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180-year-old piano heard by Lincoln to play again
In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo, pianist Jane Hartman Irwin sits at a recently restored piano with an iPad displaying
In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo, pianist Jane Hartman Irwin sits at a recently restored piano with an iPad displaying "Ben Bolt," said to be one of Abraham Lincoln's favorites while he was a lawyer, at Edwards Place in Springfield, Ill. The 180-year-old instrument, that’s believed to have been in the Springfield parlor where Lincoln courted and later married Mary Todd, will debut Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Edwards Place _ the city’s oldest home that was owned by the husband of Mary Lincoln’s sister and a haunt of the future 16th president.
AP Photo/Seth Perlman
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The music score, displayed on an incongruous iPad, sits above the ivory keyboard of a piano that Abraham Lincoln likely heard.
Friday, February 5, 2016


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Family of six found dead in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are investigating what led to the deaths of two children, two women and two men whose bodies were found with signs of trauma inside a home on the city’s South Side.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Gov. wants public-private deal to add lanes to I-55
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday that he wants lawmakers to approve a plan that would allow the Illinois Department of Transportation to use a public-private partnership to add lanes to a busy stretch of Interstate 55 in the Chicago area.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Search for Missouri couple suspected in crime spree ends in deadly shootout
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — The search for a Missouri couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended in a shootout in the Florida Panhandle early toay that left the man dead and the woman wounded, authorities said.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Tribune Publishing gets $44.4M from Chicago investor
CHICAGO (AP) — Tribune Publishing, the troubled owner of the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers around the country, said it received a $44.4 million cash infusion from a Chicago investor who has a stake in its rival newspaper the Chicago Sun-Times.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

FBI increases reward in Chicago carriage arson
CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI has increased a reward to $10,000 for useful information in the case of an arson fire that destroyed 13 horse-drawn carriages in Chicago a year ago.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Human trafficking awareness increases at O'Hare
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus airport is joining its counterparts nationwide in training employees to recognize signs of human trafficking in an effort to curb exploitation.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jurors deliberating in former prosecutor's trial
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Closing arguments are set to begin in the first-degree murder trial of a former Quincy prosecutor and University of Illinois football captain accused of killing his wife on Valentine’s Day in 2006.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chicago: 780 new Tasers on the way for police
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the upcoming delivery of almost 800 new stun guns will ensure that every police officer will have access to a Taser, following a series of high-profile fatal shootings in the city.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Speaker Madigan forming school funding panel
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a legislative panel to discuss changes to how Illinois funds its schools.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

3 Chicago attractions free to state residents on holiday
CHICAGO (AP) — Three top Chicago attractions are providing free general admission on Presidents’ Day to Illinois residents.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Budget: Illinois universities plan more cuts
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The lack of a state budget is continuing to affect state universities in Illinois, with some schools planning additional cuts to staff or classes.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chicago public schools announce cuts after union rejects offer
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials with Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday they’re ready to cut $100 million from school budgets and force teachers to pay more pension costs after their union rejected the latest contract offer, ratcheting up the tone of contentious negotiations that have lasted over a year.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rauner: State can save $514M on goods purchased
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s comptroller highlighted Illinois’ worsening finances due to the budget deadlock Tuesday as the Republican governor unveiled a plan he said would save money by changing how goods and services are bought.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pinckneyville bookkeeper admits to stealing $450K
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A former bookkeeper for a small southern Illinois fire protection district has admitted to stealing more than $450,000 in taxpayer money.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Disgraced officer's widow pleads not guilty today
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The wife of a disgraced Illinois police officer who staged his suicide to appear he was gunned down in the line of duty, sparking an intensive manhunt, pleaded not guilty todayday to charges she assisted her husband in siphoning money from a youth program.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hope remains 8 years after Tinley Park shooting
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) — Eight years after five women were found shot to death inside a Lane Bryant clothing store in Tinley Park, police say they believe there are people out there who know the killer’s identity.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Geneva woman accused of poisoning husband
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman is accused of intentionally poisoning her husband and has been charged with murder.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ferguson residents to get a say on police overhaul agreement
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson city leaders have spent months negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a plan that calls for sweeping changes to police practices in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot. Now, residents get their say.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New law imposes fine for minors with e-cigs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Anyone under 18 who’s caught with electronic cigarettes or other tobacco-free nicotine products would face a fine or community service under a new Illinois law.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dems will wait to send Gov. college funding bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democratic Senate President John Cullerton says he’s delaying sending a funding bill for colleges to Gov. Bruce Rauner in the hopes he’ll reconsider his threat to veto it.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rookie docs can work longer flex hours safely
CHICAGO (AP) — Surgery patients fared just as well when junior doctors worked longer than mandated hours in the first major rigorous test of regulations many physicians say hurt medical education.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ex-prosecutor's children testify in Quincy trial
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Two children of a former Illinois prosecutor accused of killing his wife in 2006 have testified they saw their mother alive when forensic evidence suggests she was dead.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Historic Moline train depot to be razed, clock salvageda
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Preservationists have salvaged the clock and decorative stones from Moline’s historic train depot before it was to be razed.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Trips to Illinois’ state-administered historic sites, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, fell 7 percent last year.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Illinois attorney general seeks stay on hospital tax ruling
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is asking a state appellate court to hold back enforcement of its ruling on a part of a state law that lets hospitals avoid taxes.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Munger: Illinois will fall $6.2B in debt without budget
CHICAGO (AP) — Comptroller Leslie Munger says Illinois is on track to fall $6.2 billion further into debt amid ongoing state budget gridlock.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January in Illinois saw wild temperature swings
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois temperatures in January showed some very large swings in which the highs and lows tended to cancel each other out, with a monthly temperature of 26.7 degrees, or just 0.3 degrees above average, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Winnebago County chairman drops re-election bid amid probe
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The chairman of a county board in northern Illinois said he’s not running for re-election at the same time as federal authorities are investigating county spending irregularities.
Monday, February 1, 2016

New buildings, new look for downtown Joliet
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The downtown Joliet skyline is changing.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Research firm: Illinois marijuana market forecast is gloomy
CHICAGO (AP) — A market research company is growing pessimistic about Illinois medical marijuana, telling investors that retail sales could reach just $15.6 million in 2016.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Budget fight leaves Illinois stuck with overdue bills
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Friday afternoon email read with remarkable alacrity, given its message: The trip to a Springfield store to buy all-purpose Fabuloso Cleaner for the Secretary of State’s office was for naught.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Four in custody after 2-state police chase
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) — Four suspects are in custody after allegedly robbing a store in a Missouri suburb of St. Louis and fleeing into Illinois, where they were captured after a chase.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Concealed carry permit applications drop across Illinois
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Numbers from Illinois State Police show the agency granted far fewer concealed carry permits statewide in 2015 than in 2014.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Family sells campground that will become part of park
LASALLE, Ill. (AP) — Blowing snow and biting wind did not steal the moment last month when the Simonson family saw their dream come true at Starved Rock State Park.
Monday, February 1, 2016

State had some remarkable women in late 1800s

ILLINOIS — Many people recognize the name of Jane Addams from high school history textbooks, but few know much else about this incomparable woman of nineteenth-century Illinois history. And she was hardly the only one.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Former Illinois Senate President Rock remembered
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Philip J. Rock, the stoic and resolute face of the Illinois Senate for more than a decade, died Friday. He was 78.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rauner administration again rejects new conditions for medical marijuana
CHICAGO (AP) — For the second time in five months, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signaled his distaste for broadening the state’s new medical marijuana program, declining to add chronic pain and seven other health conditions to the list of diseases that can be treated with the drug.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Judge denies bond reduction for Illinois man in wife's death
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A judge has declined to reduce bond for a suburban Chicago man charged with murder in his wife’s beating death.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Recorded interrogation shown at ex-prosecutor's murder trial
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The fourth day of a trial for a former Illinois prosecutor accused of killing his wife on Valentine’s Day in 2006 has focused on a two-hour videotaped interrogation.
Friday, January 29, 2016

FEMA to help assess flood damage in county
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coming to Illinois to help assess damage from early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Families still waiting for help from '11 flood
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dozens of southern Illinois families still awaiting new housing after they accepted government buyouts following the 2011 Mississippi River flood instead got socked by another round of damage amid the prolonged political fight over the state’s budget.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Obama to adress Illinois Gen. Assembly Feb. 10
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is returning to Springfield, Illinois, the place where his political career began, to mark the ninth anniversary of his entrance into the 2008 presidential race.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Giving new meaning to the term 'globetrotting'
BOSTON (AP) — Two American endurance athletes have just redefined the meaning of the term “globetrotter.”
Friday, January 29, 2016

Chicago police to get more mental illness training
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officers and 911 dispatchers will receive enhanced training on interacting with people in crisis, particularly those with mental illness, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Illinois GOP calls Dem college spending bill a hoax
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats approved $721.5 million for tuition grants and community colleges Thursday, a move Republicans called an empty promise because there’s no budget and the spending measure likely will be vetoed. 
Friday, January 29, 2016

3rd case of Zika virus reported in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A man who traveled to South America has developed the third case of Zika (ZEE’-ka) virus in Illinois.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Panhandlers win in court against Chicago sheriff
CHICAGO (AP) — A jury at a federal civil trial Thursday awarded $1,500 each to two panhandlers who took one of the nation’s largest sheriff’s offices to court for violating their constitutional right to ask passers-by for money.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Ex-NIU running back sues FanDuel, DraftKings
CHICAGO (AP) — A former running back for Northern Illinois University is suing two daily fantasy sports sites in Chicago federal court alleging they used his name to generate millions of dollars in revenue.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

State sues dairy over fish-killing sewage runoff
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois dairy faces a lawsuit, which claims runoff from the operation’s septic system killed hundreds of thousands of fish.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dennis Hastert's hush-money sentencing delayed until April
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge agreed Thursday to delay Dennis Hastert’s sentencing in a hush-money case after his attorney said the former U.S. House Speaker nearly died in November from severe sepsis.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Deliberation: How much do panhandlers make in Chicago?
CHICAGO (AP) — How much would a panhandler make a day begging on a busy Chicago square?
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Widow of Ill. officer accused of assisting in scheme
CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the wife of a disgraced northern Illinois policeman who embezzled money from a youth program and then staged his own suicide to look like a homicide.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Opening statements given in ex-Illinois prosecutor's trial
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The trial of a former Illinois prosecutor accused of killing his wife on Valentine’s Day in 2006 got underway Wednesday with a special prosecutor showing photos of the scene where the woman died.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

CPS delays $875 million borrowing effort
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools officials have decided to delay $875 million in planned borrowing as investors consider whether to bet on the cash-strapped district’s bonds.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

3 charged, 4th sought in N. Dakota heroin overdoses
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have linked a Chicago-based heroin ring to a recent string of overdoses in the North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Customs agents in Chicago seize fake hoverboards
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. customs agents in Chicago have seized 43,000 hoverboards they have deemed counterfeit.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rauner delivers Illinois State of the State
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his State of the State address today amid mounting pressure over the seven-month-old budget stalemate that’s crippling services and with no sign that Democratic leaders will go along with his suggested reforms to end the deadlock.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

After ugly first year, Governor Rauner says stay tuned
CHICAGO (AP) — Bruce Rauner takes pride in not being like any of Illinois’ previous governors, either on matters of style or substance. 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

McCain assails Pentagon for using Russian rockets
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee assailed Pentagon officials on Wednesday for relying on Russian rocket engines to launch American military satellites into space, arguing that the practice enriches friends of President Vladimir Putin and puts U.S. national security in jeopardy.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Panhandlers take on 1 of nation's largest sheriff's offices
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal civil trial pitting two panhandlers against one of the nation’s largest sheriff’s departments got underway Monday, in a case stemming from a lawsuit that alleges the men were improperly stopped from begging at a popular Chicago square.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ex-prosecutor, football star on trial in wife's 2006 death
(AP) — A star football player at the University of Illinois, Curtis Lovelace returned to his western Illinois hometown with a law degree, later serving as a prosecutor who held lawbreakers accountable and as the local school board president.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

EIU president: Layoffs possible without budget
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University’s president says the state budget impasse will bring potential layoffs and furlough time for employees to the school.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Chicago-area strip club to argue against nuns' lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a suburban Chicago strip club are to argue for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by nuns who want the establishment next door to their convent to close.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Illinois has most 'green' building space for 3rd year
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois created the most “green” building space per capita in the U.S. for the third year running.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

No evidence officeholders bribed in camera case
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. attorney for the Chicago area says there is no evidence that high-level officeholders took bribes in the city’s red-light camera contracts scandal.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

High court ruling could affect 100 Ill. inmates
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — About 100 convicted Illinois murderers sentenced as teenagers to life without parole are assured of a review after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

IDNR delivers proposed bobcat hunting rules
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources today delivered rules to implement bobcat hunting in Illinois. The proposed rules include:

Harvest of bobcats will be prohibited in northeastern and east-central Illinois.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Adams Co. ex-prosecutor, football star on trial in wife's death
QUINCY (AP) — A star football player at the University of Illinois, Curtis Lovelace returned to his western Illinois hometown with a law degree, later serving as a prosecutor who held lawbreakers accountable and as the local school board president.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Lack of dental care for Medicaid kids
CHICAGO (AP) — Three out of four children covered by Medicaid in four states didn’t receive all required dental care over a recent two-year period, according to a federal report that recommends a government push to improve access to care.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Former Philadelphia police chief to advise Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A former deputy superintendent of the Chicago Police who left to head departments in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia is returning to the city to help reform a force that’s trying to regain public trust in the wake of a video showing a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office announced Sunday.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Prison reform a rare chance for Illinois compromise
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reduce the number of inmates in Illinois’ overcrowded prison system over the next decade — and he’s willing to devote money to do so at a time when he’s urging lawmakers to be prudent with spending in other areas.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Memorial hosting free seminar on artery health
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on arterial disease at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Sullivan Little Theatre to hold auditions Feb. 13
SULLIVAN, Ill. — Local auditions for The Little Theatre On The Square will be held on Saturday, February 13, between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sullivan, Ill. for their 2016 summer season. Appointments are required for all auditioning.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Deadline approaching for volunteer nominations
SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) is reminding Illinoisans it is accepting nominations for the seventh annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Service provider cutting programs because of budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state’s largest private provider of human-service programs, Lutheran Social Services, announced Friday it is closing 30 programs serving 4,700 people because of the budget stalemate.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Jackson County sues state over unpaid bills amid budget woes
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Jackson County in southern Illinois is the latest local government to sue the state over unpaid bills caused by the lack of a state spending plan.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

US Mint features Illinois national park
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois national park will be featured on this year’s national collectable coin.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

2 Chicago officers involved in McDonald case now off street
CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago police officers whose official accounts of a 2014 fatal shooting of a black teenager by white Officer Jason Van Dyke contradict parts of a squad-car video have been put on desk duty until investigations are complete.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

MidAmerica Airport director gets $20,000 bonus
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — MidAmerican Airport Director Tim Cantwell will receive a performance bonus of more than $20,000.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Illinois prairie draws more visitors since arrival of bison
WILMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A herd of bison that made their home at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie last fall has drawn more visitors to the northeastern Illinois area.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Fort Campbell will reject licenses from 5 states
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Fort Campbell will no longer be able to accept driver’s licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington as proofs of identity.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

215 Flights canceled in Chicago due to storm on East Coast
CHICAGO (AP) — Airlines at Chicago’s two major airports have canceled 215 flights largely due to a blizzard threatening down on the East Coast.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Market slide could damage pension funds
(AP) — The slide on Wall Street could damage public employee pension funds around the country, most of which haven’t even recovered from the Great Recession, and the burden could end up falling on taxpayers.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Governor supports Cullerton plan
CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday that he would support a top Democrat’s proposal to tackle Illinois’ pension crisis, as long as it includes a union-weakening provision aimed at collective bargaining.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Decatur kindergarten students get iPads
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Elementary school children in Decatur are using tablet computers to do research and make presentations.
Friday, January 22, 2016

2 Chicago officers in McDonald case now off the street
CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago police officers involved in the case of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald are on administrative leave.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Recovering bobcat kitten set to return to Indiana
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A bobcat kitten that was struck by a car will soon head back to Indiana following treatment at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Peoria doctors working to find a cure for pancreatic cancer get great support
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — If it wasn’t for groups like the Theresa Tracy Strive to Survive, Drs. Christopher Gondi and Manu Gnanamony may not be able to continue their research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Dixon bans hoverboards in downtown business district
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The city of Dixon in northern Illinois has banned the popular two-wheeled scooters known as hoverboards from its downtown business district.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

U of Illinois postpones plans to give degree to Ang Lee
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois’ plan to give alumnus Ang Lee an honorary degree is on hold.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Illinois show choir escapes bus fire, wins competition
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Two female show choir groups from a suburban Chicago high school are celebrating their success at a competition in Wisconsin after one of their charter buses burst into flames along the way.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

U of I freezes instate tuition again
CHICAGO – The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today approved no increase in base tuition for in-state freshmen next fall – holding rates steady for the second straight year despite continuing uncertainty over state funding.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

SIU offers scholarships to southern Illinois students in coal-mining areas
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University has started a new scholarship program to help students affected by the upcoming closure of one of the area’s biggest coal mines.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Judge tosses case against Chicago cop
CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. judge has tossed a civil case against one of two Chicago police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black teenager suspected in a carjacking in 2013.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

U of I Extension offering gardening webinar series
URBANA, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening Program will offer a winter webinar series for gardening enthusiasts beginning in February. The Four Seasons Gardening Program focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Illinois History:
ILLINOIS — Though Illinois is known primarily for agriculture, coal mining has been a key component of the state’s economy for over two hundred years.  By the late nineteenth-century, coal was one of the state’s top employers and most productive industries.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Skull fragments in Chicago nothing to be scared about
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office says the skull fragments found inside a Chicago industrial building this week are nothing to be concerned about.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2 Illinois pregnant women test positive for Zika virus
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two pregnant women from Illinois have tested positive for the Zika (ZEE’-ka) virus after traveling in Honduras and Haiti.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Gov calls for takeover of Chicago schools
CHICAGO (AP) — Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans called today for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Board votes to dissolve Belleville Township
BELLEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ill. (AP) — Belleville Township officials have decided to dissolve the 130-year-old township in an effort to save money.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

N. Dakota regulators approve pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved the biggest-capacity pipeline proposed to date to move crude from the state’s oil patch.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Peterson lawyers appeal murder conviction
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for Drew Peterson have asked the Illinois Supreme Court to toss out his conviction for the murder of his third wife.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Director lays out her vision for Dept. on Aging
DIETERICH, Ill. (AP) — The incoming director of the Illinois Department on Aging says her immediate goal will be to help older residents of the state live at home as long as possible.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Illinois hunters harvest 155,000 deer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 155,000 deer were harvested by Illinois hunters during the 2015-2016 deer hunting seasons.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

5 Illinois schools receive $20M in federal grants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Five Illinois schools will receive more than $20 million in federal grants over the next five years to help improve student performance and ensure students are better prepared for college.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Trapshooting events will return to Sparta range
SPARTA, Ill. (AP) — A national trapshooting event is returning to a shuttered state-owned shooting range in southern Illinois with an uncertain future.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Man in custody after 2 Gary-area women found strangled
GARY, Ind. (AP) — A former radio talk show host and her adult daughter were found strangled and beaten to death in and near their home, and a man who had worked for the victims was taken into custody in northwestern Ohio, authorities said Monday.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

King's Chicago church could become landmark
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says a church on Chicago’s West Side where Martin Luther King Jr. preached could become an historic landmark.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Representative Bourne announces legislative agenda
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Representative Avery Bourne (Raymond) announced four pieces of legislation that would impact the way that the State of Illinois creates a budget. Since Illinois has been without a budget since July of last year, Bourne sponsored new bills that address the current impasse and work to avoid a similar situation in the future.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Records: No evacuation ordered in tent collapse
WOOD DALE, Ill. (AP) — Police communications show law enforcement authorities were aware of a powerful August storm heading toward a suburban Chicago festival, but didn’t order an evacuation ahead of a fatal tent collapse, according to a Monday newspaper report.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Events mark MLK Day in St. Louis, Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Observers from St. Louis to Chicago are marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day with commemorations and demonstrations.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bill would provide money for state utility bills
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois senator has introduced legislation that would authorize funding to pay for about $10 million the state owes for utility bills at government offices in the capital city.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

156K chickens added to list of birds being euthanized
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Animal health officials investigating a bird flu strain that affected 10 turkey farms in southwestern Indiana have added 156,000 chickens to the list of thousands of birds being euthanized.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Election officials could take up case of 3 Illinois judges
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An election official has recommended three St. Clair County judges who opted to run for election instead of retention should stay on the ballot.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Snow and ice covered roadways expected
SPRINGFIELD – With the prediction of winter weather tonight into Wednesday morning, Illinois State Police (ISP) District 9 is warning motorists to take the necessary precautions before getting behind the wheel.  Vehicle safety is equally important to driving safely while on the roadways.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Illinois lost $53M in bond sale due to poor finances
CHICAGO (AP) — A new University of Illinois analysis says Illinois received nearly $53 million less in a recent bond sale than it could have because of the state’s poor financial shape.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Shedd Aquarium closed this week for maintenance
CHICAGO (AP) — Shedd Aquarium will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for routine maintenance and cleaning.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Marshal's Services to sell off former comptroller items
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Marshal’s Service is selling off fur vests, horsemanship jackets, belt buckles and other property that one belonged to a former comptroller now imprisoned for stealing nearly $54 million from a northern Illinois city.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Chicago man faces up to 40 years for SIU bomb threats
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago man who faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to making bomb threats in a self-declared “war” on Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is headed back to federal court for his sentencing hearing.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Children's Museum open for Presidents Day
DECATUR — Children’s Museum of Illinois is opening its doors on Presidents Day February 15, 2016. While the Museum is normally closed on Mondays during the school year, this special openings will provide area families with a fun activity since schools and many daycares will be closed.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wyoming officials back various schemes in bid to rescue coal
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Public enemy No. 1 for climate change and no longer the fossil fuel utilities prefer to burn to generate electricity, coal has few allies these days. But one state is still fighting to save the industry: Wyoming.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Bitter cold strikes Great Lakes regions
CHICAGO (AP) — The arctic air mass that froze water pipes in Minnesota and lead Chicago officials to ask residents to check on neighbors this weekend is sticking around in some parts of the upper Midwest.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Come March, budget battle to leave State broke
CHICAGO (AP) — Like all of Illinois’ nine public universities, Chicago State University is waiting for long-overdue state funding. Come March, though, the predominantly black school on Chicago’s South Side says it won’t have the money to pay its employees.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Bloomington boy competes on 'Child Genius'
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — After getting home from Evans Junior High School, 10-year-old Vivek Abraham completes his 6th grade math homework, then studies for his online astrophysics class at Northwestern University in Evanston.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Southern Illinois preparing now for 2017 eclipse tourists
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Tourism officials in southern Illinois say they’re preparing now because a solar eclipse is expected to draw thousands of visitors on Aug. 21, 2017.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Buyer beware: Solar power may be missing key ingredient
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Want to cut reliance on your fossil-fuel-burning utility, but don’t have space for solar panels? Easy, the sales pitch goes, buy a share in the new “community solar array” being built on the outskirts of town.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Body pulled from ruins of house fire in central Illinois
LATHAM, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in central Illinois are trying to identify a body found in the ruins of a house fire near the small village of Latham (LAY’-thuhm) in Logan County.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Blackburn President named to Illinois Commission on future workforce
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — Dr. John Comerford, President of Blackburn College, has been named to the newly created Higher Education Commission of the Future of the Workforce.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Illinois, other states debate laws for police videos
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois lawmakers want to make it harder for police to prevent the release of videos in response to the highly publicized dashcam footage showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teenager.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Rauner asks labor board to rule if union talks at impasse
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The acidic word-war between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the union members who staff state government took a formal turn Friday with the Republican executive asking state labor regulators to determine whether year-old negotiations have stalled.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Nearly 2 dozen Chicago officers called before grand jury
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly two dozen Chicago Police Department employees have been called to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the 2014 death of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer, according to records released to the Chicago Tribune.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Flood waters wreak havoc on southern Illinois duck hunting
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. (AP) — Recent flood waters have wreaked havoc on duck hunting in parts of southern Illinois.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Chicago police unions push for destruction of old complaints

CHICAGO (AP) — Unions representing Chicago police officers are fighting for the destruction of tens of thousands of documents from disciplinary files dating back several decades, just as activists and community leaders are demanding more access and transparency from a department under intense scrutiny after several controversial police shootings.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Illinois at near all-time low for factory work
As 2015 came to an end, Illinois quickly closed in on a new all-time low for manufacturing jobs, with a net of 14,500 factory jobs lost through the first 11 months of the year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Illinois CMS Director leaving post
Friday, January 15, 2016

Lawyer: Police shooting of black teen deserves second look
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for the family of a 17-year-old black carjacking suspect fatally shot by a white Chicago police officer in 2013 hopes video of the shooting just released by the city will prompt a new look at the case and possibly even lead to the reopening of a criminal investigation.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Aides: Overtime policy will hurt in-home care for disabled
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Disabled Illinois residents who depend on in-home help for daily needs will suffer once the state stops paying overtime for their caregivers beginning March 1, some home health care workers and their union say.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Rauner asks labor board to rule if labor talks at impasse
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is asking a labor board to determine whether negotiations with the state’s largest public employee union have reached an impasse.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Big Brothers Big Sisters makes 'Bowl For Kids' Sake' appeal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield is appealing to the community to support the 33rd Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake event, the mentoring organization's biggest fundraiser.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Handing off the future of high school football in Illinois
BLOOMINGTON — Marty Hickman joined the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) staff in 1991 and became the organization’s sixth Executive Director in 2002.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rauner blasts "waste" and "cronyism"
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner took a shot at “waste” and “cronyism” in public universities Wednesday, telling lawmakers through a surrogate that schools should be more accountable for their spending before the state finds money for tuition grants that Democrats are pushing.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Morning fire claims 5 members of Ill. family
ROCK FALLS, Ill. (AP) — Five members of a northern Illinois family were killed Wednesday when an early morning fire swept through their home, officials said.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Official in bribery case didn't have power
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago official on trial for allegedly taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company is innocent because he didn’t have the power to do so, his attorney said in an opening statement Wednesday.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

IDs from 5 states no longer enough to enter Fort Bragg
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Some visitors to Fort Bragg will no longer be able to enter with just a driver’s license as identification.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

St. Louis man gets 40-year sentence in murder
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his girlfriend and concealing her death by dumping her body in Madison County, Illinois.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Stinky corpse flower fruiting at Chicago Botanic Garden
GLENCOE, Ill. (AP) — Scientists say a rare foul-smelling flower at the Chicago Botanic Garden is now fruiting after blooming a few months ago.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sterling man has designs on success
STERLING, Ill. (AP) — It’s about what’s inside, in more ways than one, for burgeoning clothing designer Apolinar Castillo.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

East St. Louis man gets 25 years for weapons, drug charges
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A man who authorities say was a gang leader in East St. Louis, Illinois, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for multiple drug and weapons offenses.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Judge allows release of Chicago police shooting video
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday granted the release of 2013 surveillance video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 17-year-old black carjacking suspect after the city withdrew its objection to it being made public.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Judge convicts man accused of leaving baby in bean field
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois judge has found a man guilty but mentally ill of attempted murder and child abduction after authorities said he left his 6-month-old baby daughter to die by abandoning her in a bean field.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Federal funds unclaimed by Illinois child welfare agency
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services likely lost out on about $40 million in federal money in the last two years because it failed to process paperwork, according to acting director George Sheldon.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Excerpts from editorials by Illinois newspapers

Need another reason to be at best irritated with your state government? Let us count the ways.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Navy Pier to close 2 days for new Ferris wheel installation
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Navy Pier will be closed to the public two days next week to clear the way for the installation of a new 196-foot Ferris wheel.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

At least 3 dead in Chicago area from cold exposure
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Three people have likely died from cold exposure in the Chicago area as temperatures dipped into the single digits this week.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

State senator touts automatic voter registration
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The latest on lawmaker action Wednesday at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield (all times local):
11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

'Accountable care' network formed in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Health officials say more than 500,000 Medicare patients in Illinois will have their health care needs coordinated by federally designated “accountable care organizations” this year.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

U of I bans hoverboards in all buildings
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois’ flagship campus has broadened its ban on hoverboards to cover all of its buildings and other campus facilities.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jury selection begins in ex-Chicago official's bribery trial
CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection got underway Monday in the federal trial of a former Chicago transportation official accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts to steer more than $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix-based company.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rauner says he has plan to stop court-ordered spending
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he will outline a plan to get out from under court-ordered spending that’s plunging Illinois further into debt during a seven-month budget stalemate.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bourne Co-Sponsors Bill: No Budget, No Pay
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is co-sponsoring legislation that would deny lawmakers their paychecks if there is no balanced budget. The State of Illinois is currently in its seventh month without one.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LLC helps students complete FASFA info
MATTOON, Ill. — Lake Land College’s regional FAFSA Completion Nights can help you get started right away on the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Secondhand smoke hits almost half of teens who don't smoke
CHICAGO (AP) — Even though fewer U.S. teens are smoking, secondhand smoke remains a big problem for them, a government study found.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Mural commemorates founding of NAACP chapter
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — R. Rashad Reed’s new mural on the Peoria NAACP building is big, but the subject matter is even bigger.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Ex-law firm accounting employee pleads guilty to theft
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A 55-year-old Wilmington woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $500,000 from the Naperville law firm where she worked over six years.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Man charged with stealing thousands of pounds of candy
HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — Candy might not be so sweet for a Southern California man.
Monday, January 11, 2016

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As part of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, free cervical cancer screenings will be offered Wednesday, January 13 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, January 27 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, 2833 South Grand Ave. East in Springfield.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Rhythm and blues singer Otis Clay dies at age 73
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hall of fame rhythm and blues artist Otis Clay, known as much for his big heart and charitable work in Chicago as for his singing internationally, died Friday. He was 73.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Springfield to host more than a dozen national conventions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than a dozen national conventions are scheduled this year in Springfield, including ones for collectors of the DeLorean car and fans of matchbook covers.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Rauner complies with order to release more detailed calendar
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office ended a monthslong fight over details about his workday Friday, releasing more complete appointment calendars in response to an attorney general’s decree that he was withholding more information than allowed under state records-access law. 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Rauner, AFSCME appear gridlocked on contract talks
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Ongoing labor talks between Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s largest public employee union concluded Friday without progress toward an agreement and both sides wondering whether negotiations will continue.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Second lawsuit filed over non payments to lottery winners
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois lottery winners who weren’t paid because of the state’s budget impasse have filed a lawsuit contending they are owed interest accrued during the months winning tickets weren’t honored.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Joplin strongly recovering in both population, business
After one of the most destructive tornadoes in U.S. history carved a mile-wide scar through Joplin in 2011 and killed 161 people, some thought the southwest Missouri city would never regain its footing.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

State to help Flint in water crisis
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's governor pledged additional state assistance Thursday for the southeastern Michigan city of Flint as it deals with elevated lead levels in its drinking water, but he provided little detail about what additional help and money would be provided.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Springfield may ask Illinois to pay $9M in utility bills
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The city of Springfield may formally ask the state of Illinois to start paying its utility bills.
Friday, January 8, 2016

U of Illinois professor keeps deer, elk near lake
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — It turns out that deer love animal crackers in a major way.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Those impacted by flooding get extra time to file taxes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois will waive penalties and interest for taxpayers who cannot file or pay on time as a result of flooding that occurred in recent weeks.
Friday, January 8, 2016

U of Illinois bans hoverboards in dorms, may go further
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois’ flagship campus is telling students not to bring hoverboards to school when they return from the holiday break.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Flight from New York to Chicago diverted due to passenger
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a flight from New York to Chicago was diverted to Detroit Metropolitan Airport due to a disruptive passenger.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Sandra Bland's mother: Trooper perjury charge 'not justice'
CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a black woman found dead in a Texas jail cell after a traffic stop in July expressed outrage Thursday that the white state trooper who pulled her over was only charged with nothing more than perjury. And even on that misdemeanor, Sandra Bland’s anguished mother said she had little confidence in the prospect of a conviction.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Flu reports down in IL amid warm December
CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials say reports of influenza are down this winter in Illinois compared with recent years.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

14 miniature horses recovering after farm rescue
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Jenna Dickson expected to rescue only the miniature horses in the worst conditions when she headed to a farm in central Illinois.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Feds seize 90K bottles of Kratom
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. authorities in Illinois have seized nearly 90,000 bottles of a beverage containing the herbal ingredient Kratom (KRAT’-um).
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Pace of Illinois medical marijuana approvals increases
CHICAGO (AP) — The pace of Illinois patients getting state approval to use medical marijuana has increased.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Class helps prepare student for firefighting
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — About seven years ago, Woodstock Fire Rescue District Chief Ralph Webster said he was seeing an influx of men and women who wanted to be firefighters and high school graduates trying to go into the field without any experience.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Judge tosses $21.5 million verdict in cruise injury case
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a $21.5 million jury verdict awarded to an Illinois man who claimed he was injured during an around-the-world cruise in 2011, after the man’s former assistant came forward to say he had intentionally deleted emails that could have hurt his case.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Elgin schools considering more testing for Legionella
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — School officials in Elgin say they’re considering a more intense schedule to test for Legionella after three schools were shut when the bacteria was found last year.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Starved Rock sets record with 2015 attendance of nearly 2.5M
UTICA, Ill. (AP) — Starved Rock State Park in north-central Illinois had a record nearly 2.5 million visitors last year.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Chicago's law department under review after police scandal
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is on the defensive again, dealing with the fallout from a judge’s opinion accusing a top city lawyer of hiding evidence in another case involving a fatal police shooting.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Illinois State starts demolition of old dorms
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Demolition has started on a pair of old dormitories at Illinois State University.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Therapy dogs offer patients companionship, joy
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — Hospital stays can be grim experiences, so a visit from a friendly Tibetan terrier was an unexpected treat for cardiology patient Marvin Stern.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

License plate sticker renewals drop after reminders halted
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office says fewer motorists renewed their license plate stickers in November and December, after the office announced it would stop mailing out reminders.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Woman faces sentencing for giving money to terror groups
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Bosnian immigrant formerly from Illinois faces sentencing for giving money to terror groups in Iraq and Syria.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ill. delays tax refunds, wants more time to fight fraud
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Revenue says taxpayers will have to wait until after March 1 to receive income tax refunds.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Chicago lawyer resigns after judge rules he hid evidence
CHICAGO (AP) — A top city of Chicago lawyer stepped down after a federal judge accused him of hiding evidence in a fatal police shooting, the latest allegation of wrongdoing amid ongoing scrutiny of how the city deals with such cases.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Rauner says he'd sign bill allowing recall of mayor
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says he would sign legislation allowing voters to recall the mayor of Chicago, but he says the law wouldn’t apply to Rahm Emanuel.
Monday, January 4, 2016

McCullough due in court in appeal of 1957 killing conviction
SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — A DeKalb County judge has set a January court hearing for a 76-year-old man serving a life sentence in the death of a northern Illinois girl in 1957.
Monday, January 4, 2016

Many doctors don't urge HPV shots for preteens, study says
CHICAGO (AP) — Many pediatricians and family doctors are not strongly recommending the cancer-preventing HPV vaccine to preteens and their parents, contributing to low vaccination rates, a survey of nearly 600 doctors suggests.
Monday, January 4, 2016

St. Mary's Hospital closes in north-central Illinois
STREATOR, Ill. (AP) — A hospital in north-central Illinois is shutting its inpatient services and reopening as an all-hours urgent care center.
Monday, January 4, 2016

Recommendations made that would shrink Illinois governments
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — A task force that Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed to find ways to shrink Illinois government is recommending several changes that mirror the Republican’s anti-union agenda.
Monday, January 4, 2016

Winter is the perfect time for crappie fishing
CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Although many anglers have mothballed their rods and reels for the season, Herrin’s Dave Henson continues to mine for Crab Orchard crappie on a regular basis.
Monday, January 4, 2016

US Rep. LaHood says voters have moved from Schock scandal
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood of Illinois says constituents have “turned the page” since he was elected to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned amid questions over his spending.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Police and fire dogs have big role in departments
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Some work in police and fire departments are left to some of the furriest and hardest working employees in the field — the canines and accelerant dogs.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Fire destroys roughly 100 year-old warehouse
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a two-story central Illinois warehouse that was roughly 100 years old.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Despite scrutiny, Chicago cops shot fewer people in 2015
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police shot fewer people in 2015 than recent years despite police-involved shootings that have drawn national headlines.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Sensory Friendly Films presents Shaun the Sheep
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities "Sensory Friendly Films".
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Behind the scenes of an impeachment
 SPRINGFIELD  — The author of a new behind-the-scenes account of Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s removal from office will speak January 21 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Chicago releases police-related emails
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials released hundreds of emails Thursday related to a video showing a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times that wasn’t released until more than a year after the shooting.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Flooding: Parts of I-44 and I-55 closed in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Surging Midwestern rivers forced hundreds of evacuations, threatened dozens of levees and brought transportation by car, boat or train to a virtual standstill today in the St. Louis area.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Illinois Department of Corrections is boosting staffing levels
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Corrections has increased the number of correctional officers, helping drive down overtime costs.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Election contests hover over Illinois' top issues for the new year
CHICAGO (AP) — The elections hover over many issues facing Illinois in 2016, including the Republicans’ hold on a U.S. Senate seat, the size of Democrats’ majority in a gridlocked statehouse and whether the top prosecutor in Chicago survives angry fallout from a white police officer’s shooting of a black teenager 16 times.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ill.-Mo. flood death toll at least 20 now
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Though the Mississippi River and its tributaries didn’t top the 19 vulnerable levees that federal officials were monitoring, the dangers from the rare winter flood remained throughout Missouri and parts of Illinois today.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Brothers are charged in 1983 cold case beating death
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Lee County have charged two brothers, both in their 60s, in connection with a grisly 1983 beating death in which the victim’s body was found naked, bound and gagged in a hog pen.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New laws include directives for police on body cams, chokeholds
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois police and sheriff’s departments will have to abide by new laws beginning Friday, including guidelines on officers wearing body cameras and limiting their use of chokeholds.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

More new Illinois laws taking effect January 1
CHICAGO (AP) — There will be 237 new laws taking effect Jan. 1 in Illinois.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Illinois high school's sporting dome collapses in storm
ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois high school’s 59,400-square-foot dome sporting facility has collapsed.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Deadly Midwest storm brings Northeast its 1st hit of winter
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Winter weather that spun off a series of deadly storms in the Midwest brought the season’s first big punch to the Northeast on Tuesday, with snow, sleet and freezing rain greasing roads, sending drivers spinning and keeping people indoors amid sub-freezing temperatures.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

After Rain Deluge, Rare Winter Floods On Mississippi River
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Warm and wet weather over the last several weeks followed by storms that brought a deluge of rain in recent days have produced a severe threat of flooding along the Mississippi River, where water could reach record high levels soon in some places.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Roller rink helps seniors live long, feel good
LOMBARD, Ill. (AP) — Between 10 a.m. and noon every Friday, there’s a decidedly different vibe to the Lombard Roller Rink.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Funeral home to serve drinks
WHEELING, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago funeral home has obtained a liquor permit that will allow mourners to toast departed loved ones with alcoholic drinks.
Monday, December 28, 2015

Kids' asthma rates quiet down after earlier increase
CHICAGO (AP) — Asthma rates in U.S. children have quieted down after a decades-long increase, a government study found, and researchers are trying to pinpoint reasons that would explain the trend.
Monday, December 28, 2015

Much of state museum management leaves
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Most of the management team at the Illinois State Museum has retired or taken other jobs amid the museum’s closure due to a lack of a state budget.
Monday, December 28, 2015

Chicago bracing for 60 mph winds, half inch of ice
CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm is forecast to move across Illinois bringing high winds, icy precipitation and waves up to 20-feet high along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Monday, December 28, 2015

Chicago police officer fatally shoots two
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer shot and killed a 19-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman early Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance call on the city’s West Side, police said.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Medical clinic prescribes legal help for housing
CHICAGO (AP) — She didn’t look sick, but Mahoghny Walker struggled to learn. Blood tests showed high levels of lead from old, chipping paint in her Chicago home.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Your license may not be secure enough to travel
CHICAGO (AP) — Sometime in 2016 people from several states could have trouble getting on an airplane or into federal buildings because of a post-Sept. 11 law that tightened requirements for state-issued identification.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

John Gacy probe clears 11 unrelated cold cases
CHICAGO (AP) — His task was to solve a cruel mystery decades after a serial killer’s death.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

College students feeling budget pinch
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Jacqueline Suriano has resorted to crowdfunding her college education thanks to the prolonged budget stalemate in the Illinois capital.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

County's unemployment 1.1 percent higher than state average
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Unemployment increased in most of Illinois’ metro areas in November and most areas lost jobs over the past year.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Gov. keeps details of family Christmas vacation private
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner left the country for the holidays, but his staff won’t say where he went or even why they don’t want to disclose his whereabouts.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

AG Madigan: Daily fantasy betting is illegal gambling
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Daily fantasy sports betting is illegal gambling under Illinois law, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Wednesday.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Into the Wild: Winter Birding Hike
DECATUR, Ill. — Learn to identify birds that winter in Macon County at Into the Wild: Winter Birding Hike. This free, family-friendly program takes place Saturday, January 2 at 10 a.m. in Rock Springs Nature Center.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Art Association exhibit explores Springfield's rich architectural history
 SPRINGFIELD, IL – “Shifting Sands: Springfield’s Architectural Legacy” will open with a reception on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.  
Thursday, December 24, 2015

150-Year-Old Nativity Set Restored At Carbondale Catholic Church
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Almost 800 years ago, St. Francis of Assisi created the first live Nativity scene. His goal, it is said, was to remind the Catholic faithful of the spiritual aspect of Christmas. The tradition spread to churches across Europe and, later, to the rest of the world.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

2 killed in Montgomery County crash identified
TAYLOR SPRINGS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have identified two people killed after the vehicle they were riding in went off a highway and struck a tree in Montgomery County.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Macon Co. Christmas light recycling program benefits Red Cross
DECATUR, Ill. — When taking down your holiday decorations, remember there is a place to recycle all those strings of Christmas lights that didn’t make it through the holiday season.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Music builds bridges for 10-year-old Dixon trumpet prodigy
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Maxwell DeForest’s world used to be a lonely place. A 10-year-old prodigy trumpeter from Dixon, his unique talents didn’t always lend to a lot of social interaction.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Prof says talks with college break down
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A professor at a suburban Chicago Christian college who was placed on leave after wearing a headscarf and saying Christians and Muslims worship the same God says she will fight to keep her job.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

U of I applicants clear background checks
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — More than 200 people applying to work at the University of Illinois have undergone background checks so far and the school says none have been refused jobs.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Peoria med school plans expansion to 4-yr. program
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria will admit first-year medical students for the first time in 2017.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Nuns sue after county blocks plan for winery and school
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An order of nuns has filed a federal lawsuit after officials denied a plan to expand their in northern Illinois convent to include a winery, brewery, nursing home and more.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Transmission barriers stymie renewable energy
MOBERLY, Mo. (AP) — Mike McKeown opens the back door of his Missouri farm house and is met with a chilly gust. “Stupid wind,” he mutters.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Indoor water park still closed after health, safety problems
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An indoor water park in northern Illinois is still closed months after a health department found health and safety violations.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Ill. veterans home replacing water system after outbreak
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Veterans Home where a summer Legionnaire’s disease outbreak led to 12 deaths and sickened more than 40 others is replacing its water systems and making other emergency repairs.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Obama Foundation announces 7 finalists for library architect
CHICAGO (AP) — The Barack Obama Foundation says seven architectural firms are finalists to design the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side.
Monday, December 21, 2015

New library center devoted to Alzheimer's support
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — Perhaps the most telling aspect of Thursday’s open house for the Forget-Me-Not Center at the Effingham Public Library was the fact that very few people on hand to gather information were willing to talk publicly.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Illinois switches from ACT, will give students SAT instead
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will stop giving the ACT college entrance exam and instead start giving high school juniors the rival SAT.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Byron woman gets thousands of Christmas cards
BYRON, Ill. (AP) — It’s easy to know when you’re approaching Whitney Fritz’s house in a quaint little neighborhood in rural Byron: An 8-by-8-foot wooden Christmas card made by her family.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Illinois landowners challenge Grain Belt Express approval
PITTSFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Farm Bureau and a group of landowners are challenging the state’s approval of a 780-mile electricity transmission line.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Tips for traveling with the elderly over the holidays
CHICAGO (AP) — Nancy Powers had to adjust her travel routine when her best friend and travel partner, Phyllis Wesley, was diagnosed with a degenerative brain condition that affects her speech and comprehension.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Labor turmoil spread across state in late 1800s
ILLINOIS — As industrialization spread across Illinois in the late 1800s, so did labor strife.  In 1886 alone, some 1,060 strikes broke out, and many communities were inflamed by unrest among working men.
Saturday, December 19, 2015












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