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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

APL cat, dog adoptions planned for this weekend
 SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at a variety of local businesses this weekend. On Saturday, September 23, cats will available from 11 a..m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart at 3183 South Veterans Parkway. 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Governor Rauner arrives in China during his first international trade mission

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


Friday, September 15, 2017

ISU begins $33M renovation project

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


Friday, September 15, 2017

AG Madigan won't seek re-election in 2018

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


Friday, September 15, 2017

St. Louis officer acquitted in black killing

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


Friday, September 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cook Co. Jail school reported phony numbers

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

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

Illinois stocking 80,000 trout ahead of fishing season

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

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Relighting of DuPage Theatre lamps stirs memories

By KATLYN SMITH

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

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


Monday, September 11, 2017

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

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

Author writes another installment in series

By MATT DUTTON

The Quincy Herald-Whig

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


Monday, September 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NIU plans $20 million renovation to student center

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

 

Friday, September 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago City Council goes to bat for Cubs with night games

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

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


Thursday, September 7, 2017

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

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

Illinois judge denies release of man in custody of immigration enforcement

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

 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

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

Legislature hears pros and cons on marijuana legalization

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

 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

State sets Oct. enrollment date for heating bill help
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Seniors and people with disabilities may begin applying on Oct. 1 for help paying their heating bills this winter.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Caterpillar begins to assist with Harvey relief efforts
PEORIA, Ill.—  As Texas battles one ofthe worst storms to hit the state in decades, the CaterpillarFoundation is announcing a $300,000 donation to the American Red Crossto aid in immediate relief efforts. Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm, is producing life-threatening flooding for both coastal and inland cities in Texas, which is now declared a federal state of disaster.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

State sets October enrollment date for heating bill help
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Seniors and people with disabilities may begin applying on Oct. 1 for help paying their heating bills this winter.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Illinois brothers reunite for the ride of a lifetime
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Dave McKillip spent 41 years of his life either in the military or working for it. During that time, he traveled to 43 of the 50 states in the country. After coming back to Galesburg, he and his wife took a trip east and checked another five states off the list. This left only two remaining: North and South Dakota. His idea to finish the list? Round up his five brothers for a motorcycle tour through those states in the summer of 2017. After a couple years of planning, the trip came to fruition in early June.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fall Garden Tour At Homestead Prairie Farm
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Museum to feature limo once owned by Trump
VOLO, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois auto museum’s latest acquisition is a 1988 Cadillac limousine once owned by President Donald Trump.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Couple opens home to traveling cyclists

By LENORE SOBOTA

The Pantagraph

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — As Ha Joo-Young ate a breakfast of thin Dutch pancakes with choices of fillings from bacon to strawberries on a Saturday morning, the 23-year-old South Korean said, “We are lucky today.”


Friday, August 25, 2017

Trump admin opposes Chicago request for injunction
CHICAGO (AP) — The Department of Justice has objected to Chicago’s request for a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from withholding public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities that don’t comply with U.S. immigration laws.
Friday, August 25, 2017

150,000 visitors expected to attend Farm Progress Show
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Farm Progress Show in Decatur will combine elements of an international trade show, technology conference and demonstrations, the Herald and Review  reported. The event begins Tuesday and lasts for three days. It has taken place near Richland Community College since 2005.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Deal in the works on school funding

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ top legislative leaders announced Thursday that they’ve tentatively reached a bipartisan agreement to fund public schools, but said details were still being worked out. 

 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Protesters demand the removal of monument
CHICAGO (AP) — A monument gifted to Chicago by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the name of aviator Italo Balbo has become the target of protesters who want it removed.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

State leaders meet today on school funding talks
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ legislative leaders continued negotiations on a possible solution to the state’s school funding impasse.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

4 resign from gov's office after flap over cartoon
CHICAGO (AP) — Four members of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s communications team have resigned weeks after being hired in the wake of the Republican’s conflicting response to a political cartoon that critics call racist.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Eclipse: Visitor spending in Carbondale $7 million
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Tourism officials in southern Illinois say about 200,000 people traveled to the 16-county region to watch the total solar eclipse.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

CPD super getting kidney from son
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is poised to receive a new kidney — from his son.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Two schools in state to get fed grants
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a second round of funding for programs that help low-income students who aspire to attend college.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

$148M awarded to paralyzed woman
CHICAGO (AP) — A jury has awarded $148 million to a woman partially paralyzed by a collapsed bus shelter at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Governor signs off on immigration bill limiting cooperation
CHICAGO (AP) — A spokeswoman says Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign a plan that would limit cooperation between authorities in Illinois and federal immigration authorities.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Today's session on school funding canceled
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan has canceled a scheduled an Illinois House session that was to vote on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a school funding bill.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Rep. Davis: One sailor from Illinois
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy dismissed the commander of the Asia-based 7th Fleet on Wednesday after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fatal crash: Man charged with felony reckless homicide
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man who killed a pregnant woman and her three children last month when he crashed his pickup truck into their vehicle has been arrested and charged with felony reckless homicide, authorities announced Tuesday.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Illinois scientists to study weather data from eclipse
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Two teams of scientists from the Illinois State Water Survey have collected weather data during the first coast-to-coast U.S. solar eclipse since 1918 and plan to analyze the findings.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Family of abducted Chinese scholar speaks of helplessness
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Family and friends of a Chinese woman who was abducted while studying at the University of Illinois said Tuesday they won’t give up on finding the missing woman.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Charges to be announced in crash that killed family
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in northern Illinois say they’ll announce felony charges in a crash that killed a pregnant woman and her three sons.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Jury selection underway for Chicago cop in shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection is underway for the federal trial of a Chicago police officer accused of firing into a car full of teenagers, wounding two of them, in 2013.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Letters filed in support of Northwestern professor
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 30 colleagues and friends of a former Northwestern University professor charged in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old man have written letters to a court in support of him.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WWII raider returns to Guadalcanal
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — When Harold Berg stepped onto the white beach of Guadalcanal in late July, he carried memories of the battle he participated in 75 years ago, and also of his buddies he left behind.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How Illinoisians viewed the eclipse
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Crowds looked to the heavens throughout Illinois on Monday for a glimpse of the first full-blown solar eclipse to traverse the U.S. in nearly a century, packing sites in prime viewing locations in the south of the state and ducking out of offices for cloud-obscured looks in Chicago.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chicago brutal stabbing part of a sexual fantasy hatched in online chatroom
CHICAGO (AP) — The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves, prosecutors told a Cook County judge at a bond hearing for the men.
Monday, August 21, 2017

33 wounded, 6 fatally, in weekend shootings in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say at least 33 people have been wounded, six fatally, in weekend shootings in the nation’s third-largest city.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Musical eclipse mimics solar eclipse at Chicago event
GLENCOE, Ill. (AP) — A solar-eclipse event in suburban Chicago didn’t just offer a spectacle for attendees’ eyes. Itl simultaneously offered something for their ears.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Southern Illinois prepares for influx of eclipse visitors
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Officials in southern Illinois are preparing for thousands of people to descend on the area to view the total solar eclipse. 
Saturday, August 19, 2017

2 more Hobos gang members sentenced to life in prison
CHICAGO (AP) — Life in prison sentences have been handed two more members of a Chicago street gang for their roles in multiple murders that were part of a vast drug-trafficking conspiracy.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Governor says immigration bill 'very reasonable'
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says a plan that would limit cooperation between authorities in Illinois and federal immigration authorities “seems very reasonable.”
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fatal crashes down in IL 20 years after .08 law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is marking the 20th anniversary of legislation that lowered the drunken driving limit to .08 blood-alcohol concentration.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Asian carp found near Lake Michigan got past barriers
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An adult Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway near Lake Michigan this summer began its life far downstream and apparently got around a series of electric barriers intended to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes, officials said Friday.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Northwestern prof, Oxford staffer extradited to Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Two employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist were returned to Chicago early Saturday to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal killing. 
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Chicago Air And Water Show This Weekend
Team Oracle stunt pilot practices over Lake Michigan and Gary, Ind., for the Chicago Air and Water Show, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Gary, Ind. The U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights will open the show on Saturday. The show continues on Sunday and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The event is free.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Bloomberg funds $2M in ads backing Chicago soda tax
CHICAGO (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is throwing his support behind a Chicago-area sweetened beverage tax by financing an ad campaign backing the levy.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Officials warn about phony eclipse glasses
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials say residents should beware of fraudsters seeking to profit from the buzz surrounding Monday’s solar eclipse. The warning concerns the selling of eclipse glasses that don’t protect your eyes.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Chicago voter info exposed
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago election officials say a file containing the names, addresses, dates of birth and other information about the city’s 1.8 million registered voters was published online.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Illinois gov: Immigration bill is 'very reasonable'
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says a plan that would limit cooperation between authorities in Illinois and federal immigration authorities “seems very reasonable.”
Friday, August 18, 2017

Group's cartoon sparks racial clash
CHICAGO (AP) — A political cartoon circulated by a conservative Illinois think tank with ties to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has triggered accusations of racism and insensitivity in the wake of the deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Gov candidates rail against Trump
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nine candidates for governor took to the rostrum yesterday at a brunch in Springfield hosted by the Democratic County Chairman’s Association, unloading as much firepower on Republican President Donald Trump as on the man they hope to replace, GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Friday, August 18, 2017

House schedules funding veto override
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House will attempt to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a public school funding revamp next week, the speaker said Wednesday after a failed vote on legislation Democrats introduced to gauge support for the Republican governor’s alternative ideas.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Feds to survey state flood damage
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked federal responders to join state officials in assessing the damage in four counties after flooding last month.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Illinois researchers will study weather, climate during eclipse
CHAMPAIGN — Watching the sun disappear at midday during a solar eclipse is not only fascinating for viewers across the U.S., but the rare event also presents a unique opportunity for scientists to investigate weather-related changes in Illinois.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

83-year-old Jesse White to seek 6th term as secretary of state
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats  gathered for the annual Illinois State Fair campaign rally — without stopping at the fair.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Aviation company to lay off 330 workers in Cahokia
CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) — A St. Louis-based aviation company is expected to lay off about 330 employees at an airport in southwestern Illinois as its parent company plans to discontinue some of its services.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Court upholds dismissal of B&B's appeal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has upheld a decision to dismiss a bed-and-breakfast’s appeal of $80,000 in penalties imposed by the state’s Human Rights Commission for turning away a same-sex couple.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

House in session today on school funding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — While Illinois schoolchildren are heading back to school, political leaders in Springfield are locked in a showdown over paying for their education.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Police: Three arrested at Chicago protest
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say three people were arrested during an anti-white supremacy protest outside a courthouse in Chicago.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Missouri regulators reject Clean Line project
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators have rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Springfield approves resolution against hate
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield City Council members have unanimously approved a resolution affirming the state capital city’s commitment to civil rights and opposition to racism.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Report: Students at two-year colleges more likely to face hunger as an issue
URBANA, Ill. – For the majority of college students, having enough food is not on the list of challenges they face in their education. However, a recent study shows that, for some college students, hunger is definitely one of the problems they face and this can impede their ability to succeed in college.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

17-year-old convicted of student's beating death
CARLYLE, Ill. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy has been convicted of fatally punching a southern Illinois high school senior during a party last spring.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Governor signs ag bills at State Fair
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday signed a series of agriculture bills, including House Bill 470, which designates corn as the official state grain of Illinois and is supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pawar selects Cairo mayor as running mate
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Ameya Pawar has selected Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman as his 2018 running mate.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

United Center shut after fight during youth event
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a fight inside the United Center during a youth basketball tournament prompted officials to shut down the arena.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Former Miss America is running for atty. general
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A lawyer who is a former Miss America says she's running for Illinois attorney general.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New state law discourages expulsion of preschoolers
CHICAGO (AP) — Preschool-age children enrolled in publicly-funded early childhood programs and schools in Illinois will be protected from expulsion under a new law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

LLCC providing coverage of eclipse
SPRINGFIELD—A total solar eclipse will be visible from southern Illinois on Monday, Aug. 21. While the eclipse will still be visible from the Springfield area, it will not quite be total. Lincoln Land Community College is providing an opportunity for those not making the journey to southern Illinois to still experience the total solar eclipse through the college’s Facebook page and activities on the LLCC-Springfield campus.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Governor signs consolidation bills, says more action is needed
OAK BROOK, Ill. —  Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 607, two bills that enable local officials to consolidate units of local government.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Illinois makes long-delayed move to replace lottery manager
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois made a long-delayed move toward hiring a new private manager for the $2 billion-per-year lottery on Monday, years after the first of two governors tried to fire the current manager for missing sales goals.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chicago police captain mourned after death while on duty
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say an on-duty Chicago police captain who died after being found unconscious in his police vehicle may have suffered a cardiac-related incident.
Monday, August 14, 2017

Petersburg's Hand of Fate to produce Ill. bicentennial beer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Petersburg brewer has won the Illinois Bicentennial Craft Beer Competition. 
Monday, August 14, 2017

Ottawa photographer prefers film over digital

By STEVE STOUT

The Daily Times

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Pay close attention out and about in Ottawa, and the sight of a young man roaming the city with a vintage sheet film camera and tripod photographing buildings and landscapes may take you back.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Some northern Illinois waterways troubled by breakaway bogs

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Crews are wrestling with large floating bog islands on some northern Illinois waterways that are creating hazards for boaters and threatening damage to piers.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Illinois Senate rejects Rauner veto of school-funding plan

By JOHN O’CONNOR

AP Political Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate overturned Gov. Bruce Rauner on public education funding Sunday, voting to override an amendatory veto despite the Republican governor’s contention that his changes would mean millions of dollars more for school districts outside Chicago.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Lincoln Home ranger program an opportunity for teachers
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Home National Historic Site welcomes educators Jenna Glore, from Riverton Elementary School, and Emilee Secrist, from Jacksonville’s Washington Elementary School, to the ‘Teacher Ranger Teacher’ program. 
Monday, August 14, 2017

LLCC's James S. Murray Gallery features landscapes by L.A. Fuller Aug. 21-Sept. 14
SPRINGFIELD–The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College is featuring the colored pencil art exhibit, “On the Move” by L.A. Fuller Aug. 21-Sept. 14. The exhibit is open for viewing Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. A reception with the artist will be held Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the gallery. 
Monday, August 14, 2017

Protective League pet adoptions planned for today
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold dog and cat adoptions at PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, Springfield today. On Sunday, August 13, adoptable cats will be available from noon. until 4 p.m., and dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m. Dogs and cats are also available at the shelter located at 1001 Taintor Rd. seven days a week from noon until 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

$393M Mega Millions ticket sold in Chicago suburb
PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Lottery says a suburban Chicago barbecue restaurant sold the winning ticket for a $393 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Senate looking to address school funding today
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Just days before the school bell’s ring, the Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature is grappling with a Republican governor over how to fix the biggest gap in the U.S. between a state’s richest schools and its poorest.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Judge sentences Hobos hit man to life in prison

CHICAGO (AP) — A hit man for a Chicago street gang was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, with the judge saying witnesses who testified against the Hobos enforcer during one of the city’s biggest gang cases in years no longer have to worry he might one day come after them. 

 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Eclipse: IDOT says prepare for crowds
SPRINGFIELD — Although the sun might go missing for a little while, the Illinois Department of Transportation promises to stay active leading up to the solar eclipse to make sure traffic keeps moving and the traveling public remains safe. Carbondale is in the path of the total eclipse, making it one of the prime viewing areas in the country for the Aug. 21 event. The rest of the state will experience a partial eclipse of approximately 90 percent.  
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dept. on Aging hosts Senior Day at the State Fair Monday
SPRINGFIELD — At this year’s Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) hosts a variety of activities for older adults, their families and friends on Senior Day, Monday, August 14th. The event is open to the public and adults age 60 and older receive complimentary admittance into the fair that day. 
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Eclipse Preparation Underway at IDOT
SPRINGFIELD — Although the sun might go missing for a little while, the Illinois Department of Transportation promises to stay active leading up to the solar eclipse to make sure traffic keeps moving and the traveling public remains safe. Carbondale is in the path of the total eclipse, making it one of the prime viewing areas in the country for the Aug. 21 event. The rest of the state will experience a partial eclipse of approximately 90 percent.  
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Grand opening Saturday for iconic Rt. 66 structure
NORMAL, Ill. — The grand opening — or reopening, if you will — of the gift shop and information center at the historic Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, will be from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 12.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Federal government warns Cook County on soda tax collection

CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government is threatening to withhold about $87 million in food stamp funds from the state of Illinois if Cook County doesn’t alter the manner in which the penny-an-ounce tax on sweetened beverages has been implemented, officials said Thursday.

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Chicago cop's 2012 shooting of ten found unwarranted
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police watchdog agency has determined the 2012 fatal shooting of a 15-year-old by an officer was “unprovoked” and “unwarranted.”
Friday, August 11, 2017

Hobos leader sentenced to 40 years, hit man up next
CHICAGO (AP) — The convicted hit man of the notorious Hobos street gang is next up for sentencing in one of Chicago’s biggest gang cases in years. 
Friday, August 11, 2017

Senate looks to address school funding plan Sunday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Just days before the school bell’s ring, the Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature is grappling with a Republican governor over how to fix the biggest gap in the U.S. between a state’s richest schools and its poorest.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Hair stylist was stabbed over 40 times
CHICAGO (AP) — A hair stylist suffered more than 40 stab wounds to his upper body in a fatal attack last month in the high-rise Chicago condo of a Northwestern professor, police said today.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Army Band to perform at Illinois College Saturday
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Illinois College welcomes the  public to attend a free performance by the 144th Army Band, of Springfield, under the direction of CW3 Christopher N. Jones, August 12, at 3 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel. 
Friday, August 11, 2017

WWI encampment coming to Monticello Railway Museum
SPRINGFIELD — The Monticello Railway Museum and the Illinois State Military Museum and World War I living historians will present a ride along with the Illinois State Military Museum's World War I Living History Detachment on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gov. signs law streamlining government purchasing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that makes state government purchasing less cumbersome.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

71-year-old GE Lighting factory in Mattoon to close Friday
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois General Electric Lighting plant that once employed as many as 1,800 people is closing this week.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dozens of antique cars destroyed by overnight fire
STAUNTON, Ill. (AP) — Dozens of antique vehicles were destroyed when a fire swept through a garage outside the southern Illinois community of Staunton.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Illinois case challenges ballistic tests
CHICAGO (AP) — When Illinois jurors convicted Patrick Pursley of murder, they relied on an expert’s assurance that the scratches and dents on bullets and shell casings from the crime scene proved they could only have come from Pursley’s gun.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pedestrian hit during police chase
DYER, Ind. (AP) —Authorities say a suspected car thief hit a pedestrian during a police chase in south suburban Chicago that ended in northwestern Indiana where the suspect was shot to death.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Schools: Lawmakers to meet Sunday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers will be in session next week as a showdown with Gov. Bruce Rauner over school finance continues.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

State Fair kicks off tonight with Twilight Parade followed by Foghat concert
SPRINGFIELD — In keeping with the 2017 Illinois State Fair theme, Manager Kevin Gordon announced today that the Vose Family, the Cullers Family and Coleman Family will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade. Combined, the families have been a member of the State Fair family for 176 years.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Illinois Department of Labor inspects all rides at State Fair
SPRINGFIELD — At the 2017 Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) will conduct routine inspections of all amusement rides and attractions.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

McDonald's, Walgreens sued over sweetened beverage tax
CHICAGO (AP) — Two retailers are being sued over their alleged failure to properly levy new taxes on sweetened beverages being sold in the Chicago area.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Safety study planned at Illinois university auditorium
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials at the University of Illinois in Springfield say an outside consulting firm will review safety issues at the Sangamon Auditorium following the death of a concertgoer this year.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gunmen kill 1, wound 6 in attack along Chicago street
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say several gunmen opened fire on a group of people standing on a Chicago sidewalk, killing a man and wounding six other people.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Makanda, coveted eclipse viewing spot
MAKANDA, Ill. (AP) — The neon orange stripe runs from the railroad tracks, across the parking lot, to the front door, and up the brick facade of Dave Dardis’ eclectic Rainmaker art studio, shop and gardens.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Rauner rejects Democrat's call to borrow
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized Democrats’ call Monday to borrow money to take a chunk out of a $14.4 billion pile of overdue bills.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sessions fires back after Chicago initiates sanctuary lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities Monday to sue over what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Northwestern prof makes appearance
DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — Wearing red inmate clothes with his hands shackled, a fired Northwestern University professor facing a murder charge in Chicago briefly appeared in a California courtroom Monday, smiling at supporters who waved at him. 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

29 arrested, 234 taken to hospitals during Lollapalooza
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say 27 people were arrested and 234 were taken to hospitals during this year’s Lollapalooza music festival.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Chicago marks 50 yrs. of Picasso sculpture
CHICAGO (AP) — A work of public art that initially bewildered and displeased many Chicagoans — only to later become a city icon — is turning 50.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

HUD's Ben Carson to visit town hit by housing crisis
CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson is expected to visit a far southern Illinois community where two public housing complexes are being torn down, forcing hundreds of residents to find new homes.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

1 injured in fire at Atlon Steel over the weekend
ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say one person was injured in a fire at Alton Steel in southwest Illinois.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Report: Steps proposed to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending a mixture of technologies including loud noises and water jets at a crucial site in Illinois to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
Monday, August 7, 2017

State prepares for traffic near path of solar eclipse
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Department of Transportation officials say efforts are underway to make sure traffic keeps moving and roadways are safe during the upcoming solar eclipse.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Northwestern prof due in Ca. court
CHICAGO (AP) — After a cross-country manhunt, a Northwestern University professor and University of Oxford employee are in custody in the brutal stabbing death of a 26-year-old hair stylist in Chicago. The case has involved peculiar twists, including a cash donation by one of the two suspects in the victim’s name at a Wisconsin library and a videotaped confession sent to friends. The two men surrendered peacefully in California after eight days as fugitives.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Emanuel: Chicago to file federal suit over threat to its sanctuary city status
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago is taking his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, becoming one of the first cities to sue the government in what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Chicago to sue US Justice Department over funding threat
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said the city will sue the federal government in defense of its status as a so-called sanctuary city and against threats to withhold U.S. grant funds.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Historians search for missing Civil War monument
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A team of history enthusiasts in central Illinois is hunting for a Civil War memorial that went missing more than half a century ago.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Chicago stabbing death suspects surrender in Oakland California
CHICAGO (AP) — A Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford employee wanted in the brutal stabbing death of a Chicago man surrendered peacefully in California and will be returned to Chicago for interrogation, federal and local authorities said.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Illinois saw both drought and flooding conditions during July
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Experts say heavy rain and flooding affected northern Illinois in July while the central and southern parts of the state saw dry weather that caused crop damage.
Friday, August 4, 2017











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