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Many Vietnam vets support lifting of the arms embargo
CHICAGO (AP) — The way Terry Neilen sees it, lifting the ban on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam makes sense in the face of China’s growing influence in the region.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016


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Ill. remapping issue step closer to Nov. ballot
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Election officials say a group that wants voters to decide if an independent commission should draw Illinois’ political boundaries appears to have enough valid signatures for November’s ballot.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill that would’ve required universities in Illinois to offer healthy cats and dogs to rescue organizations after animal testing has provoked a dispute between its Democratic sponsor and the University of Illinois.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Grandmother, uncle held in 7-year-old's death
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The grandmother and uncle of a 7-year-old girl who died after a shooting in southwestern Illinois are in custody in connection with the incident.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Illinois farmers see changes in property tax assessments
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois farmers are paying attention to assessed land value as they pay their 2016 property taxes because of a remedy to a disparity that hinged on soil quality.
Monday, May 23, 2016

High court rejects request to reconsider Blagojevich appeal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption convictions.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Task force aiming to prevent veteran suicides meets
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A state-appointed Illinois task force aimed at preventing suicides among veterans has met in Belleville.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Plans shape up for actor Dick Van Dyke to visit Illinois
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The executive director of Dick Van Dyke’s charitable foundation says the 90-year-old actor will take part in events in Danville and suburban Chicago next month.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Governor: Still time to achieve 'grand compromise'
BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says there’s time for Republicans and rank-and-file Democrats to accomplish “a grand compromise” on a balanced budget before the Legislature adjourns May 31.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Budget stalemate erodes interest in some Illinois colleges
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — High school seniors’ unease over the lack of state funding for Illinois universities is contributing to a drop in applications at a number of campuses, and the problem appears to primarily affect schools facing some of the toughest financial struggles.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Senators want higher liability for oil spills
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s U.S. senators want the Department of Transportation to make sure oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes are treated as “offshore” and not “onshore” to ensure the owners will have to pay the full cost of a cleanup if there is a spill.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Iowa landowners challenge pipeline
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Landowners have filed two lawsuits in northwest Iowa in an attempt to block construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline leading to a storage facility in south-central Illinois.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Illinois prisons chief to lead mental health overhaul
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ top corrections official says an overhaul has begun of prison mental health programs following a settlement in a class-action lawsuit.Illinois Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin says he wants the state to be a national model. Baldwin says Gov. Bruce Rauner is committed to making funding available.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Youth police camp now accepting teen participants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) and the American Legion announce plans for the 44th Annual American Legion Youth Police Camp (ALYPC). The camp will again be held at the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield, Illinois, and will run from June 26 through July 1, 2016.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

SIU hosting major solar eclipse workshop in June
CARBONDALE, Ill. – A total solar eclipse that will center on Southern Illinois is still more than a year away, but in astronomical terms that’s only a blink of an eye.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fort de Chartres: Visit the era of trappers and soldiers
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER – The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on June 4 and 5 at the annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Future of Illinois daily fantasy sports bill unclear
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A last-minute push to legalize daily fantasy sports betting in Illinois cleared the state Senate on Thursday, but the bill’s future is in limbo because of some legislative maneuvering.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Hastert to report to prison by June 22
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been ordered to report to prison by June 22 to begin serving a 15-month sentence in his hush-money case.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Two charged in slaying of Chicago family of six
CHICAGO (AP) — Police announced charges Thursday in the February slayings of six family members found in a Chicago home, alleging that a cousin and his girlfriend committed the “unspeakable act” in what started as a robbery.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Kellie Pickler added to the lineup at DuQuoin State Fair
DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) — Country music and television star Kellie Pickler has joined the grandstand lineup for the DuQuoin State Fair.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Military vehicles on display this weekend at Springfield museum
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Military Museum will host the 2016 Military Museum Vehicle Show "Motorpool Mania" Saturday May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Historic cars to gather at historic home for Champagne British Car Festival
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Beautiful cars in a beautiful setting – that’s the promise of the 25th Annual Champagne British Car Festival on June 5 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Monster Truck Nationals bringing 'Fight to the Finish' to state fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Monster Truck Nationals “Fight to the Finish” tour, featuring five of the most colossal monster trucks in the world, is coming to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., for two shows on June 4 and 5, 2016.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Historic site offers nature hike
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – On May 28, guides will lead history and nature enthusiasts on a nature hike through the fields, marshes and woods of Cahokia Mounds.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rauner cool to idea of $15 hourly wage for home care workers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is signaling a cool reception to legislation that raises the base salary for home care workers to $15 an hour.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Union supporters protest Rauner's call to change labor laws
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of union supporters from across Illinois rallied in front of the state Capitol building Wednesday to protest Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call for changes to collective bargaining policies.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lawmakers pass limits on phone tracking technology
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved a bill that restricts how law enforcement agencies use devices that mimic cell towers to track phone locations in criminal investigations.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Off-road vehicle trails could be coming to So. Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources wants to build a series of off-road vehicle trails at the Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area in southern Illinois.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Illinois upgrading security for driver's licenses
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will soon begin mailing more secure driver’s licenses and ID cards to applicants as the state works to meet tighter federal security standards, officials said Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mixed reviews for latest talks on budget standoff
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislative leaders gave mixed reviews Tuesday to the latest negotiations with Gov. Bruce Rauner to seek an end to Illinois’ epic budget standoff, tempering any optimism with skepticism that a compromise is possible any time soon.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Amid budget deficit, Illinois considers taxing soda
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers scrambling to find money to fix Illinois’ multi-billion dollar deficit are looking to sugary drinks as one potential source of revenue.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TSA sends screeners to help cut wait times
CHICAGO (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is immediately sending 58 new security officers and four more bomb-sniffing dog teams to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to address long delays at security checkpoints.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2-year-old K9 'Hawk' is newest Carlinville police officer
CARLINVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A quadruped named “Hawk” is the newest member of the Carlinville Police Department.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ill. high court to hold session in suburban Chicago
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court is holding a special evening session in Springfield, followed by oral arguments at a suburban Chicago university. 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Illinois upgrading security for driver's licenses, ID cards
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinoisans will receive temporary paper driver’s licenses and identification cards as the state works to meet federal security mandates.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Illinois professors protest Gov. Rauner's board nomination
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s choice to fill the college faculty slot on the Illinois Board of Higher Education has prompted backlash from faculty at the University of Illinois.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Gov. Rauner vetoes Illinois union arbitration bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation Monday that would let an arbitrator settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall, describing the bill as an attack on taxpayers.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cool, wet weather keep farmers out of fields much of week
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Department of Agriculture says wet, cool conditions in Illinois kept farmers out of their filed for much of last week.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Area agency announces senior celebration, May 18
SPRINGFIELD — The Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland is sponsoring the 18th Annual Central Illinois Senior Celebration at the Orr Building in the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SIU hosting program Tuesday on brain aging
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Does rosacea lead to Alzheimer's disease? Is aluminum connected to dementia?
Monday, May 16, 2016

Two gardening events at Dana-Thomas home
 SPRINGFIELD — Plants and butterflies inspired Frank Lloyd Wright when he designed the Dana-Thomas House, so it’s only fair for the state historic site to help others plant gardens and attract butterflies.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Rauner running out of time to get reform he wants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vision of a grand two-year budget compromise with Illinois lawmakers is diminishing as the clock ticks down on this year’s legislative session.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Chicago-area police issue well-being check on star
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area police issued a well-being check Monday for Irish singer and musician Sinead O’Connor, who reportedly went for a bicycle ride Sunday morning in a northern suburb but never returned.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pedestrian deaths on the rise in Illinois, US
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Data from the Illinois Department of Transportation shows that the state’s pedestrian fatalities increased by 18 percent in 2015.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Your Stadium Here: Public schools cashing in with naming rights
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — In the last two years, a northern Indiana high school sold the naming rights to its football field to a bank for $400,000, its baseball field to an auto dealership, its softball field to a law firm, its tennis court to a philanthropic couple and its concession stands to a tire and auto care company and a restaurant.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Early 20th Century Illinois governors were reformers
ILLINOIS — Despite Illinois’ checkered political history, several governors have left an indelible – and positive -- imprint. Three straight governors in the early-20th century rank among the best in state history.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Christian County Final Multiplier Announced
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Christian County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0215, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Class of 12 seniors prepares to graduate
THOMPSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Like any other, the Thompsonville High School graduating class includes its cliques: the athletes, the studious ones, the artists, the comedians, the popular kids and so on.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Central Illinois vets recommend dog flu vaccine
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Veterinarians in Central Illinois are recommending dog owners consider getting their pets vaccinated against the flu.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Young girl choked in Chicago restaurant, main jailed
CHICAGO (AP) — A man has been charged in the choking of an 8-year-old girl in a bathroom at a downtown Chicago restaurant.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Suburban teacher's aide charged with sex assault of student
VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago teacher’s aide has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of criminal assault of a 16-year-old student at her Bolingbrook residence.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Energy industries ask Illinois lawmakers for assistance
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The nuclear, coal and renewable-energy industries find themselves vying for the attention of Illinois lawmakers this legislative session.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Ill. schools considering later start times
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A large suburban Chicago school district is the latest of several in Illinois moving toward starting classes later in the morning amid recommendations from doctors that teenage students need more sleep.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Class of 12 seniors prepares to graduate
THOMPSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Like any other, the Thompsonville High School graduating class includes its cliques: the athletes, the studious ones, the artists, the comedians, the popular kids and so on.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Ill. rape crisis center to end all services but hotline
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois rape crisis center is suspending nearly all of its services and will lay off five employees after operating for nearly a year without state money.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Judge allows case against Duckworth to go to trial
(AP) — An Illinois judge on today tentatively set a trial date well before the November general election in a 7-year-old workplace retaliation lawsuit accusing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth of ethics violations while she led the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hastert won't appeal conviction or 15-mo. sentence
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert won’t appeal his conviction or 15-month prison term in a hush-money case that centered on his sexual abuse of students when he was a high school wrestling coach in Illinois decades ago, his lead attorney said Thursday.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Carlinville home explodes after gas line is struck
CARLINVILLE, Ill.  – A Carlinville home under  exploded Wednesday morning after a subcontractor for the city of Carlinville struck a natural gas line while digging. Ameren Illinois was immediately notified, however, before they were able to shut down the natural gas line erupted.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Chicago police trade fire with suspect in killing of 3
CHICAGO (AP) — At press time today, SWAT officers had surrounded a Chicago home, exchanging gunfire with a man who authorities say is a suspect in the killing of three people hours earlier.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reporters arrested in Ferguson settle lawsuit with county
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four journalists arrested during protests that followed the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson have settled their lawsuit against St. Louis County police.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Illinois State Police warns of phone scams
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state. An individual will call and claim to be associated with the ISP or the “Illinois Police.”
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Judge allows Illinois class-action Facebook lawsuit to proceed
CHICAGO (AP) — A California federal judge has ruled that three Illinois men can proceed with their class-action lawsuit challenging Facebook’s facial recognition software used to identify people in uploaded photos.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Age, income factors in staying with single employer
CHICAGO (AP) — A new poll says more than 40 percent of America’s baby boomers stayed with their employer for more than 20 years. But it’s unlikely that their children or grandchildren will experience the same job tenure.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Schools warn of closures, layoffs without budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois superintendents warned of school closures and staff layoffs Tuesday as they implored state lawmakers to pass a budget to give them certainty for the fall when the new academic year begins.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Court could OK construction on Lucas museum in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge could decide to let construction begin on filmmaker George Lucas’ proposed art museum in Chicago. 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Veterinarians reporting dog flu increase in central Illinois
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Veterinarians in central Illinois say canine influenza has sickened dozens of dogs in the Bloomington and Normal area over the past few days.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tile mosaic marking historic Will County farm vandalized
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A mosaic marking an historic farm in Will County has been vandalized and a volunteer group that maintains it is looking to raise enough money for repairs.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Illinois board to consider U of Chicago hospital expansion
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A nine-member state review board is expected to consider a $269 million expansion proposal from the University of Chicago Medical Center that includes an adult trauma center.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Trial opens in case of Chicago store owner shot by police
CHICAGO (AP) — Trial opened Monday in a federal lawsuit brought by a man seeking millions of dollars in damages after he was shot multiple times by Chicago police officers responding to a robbery at his store.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Illinois to close youth detention center despite objections
KEWANEE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is moving forward with closing a youth detention center in Kewanee over objections from a bipartisan legislative oversight panel.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Decatur woman killed in crash with state trooper
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police have identified a woman killed in a vehicle crash with a state trooper who was helping to search for a man accused of shooting a Mahomet officer.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Illinois bill seeks sexual assault investigation oversight
ROBBINS, Ill. (AP) — A bill that's moving through the Illinois Legislature is aimed at ensuring local police departments properly handle rape investigations.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Glass maker creates memorials with glass, ashes
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Veronica Kroeze's mother died in 2004, and since then, her mother's ashes had been displayed in an urn on her credenza in her living room.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Tornadoes, hail again in forecast for parts of central US
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say severe storms are likely Monday in parts of the Southern and Great Plains states, with tornadoes and very large hail a possibility in some areas.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Suspect sought in shooting of police officer near Champaign
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Police in a central Illinois village searched Sunday for a man suspected of shooting an officer in the arm, an incident that sparked a fatal collision when a trooper pursuing the suspect struck and killed a woman who was driving her van about 45 miles away.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Ex-police officer faces court hearing in street gang case
ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia police officer accused of helping a street gang evade police faces a court hearing as part of a nationwide racketeering case.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Group submits sigs for redistricting issue
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A group that wants an independent commission to draw legislative districts in Illinois on Friday delivered more than 550,000 backing its request to put the measure on the ballot in November for a constitutional change.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Illinois History: Pana mine riot was key moment in state's labor history
PANA — Labor strife in the Illinois coal industry flared in the late 1890s, with deadly confrontations in several cities.  Among them was Pana, where a clash between union miners and strikebreakers in April 1899 left seven dead and twenty-eight wounded.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Chicago schools not in need of state takeover
CHICAGO (AP) — An investigation into the fiscal condition of Chicago Public Schools ordered by Gov. Bruce Rauner shows there’s no need for state intervention.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

LLC offering basic nurse asst. course in Pana
MATTOON — Lake Land College is offering Basic Nursing Assistant (CNA) training this summer in Effingham, Paris and Pana. The nine-week course will meet every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from June 6 to Aug. 4.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Memorial Medical Center earns highest recognition for nursing excellence
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — For the third consecutive time, Memorial Medical Center received the highest honor a healthcare organization can attain for nursing excellence, an achievement reached by only 3 percent of the nation’s hospitals.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Illinois ranks high for good nursing opportunities
ILLINOIS — Like most segments of the economy, the nursing industry is in a state of significant transition under the weight of major overarching socioeconomic dynamics — from the aging U.S. population and the Affordable Care Act to the student-loan crisis and concerns about the future of key entitlement programs.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

SEIU files unfair labor claim on homecare work
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The union for Illinois home-care workers who must abide by new rules limiting overtime hours filed an unfair labor practices charge today against Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Nature in reach with Lake Sara kayak launch site
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — Lake Sara is more than motorboats swooshing past upscale lakefront homes. There are quiet backwaters with sunning turtles and browsing avian raptors.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Man who authorities say was texting in fatal crash sentenced
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A man who authorities say was texting when he struck and killed a pedestrian in Granite City, and then drove off, has been sentenced to 4  1/2 years in prison.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Illinois welding students build risumis
STERLING, Ill. (AP) — Now that the students in Steve Bierdeman’s welding and manufacturing technology class are coming down the school year’s homestretch, they’re finding more ways to have fun.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Officer shoots suspect on Mississippi River bridge
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois State Police are investigating after a St. Louis-area police officer shot a female suspect on a Mississippi River bridge.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Eagle hit by gunshot might fly again
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A bald eagle injured by a gunshot will undergo surgery that a University of Illinois veterinary intern says may restore its ability to fly.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ramsey State Park reopens after donor pays bill
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area and Horseshoe Lake State Park have reopened after a donor paid to turn the electricity back on.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ill. families sue over transgender access to locker room
CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of families took legal action Wednesday in a bid to stop a suburban Chicago school district from allowing a transgender student to use a girls’ locker room and restroom, arguing the policy trampled on the privacy rights of other students.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

State's attorney asks to step aside from Chicago police case
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County’s embattled state’s attorney asked a judge Thursday to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case against a white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dog shot on Illinois bridge recovering from injuries
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A dog that had been shot and suspended from a rural eastern Illinois bridge is eating and recovering from a long list of injuries.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Illinois GOP lawmakers want auditor spending answers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A group of Republican lawmakers is demanding that Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino (maw-TEE’-noh) explain spending by his campaign committee while he was a state representative.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Analysis adds fuel to fight over Illinois school funding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration on Wednesday released an analysis of a Democratic plan to change the way Illinois funds education, prompting more Republican criticism that it’s a “major bailout” for Chicago Public Schools and fueling an increasingly contentious election-year fight.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Gary officials reject immigrant detention center
GARY, Ind. (AP) — City leaders in Gary have voted against allowing an $80 million immigration detention center to be built in the northwestern Indiana city.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Bison viewing planned at state site
WILMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Visitors are invited to a special event that will include closer-than-normal viewing of a bison herd that has been established on a tallgrass prairie south of Chicago.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Illinois senator wants to stop using 'alien' for immigrants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker wants the state to stop referring to immigrants in the country illegally as aliens.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Youth home worker pleads not guilty in teen's death
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A man who worked at a residential facility for troubled children in northern Illinois has pleaded not guilty to fatally choking a 16-year-old Chicago boy who lived there.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

All students at U of I now must take class on minority culture to graduate
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A change has been made to the general education requirements at the University of Illinois that will require Urbana-Champaign students to take a course in U.S. minority culture.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

March to mark Lincoln funeral anniversary tonight
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A march to the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site with a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s hearse will mark the anniversary of Lincoln’s funeral.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Advocacy group says fantasy sports bill needs work
CHICAGO (AP) — A law enforcement advocacy group in Chicago says safeguards in proposed Illinois legislation on fantasy sports betting aren’t good enough and could open the door to organized crime.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mom brain dead after I-94 shooting
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois woman has been declared brain-dead after being shot during a random drive-by shooting along a Wisconsin interstate while traveling home with her husband and children, a coroner said Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

SIU offers plan to boost campus diversity
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The acting leader of Southern Illinois University pledged Tuesday to ensure the campus remains “free from racism and intimidation,” one day after hundreds of students conducted an anti-racism rally.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Belleville votes to dissolve overlapping township
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Belleville elected leaders have voted unanimously to dissolve a township serving the same area as the city.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bill to abolish lieutenant gov. office fails to advance
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill to ask voters to abolish Illinois’ lieutenant governor’s office failed to advance this year after lawmakers couldn’t agree on who should be the successor to the governor.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

UI student's medical records sought in infant death case
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors want to subpoena medical records from a University of Illinois student accused of suffocating her newborn baby after giving birth in a residence hall bathroom.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Developer of proposed Lucas museum now looking outside of Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — The wife of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas said Tuesday that opposition to a Chicago lakefront museum by a parks advocacy group has prompted a search outside the city for a site.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

St. Mary's Hospital hosts driver safety program
 DECATUR, Ill. — Cars have changed, so have traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers over age 50 have never looked back since they received their driver's license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills.  
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Memorial to hold free seminar on stroke
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on stroke prevention and treatment at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ill. panel again urges medical pot expansion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois advisory board is once again recommending that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration add new health conditions to a list of what can be treated legally with medical marijuana.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

DuPage appoints its first female president
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) — A retired Navy vice admiral is set to become the College of DuPage’s first female president in the suburban Chicago school’s 49-year history.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

9 years after Chief's end, U of Illinois looks for mascot
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois’ interim chancellor says the campus will begin the process of picking a new mascot.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Chicago: Students can access bathrooms by 'gender identity'
CHICAGO (AP) — The nation’s third-largest school district has outlined new rules allowing students access to bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Study: 7 of 10 most profitable US hospitals are nonprofits
CHICAGO (AP) — Seven of the 10 most profitable U.S. hospitals are nonprofits, according to new research, including one in Urbana, Illinois, where hospital tax exemptions are headed for a contentious court battle that soon could determine whether medical facilities are paying their fair share of taxes.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Los Angeles chef, Chicago's Alinea win big at Beard Awards
CHICAGO (AP) — Chef Suzanne Goin took home the outstanding chef award Monday night at the James Beard Awards, and Chicago mainstay Alinea won the outstanding restaurant honor at a ceremony many consider the Academy Awards of the culinary world.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Southern Illinois University School of Medicine invites golfers to form teams for the annual charity golf outing benefiting the Camp COCO Children's Cancer Fund.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Red Cross urges blood donation this month
PEORIA, Ill. — May is Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for trauma patients and others with serious medical needs.
Monday, May 2, 2016

SIU protestors target racism and debt
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Several hundred Southern Illinois University protesters have rallied against student debt and racism following recent incidents including an anonymous video calling for violence against black students.
Monday, May 2, 2016

For some, Chicago State a flawed but final shot at degree
CHICAGO (AP) — Most of the more than 4,000 students at Chicago State University on the city’s south side are black, have low incomes and, like their school, face often uncertain paths toward better futures.
Monday, May 2, 2016

New study: playground concussions are on the rise
CHICAGO (AP) — Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Lawsuit says Starbucks overfills cold drinks with ice
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims Starbucks regularly overfills its cold drinks with ice instead of using the advertised amount of coffee or other liquid in its plastic cups.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Troopers step up highway enforcement for prom, graduation
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — Troopers with the Illinois State Police in District 2 have a reminder for young drivers during prom and graduation season.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Illinois budget standoff forces 300 layoffs at Chicago State
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago State University laid off more than 300 employees, about a third of its workforce, after emergency state funding recently approved amid Illinois’ ongoing budget stalemate proved too little to prevent the cuts.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

At Illinois, Smith breaks ground he's broken before
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When he took over the Chicago Bears in 2004 and again this spring when Illinois hired him, Lovie Smith broke new ground that came with his title. In each case, he was the team’s first black head coach.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Woman pleads not-guilty in poisoning death of husband
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman has entered a not guilty plea to charges she fatally poisoned her husband after prosecutors said she failed in a previous attempt.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Veteran of presidential museums name to head Lincoln library
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has named the director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum to direct the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

71st Annual Lincoln Pilgrimage
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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

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

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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

Gospel Fest lineup revealed

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

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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












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