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Backers hope Route 66 historic designation can drive tourism
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anyone who doubts the lure of Route 66 should talk to Winslow Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Hall, who said that capitalizing on the historic highway was key to revitalization of the historic downtown.
Monday, November 20, 2017


Smoke plumes rise from East St. Louis vacant building fire
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — East St. Louis Fire Chief Jason Blackmon says a blaze in a vacant apartment building “really took off,” prompting his crews to make an aggressive attack to get it under control.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Police dog to regularly search public schools in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield Public Schools officials have hired a canine handler to regularly search middle and high schools for drugs, bombs and guns.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Chicago officer who shot at teens to be sentenced
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer convicted of shooting at a car full of teenagers is returning to federal court for sentencing.
Monday, November 20, 2017

4 in 5 Illinois debris sites high in toxins
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Four in five Illinois quarries that backfill with concrete and other demolition waste show higher-than-acceptable levels of toxins, according to state sampling results obtained by The Associated Press.
Monday, November 20, 2017

U of I board approves $175,000 in bonuses

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois board has approved bonuses totaling $175,000 for the president of the university’s system and the chancellor of the University of Illinois-Chicago campus for the second straight year.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Jackson vows to find cure for disease

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy to slow the progress of the disease.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Illinois State Museum to preview its legacy collection

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum is preparing to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial by putting the best of its Illinois Legacy Collection of 13.5 million objects on display in an exhibition to open next summer – and the Museum will preview the exhibition on Sunday, Dec. 3 in Springfield.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson's disease diagnosis

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to dedicate himself to physical therapy.


Friday, November 17, 2017

2 teens dead, 1 wounded, in Chicago shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say two teenagers were fatally shot and a third was wounded during an apparent home invasion.

They were inside a home Thursday evening in the city’s Austin neighborhood when police say someone came in, demanded property and shot them.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Study shows mothers and daughters could benefit from a walk in the park

URBANA, Ill. – Spending time together with family may help strengthen the family bond, but new research from the University of Illinois shows that specifically spending time outside in nature—even just a 20-minute walk—together can help family members get along even better.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Report shows opioid abuse in Chicago far worse than many believe

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Urban League has released a report indicating the opioid problem in the city of Chicago, especially among African-Americans, is far worse than many believe.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Bike trail in Sangamon County opens today
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Sangamon County bike trail is being extended by six miles, doubling the length of the route in and around Springfield.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Feds charge Illinois man who worked for 'darknet'
ATLANTA (AP) — An Illinois man who federal prosecutors say worked as a spokesman for a “darknet” marketplace for illicit internet commerce has been charged in Atlanta.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chicago law firm helping to prepare a multitude of LV shooting lawsuits
CHICAGO (AP) — Legal action following the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert is picking up with lawsuits filed on behalf of 14 concertgoers, including some who were shot or injured trying to escape and one woman who is so traumatized that she has since mistaken the sound of rain for gunshots.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Charges dropped, cops won't testify
CHICAGO (AP) — The refusal of five former Chicago police officers to testify in the retrial of a man incarcerated for murder since 1990 has resulted Wednesday in the dropping of charges against the defendant.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

$1.2 Million grant to fund 26-mile trail system near Harrisburg
CARRIER MILLS — A new project will make southern Illinois a destination for off-road riders, Gov. Rauner said while announcing development of a 26-mile off-highway vehicle trail system at Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area, located in Saline County, five miles west of Harrisburg.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Turn off the TV tonight and read
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ top librarian wants families to turn off the TV and other gadgets and read together.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Most hunting accidents involve falls
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are offering safety tips as firearm deer-hunting season gets underway this weekend.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

No more indictments in Laquan McDonald shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury that indicted three Chicago police officers on charges that they conspired to cover up what happened when a fellow officer fatally shot black teen Laquan McDonald has disbanded without indicting anyone else in the department, the special prosecutor announced Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Renaming business college at U of I sparks debate
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A plan to name the business college at the University of Illinois after a donor who gave a record $150 million to the school has been approved, but with some debate.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Adoptions finalized for 45 children on adoption day
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – For the second year in a row, the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville will join hundreds of courthouses across the country and open their doors on Saturday, November 18 for a very special reason – to finalize the adoptions of 45 children in foster care who have been waiting for permanent, loving homes on National Adoption Day.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Six, including Illinois' Gutierrez, seek impeachment
WASHINGTON (AP) — A half-dozen Democrats today introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses, in a long-shot effort that stands little chance in the Republican-led House.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Indicted Chicago alderman won't seek re-election
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago alderman who has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges says he won’t seek re-election.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

FEMA denies aid for state flood victims
CHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided against helping victims of last summer’s record flooding in the Chicago area.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Court okays law that compares animal releases to terrorism
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-based appeals court says a U.S. law likening the release of farm animals by activists to terrorism is constitutional.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

First of its kind found in decades
CHICAGO (AP) — A scientist searching for a young male alligator snapping turtle that was put in a Southern Illinois creek at least a year ago instead grabbed a 22-pound adult female, raising hopes for those trying to protect a creature that hadn’t been spotted in the area for three decades.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Study looks at correlation between teen suicide, social media
CHICAGO (AP) — An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Is your own MD best in the hospital? Study suggests yes
CHICAGO (AP) — The old-fashioned, family doctor style of medicine could be lifesaving for elderly hospitalized patients, a big study suggests, showing benefits over a rapidly expanding alternative that has hospital-based doctors overseeing care instead.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Group wants landmark status for Till home
CHICAGO (AP) — A preservation group wants the Chicago home where Emmett Till once lived to receive landmark status.
Monday, November 13, 2017

High-profile Justice official to speak on gangs, guns
CHICAGO (AP) — A high-profile U.S. Department of Justice official is scheduled to deliver remarks this week in Chicago, where he’ll address gun violence and street gangs.
Monday, November 13, 2017

International student enrollment is up in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — A new study shows a small increase in the number of international students who attended colleges and universities in Illinois last year.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Educators report shortage of teachers, applicants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — School officials statewide are reporting that districts are having a hard time filling teaching positions.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Bears And Packers Stand
Players line up during the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Chicago.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Effort underway to locate, preserve Illinois WWI memorials and monuments
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — Efforts are underway to locate and restore outdoor World War I memorials and monuments across Illinois.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Judge denies Quincy motion to dismiss most of Lovelace suit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge has denied the city of Quincy’s request to dismiss most of a lawsuit filed by a former Illinois prosecutor who was found not guilty in the 2006 death of his first wife.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

U of I master plan estimated to cost $1.2B
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say a proposed $1.2 billion master plan that provides a flexible blueprint for future campus growth and development isn’t unrealistic given the university’s donor base and track record.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

'How do I spend the rest of my life without my daughter?'
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — For more than four months, Ronggao Zhang has walked to his missing daughter’s apartment almost every day. At first, he stood outside, hoping she would show up one afternoon. But even after he was told she’d been kidnapped and was presumed dead, he’s continued his routine.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Many services, benefits available to Illinois veterans
SPRINGFIELD — With Veterans Day a day away, the Illinois Department of Employment Security would like to remind veterans of the many services offered to them through the state’s agencies. These services are divided into the two primary categories: employment services and veterans benefits.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Illinois college teaching importance of giving back
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — Blackburn College is emphasizing the importance of giving back by offering the new Introduction to Philanthropy course. Currently on the schedule during the fall semester of odd calendar years, the course is designed to teach the importance of having a ‘culture of giving.’
Friday, November 10, 2017

Governor on veto defeats: Struggle is 'ongoing'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner downplayed on Thursday the beating he took in the fall legislative session as evidence of an “ongoing and difficult” struggle for a better state.
Friday, November 10, 2017

GOP House members urge Speaker Ryan to act on immigration legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two dozen House Republicans today pressed Speaker Paul Ryan to act quickly on legislation that would protect some 800,000 young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sexual harassment training offered for lawmakers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly’s fall session is ending after an unanticipated addition to the agenda.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Defenders file suit over harassment by inmates
CHICAGO (AP) — Female public defenders have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in Chicago, saying Cook County officials failed to protect them from inmates who masturbate during jail visits and at courthouse holding cells.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bicentennial Celebration to honor 200 veterans
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will honor 200 veterans who’ve gone “above and beyond the call of duty” as part of the state’s bicentennial celebration.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Not chosen for jury duty
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama, free of a job that forced him to move to Washington for eight years, showed up to a downtown Chicago courthouse for jury duty on Wednesday morning. Then he heard the words most prospective jurors pray for: You’re dismissed.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

In 2016 State investigated home of six-year-old boy who was starved to death
JERSEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois child welfare officials say they received a hotline call about a 6-year-old Jerseyville boy’s home nearly two years before he starved to death.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Judge's trial nap doesn't warrant retrial
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appeals court has ruled that a judge falling asleep during a murder trial doesn’t warrant a retrial of the defendant in the case.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Veto override requires monthly accounting
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Government agencies in Illinois will be required to report monthly on all bills they’ve incurred, after senators overwhelmingly reversed Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto Wednesday of a measure the state’s check-writing official advocated as a critical step toward digging out of massive debt.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Chicago art center a national treasure
CHICAGO (AP) — An art center established in Chicago by a Depression-era federal agency has been named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

House overides one of Rauner's vetos, fails on another
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has voted Tuesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a measure creating a bill of rights for those taking out student loans.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Monarch butterfly habitats to be protected
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved a plan proponents say will help protect the habitat of monarch butterflies.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Lawmakers adopt sexual harassment legislation
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers spent most of Tuesday trying to get control of an avoidable sexual-harassment mess which began with a seemingly benign, if sincere, proposal last month to explicitly forbid harassment and intimidation in the ethics code.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

VietNow to dissolve to settle fraud lawsuit
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois attorney general has announced a settlement by the state and more than 20 other states in a lawsuit accusing a Rockford-based veterans nonprofit of scamming donations.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Parents are charged with starvation death of child
JERSEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois father and stepmother are charged with first-degree murder in the starvation death of their 6-year-old boy, who authorities said weighed 17 pounds.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Appellate court rules against gov on pay increases
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Fifth District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration should be paying unionized state workers scheduled increases promised by contract.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New study: Drugstore pain pills are as effective as opiods in ER patients
CHICAGO (AP) — Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as Tylenol and Motrin worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Inspector says he can make a difference
SPRINGRIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first person in two years to hold the post of inspector general for the Illinois General Assembly said Monday she took the temporary position amid Statehouse disarray over sexual-harassment complaints because “I can make a difference here.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ISP to conduct STEP in November
LITCHFIELD — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 18 Commander, Captain Timothy Tyler, announces the ISP will conduct Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) in District 18 during the month of November.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Teen charged after firing at Chicago officers
CHICAGO (AP) — A 17-year-old boy faces attempted murder and other charges after authorities say he fired at Chicago police officers who were investigating an earlier shooting.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Data: 116 state jobs moved to Springfield in last 2 years
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield-area lawmaker who wants to bring more state jobs to the Illinois capital city says new data show more work needs to be done on the effort.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Illinois State Police begin 'Silver Search' training
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police officials have launched statewide training for officers in dealing with Alzheimer’s disease patients who wander away and need to be found.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Chicago fund means more immigrants getting legal help
 CHICAGO (AP) — Months after Chicago officials established up a $1.3 million fund to boost legal services for immigrants facing deportation, there’s been a big spike in immigrants with legal representation, a study has found.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Sex-harassment bill puts Illinois leaders on the defensive
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan’s legislation requiring sexual-harassment awareness training for virtually everyone working in the Capitol appeared proactive, an effort to get out in front of a roiling national issue that enveloped Illinois days earlier with the circulation of an open letter demanding an end to a troubling Springfield culture.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Cook Co. Dems pick Raoul over Quinn
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County’s Democratic Party on Friday endorsed state Sen. Kwame Raoul for attorney general over former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and several other candidates who urged party leaders not to pick a favorite.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

State's first fracking permit returned

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first company to obtain a permit for fracking in Illinois announced Friday it won’t use it, citing market conditions and the state’s “burdensome and costly” regulations.

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Digitized WWI maps online
SPRINGFIELD — Secretary of State and State Archivist Jesse White today announced that in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America’s participation in World War I, the Illinois State Archives has repaired and digitized 57 maps used by the Illinois National Guard during the war.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

3 accused of using skimming devices on ATM to steal $25,000
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Three men have been arrested on charges that they used a skimming device in suburban Chicago to record ATM card and PIN numbers to steal more than $25,000. 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Visually impaired programs face serious teacher shortage
CHICAGO (AP) — A teacher shortage in Illinois is threatening to derail the progress of programs for the blind and visually impaired. 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Chicago area humane society rescues 47 dogs
PEOTONE, Ill. (AP) — A humane society in suburban Chicago suddenly finds itself caring for 47 dogs that were found in an area house by authorities.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Birthdays of his kids add up to a winning lottery ticket
Saturday, November 4, 2017

States push to keep highway inner lanes clear for passing

By JIM SALTER

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — From stricter laws to public service campaigns and pleading electronic road signs, states have a message for the drivers clogging the inside lanes of the nation’s highways: Get the heck out of the way!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Blagojevich appeals to court in likely last gasp
CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss his convictions on corruption charges, saying he never crossed lines into illegal fundraising. 
Friday, November 3, 2017

Senator's sex-harassment accuser wants answers on complaint
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The political activist who has accused an Illinois Senate Democratic leader of sexually harassing her said Thursday that she wants to know why Sen. Ira Silverstein faced no repercussions until after she went public this week.
Friday, November 3, 2017

X: Can Apple live up to the hype?
CHICAGO (AP) — Apple’s iPhone X went on sale today, as the company scrambles to meet demand for a marquee device that sports a lush screen, facial-recognition skills and a $1,000 price tag.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Fire marshal warns of recall on fire extinguishers

CHICAGO – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today warns of an important recall notice for Kidde brand fire extinguishers. The company announced a recall of fire extinguishers with a plastic handle due to a failure to properly activate during a fire emergency.

 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Man fatally shot outside Chicago Starbucks carrying gun and drugs
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police say a 28-year-old man killed in a shooting at a Starbucks in the city’s Uptown neighborhood was carrying a handgun and drugs.
Friday, November 3, 2017

UIS corrects auditorium
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A report says safety corrections have been made at a University of Illinois Springfield auditorium after one concert patron was hurt and another died from a fall earlier this year.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Don't "tweet every thought," Michelle says at summit
CHICAGO (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama says words matter, particularly in an age where Twitter and other social media can be used like a weapon.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Manufacturer chooses site in Indiana over Illinois
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Automotive parts supplier Lear Corp. is moving forward with construction of a new $30 million SUV seat manufacturing plant in northwestern Indiana.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Senator steps down from offices after claims of harassment
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has stepped down from the Democratic Party leadership team after accusations of sexual harassment against him.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Task force examines adult education
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A new task force created by the Illinois Community College Board will be looking for ways to improve adult education and help increase the number of students that move from basic education classes to post-secondary career training.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

3 women killed in crash
NASHVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say three women have been killed in a traffic crash in southern Illinois.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Illinois launches statewide Silver Search awareness campaign
CHICAGO —  A statewide public awareness campaign around the new Silver Search program kicks off today.  Sixty percent of those with Alzheimer’s will wander at some point during their diagnosis.  Silver Search is a new tool in Illinois to help train law enforcement agencies across Illinois on how they can help you when a loved one with dementia goes missing.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fire marshall reminds Illinoisians to change clocks, batteries
CHICAGO – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today asks Illinoisans to take an extra few minutes this weekend to change and test the batteries in their smoke alarms while setting their clocks back an hour. Clocks fall back an hour for Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, November 5.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Lincoln Library to display original copy Gettysburg Address
SPRINGFIELD – A copy of the Gettysburg Address written by Abraham Lincoln himself will be displayed this month at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to mark the anniversary of the famous speech.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Chicago sees drop in Oct. homicides
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of homicides in Chicago in October was significantly lower than during October 2016 but 2017 will still end as one of the bloodiest years in recent memory.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Judge lifts gag order in college foot ball case
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A gag order has been lifted in the case of five Wheaton College football players charged with battery against one of their teammates in suburban Chicago.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Athletic dept. at U of I announces $300M fund raising goal
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois athletic department says it’s set the goal of raising $300 million as part of the school’s “With Illinois” university-wide fundraising initiative.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Man charged after mother's found in Chicago lagoon
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A man was ordered held without bond Tuesday to face murder and other charges after dismembered remains believed to be his mother were found in luggage submerged in a lagoon at Chicago’s Lincoln Park.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Obama summit a 'collective conversation'
CHICAGO (AP) — Prince Harry has made a stop in Chicago to talk about youth leadership during a summit planned by the Obama Foundation.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Illinois legislative activist claims Illinois senator harassed her
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A crime-victims advocate told an Illinois House committee Tuesday that a powerful state senator sexually harassed her last year as they were working together on legislation, causing her so much mental anguish that she dropped 20 pounds and lost her hair.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Illinois tourism office to open and expand in China and Mexico
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois tourism officials are expanding their efforts in China and Mexico, hoping to attract more foreign visitors to the state.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Data shows a vast disparity among state high school students
CHICAGO (AP) — Data shows thousands of students in Illinois’ public high schools are struggling as the state pushes students to achieve higher scores.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

10 ag projects in Illinois to receive $550,000
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Ten agriculture-related projects that are looking for way to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce in Illinois will be sharing $550,000.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Police chief quits citing discrimination by Village of Moweaqua
MOWEAQUA, Ill. (AP) — The police chief of Moweaqua in central Illinois has resigned, citing a hostile work environment created by village officials.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Deal with Tel Aviv school announced
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says collaboration between the University of Illinois and Tel Aviv University in Israel will make for groundbreaking technology and engineering initiatives.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Obama summit in Chicago today
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is hosting a leadership summit for hundreds of civic leaders and artists from around the world.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Legislator may challenge Rauner in GOP primary
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Republican state legislator is mulling a primary challenge against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. 
Monday, October 30, 2017

Chicago architect honored for promoting diversity
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago architect has been recognized for leadership and promotion of diversity in the field.
Monday, October 30, 2017

16-year-old boy is killed in Peoria shooting
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Peoria say a shooting left one 16-year-old boy dead another 16-year-old boy wounded.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Growers Assoc. hosting cider contests
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois apple cider makers will again get a chance to see who makes the best cider in the 29th Annual Cider Contest and the 16th Annual Hard Cider Contest, hosted at the Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference in Springfield, Jan. 10-12, 2018. The event is sponsored by the Illinois State Horticulture Society.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Every county in Illinois is getting Lincoln portrait
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Portraits of Abraham Lincoln will be given to all 102 county courthouses in Illinois to mark the state’s upcoming bicentennial.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Chicago Suburb hiring coyote trappers
GRAYSLAKE, Ill. (AP) — Police in a Chicago suburb are hiring trappers to remove coyotes after receiving a surge of reports about the animals roaming through neighborhoods and attacking small dogs.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Dentists offer free care to military vets
CHICAGO (AP) — A law passed last year requires every judicial circuit in Illinois to have a veterans treatment court starting Jan. 1.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Illinois to require veterans courts across the state in 2018
CHICAGO (AP) — A law passed last year requires every judicial circuit in Illinois to have a veterans treatment court starting Jan. 1.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Illinois History: 175th anniversary of Lincoln marriage
ILLINOIS — Abraham Lincoln’s marriage to Mary Todd has been the subject of debate among historians for decades. Few Presidential unions have been so misunderstood.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Civil War officer's manual returned
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — You would have to be a very talented mathematician to figure out the odds of a Civil War officer’s training manual being found among a group of more than 7,000 donated books, set aside and traced to a family in Normal.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Former governor to run for atty general
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is joining a crowded field attempting to become the state’s next attorney general.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Obama called for jury duty in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has been called for jury duty in Chicago.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Illinois gets thousands of responses to state's rest area survey
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has received nearly 4,500 responses to its public survey asking about highway rest areas in less than two weeks.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Young girl's death changes the way Illinois manages child abuse cases
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Department of Children and Family Services report details a troubled mother’s abuse of her children and recognizes the agency could have removed the five siblings from her home long before she killed her 4-year-old daughter.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Crews work to contain, clean up oil spill on Chicago River
CHICAGO (AP) — Crews are working to contain and clean up oil that was found on part of the south branch of the Chicago River and a waterway that connects with the river.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Governor leads mission trip to Israel
CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner will lead a delegation to Israel next week to explore opportunities for expanded business and research ties to the “Start-Up Nation,” the moniker used to describe Israel’s remarkable economic advances through technological innovation.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Lawmakers file plans calling for sexual harassment training
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Proposals calling for sexual harassment training for elected officials and others at the state Capitol are in the works.
Friday, October 27, 2017

New questions, searches greet travelers at O'Hare
CHICAGO (AP) — Some were asked their hobbies and packing habits. Others were queried about what they do for a living. There were lines for security interviews and searches of carry-on bags.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Illinois House rejects bump stock ban
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on legislative action in Springfield today:
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Man dies while working on suburban sewer line
STREAMWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Gurnee man as the worker who died in a suburban Chicago sewer line.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

CPD vehicle crashes into hole; two officers hurt
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a Chicago police SUV hit a construction barrier and crashed into a hole at a construction site, injuring two officers.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ex-Highland Park mayor announces bid for atty. general
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — A former suburban Chicago mayor is the latest Democrat to announce a 2018 bid for Illinois attorney general.  Nancy Rotering said today she would be a “powerful advocate” in the fight against gun violence and opioids.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

DCFS reforms flawed child welfare program
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Department of Children and Family Services official says the agency has started reforming its privatized child welfare program after a newspaper investigation revealed a surge in children deaths.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

House deals Rauner setbacks, but the governor wins on 'right-to-work' issue
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House dealt Gov. Bruce Rauner a series of setbacks Wednesday by overriding vetoes of measures that represented the Republican’s political, as well as policy, disputes with Democrats.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Chicago priest blesses hotel room and floor at scene of Las Vegas massacre
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago priest active in a hotel workers union blessed the Las Vegas hotel room where a sniper fired shots at attendees of a music festival.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Chicago CEO donates $150-million to U of I
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago businessman and his wife have donated $150 million to the College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

House considers audit of insurance portal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A resolution headed to the Illinois House floor would require an audit of the procurement of a $94 million online insurance portal and the performance of the only company that responded to the contract request.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Weinstein: More statehouses say 'me too'
CHICAGO (AP) — The response to sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein has spread to statehouses nationwide, with hundreds of lawmakers, lobbyists and consultants coming forward to say the problem is pervasive in the halls of political power.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fla. gov. heads to Chicago for job recruiting
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading to Chicago in his latest bid to convince companies to relocate.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

17-yr.-old pleads not guilty in Decatur toddler's death
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A 17-year-old charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his 2-year-old nephew has pleaded not guilty.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Illinois House panel okays bump stock ban
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Democrats on Tuesday endorsed banning firepower-boosting “bump stocks,” the same device used by the Las Vegas gunman in the nation’s deadliest mass shooting three weeks ago.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Open letter alleges sexual harassment in Illinois politics
CHICAGO (AP) — An open letter alleging widespread sexual harassment in Illinois politics and urging women and their allies to come forward has been circulating around the state Capitol, a move that follows similar action in other states.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Panel to propose adult ed literacy plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) —P The Illinois Community College Board has put together a group to study the future of post-secondary education.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Chicago officer could face eight years
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for a Chicago police officer who shot into a car full of teenagers in December 2013, wounding two of them.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wahlberg hopes God is a movie fan and forgives him
CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Wahlberg hopes God will forgive him for his turn as a porn star in the 1997 film “Boogie Nights.”
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Thrill is gone: Sears-Whirlpool split after 100 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Sears will no longer sell Whirlpool appliances, ending a business relationship that dates back more than 100 years. 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Child deaths spike in Illinois after DCFS privatizes program
CHICAGO (AP) — A newspaper investigation found 15 children died of abuse or neglect from 2012 to 2016 while their families received “intact family services” from organizations hired by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

More Rauner, Democrat showdowns on tap in the fall session
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — There’s likely another Illinois Capitol showdown on its way between the General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Canada geese give hunters the slip, hide out in Chicago
URBANA, Ill. – It’s open season for Canada geese in Illinois from mid-October to mid-January. Unfortunately for hunters, Canada geese are finding a new way to stay out of the line of fire. Rather than being “sitting ducks” in a rural pond, they’re setting up residence in the city.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Man faces gun charges after Chicago restaurant brawl
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man faces felony charges after he allegedly shot two people during a weekend brawl at a fast found restaurant.
Monday, October 23, 2017

4 Wheaton College players to be arraigned in battery case
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Four of the five Wheaton College football players charged with battery against one of their teammates are scheduled to be arraigned.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Chicago man dies when truck intentionally struck his vehicle
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who was killed when someone rammed into his pickup truck and then sped off.
Monday, October 23, 2017

'Welcoming City' resolution considered for Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Springfield City Council will consider a declaration that Abraham Lincoln’s hometown is a “Welcoming City” to immigrants and refugees.
Monday, October 23, 2017

New testing benchmarks to rely only on SAT exam in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New testing benchmarks for Illinois high schools are prompting concern and confusion.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Dem attorneys general unite against concealed-carry gun law
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic attorneys general from 17 states are calling on Congress to abandon legislation backed by the National Rifle Association that would allow concealed-carry gun permits issued in one state to be valid in all states.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall festival at Lincoln's New Salem next weekend
PETERSBURG, Ill. — You are invited to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the fall season in the 1830s village of New Salem the last weekend of October.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Illinois city and county to implement proactive domestic violence efforts
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in a northern Illinois city are preparing to enact additional, proactive domestic violence response efforts.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Voter advocates push state to exit Trump database
CHICAGO (AP) — Voter rights advocates are pushing Illinois election officials to withdraw from a longtime multistate voter registration database over questions of accuracy, security and voter suppression.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cemetery won't allow mention of 'rapist' priests
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A man is in a dispute with a Roman Catholic diocese over his efforts to install a marker at his mother’s gravesite at a suburban Chicago cemetery that proclaims her support for victims of “rapist” priests.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Indiana home for extensive Lincoln collection
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A planned project will move several thousand letters, documents and photographs related to Abraham Lincoln to a prominent location in Fort Wayne’s main library.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Suburban neighborhood evacuated after explosions
WILLOWBROOK, Ill. (AP) — Residents of a neighborhood in a Chicago suburb are being allowed back into their homes after a series of fires and explosions forced them to evacuate.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Chicago releases a list of possible Amazon HQ sites
CHICAGO (AP) — Areas in Chicago’s downtown core and suburbs are among possible sites outlined in the city’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rauner outlines more than $200M in budget spending cuts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts it will make to the new state budget, including to human services, agriculture programs and transportation.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Teachers can get tax credit for buying supplies
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois teachers who buy classroom supplies with their own money may now receive a state tax credit of up to $250.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Effingham, Green Co. among new enterprise zones
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials have designated six sites around Illinois as enterprise zones to encourage business development.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Illinois out of running for new Toyota-Mazda plant
ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will not be the home of a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant the automakers Toyota and Mazda plan to build in the United States.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fan-tastic! Man who caught Turner HR snags another
(AP) — He's become Mr. Hawk-tober.

Remember that fan who made the great catch on Justin Turner's game-ending home run at Dodger Stadium over the weekend? Guess what? He did it again.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Amazon bid focuses on workforce, transportation
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has officially thrown its hat in the ring with a bid for Amazon’s massive second headquarters, adding to the growing competition from cities bragging about their talent pool, quality of life and cultural amenities to lure the tech giant and its promise of jobs.  
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Illinois borrows $1.5B at reduced interest to pay debt
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois made a payment on a colossal bill backlog Tuesday, borrowing money at a relatively low rate despite its worst-in-the-nation credit rating.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

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

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












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