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1.4 million Illinois job seekers may have had personal data hacked
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — About 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois may have had their personal information compromised when one of the state’s employment security agency vendors was hacked, the governor’s office said Friday.
Saturday, March 25, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

Autism support group to meet April 6
HILLSBORO — TASC/TheAutism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, Illinois.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Illinois family discovers ties to Underground RR

By ISAAC SMITH

The Southern Illinoisan

SPARTA, Ill. (AP) — The hackberry tree in front of James and Phyllis Hayes’ house has seen it all.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Presidential library remembering the 'war to end all wars'

SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will look back 100 years to World War I with two events in April: a presentation on America’s entry into the “war to end all wars” and a screening of the classic movie “Paths of Glory.”

President Woodrow Wilson won a second term by promising to keep America out of World War I, but five months later our troops were headed for the battlefield. What pushed the country into war?


Friday, March 24, 2017

Smartphone maker may open at Motorola
HARVARD, Ill. (AP) — A smartphone manufacture wants to make the phones at the Motorola campus in the Harvard plant that’s been vacant for more than a decade.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Chicago losing more residents than any other city
CHICAGO (AP) — The last straw that convinced Chicago native Marissa Marshall it was time to move away was hearing dangerously close gunfire in the rough neighborhood where she found affordable housing.
Friday, March 24, 2017

High court gives nonprofit hospitals a partial win
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday vacated a lower court’s ruling that found unconstitutional a state law allowing not-for-profit hospitals to avoid paying property taxes in certain cases.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Judge rules in favor of lawmakers seeking their pay
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Illinois lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget, which has caused a pileup of more than $12.8 billion worth of unpaid bills.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Census estimates population drop for Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released Census Bureau estimates show the Chicago-area’s population has declined two years in a row.

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. seeks prison tower cameras to replace guards
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in watchtowers with closed-circuit cameras at nearly two dozen lower-security Illinois prisons, an effort to cut expenses for a cash-strapped state that has gone two years without a budget.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crime
CHICAGO (AP) — The case of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people watched on Facebook raises questions that have come up before in other attacks: What’s the obligation of bystanders who see a crime unfolding? And why do they not intervene?
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Opioid crisis prevention workshop to raise awareness of rural community issue
SPRINGFIELD — Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, mental health and behavioral therapists, pharmacists, dentists, policy makers, public health, law enforcement, community coalitions, and concerned citizens are invited to participate in the “Opioid Crisis Next Door: Prevention, Care and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders” workshop on Wednesday, March 29. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway in Springfield.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Illinois House votes against making Obama birthday a holiday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Barack Obama’s name might be revered in his home state. But the Illinois House has rejected making his birthday a state holiday. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chicago police: Gang-rape investigation progressing
CHICAGO (AP) — Investigators are making good progress in identifying those who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old Chicago girl in an attack that was streamed on Facebook Live, authorities said.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Privatization: 124 prison nurses get layoff notices
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has told 124 prison nurses that their jobs are being privatized, a move their union blasted Tuesday as retaliation for its rejection of a contract offer last year.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Workers to appeal union fees case to high court
CHICAGO (AP) — Two state workers who joined Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s lawsuit arguing labor unions shouldn’t be allowed to collect fees from non-members say they’re appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Catholics' sacred relics part of Springfield discussion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Spiritual relics that Roman Catholics consider sacred will be part of an exposition Thursday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Program on 18th Century French settlements in Illinois
DECATUR, Ill. — Travel across the Midwest with guest speaker Bonnie Vega as she describes French settlement in Illinois, beginning in 1703. Vega’s presentation, 18th Century French Settlement in Illinois Country will be held at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Register online by March 24 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Court won't take up appeal of state worker pay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court won’t immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

State Sen. Biss says he's running for Illinois governor
CHICAGO (AP) — State Sen. Daniel Biss said Monday he’s running for Illinois governor in 2018, joining a growing field of Democrats hoping to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chicago teen was gang-raped on Facebook Live
CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Springfield releases body cam video after officer is charged
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Newly released Springfield police body camera footage shows an officer punching a 19-year-old man nearly a dozen times.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Anti-abortion doc, centers sue over state health law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An anti-abortion physician and two pregnancy help centers have filed a lawsuit alleging an Illinois law requiring them to discuss abortion with patients is unconstitutional. 
Monday, March 20, 2017

Donations made for 7 siblings after parents killed
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Donations are pouring in for seven southern Illinois siblings whose parents were found dead after a tragic chain of events last week.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Voters register objections to budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate’s “grand bargain” budget compromise has had a rough go, with false starts, misfires, a lukewarm Republican reception, and Democrats abruptly pulling the plug last month when GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner weighed in against it. And that doesn’t count taxpayers’ reaction. 
Monday, March 20, 2017

Team to review Papers of Lincoln
SPRINGFIELD – Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, announced today that a team of experts will review the library’s Papers of Abraham Lincoln project and make recommendations for the future of this vital initiative.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Chicago police investigate officer who raised money for kids
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police sergeant who helped give the department’s battered public image a lift by raising money for three little girls found in a filthy, unheated abandoned building last year is now the subject of an department probe into the fundraising effort.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Coroner: Man in fatal house fire was shot in the head
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man found dead inside a burned home in southern Illinois had been shot in the head, and a gun was found in his ex-wife’s SUV after she drove into a nearby lake and died shortly after the fire was reported, authorities said Friday.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Charges filed against parents of wounded toddler
CHICAGO (AP) — The parents of a Chicago toddler who was accidently shot in the head have been charged with crimes related to the shooting and the care of their other children.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Renovation of historic Galesburg theater gets rave reviews
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — The renovation of a more than 100-year-old theater in western Illinois is getting rave reviews.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Illinois ID cards aim to help drivers with disabilities
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — New identification cards in Illinois aim to ease interactions between police and people with disabilities.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

UI aid would support in-state students
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois would reserve 85 percent of financial aid for Illinois residents as part of a proposed five-year state funding agreement being considered in the Legislature.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Caterpillar hires ex US AG after raid
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. is hiring a former U.S. attorney general to help it sort out matters that sparked a federal raid on its headquarters in central Illinois.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Chicago woman in suitcase murder in Bali gives up custody of her baby
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American woman convicted in her mother’s “suitcase murder” in Indonesia gave custody of her young daughter on Friday to an Australian woman until her release from prison.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Mom found dead after infant saved in lake rescue
HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — A woman found dead in a  lake near Highland, Illinois, was identified Friday as the mother of an infant rescued hours earlier by a paramedic, who performed CPR on the hood of the submerged SUV in which the child was found floating shortly after a fatal fire erupted at their home.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Panel approves OT rule for home care workers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A legislative panel in Illinois has failed to block a new overtime rule for home care workers that is expected to be in place by late summer.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Durbin: Railway must do more on guns
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin told Norfolk Southern this week that it must do more to secure a major rail yard on Chicago’s South Side after three major gun thefts led to many of the weapons circulating in nearby violence-plagued neighborhoods, according to a letter the Illinois Democrat sent this week to the company’s CEO. 
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Manar's automatic voter registration plan advances
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Senate committee approved a new automatic voter registration plan Wednesday, sending to the floor a proposal that advocates say is tighter than one Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected last year.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Infant pulled from car in lake near Highland, Ill.
HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — An infant was hospitalized in St. Louis today after being found in a car that rolled into an Illinois lake.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Illinois House panel seeks yet another education funding reform proposal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The latest group of Illinois lawmakers to tackle the way the state finances public schools hopes to propose a new funding model and approve it this spring.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ethics: Aldermen warned against White Sox offer
CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the Chicago City Council are again being warned not to accept special offers for a seat at a popular sporting event.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Illinois' poor more often victims of violent crime

CHICAGO (AP) — People living in poverty in Illinois are more likely to become victims of violent crime than high income earners, whether they live in cities, suburbs or rural areas, according to a report released Wednesday by a Chicago research group. 

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

JB Pritzker takes step toward 2018 bid for governor
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker has taken the first formal step toward a 2018 challenge to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lawmakers revive automatic voter registration push
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State lawmakers are attempting to revive an effort that failed last year to bring automatic voter registration to Illinois.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

US atty. in Chicago resigns over persistent violence
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. attorney in Chicago who oversaw the hush-money case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and who helped focus federal scrutiny on local police resigned Monday, lamenting in an open letter that “at no moment” during his 3 1/2-year tenure “did the gun violence abate” in the nation’s third largest city. 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Guitierrez holds Chicago immigration office sit-in
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez was briefly handcuffed Monday during a sit-in at federal immigration offices in Chicago where activists’ demands included revocation of immigration-related executive orders, no future raids and reconsideration of a deportation case. 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Macon County owed thousands by state for prisoner autopsies
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois budget crisis has Macon County out thousands of dollars because it hasn’t been paid by the state for autopsies performed on prison inmates over the past two years.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Police believe St. Charles man killed twin daughters, self
ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — Shootings that left three people dead in suburban Chicago appear to be a murder-suicide carried out by a man who fatally shot his teenage twin daughters and wounded his wife before killing himself, police said Sunday.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Chicago city hall spent $1,300 on photos for mayor's speech
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration spent more than $1,300 on dozens of photographs featuring Emanuel that lined a union hall where he delivered an address last month on infrastructure needs.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Student from Ghana bonds with Peoria family
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Before she left her home in Ghana, Abigail Adusei had heard of Springfield because of Abraham Lincoln. She knew of Chicago because of Western movies, including the teen romantic comedy “High School Musical.”
Monday, March 13, 2017

Official's pay removed from health fund
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office has filed paperwork to ensure a new deputy governor isn’t paid from an insurance fund that is $4 billion behind on medical payments. 
Saturday, March 11, 2017

White-tail deer website to debut in April

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials are preparing to launch a website dedicated to the white-tailed deer in Illinois. 

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Labor experts unsure of future if state workers strike
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It’s unclear whether people who might replace state employees in the event of a strike by Illinois’ largest public-employee union could end up with permanent jobs.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

New law aimed at reducing state prison population
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has been joined by Democratic lawmakers to sign a measure his office says is “the most comprehensive criminal justice reform” in Illinois history.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Former prosecutor not guilty in first wife's death
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois prosecutor and University of Illinois football captain Curtis Lovelace was found not guilty Friday in his second murder trial for the Valentine’s Day 2006 death of his first wife.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Thousands join in St. Patrick's events in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of people turned out for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Chicago this weekend. 
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Senate Democrats decry lack of help on budget cuts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Senate Democrats are critiquing the budget-cutting prowess of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s cabinet. Committee chairmen decried Thursday the performance of agency heads who declined to specify in committee hearings this week where they could cut spending to balance the budget. In a state Capitol news conference, the Democrats flashed a board entitled: “Budget Cuts Offered by Bruce Rauner’s Agency Bosses: $0.00.”
Friday, March 10, 2017

Illinois official's pay was tied to a health care fund

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration had arranged to pay a new deputy governor out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state’s budget crisis, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Transfer of Drew Peterson to federal prison explained
CHICAGO (AP) — A memo says Illinois prison officials wanted Drew Peterson transferred to a federal prison because the former suburban police officer convicted of killing his third wife and plotting to kill the prosecutor posed a danger to the prison.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Chicago police want stricter gun sentencing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Senate proposal to increase prison sentences for repeat gun offenders would help curb the city’s rampant gun violence, Chicago’s top law enforcement officer said Thursday.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Illinois State University is digitizing more than 300 circus route books

By LENORE SOBOTA

The Pantagraph

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Maureen Brunsdale was in Sarasota, Florida for an induction ceremony at the Circus Ring of Fame when the announcement was made that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was ending its 146-year run.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Chicago tries to learn from New York's success
CHICAGO (AP) — Even before President Donald Trump tweeted a threat to send “in the Feds” to curb Chicago’s gun violence, he was saying on the campaign trail that there was a simple solution to the bloodshed: police should get tougher. Chicago should follow the lead of New York City, Trump’s administration has said, and crack down on even the smallest offenses.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Madigan introduces bill to make library freestanding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum into a freestanding institution in his proposed state budget, Speaker Michael J.. Madigan is introducing legislation to improve the administration of the library, advancing an effort prioritized by both Rauner and House Democrats.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lawyer to depose Hastert when he's released
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a sexual abuse victim of Dennis Hastert says she’ll depose the former U.S. House speaker after he’s released from federal custody.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chicago gets worst pension rating among nation's 15 largest cities
CHICAGO (AP) — A Wall Street rating agency says Chicago isn’t alone in grappling with underfunded city employee pensions, but that it’s in the worst shape among the nation’s 15 largest cities.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Judge: Comptroller may choose funds to pay workers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the Illinois state comptroller may direct which accounts should be used to pay state employees. 


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cook Co. employee gets $200,000 in comp time

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County’s top judge is reviewing the adult probation department’s compensation practices after one of its leaders accrued more than $200,000 in compensatory time.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mementos get sentimental journey
CROSSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Mementoes of a southern Illinois couple’s wedding and engagement have been found nearly 50 miles away after a tornado tore their home from its foundation.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

U of I aims to end binge drinking
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials are working with law enforcement in Champaign-Urbana to end a student tradition of binge drinking on what’s known as “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” after a student’s death this weekend.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Agency heads ready to talk budget, not budget cuts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday that Senate Democrats must make “real spending cuts” in their proposed budget compromise, just hours before his agency directors refused to offer suggestions for reductions when asked by Senate committees.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What govs are saying about the GOP health plan
(AP) — Some governors, including Republicans, are unhappy with a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law and say they will work on their own legislation to compete with the House bill introduced Monday.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tips for viewing Cubs Series trophy in Springfield tomorrow
SPRINGFIELD – The Chicago Cubs’ World Series Trophy will be on display Wednesday afternoon at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The following information may be helpful in your planning.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Road in Shawnee Forest is closing for snake migration
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A 2 1/2-mile road in the Shawnee National Forest is closing to allow snakes and other amphibians to migrate from the limestone bluffs where they’ve spent the winter to a nearby swamp. 
Monday, March 6, 2017

Chicago almost goes full week with out a fatal shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago nearly went a full week without a fatal shooting.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Many Illinois farmers ahead of schedule this year
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Unseasonably high temperatures have allowed Illinois farmers to work in the fields, but many of them are woandering how the weather will affect their crops and orchards.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Gambling proposal would add casinos in 6 places
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A proposal to expand casino gambling in Illinois would put new casinos in six locations, raising revenue for a cash-strapped state that’s been without a spending plan for two years.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Members of Congress urge Trump to release Asian carp report
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Three members of Congress are urging President Donald Trump to break a logjam on preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

February broke record for warm temperatures in Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The last month was the warmest February on record in Illinois.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Peanut butter substitute recalled after E. coli outbreak
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A peanut butter substitute sold by an Illinois company is being recalled because 12 cases of E. coli have been linked to the product.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Rauner barred from immediately imposing contract terms
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state’s largest public employee union.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Illinois inmate mistakenly released captured in Georgia
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man accused in a 2012 Chicago expressway killing and mistakenly released from state custody last month has been captured in Georgia.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Chance the Rapper, Illinois governor discuss school funding
CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper used a Friday sit-down with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to press for immediate funding for cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, but said he left “flustered” over “vague answers.”
Saturday, March 4, 2017

State spells out proposed services tax
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois would charge sales tax on storage lockers, private detectives, lawn care and body piercing under legislation introduced in the Senate on Thursday.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Feds raid Cat offices in probe related to Swiss unit
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials raided three central Illinois facilities of manufacturer Caterpillar on Thursday as part of an investigation the company said may be related to business with its Swiss subsidiary CSARL.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Railroad thefts and guns a deadly mix in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — When street-gang thieves slipped with ease into a Norfolk Southern rail yard on Chicago’s South Side and ripped locks off one train, they likely expected to see merchandise like toys or tennis shoes. What they beheld instead was a gangster’s jackpot: box after box of brand new guns.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Congressman rebuked for 'Oriental' description
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois congressman compared town hall meetings, which for many Republicans have turned into raucous affairs, to the practice of “cleansing” by “Orientals.”
Friday, March 3, 2017

U of I asks departments to cut budgets 2 percent
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The state’s ongoing budget deadlock has spurred the University of Illinois to ask its departments to cut an average of about 2 percent from their budgets.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Man given 8 year prison sentence for taking bathroom videos
CHICAGO (AP) — A man arrested with video recordings of children using the bathroom at Chicago’s Wrigley Field has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Illinois man dies, raising Midwestern storm death toll

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man has died after being struck by a tree during a powerful Midwestern storm, raising the death toll for the regional storms to four.

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Illinois Senate returns to work after budget deal fizzles
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate returns to work a day after acrimony over a failed attempt to reach a budget compromise. 
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Athletes have mixed feelings about 'Lady' nickname
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — When Northern Illinois women’s basketball coach Lisa Carlsen was a player from 1988-92, her college had two different names for the basketball teams.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

AFSCME threatens strike against Illinois Taxpayers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor Rauner has signed labor agreements with 20 unions. But offered similar, common-sense proposals like overtime eligibility after 40 hours instead of 37.5, AFSCME now wants its members to strike against our State’s hardworking taxpayers.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Illinois Products Expo returns to Springfield with taste of Illinois
SPRINGFIELD — This year, the 19th annual Illinois Products Expo will offer a 'Taste of Illinois agriculture' as visitors will be able to taste, sample and purchase all of what Illinois has to offer.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Old State Capitol celebrating
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Old State Capitol historic site will celebrate the anniversary of Springfield’s selection as the new Illinois capital Friday with free coffee and the chance to win a Cubs “W” flag that flew over the historic building.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Senate confirms Montana Rep. Zinke for Interior
WASHINGTON (AP) — Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke won Senate confirmation today as President Donald Trump’s Interior secretary, giving him responsibility for overseeing the nation’s 400 million acres of public land, mostly in the West.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chicago's lack of snow in 2017 sets 146-year record

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago hasn’t logged any snow on the ground in January or February for the first time in the 146 years that the National Weather Service has been keeping track. 

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Some facts about hail from the NWS
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2 killed in Illinois during Tuesday storms
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — A spring-like storm system that killed at least three people, two in Illinois) as it spawned tornadoes and damaged dozens of homes in the central U.S. rumbled eastward today, putting about 95 million people in its path, forecasters said.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ISP arrest Spfld. officer for misconduct
SPRINGFIELD — On February 27, 2017, the Illinois State Police (ISP) was requested by the Springfield Police Department (SPD) to investigate a report of an altercation between an on-duty SPD Officer and a 19 year-old male from Springfield.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Illinois Senate makes progress on 'grand bargain'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate lurched forward on a budget compromise Tuesday but the critical votes for breaking the historic budget stalemate were scheduled on the floor today.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Duckworth disses Trump for his military comments
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost both legs in combat, criticized President Donald Trump’s comments that Americans “don’t fight to win” wars, saying the remarks show he isn’t fit to be commander in chief. 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chicago schools continue in court to seek funding
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools officials on Monday said the nation’s third largest school system will end the academic year three weeks early if the state of Illinois does not provide enough funds to close a deficit and provide teacher pension fund release.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Southern Illinois town backs immigrant
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois community that solidly backed President Donald Trump has rallied behind a Mexican restaurant manager who doesn’t have legal permission to live in the U.S. and has been detained by immigration officials. 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Many state symbols on chopping block in Spfld.

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

SPRINGFIELD — As if any more controversy was needed in Springfield, a Senate bill is seeking to drop all Illinois state symbols except the flag, seal, motto, and song.  Though it’s unlikely the measure will pass, a myriad of unique and quirky symbols are in jeopardy.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Memorial holding mental health first aid sessions
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Behavioral Health will host two opportunities for the public to receive training to learn how to identify and respond to people showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

LLCC hosting fifth annual college prep summit
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College is hosting the fifth annual College Prep Summit Thursday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Trutter Center, LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road. LLCC’s Office of Retention and Student Success is partnering with Springfield School District 186 and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to present the event.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Deaths were murder-suicide

HERRIN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say they believe the shootings deaths of two people in the southern Illinois community of Herrin was a murder-suicide. 

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Ill. tollway eliminating buckets to catch coin tolls
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — The large plastic buckets that Illinois Tollway drivers usually toss change into to pay tolls soon will be eliminated.
Monday, February 27, 2017

United Airlines' new destinations include Champaign

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — United Airlines says it’s adding new destinations in smaller cities this summer including Champaign. 

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

High levels of manganese found on Chicago's far South Side neighborhood
CHICAGO (AP) — Dusty mounds of petroleum coke are no longer in Chicago, but federal and city officials have discovered a potentially more dangerous kind of pollution while investigating the black piles that once towered above the city’s far South Side.
Monday, February 27, 2017

School seminar near Chicago sparks civil rights, race debate
WINNETKA, Ill. (AP) — When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago’s wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drafted two National Book Award winners as keynote speakers and crafted a syllabus that would be the envy of most liberal arts colleges.
Monday, February 27, 2017

2nd murder trial for ex-Illinois prosecutor delayed 1 day
CHICAGO (AP) — The retrial of a former Illinois prosecutor charged with first-degree murder in the death of his first wife has been delayed by one more day. 
Monday, February 27, 2017

Doctors warn against teen pot use amid looser marijuana laws

CHICAGO (AP) — An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Family dog key part of goose hunting expeditions
ULLIN, Ill. (AP) — It had been a fairly eventful morning in the Wilson family goose pit.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Historic 'Mill' in Lincoln to open with celebration
LINCOLN, Ill.  — On April 29th, 2017, The Mill on Route 66 will open for the first time ever as a Route 66 museum. Plans include a gift shop, featuring unique local items, and Route 66 souvenirs.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

University to honor poet Gwendolyn Brooks' legacy

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Chicago is honoring the legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks with events including a major gathering of writers, musicians and scholars.

 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Illinois lawmaker aims to legalize possession of noise suppressors on guns
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker is looking to legalize the possession of noise suppressors in Illinois in order to reduce the risk of hearing damage from shooting a gun.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

How to buy a home when you haven't sold yours

 You've found the perfect new home for your family, but your current house hasn't sold yet. You can't afford to carry two mortgages, or maybe you were counting on money from your sale to help with the down payment and closing costs.


Friday, February 24, 2017

AG Madigan convenes summit on Trump orders
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has convened legal and civil rights organizations in the wake of what she calls “troubling” executive orders issued by President Donald Trump. 
Friday, February 24, 2017

Speaker Madigan forms school funding panel

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a panel to pick up where a recent commission left off revamping the state’s outdated public school funding formula.

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fraternity is suspended
CHICAGO (AP) — Loyola University in Chicago has suspended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity as it investigates the organization for hazing.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Fungus on landscape shrubs found in so. Illinois

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have discovered a devastating fungus that can kill popular landscape shrubbery. 

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Springfield officer won't face charges
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield police officer won’t face criminal charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man during an altercation.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Cantigny Park undergoing renovation
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Cantigny Park outside Chicago, once the private estate of a former publisher of the Chicago Tribune, will be getting a face lift over the next five years.
Friday, February 24, 2017

12 CPD SWAT members disciplined
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say 12 Chicago police SWAT team members were suspended for a day without pay after they failed to fully clear a house following a December standoff.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Missing deputy cold case gets lead
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are digging up a Joliet basement as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a former Will County sheriff’s deputy who went missing more than a quarter century ago.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cubs World Series trophy in Springfield March 8
SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes the Chicago Cubs Trophy Tour, presented by State Farm, Wednesday, March 8.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Deere CEO says company will stay in Quad Cities
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — The CEO of Deere & Co. says the company will keep its world headquarters in Moline for as long as he’s around.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Durbin urges med, dental schools to combat drug crisis
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants medical and dental schools in Illinois to have training sessions on responsible opioid prescription.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jackson, Jr. gets $138K in benefits after doing time in jail
CHICAGO (AP) — Records from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s divorce case show how the federal government has given him large benefit checks after he served time in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign fund.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Illinois union okays strike over contract
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Illinois government workers have voted in favor of authorizing a strike if contract talks don’t progress. 
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chicago schools: "To be very clear, CPS does not provide assistance to ICE"
CHICAGO (AP) — As educators around the United States wonder whether a crackdown on immigrants will reach their schoolhouse doors, principals in Chicago have been given a simple order: Do not let federal immigration agents in without a criminal warrant. 
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Two plans afloat to name state highways for Obama
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from Chicago want portions of Illinois highways named for former President Barack Obama.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Plight of company towns like Decatur and Peoria: finding a new identity
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year's State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring "We wouldn't be Peoria without Caterpillar."
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chicago students to see 'Hamilton'
HICAGO (AP) — An education program that debuted last year with the megahit musical “Hamilton” on Broadway is coming to the touring company in Chicago. 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Board of Ed settles '08 funding lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education has voted to approve the settlement of a years-long lawsuit that claimed discriminatory school funding.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Experts: Science behind 'abortion reversal' is flawed

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawmakers in several states are considering requirements for doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions about an unproven procedure called “abortion reversal.”

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Drew Peterson transferred out of Illinois prisons
MENARD, Ill. (AP) — Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, has been transferred out of the Illinois prison system and into a federal penitentiary in Indiana.  
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Principals told not to allow immigration agents in schools
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools principals have been instructed by district officials not to let federal immigration authorities inside district buildings unless they have a criminal warrant.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A few hundred protest in Chicago on Presidents Day
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chicago-based Life After Hate organization helps people leave hate groups
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Celtic cross tattoo on Shannon Martinez’s leg gives away her past.

A victim of sexual assault at age 14 and never quite able to meet her parents’ expectations, Martinez sought out other angry teens. By 16, she was a skinhead spouting white supremacist rhetoric, giving stiff-armed Nazi salutes and tagging public property with swastikas. She favored racist fashion statements — like the symbol on her right calf.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teen suicide attempts drop
CHICAGO (AP) — Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found.
Monday, February 20, 2017

A state divided - Cubs vs. Cardinals
SPRINGFIELD – Blue vs. red, bear vs. bird, north vs. south – the competition between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals has divided Illinois for generations. Now the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer an exciting new look at this piece of baseball history in “Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry.”
Monday, February 20, 2017

S. Illinois officials monitor use of synthetic opiod
MARION, Ill. (AP) — Officials in southern Illinois are monitoring the use of a synthetic opioid they say was recently introduced in the area and poses a major threat of overdose.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Schools adapting to new asthma emergency law
CHICAGO (AP) — School personnel across Illinois are adapting to a new state law that requires districts to have an emergency protocol to deal with asthma emergencies.
Monday, February 20, 2017

GOP rips Illinois comptroller for buying SUV
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republicans criticized Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza on Sunday for spending $32,000 on a used SUV when the state is months behind in paying its bills, an attack her office dismissed as an attempt to distract from GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “failure.”
Monday, February 20, 2017

Ex-prosecutor's 2nd murder trial set for next week
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A retrial is set to begin next week for a former Illinois prosecutor charged with first-degree murder for the 2006 death of his first wife. 
Monday, February 20, 2017

U of Illinois police issue letter about sexual assaults
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Police at the University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign have issued a letter about sexual assaults after three were reported in recent weeks.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Amtrak officer charged with killing unarmed man in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — An Amtrak police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed Minneapolis man outside Chicago’s Union Station was ordered held on $250,000 bail Friday.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cary woman writes, illustrates cookbook
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Marilyn Penney Welch’s self-published cookbook is one part labor of love, a pinch of nostalgia, and heaping cup of happy accident.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Semi driver gets 10-year sentence for crash that killed 5
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — An Indiana semi-truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people in northern Illinois has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Police: Man charged in shooting death of Chicago toddler
CHICAGO (AP) — A man has been charged in a Chicago shooting captured on video that killed two people, including a toddler, and wounded a pregnant woman, police said Saturday.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

College admission bill advances in Illinois House
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10 percent of their high school’s graduating class.
Friday, February 17, 2017

AG to appeal denial of request to halt worker pay
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A judge on Thursday denied a request by the Illinois attorney general to stop paying state workers unless lawmakers resolve an ongoing budget impasse.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Michel, GOP leader skilled at deal-making, dies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Michel, an affable Illinois congressman who served as leader of the Republican House minority for 14 years and was skilled at seeking compromise critical in getting many initiatives of two Republican presidents through Congress, died Friday. He was 93.
Friday, February 17, 2017

WWII pilot's family to honor O'Hare namesake
CHICAGO (AP) — Family members of Navy pilot Edward “Butch” O’Hare are gathering at his namesake Chicago airport to mark the 75th anniversary of his heroic World War II mission.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Judge takes up Illinois worker pay
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A judge is set to consider a request to halt paychecks for some 63,000 state workers until lawmakers resolve Illinois’ nearly two-year budget impasse. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

A look at how the budget fight has affected residents
CHICAGO (AP) — The fight over Illinois’ state budget has been directly felt by more than 1 million residents, from people with disabilities to seniors and college students. It also has exacerbated the state’s already pathetic financial situation. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Polar bear moves to Chicago's Brookfield Zoo to find romance
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio zoo’s polar bear is off to Chicago to find love.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Chicago PD investigating FB video
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on deadly violence in Chicago (all times local):
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Students, faculty oppose ex-Trump campaign manager's campus visit
CHICAGO (AP) — Some University of Chicago students and faculty are vowing to protest the appearance of a former manager of President Donald Trump’s run for the White House.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Exelon rivals sue to block billions in subsidies
CHICAGO (AP) — Competitors of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday opposing legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to the power giant.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Charges filed in young girl's shooting death in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of an 11-year-old Chicago girl who was shot in the head over the weekend. 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

18,000 call in to Illinois US Rep's phone town hall
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — About 18,000 callers participated in a telephone town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a suburban Chicago Republican who has been criticized for canceling smaller in-person meetings and declining debates.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Study: Surgeons rude to patients may pose problem in the operating room
CHICAGO (AP) — Surgeons who are rude to patients and others may pose a problem in the operating room, according to a study linking unprofessional doctor behavior with infections and other surgery complications.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LLCC scholarship deadline March 1
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation 2017-2018 scholarship application deadline is March 1. Students considering or planning to attend LLCC beginning in fall 2017 are encouraged to apply.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Illinois hoping to help workers save for retirement
CHICAGO (AP) — States are moving forward with new initiatives to help workers save for retirement.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

State seeks nominations for gov's volunteer service awards
SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is accepting nominations for the eighth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.  These awards recognize individual volunteers and for-profit businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois. 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Chicago Police: Girls shot weren't intended targets
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say the two young girls who were critically wounded in separate weekend shootings on Chicago’s South Side were not the intended victims.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Illinois worker pay battle to resurface in court, assembly
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The question of whether to continue paying government workers during Illinois's budget stalemate will surface again this week as a court takes up the state attorney general's motion to halt payments and lawmakers consider a threat by Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto one of two proposals to keep them going.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Judge to hear arguments on Dakota Access pipeline work
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two American Indian tribes have asked a federal judge to stop construction of the last stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline, adding a religious freedom component to their argument that it would endanger their cultural sites and water supply.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Chicago's surgery museum plans sex reassignment exhibit
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago museum that chronicles the history of surgery is planning an exhibit on sex-reassignment procedures.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Head-on crash on rural road kills drivers of ATV, dirt bike
KIRKLAND, Ill. (AP) — DeKalb County authorities say two Illinois men died in a head-on crash on a rural road between an all-terrain vehicle and a dirt bike.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Course offers help for teen drivers with attention disorder
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area students with attention deficit disorder are getting special attention when they learn to drive.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Illinois historic sites to offer electronic donation option
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois soon will give visitors a chance to donate online to free-admission historic sites such as Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb and the Old State Capitol.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Chicago police officer won't be charged in double-fatal shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer who fatally shot a college student and his neighbor while responding to a domestic disturbance in 2015 won’t be charged, prosecutors announced Friday.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Swimsuit costs cause quite a stir at Chicago-area public school district
FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has scrutinized the cost of swimsuits for physical education classes at a Chicago suburb school district
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Man shot by Amtrak officer is paralyzed
CHICAGO (AP) — A Minneapolis man shot in Chicago by an Amtrak police officer is paralyzed and clinging to life, relatives of the man said Friday.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hunters and trappers take 141 bobcats in first Illinois season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 150 bobcats were taken during the first season that a new law allowed the previously endangered animals to be hunted. 

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Woman shot by Chicago police outside store dies
CHICAGO (AP) — A 55-year-old woman shot by Chicago police outside a store has died. 
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Governor and Chicago mayor visit auto show's opening day
CHICAGO (AP) — An auto show that organizers bill as the largest of its kind in North America is open. The 2017 Chicago Auto Show opened Saturday and elected officials including Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bourne to serve on education funding committee, among others
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — This week, the Illinois House of Representatives returned to Springfield and began legislative hearings for the new 100th General Assembly. Members of the House and Senate were given their committee assignments prior to this week’s start of hearings based on their areas of expertise and previous legislative experience.
Friday, February 10, 2017

SIU trustees approve 3.9 percent rate hike
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees have approved a 3.9 percent increase undergraduate tuition for the Carbondale campus and eliminated out-of-state fees.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Group urges dramatic steps, quick action on state budget
CHICAGO (AP) — A new report says Illinois’ financial situation is so bad that the state would have to slash spending by more than 26 percent to balance next year’s budget through cuts alone.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Illinois mayor was punched in face while shopping
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A mayor in southern Illinois says a man punched him in the face while he was shopping at a store.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Rauner and lawmakers can't agree on who writes school funding plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — When it comes to the complex, politically prickly topic of overhauling public school funding in Illinois, lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office can’t even agree on who should take the first step. 
Friday, February 10, 2017

Central Illinois sisters deliver babies 1 day apart
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Kristin Werner’s plan for Tuesday was to visit her sister, Lindsay Litwiller, and Lindsay’s newborn daughter.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Lawmakers aim to make Obama's birthday a holiday in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from Chicago have proposed bills to make former President Barack Obama’s birthday a state holiday.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Message to Trump: House panel okays abortion protection
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation that attempts to ensure abortion remains legal in Illinois regardless of what happens on the federal level moved to the House floor Wednesday.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Still no solution to the nation's longest state budget drought since WWII
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois senators’ attempt to break a budget stalemate Wednesday did not bode well for ending the nation’s longest state-budget drought since World War II, but Republicans and Democrats say they will continue negotiating nevertheless.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kennedy to run for governor
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy said today he will run for Illinois governor in 2018, bringing the instant name recognition of his family’s political legacy to what will likely be a sharply contested race to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Senate back in session seeking compromise on budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate is back in session Wednesday trying to deliver a compromise budget plan. 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lawsuit filed against Lottery company
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys have filed a lawsuit alleging that the company that manages the Illinois Lottery defrauded businesses that sold scratch-off tickets and the customers who bought them by manipulating the number of winning tickets available for purchase, among other things.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Brothers add robotic system to dairy south of Carthage
CARTHAGE, Ill. (AP) — The cows are lining up to be milked at Udder Hill Dairy south of Carthage.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Scores of EPA workers object to Trump's pick to lead agency
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of current and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s pick to head the department.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Peoria housing facility for needy veterans plans new wing
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois group is making progress on expanding housing for needy veterans.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Illinois Senate returns, promises to push budget deal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate returns to Springfield along with a promise of continued work on a budget compromise.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Trucking bed and body company to add 250 jobs in Quincy
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A trucking bed and body company says it plans to expand in western Illinois, eventually adding as many as 250 jobs.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Travel ban lifted for now, but for how long?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota are telling a federal appeals court that restoring President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would “unleash chaos again.”
Monday, February 6, 2017

Reward is offered in vandalism of Chicago synagogue
CHICAGO (AP) — A community activist is offering $500 for information about the vandal who smashed a window at a downtown Chicago synagogue and put stickers with swastikas on the building's front door.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Chicago agrees to settle for $20M with red-light camera co.
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago has settled a lawsuit for $20 million that it filed against a red-light camera company whose former chief executive pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Backers want Illinois to be sanctuary state

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois legislators are proposing to boost immigrant protections statewide in response to President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, a move advocates say would essentially give the state "sanctuary" status.

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Shedd Aquarium euthanizes 90-year-old lungfish

CHICAGO (AP) — An Australian lungfish that entranced visitors to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium for more than 80 years has been euthanized due to old age, the popular tourist attraction announced Monday.

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Visa holders rushing to board flights to us now
CHICAGO (AP) — Visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries who were turned away from the United States due to President Donald Trump's travel ban are hoping to make it through a narrow window opened by legal challenges.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Proposed fine against Dakota Access company to get hearing
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline will have to present evidence at a hearing to prove the company didn’t willfully violate North Dakota rules when it failed to provide details of how it planned to avoid disturbing Native American artifacts during construction, state regulators said.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ex-Illinois troopers gets probation for bribery, misconduct
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois state trooper convicted of bribing a police officer to ticket his former girlfriend has been sentenced to probation.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Illinois governor to push similar budget message
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says his annual budget message this month will be similar to one he delivered last year, asking legislators to work with him on crafting a balanced spending plan or allowing him to make cuts of his own.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Worker killed while working on surburban Chicago tower
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — A maintenance worker has been killed while working in a suburban Chicago tower.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Lawyer: Singapore teen seeking asylum detained until hearing
CHICAGO (AP) — A Singapore teen seeking asylum after blog posts mocking his government landed him jail will remain in U.S. custody until a Chicago immigration court hearing next month.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

State Police on the lookout for DUI offenders this weekend
SPRINGFIELD— Illinois State Police (ISP) District 09 rolled out enforcement plans for the 51st Super Bowl weekend. ISP Troopers will strictly enforce FATAL-4 violations which includes; DUI, Speeding, Distracted Driving, and Seat Belt compliance, but will place an emphasis on impaired driving.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Last nuns leaving East St.L day care after decades
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Sister Gema Juarez came to the Midwest from Texas more than 40 years ago to fulfill her mission as a youth leader, a mission that almost ended in disaster a few weeks ago when a massive fire nearly destroyed her home.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Illinois is among top states accepting immigrants
(AP) — President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries has put a spotlight on those immigrant communities across the country.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Lawmakers draft plans to keep paychecks flowing
CHICAGO (AP) — Two Illinois lawmakers have introduced legislation to ensure that state employees continue receiving paychecks even if a judge agrees with the state attorney general’s argument that their pay should be halted during the budget impasse.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Man accused in killing had previous conviction overturned
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of killing a St. Louis-area woman and putting her body in a garbage container has a previous murder conviction, but one that was overturned in court.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Widow plans sale of folk artist's work
SALISBURY, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois folk artist’s widow is planning a sale of his paintings and other work.
Friday, February 3, 2017

New bill would let teens join organ donor registry
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds register for the state’s organ and tissue donor registry.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Illinois State Police warns of phone scams
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state. Several individuals have reported to the ISP that they have received telephone calls from an individual(s) discussing the ISP pension fund, and requesting they send money immediately.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Mild January in Illinois, temps 5 degrees above normal
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state climate experts say the temperature during January was 5 degrees above normal and the state recorded its 14th-warmest January on record.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Acting US attorney general is Carlinville native
CARLINVILLE – Doris Boente is naturally elated to be the mother of the highest-ranking civilian law enforcement official in America.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Group recommends Illinois school funding fix
CHICAGO (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers and other officials reached agreement Wednesday on a plan to bring more equity to the way Illinois funds its schools, although enacting the blueprint could be tricky amid the state’s budget stalemate.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump honors fallen Navy SEAL from Peoria
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — Assuming the somber duties of commander in chief, President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip Wednesday to honor the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in a weekend raid in Yemen.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Caterpillar moving top execs to Chicago area
NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. is moving its headquarters to the Chicago area and won’t build a new complex in its current Peoria, Illinois location.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

State museum hosting program on Underground Railroad
 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Museum invites children and their families to learn about the Underground Railroad on Saturday, February 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the “North in the Night:  The Underground Railroad” Super Saturday event.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CPD unveils new crime-fighting effort
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department has unveiled new high-tech crime-fighting strategies and equipment as the city deals with increases in homicides and gang violence.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Case of dog shot, hung from bridge has gone cold
PAXTON, Ill. (AP) — Police have closed without an arrest the case of a dog that had been shot and tied to an Illinois bridge with his mouth taped closed so he wouldn’t bark.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

State gets federal reimbursement for Quincy Veterans Home water plant
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) has awarded the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) $4.173 million dollars to reimburse funds spent for the new water treatment facility at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy (IVHQ).
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Judge rules 2nd wife can testify in Quincy case
VIRGINIA, Ill. (AP) — A judge has ruled prosecutors can present evidence that Curtis Lovelace was abusive to his second wife when he is retried in his first wife’s death.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Volunteer firefighter's wife, children killed in fire
FRANKLIN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a volunteer firefighter’s wife and two children died when a blaze swept through the family’s home.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ill. fails to support disability services, report finds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal court monitor is criticizing Illinois for failing to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive adequate support within their communities for a second year in a row.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trial for discredited Ill. officer's wife delayed
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois judge has again delayed the felony trial for the widow of a suburban Chicago police officer who killed himself and made it look like he was gunned down in the line of duty.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Former officer pleads guilty to burglaries
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former Edwardsville police officer has pleaded guilty to six felony counts over two years after he was charged with a long string of burglaries.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Chicago's racial wealth gap worse than national average
CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit wealth-building organization says about 65 percent of African-American, Latino and Asian households in Chicago would be thrown into poverty within three months if the breadwinner loses their job.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Former officer pleads guilty to burglaries
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former Edwardsville police officer has pleaded guilty to six felony counts over two years after he was charged with a long string of burglaries.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

House fire kills 3 in central Ill. including boy, baby
FRANKLIN, Ill. (AP) — Officials in central Illinois say a woman and two children have died in a house fire in the town of Franklin.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Proposed laws aim to reform Illinois group homes
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are proposing six new laws that would strengthen licensing requirements and oversight for thousands of group homes for adults with disabilities.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Peoria Navy SEAL killed in al-Qaida raid remembered as hero
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A Peoria U.S. Navy sailor killed during a raid on al-Qaida base in Yemen is being remembered as a hero.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain
CHICAGO (AP) — Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities including web-surfing, playing bridge and socializing can stave off mental decline, new research says.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Illinois fails to support disability services, report finds
Monday, January 30, 2017

U of Illinois temporarily shutting ice arena for repairs
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is shutting down its ice arena from March 17 until the beginning of the fall semester so that a new ice mat and refrigeration system can be installed.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Walgreens slashes offer for Rite Aid, pushes back deadline
Walgreens substantially lowered its offering price for drugstore rival Rite Aid and, facing resistance from U.S. regulators, raised the number of stores it would be willing to unload to ease monopoly concerns.
Monday, January 30, 2017

AFSCME holding vote on whether to authorize Illinois strike
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Members of Illinois’ largest public-employee union are voting on whether to authorize a strike as contract talks with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration remain stalled.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Singapore teen submits US asylum claim in immigration court
CHICAGO (AP) — A Singapore teen seeking asylum after online posts mocking his government landed him jail has appeared in a Chicago immigration court.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Museum to open exhibit on New Philadelphia
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A temporary museum exhibit is to open in Springfield showcasing New Philadelphia — the first U.S. town to be founded and registered by an African-American.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

New tax doesn't apply to bags for food stamp items
CHICAGO (AP) — Shoppers in Chicago will soon have to pay a checkout tax of 7 cents per bag at all retailers in the city unless they bring their own bags to stores.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Champaign schools start archery as a club sport
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Two high schools in Champaign have created archery programs after the success of the sport at a local middle school.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Conservation success tales to be shared at Rock Spgs.
DECATUR, Ill. — Discover what animals have rebounded from near extinction during Conservation Success Stories at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mt. Pulaski courthouse honors Lincoln
MOUNT PULASKI, Ill. – Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday Feb. 11 with one of his favorite people and one of his favorite desserts.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Area orchestra to present special concert Feb. 11
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra will host War and Peace. The performance, under the direction of Conductor Matthew Sheppard, takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Hoogland Center for the Arts’ Theatre 3.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Vandalia Statehouse offers program, Lincoln in-laws
VANDALIA, Ill. – Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday Feb. 11 with refreshments, music and a look at his in-laws who sided with the South during the Civil War.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Springfield sites plan events for Lincoln's birthday
SPRINGFIELD – The presidential library dedicated to Abraham Lincoln will celebrate his birthday by offering free admission, presenting a special concert and, along with the Old State Capitol, hosting some of the nation’s top Lincoln scholars.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Patrick Henry governed Illinois in territorial days
ILLINOIS — During the heat of the impending American Revolution on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry uttered the famous words “give me liberty or give me death.”  It is unlikely that he was thinking of Illinois at the time.
Saturday, January 28, 2017









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