weigh compromise on guns and death penalty in Illinois
The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature on Monday will begin weighing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones legislators approved.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Rauners moving back to mansion
Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, say they’re moving back into the Illinois Governor’s Mansion as renovations wrap up on the historic home.
Monday, May 21, 2018

List of top baby names in Illinois includes Noah, Olivia
The most popular baby names in Illinois last year? Noah and Olivia.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Wildlife park to add 14 new cabins
Park officials in central Illinois will soon begin construction on new cabins that are part of a $2.4 million capital campaign.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Officer who shot school gunman gets ovation at graduation
A school resource officer who was hailed a hero for shooting and arresting a gunman at a northern Illinois high school received a standing ovation as he led students into their graduation ceremony.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Judge won't lower bail for Illinois school shooter
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A judge refused to lower bail Friday for a 19-year-old charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school as seniors met for graduation rehearsal, an offense a prosecutor described as one of “the most serious crimes you can commit.”
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Memorial to sponsor workshop for cancer survivors
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will hold an inspirational workshop for cancer survivors and their families Saturday, June 2, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI).
Saturday, May 19, 2018

WWII caused dramatic changes in Illinois

By Andy Kravetz

Journal Star

 ILLINOIS  — Washington, Illinois, resident Mary Kerr said the war caused everyone to sacrifice.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

U of I board approves $263M in construction
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is moving forward with more than $263 million in construction projects at its campuses in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago.
Friday, May 18, 2018

1st African American Ill. Supreme Court justice retiring
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first African-American justice to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court is retiring.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Pipe break in southern Ill. cuts water to many towns
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — Officials say drinking water is flowing again to several southern Illinois communities after pipe break disrupted service and forced the closing of some schools and businesses.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Thousands of young singers to perform
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of young singers from across all Chicago neighborhoods are coming together for a Chicago Children’s Choir performance. 
Friday, May 18, 2018

Rifle bought by mom used in shooting
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A teenager used a 9mm semi-automatic rifle in firing shots at a northern Illinois high school before he was shot by a school resource officer, police said Thursday.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Plan for Obama Presidential Center advances over protests
CHICAGO (AP) — Construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago took a major step forward Thursday with a city commission’s decision to sign off on the project after hours of testimony from both supporters and opponents of the project.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Senate votes to raise teacher salaries
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved raising public school teacher salaries to a minimum of $40,000 a year.
Friday, May 18, 2018

School resource officer hailed a hero
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Charges were filed against a student who was wounded by a police officer after firing shots in a northern Illinois high school hallway while staff and seniors were meeting for a graduation rehearsal, Illinois State Police announced late Wednesday. 
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mom of school shooting suspect says he was bullied
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a teenager charged with firing shots at a northern Illinois high school says he had been bullied by classmates but must take responsibility for his actions.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Illinois House schedules vote on ERA
An Illinois House committee has set up a historic floor vote to become the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, but the sponsor said Wednesday that he doesn’t have enough votes for approval yet.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Audit slams Rauner admin on lease
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration violated state law by awarding property leases to unqualified vendors and possibly shutting out other, lower bidders, a state audit released Wednesday found.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Grand jury charges suspect in ATF shooting
A grand jury has formally charged the suspect in the shooting of a federal agent in Chicago.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Panel okays unionizing for research assistants
An Illinois House panel voted Wednesday to allow graduate-student researchers to form unions after a week of heated discussion over whether research counts as work.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Senate okays gun dealer licensing plan
The Illinois Senate has approved another plan to regulate firearms dealers after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar plan in March.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

State takes control of special ed in Chicago
The state of Illinois has taken control of special education at Chicago Public Schools after concluding a 2016 overhaul by the nation’s third-largest school system violated federal law.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

New state effort to pass gun dealer bill
Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday revived efforts to pass gun-dealer licensing legislation after a veto by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner stymied a previous effort.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Chicago could get 3rd observation deck
Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper could get a $185 million observation deck that would dangle visitors over the building’s edge and compete against the city’s two other skyscraper observatories.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Chicago Peace Warriors push for change
At his desk at North Lawndale College Prep High School, Gerald Smith keeps a small calendar that holds unimaginable grief.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

20 AGs back lawsuits by family planning groups against Trump
Twenty attorneys general voiced their support Tuesday for lawsuits challenging Trump administration rule changes they said will reduce access to family planning services.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lawmakers ask, does research count as work?
Illinois lawmakers are considering whether graduate-student researchers can form unions.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Proposed lofts arouse ire of advocates for Pullman
Some residents of Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood are expressing concerns over plans to construct loft apartments and working space for artists.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Illinois GOP says Shaw and Schneider will share leadership
Illinois Republican Party officials say they’ve reached an agreement to share leadership of the party, heading off a weekend fight between moderates and conservatives over who should be the next state GOP chairman.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

State to create historical marker for original northern boundary
Officials in northeast Illinois have approved plans for a historical marker to commemorate the original location of the state’s northern boundary.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Amazon to open cashier-less store in Chicago
Amazon, which opened a cashier-less store in Seattle this year, plans more locations in Chicago and San Francisco.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Confederate prisoner at Alton exchanged for Gettysburg hero
The most famous battle of the Civil War was the epic three-day clash at Gettysburg. A Civil War prison in Illinois played an indirect role in one of the key moments of the three-day fight.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Group sues to stop the construction of Obama center
A nonprofit group says the Obama Presidential Center shouldn’t be built in a Chicago park because it won’t be a true presidential library.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

VA to hold town hall to get feedback on care
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in central Illinois to discuss the Veterans Administration health care system.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lincoln museum to sell Marilyn Monroe dress, photos
The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is selling a black dress once owned by movie star Marilyn Monroe to raise funds to repay a loan used to buy artifacts relating to the 16th president.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Elsah named state's top scenic spot
Elsah, the tiny town that hardly seems to have changed in the past 150 years, was named the state’s top scenic spot by voters taking part in the Illinois Top 200 project. It was followed by the Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi River from Galena to Cairo, and a remarkable statue of Black Hawk in northern Illinois.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Missouri's tough treatment of sex offenders sends them to nearby states
Missouri’s tough treatment of sex offenders living outside of prison is sending hundreds of the offenders to neighboring states, where laws are not as stringent.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Sears may sell Kenmore and other assets
Sears Holdings Corp. says a special committee of its board is starting a formal process to explore the sale of its Kenmore brand and related assets.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Arson is suspected in mayor's trailer fire in Alorton
Authorities in the southern Illinois community of Alorton are investigating a fire that destroyed the home of the town’s mayor.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Central Illinois town gets $1.5 million to revitalize its downtown
A small central Illinois community is receiving $1.5 million in federal funds to revitalize its aging downtown infrastructure.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Walgreens, America's pharmacist, got its start in Illinois
A pharmacist at Walgreens for 37 years, Joel Karlinsky might often see people on their worst days, coming to him for antidotes to their health maladies.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Illinois farm bureau showcases water quality, conservation efforts
After nearly three years of working with farmers and agricultural groups statewide to advance water quality through conservation efforts, the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) released a report outlining meaningful contributions and progress made, including a 10 percent reduction of nitrate-nitrogen loads in Illinois watersheds. 
Friday, May 11, 2018

Gov. gets plan on handling outbreaks
The Illinois Senate has voted unanimously to require administrators of state veterans’ homes to notify the public within 24 hours of an infectious disease diagnosis.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Illinois senate passes broader K2 ban
In the wake of a wave of deaths related to synthetic cannabis overdoses, the Illinois Senate approved a plan by Sen. Jacqueline Collins to broaden the classification of such drugs, which often skirt the law through minute tweaks to their formulae.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Scherer to Host I-Cash at Kincaid Food Market
State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, will be partnering with the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office to host an I-Cash event at Kincaid Food Market next week.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Illnesses from insect bites up 58 percent
The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning the public to take precautions against tick and mosquito bites as reported cases of infections have increased over the past decade.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Debt for Lincoln items might force artifact sale
The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum says it might have to sell artifacts if it can’t pay off a decade-old loan that financed items related to the 16th president.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Illinois launches telemedicine task force to improve health care access
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti joined IL Dept. of Healthcare & Family Services Director Felicia Norwood Wednesday  to announce the formation of a new state task force to develop a comprehensive telemedicine strategy for the Medicaid program to help improve access to healthcare for Illinois residents in rural areas.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Legislation to fight texting and driving passes senate committee
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White commended the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday for approving legislation initiated by his office to strengthen Illinois' law on distracted driving.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

University of Illinois graduating first class of online MBAs
Most students in the first graduating class of the University of Illinois’ online-only Master of Business Administration program don’t live in the state.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Illinois House passes Scherer legislation supporting veterans  
A bill backed by state Rep. Sue Scherer, D- Decatur, that will require the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide more information to legislators on situations involving state run Veterans homes, recently passed the house.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mendoza wants more burial-funding notice after Associated Press report
An Illinois county coroner’s practice of holding remains and death certificates of the indigent until their families can pay for burial is “disgusting behavior,” state Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Memorial being built for fallen Illinois state troopers
Construction is underway in downtown Springfield on a memorial to Illinois State Police troopers killed in the line of duty.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

IL debuts Frank Lloyd Wright Trail
The Illinois Office of Tourism kicks off National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) May 6-12 by unveiling a new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Illinois.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Rauner urges Democrats' agreement on revenue for budget
Gov. Bruce Rauner says Democrats are moving too slowly on budget negotiations.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Suspect in Chicago shooting of ATF agent is arrested
A law enforcement official says a suspect has been arrested in the shooting of an ATF agent in Chicago.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Duped patients sometimes crowdfund for bogus medical care, study says
They’re the tech-age version of donor jars at the diner: crowdfunding websites that aim to link ailing people with strangers willing to help pay for medical treatment. But new research suggests duped patients sometimes crowdfund to pay for bogus stem cell treatments.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Relationship between Lincoln and teacher Mentor Graham complicated
Mentor Graham is popularly known as the teacher of Abraham Lincoln through the New Salem years. But their relationship was much more complex than simply that of teacher and student.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

James Beard winners are announced
Chef and owner Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune restaurant in New York City took home the outstanding chef award Monday night at the James Beard Awards , and Alabama’s Highlands Bar and Grill won the outstanding restaurant honor.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

State to use $2-billion in Medicaid money for project
The federal government is allowing the state of Illinois to use $2 billion in Medicaid dollars to invest in behavioral health programs partly meant to address the opioid crisis.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Will County sees highest number of opioid over doses ever
Will County in northern Illinois has seen the highest number of fatal opioid overdoses in its history.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Normal now a 'Welcoming City' for immigrants
Police officers telling residents why they are asking for their citizenship information is now the Normal thing to do.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Massive 'Hamilton' exhibit to debut in Chicago this fall
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the producers of his hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” are bringing a sprawling exhibit to Chicago about the musical’s Founding Father namesake.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Illinois among the popular vote pact
Connecticut’s General Assembly voted Saturday to join a group of states that want to pool their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote, the first state legislature to do so since President Donald Trump’s 2016 election.
Monday, May 7, 2018

More Illinois counties declare 'sanctuary' status for gun owners
Several rural Illinois counties have taken a stand for gun rights by co-opting a word that conservatives associate with a liberal policy to skirt the law: sanctuary.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Elgin high 1 of 3 schools in nation with accredited welding lab
A high school in the Chicago suburb of Elgin is making it easier for young welders to find work post-graduation.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Illinois CEO-to-worker pay difference
Illinois companies have begun disclosing the pay differences between their chief executive and their median employees.
Monday, May 7, 2018

93-yr-old WWII veteran throws 1st pitch in Champaign
A 93-year-old World War II veteran has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch of a college game in central Illinois as part of a program to honor veterans and raise awareness about veteran suicides. 
Monday, May 7, 2018

Bill to raise penalties for assault on DCFS workers
Measures that would increase penalties for assaults against Illinois Department of Child and Family Services employees that were spurred following a caseworker’s death are seeing slow progress.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Veterinary Forensics: When crimes involve animals

By Hannah Beers

University of Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.  — Evidence, such as the radiograph above showing a bullet lodged in the shoulder of a dog, is crucial in the field of veterinary forensics.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Illinois ranks second in dog-related injury claims
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — April 8-14 was National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and with an estimated 89.7 million dogs living in U.S. households, accidents are bound to happen. Most dogs will never bite, but it is important to remember that any dog CAN bite regardless of breed or type. 
Saturday, May 5, 2018

All cats have the same essential environmental needs
URBANA — Your cat’s safe place is a private area that allows her to retreat and feel protected; it provides her with a sense of security. 
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Halfway Home specializes in special needs rescue
DECATUR — Hudson’s Halfway Home is a special needs rescue based in Central Illinois, specializing in the care of cleft palate puppies. 
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Manhunt for gunman after federal agent shot in Chicago
A federal agent who was shot in the face on duty in Chicago is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.
Friday, May 4, 2018

SIUC gets new enrollment manager
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s new enrollment manager hopes to stop the school’s declining student population.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Illinois lawmakers send 'off-shoring' salary ban to the governor's office
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have sent Gov. Bruce Rauner legislation requiring him and his successors to use governor’s office funds to pay people who work for them. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

Chicago to expand use of license plate recognition
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is expanding its use of license plate recognition technology to help spot stolen cars and return them to their owners. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

Uber throws diplomat out for speaking Hebrew
CHICAGO (AP) — An Israeli diplomat says an Uber driver in Chicago yelled and threw him out of the car when he answered a phone call in Hebrew.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Bill would expand the availability of medical marijuana
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Senate bill that would expand the use of medical marijuana in order to combat the state’s opioid crisis has been referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Adams Co. coroner to poor: Pay $1,000 or county keeps the remains
QUINCY, Ill. — A coroner in western Illinois is facing sharp criticism for how he handles poor people who can’t afford to bury their loved ones: He has them sign over their rights to the deceased, leaving them without the death certificate, then cremates the body and keeps the ashes until the family pays $1,000.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Reagan's Illinois: A place of honor, integrity, kindness that inspired a president

By Jim Dunn

Of Sauk Valley Media

ILLINOIS —  On Feb. 6, 1984, President Ronald Reagan was riding high as he celebrated his 73rd birthday in Dixon, Illinois, the county seat of Lee County and the town where he lived as a youth for a dozen years starting in 1920.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Spring Wildflower Hike at Rock Springs
DECATUR — Discover the colorful spring wildflowers blooming at Rock Springs Conservation Area during a guided hike on Sunday, May 13 from 2-4 p.m. We’ll explore the prairie and forest to find species such as Virginia Bluebells, Spiderwort, and more. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

Decatur yearbook names wheelchair athlete as the 'most accident prone'
An Illinois high school is reprinting yearbooks that mocked a partially paralyzed senior who is a wheelchair athlete as “most accident prone.”
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Senate votes to teach LGBT history
The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBT history.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Boy shot in head while riding bus
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is expressing outrage that a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head as he rode a city bus home from high school on the city's Southwest Side.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mosque bombers face more charges
A federal grand jury in central Illinois on Wednesday returned a superseding indictment that brings additional charges against four men previously indicted on weapons charges — three of whom are awaiting trial in a Minnesota mosque bombing case.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Severe storms bring hail, wind damage to northern Illinois
Strong storms moving across the Midwest brought up to 3-inch hail and wind gusts of more than 65 mph to Illinois.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Overhaul is planned for Chicago's Willis Tower elevators
The elevators in Chicago’s Willis Tower are getting a major overhaul for the first time in the 110-story building’s history.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Depression Era homes at museum
A tiny, two-bedroom fashioned from steel and designed to give small working-class family access to cheap homes during the Great Depression is now a museum exhibit in central Illinois.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Couple donates documents
An Indiana couple has donated two Civil War documents signed by Abraham Lincoln to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

$230-million Quincy residence hall is key to remedy for Legionnaires'
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration on Tuesday recommended starting fresh at the Quincy veterans’ home beleaguered by Legionnaires’ disease, calling for a state-of-the-art facility on the 130-year-old campus costing $190 million to $230 million.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Halloween celebration returning to city
The city of Carbondale is asking for help coming up with a name and logo for a Halloween-themed festival this fall.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

School kids collect 18,000 pennies for Lincoln paper
Schoolchildren in central Illinois and their spare pennies have ensured that a piece of Abraham Lincoln history will return home for the Illinois Bicentennial .
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Extradition temporarily halted
A federal judge in Chicago has temporary halted the extradition of an ex-Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed at Lithuania’s request.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Police seek owner of bull wandering in Edwardsville
Police say no owner has come forward to claim a bull found wandering in an Edwardsville neighborhood earlier this week.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Former Illini player is recovering from gunshot
A former basketball captain for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is recovering after being shot in the face.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Obama biographer to speak at Lincoln library
Barack Obama’s path to the White House included the beaches of Hawaii, the streets of Chicago, the classrooms of Harvard and the halls of the Illinois statehouse. Historian David J. Garrow will discuss how that winding path shaped Obama during a May 22 appearance at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dr. Dan Guillory will speak Sunday about the Illinois prairie
The sweeping horizons of Illinois Prairie, with grasses 6 feet high or more, have dazzled people for centuries. Join Dr. Dan Guillory as he explores the impressions this landscape left on poets and authors during Visions of Illinois Prairie, on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. in Rock Springs Nature Center.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Former Mayor Daley donates his papers to library
Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is donating his papers to a library named after his father.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Lawmakers may try to combine police, fire pension boards
Illinois lawmakers are considering combining police and firefighter pensions into one fund to save local governments’ money.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Former security guards stole church collections
Two former security guards at Holy Name Cathedral have been charged with stealing as much as $100,000 from the historic downtown Chicago church.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Election judge shortage; state works to get more
Efforts are underway to fill the void of election judges in Illinois.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Bicentennial: Voters pick top Illinois historic sites
The list of top Illinois historic sites chosen by voters in the Illinois Top 200 project covers more than 1,000 years of history, from Cahokia Mounds to Abraham Lincoln’s home to Route 66.
Monday, April 30, 2018

















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