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Illinois coach's accusers says schools should end all relationships with him
Several dozen colleges have kept ties to an influential volleyball coach long after he was publicly accused of sexually abusing and raping underage girls who trained with him in the 1980s.
Thursday, April 26, 2018


Plan to override gun dealer veto fizzles
Illinois Democrats’ hopes of overriding a veto of firearms-dealer licensing fizzled Wednesday, swamped by the inaction of a Senate and House afraid to take the vote without cover from the other.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

CPD are not reporting mentally ill gun owners
Chicago’s inspector general says police are failing on a requirement to tell the state when people are mentally unfit to carry a gun.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Man gets 16 years for 16th DUI
A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for his sixteenth conviction on driving under the influence charges.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Two dead in drug-related shooting in Normal
Police say two people are dead following a shooting at an apartment complex in central Illinois.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

SIU to recruit alumni for adjunct spots
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is seeking volunteers with graduate degrees to serve as adjunct faculty.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Peoria raises age to buy tobacco to 21
Peoria leaders have voted to raise the age to buy tobacco in the city to 21.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

4th death, synthetic marijuana use
Illinois public health officials say a fourth person has died after using synthetic marijuana.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Crundwell transferred to federal prison in Illinois
Convicted $54 million municipal embezzler Rita Crundwell has been transferred to a federal prison in her home state of Illinois.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

U of I breaks ground on $48M design center
The University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus has broken ground on a $48 million design center.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Illinois late fees skyrocket over the past three years
Illinois has racked up more in late-payment fees in less than three years than it did in the 18 years combined, according to a report The Associated Press obtained Monday, and some major creditors say they’ve waited more than a year to receive the interest they’re owed.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Illinois family fulfills Marine's dream to build track
An Illinois family has completed a fallen Marine’s dream of building a track at his former high school.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Germany's Fresenius, US-based Akorn at odds over merger deal
Germany’s Fresenius and U.S.-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Akorn Inc. are at odds over the German company’s decision to terminate a more than $4.3 billion takeover agreement, citing alleged breaches of data integrity requirements.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Aurora native to present premiere of short film
A short film written by an Aurora native will premiere at Aurora Public Art on May 25.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Bingo group combines fun, friends
A Walk into the Wendy's on Henderson Street on a Monday morning, and you might be surprised by what you find. The modestly sized fast food restaurant is filled every Monday with people from their 30s to their 90s playing bingo.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Unruly passenger removed from Miami to Chicago flight
Police repeatedly used a stun gun as they struggled to remove an American Airlines passenger accused of touching a female passenger without her permission.
Monday, April 23, 2018

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, 1 case in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD —The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state and local health departments, is expanding its investigation of a multi-state cluster of E. coli infections to include not only chopped romaine lettuce, but full heads and hearts of romaine lettuce.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Illinois universities see a rise in union activity
CHICAGO (AP) — Non-tenured faculty and graduate students in Illinois are looking to unions as pay and benefits stagnate.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rivers helped feed growth in state

By Joseph Bustos

Belleville News-Democrat

ILLINOIS — During the first century of the state’s history, the natural habitats along the Illinois River helped spur fishing industries and had places for hunting.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gov's Legionnaires point man earns $20K month
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The point person Gov. Bruce Rauner plucked from his administration to take charge of the Legionnaires’ disease crisis at the Quincy veterans home is making $20,000 a month in salary, a 69 percent raise from the official salary in his previous post. 
Friday, April 20, 2018

Court sides with sanctuary cities in fight over grants
CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Friday, April 20, 2018

State unemployment levels lowest point in decade

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in more than a decade.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday that the unemployment rate hit 4.6 percent in March. That’s the lowest it’s been since March 2007.


Friday, April 20, 2018

McCann running for gov as independent
A Republican state senator has announced an independent run for Illinois governor.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

State to require some employers to offer retirement savings plans
Illinois will soon begin a program requiring many employers to help create voluntary retirement-savings plans for employees and offer automatic payroll deductions.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Separation of power is focus of Schock appeal
A lawyer for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock told a federal appeals court in Chicago Wednesday that federal prosecutors are aiming to become the first — with the court’s help — to imprison a former member of Congress based on “ambiguous” rules the U.S. House set for itself.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

$50 k in tractors stolen from Scottie Pippen's Arkansas farm
Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm owned by former NBA star Scottie Pippen.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Babies of senators now welcome in Senate chamber
Who doesn’t like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently — at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber. Its passage without objection came despite plenty of concern, some privately aired, among senators of both parties about the threat the tiny humans pose to the Senate’s cherished decorum.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Illlinois youth tackle football ban dead for now
The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the measure aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma lacks the votes to pass this session.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Suit challenges ban on handguns in home day cares
Several gun rights groups have joined a central Illinois couple in a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on handguns in home day cares.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lawmakers consider worker safety after beating death
Illinois lawmakers stepped up efforts Tuesday to better protect state workers in vulnerable positions after the death of a child welfare worker who was severely beaten last fall.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

After exposing influential pedophile ring, Lithuanian fears death if extradited
A former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed in Chicago at her homeland’s request fears death if she’s extradited because she helped expose a network of influential pedophiles in the country, she told The Associated Press in her first interview since becoming a fugitive.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chicago body armor ban criticized
Chicago’s City Council is expected to water down its ban on most residents wearing body armor after criticism that it could put in danger people such as 7-Eleven store clerks in crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2 more bleeding cases from fake pot
Health officials in Maryland have reported two more cases of severe bleeding problems in users of synthetic marijuana, bringing the state’s total to three patients so far.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bradley student's funeral this weekend
Family members are finalizing the funeral details for a Bradley University student from Chicago who was shot dead at an off-campus party earlier this month.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Emanuel unveils plan for waterfront
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced a new plan to expand recreational opportunities on the city’s iconic Riverwalk and Lakefront.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One city may hire police volunteers
Police officers in Belleville may soon be getting some help answering calls or help keep an eye on parades and festivals in town.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Trucker charged in Fatal I-55 crash
A Colorado truck driver has been charged with several felony counts of reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving in a crash last November that killed four people in southwestern Illinois.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Annual lifting of bridges set to begin
One of the most visible signs that Spring has sprung in Chicago is about to appear: The annual run of boats from where they’ve been in stored all winter to the harbors of Lake Michigan.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Illinois, Polish military mark 25 years of cooperation
The Illinois National Guard and Poland’s military are marking 25 years of cooperation that began in the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Effingham Co. declares itself a sanctuary for gun owners
Leaders in Illinois’ Effingham County have adopted a resolution declaring it a sanctuary for gun owners.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Developers unveil plan for Tribune Tower redevelopment
The owners of Chicago’s Tribune Tower have unveiled plans to build a skyscraper next to the neo-Gothic building that would be the city’s second tallest.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Supreme Court again refuses to hear Blagojevich appeal
The Supreme Court for the second time has refused to hear an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his corruption convictions.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Howard Buffett gives $1.2M to Macon County to buy land for recycling center
Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett’s private foundation is donating $1.2 million to purchase land for a new recycling center and compost facility.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Bill advances that would require state jobs to be located in Sangamon County
An Illinois House panel has approved a bill that would require most new and vacant state jobs be located in Sangamon County.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer
For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It’s the biggest win so far for immunotherapy, which has had much of its success until now in less common cancers. 
Monday, April 16, 2018

Resident of Strasbourg, France visits Strasbourg, Ill.
A Strasbourg, France resident’s quest to visit and document cities of this name throughout the world has taken him to Strasburg, Illinois.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Chicago residents use kits to test for lead contamination
Hundreds of Chicago residents have used free testing kits from the city to determine if their drinking water is contaminated by lead.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Illinois farmers concerned weather could delay planting
Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Whisky alone' thwarted plan to steal Lincoln's body
It was July 3, 1876 — the eve of our country’s first centennial. Everyone in Springfield would be celebrating downtown. No one would be near Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Opioid addict now inspires audiences
It was almost exactly six years ago that Andrew Dewey, at age 45, decided to enter treatment in Jacksonville after years of balancing full-time jobs with abuse of alcohol, prescription painkillers and finally heroin.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pekin man charged in synthetic marijuana death and illnesses
Criminal charges have been filed against a central Illinois man in connection with the sale of synthetic marijuana that resulted in death and illness.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lawyers: Jesse Jackson Jr., wife reach divorce settlement
Attorneys say former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his estranged wife have reached a divorce settlement nearly five years after they pleaded guilty to schemes related to the misuse of a congressional campaign fund.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Proposal fails to send SIU-E additional funding
Southern Illinois University’s board of trustees voted Thursday not to reallocate state funding from the school’s Carbondale campus to its Edwardsville campus.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Renovations continue on governor's mansion
The Illinois Executive Mansion is continuing its $15 million renovation as the building prepares to reopen in July.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Sears to close its final Chicago store this summer
Sears is set to close its final store inside Chicago’s city limits, ending a 93-year retail legacy in the city.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Rauner says Missouri governor should step down
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner agrees that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Governor and leaders trade warnings over budget
Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging legislative leaders to agree on estimated available revenue before deciding how to spend it in the coming year.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Democrats to Rauner: Say no to Trump
Illinois Senate Democrats urged Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday to reject any request from President Donald Trump to send National Guard troops to secure the U.S.-Mexican border.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Rare 1846 men's shirt donated to state museum
The Illinois State Museum is thrilled to announce the recent donation of a man’s dress shirt dating back to 1846, with a documented history of who made it, who wore it, and the specific day on which it was worn.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Man suing LL Bean over return policy never tried to return goods
L.L. Bean says an Illinois man who sued over the retailer’s new return policy never has tried to return any products.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Former security officer fired after dragging passenger is suing United
An aviation security officer who was fired after forcibly dragging a passenger from a plane last year is suing United Airlines and the city of Chicago, claiming he wasn’t properly trained to deal with such a situation and he was defamed in the aftermath.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Northern Illinois law enforcement seeing more juveniles abusing kids
Northern Illinois officials are reporting what they call an “alarming” trend, the increase of both the number of children under six who are victims of sexual abuse and the number of sexual offenders who are juveniles.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gov. traveling abroad to recruit employers
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s traveling to Germany and Poland next week to try to draw more companies to Illinois.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Former Peoria synthetic marijuana user shares this cautionary warning
On the evening of March 27 four friends hung out at a Pekin home talking and smoking Spice. By mid-morning the next day, all four were in UnityPoint Health-Methodist suffering from massive bleeding.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Prisons need $420M for rest of the budget year
Illinois prisons officials have told state lawmakers that they need an extra $420 million to get through the rest of the budget year.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

House okays ban on tax payer funds for payouts, harrassment
Illinois lawmakers sued for sexual harassment couldn’t use tax money to pay settlements under legislation that flew through the House.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Yvonne Staples of Staple Singers dies
Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of the Staple Singers, her family’s hit-making gospel group that topped the charts in the early 1970s with the song “I’ll Take You There,” has died. She was 80.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Opioid data available:
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing the launch of its Opioid Data Dashboard, an innovative way to access data on opioid overdoses and deaths.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

School funding: Mendoza releases $350M
The Illinois state comptroller is releasing $350 million to public school districts statewide as part of the newly approved education-funding overhaul.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

GOP blasts Pritzker's income tax plan
Illinois House Republicans struck the first blow Tuesday in an election-year debate over the state’s tax structure, uniting against the idea of converting the flat income tax rate into a graduated one.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Senate plan would include LGBT history in schools
Illinois senators advanced a plan requiring public schools to teach a unit on the role and societal contributions of gays, lesbians and other LGBT individuals.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Rauner willing to spend own money
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he so enamored with the state’s capitol city he is willing to spend his own money to make it more beautiful.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Alabama attracting Illinois students
Alabama colleges are luring more Illinois high school seniors away from in-state universities partly through financial perks.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Clinton woman get 3 years for stealing
A federal judge has sentenced a central Illinois woman to three years in prison for stealing more than $370,000 from the physician who employed her.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bradley student killed in party shooting
Central Illinois police are asking for the public’s help in solving an off-campus shooting that left a Bradley University student and a Peoria man dead.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Duckworth gives birth to baby girl
Sen. Tammy Duckworth has given birth to a baby girl, making her the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Circus fans coming to Normal, Illinois
Circus fans will hold their annual convention in an Illinois community once known as “The Trapeze Capital of the World.”
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

State seeks comments on Volkswagen
Taxpayers have until April 20 to make comments on the way Illinois plans to use the state’s $108 million share of a national settlement with Volkswagen over alleged violations of the federal Clean Air law.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Judge says McDonald's Extra Value label is not deceptive
A federal judge in Chicago has tossed a class-action lawsuit that argued McDonald’s was duping consumers because a single “Extra Value Meal” costs more than the sum total of the individual components of the meal bought separately. 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

State Farm selling HQ in downtown Bloomington
State Farm says the insurance company plans on selling its 89-year-old original headquarters building in downtown Bloomington.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Harvey, Ill. could lay off police and firefighters
City leaders in a southern Chicago suburb say financial troubles could lead to “massive” layoffs of local police officers and firefighters.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Volunteers to clean graves at Illinois state school cemetery
More than 2,000 graves of residents of the former Illinois state developmental center are getting renewed attention.
Monday, April 9, 2018

University of Chicago countersues over withdrawn $100M gift
The University of Chicago is countersuing a benefactor that pledged a $100 million donation but wants to void the commitment.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Bradley student, Peoria man killed in shooting at party
Authorities say an 18-year-old Bradley University student from Chicago and a Peoria man were killed in a shooting at an off-campus party.
Monday, April 9, 2018

John Looney was the prototype for gangsters who would follow

ILLINOIS — John Looney was the original Quad-Cities vice lord and also one of the nation’s earliest organized crime leaders.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Federal funds to bolster election security may not be enough

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Last summer, with an important Illinois election season months away, Shelby County officials in central Illinois feared that their outdated voting equipment wouldn’t be approved for use by the State Board of Elections. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

EIU to restructure over next 2 years

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University officials have announced major structural changes that will take place over the next two years.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Schools to receive additional funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois school districts will receive about $395 million in additional funding that was approved in the state budget last summer.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Quincy home norovirus outbreak is over

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy has ended. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Friday that about 20 people suffered symptoms of norovirus for a few days after they first reported them March 30. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Rauner signs law to ease licensing out- of-state teachers
Saturday, April 7, 2018

Catastrophic Donner party left from Springfield, Illinois, April 14, 1846

ILLINOIS — The tragic story of the Donner Party is one of the darkest tales of western American history. Few remember that the star-crossed journey originated in Springfield.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Give blood now during Natl. Volunteer Month

TAYLORVILLE — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

U of I asks lawmakers for funding increase

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The president of the University of Illinois system appeared before a state Senate committee asking for an increase in annual state funding.


Friday, April 6, 2018

5 protected pelicans found shot in Illinois lake

NEWTON, Ill. (AP) — Conservation officers say five American White Pelicans were found shot dead in Newton Lake in Illinois.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Deerfield faces law suit after weapons ban

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield is being sued after its village board voted unanimously to ban certain semi-automatic firearms.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Grant program will pay for field trips
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Students can learn what gives the Prairie State its name this summer thanks to a grant program that pays for field trips to study Illinois’ biodiversity.
Friday, April 6, 2018

U of I asks lawmakers for funding increase

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The president of the University of Illinois system appeared before a state Senate committee asking for an increase in annual state funding.


Friday, April 6, 2018

German Bible from 1880s returned to Illinois family
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Thanks to dogged detective work by Mary Ryder of Books to Benefit, a woman from Mackinaw has been united with a family Bible from the 1880s and the marriage certificate of her great-great-grandparents.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Senator Dick Durbin visits Venezuela amid talks over releasing Utah man
A powerful U.S. senator traveled to Venezuela on Wednesday as pressure mounted on President Nicolas Maduro to hand over a Utah man jailed in the turbulent South American country for nearly two years.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

SIU may change its funding model
Southern Illinois University trustees will consider a plan to gradually shift state funding from the Carbondale campus to the Edwardsville campus to reflect enrollment shifts.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

U of I honoring women in its history
The University of Illinois is recognizing accomplishments made by women during the university’s 150-year history.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Construction could unearth human remains
Construction workers building a school in a northwest Chicago neighborhood are working carefully to avoid disturbing human remains that may lie underneath the construction site.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

More bleeding from synthetic pot
Illinois public health officials say the number of people in Illinois who have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana has increased to 81 cases.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Farmers in Illinois will plant more corn than soybeans
The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois farmers are expected to continue planting more corn than soybeans even as the trend changes nationally.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Tornado touchdowns confirmed in southern Illinois
National Weather Service surveys have confirmed four tornadoes in southern Illinois after a round a storms Tuesday.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Illinois courts debate teen defendants social media rights law
Illinois courts are considering if a state law that allows judges to limit teen defendants’ social media postings unfairly restricts defendants’ First Amendment freedoms.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

25 schools will get Bicentennial tech award
Illinois Bicentennial coordinators will award 25 schools across the state a three-year technology program as a legacy project of the Prairie State’s 200th birthday.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Senate panel takes up internet sports betting
Officials of Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association have told Illinois lawmakers about their concerns and possible support for legal internet sports gambling.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Calumet City starts using gunshot detection system
The southern Chicago suburb of Calumet City has started using a gunshot detection system that alerts police to the location of gunfire in real-time.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

$278M upgrade needed at Quincy
A makeover of the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy costing as much as $278 million is the best option for eradicating Legionnaires’ disease there, a preliminary report says.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Bank pulls out of marijuana industry
Illinois medical marijuana companies may have to deal in cash after the main bank serving operators has decided to pull out of the industry.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

3 arrested for selling synthetic marijuana linked to deaths
The owner of a Chicago convenience store and two employees have been charged with selling synthetic marijuana that has been linked to two deaths.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lifelong resident gives his hometown of Homer a $3.6-million final gift
L. Carl “Sammy” Goad had the means to live anywhere he pleased, but he chose to stay in his small, quiet hometown of Homer.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Former chief of CPS, Paul Vallas, files to run for mayor of Chicago
The former head of Chicago Public Schools officially has filed paperwork to run for mayor against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel next year.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring snow storm headed to Chicago
A storm that’s expected to dump 10 inches of snow in central Wisconsin and southern Minnesota is making April feel more like January.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Government and US Steel reach consent decree over spill
U.S. Steel will pay a $600,000 civil penalty and $630,000 to reimburse various federal agencies for costs and damages after one of its plants discharged wastewater containing a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a tributary of Lake Michigan, federal and state officials said Monday.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Guided tours to offer chance to see bison at Illinois park
Visitors to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington in northeastern Illinois will soon be able to go on guided hikes to look for bison.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

State health department links death to synthetic marijuana
State health officials say a person who started bleeding severely after using synthetic marijuana has died. 
Monday, April 2, 2018

Officials to address lack of sexual assault nurses
The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is working with state lawmakers to draft legislation that would require hospitals to have a specially trained medical provider available to examine a sexual assault victim.
Monday, April 2, 2018

State law seeks to improve sexual assault reporting
A change in Illinois law aims to improve how police respond to sexual assault allegations by requiring officers undergo new training to improve sensitivity toward victims and learn about trauma.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Illinois native Bill Veeck was a champion for game of baseball
Bill Veeck wasn’t your typical baseball team owner.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Author to speak on near assassination of Ronald Reagan
The crime that horrified a nation in 1865 – a president’s assassination – came close to happening again in 1981 when Ronald Reagan was shot by a madman. The author of the definitive account of that attack will tell the full, fascinating story April 19 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Rival pay-equity measures compete
A plan to close the wage gap between men and women swept through the Illinois Legislature last year, but it met the veto of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Now, the measure is back — but with some competition.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Illini trying out beer sales at Ohio State baseball game
University of Illinois baseball fans will be able to buy beer at the Illini’s game against Ohio State in a test run that could mean expanded alcohol sales at Illini sport venues in the future.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Prepaid property taxes deductible
The U.S. Treasury has ruled that Illinois homeowners who prepaid their 2018 property taxes last year will receive the full state and local tax deduction.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Marijuana-friendly states want to meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions
California, Oregon and other marijuana-friendly states are seeking a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in hopes of resolving the conflict between federal and state laws that has left the nation’s cannabis industry in legal limbo.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Interactive Health recognizes some of Illinois' healthiest companies
Interactive Health this week named 184 employers as the "Healthiest Companies in America," an annual award that recognizes businesses that are investing in and improving their employees' health.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Weekend shootings in Chicago were not all during march
Chicago police say shootings that left one man dead and 18 other people wounded during the past weekend did not all happen during the March for Our Lives protest against gun violence.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Sister takes hoops to heavenly place
On the night before Easter, a night when Sister Jean could reasonably be contemplating more consequential affairs, she will instead be festooned in her maroon and yellow letter jacket, sitting in her wheelchair on the floor of one of America’s greatest sports cathedrals, praying for an entirely different sort of miracle.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

White House picks Illinois senator to be ambassador
President Donald Trump has chosen Illinois state Sen. Kyle McCarter to be the U.S. ambassador to Kenya.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

City council approves new car-sharing service for Chicago
The Chicago City Council has approved a new car-sharing service in the city.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Veterinarians warn of holiday risks for pets
Chicago-area veterinarians are warning pet owners about some common items found around the Easter and Passover holidays.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Top aide campaigned during Legionnaires' crisis
While the Department of Public Health faced the baffling return of Legionnaires’ disease at a state-run veterans home in 2016, a top administrator left to work on Republican campaigns for the Illinois House, records reviewed by The Associated Press show.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hearings planned ahead of automatic registration
The Illinois State Board of Elections will hold public hearings on the state’s automatic voter registration system before it takes effect this summer.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ISU sued over handling of sexual misconduct case
Illinois State University faces a federal lawsuit from a former male student who says the way the school handles sexual misconduct cases violated his rights.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Apple unveils pencil for affordable iPad
Apple is adding the ability to use a digital pencil to draw and write on its cheapest iPad model in an attempt to make the tablet more compelling for creating, teaching and learning.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

U of I searching for chief diversity officer
The University of Illinois is in the midst of a national search for its first-ever chief diversity officer.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Group assessing impact of amendment
An Illinois advocacy group wants to determine the impact of a state transportation lockbox amendment more than a year after voters approved the measure.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Illinois Nat'l. Guard medic dies in crash
Authorities say an Illinois National Guard medic from Elgin died when the military ambulance he was in crashed near Rockford.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tollway expects 6.5M holiday travelers
Officials expect 6.5 million automobiles to travel the Illinois Tollway during the coming holiday weekend.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Illinois man safe after search in Fla. Everglades
The U.S. Coast Guard says searchers safely located a 57-year-old Illinois man on Tuesday after he was reported missing during what was supposed to be a 10-day kayaking trip through the Florida Everglades.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Estimates: $1B more debt for CPS teachers' pension fund
Financial documents show that the pension fund for Chicago Public Schools teachers is an additional $1 billion in debt due to less aggressive investment return estimates.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Illinois smoking ban part of everyday life 10 years later
Ten years after the indoor smoking ban was enacted in Illinois, it has become part of everyday life.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Chicago-area dad charged after allegedly threatening school
Authorities have charged a suburban Chicago father for allegedly writing on Facebook that his brother could go to an elementary school with an AR-15 rifle to send a message his son shouldn’t be bullied.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Man to return to White Sox job after 23 years in prison
A former White Sox groundskeeper will return to his old job after spending more than 20 years in prison on a wrongful conviction.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Army veteran in US since age 8 deported after prison stint
An Army veteran from Chicago who served two tours in Afghanistan and had been in the U.S. since age 8 has been deported to Mexico because of a 2008 drug-trafficking conviction.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Plan would bring $2M gondola to Illinois riverfront city
An Illinois riverfront community is finalizing a deal for a $2 million gondola and a new shuttle service. 
Monday, March 26, 2018

Temperature swings sweeten Funks Grove syrup season
The crazy temperature fluctuations this year didn’t just create a bumper crop of potholes; they also created excellent conditions for making maple syrup in Central Illinois.
Monday, March 26, 2018

ADA pushes to curb opioid painkillers
Monday, March 26, 2018

Illinois high school referee shortage getting worse
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A recent report shows Illinois’ referee shortage is getting worse, with the number of referees for the state’s high school athletics dropping 11 percent from the 2012-13 to the 2016-17 seasons. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Illinois is the heart of the U.S. Interstate system
ILLINOIS — Its neighbor to the east may claim “The Crossroads of America” title, but by nearly any measure, Illinois is the heart of the U.S. Interstate system.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

State fails to recoup $76M in Medicaid overpayments to private insurers, audit says
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration hasn’t recouped $76 million in overpayments to private Medicaid-program insurers dating back five years, two state audits found. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Lincoln Presidential Library celebrating presidents from Illinois
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate the Illinois bicentennial with a special exhibit exploring the lives and accomplishments of the four U.S. presidents who called Illinois home.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Classical guitar duo in concert in Springfield Saturday, April 7
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Classical Guitar Society will present a performance by Duo Tandem, classical guitarists Necati Emirzade and Mark Anderson, on Sat. April 7. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Guest speaker on history of John James Audubon today
DECATUR — Explore the life of Pioneer Naturalist John James Audubon on Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. in Rock Springs Nature Center.  Guest speaker, Melody Arnold, President of the Decatur Audubon Society, will explore the fascinating life and travels of this famous naturalist. She will discuss his foray through Southern Illinois and the notable birds he observed there. This program is free. No registration required.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Workers return lost wallet after 20 yrs.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Sheryl Rehmer was a labor-and-delivery nurse in her early 30s when her wallet went missing at the old St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville more than 20 years ago.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Remember the ice storm of 1978?
ILLINOIS — This week marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most devastating winter events in recent history – the 1978 ice storm that paralyzed the area and threw over a million people into darkness.
Friday, March 23, 2018

State police looking for suspects in fatal crash

PESOTUM, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say they want to speak with the drivers of three vehicles witnessed leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident that killed a University of Illinois wrestler.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Another teen from Mattoon admits to school threat

MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl has told a judge that she threatened gun violence at her school on social media.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Rauner compares foes' tactics to mafia racket

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday compared the business practices of Illinois’ powerful House speaker with mafia tactics, opening a new attack on his longtime political foe while urging Republican unity following a bruising primary he barely won.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Former Chicago police chief to challenge mayor who fired him
Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced plans Wednesday night to run for mayor against the man who fired him after the release of dashcam video showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Daley family legacy runs deep in Illinois, Chicago
About 20 years before a certain territory along the eastern banks of the upper Mississippi became a state, a man named Maurice Daly tied his ass and cart to a fence in the little Irish town of Dungarvan and set off for America.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Chicago area saw decrease in population last year
New U.S. Census data show that Cook County saw a drop in population last year but still retained its status as the second-most-populous county in the U.S.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Illinois museum exhibit honors 4 US presidents
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is preparing to unveil a new exhibit on four U.S. presidents with ties to Illinois.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Former campaign worker suing Illinois Democratic party
A former campaign consultant for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is suing his political committee and the state Democratic party, alleging that reporting a top lieutenant for sexual harassment hindered her from advancing in the speaker’s organization.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Man snared in federal sting could be released after plea
A man who was lured into a sting by an informant cooperating with federal agents could soon be released after pleading guilty to a robbery conspiracy charge.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ACLU, community groups get voice in Chicago police reforms
The American Civil Liberties Union and several community organizations said Tuesday that they have reached an agreement to provide input into reforms being proposed for the Chicago Police Department.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SIU considers new satellite office outside Carbondale
A Southern Illinois University official says the school is considering having a satellite office for its law school in downtown Springfield or Edwardsville.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Orbitz: legacy travel booking platform likely hacked
Orbitz says a legacy travel booking platform may have been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of people that made purchases between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 22, 2017.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Brother of murder suspect charged with gun trafficking
A Chicago man is charged with bringing into the city a gun used in the slaying of a 9-year-old boy.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Western Illinois state's attorney dies of heart attack at 39
Authorities in western Illinois say preliminary reports show Hancock County State’s Attorney Jason Pohren has died after having a heart attack.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Security of state voter rolls a concern as primaries begin
With the Illinois primary just a day away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Judge sides with inmate on prosthetic leg, toilet access
A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that Cook County Jail violated the rights of an inmate with a prosthetic leg because jail staff didn’t always assign him to cells that had grab bars over his toilet to give him needed mobility.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Volleyball player demands removal of name from gym banner
A former Olympic volleyball player is demanding her name be removed from a banner hanging in a suburban Chicago gym operated by a coach banned by volleyball’s governing body.
Monday, March 19, 2018

City of Chicago increasing security at Millennium Park
The city of Chicago is increasing security at the lakefront Millennium Park this summer.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Hikers find crashed car in suburban Chicago with body inside
Authorities say three young hikers found a crashed car with a person’s body inside in a suburban Chicago field.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Man charged in estranged wife's shooting death near Chicago
A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his estranged wife outside of a suburban Chicago gas station.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Retired Illinois soil scientist digs up information about Vietnam War tunnels
To satisfy decades of curiosity about the resiliency of the Viet Cong’s underground tunnels, an emeritus soil science professor from the University of Illinois traveled to Cu Chi, Vietnam, to crawl through the restored tunnels.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Plans for solar panel field in Illinois hit financial issues
A plan to create a solar panel field on an EPA Superfund site that was contaminated by aluminum production waste has run into financing difficulty.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Father of once missing suburban Chicago children in custody
Suburban Chicago police say they’ve taken into custody a man who was sought after his estranged wife was shot to death and their two children were considered missing.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Wheaton College, players sued in alleged attack of player
A former Wheaton College football player who authorities say was duct-taped and then dumped half-naked in a park by teammates is suing the school and the players.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Longtime horseman suffering from cancer visits track
John Brown rolled his wheelchair up to Dreymore’s horse stall and unwrapped a mint. He fed it to the horse he called his “wife,” as he visited her one last time.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Man gets 65 years for killing Cook County investigator
A man convicted of the 2013 shooting death of a Cook County sheriff’s investigator in suburban Chicago has been sentenced to 65 years in prison.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Range to offer free classes to teachers
Training slots are filling up quickly at a suburban gun range in Illinois that is offering free concealed carry classes for teachers.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Man accused of fatally stabbing mental health worker
Murder charges have been filed against a suburban Chicago man in connection with the fatal stabbing of a mental health worker.
Friday, March 16, 2018

U of I student health insurance premiums to go up
University of Illinois trustees have voted to increase student health insurance premiums for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Historian doesn't want hero's story lost
It’s such a small, unremarkable headstone for such a remarkable life.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Chicago police lieutenant files sex discrimination lawsuit
A Chicago police lieutenant who was the first woman to command the department’s Marine and Helicopter Unit has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit that alleges she was demoted because her boss didn’t want a woman to hold her job.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Judge garnishes Illinois congressman's salary to repay loan
A judge has ordered that 15 percent of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s congressional salary be garnished to pay for more than $1 million he owes on a delinquent bank loan.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Rauner chooses new Illinois executive inspector general
Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen a former federal prosecutor and assistant state inspector general to be Illinois’ next executive inspector general.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Body of wife of Nobel winning professor found at landfill
Authorities in northern Illinois are investigating the death of the wife of a Nobel Prize winning chemistry professor whose body was found at a landfill hours after the couple were reported missing in Indiana. 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Rauner, lawmakers debut Illinois Bicentennial craft beer
Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers have debuted the first cans of the official Illinois Bicentennial craft beer.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Illinois pushes ahead with gun curbs after Rauner veto
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Illinois Frontier Life for Kid's Day at Dickson Mounds
At Dickson Mounds Museum on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., the Kid’s Day program will be ‘Illinois Frontier.’
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Top 3 Dems in debate
The top three Democrats running for Illinois governor will meet for the final televised candidate forum before next week’s primary.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dog dies after family ordered to place it overhead
A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the animal in the plane’s overhead bin.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Illinois men accused of bombing mosque near Minneapolis to scare Muslims
Three Illinois men are accused of bombing a mosque in suburban Minneapolis in an attempt to scare Muslims into leaving the United States, authorities said.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

State universities adding digital currency classes
Digital currency is becoming a fundamental part of some finance courses at Illinois universities.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Judge: Fake ATF stings should be relic of the past
A judge on Monday urged federal law enforcement across the country to stop conducting stings in which undercover agents talk suspects into agreeing to steal non-existent drugs from non-existent stash houses, saying they overwhelmingly target blacks, are deeply flawed and should become a relic of the past.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Governor to veto gun retailer licensing bill
Gov. Bruce Rauner planned to veto legislation today that would require gun retailers to be licensed by the state of Illinois, his spokeswoman Rachel Bold said.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Survey: Job, salary prospects improving for UI graduates
A recent survey indicates that University of Illinois graduates are finding better career prospects and are getting higher salaries.
Monday, March 12, 2018

AP FACT CHECK: A look at Dem governor candidates' claims
The 2018 campaign for Illinois governor could be one of the most expensive races in the nation with several wealthy candidates spending freely to win votes.
Monday, March 12, 2018

Man charged with false threat about flight leaving Chicago
Authorities say a man has been charged with making a false bomb threat after telling a fellow passenger on a plane preparing to depart Chicago that it was going to explode.
Monday, March 12, 2018

Elgin officer fatally shot woman armed with knife
Authorities say an Elgin police officer fatally shot a woman armed with a knife along an interstate outside Chicago.
Monday, March 12, 2018

Tony Blair chosen as recipient of Lincoln Leadership Prize
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is the recipient of this year’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation’s Lincoln Leadership Prize.
Monday, March 12, 2018

One-hundred years later and the madness of daylight saving time still endures

Michael Downing,

Tufts University

(The Conversation via AP) —  One hundred years after Congress passed the first daylight saving legislation, lawmakers in Florida this week passed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” which will make daylight saving a year-round reality in the Sunshine State.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Exhibit features botanical collections
SPRINGFIELD — The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the exhibit “Herbaria and Otherwords” by area artist Ruthan Mazrim March 19-April 5. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception with the artist on March 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. 
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Area artists featured at LLCC Trutter Museum exhibit
SPRINGFIELD — The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum at Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, “Reflection,” on Friday, April 6. A reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. 
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Some key political figures who hailed from Illinois

ILLINOIS — The Gettysburg Address. Hull House. The nation’s first African American president — and first lady. All of these are due to Illinois’ bumper crop of political figures and politicians, who represent a diverse range of viewpoints and contributions throughout history.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Illinois comptroller wants halt to payroll 'off-shoring'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza continued her push Thursday for better accounting of the state’s finances, urging legislators to require the governor’s office to pay employee salaries from its own budget instead of “off-shoring” the costs to agencies.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Another Illinois teen makes school threats; authorities say threats are no joke
A 15-year-old southern Illinois boy is in custody and faces felony charges after authorities say he made threats against an elementary school.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

'Darknet' market spokesman from Illinois pleds guilty to federal charge
An Illinois man who worked as a spokesman for a leading “darknet” marketplace that users accessed anonymously to buy and sell illicit goods pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal conspiracy charge in Atlanta.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Illinois House takes up ban on public official sexual harassment payouts
Illinois lawmakers could not tap taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment complaints under legislation that moved to the House floor Wednesday.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

U of I grad students reach deal
An Illinois House committee has approved a bill that would prevent credit card companies from marketing their products on public university and community college campuses.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

House committee approves ban on credit car marketing
An Illinois House committee has approved a bill that would prevent credit card companies from marketing their products on public university and community college campuses.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Parlor patrons infected
The Illinois Department of Public Health has yet to name the tattoo parlor where two people who received tattoos may have developed skin infections.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Female, minority-owned conference
The Illinois Department of Transportation will host Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward on March 19 and 20 at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel and Bank of Springfield Center.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Contest announced to design coin for state bicentennial
This is for those who have ever looked at a coin and thought they could have come up with a better design.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Illinois grad students occupy president's office
Striking University of Illinois graduate students occupied the school president’s office ahead of another day of negotiations.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Rauner now plans to raze vet dorms at Quincy
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration announced on Monday that it plans to replace residence halls at the Quincy veterans’ facility which housed victims of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak responsible for the deaths of 13 people and making dozens more ill since 2015. 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New study: Prescription opioids fail year-long, rigorous test for chronic pain
 A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Some hot spots in Illinois and the nation as Democrats contest primaries
Ahead of the fall midterm elections, Democrats have contested primaries around the country that will help shape their general election matchups against Republicans this fall.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Quincy vets home has $90-M impact
A study shows that the economic impact of the Illinois Veterans Home extends far beyond the city of Quincy and well above the facility’s $54 million annual budget.
Monday, March 5, 2018

Identity theft tops consumer complaints
Identity theft was the top complaint consumers made to the Illinois attorney general’s office last year.
Monday, March 5, 2018

Casimir Pulaski Day observed
Gov. Bruce Rauner celebrated Casimir Pulaski Day by attending commemorative events at the Polish Museum of America to honor the Revolutionary War hero known as the “Father of the American Cavalry.” 
Monday, March 5, 2018

Obama Foundation announces master's degree

The Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago have teamed up to offer a master’s degree program for the next generation of community leaders.

 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending more US kids to hospitals
Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of U.S. children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing critical care.
Monday, March 5, 2018

Southwestern Illinois sheriff says St. Louis crime spreading into state
Some county officials in southwestern Illinois say crime from St. Louis is trickling into the state. 
Monday, March 5, 2018

U of I graduate student strike enters its second week
The University of Illinois graduate students’ strike in Champaign-Urbana is set to enter a second week after bargaining between the union and school administrators failed over the weekend.
Monday, March 5, 2018

Family of opioid-addicted baby is suing pharmaceutical companies

 An Illinois family of a baby born addicted to opioids is suing 20 pharmaceutical companies alleging they’re responsible for the mother’s addition to opioids and heroin.

 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Nurse accused of stealing opioid patches from patients
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man is accused of removing opioid patches from the bodies of residents at two nursing homes, including one where he worked as a registered nurse.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Man sentenced to 54 years in prison for 2013 slaying
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of an alleged drug dealer has been sentenced to 54 years in prison.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Bill would expand airports' taxing authority in Illinois
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A proposed bill would allow the Chicago Rockford International Airport to expand its corporate authority and tax thousands of additional people in the county where it’s located.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Southern Illinois native named new state fair manager
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair has a new manager.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Suspect in college campus shooting apprehended
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old student suspected of killing his parents at a Central Michigan University dormitory before running from campus was apprehended early Saturday following an intensive daylong search that included more than 100 police officers, some heavily armed in camouflage uniforms, authorities said.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Woman shop lifts more than $2,300 at Victoria's Secret
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A 25-year-old Chicago woman has been arrested for allegedly helping to steal more than $2,300-worth of merchandise from a popular women’s lingerie store.
Friday, March 2, 2018

Ex-Dawson official charged with stealing public money
DAWSON, Ill. (AP) — The former water clerk and treasurer for a central Illinois village faces charges she stole money from public accounts.
Friday, March 2, 2018

Mother of teen shot by police asked if she was a prostitute
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney wants a court to impose sanctions on the city of Chicago after one of its attorneys asked the mother of a teenager fatally shot by a police officer three years ago whether she conceived her son while working as a prostitute.
Friday, March 2, 2018

US is complying in Boeing ruling
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in a civil case focused on a 2003 attack by terrorists backed by the Iranian government says the Trump administration has notified the court that it is complying with the 2015 multiparty deal designed to restrict Iran’s nuclear program.
Friday, March 2, 2018

Minimum age for tackle football will get Illinois House vote
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois children could not play tackle football until age 12 under a plan a House committee endorsed Thursday after hearing personal tales of head trauma and its link to the brain disease known as CTE.
Friday, March 2, 2018

State protecting against Russian election tampering
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is working to better protect itself from hacking ahead of the state’s March primary, the state’s top elections official said Wednesday, noting that federal authorities have warned that the threat of further Russian interference before November’s midterm elections “is still very real.”
Thursday, March 1, 2018

University of Illinois grad student strike in 4th day
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois graduate students are striking for a fourth day after 11 months of unsuccessful talks with administrators on a new contract.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gov's mansion to reopen to public
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois first lady Diana Rauner says the governor’s mansion will reopen in July, more than a year after the beginning of an extensive renovation process.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Growing signs Schock prosecution on shaky ground
CHICAGO (AP) — Growing sympathy for defense arguments, seeming confusion within the team of federal prosecutors and a disgruntled judge are among the signs that key portions of the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may be at risk of unraveling.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

House okays assault age limit, bump stock ban
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House controlled by Democrats pushed through some gun control measures Wednesday, endorsing a bump-stock ban and a minimum age of 21 for buying assault-style weapons in response to a Florida massacre and the killing of a Chicago police officer.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Benedictine University to close Spfld. campus
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Benedictine University says the school will close its Springfield branch at the end of the 2018 spring semester and move students to other existing area sites.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Democrats set up House floor showdown on guns
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Democrats unleashed a bevy of proposed restrictions on firearms Tuesday, in response to the Florida high school shooting as well as the fatal shooting of a Chicago police officer a day earlier.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

House panel okays Medicaid plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois hospitals would get $360 million more in federal Medicaid funding, but two facilities serving impoverished communities would close, under a plan a House committee approved Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Madigan discloses more harassment complaints
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan released a list Tuesday of nine complaints of sexual harassment, retaliation or discrimination investigated by his state office in the past five years and how they were resolved, hoping to get ahead of criticism that he’s mismanaged the issue.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Illinois House to consider gun control measures
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House committee will consider firearms legislation today in answer to the Parkland, Florida massacre two weeks ago.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

















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