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Study pinpoints college students 1st drug use
CHICAGO (AP) — Parents worried that their college-bound children might succumb to the temptations of campus life may want to take note of a new analysis that found that students tend to experiment with specific types of drugs for the first time during certain times of year.
Thursday, August 27, 2015


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Budget expert leaves Illinois without spending plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The contract of a budget expert tapped by Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to expire without a state budget in place.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Judge blasts state for not paying
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago scolded Illinois officials Wednesday for not fully complying with her order to pay social service providers in answer to a consent decree.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Union and Mitsubish negotiate in hopes of selling plant
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Union officials say they’re pursuing contract negotiations with Mitsubishi even though the automaker plans to shut down its central Illinois plant.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Peoria airport aiming for international flights
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Officials at Peoria’s airport say they hope renovations in the works will help the facility compete for passengers wanting to fly international.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Schock replacement candidates debate
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two candidates seeking to serve the remainder of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s term offered up during a debate Wednesday different views about how to improve the economy of the 18th Congressional District.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Peterson seeks to toss wiretaps in new case
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Drew Peterson wants a southern Illinois judge to exclude wiretap evidence he says was improperly obtained in a murder-for-hire case involving the prosecutor who helped convict the former suburban Chicago police officer of killing his third wife.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Illinois city compiles list of habitual drunks
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The police department in Illinois’ second largest city is going to compile a “habitual drunkard” list to help fight public intoxication.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

U of I leaders forced out land high-paid jobs
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The resignation of the top administrator at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus is following a familiar script: Step down under pressure, take a year off with pay, then return as one of the highest-paid members of the faculty.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Spfld. man admits to ad scam
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield businessman has pleaded guilty to defrauding thousands of small businesses in more than 32 states through an advertising scam.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fed grand jury investigating East St. Louis towing fees
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A federal grand jury is investigating how towing fees are collected by the city of East St. Louis.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Salaita attys again say Uof I destroyed evidence
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a professor who is suing the University of Illinois over a lost job offer have asked a federal judge to restore claims that evidence in the case was destroyed.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Report: U of I athletes tested positive for drugs 65 times in '14-15
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A newspaper report says University of Illinois athletes tested positive for banned drugs 65 times during the 2014-2015 year.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hospitals can't bill sex assault victims
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is hailing a new state law that will prevent hospitals from billing survivors of sexual assault for medical forensic exams.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rauner, lawmakers focus on smaller project in budget mess
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner bickered over potholes, airplanes and other smaller-ticket items Tuesday as officials prepared to answer a contempt charge in federal court alleging the cash-strapped state missed a deadline to pay some service providers.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

State Fair officials: Smaller crowds, but big ticket sales
SPRINGFIELD – Officials say the 2015 Illinois State Fair had fewer fairgoers but estimations show the fair had the second highest gross sales in Grandstand ticket sales.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rep. Davis invited to speak at Blackburn convocation
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — US Rep. Rodney Davis will be the guest speaker at Blackburn College’s All-College Convocation, on Wednesday, August 26.The convocation marks the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year and welcomes new and returning students to the college. 
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Comptroller: No money to pay despite court order
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger’s office says it’s unable to pay social service agencies as directed by a court order because it can’t find the funds.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rauner: State cannot afford heroin program now
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed Monday critical pieces of a bill  intended to fight heroin addiction and overdoses, saying that while he supports the measure in principle, the state can’t afford it.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Overtime pay for work-related calls after hours? Judge to decide
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge is set to decide whether Chicago police officers should have received overtime pay for answering work-related calls and emails after hours, a case that could help clarify what it means for an employee to be off the clock in the age of smartphones.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Another top official at U of I resigning over use of private email
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The No. 2 official at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus announced his resignation Monday, the second high-level resignation following the disclosure that private email accounts were to use avoid public scrutiny of school business.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Abandoned Chicago railway becomes park in the sky
CHICAGO (AP) — On an abandoned Chicago railway line cutting between the treetops, bike commuters zip by walkers and joggers, all traversing a ribbon of concrete undulating through a lush landscape where clattering freight cars once ferried everything from coal to furniture.
Monday, August 24, 2015

Madigan spokesman has lucrative outside deals
CHICAGO (AP) — The top aide to powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is a contract employee with outside clients who depend on Madigan and the Legislature for funding, according to a published report.
Monday, August 24, 2015

County helps minority business bid on gov't contracts
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Encouraging minority and woman-owned businesses to get involved in bidding for government contracts wasn’t enough for the Peoria County Board.
Monday, August 24, 2015

100 years since Lovejoy press lifted from river
ALTON, Ill. (AP) — A century ago, Sparks Milling Company workers were dredging the Mississippi River to make way for a concrete pier when they unearthed the cast-iron yoke believed to be part of Elijah Parish Lovejoy’s printing press.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Ind. team that raided Fogle's home used mobile laboratory
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When they arrived at Jared Fogle’s home last month, law enforcement officials were armed with more than a search warrant: They rolled up with a mobile forensics laboratory that has revolutionized how Indiana investigates child-exploitation and pornography crimes and helped make the state a national model.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Some Illinois health systems say no to medical marijuana
CHICAGO (AP) — Patients must have a doctor’s signature to buy medical marijuana in Illinois, but some health systems are forbidding doctors from putting pen to paper because the drug is still illegal at the federal level.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Agency says human error led to Illinois prisons data breach
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Corrections says preliminary findings suggest human error was to blame for the inadvertent release of social security numbers and other personal information of more than 1,000 agency employees.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Rauner vetoes bill to mandate hepatitis C testing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation aimed at fighting an epidemic of contagious liver disease, saying it would cost the state money it doesn’t have.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Luxury buildings change housing at U of I
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The luxury housing boom that’s occurred over the past 14 years at the University of Illinois has changed the way students live on campus, though the allure is starting to wear off due to the price of rent, according to school officials.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jury awards Michael Jordan big win, $8.9M for name's use
CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors at a civil trial focused on the market value of Michael Jordan’s identity have handed him a major win, ordering a grocery-store chain to pay him $8.9 million for invoking his name in a steak ad without his permission.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fromer mayor returns to E. St. Louis
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A former East St. Louis mayor defeated in his April re-election bid has now been hired as city manager at an annual salary of $100,000, twice his mayoral pay, as his successor the municipal government faces a nearly $6 million budget shortfall.
Friday, August 21, 2015

Jesse White says he won't seek another term in office
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Longtime Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he won’t seek another term in office.
Friday, August 21, 2015

DuPage starts process to fire president
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) — Trustees of Illinois’ largest community college have voted to begin the process of firing President Robert Breuder, who has been under scrutiny for a hefty severance package and spending at the college, but some are questioning whether ousting him is legal.
Friday, August 21, 2015

Rev. Jesse Jackson visits Julian Assange
LONDON (AP) — American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where the Australian has been living for over three years.
Friday, August 21, 2015

Comcast reveals name in online case
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Comcast Cable Communications has given a northern Illinois politician the identity of an Internet service subscriber whose account was used to post an anonymous comment online suggesting the politician molests children.
Friday, August 21, 2015

State releases names of 7 who have go ahead to grow marijuana
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois businesses with state approval to grow marijuana are located as far north as Freeport near the Wisconsin state line and as far south as the Edwards County city of Albion.
Friday, August 21, 2015

Gov. Rauner signs bill to release $5.4B in federal funds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to release $5.4 billion in federal funds during a stalemate over the state budget.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Earliest breast cancer risky for some women, study suggests
CHICAGO (AP) — New research shows that chances of dying from very early breast cancer are small but the disease is riskier for young women and blacks, the same disparities seen for more advanced cancer.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

2 Chicago firms among 5 finalists in contest to design WWI memorial in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five design concepts have emerged in a competition to build a new national World War I Memorial in Washington, with ideas ranging from neoclassical architecture to a portrait collage of the “American family.”
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Democrat Day at the fair: Madigan says party is engaged in 'epic struggle'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats gathered for their annual Democratic County Chairman’s Association brunch and Democrat Day festivities at the Illinois State Fair today where Illinois Democratic Party Chairman and House Speaker Michael Madigan said Democrats are engaged in an “epic struggle” with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and need to stand firm.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rauner at Republican Day discusses one-party mess
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A re-energized Illinois Republican Party celebrated its newfound influence Wednesday, with party leaders telling a cheering crowd at the Illinois State Fair they are more united than ever against majority Democrats and Gov. Bruce Rauner announcing a goal to have GOP control of the Legislature within eight years.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blagojevich to ask Supreme Court to hear case
CHICAGO (AP) — A full appellate court indicated Wednesday that it will not rehear an appeal of Rod Blagojevich’s corruption convictions, and his lawyer responded that the imprisoned former Illinois governor will appeal next to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Protests in St. Louis again after fatal shooting of another black teenager
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Officers arrested at least nine people and deployed tear gas amid protests in St. Louis over the death of a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by police after he pointed a gun at them, the city’s police chief said.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Union members protest Gov. Rauner at state fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of union members protested Gov. Bruce Rauner and other Republicans as they rallied at the Illinois State Fair today.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Full court won't rehear Blagojevich's appeal
CHICAGO (AP) — A full appellate court in Chicago will not rehear the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption convictions.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Law creates task force for drone rules
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will form a task force to come up with rules for the use of drones under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Rauner on union strike veto: 'Let me do my job'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Imploring them to “let me do my job,” Gov. Bruce Rauner asked Illinois lawmakers Tuesday not to undo his veto of a measure authorizing an unelected arbitrator to decide a potential labor-negotiation stalemate.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

U of I president talks system enrollment of 100,000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen said he is “testing the waters” for setting a goal that the university’s three campuses should increase enrollment to 100,000 students.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One Yellow Dot Can Make Life or Death Difference
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police, first responders and members of the medical community today showcased the benefits of the Illinois Yellow Dot program and signed up new participants on Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Government concedes mistake in Schock document release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The government has acknowledged that there was no “leak” of documents in a federal investigation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

O'Hare upgrades include charging wall, 'chill zone'
CHICAGO (AP) — O’Hare International Airport is upgrading its terminals to offer travelers better technology, food and seating.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Project to digitize Lincoln's papers awarded $400,000 grant
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A project to find and digitize all documents written by or to President Abraham Lincoln has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ill. governor signs bills affecting veterans
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed several bills on Sunday affecting Illinois veterans, including a measure establishing a discount card program and another offering property tax breaks for those with military-related disabilities.
Monday, August 17, 2015

Board dismisses ruling to allow college athletes to unionize
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Monday overturned a historic ruling that gave Northwestern University football players the go-ahead to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, saying the prospect of union and non-union teams could throw off the competitive balance in college football.
Monday, August 17, 2015

70 acres donated in Iroquois County for proposed refuge
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received a donation of 70 acres of land in Iroquois County to go toward establishing the proposed Grand Kankakee Marsh Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
Monday, August 17, 2015

Chicago earns nearly $285M from red light cameras since '11
CHICAGO (AP) — Records show that the city of Chicago has earned $284.9 million in red-light ticket fines since May 2011 when Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office.
Monday, August 17, 2015

More veterans could take advantage of Rock Island cemetery
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. (AP) — Many veterans and their family members who could qualify aren’t taking advantage of free burials at Rock Island National Cemetery, officials at the western Illinois cemetery said.
Monday, August 17, 2015

Chicago police-involved shooting seriously injures man
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a man has been shot and seriously injured by a Chicago police officer during a traffic stop.
Monday, August 17, 2015

East St. Louis mayor says deficit means layoffs possible
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of East St. Louis says the city may not be able to avoid layoffs because of a projected $5.7 million budget deficit.
Monday, August 17, 2015

Illinois governor signs bills affecting veterans
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed several bills on Sunday affecting Illinois veterans, including a measure establishing a discount card program and another offering property tax breaks for those with military-related disabilities.
Monday, August 17, 2015

Clinton offers forceful defense on issues
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a fierce defense of her handling of the 2012 Benghazi attacks and her use of a private email server as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, dismissing the controversies as “partisan games” in a speech before influential Iowa Democrats on Friday.  
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Two parachutists injured at Chicago Air Show
CHICAGO (AP) — Fire officials say two parachutists have been hospitalized for injuries during the Chicago Air & Water Show.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

The budget: Who's to blame, how to fix it each day
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republicans and Democrats alike wailed when the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved a state budget last year that was more than $1 billion out of balance. Then-gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner called the spending plan “phony,” while the party in power acknowledged it was “incomplete” and riddled with gimmicks.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gov. signs advanced placement reform bill into law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Starting next year, a new state law should help more students get college credit for the advanced placement classes they took in high school, something supporters of the measure hope will keep more college-bound students from going out of state.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Iowa prisons chief tabbed to run Illinois corrections
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner named his second prisons director in six months Friday, tabbing a retired Iowa corrections director to take control of the troubled, sprawling Illinois system for a conservative governor who wants to see criminal justice reform.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Data of 1,000 Illinois prison employees released
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Corrections says a data breach has resulted in the release of social security numbers and other personal information of more than 1,000 agency employees.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Blues in Central Park Thursday in Decatur
DECATUR, Ill. — The finale for the 2015 Blues in Central Park concert series is Thursday, August 20 when Southern Hospitality takes the stage in downtown Decatur. Considered a “supergroup” in the music industry, each member of the band are popular blues artists in their own right, with Damon Fowler and JP Soars on guitar, pianist Victor Wainwright, bassist Chuck Riley, and Chris Peet on drums. When they do all come together on stage, the result is a delightful brew of southern roots-rock, Delta inspired blues and boogie-woogie.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Illinois Dept. of Agriculture offering new free ag tours at state fair
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois Department of Agriculture was excited to kick off a new free attraction at this years' Illinois State Fair.  The ag tours give fairgoers the opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at Illinois agriculture on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Old State Capitol begins hosting weekly yoga classes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Beautiful summer evenings, a gorgeous historic site and healthy, relaxing yoga – it was a winning combination last year, so the Old State Capitol is making it a regular feature.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

ISU acquires records of Union army's paymaster
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Neither poor penmanship nor his Quaker religion stopped Jesse Fell from becoming the Union army’s paymaster during part of the Civil War.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Illinois breweries eying craft beer legislation
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — As the craft beer industry continues to evolve, brewer Mike Dallas of Scorched Earth Brewing Company said progress certainly has been made both near and far, but there’s still a long way to go.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wise again tenders resignation and declines job
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said Thursday night that she has again submitted her resignation and declined an appointment to an advisory job under President Timothy Killeen.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Rauner appointee leaves top post at 'Get Covered'
CHICAGO (AP) — Get Covered Illinois, the state’s health insurance marketplace, has lost its executive director less than three months ahead of the annual enrollment period under President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Barry medical marijuana center to hold job fair
BARRY, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois medical marijuana cultivation center plans a weekend ribbon-cutting ceremony and job fair amid what its owners call heavy interest from prospective workers.
Friday, August 14, 2015

U of I Killeen wants his bonus removed
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has asked the board of trustees to remove a $225,000 bonus from his contract of the type that has suddenly become controversial with the ouster of Chancellor Phyllis Wise.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Building collapses in Laclede's Landing in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Firefighters are investigating the partial collapse of a five-story brick building in the Laclede's Landing area of downtown St. Louis.
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sen. Kirk's campaign defends caregiver on payroll
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s campaign manager said Wednesday the Illinois Republican did things “by the book” when he gave a campaign job to a personal caregiver hired to assist him following a 2012 stroke.
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Democrats relent, adopt 'clean' federal funds bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House agreed Wednesday to unlock $5.2 billion in federal funding for such things as energy assistance, family nutrition and cancer screenings after Democrats backed off their push to include some state spending in the bill.
Thursday, August 13, 2015

U of I dismisses chancellor, rejects $400,000 bonus
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University Of Illinois trustees plan to begin the process of firing Chancellor Phyllis Wise rather than accept her resignation and pay her a $400,000 bonus she had negotiated. President Timothy Killeen instead plans to assign her to an advisory position reporting directly to him.
Thursday, August 13, 2015

USDA: Expected corn yield lower than 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, down 4 percent from last year’s record.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

87 Ill. counties declared disaster areas
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 87 Illinois counties as primary natural disaster areas, making their farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans because of heavy rains and flooding that have occurred since June 1.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Illinois governor signs police guidelines for body cameras
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making Illinois among the first states to establish a comprehensive plan addressing police procedures including body cameras.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Still no budget and today no vote
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has recessed to private meetings without voting on a measure to free up $5 billion in federal funding despite no state budget.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Jackie Robinson team stripped of title because of 'fraud and cover-up'
CHICAGO (AP) — Court documents filed by Little League International contend Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West baseball team was stripped of its national championship because of “fraud and cover-up.”
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

IEPA holding hearing on permit for Vermillion Co. coal mine
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled a public hearing on a water discharge permit for a proposed underground coal mine in Vermilion County.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dawn Clark Netsch leaves $5M gift to Northwestern
CHICAGO (AP) — Dawn Clark Netsch, the first woman to hold statewide office in Illinois, bequeathed $5 million to Northwestern University to use for financial aid for students attending the school of law.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fairground street to be named after Topinka
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will be honored with a street that will be named after her at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Interim replacement named
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has named Barbara J. Wilson, dean of the school’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as interim chancellor.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Far-right, anti-government group Oath Keepers members in Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The return of an armed militia group patrolling the streets of Ferguson drew criticism Tuesday from both protesters and the county police chief overseeing security amid ongoing demonstrations marking the anniversary of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s shooting death.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Palmer residents seek answers on village cancer rate
PALMER — Lu Anne Stone walks through her backyard in the small village of Palmer and points to the nearby homes that have been affected by cancer. There are many, including her own.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Illinois man pleads guilty to terrorism charge
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge for attempting to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in the Middle East.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sea lion dies after 3 decades at Peoria Zoo
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A sea lion who lived at the Peoria Zoo for more than 30 years has died.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Rauner to nix federal-fund plan that includes state money
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — What started as a bipartisan effort to distribute $5 billion in federal funds to keep some Illinois programs floating despite a budget stalemate got bogged down Tuesday in feuding between Democrats who control the General Assembly and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kids with cancer get futuristic chance at saving fertility
CHICAGO (AP) — Barely 2 years old, Talia Pisano is getting tough treatment for kidney cancer that spread to her brain. She’s also getting a chance at having babies of her own someday.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ill. company exposed Mexican workers to asbestos
OKAWVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The top federal official for worker safety said Tuesday that an Illinois businessman’s “outrageous behavior” of bringing in Mexican workers to remove asbestos without safety gear warrants fines of nearly $1.8 million.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Springfield to consider changing panhandling ordinance
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that regulations in Springfield banning panhandling are unconstitutional, reversing a decision that upheld the city’s panhandling ordinance.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Illinois tribe's bingo proposal could boost economy
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — DeKalb County and the small northern Illinois village of Shabbona are hoping plans succeed for a Native American tribe to open a 24-hour electronic bingo operation.
Monday, August 10, 2015

Record rain brings dragonflies to Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — It’s a boom year for dragonflies — and their prey — along Lake Michigan because of record rainfall, according to a wildlife expert.
Monday, August 10, 2015

$1 million in jewelry, gems missing from Peoria show
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A vendor reported more than $1 million worth of jewelry and gems stolen during a weekend antique show in Peoria, according to police.
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