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Illinois' 200th celebration gets late start, low budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is on the brink of its bicentennial bash , but political skirmishing that has battered the state could be blamed for late party planning, a comparatively low budget — and ultimately, its contribution to future generations.
Monday, October 16, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

17-year-old charged in toddler shooting
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 2-year-old.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

$316k gone, Zeigler ex-treasurer indicted
ZEIGLER, Ill. (AP) — An audit has found that a small southern Illinois city’s former treasurer who faces a federal indictment may have stolen nearly $316,000.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

15 attorneys general oppose transgender military ban
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading a group of 15 Democratic attorneys general in opposing President Donald Trump’s administration’s plan to bar transgender individuals from openly serving in the military.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grant equips communities in hard-hit opioid areas
SPRINGFIELD — To fight the opioid epidemic in 18 south-central Illinois rural counties that have been hard hit, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received a grant entitled, “Empowering and Equipping Law Enforcement and Communities in Rural Illinois to Reduce Opioid Overdose,” from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. IDPH will receive more than $2 million in federal funding under this grant over the next four years.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Study to explore Illinois' energy future
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Commerce Commission has launched an 18-month study to explore the use of emerging technologies to improve the state’s electric grid.  The “NextGrid: Illinois’ Utility of the Future” study is the collaborative effort of the ICC, Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, the Herald-Whig reported.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Teen charged in fatal shooting of 2-yr.-old
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A 17-year-old has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old Illinois boy.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Some full scholarships to UI med school
NURBANA, Ill. (AP) — The first class of students to be accepted to the University of Illinois’ new medical school will receive about $200,000 worth of free tuition.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Justice Kagan speaks in Chicago today
CHICAGO (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was scheduled to speak at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Monday, October 16, 2017

'Johnny Appleseed' trees to mark event
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Historical Society is offering all 102 counties a tree that descends from an original “Johnny Appleseed” tree as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Chicago Cubs plane diverted to Albuquerque for medical issue
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A flight carrying the Chicago Cubs to Los Angeles was diverted to New Mexico early Friday due to a medical issue on board. 
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Southern Illinois massage therapist convicted of assault
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Jurors in southern Illinois have convicted a male massage therapist of assaulting a woman during a massage in Edwardsville in 2015.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Illinois roadway named in honor of state's 1st black sheriff
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A stretch of central Illinois highway has been renamed in honor of the state’s first African-American sheriff.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gun control measures proposed in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — At least two gun control measures could be addressed in the upcoming veto session of the Illinois General Assembly.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Judge refuses to lift freeze on Trump administration policy
CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. district judge in Chicago on Friday denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift a national freeze on a Trump administration policy that seeks to withhold public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities that don’t agree to tougher enforcement of U.S. immigration law.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Crundwell documentary is featured
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A documentary detailing former Dixon bookkeeper Rita Crundwell’s theft of nearly $54 million from the northern Illinois city is scheduled to be shown later this month.
Friday, October 13, 2017

No charges after shooting near Chicago
DYER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana prosecutor says no charges will be filed against officers in the fatal shooting of a suspected car thief following a police chase in south suburban Chicago.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Justice warns cities on immigration law
CHICAGO (AP) — The Justice Department is giving four so-called sanctuary cities a “last chance” to show they’re not thwarting enforcement of U.S. immigration law before possibly losing federal grants that help pay for public safety equipment.  
Friday, October 13, 2017

University of Illinois is creating a free-speech task force
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is appointing a task force to develop policies to avoid issues with disruptions while maintaining free speech and a welcoming environment, as several colleges across the U.S. deal with protests interrupting political speakers.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Union: prison-inmate assaults on officers are up 51 percent
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are cutting costs by putting violent prisoners in less-secure prisons, a driver behind a 51 percent increase in inmate assaults over two years, a state employee union said Thursday.
Friday, October 13, 2017

$16M federal grant will increase Chicago's electric fleet
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s effort to increase electric transportation has received a $15.5 million federal grant.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Judge: Man unfit for trial in shooting of Amtrak conductor
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A retired federal law enforcement officer from Wisconsin has been found mentally unfit to stand trial for the May shooting of an Amtrak conductor.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Chinese scholar: Man pleads not guilty to new charge
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A 28-year-old accused in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China has pleaded not guilty to a new, more serious charge of kidnapping resulting in death.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Judge: Pipeline can keep running
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Dakota Access oil pipeline can continue operating while a study is completed to assess its environmental impact on an American Indian tribe.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Chicago-area soda tax is repealed
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago-area’s penny-per-ounce tax on soda and sweetened drinks was repealed Wednesday after a monthslong conflict that included a court battle and millions of dollars’ worth of television ads on both sides.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

24 get 'genius grants' from MacArthur Foundation
CHICAGO (AP) — A director who has taken opera from the concert hall to the streets of Los Angeles and an organizer who helped put a human face on the plight of young undocumented immigrants are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of the so-called genius grants.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WWI's neglected monuments getting spruced up
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A World War I monument in Rhode Island no longer bears the names of soldiers who died fighting; the bronze plaques were stolen decades ago. A statue of a WWI soldier in New York City has a dented helmet and missing rifle. The wooden rifle stack on top of a monument in Washington state has rotted away. Trees memorializing soldiers from Worcester, Massachusetts, have died.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Man who says he was blinded by foul ball sues Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who was left blind in one eye — at least temporarily — and may ultimately lose the eye after a foul ball struck him in the face at Wrigley Field this summer has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball, alleging that they have failed to install enough safety netting to protect him and other fans.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nobel goes to man who made economics human
WASHINGTON (AP) — People make poor economic choices. They don’t save enough for retirement. They refuse to cut their losses on plummeting investments because they won’t own up to mistakes. They buy houses and stocks when prices are high, thinking that what’s going up today will keep going up tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mother of 7 is accused of threatening FBI mole
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago mother of seven is accused of urging Facebook followers to kill a gang member-turned-FBI mole for his role in a sting that put an associate of hers behind bars on charges he tried to sell semi-automatic rifles stolen from a freight train, court documents show.  
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Man sues Cubs, says foul ball at Wrigley blinded him in eye
CHICAGO (AP) — A man is suing the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball after he was struck in the face by a foul ball at Wrigley Field and left blind in one eye.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Dolphins assistant resigns, seeking help
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned Monday and said he was seeking medical help after a social media video surfaced appearing to show him snorting three lines of a white powdery substance at a desk.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Illinois awards $22M in tax credits for affordable housing
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has awarded more than $22.5 million in federal tax credits to help fund 20 new affordable housing developments.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Suspect in shooting of Illinois deputy arrested in Georgia
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A 27-year-old man has been arrested in Georgia in the shooting of a sheriff’s deputy in northern Illinois during a September traffic stop.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Rupp wins men's Chicago Marathon
CHICAGO (AP) — An American has won the men’s Chicago Marathon for the first time since 2002.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Chicago-area Ernest Hemingway museum to close Sunday
OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — Organizers of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park say the nonprofit historical museum in the Chicago suburb will close Sunday.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Undertakers' records a 'missing link' in Peoria genealogy
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — For years, dusty, battered volumes of records from the 19th and early 20th century have been stored in boxes in a forgotten corner of the Peoria County Courthouse.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Construction makes for teachable moments at school
LASALLE, Ill. (AP) — The work going on at St. Bede Academy in LaSalle gives students real-world examples of classroom concepts just outside their windows.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Teens, counselers talk suicide prevention for students

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — When a teenager spends seven hours a day in school, counselors can find themselves helping with mental health issues that, for some students, may include thoughts of suicide.

 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Rauner declares October Built in Illinois Month
ELGIN, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday kicked off National Manufacturing Month by proclaiming October Built in Illinois Month to showcase the importance of the industry to the Illinois economy.   
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Univ. of Illinois leads $25-million military intiative
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is leading a $25 million initiative to develop an “internet of battlefield things.”
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wheels to Prosper helps deserving Central A&M student get back on the road

By GRAHAM MILLDRUM

Effingham Daily News

 

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — Blake Barnes, a Central A&M student from Moweaqua, won a used vehicle in early September that he says will help him take part in the new Shelby County CEO program.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Rauner expresses doubt on state funds for Obama library
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he doubts the state can afford to help pay for infrastructure work around the proposed Obama Presidential Center.
Friday, October 6, 2017

4 Illinois men arrested for torturing and killing piglets

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — Four people from southern Illinois have been arrested on charges of theft and animal torture after they allegedly stole piglets and killed them.

 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Road closes to allow snakes to cross
WOLF LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois has closed one of its roads to ensure the safety of snake species that cross it on their way to hibernate.  
Friday, October 6, 2017

Illinois woman's cheerleading dream finally becomes a reality

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — At a shade past 10 on a blustery late-summer’s eve, Nancy Fischer gathered her supportive and smile-fueled family and proclaimed:

“Boy, was that fun, but I don’t want to make a career of this,” Fischer, as first-rate and charming as they come, said after realizing her dream of being a high school cheerleader, 61 years after graduating from high school.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Rauner expresses doubt on state funds for Obama library
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he doubts the state can afford to help pay for infrastructure work around the proposed Obama Presidential Center.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Scholar's family 'sorrowful' at new charge
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Family members of a missing University of Illinois scholar from China say they’re “sorrowful and grieved” that there’s more evidence to show she has died.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bomb threats evacuate students in 4 Springfield schools
SPRINGFIELD — Bomb threats led to the evacuation this morning of four Springfield schools.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Illinois deputy captured

EARLVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in north central Illinois say they’ve captured a former LaSalle County sheriff’s deputy wanted for contacting the mother of the teenage girl he’s accused of holding against her will.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

This weekend: Take a scenic drive, learn about gangsters, watch weaving demo
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Suspect in U of I disappearance charged
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned a superseding indictment against a man accused in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Congressmen say Rauner 'let down' Illinois on abortion
CHICAGO (AP) - Republicans in Illinois' congressional delegation are criticizing Gov. Bruce Rauner for signing legislation expanding taxpayer-funded abortion.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Programs planned celebrating Miners' Day and Mother Jones

MT. OLIVE, Ill. — Two programs that celebrate Miners' Day, Mother Jones and her boys will be presented at Union Miners' Cemetery located in Mt. Olive Illinois on Sunday, October 15 at 12 and 1 p.m. 

 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Phones left behind after Illinois casino robbery could help police
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A cellphone found after an armed robbery at a southwestern Illinois casino that left a guard injured could boost authorities’ investigation. 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

University of Illinois to receive Roger Ebert memorabilia
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Movie-related memorabilia collected during late film critic Roger Ebert’s tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times will become part of a University of Illinois collection. 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Baby born after pregnant mother was fatally shot has died
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a baby girl who was born after her pregnant mother was shot to death on Chicago’s far South Side has died too.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Opioid overdose reversal drug more readily available

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. today announced the release of the Illinois Naloxone Standing Order (Standing Order).  This Standing Order makes a drug that is able to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose more readily available to first responders and the community.

 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Man charged in crash driving 135 mph
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a 62-year-old charged in a deadly suburban Chicago car crash was driving about 135 mph. 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Court removes judge from civil case
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has removed a Chicago judge from a pending wrongful death case in civil court for the second time in two years.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pumpkin crop makes healthy return
MORTON, Ill. (AP) — Agriculture experts say pumpkin crops in central Illinois are still recovering, but improving two years after heavy rain decimated area yields.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

High school reinstated after hazing
SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago school district has reinstated a high school football team after determining alleged hazing by team members wasn’t criminal in nature.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lincoln Library records history of Illinois sports
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Oral History Program is proud to release a new collection of interviews telling the story of high school sports in Illinois through the words of students, coaches, referees, broadcasters and administrators. 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Conservatives threaten Rauner with primary over abortion law

By JOHN O’CONNOR

AP Political Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Conservatives furious about Gov. Bruce Rauner’s expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois are threatening to put up a challenger against the first-term governor in next spring’s Republican primary.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Blackburn offering free tuition for low-income students
CARLINVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A liberal arts college in Illinois is offering free tuition to area families earning less than $60,000 a year. 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Poet's papers given to University of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has announced it has obtained a collection of papers from poet Haki Madhubuti (HAH’-kee mod-uh-BOO’-tee). 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Quincy collects 425 tons of trash in city cleanup
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Officials in Quincy have collected 425 tons of trash during a citywide cleanup. 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Critics complain about coal regulations

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to overhaul state regulations on the last of Illinois’ coal-fired power plants, a move his administration says will help a struggling industry but critics argue will lead to dirtier air in Illinois and other states.   

 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Counties prepare for bail reform to take effect
 SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois counties are preparing to meet the requirements of a bail reform law taking effect next year.
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Grant to help businesses export goods
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is getting an $890,000 federal grant to help small businesses in the state better export their goods. 
Friday, September 29, 2017

Young man convicted in fatal shooting near U of I

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A young man has been convicted in a fatal shooting during a 2016 party near the University of Illinois campus.


Friday, September 29, 2017

30 arrested in Cook Co. amid federal immigration sweep

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal immigration officials say they arrested 30 people in Cook County as part of a nationwide sweep targeting “sanctuary” jurisdictions, which limit local authorities’ cooperation in immigration investigations.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Ex-Rep. Reynolds guilty of tax charges

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has convicted former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds on charges he failed to file tax returns for income he made while consulting for Chicago businessmen in Africa.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Prof, Oxford staffer enter pleas today
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee have pleaded not guilty in a Chicago stabbing death that prosecutors called “exceptionally brutal.”
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Chicago suing Equifax over breach
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is suing the credit reporting company Equifax over a data breach that exposed personal information of about 143 million people.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Conor's Law enacted to protect young DUI offenders
CARLINVILLE – Police in Illinois would have to make a reasonable attempt to find a responsible adult to take custody of anyone under the age of 21 who has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs under a new law that was prompted by the 2015 death of a college student from Staunton.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rauner encourages donations for hurricane survivors
CHICAGO — Governor Bruce Rauner and Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti are encouraging Illinois residents to help the millions of Americans struggling to recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria by donating money or time to trusted voluntary, faith-and-community-based charitable organizations. 
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Top execs lead effort to bring Amazon headquarters to Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Some of Chicago’s top business executives are leading the effort to bring online retailer Amazon’s second headquarters to the area. 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lack of players forces school to end football season early
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago high school has decided to end its football season with three games left because it cannot field enough players.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sessions asks judge to limit sanctuary injunction
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to limit a federal judge’s order blocking the Trump Administration’s efforts to keep law enforcement grant money from sanctuary cities.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Man exonerated settles suite for $9M
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A former suburban Chicago man who was freed from prison after his conviction for a 1999 murder was thrown out because of invalid evidence will receive $9 million in a settlement with law enforcement agencies involved in the case.  
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Judge walks tightrope in shooting case

CHICAGO (AP) — The last time the Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald was in court, the judge told two teams of lawyers that he wanted one to return to court Wednesday and the other on Thursday so there was no chance they would “cross paths.” 

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Appeals court: Singapore blogger should get US asylum
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal immigration appeals court has sided with a Chicago immigration judge’s decision to grant asylum to a teenage blogger from Singapore.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Carnival worker accused of touching girls
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say a carnival worker who’s accused of touching two teenage girls at a festival in Louisiana has been arrested.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Chicago cops photographed taking a knee are facing reprimands
CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago police officers are facing reprimands after they were photographed kneeling alongside an activist in what she called a show of support for NFL players protesting police brutality and racism.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Patients get help for non-medical issues
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federally funded program is helping low-income patients in Springfield address non-medical issues with legal assistance.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

High school suspends football, hazing
SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago high school has suspended varsity football activities amid an investigation into alleged hazing involving the team.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

VFW raffle winner claims $1.6M
MORRIS, Ill. (AP) — There is a winner of a nearly $1.6 million Illinois VFW raffle that was delayed after it was discovered to be technically illegal.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mass to focus on domestic violence
CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago will have a Mass for domestic violence awareness and outreach on Saturday.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Quake drill participation encouraged
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials are encouraging Illinois residents to participate in an earthquake safety drill next month.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

5 at Bloomington arena are indicted
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Five former managers of Bloomington’s city-owned arena have been indicted on a total 111 counts including money laundering and wire fraud.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Gov 'strongly disagrees' with protests
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he “strongly disagrees” with NFL players protesting during the national anthem.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Autumn tour of conservation areas being offered
DECATUR, Ill. — Join Macon County Conservation District staff for a tour of District sites on Sunday, October 1 from 2-4p.m. During the Conservation Areas in Fall tour, a naturalist will drive you to conservation sites you may not be aware of. Participants will look for wildlife, colorful fall foliage, and hear what restoration work is underway at each stop. 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Springfield-based unit mobilizes for Kuwait
SPRINGFIELD — Approximately 800 people crowded into the LRS Hanger of the Springfield Capital Airport to see off about 135 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers who will deploy to Kuwait.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Payments for mental health treatment often denied
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A report says frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid crisis.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Researchers to study pulmonary disorders in Sangamon County
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Researchers will use grant money to study Sangamon County neighborhoods to determine those with high levels of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Suburban Chicago man charged with killing ex girlfriend, son
STONE PARK, Ill. (AP) — Police say a west-suburban Chicago man faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and 4-year-old son.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Barbara Blaine, founder of abuse victims group SNAP, dies
CHICAGO (AP) — Barbara Blaine, the founder and former president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has died. She was 61.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Peoria police helped shape new surveillance robot
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The tactical maneuvers that Peoria police officers practiced Sept. 5 during a day of training in vacant riverfront restaurants featured a high-tech tool that the officers themselves helped develop.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Candidates scramble in unexpected open Illinois attorney general race
CHICAGO (AP) — The race to become Illinois’ next chief legal officer is off to a furious start after Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s sudden announcement that she wouldn’t seek a fifth term.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Skeletal remains belong to missing 13-year-old
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Skeletal remains found this summer near a central Illinois home have been identified as belonging to 13-year-old Robert Bee Jr. who had been missing since last year.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Illinois gov vetoes plan to require teaching cursive
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected a measure requiring Illinois elementary schools to teach cursive writing.  
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cook County parentage court for unwed parents quietly disappears
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County’s parentage court has been abolished in response to a new round of possible legal action over its constitutionality and an acknowledgment of larger social changes. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

E. St. Louis regains control over its housing authority
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — The city of East St. Louis has regained control of its housing authority after three decades, though it still has some federal oversight.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bat found near chuch in Kankakee tests positive for rabies
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Services at a Kankakee church have been moved after a bat found near it tested positive for rabies.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gov. vetoes privacy measure
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation requiring mobile applications that track user locations to get permission first and to outline how that data will be used.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Deputy shot; stopped car sought after 2 police chases
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in northern Illinois has been shot and wounded in Rockford after stopping a vehicle that had been involved in earlier police chases.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Illinois selects new management for state lottery
CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois has chosen a private firm to manage its lottery.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nominations open for military economic committee
CHICAGO — Veterans and individuals with defense industry backgrounds from across the State of Illinois can apply now to serve on the Illinois Military Economic Development Committee. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

LLCC celebrates 14th annual Multicultural Fest
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to its 14th annual Multicultural Fest Wednesday, Oct. 4. The event takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. outside A. Lincoln Commons on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Rd. LLCC Outreach Centers in Beardstown, Jacksonville, Litchfield and Taylorville will also host celebrations in October. The events are free and open to the public. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

ISP to promote rail safety enforcement Sept. 24-30
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police District 09 is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, September 24-30.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Earthquakes in Illinois have a destructive history; 2 minor quakes in county

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — Most of the nation’s costliest earthquakes have occurred in the Pacific region, from California to Alaska.  Illinois has not – or at least, not yet ---suffered such devastation. 


Saturday, September 23, 2017

SIU-C's Touch of Nature sponsoring free community paddling event Oct. 7

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- What better way is there to appreciate a fall day in Southern Illinois than by paddling on a scenic lake?

 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mental exams are ordered for suspect in Mattoon shooting
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A judge ordered a central Illinois high school student to undergo mental evaluations and remain in juvenile custody after the freshman was charged with opening fire in the school cafeteria and injuring another student.
Friday, September 22, 2017

FBI warns of consequences making social media threats
CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI’s new public service campaign designed to make people think before making social media threats includes the voice of someone who has made them.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Man gets 20 year senence for attack on 94 yr.-old vet
CHICAGO (AP) — A 20-year prison sentence was handed to a Chicago man who pleaded guilty to attacking a 94-year-old World War II veteran.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Woman injured by broken door gets $4.5M
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A DuPage County jury has awarded $4.5 million to an Aurora woman injured when a metal door closer at a suburban Chicago bank detached and struck her in the head.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Man gets 20 year senence for attack on 94 yr.-old vet
CHICAGO (AP) — A 20-year prison sentence was handed to a Chicago man who pleaded guilty to attacking a 94-year-old World War II veteran.
Friday, September 22, 2017

NIU employees could get salary hike
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University’s acting president says she plans to request a 3 percent salary increase for university employees.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Granite City port gets $700,000 federal grant
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — America’s Central Port in the Mississippi River town of Granite City is receiving a $700,000 federal grant for rail and roadway improvements to spur business growth in the region.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Health care exchange rates to jump
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A report from an Illinois agency says residents who buy insurance on the state’s health care exchange could see rate increases for the lowest-priced plans by 2018.
Friday, September 22, 2017

SIUE students respond to hate incidents on campus
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Students at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are responding to incidents of racism on campus by writing messages of peace on a door propped up in the campus quad.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bloomington Zoo opens new exhibit featuring six species
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois zoo has two new exhibits featuring six species, including a 17-foot-long snake.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lawyer for player accused of attack speaks
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for one of the five Wheaton College football players accused of attacking another player is wondering why it took authorities well over a year to file charges in a case where the school meted out its punishment months ago.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pregnant officer forced to take leave
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the police department refused to modify her duties when she became pregnant, wouldn’t provide a protective vest that covered her growing belly and then forced her to take unpaid leave months before she gave birth.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Father kills sons, set house on fire
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Bloomington, Illinois, say a 33-year-old man hid his family’s cellphones, killed his two children and intentionally set a house fire before hanging himself.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Court upholds Peterson conviction
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mattoon student in stable condition
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — A teacher subdued a male student who fired shots and wounded another student in a central Illinois high school cafeteria on Wednesday morning, police said.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

APL cat, dog adoptions 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, September 23, cats will available from 11 a..m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart at 3183 South Veterans Parkway. 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Memorial offers free hands-on healthcare program
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center has launched a new program to help students and community members learn more about healthcare careers.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

New art exhibit opens at llinois State Museum
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Museum in Springfield has opened a new art exhibition featuring large-scale paintings by Illinois artists – The Big Picture: Large-Scale Paintings from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. The Big Picture presents a selection of paintings that explore some of the top stylistic and conceptual approaches to large-scale painting during these three decades, featuring both abstract and figurative works. 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Illinois corn and soybean harvest considerations
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA’s September predictions for Illinois corn and soybean yield are 189 and 58 bushels per acre, respectively. According to University of Illinois agronomist Emerson Nafziger, these are good yields after the challenges of the 2017 season. As we head into harvest, Nafziger provides considerations for farmers looking to minimize last-minute yield losses.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Active shooter arrested at Mattoon High today
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — Officials at Mattoon High School say police have someone in custody after one person was wounded during a shooting.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Equinox celebration this Sunday
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — The moment when day and night are equal is almost here, and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site plans to welcome it with a special event at the “Woodhenge” solar calendar.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rauner signs law tightening civil forfeiture requirements
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making it harder for authorities to confiscate property from crime suspects.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

UIS to hold 1st responder training with state agency
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois Springfield is scheduled to train more than 20 first responders on ways to protect children and families.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fugitive Chicago police sergeant is arrested after years on the run
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police sergeant wanted on federal drug and conspiracy charges was arrested in Detroit after nearly 15 years on the run, the FBI announced Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hundreds visit Exelon open house
BYRON, Ill. (AP) — Whenever he sees Exelon’s twin nearly 500-foot tall cooling towers gusting water vapor, 7-year-old Evan Northrup mentions to anyone who will listen “they’re making the clouds.”
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Activist deported to Jordan from Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday to show their support for a Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Jerusalem prior to her deportation to Jordan.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Illinoisians urged to register for earthquake drill
SPRINGFIELD — On Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m., millions of people in the U.S. and around the globe will take a few minutes to practice three simple actions that could save their lives during a major earthquake. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and municipal and county emergency management agencies are encouraging Illinois residents to drop, cover and hold on during The Great Shake Out earthquake drill. 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

White explains Child Passenger Protection Act
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White encouraged parents and caregivers to make sure children travel in the proper car seat or booster seat as they grow. White stated that as children get older; their car seat needs to be changed.  National Child Passenger Safety Week runs from September 17 to September 23.  
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ISU announces $150-million fundraising campaign
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University is launching its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sec. of State warns of hurricane investor scams
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has a word of warning for investors: Recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida will likely produce investment scams.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Small earthquake reported in Illinois; felt in three states
ALBION, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a small earthquake in southeastern Illinois was felt across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Activist to be deported
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Jerusalem will be deported to Jordan on Tuesday, her spokesman said.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Program pairs students with disabled
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A summer job has turned into a new Bishop McNamara High School program, thanks to senior Amanda Graf.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wheaton College football players accused in hazing face felony charges
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Five members of a Christian college football team in suburban Chicago face felony charges in the hazing of another team member who alleges they duct-taped his hands and feet and attempted to sodomize him with an object before dumping him half-naked in an off-campus park.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

County uses grant to aid endangered bumblebee
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois county will use a $5,500 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore a habitat for an endangered bumble bee.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New state law lifts restrictions on crossbow hunting
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new state law means that hunters in Illinois can use crossbows during archery hunting seasons.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

WWII veteran to be awarded French Legion honor
BATAVIA, Ill. (AP) — A 97-year-old World War II veteran will be given the highest honor France bestows on non-citizens for his service.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Chicago area mechanics at dealerships end strike
CHICAGO (AP) — Mechanics at Chicago-area auto dealerships have approved a four-year contract, ending a strike that lasted for seven weeks.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Governor signs China cooperation agreement
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has wrapped up a nine-day trade mission to China.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Fed-up Illinois legislators are heading for the political exit in big numbers
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents aren’t the only ones throwing up their hands at the gridlock and increasingly polarized politics that have defined state government in recent years. More and more, fed-up and frustrated Illinois legislators are heading for the exits.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Giant Abraham Lincoln sculpture to be on display at Peoria River front
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A museum in Peoria is preparing to install a 31-foot-tall, 19-ton painted bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln standing with a modern-day man holding the Gettysburg Address.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Clock will play music in Effingham
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — A law firm in downtown Effingham has added a more than 500-pound cast-iron clock that will play music.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Irma damage a reminder of Florida's vulnerability
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Veterans Small Business Roadshow, an event especially for veterans and military personnel who are interested in starting a new business, or improving or expanding an existing business, is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Monday, September 18, 2017

'Veterans Small Business Roadshow' coming to SIU Carbondale Sept. 26
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Veterans Small Business Roadshow, an event especially for veterans and military personnel who are interested in starting a new business, or improving or expanding an existing business, is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Rauner ending trade mission with visit to Chinese university
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is wrapping up a visit to Japan and China for his administration’s first international trade mission.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Buffett becomes interim sheriff in Illinois
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett was sworn in Friday as interim sheriff of Macon County in central Illinois.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Illinois video gambling revenue continues to grow
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Video gambling revenues are continuing to rise, five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Judge: Sessions can't deny grant money for sanctuary cities
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions can’t follow through — at least for now — with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to Chicago and other so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to impose new tough immigration policies, a judge ruled Friday in a legal defeat for the Trump administration.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

White urges students to enter "Letters About Literature" competition
SPRINGFIELD — Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging students in grades 4 through 12 to enter the 2018 “Letters About Literature” contest — a national reading and writing competition.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Governor Rauner arrives in China during his first international trade mission

SHANGHAI, China  – Gov. Bruce Rauner arrived in Shanghai, China, for the next stop in his first international trade mission of his administration. The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) greeted the governor and the team of Illinois delegates working to build stronger business, cultural and educational relationships with its Asian partners.


Friday, September 15, 2017

ISU begins $33M renovation project

 NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University officials say a $33 million renovation project will create a more welcoming atmosphere for the campus.


Friday, September 15, 2017

AG Madigan won't seek re-election in 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced today that she won’t seek re-election to a fifth term, reversing previous public statements that she would run again in 2018. 


Friday, September 15, 2017

St. Louis officer acquitted in black killing

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A white former police officer was acquitted today in the 2011 death of a black man who was fatally shot following a high-speed chase, with the judge declaring that he could not be swayed by "partisan interests, public clamor or fear of criticism."


Friday, September 15, 2017

Some public universities see decline in enrollment
CHICAGO (AP) — Most public universities in Illinois have seen enrollment decreases this year as they recover from a two-year state budget impasse, but enrollment continues to increase at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

EPA delays rules limiting coal wastewater
CHICAGO (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it’s postponing portions of an Obama-era rule to curb water pollution from coal-fired power plants while it considers whether to rewrite the measure.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kennedy picks activist as running mate
CHICAGO (AP) — Christopher Kennedy has chosen a man who lost his son to gun violence in Chicago as his running mate in a bid to become the Democratic candidate for Illinois governor.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

9th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry will set up Civil War encampment Sept. 16

METAMORA, Ill. — Step back in time to 1863 at the Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site on Sat., Sept. 16 for a living history encampment from 12 noon until 7:00 p.m. 

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cook Co. Jail school reported phony numbers

CHICAGO (AP) — The inspector general for the Chicago Public Schools announced Tuesday that an alternative high school inside Cook County Jail has been falsifying student credits and attendance for years.

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Menopause hormones don't shorten lives after all
CHICAGO (AP) — Taking hormone pills for several years after menopause didn’t shorten older women’s lifespans, according to the longest follow-up yet of landmark research that transformed thinking on risks and benefits of a once popular treatment.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

UI to connect DACA students with legal help
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say they can’t provide legal help to students affected by changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but that they’ll try to connect them with lawyers.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Suicide of teen who made sex video a school dilemma
CHICAGO (AP) — Staff at a suburban Chicago high school called 16-year-old Corey Walgren to the dean’s office to ask about a video he made of himself having sex with a classmate. A few hours later, the teen walked to the top of a five-story parking deck and jumped.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Manners Park among locations for fishing
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2017 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season will open on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. Manners Park pond in Taylorville is among the sites. 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Relighting of DuPage Theatre lamps stirs memories

By KATLYN SMITH

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

LOMBARD, Ill. (AP) — It was the fall of 1954 when a young Pete Kramer went to his first movie at the old DuPage Theatre in Lombard.  


Monday, September 11, 2017

Illinois stocking 80,000 trout ahead of fishing season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Fall trout fishing starts next month in Illinois and the state is stocking about 80,000 rainbow trout to prepare for the season.

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Chicago woman found dead inside hotel's walk-in freezer
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Hotel employees found the body of a missing 19-year-old Chicago woman Sunday inside a suburban hotel’s freezer.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Chicago's lawsuit over sanctuary city threat goes to court
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is asking a federal judge to block President Donald Trump’s administration from following through on its threat to withhold public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Author writes another installment in series

By MATT DUTTON

The Quincy Herald-Whig

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The third installment in the Emotion Belly book series was little more than a dozen or so sketches.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Illinois law requires schools districts now to provide breast-feeding rooms
CHICAGO (AP) — As the school year begins, districts across Illinois will face a new requirement to aid breast-feeding students.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Ex-priest declared sexually violent; fate to be decided
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago priest was deemed to be a sexually violent person by a Cook County judge on Friday, but whether he will be held indefinitely in a facility for sex offenders will be decided later.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Knox Co. has female highway commissioner
DELONG, Ill. (AP) — Elizabeth Bragg didn’t see herself becoming the highway commissioner of Orange Township until her sister recommended she run for the position. She wasn’t serious about the opportunity at first, but after recognizing her potential in the position, she started to invest herself into the role and would win the vote in April 2017.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Oak Brook marking 9/11 with display of 3,000 flags
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago community is marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks with a display of nearly 3,000 American flags. 
Saturday, September 9, 2017

State gets more time in sex fantasy murder case
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge has given prosecutors more time to secure an indictment of an ex-Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee accused in the fatal July stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago as part of an apparent sexual fantasy. 
Saturday, September 9, 2017

How they voted on borrowing, disaster relief
WASHINGTON — The 316-90 roll call Friday by which the House voted to raise the nation's borrowing authority, fund the government through December and provide $15 billion in disaster relief.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Memorial to hold webinar on chemotherapy and the brain
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free webinar on how chemotherapy affects the brain on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), 228 W.. Miller St.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

NIU plans $20 million renovation to student center

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Plans are underway for $20 million in renovations to be made to Northern Illinois University’s Holmes Student Center.

 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Biss names Rockford lawmaker as running mate
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois candidate for governor Daniel Biss is naming a state representative from Rockford as his running mate. 
Friday, September 8, 2017

Chicago vying for 2nd Amazon headquarters
CHICAGO (AP) — A spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago plans to pursue Amazon’s second headquarters.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Invasive species at refuge being removed
MARION, Ill. (AP) — Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is undergoing something of a face-lift by subtraction and addition.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Officer's statements sealed in teen death
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday ruled that statements a white Chicago police officer made to an investigator two days after he fatally shot a black teenager in 2014 cannot be used at his murder trial. 
Friday, September 8, 2017

Man gets 4 life terms plus 280 years
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois judge has sentenced a Rockford man to four life terms plus 280 years in prison in the 2014 killings of his ex-girlfriend, her two young sons and her boyfriend.
Friday, September 8, 2017

ISP car show Saturday
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation (ISPHF) is encouraging vehicle enthusiasts to mark their calendars for the 67th Secretary of State Vehicle Show and Swap Meet, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, in downtown Springfield at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Second Street. The show, which is being co-sponsored by the ISPHF, a charitable not-for-profit organization, is celebrating the service of America’s first responders. 
Friday, September 8, 2017

Memorial's Be Aware Women's Fair October 21
SPRINGFIELD — The Be Aware Women's Fair hosted by Memorial Medical Center will return to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for its eighth annual event on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Workshop: 'Are You Really Polish?' September 24
DECATUR — The general meeting of the Decatur Genealogical Society will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 1 p.m.
Friday, September 8, 2017

U of I begins $60M faculty recruiting effort
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says now the state has a budget the school can officially launch an initiative aimed at recruiting top faculty.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Governor to borrow up to $6B to pay off late bills
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says his administration will borrow money at a lower interest rate to pay off some of the state’s overdue bills. 
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Chicago City Council goes to bat for Cubs with night games

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council is going to bat for the Cubs.  

The council on Wednesday voted to lift for one game a ban on Friday night games at Wrigley Field so that the players can get a little more rest before playing Central Division rival Milwaukee on Friday night.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

SEI Union workers sue
CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the Service Employees International Union Illinois have sued the state of Illinois for failing to make good on pay raises required under the new state budget.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Biss drops running mate
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss has dropped his running mate citing disagreement over a stance on Israel.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Illinois judge denies release of man in custody of immigration enforcement

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge has denied a request to free a man from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, despite his lawyers’ insistence that he should be released under a new law.

 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

FBI: 1 hurt when bomb explodes at East Chicago, Indiana, post office
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — A postal worker was injured when a pipe bomb exploded at a post office in northwestern Indiana, and the FBI said Thursday it is investigating whether it was an act of terrorism.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Legislature hears pros and cons on marijuana legalization

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Law enforcement officials and drug-policy experts took sharply differing stands Wednesday on whether Illinois should legalize general use of marijuana. 

 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Governor plans 8-day trade mission to Japan and China
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner plans his administration’s first international trade mission with an eight-day visit to Japan and China.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Attorneys in Chinese scholar case ask to withdraw
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Three attorneys have asked to withdraw from defending a man charged with kidnapping a University of Illinois scholar from China who is missing and presumed dead.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Police officer delivers his own son in parking lot
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois police officer has delivered his son in a hotel parking lot.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Beware of flood-damaged cars
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Secretary of State Jesse White is warning consumers looking to purchase used vehicles to beware of flood damaged cars resulting from flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. In an effort to protect Illinois consumers, White has instructed his office to closely monitor title applications involving potential flood vehicles from the hurricane.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rauner creates task force to fight the opioid crisis
CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed an executive order creating the governor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. 
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Cousin who saw Emmett Til being kidnapped dies in Chicago at age 74
CHICAGO (AP) — Simeon Wright, who was with his cousin Emmett Till when the Chicago boy was kidnapped in 1955 after whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, has died. He was 74.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2006 Pritzker $100,000 donation to Blagojevich raising some questions

CHICAGO (AP) — A 2006 donation from Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s re-election is raising questions. 

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

State wants priest at facility for offenders
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge is holding a hearing this week to determine whether a former Chicago priest should remain locked up indefinitely at an Illinois facility for sex offenders.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

State spends $14 million on planning for projects that are now mothballed
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois spent $14 million on planning for state universities’ construction projects that have been mothballed, according to a published report. 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Town hit by tornado collects bug spray for Tex.
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois town that had its own deadly natural disaster in 2012 is collecting bug repellant for people who are recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

State sees fewer West Nile
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public health experts say they’re seeing fewer human cases of the West Nile virus this summer but still ask residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites, which cause the infection.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Labor Day weekend in Chicago less violent than last year
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago saw less gun violence over the Labor Day weekend compared to the same weekend last year after the police department flooded the streets with more officers and made a concerted effort to arrest people most likely to be involved in violent crime.  
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Emanuel welcomes DCCA youth at school where a third are illegal
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago students “have nothing to worry about” as President Donald Trump’s administration said it will wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

North Korea detonates largest-ever nuclear text explosion; South fires back
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Following U.S. warnings to North Korea of a “massive military response,” South Korea fired missiles into the sea to simulate an attack on the North’s main nuclear test site today, a day after North Korea detonated its largest-ever nuclear test explosion.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Private school tax credit surprises and riles some
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic-leaning Illinois is the latest state to direct taxpayer money to private schools, a development that’s caught some by surprise and brought condemnation from politically powerful teacher unions and Democrats looking to defeat the Republican governor in 2018.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Illinois financial literacy standards take effect
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills such as balancing a checkbook and putting money into a savings account this school year.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Chicago volunteers bring 'Harvey' pets to Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Volunteers in Chicago have returned from Houston with 43 cats and dogs that their owners in flood-damaged Houston felt they had no choice but to give up for good.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Illinois waives commercial driving test for some veterans
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Veterans no longer must take a written test to obtain a commercial driver’s license in Illinois if they operated a large truck in the military in 2016.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Illinois State Rep. Brandon Phelps resigns
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Rep. Brandon Phelps has stepped down.

The Harrisburg Democrat’s resignation from the seat he’s held in the 118th District in southern Illinois since 2003 was effective Friday.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Posner retiring from appeals court bench in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner, whose acerbic wit and legal opinions made him a legend in legal circles, announced Friday that he is retiring.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Survivor of coup wants to celebrate diversity
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Today’s tense political climate in the United States?
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Chicago burb offering 10 free homes to Harvey victims
HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago suburb is offering 10 free houses to people in Texas who have lost their homes to Harvey.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Residents reporting coyotes with mange
HANOVER PARK, Ill. (AP) — Police in the Chicago suburb of Hanover Park are warning residents that coyotes suffering from mange are being confused for sickly looking stray dogs.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Cancer faker gets longer sentence
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois woman convicted of falsely claiming she and her son had cancer saw her sentence increased after she asked for reconsideration of her original sentence.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Shooting victim's Family seek special prosecutor
CHICAGO (AP) — The family of an unarmed man shot dead by a Chicago police officer six years ago announced Thursday they will seek the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the shooting.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Chicago-area driver arrested on terror charges
CHICAGO (AP) — A 31-year-old truck driver was arrested Thursday at his suburban Chicago home on federal terrorism charges filed in New York. He is accused of being part of a U.S. network that raised money for would-be terrorists to travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants. 
Friday, September 1, 2017

Peoria firemen train for high-rise challenge
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The shout was for more hose as Capt. Mike Wittenmeier pushed down the smoke-filled hallway.
Friday, September 1, 2017

7 Illinois airmen and 1 aircraft to help in Texas after Harvey
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois National Guard says it’s sending seven airmen and a C-130 cargo plane to help with the response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Illinois forest road closing for snake, amphibian migrations
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A 2  1/2 mile-long road in southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest is closing Friday for an annual migration of snakes and amphibians.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Gov signing funding overhaul today
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was set to sign legislation today that will change the way the state funds schools, a plan he said will ensure every child “gets a chance at an excellent education regardless of their parents’ income” or where they live.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Upcoming free archaeological talk to focus on Greater Cahokia area
LEWISTON, Ill. — The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will meet Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Dickson Mounds Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Bill Iseminger, Assistant Site Manager at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, who will present a talk titled “Recent Research in the Greater Cahokia Area”. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. During the business meeting there will be discussion for IVAS members and friends to determine a date and time to visit the Illinois State Museum to view the new display “Prehistoric Dogs: Man’s Best Friends”. Refreshments will be available following the presentation.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Field Museum in Chicago will soon become home to a new dinosaur
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Field Museum will soon be home to a touchable cast of the biggest dinosaur ever discovered, and the museum’s star attraction, a T. rex named Sue, will be moved to her own gallery.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mom and twins die in murder-suicide
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Chicago woman apparently killed her twin 5-year-old daughters before shooting and killing herself.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Change of heart: Chicago wants court supervision
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago changed course Tuesday and said it now wants to carry out far-reaching reforms of its police under strict federal court supervision, abandoning a draft deal on reforms with the Trump administration that envisioned no court role.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Obama Library community group is organized
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will head a community economic development organization created to ensure neighborhoods will benefit from the planned Obama Presidential Center.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

War chant now is prohibited at U of I games
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois chancellor says dropping the school’s “war chant” at sporting events was ultimately his call and that there aren’t plans to eliminate the Fighting Illini nickname or a popular band medley referring to Native Americans.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Governor signs law limiting police on immigration
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will limit how local and state police can cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, a move that puts the first-term Republican at odds with his party on immigration issues.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CPS adding police torture topic to curriculum
CHICAGO (AP) — A police brutality scandal that remains one of the most shameful episodes in the history of Chicago and continues to haunt the city decades after it ended is about to become a topic taught to every student in the nation’s third largest school district. 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Gov says he'll sign off on school funding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate took up a school funding overhaul today that supporters have hailed as “historic,” saying it will increase aid to all of the state’s more than 800 districts and eliminate disparities between rich and poor schools. As of presstime today, the Senate was still in session and no action had been taken.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Illinois governor signs 2 criminal justice measures into law
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will allow authorities to prosecute out-of-state drug dealers for deaths caused by their sales under a measure signed recently by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Chicago-area man on FBI most-wanted list arrested in Mexico
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a Chicago-area man who was on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list and is wanted in the 2009 killing of a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in Mexico.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Decatur sailor who died on USS McCain was 'pride and joy'
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The family of a Decatur sailor who remains were recovered from the USS John S. McCain say they’re “heartbroken with the news and will miss him tremendously.”
Monday, August 28, 2017

Top legislative leaders discuss school funding at Capitol
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders say they’re still working out details of a bipartisan agreement to fund Illinois’ public schools.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Chicago schools adding police torture scandal to curriculum
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most shameful chapters in the story of Chicago is about to be taught to students all over the city.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Governor signs automatic voter registration law
CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a measure Monday allowing automatic voter registration in Illinois, a move that comes a year after he rejected a similar measure over concerns about voter fraud.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Chicago-area soda tax may carry an unwanted political price for its backers
CHICAGO (AP) — When a local government leader passed the deciding vote on a penny-per-ounce soda tax, she said it would generate enough money to balance the county budget while making people in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs healthier.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

State starts countdown to Bicentennial Celebration
KASKASKIA — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Saturday announced the start of the 100 Day Countdown to the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration from Kaskaskia Island, the first State Capitol of Illinois.  The historic setting of the announcement is the site of the “Liberty Bell of the West” and was attended by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, local and regional officials, Bicentennial Commissioners and the public.
Saturday, August 26, 2017












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