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Storm brings winter back to Midwest
CHICAGO (AP) — A storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes states with risks of flooding, freezing rain and snow is causing fatal accidents and forcing schools to close.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018


'Year of the Dog' stamp celebrates Lunar New Year
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service and the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce are unveiling a new stamp to help celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Funding and indifference impede Pullman restoration
CHICAGO (AP) — It has been nearly three years since former President Barack Obama designated part of Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood as Illinois’ first national monument.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Private school scholarship program reopens
CHICAGO (AP) — The application system is scheduled to reopen next week for Illinois families wanting to apply for the state’s new private school scholarship program.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Illinois man died looking for treasure
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Weight loss finicky, new study shows
CHICAGO (AP) — A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn’t hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters’ DNA profiles.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Thousands of photos depict Chicago blues scene
CHICAGO (AP) — Two decades worth of photos depicting Chicago’s lively blues scene will soon be available to the public.
Monday, February 19, 2018

State sets up new hotline for victims of sexual harassment
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Human Rights has set up a new hotline for victims of sexual harassment.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Public can select Illinois' Top 200 to celebrate bicentennial
SPRINGFIELD — Illinoisans can celebrate the state’s 200th birthday by choosing the 200 greatest people, places and things in state history in online voting.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Fishing licenses on sale Mar. 1
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says state fishing licenses for the year go on sale March 1.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Scientists studying endangered wolves
CHICAGO (AP) — Scientists from the Chicago Zoological Society and a team assembled by the Reproductive and Behavioral Sciences Department at the St. Louis Zoo are using artificial insemination in an effort to improve the genetic diversity of the Mexican wolf population.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Duckworth still breaking barriers in the Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that’s the way she likes it.
Monday, February 19, 2018

A look at some of the competitive US House races in the Illinois primary
CHICAGO (AP) - Several U.S. House races are expected to be competitive in the Illinois primary, including an open seat, a seat held by a seven-term Democrat facing a challenge from his left and several Republican seats that Democrats hope to flip come November.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Governor grants 6 petitions for clemency denies 14
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted six petitions for clemency and denied 14 others.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

U of I selects projects for $11M investment
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has selected its first 17 “investment for growth” projects that are designed to boost income and enhance the university’s academic mission.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Early voting delays continue for Illinois primary
 CHICAGO (AP) — Early voting will be delayed a few more days in Lake County. 
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Inmates who clapped for cop death suspect may face reprisals
CHICAGO (AP) — Five Cook County Jail inmates who applauded as the man charged with the fatal shooting of a Chicago police commander was led by their cell could face reprisals for their actions, a jail official said Friday.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

2016 report put Quincy plumbing fix at $8M
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Engineers told Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration 18 months ago that replacing problematic plumbing at a veterans’ home beset by Legionnaires’ disease would cost $8 million and “should be carefully considered,” according to a report obtained by The Associated Press.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Student posing with rifle charged, disorderly conduct
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago high school student has been arrested after posting photos on social media showing him holding an assault-style rifle.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Judge okays evaluation for teen in Mattoon shooting
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A psychiatrist says an Illinois teenager accused in a high school shooting that injured one student in September suffers from a defiance disorder and other conditions for which he can’t be treated at the state’s Juvenile Justice Department.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Ex-Madigan aide arrested, violating OP
CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-campaign worker for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s Democratic organization has been arrested for allegedly violating a protective order.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Schools say pension shift would undo funding revamp
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Public school administrators who just last summer were ecstatic over a promise of equitable state financing in a revamped education funding formula were disheartened Thursday by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to unload more costs onto local districts, which they said could lead to higher property taxes.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Can a middle-class candidate defeat millionaires
CHICAGO (AP) — In an Illinois governor race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire, Daniel Biss likes to tell people he’s given his campaign just $25 — and then his wife decided to one-up him and donate $50.
Friday, February 16, 2018

State board of education mulls free college tests
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Board of Education records show it’s moving to expand free testing by providing a set of college-admissions-related exams to all ninth-, 10th- and 11th-graders statewide.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Resolution seeks time line of deadly Legionnaires outbreak
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois panel has advanced a resolution that demands a clear and detailed timeline of the events surrounding a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans Home.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Reaction to Governor's budget plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 2019 budget plan unveiled Wednesday:
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Former Sox player denies dealing coke
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, denied allegations Wednesday that he is a cocaine dealer.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

The first blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets okay from FDA
CHICAGO (AP) — The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ex-staffer: Top Dems slow to probe harassment claim
CHICAGO (AP) — A campaign worker for Illinois Democrats said Tuesday that it took party officials too long to respond after she reported sexual harassment by a male supervisor last year, allegations that prompted election-year calls for outside investigations and House Speaker Michael Madigan to step down from leadership roles.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chicago police commander shot in the head
CHICAGO (AP) — A police commander who was killed after a foot chase in downtown Chicago was shot in the head by a suspect carrying a semi-automatic handgun equipped with an extended clip of ammunition, a police official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Attorneys general: No citizenship question on census
NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of state attorneys general on Monday urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to not add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, saying it could lower participation among immigrants and cause a population undercount.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Chicago delays hotly disputed school closures plan after much uproar
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials will postpone the closure of several high schools in one of the city’s highest-crime and most impoverished neighborhoods in response to a contentious community response, the nation’s third-largest public school district announced Monday.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Marijuana's 4/20 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes

CHICAGO (AP) — Marijuana users’ self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Latest Midwest snow wave delays flights, makes driving tough

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm that moved across the Upper Midwest over the weekend ended Sunday after delivering a ninth consecutive day of snowfall in Chicago, and snow and freezing rain in Michigan and Indiana.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Illinois courts adjusting to state's new bail reform law

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Courts across Illinois have had about a month to adjust to the requirements of the new bail reform law that took effect Jan. 1. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Companies donate overdose reversal drug to Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — AptarGroup and Adapt Pharma have donated thousands of doses of the emergency therapy naloxone hydrochloride, which can reverse respiratory troubles caused by opioid overdoses.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Renee Fleming to give Northwestern commencement address

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Famed soprano Renee Fleming is to give the commencement address at Northwestern University this year.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Cook County sheriff warns of fake IRS agent phone scam

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois sheriff is warning residents about a sophisticated phone scam involving a person posing as an Internal Revenue Service agent.  


Monday, February 12, 2018

APL sets February pet adoptions

SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during February with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

2 deaths blamed on winter snow storm in Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm that pounded the Midwest caused at least two deaths Friday, authorities said, while closing schools and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

No criminal charges against Macon County state's attorney

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A special prosecutor investigating misconduct allegations involving Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott won’t file criminal charges but a grand jury recommends an independent review of his office.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

State appeals adding 'pain' as medical marijuana qualifier
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health has appealed a decision to add severe pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in a case that could greatly expand access to the drug in the state. 
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Chicago Defender becomes a national voice for African Americans

By The Chicago Defender

ILLINOIS — On May 5, 1905, Robert Sengstacke Abbott founded the Chicago Defender newspaper in a small kitchen in his landlord’s apartment, with an initial investment of 25 cents and a press run of 300 copies.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Two amazing gifts for Lincoln's birthday 

SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum launched its celebration of Lincoln’s birthday by announcing two major acquisitions: an angry letter the future president wrote to a colleague and a painting that shows the young Lincoln reading while he takes a break from chopping wood. 


Saturday, February 10, 2018

State museum seeking photos of unsung heroes

SPRINGFIELD  — Anna Heistad. Minnie Vautrin. Thomas Jones. Three ordinary people who did extraordinary things in service of their fellow man, each of whom history has largely forgotten. These “unsung heroes” will be profiled in a new exhibition set to open at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Saturday, March 3.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Classical Guitar Society presents Michael Hull

SPRINGFIELD — The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 714 East Capitol Avenue in downtown Springfield. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors; they will be available at the door.


Friday, February 9, 2018

How about a Bicentennial brew? Illinois' new ale

CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner this week announced the availability of the official Bicentennial Craft Beer and tapped the first keg at Binny’s Beverage Depot Tasting Room in Lincoln Park. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Airline 'bumping' falls to lowest rate ever

CHICAGO (AP) — Airlines bumped passengers off flights at the lowest rate on record last year after United Airlines was pilloried when a passenger was dragged off a full plane.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Man charged in fatal Springfield crash acquitted by jury

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Florida man involved in a fatal 2015 crash in Springfield was found not guilty of aggravated driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance after his lead attorney, Monroe McWard of Taylorville, raised questions about blood testing done after the crash.   


Friday, February 9, 2018

Snow fall in Midwest leaves roads treacherous

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm moving across the Great Lakes that’s forecast to drop about a foot of snow in some areas created treacherous driving conditions today, closed schools and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Child welfare worker dies after attack

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois child welfare worker died Thursday from injuries suffered when she was severely beaten last year while trying to take protective custody of a child.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Former player donates $5M to UofI

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois football player has donated $5 million toward the construction of the Illinois Football Performance Center.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Bill seeks $1B to cover prison costs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers need to approve a supplemental spending bill to ensure the Department of Corrections can get through the rest of the fiscal year, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.


Friday, February 9, 2018

SIU-C approves tuition hike

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University trustees have approved a 2 percent tuition increase for students who enroll at the Carbondale campus for the 2018-2019 school year.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Suspect in kidnapping of Chinese scholar asks judge to recuse himself

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a former physics student accused of kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old University of Illinois scholar from China say they want the judge overseeing the death-penalty case to recuse himself, though they don’t spell out why in newly filed public records.   


Friday, February 9, 2018

Northwestern professor investigated

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern University officials say a journalism professor accused of misconduct by former students and employees is taking a leave of absence.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Nominees sought for governor's volunteer awards

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Outstanding volunteers are being sought for the annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. 

Scott McFarland is executive director of Serve Illinois. He says the awards recognize a few of the millions of Illinois residents to take time out “to help their neighbors.” 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Bill would limit terms of Illinois legislative leaders
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill has been proposed at the Illinois General Assembly that would put term limits on four legislative positions.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Man charged in fatal crash acquitted
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Florida man involved in a fatal 2015 crash in Springfield was found not guilty of aggravated driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance after his lead attorney, Monroe McWard of Taylorville, raised questions about blood testing done after the crash.  
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Federal agency rules in favor of Spfld. rail project
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal agency has ruled that a rail improvement project in Springfield, Illinois won’t have to reroute its tracks away from where homes burned during the city’s Race Riot of 1908.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Blago still causing political problems
CHICAGO (AP) — The investigation that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison is still causing political problems for Democrats, a decade after the FBI began secretly recording his profanity-laced conversations.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Health chief requires FOIA to release emails
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is forcing state lawmakers to use the public-records law to get emails regarding a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Illinois early voting not available to all
CHICAGO (AP) — Early voting for the primary election started today across Illinois, but millions of voters won’t have the option because of pending candidate challenges.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Trudeau starting US tour in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embarking on a four-day U.S. tour with the first stop in Chicago to discuss how public service can contribute to stronger economic and political ties between the two countries.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LA Times sells, no longer under tenure of Tribune
LOS ANGELES, Ca. (AP) — The Los Angeles Times is being sold to a Los Angeles billionaire for $500 million, ending its strained tenure under the owner of the Chicago Tribune.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pritzker wiretapped discussing black politicians
CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released FBI wiretaps captured Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker making racially insensitive comments during a call with then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, including saying a popular lawmaker was the “least offensive” African-American to appoint to a Senate seat.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

O'Hare to offer 1st direct Chicago to Africa flights
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will soon offer its first direct flights to Africa.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Field Museum's Sue is moving up to make way for titanosaur
CHICAGO (AP) — Sue, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, is on the move.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

AG Madigan opposes new federal tips plan
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys general in over a dozen states oppose a federal Department of Labor proposal to let employers control the tips of some hourly employees. 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Frasier's cranky dad John Mahoney dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Mahoney, who as the cranky, blue-collar dad in “Frasier” played counterpoint to pompous sons Frasier and Niles, has died. Mahoney was 77.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Court considers potential landmark case
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court is considering a 70-year-old woman’s potentially landmark case that alleges a Chicago-area senior living center did nothing to stop residents from hurling slurs, spitting on her and physically harassing her because of her sexual orientation.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ives says edgy ad on Rauner accurate
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives on Monday staunchly defended her contentious campaign ad against Gov. Bruce Rauner featuring actors portraying a transgender woman and a woman flaunting a free abortion as an “accurate representation” of policies her rival has endorsed.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Chicago police form task force to combat carjackings
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department is leading a team of law enforcement agencies to combat the fastest growing crime in the city: carjackings.   
Monday, February 5, 2018

A look at the candidates vying to replace Rep. Guiterrez
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s surprise announcement that he’s not seeking re-election after 13 terms has left a narrowed field of three Democrats competing for their party’s nod in the Chicago-area district.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Number of transgender teens rising
CHICAGO (AP) — Far more U.S. teens than previously thought are transgender or identify themselves using other nontraditional gender terms, with many rejecting the idea that girl and boy are the only options, new research suggests.
Monday, February 5, 2018

After record closings, Chicago's new school plan draws fury
CHICAGO (AP) — Five years after the largest mass closure of public schools in an American city, Chicago is forging ahead with a plan to shutter four more in one of the city’s highest-crime and impoverished areas.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Texas couple charged with selling teenage girl for sex
ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A Texas couple has been arrested for allegedly selling a 14-year-old girl to an Illinois family.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Illinois Executive Mansion officials solicit volunteers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois governor’s mansion is moving into a new phase as officials solicit volunteers to serve as greeters and docents when the mansion reopens this summer following a $15 million renovation.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Chicago election officials say likely delay in early voting
CHICAGO (AP) — Election officials in Chicago say the start of early voting is likely to be delayed because of so many candidate ballot challenges.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

2 wrongfully convicted illegal immigrants face uncertain future
CHICAGO (AP) — Freedom was short-lived for two Mexican immigrants recently released after nearly 20 years in an Illinois prison when a judge ruled their confessions in a gruesome double-murder case were likely coerced.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Analysis: Penalties against Illinois polluters have declined
.CHICAGO (AP) — Penalties sought from polluters in Illinois have dropped to $6.1 million under Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration, a newspaper analysis of enforcement data shows.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

ISP patrol on lookout for Super Bowl DUI offenders
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Police is warning people that if they drink too much at Super Bowl parties this weekend they may end up having a not-so-super time on the way home.
Friday, February 2, 2018

January in Illinois colder, drier than normal
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ state climatologist says January weather was colder and drier than normal in the state without much snow.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Chicago Cubs co-owner to become RNC finance chair
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee is confirming billionaire Todd Ricketts as its next finance chair, replacing casino magnate Steve Wynn, who resigned last week over sexual misconduct allegations.
Friday, February 2, 2018

State high court: gun ban near parks unconstitutional
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois law banning guns within 1,000 feet of public parks violates a right under the Second Amendment to carry a weapon outside the home for self-defense, the state Supreme Court concluded in a unanimous decision issued on Thursday.
Friday, February 2, 2018

State's tax credit scholarships on hold after site crashes
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 24,000 Illinois families were unable to submit applications to the state’s new private school scholarship program because the online registration system shut down due to “extreme demand.”
Friday, February 2, 2018

Right-to-work holdout states like Illinois face new efforts to change labor laws
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Hemmed in by a growing number of states that block mandatory union fees in workplaces, holdout states in the Midwest are facing renewed attempts to enact so-called right-to-work laws.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Field Museum scientists studying meteor
CHICAGO (AP) — Scientists at Chicago’s Field Museum are studying a piece of the meteor that broke apart earlier this month over Michigan.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Lottery official quits after using Trump like slur
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Lottery Control Board chairman has resigned after tweeting a vulgarity to describe East St. Louis that got President Donald Trump into hot water earlier this month.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Prosecutors okay with delaying in scholar's kidnapping
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in the case of a former physics student charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China say they don’t object to delaying the trial now that the government is seeking the death penalty.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Transgender inmates sue
CHICAGO (AP) — Six transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the Illinois Department of Corrections, alleging inadequate medical care at facilities across the state.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Politicians respond to gov's address
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — — Evanston Sen. Daniel Biss, Democratic candidate for governor:  “Bruce Rauner is a failed governor, and we can’t afford to give him and his right-wing agenda another chance. But we also know it’s not enough to just beat Bruce Rauner, because our state’s problems began long before he was elected to office. ... We need to elect a middle-class progressive with a bold vision for our state.”
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Governor urges unity in State of State
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner urged bipartisanship Wednesday to confront Illinois’ economic crisis, at times drawing mock applause from Democratic legislators who blame him for exacerbating the mess by proposing tax cuts they say the state can’t afford.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Illinois mayor, age 91, retires after nearly 55 years
MARION, Ill. (AP) — The longest-serving mayor in Illinois is preparing to retire at the age of 91.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

State education agency to hire 'storytellers'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The agency overseeing what’s been dubbed the nation’s worst-funded public-school system plans to hire “storytellers” to relay tales of successes in Illinois classrooms.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Rauner delivers State of the State address today
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his fourth State of the State address today at the state Capitol.  Following are some exerpts from his address:
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Gowdy, former chair of Benghazi panel, to retire
WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy added his name Wednesday to the growing list of committee chairmen announcing they will not seek re-election, saying this is the right time for him to leave politics and return to the justice system.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sheriff son of W. Buffett to donate $1.4M to Macon Co.
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois sheriff who’s the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says he’s gearing up to donate $1.4 million to pay for wide-ranging expenses from new software at the Macon County Jail to drug-related autopsies.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Legislation would ban smoking until age 21
aSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats want to raise the legal age for smoking or chewing tobacco from 18 to 21.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Rep. Davis and central Illinois guest attend State of the Union address
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., strolled through the Capitol before the speech with a guest who was attracting more attention than he was.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Chicago Symphony extends contract with Muti until 2022
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has extended its contract with renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti, left, as its music director through the 2022 season.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Rare synthetic drugs found in central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say two rare synthetic drugs that could be fatal have been found in central Illinois.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

House panel studying harassment plans a report this year
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers stung by an allegation of sexual harassment against a senator last fall say they’ll make recommendations to improve how the Capitol deals with the issue by year’s end.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Congressman Davis introduces bill to make new tax relief permanent
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) on Monday introduced H.R. 4886, the Permanent Tax Cuts for Americans Act, along with 43 cosponsors, to make the individual tax cuts included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent. The original tax reform bill passed by the House on November 16, 2017 made the individual rates and deductions permanent, but eventually were made temporary by the Senate to abide by budget reconciliation rules. Currently, these provisions expire in 2025. H.R. 4886 would make them permanent.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

3 Illinois congressmen to boycott State of the Union
CHICAGO (AP) — At least three Democratic congressmen from Illinois are boycotting President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Rauner: 'No private biz' discussed
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says “no private business was conducted on public property” when he met with a former business partner at the Executive Mansion in May 2015.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ives attacks Rauner on the issues; no trust on abortion and immigration
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner for the Republican nomination for governor, made the most Monday of what could be their only face-to-face appearance, accusing her rival of lying to his supporters about opposing publicly financed abortion and signing a “sanctuary” bill on immigration.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

State Fire Marshal launches "Be Alarmed!"

SPRINGFIELD — The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) today launched “Be Alarmed!” – a joint smoke alarm installation program that provides smoke alarms to Illinoisans through their local fire departments. 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Flu epidemic of 1918 rocked area, nation

This year’s flu season has been one of the toughest on record. But it pales in comparison to the horrors of 1918.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Rural schools in Illinois online AP courses

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A pilot program is giving students in rural Illinois high schools better access to Advanced Placement courses to prepare for college.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Bryant Cottage to celebrate Francis Bryant's 200th Birthday February 3

BEMENT, IL — Bryant Cottage State Historic Site will celebrate Francis Bryant’s 200th birthday with a special event at the Bryant Cottage on Saturday, February 3 from 1:00–3:00 p.m.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Memorial Medical Center to hold free men's health program February 22

SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free program on men's health on Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI).


Monday, January 29, 2018

SIU's medical school spends $2.2M to open Springfield clinic

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has opened a new outpatient clinic in Springfield to provide ear, nose and throat care.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Missing 16-year-old Illinois girl found dead along roadway

GRANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve found the body of a missing northern Illinois teenager and they’re investigating the death as a homicide.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Serial stowaway nabbed at Chicago airport days after release

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a serial stowaway who sneaked onto a plane in Chicago earlier this month and made it to London has been arrested again after being spotted at O’Hare International Airport.


Monday, January 29, 2018

LLCC hosting cybersecurity workshops

SPRINGFIELD — This spring, Lincoln Land Community College’s computer networking faculty will be hosting two workshops on cybersecurity.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Vietnam vet dealing with war's after-effects with his art

STERLING, Ill. (AP) — Charles Payne is a true child of the Sixties: He’s a Vietnam veteran still struggling with the after-effects of the war, a multimedia artist, and a witch (of the white, or good, variety).


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Love on the Ledge: Skydeck Chicago Celebrates Love with Third Annual Valentine's Day Contest

CHICAGO  — Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower, Chicago's most iconic landmark, announces its third annual "Love on the Ledge" social media contest today. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Newspapers played major role in Illinois history

ILLINOIS — Like so much in Illinois, the origins of its newspapers were tied to politics and patronage.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Illinois will start accepting state tax returns Monday

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois will start accepting income returns for 2017 on Monday, the same day the federal government begins accepting returns.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

A look at where Illinois governor candidates stand on taxes

CHICAGO (AP) — After years of deficits and a destructive state budget impasse, Illinois is facing a massive financial crisis.  For most of the candidates seeking to become Illinois’ next governor, the solution is to overhaul the tax system. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Team featured in 'A League of Their Own' turns 75

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The northern Illinois city that had its women’s baseball team immortalized in the film “A League of Their Own” is celebrating the team’s 75th anniversary.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Super Saturday at state museum focuses on presidents

SPRINGFIELD — Presidents Day is celebrated every February. In honor of the State of Illinois’ Bicentennial, come to ‘Super Saturday” at the Illinois State Museum on Sat., Feb. 3 and learn about the four Presidents who have called Illinois home – Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, and Obama.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

LLCC sponsors 10th annual Lincoln Lecture

SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to its 10th annual Lincoln Lecture Monday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room of Menard Hall on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Campus visit day at Lincoln Land set for Feb. 19

SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College invites high school students and their parents, along with others interested in returning to school, to Campus Visit Day on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Auditions at LLCC for world premier

SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College, in collaboration with Cutlass Artists, NFP, will hold auditions for “Revenge: Treasure Island” on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 4 and 5, from 7- 9 p.m. in Sangamon South Room 0015 on the LLCC Springfield campus. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Local students invited to enter state essay contest

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois high school students have until midnight, Feb. 15, 2018, to submit essays celebrating Illinois’ 200th birthday.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Senator Silverstein 'unprofessional' but he's cleared of sexual harassment

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein made inappropriate “teasing and flirtatious” comments to activist Denise Rotheimer while the two worked on legislation, but he did not sexually harass her, the inspector general for the General Assembly ruled in a report Thursday.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Faculty and students protest Bannon invite

CHICAGO (AP) — University of Chicago faculty and students are protesting an invitation to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to participate in a debate on immigration and globalization.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Transgender student is denied unlimited access

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A judge has denied a suburban Chicago transgender student’s request for an injunction that would grant her unrestricted access to the girls’ locker room at her high school.


Friday, January 26, 2018

EIU spring enrollment up 5 percent

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University says its enrollment this spring is up 5 percent compared with last year. 


Friday, January 26, 2018

State opioid helpline is based in Boston

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Human Services has hired a Boston-based company to run an opioid help hotline despite receiving proposals from at least three Illinois providers.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Schools across Illinois still struggling to find substitutes

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A survey shows many school districts across Illinois have seen substitute teacher shortages.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Rauner calendar shows private meeting

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s scheduler set up a May 2015 meeting at the Executive Mansion with a former business partner who claims in a lawsuit they discussed a personal business deal, calling into question Wednesday the Republican’s claims that he ended his day-to-day business dealings when he became governor three years ago.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Atty. general candidates talk anti corruption efforts

CHICAGO (AP) — Debate over the Illinois attorney general’s role in fighting corruption has taken center stage at a livestreamed Democratic candidate forum ahead of the March primary. 


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Chicago sues US Steel over plant's spills

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is suing U.S. Steel, alleging it violated federal law with discharges of a potentially carcinogenic chemical last year from a northwest Indiana plant.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

College fires professor charged in shootings

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — Harper College in suburban Chicago has fired a professor charged in Iowa with shooting at vehicles earlier this month.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dem gov candidates face off in forum

CHICAGO (AP) — The Democratic candidates for Illinois governor fought Tuesday to position themselves as the best person to appear on the November ballot, facing off in a rapid-fire forum over taxes, accusations of pay-to-play politics and who has the best vision for the state.  


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Lawsuit: Gov. Rauner met about investments while in office

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner participated in meetings about his cut of a $67.5 million settlement months after taking office in 2015 despite declaring publicly that he’d give up control of his personal wealth management to avoid conflicts of interest, a newly-unsealed lawsuit alleged Tuesday. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Audit: Lax monitoring of $7B in Illinois Medicaid payments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration cannot adequately account for more than $7 billion paid to Medicaid insurance providers in 2016, an audit released Tuesday found. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Red Cross winter blood shortage at critical level

ILLINOIS — Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Lawmakers hold hearing on recreational marijuana

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cited a racial disparity in enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana as the reason she now favors legalization of the drug.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Over 1,000 deer harvested locally during season

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 147,535 deer during all 2017-18 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded on Jan. 14.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bill would require state jobs to be in Sangamon Co.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A lawmaker from the Springfield area has proposed legislation that would require most new and vacant state jobs be located in Sangamon County.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Legionella bacteria possible at Capitol Complex

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Preliminary test results show the possible presence of Legionella bacteria in the Illinois Capitol Complex’s hot water system, state officials said.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Governor Rauner says cut taxes and wasteful spending to curb the deficit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday that he will propose rolling back last year’s income tax increase in a “step-down” process over several years while also tackling a continuing deficit of billions of dollars. 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hospitals prepare for funding changes

CHICAGO (AP) — Many Illinois hospitals whose budgets rely heavily on Medicaid funding are bracing for a financial hit, as the states revamps a formula to distribute the money.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Budding to expand presence in state

CHICAGO – Carl Buddig & Co. announced today that they will be expanding their operations within Illinois with the purchase of the former Butterball facility in Montgomery. The facility has been vacant since prior operations ceased in July 2017. Buddig will utilize the 280,000 sq ft facility to grow its manufacturing footprint for lunch meats and specialty meats production.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Sangamon Co. Jail increases services

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield-area jail will increase mental health services offered to inmates. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Bald eagle takes flight at Litchfield lake after rehab

LITCHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bald eagle has taken to the skies in central Illinois after months of rehabilitation for injuries she received in a fight.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Bill would give schools better access

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A proposed bill would give more than 90,000 students across 100 districts in rural Illinois access to high-speed internet.


Monday, January 22, 2018

State seeks volunteers at renovated governor's mansion

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois is looking for volunteers to welcome visitors and give tours at the newly renovated Illinois Executive Mansion. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Lincoln's Home closed due to gov't shutdown

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield’s Lincoln Home National Historic Site is closed due to the federal government shutdown.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Budding to expand presence in state

CHICAGO – Carl Buddig & Co. announced today that they will be expanding their operations within Illinois with the purchase of the former Butterball facility in Montgomery. The facility has been vacant since prior operations ceased in July 2017. Buddig will utilize the 280,000 sq ft facility to grow its manufacturing footprint for lunch meats and specialty meats production.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Serial stowaway arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare airport
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman with a history of sneaking aboard planes slipped past security at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport this week and was flying to London when the airline realized she didn’t have a ticket.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Former teacher sentenced to prison in child porn case
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A former suburban Chicago elementary school teacher who pleaded guilty to felony child pornography charges has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Possible sighting of cougar in DuPage County forest preserve
GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is trying to determine if there is anything to reports of a cougar being spotted in a DuPage County forest preserve.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Schools test approach that lets students learn at own pace
CHICAGO (AP) — High schools across Illinois are testing an approach that allows students to learn at their own pace, a concept introduced decades ago at the University of Chicago.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Court in Chicago hears arguments on sanctuary cities
CHICAGO (AP) — Oral arguments before a federal appeals court Friday focused on whether President Donald Trump’s administration is overstepping its authority by seeking to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities, like Chicago, unless they do more to help enforce U.S. immigration laws.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Death penalty sought against man charged with kidnapping, death of Chinese scholar
URBANA, Ill. – The government filed its notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Brendt A. Christensen, 28, of Champaign, Ill. Christensen is charged with the kidnapping resulting in death of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang on June 9, 2017.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Court in Chicago to hear arguments on sanctuary cities
CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court will hear arguments on a Trump administration request to reverse a lower-court ruling temporarily freezing its policy of withholding public-safety grants from sanctuary cities that don’t fully enforce immigration laws.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Ex-mayor of Chicago suburb pleads guilty in bribery scheme
MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — A former mayor of a poor Chicago suburb has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged $300,000 bribery scheme involving city contractors.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Man sues driver in crash that killed pregnant wife, 3 sons
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man whose pregnant wife and three children were killed in a car crash is suing a man charged in the accident.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Basketball bookends Vietnam veteran's story
MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (AP) — His first basketball hoop hung from a tree at the top of a hill in his yard, forcing him to become a master of shooting from the corner or risk having to trek down to retrieve the ball.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Indiana city denies wrongful conviction amid lawsuit
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city is maintaining the guilt of a Chicago man convicted in a 1996 shooting after the man filed a lawsuit following his pardon.
Friday, January 19, 2018

State Board advocates for full Evidence-Based Funding for all school districts
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today approved its budget request for public education funding for fiscal year 2019. ISBE recommended an investment to support educational excellence totaling approximately $15.7 billion in State General Funds.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Chicago man dies 4 years after suffering gunshot to head
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a Chicago-area man died last fall from injuries suffered in a 2013 shooting on the city’s West Side.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Arkansas health officials say 150 people exposed to measles
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says about 150 people were exposed to measles after an ill traveler flew from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Little Rock.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

U of I trustee seat has been empty a year
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A seat on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has been empty now for about a year.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Man freed from prison after 23 years fails drug test
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man released from prison after 23 years and is awaiting a decision on whether he’ll stand trial again for murder is in jail after he allegedly tried o sidestep a drug test.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

2 Illinois governor candidates spend $28M in last 3 months
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The race for Illinois governor cost more than $28 million just in the last three months of 2017 for the Nov. 2018 election.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Amazon narrows list to 20
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has narrowed its hunt for a second headquarters to 20 locations, concentrated among cities in the U.S. East and Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company’s international options open.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Judge orders intractable pain onto marijuana treatment list
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ordered the state of Illinois to expand the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use to include intractable pain.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Woman paralyzed by collapsed bus shelter settles for $115M
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a woman partially paralyzed by a collapsed bus shelter at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport say she will receive a $115 million settlement from the city and its insurer.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UIC breaks ground on $100M academic, residential complex
CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago has broken ground on a $100 million academic and residential complex.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Illinois delays sending voter data
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will postpone submitting fresh voter information to a controversial multi-state voter registration database because the Kansas-based program has not offered updated security plans, election officials confirmed Tuesday. 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Police warn residents of thieves posing as city workers
LOVES PARK, Ill. (AP) — Police in the northern Illinois community of Loves Park are warning residents to be careful who they let into their houses after two men got into a home by posing as water department workers and apparently stole  jewelry.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Illinois man awarded Carnegie Medal for thwarting attack
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man has been awarded the Carnegie Medal for thwarting a knife-wielding man who intended to kill people at a chess club session for children.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Attorneys want trial moved in missing Chinese scholar case
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China are asking a judge to dismiss a main charge against him and change the location of his trial.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Prosecutors going after drug dealers amid opioid epidemic
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in a northern Illinois county are increasingly taking their battle against illegal drugs and the national opioid epidemic to the people who’ve supplied them to overdose victims.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chefs in training serve up food for police recruits
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — As police recruits from across the state train on the city’s south side, they’re providing a practical education in catering for culinary students at Richland Community College.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Macon County deputies will soon be taking work vehicles home
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in a central Illinois county will soon be able to take their work vehicles home after their shifts end.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

U of I Springfield cuts ribbon on new building
 SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois Springfield officially opened the new $21.75 million Student Union Building during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, January 14, 2018. The first-ever student union will serve as a social hub for student life and foster a greater sense of community on the growing campus.
Monday, January 15, 2018

4 central Illinois housing agencies get $418K from US
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Four central Illinois communities will share more than $400,000 in federal housing money to help families with job-training, education and more.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Illinois zoo holds contest to name baby giraffe
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — There’s a tall, newborn resident at the Peoria Zoo in Illinois, but she needs a name.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Passenger with measles flew through Chicago's O'Hare
CHICAGO (AP) — State health officials are advising anyone who was at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last Wednesday and hasn’t been vaccinated for measles to get tested for the highly contagious disease.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Illinois lawmakers form subcommittee for digital currency
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have formed a subcommittee to explore state policies over decentralized digital currencies like bitcoin.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Illinois students creating video games for social good
CHICAGO (AP) — Students at DePaul University in Chicago are creating video games that raise awareness for mental illnesses and other afflictions.
Monday, January 15, 2018

My guns or my ganja? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal government says grass and guns don’t mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana — and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump — in a potentially uncomfortable position.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Dems try to stand out in state atty general primary

CHICAGO (AP) — Early voting is just weeks away and the Democratic candidates vying for a shot to replace Attorney General Lisa Madigan are raising millions of dollars, crisscrossing Illinois and touting endorsements.  


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Person in custody after Greyhound bus pursuit

WADSWORTH, Ill. (AP) — A person is in custody after a police pursuit of a Greyhound bus near the Wisconsin-Illinois border.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Board warns of school funding 'disruption' with Gov. Rauner veto

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education says Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation related to a revamped education-funding formula could cause “disruption and confusion” to the state’s more-than 800 school districts. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

UI Hospital investing more in housing for homeless

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois Hospital will find housing for 25 additional homeless patients. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

State Farm invests $33M in upgrade to its corporate campuses in Illinois

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — State Farm has spent more than $33 million since 2015 on updating its corporate campuses in Illinois.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Illinois AG says 11-year-old can use medical marijuana while at school

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general’s office on Friday told a federal court it will allow a suburban Chicago school district to administer medical marijuana to an 11-year-old leukemia patient to treat her for seizure disorders 

The commitment made to U.S. District Judge John Blakey came two days after the student’s parents sued Schaumburg-based District 54 and the state for the girl’s right to take medical marijuana at school. Illinois’ medical cannabis law prohibits possessing or using marijuana on school grounds or buses. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Forest preserve in Champaign Co. could be state's first Dark-Sky Park

PENFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A forest preserve in central Illinois is making specific lighting changes that have it poised to become the state’s first certified Dark-Sky Park.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

LLCC opens bistro staffed by culinary students

SPRINGFIELD — Bistro Verde, Lincoln Land Community College’s student-run café, will be open during the spring 2018 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Teacher shortage continues to plague Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A teacher shortage continues to plague Illinois, especially its southern counties. A new survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools finds nearly 80 percent of districts have fewer teachers than they need.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Illinois is reviewing new Medicaid work requirement guideline

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Medicaid officials say they’re reviewing new federal guidelines that would let states require “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients to work.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Parents sue for girl, 11, to use medical pot at school

CHICAGO (AP) — The parents of a suburban Chicago elementary school student suffering from leukemia are suing a Schaumburg-based school district and the state of Illinois for her to have the right to take medical marijuana at school.


Friday, January 12, 2018

UIS to open 1st student union

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois Springfield is opening its first student union. 


Friday, January 12, 2018

Illinois Capitol certainly had its share of sexual misconduct missteps

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — As the sexual misconduct wave hit Hollywood, the media and other industries last fall, an open letter circulated through the Illinois Capitol demanding an end to a culture of disrespectful treatment of women.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Report shows 75 women strangled or smothered in Chicago since 2001

CHICAGO (AP) — An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has found that at least 75 women have been strangled or smothered over the last 17 years, though arrests have been made in just a third of the cases.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Honor Flight annual meeting Jan. 20, public invited

SPRINGFIELD — Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield Illinois announces the upcoming Annual Meeting to be held Saturday, January 20th, at Lakeside Christian Church hall, located at 226 Toronto Road (I-55, Exit 100 west) in Springfield. Beginning at 1:00 pm, this meeting is open to the public, including veterans, guardian escorts, volunteers and supporters of LLHF. 


Friday, January 12, 2018

Illinois to replace plumbing amid Legionnaire's crisis in Quincy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner emerged Wednesday from a weeklong stay at a military veterans’ home beset by a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak and announced the state will replace the plumbing at the sprawling, 130-year-old site. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Photography workshop at Rock Springs

DECATUR — Explore outdoor winter photography with members of the Decatur Camera Club at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, January 28 from 2-4 p.m. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

APL pet adoptions are planned for this weekend

 SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at a variety of local businesses this weekend. On Saturday, January 13, adoptable cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and adoptable dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m. at PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, Springfield. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Transgender inmate to moved from current prison
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a transgender woman say Illinois’ Department of Corrections has agreed to move her from her current male prison where she says she’s suffered brutal abuse by guards and inmates.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Democratic state senator drops Sec of State bid
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will run uncontested in the Democratic primary after state Sen. Michael Hastings dropped out of the race.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Illinois priest charged with child porn
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Catholic priest has been arrested in southern Illinois on child pornography charges. 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ex-staffer sues Rauner
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s former communications director is suing the administration over emails on the signing of a controversial plan allowing taxpayer-funded abortions.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lawmakers to query Rauner on Quincy
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers demanded Tuesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration deliver a permanent plan for controlling deadly Legionnaires’ disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wisconsin launches ad campaign to lure Chicago millennials to relocate
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s job-creation agency has launched a push to convince Chicago-area millennials to leave the big city and relocate to Wisconsin in hopes of boosting the state’s workforce.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As many as 18 states may introduce sports betting bills in 2018, Illinois one
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new report predicts 18 states will introduce bills to regulate sports betting this year, with 11 having a good chance of passing legislation.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Aurora to host ultimate Frisbee championship
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Aurora officials will host a major ultimate Frisbee event this summer when USA Ultimate brings its 2018 Masters Championships to the area.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Rauner vetoes education funding legislation
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed school funding legislation, saying it wouldn’t let about three dozen private schools participate in a new scholarship program.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Group announces opposition to Obama Center
CHICAGO (AP) — The proposed Obama Presidential Center has aroused the opposition of a group of University of Chicago professors, faculty and staff.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Davis issues statement on rural prosperity
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) on Monday evening released this statement after President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation and released a report on rural prosperity. Trump is the first sitting president to address the American Farm Bureau Federation since President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chicago listed third in nation for bedbugs
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore has earned a buggy distinction for the second year in a row.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Health director says he would put father at Quincy home
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health says he wouldn’t hesitate to place his elderly father at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Department of Revenue issues 1.0 multiplier to Christian Co.
SPRINGFIELD, IL, Christian County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Democratic Illinois AG candidates vow to fight Trump policies
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic candidates in the crowded field for Illinois attorney general vowed Monday to fight policies enacted by President Donald Trump’s administration during one of their first candidate forums ahead of the March primary.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chicago- mobster with cancer freed

CHICAGO (AP) — A purported suburban Chicago mobster has been released from jail where he’d been awaiting trial on gun charges because he’s terminally ill with prostate cancer. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

Historian finds what appears to be a pressed flower from Lincoln's casket

LOCKPORT, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois historian has found what appears to be a pressed flower from Abraham Lincoln’s casket. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

Illinois AG offers guide on used-car buying

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is reminding residents of consumer protections when it comes to buying used cars. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

Baby giraffe, 122 lbs. and 5-foot-10, born at Peoria Zoo

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A female baby giraffe was born at the Peoria Zoo weighing 122 pounds and measuring 5-feet and 10-inches tall.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Flu season appears to be peaking early in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — State records show that the flu season in Illinois appears to be peaking early this year.


Monday, January 8, 2018

IPC: Camphor products can be cause for concern

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The holidays may be over, but cold and flu season is far from finished. Between now and the end of winter, parents and caregivers across the state will scour their local pharmacies for relief from cold or flu symptoms for themselves and their children. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

'Lincoln's Sense of Humor' author featured at annual banquet

SPRINGFIELD — The author of the new book Lincoln's Sense of Humor will be the featured speaker at the annual Abraham Lincoln Association Symposium Banquet on Monday, February 12 in Springfield.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Group tries to save Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana
WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is trying to prevent a commercial building in northwestern Montana designed by the famed architect from being demolished.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Judge won't let alleged victim bring support dog to trial
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A McLean County judge says a teenager cannot be accompanied by a support dog when she testifies in an upcoming trial of a man charged with sexually abusing her.  
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Suburban libraries training employees to help homeless
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Suburban Chicago libraries are trying to become more friendly and helpful to the homeless.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

McCormick Place launches visitor app named after employee
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials at Chicago’s McCormick Place have launched a free app for visitors, naming it after a guest information manager who has worked at the convention center for nearly two decades.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Official: Flight diverted after man soils two plane bathrooms
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was diverted to Alaska after a passenger was accused of soiling two lavatories and trying to flush his shirt down a toilet, officials said Friday.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Durbin calls for federal help to end Legionnaires' crisis
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It’s unlikely that the bacteria that led to the deaths of 13 military veterans from Legionnaires’ disease since 2015 can be eliminated, federal health officials said Friday in a report on a continuing outbreak of the deadly malady at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Quincy working to keep veterans home
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is responding in an unconventional way to criticism of his administration’s handling of outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans home that have left 13 dead. His office says the Republican has moved into the home for several days to get a better idea of how it operates.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Wright preservation groups seeks to rescue building
WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is making an 11th-hour effort to save one of the last buildings designed by the famous architect.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Transgender inmate seeks transfer to female prison
CHICAGO (AP) — A 26-year-old transgender Chicago woman serving a 10-year sentence for burglary is seeking a rare transfer from a male to a female prison where she says she’ll be less vulnerable to abuse.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Christian group files US complaint on Illinois abortion law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Christian advocacy group has filed a federal complaint over an Illinois law requiring health care providers to discuss abortion with pregnant women.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Former ISU player Lynch arrested in Minnesota for alleged sexual assault
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota standout Reggie Lynch faces suspension over an alleged violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policy after a second woman accused him of assault, according to newspaper reports published Friday citing a school investigation.
Friday, January 5, 2018

U of Illinois recommendes extending in-state tuition freeze
CHICAGO –The University of Illinois System has proposed extending a tuition freeze for in-state freshmen to a fourth straight year next fall, matching its longest consecutive rate freeze in more than four decades, President Tim Killeen announced today.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Talking history at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois History Forum returns to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in 2018 with sessions on Lincoln, Lewis and Clark, Ronald Reagan and Ulysses S. Grant.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017 was 6th warmest year on record in Illinois
Champaign, Ill. – 2017 was the sixth warmest year on record in Illinois with a statewide average temperature of 54.3 degrees, or 2 degrees above normal, in spite of the extreme cold ending to December.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Rauner staying at Quincy Veterans Home
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is staying at the Quincy Veterans Home where 13 people have died and dozens sickened from Legionnaires’ disease.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

2 men are suspected of breaking into video gaming terminals
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials are looking for information about two men they say have been breaking into video gaming terminals in central Illinois and stealing cash.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Taxpayers give $36M to scholarships on 1st day of new credit
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says taxpayers pledged more than $36 million for private school scholarships on the first day donors became eligible for a new state tax credit.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Medical marijuana in Illinois sees slow growth
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois could see changes this year that expand access to medical marijuana, as operators say the number of patients allowed to buy the drug is too low to recoup investments.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Races for governor, state legislature are key for redistricting
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, Democrats will wage a renewed battle this year to wrest control of Congress from Republicans.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

86-year-old Peoria woman dies from cold exposure
LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service continues to issue wind chill advisories for parts of northern and central Illinois as the state sees frigid conditions.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Illinois plans to offer high school equivalency alternatives
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Community College Board is planning to roll out several alternative ways people can earn their high school equivalency certificate other than passing a test. The board plans to offer the other methods by the fall of 2018 and get more people into the workforce pipeline.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018










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