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Illinois Supreme Court is hitting the road
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court is going on the road.
The high court will hear oral arguments at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey on Sept. 18.

Saturday, August 24, 2019


Illinois county slows wind farm plan along the Mississippi
VALMEYER, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois county repealed an ordinance that would enable the construction of wind farms, stalling a proposal to build 50 turbines along the Mississippi River.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Trooper serving warrant dies from gunshot wounds
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State Police trooper died from wounds suffered early Friday while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Aunt Martha's will accept fed funds
SPRINGFIELD — Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, one of Illinois’ three family planning organizations, confirmed Friday it will accept federal funds it previously declined because its medical providers are now confident they can comply with new federal rules.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Illinois judge violates canons with lies and retaliation
ILLINOIS — DuPage County Circuit judge Patrick O’Shea violated the judicial canons when he misled police,  lied to the state judicial watchdog agency and when he retaliated against the court employees who complained of his conduct, the Illinois Courts Commission ruled on Wednesday.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Raoul asks court to allow abortion clinic to open
SPRINGFIELD — An abortion clinic in northern Indiana should be allowed to open, Illinois’ top lawyer argued in a court filing, because women crossing state lines to seek access to such care “can strain the health care systems in neighboring states.”
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Making healthy choices for kids when eating out
SPRINGFIELD — A fast-food meal is quick and convenient, especially when you and your kids are on the go for activities and events, but not all restaurants are created equal, said the coordinator for a local program that provides healthy lifestyle support for children and their families.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Patient hospitalized after vaping has died
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) learned of the death of an individual who had recently vaped and was hospitalized with severe respiratory illness.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Lab trains workers who probe child abuse claims
CHICAGO (AP) — The troubling scene inside the dingy Chicago apartment seems real: dangling exposed wires, open pill bottles near a sleeping baby and a kitchen strewn with dog feces and cockroaches.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Illinois trooper shot in East St.L executing warrant
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say a trooper has been shot while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Du Quoin Fair: Harness racing tonight and Sat.
DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) — The Du Quoin State Fair is about to start. The fair that runs through Sept. 2 opens Friday with a 5:30 p.m. ribbon cutting. 
Friday, August 23, 2019

Robber learns hard way his victim knew boxing
CHICAGO (AP) — A man looking to steal a cell phone may want to rethink his ability to size up victims after a woman he tried to rob turned to be a boxer who knows punching below the belt may be illegal in the ring but on the street it’s a pretty effective way to stop and opponent.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Shedd is free for Illinoisians on many Sept. days
CHICAGO (AP) — You won’t have to fish between couch cushions for money to get into Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.
Friday, August 23, 2019

On the road with Lincoln the lawyer
SPRINGFIELD — Abraham Lincoln’s years of crisscrossing the Illinois prairie for his law practice proved incredibly helpful when he started thinking about a bid for the White House, as author Guy Fraker will explain at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Aug. 29.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Archaeologist to present 'Historical Tour of Sicily and Malta'
LEWISTON, Ill. — The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will meet Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the Dickson Mounds Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Featured speaker will be Sharon Santure, retired USDA archaeologist, will present a talk titled "An Archaeological and Historical Tour of Sicily and Malta". This event is free and the public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be available following the presentation.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bill prohibits eviction based on legal status
SPRINGFIELD – People who rent homes or apartments in Illinois who are not United States citizens have new legal protections under state law.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gov. signs new law today raising teacher pay to $40,000
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation raising teachers’ minimum salary to $40,000 over four years to address a statewide shortage of classroom leaders.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gov vetoes school BB gun disciplinary bill; will work with sponsors
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Republican sponsors of a bill he vetoed Tuesday announced they will continue to work on legislation aimed at clarifying the state’s school code as it pertains to BB guns, air-powered guns and other similar weapons.

Pritzker used only his fifth veto on Senate Bill 2124, a measure state Sen. Chapin Rose, a Mahomet Republican and the bill’s sponsor, said was written to “close a loophole” in a state law, which he said ties school districts’ hands in dealing with incidences in which students bring BB guns to school to cause panic and disruption.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

All aboard! Amtrak route to New Orleans is now open
A summer filled with train disruptions for New Orleans visitors has reached its end as Amtrak has restored full service on its Chicago-to-New Orleans line.

The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports the line was restored Wednesday after months of terminating in Jackson, Mississippi.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Effect of family planning funds refusal unclear for Illinois orgs
It is unclear what effect the decision by Illinois’ three family planning organizations to decline millions of federal grant dollars will have on associated clinics in the state.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Pritzker is reluctant to criticize Madigan on report
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is praising the release of a report on bullying and harassment in Michael Madigan’s office, but is sidestepping questions about Illinois House speaker’s leadership.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Checks worth millions written by Chicago still uncahed
A lawyer says Chicago has benefited from 22,000 uncashed checks worth $11 million, some going back to the 1980s.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Lawsuit: Security guards had sex with Illinois students
A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges two security guards who worked at a public high school in suburban Chicago had sex with female students, and the school failed to adequately protect girls from purported predators.

The 22-page suit says school officials knew or should have known the staffers posed a risk at the 3,600-student Evanston Township High School campus. The lawsuit was filed on the eve of a new school year beginning Wednesday, and months after the school settled litigation alleging a former drama teacher abused several male students in the 1970s and 1980s.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Report finds bullying in Madigan's office
Power in Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office has been too centralized and its environment has fostered an atmosphere that condones bullying, intimidation, hazing and long work hours with inconsistent direction, according to an investigative report released Tuesday.

The review by Maggie Hickey, a former state executive inspector general, said Madigan’s former chief of staff, Timothy Mapes, had too much authority, serving also as clerk of the House and executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Therefore, the report said, he discouraged complaints while creating a climate in which some staffers constantly believed their jobs were in jeopardy.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Funding edges state senior care toward 'stability'
For senior care advocates in Illinois, a state funding increase is a reason for optimism after a prolonged period of government disinvestment that was marked by a crippling two-year state budget impasse which continues to impact social service providers.

But advocates for nursing homes and home-based senior care agree there is a long way to go to ensure long-term sustainability for Medicaid-funded senior care programs, especially as the baby boomer generation continues to age into long-term care systems.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Del Monte closing corn plant in northern Illinois
Del Monte Foods will close a corn-packing plant in north central Illinois, idling more than 600 full-time and seasonal employees.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

New security for gov's mansion tours is unveiled
New security measures will be put in place next month for tours of Illinois’ Governor’s Mansion in Springfield.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Pritzker backs Planned Parenthood in pulling out of Title X
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined with Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights advocates Monday in denouncing the Trump administration’s new policy that blocks federal family planning money from going to any organization that provides or facilitates abortions.

 “The Trump administration’s gag rule is fundamentally wrong,” Pritzker said in a telephone news conference Monday. “This policy has caused a mess of confusion and uncertainty, destabilizing women’s health care nationwide and doing extraordinary harm to the lives of patients, particularly women of color.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

No charges for police officers in attack on a third officer
Two northwestern Indiana police officers won’t be charged for allegedly attacking and seriously injuring a third officer following a baby shower.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Gov nearing final week for bill action
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed more than 50 bills last week and has about one week remaining to sign the final 167 of the 599 total bills sent to him by the General Assembly this year.

 The most recently signed bills include a package of legislation affecting first responders, a bill striking down a 1998 state law pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions, a banking initiative of Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and a measure to allow graduate student teaching assistants to unionize.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Decatur officials hope new funding helps with vacant houses
Decatur officials hope new funding for neighborhood revitalization efforts will help address vacant houses.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Law lets state take action on climate
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law allowing Illinois to take its own action to slow climate change.

The Democrat approved legislation this week that repeals the Kyoto Protocol Act of 1998. It limited state action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Monday, August 19, 2019

$32M jail to open next year in Quincy
Construction crews are completing extensive electrical work on the new Adams County Jail that’s expected to open early next year.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Get to work, kids - but get a permit
Get to work, kids — but get a permit first.

The Illinois Department of Labor is reminding teenagers younger than 16 to obtain a work permit to work legally.

Monday, August 19, 2019

VA facilities to go smoke-free in Oct.
A smoking ban at Department of Veterans Affairs’ health care facilities will take effect later this year.
Monday, August 19, 2019

State health officials urge caution with blue-green algae
Environmental officials are urging residents to be cautious of blue-green algae growth along Illinois waterways.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Expert: Stars have aligned for creation of proposed suburban Chicago airport
The political and economic stars have aligned for the development of a suburban Chicago airport, according to a transportation expert.

Officials have spent years debating whether an airport in Peotone, located about 45 miles (71 kilometers) south of Chicago, should be built. This year’s state budget revived the proposal and allocated $162 million for road improvements that would connect Interstate 57 to the proposed airport site.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Illini hope beer sales at games boosts ticket sales
University of Illinois officials hope the start of beer sales in Memorial Stadium’s general seating areas boosts slumping ticket sales for home football games.
Monday, August 19, 2019

16-year-old is latest shooting victim in St. Louis
Authorities say a 16-year-old aspiring football player has been killed and an 18-year-old wounded in a St. Louis shooting.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Illinois state senator pleads not guilty to embezzlement
An Illinois state senator has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over three years from the Teamsters while doing little or no work.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Life or Death: IDOT unveils new ad for Scott's Law
The Illinois Department of Transportation is expanding its Life or Death Illinois campaign to include Scott's Law, calling attention to the need to protect first responders, emergency personnel and frontline highway workers. A new video that will air statewide comes after Gov. JB Pritzker recently signed legislation strengthening the law while bringing together stakeholders to find solutions to prevent future tragedies on Illinois roads.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Man charged with attempted murder of Illinois state trooper
A 43-year-old suburban Chicago man has been charged with attempted murder for shooting and wounding an Illinois State Trooper who serving a warrant at the man’s home.

Authorities say Volodymyr Dragan of Wheeling shot the 32-year-old trooper about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Chicago police recover 60 guns during raid on home
Chicago police officials say they were acting on intelligence when they seized more than 60 guns from a home on the city’s West Side.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

IHDA announces $2,500 Closing Cost Grant
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has launched a new, limited-time grant to help homebuyers across Illinois afford their closing costs. Through the new IHDA Advantage Subsidy program, IHDA will give eligible homebuyers an outright grant of either $1,500 or $2,500, depending on household income, to pay for closing costs associated with their home purchase. The grant can be layered with IHDA's current Down Payment Assistance (DPA) programs, allowing homebuyers to receive anywhere from $8,500 to $12,500 in assistance when purchasing a home.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Scalise tells Illinois Republicans they can come back
One of the top Republican leaders in the U.S. House told the Illinois GOP Thursday that the state party can rebound, despite its devastating losses in the 2018 elections.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Chicago police launch 2 centers to process video evidence
Chicago police say they’re launching two new technology centers to help process video evidence faster.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Illinois payrolls hold steady in July
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that nonfarm payrolls were about unchanged over-the-month, down -400 jobs, and the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in July, down -0.1 percentage point from the prior month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The June jobs increase was revised from the preliminary report (from +11,400 to +7,600 jobs).
Friday, August 16, 2019

Chicago police recover 60 guns during raid on West Side
Chicago police says they’ve recovered 60 guns during a raid on the city’s West Side.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Illinois trooper wounded while serving traffic stop warrant
Authorities say an Illinois State Police trooper who was shot and wounded at a home in suburban Chicago was among a group of officers serving a warrant related to a traffic stop.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Ticks in Illinois found to have Heartland Virus
Last summer, a Kankakee County resident tested positive for Heartland virus, the first case reported in Illinois. In response to this human case, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) collaborated with the Illinois Natural History Survey Medical Entomology Laboratory (INHS MEL) and Kankakee County Health Department to conduct the first environmental health investigation to a novel tickborne disease case. Ticks were collected from the area and sent to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Heartland virus testing. Heartland virus was detected in Lone Star ticks collected from Kankakee County.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Illinois officials stress need for awareness of blue-green algae in Illinois lakes, rivers, streams and ponds
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health are reminding residents to exercise caution if they are planning activities on Illinois waterways, including lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. During summer months, water conditions are ideal for blue-green algae growth (also known as cyanobacteria), which are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in lakes and streams. Rapid growth of algae is referred to as a "bloom." While most blue-green algae are a natural part of our ecosystems and are harmless, some can produce toxic chemicals that cause sickness or other health effects in people and pets, depending on the amount and type of exposure. National news reports are stressing the dangers of algal toxin exposure following reports of illnesses and dog deaths after contact with blue-green algae blooms.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

IDOA showcases hemp at Illinois State Fair
In June the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) set aside a plot on the Illinois State Fairgrounds to educate fairgoers on hemp. Eight CBD plants and 100 Industrial Hemp plants were planted next to the U of I Master Gardner's located on 8th Street, behind the Swine Barn.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Illinois seeking to bar ex-governor from practicing law
Eight years after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uh-vich) was convicted of corruption, the state of Illinois seeking to bar him from practicing law.

The Chicago Tribune reports the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission filed a formal complaint earlier this month citing Blagojevich’s conviction on federal corruption charges and requesting a hearing before a disciplinary panel.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

First human case of West Nile Virus in Illinois for 2019
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2019.  A Chicago resident in his 70s became ill in late July.

"Although the first human case of West Nile virus this year in Illinois has been reported a little later than we typically see, it is important to remember that there is an ongoing risk of disease from a mosquito bite," said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  "West Nile virus can cause serious illness in some people so it's important that you take precautions like wearing insect repellent and getting rid of stagnant water around your home."

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Pritzkers pay $75K for grand champion steer
In a classic duel of Pritzker vs.. Pritzker, the first lady won.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and First Lady M.K. Pritzker engaged in a bidding war at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday, with the governor’s wife placing the winning bid of $75,000 for a grand champion steer named Lucius.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Indiana man charged after shots fired at Chicago hospital
An Indiana man with a history of gun convictions has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm after authorities say he opened fire at a Chicago hospital.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mendoza signs executive order to focus on prevailing wage
With a $45 billion, six-year capital infrastructure plan becoming law earlier this year, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at refocusing enforcement of state prevailing wage laws for construction projects receiving state money.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lyft fined for not alerting Chicago about suspended driver
Ride-share company Lyft will pay a $10,000 fine for not alerting the city of Chicago about a suspended driver who was working for Uber when he allegedly killed a cab driver.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lake County sues vaping company for targeting teens
A northern Illinois prosecutor has sued the nation’s largest e-cigarette producer, contending the company intentionally targeted teenagers with a deceptive marketing campaign.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mourners at Chicago funeral remember soldier slain overseas
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral for a 24-year-old soldier from Chicago who was killed in Afghanistan just weeks into his first overseas tour.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Suspected carjacking ends with 1 dead, 5 arrested
Authorities say suspects in an attempted carjacking near the Illinois-Wisconsin border led police on a high-speed chase to Chicago 50 miles away after a man fatally shot one of them outside his home.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Pritzker signs bills expanding state's medical marijuana law
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker celebrated a pair of new laws Monday that expand the state’s medical marijuana program, including one that gives students more options for taking the drug at school.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Governor signs Manar's teacher shortage remedy bills
Two pieces of bipartisan legislation sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar that are designed to help eliminate Illinois’ teacher shortage were signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker last week.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lawsuit alleging jail inmate misconduct gets judge's OK
A federal judge in Chicago has given the green light to class-action lawsuits alleging indecent conduct by Cook County Jail inmates.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

USDA cuts forecast for Illinois crop production
This year’s Illinois corn crop could be as much as 17 percent smaller than last year’s crop, while soybean production could fall as much as 21 percent, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Southern Illinois man guilty of lesser charge in boys' death
A judge has found a southern Illinois man guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death a toddler.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

8-year-old boy shot to death in St. Louis
Police say an 8-year-old boy has become the 11th St. Louis-area child killed in a shooting since June.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

6 wounded in drive-by shooting on Chicago's West Side
Authorities say a drive-by shooting on Chicago’s West Side wounded six people, including one who is reported in critical condition.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Chicago woman opens home to boys at risk of gang violence
A Chicago woman has transformed the lives of thousands of teenage boys in one of the most violent neighborhoods in the city by providing a program to keep them off the streets.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Mural depicting labor history set to be torn down
For 33 years, the Bloomington-Normal labor history mural served as the backdrop for union meetings, rallies and political gatherings. On July 21, local artist Kari Sandhaas and her husband, local labor leader Mike Matejka, shared their memories of the wall that will soon be coming down with the demolition of the Laborers’ Local 362 old hall in Bloomington.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Closing arguments scheduled in trial of man in child's death
Closing arguments are scheduled in the murder trial of a southern Illinois man who is accused in the beating death of a 2-year-old boy.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Brothers wanted in fatal Elgin shooting in custody, charged
Two suburban Chicago brothers sought on arrest warrants issued in the fatal shooting of a man during an altercation last week are in custody.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Group finds more prehistoric artifacts at Illinois dig site
A group conducting an archaeological dig in northern Illinois has found pieces of broken pottery, projectile points and other artifacts dating to the 1600s.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Senior day at the State Fair is Monday
On Monday, August 12, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will host a variety of activities for seniors, their families and friends during Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair. Events hosted by IDoA will be held in the air-conditioned Illinois Building located near the fairground's main gate. Fairgoers 60 years of age and older will be admitted to the fair for free.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Municipalities seek clarification on pot
The state organization representing local units of government is asking leaders in the General Assembly to make clarifying changes to the recreational marijuana law before it takes effect Jan. 1.

 Brad Cole, executive director of the Illinois Municipal League, said the 1,298 cities, villages and towns in the state need guidance on four aspects of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, signed into law by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in late June.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

AG Raoul to streaming companies: No cigarettes
Illinois’ top attorney is asking American video streaming services to avoid showing tobacco products in shows and movies to young viewers.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Gov signs bill aimed at changing culture at work
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a measure aimed at preventing workplace sexual harassment and protecting victims who come forward.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

USDA declares ag disaster in all 102 Illinois counties
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared an agriculture disaster in all 102 Illinois counties, citing historic flooding across the state this year.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Illinois leaders say former Gov. Rod Blagojevich should stay in prison
Illinois political leaders from both parties on Thursday said former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich should remain in prison despite Republican U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement that he was considering commuting the sentence of the ex-governor.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Gov. Pritzker signs kennel safety law after fire that killed dozens of dogs
New legislation requires kennels in Illinois to always be staffed and have sprinklers or alarms that ring at the local firehouse, after a fire this year killed dozens of dogs.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Higher education officials say guardianship scam not widespread
Officials from several public universities in Illinois told a panel of state lawmakers Thursday they do not believe there is widespread abuse of court-ordered guardianships that have enabled some students from wealthy backgrounds to obtain need-based student financial aid.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Gaming Board chairman vows credibility, integrity
The new chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board said Thursday he has no illusions about how tough of a job lies ahead.
Friday, August 9, 2019

IDPH reminds families to schedule vaccinations
It is time to get kids ready for #VaxToSchool. As the upcoming school year quickly approaches and you start on your back-to-school plans, make sure your kids are up-to-date on their required vaccinations. Use the hashtag #VaxToSchool on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to encourage others to do the same.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Trump: 'Very strongly' considering Blagojevich commutation
President Donald Trump says he’s “very strongly” considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uh-vich), who is serving a 14-year prison term on multiple federal corruption convictions.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

House panel hears about higher ed guardianship financial aid controversy
Two Illinois House committees held a joint hearing today in Chicago on the subject of wealthy parents who put their teenage children into guardianship in order to qualify for financial aid.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Family and colleagues pay final respect to State Trooper Ellis
The Illinois State Police, family members and dignitaries gathered Wednesday to commemorate Trooper Gerald Ellis in the third such ceremony held at Memorial Park in Springfield in almost as many months.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

State urges emergency planning before school starts
Illinois officials are encouraging families to make preparing for an emergency part of back-to-school planning.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

State spending $20 million to ensure census is complete
Illinois is giving out $20 million in grants to community organizations and local governments to help ensure all residents are counted in the 2020 census.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Cook Co. public defender blasts new guns crime website
Cook County’s top public defender says a new Chicago Police Department website that provides adult gun-related criminal charges is a “blatant intrusion” of defendants’ privacy and should be removed immediately.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Report: Illinois underfunds tobacco cessation program
Illinois compared favorably to other states in a report by a national advocacy group evaluating cancer reduction policies in all but one area — funding for its cessation program.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Is pot safe when pregnant? Government-funded study seeks to find out, but critics says it's unethical
Pregnancy started out rough for Leslie Siu. Morning sickness and migraines had her reeling and barely able to function at a demanding New York marketing job, so like rising numbers of U.S. mothers-to-be, she turned to marijuana.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Rock band with Confederate flag logo booked for DuQuoin fair is canceled
A southern rock band whose logo features Confederate flags was booked for the DuQuoin State Fair for two months before Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s staff learned of the gig and abruptly canceled it, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tom Cullerton replaced as labor committee chair
State Sen. Tom Cullerton was replaced as chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, a move that comes four days after he was indicted on federal charges of embezzling money from a labor union.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Gov calls for federal action to address gun violence
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday called on congressional leaders, particularly Republicans, to push for strong federal gun control laws, including universal background checks and a ban on high-capacity magazines.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

New official Illinois map available at state fair
Just in time for the state fair, the Illinois Department of Transportation is releasing the new Illinois Official Highway Map, featuring an updated look that reflects the Geographic Information System technology used to create it – a development that will significantly reduce production time of future editions. The map, available at the IDOT tent at the state fair starting Thursday, includes route updates, Quick Response (QR) codes for transportation-related websites and useful links to help you make the most of your travels throughout Illinois.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

IEMA launches new Homeland Security Campaign
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) recently launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Medicaid managed care reforms signed into law
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that people applying for Medicaid benefits in Illinois will see those applications processed more quickly, and health care providers will be paid more promptly, under a comprehensive reform bill now signed into law.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

DNA profile of unknown person indicted in infant's death
The DuPage County state’s attorney’s office has indicted the DNA profile of a person suspected in the death three years ago of an infant.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Feds: 'El Chapo' associate asked street gang to beat witness
A drug trafficker and close friend of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s sons offered $25,000 to members of Chicago’s Four Corner Hustlers street gang to severely beat another trafficker cooperating with prosecutors, government witnesses said Monday.   
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Chicago police find drugs, guns and another gator in raid
Chicago isn’t quite ready to say see you later, alligator.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that officers serving a search warrant at a northwest side house found a 3-foot alligator along with some guns and drugs. They turned the alligator over to animal control.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Crash spills hundreds of wine bottles on freeway in Chicago
A crash involving two semi-trucks scattered hundreds of bottles of wine on a freeway in Chicago.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

A bloody weekend in Chicago leaves seven dead, and more than 40 hurt
A surge of weekend violence in Chicago that left seven people dead and more than 40 injured prompted the police department to dispatch dozens more officers to the street and forced one overwhelmed hospital emergency room to stop accepting patients for several hours.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Another Lollapalooza festival-goer dies this year
Officials say another Lollapalooza festival-goer has died again this year, for the second year in a row that the festival has been marked by a death.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Gentrification: Obama library brings elation but also fear of displacement
When word spread that the Obama Presidential Center was coming to the lakefront park Tara Madison has watched through her apartment windows for a decade, she was elated at the idea of a gleaming facility honoring the president she supported and reviving rough sections of her neighborhood.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Lawmakers call hearing in higher education financial aid issue
A pair of Illinois House committees have scheduled a joint hearing next week to explore recent news reports about wealthy parents exploiting a legal loophole in order to draw down more student financial aid for their children.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Inventor of Monopoly game called Macomb home
The property-collecting board game Monopoly is a staple in many American homes today. However, the concept for the game was actually derived from the board game The Landlord’s Game, created by Macomb native Elizabeth “Lizzie” Magie more than three decades before Parker Brothers began manufacturing Monopoly.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Cook County jail hosts international chess tourney
A unique two-day chess tournament will be held at Cook County Jail in Chicago this week.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Rare coins featured at state property auction
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will host a live auction of unclaimed property at the Illinois State Fair.
Monday, August 5, 2019

State Fair officials hope lower prices boost crowd
Illinois State Fair officials hope lower ticket prices and infrastructure renovations will help boost attendance.
Monday, August 5, 2019

IDPH warns of hospitalizations potentially tied to vaping
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments to investigate the hospitalization of three young people who experienced severe breathing problems after vaping.  Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 11 confirmed and seven suspected cases of severe pulmonary disease among adolescents, some of whom had to be intubated, who reported vaping.  These identified individuals experienced respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.  Symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Democrat Tom Cullerton indicted on 41 counts of embezzlement
SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois state senator was formally accused of collecting a salary as well as health and pension benefits from a labor union “for which he did little or no work” by a federal grand jury Friday in Cook County.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Manar's measure to help students pursue financial aid is signed into law
SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) that seeks to increase Illinois' Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rate became law after being signed by Gov. JB Pritzker Friday.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Man who live streamed sexual abuse of child gets 33 years
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man who pleaded guilty to live streaming on the internet his sexual abuse of a child has been sentenced to more than 33 years in federal prison.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Illinois lawmakers seek more funds for affordable housing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Democratic Illinois lawmakers say more money is needed to address the need for more affordable, permanent and stable homes in the state.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Extreme heat may hurt farms and agriculture industry
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — As many as nine states could see heat indexes above 100 degrees for more than a quarter of the year by 2036, according to a new report.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

IDNR reminds dove hunters to scout sites
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding the state's dove hunters to scout sites before applying for permits as some hunting areas were unable to plant sunflowers due to an unusually cool, wet spring.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Illinois to offer Cardinals license plate
ILLINOIS — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that a new St. Louis Cardinals permanent Illinois license plate will be coming soon and available for purchase after Labor Day.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Illinois State Senator Tom Cullerton is indicted on embezzlement charges
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has been indicted on federal charges that he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over a three-year period from the Teamsters while doing little or no work, prosecutors announced Friday.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Obama Foundation names former adviser as president
CHICAGO (AP) — One of former President Barack Obama’s senior economic advisers has been named the first president of the Chicago-based Obama Foundation.
Friday, August 2, 2019

AP recounts1934 killing of gangster John Dillinger
CHICAGO (AP) — Two relatives of notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger want his remains exhumed because they believe FBI agents possibly shot the wrong man in 1934 and the body buried in Indiana is not him. The FBI says that is a “myth” and there is overwhelming evidence that federal agents killed Dillinger outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago 85 years ago.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Lawmakers to investigate use of guardianship loophole
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois lawmakers say they will investigate the use of a loophole in the state’s guardianship law that wealthy families took advantage of to qualify their children for college financial aid.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Illinois State Fair opens August 8 featuring a new look for the Coliseum and many new vendors
SPRINGFIELD — The 166th Illinois State Fair is set to open Thursday, Aug. 8, in Springfield, and fair officials said they expect this to be one of the best iterations in years.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Dickson Mound astronomy event Aug. 10-11
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds is hosting a free Family Astronomy Event and Perseid meteor shower viewing on August 10 beginning at 10:00 p.m. through the night until August 11 at 5:00 a.m. Families may enjoy learning about the night sky from Astronomer Kevin Manning’s presentation “Astronomy for Everyone.”
Friday, August 2, 2019

Dental Foundation is offering community grants
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is accepting applications for its annual community grants program that has awarded nearly $1 million over the past six years to Illinois organizations dedicated to improving children's oral health.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Millikin to host campus visit day Mon., Aug. 5
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University will host a campus visit day for prospective high school students on Monday, Aug. 5.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Illinois adopts new standards for language
The Illinois State Board of Education has announced that Illinois has adopted new learning standards for language. The Illinois Learning Standards for world languages promote cultural understanding, as well as language proficiency, s press release issued by the organization states.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Chicago spent $33,600 on hunt for alligator in city park
The city of Chicago’s efforts to wrangle an alligator who was found living in a park lagoon this summer cost more than $33,600.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Study says Illinois 'leans supportive' on abortion
Illinois was designated a state that “leans supportive” — one step more protective than neutral — toward abortion access by a national research group that supports reproductive rights.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

New state law aims for the safe closure of toxic coal ash pits
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new state law this week aimed at ensuring safe closure of toxic coal ash pits and financial protections for taxpayers should the pits cause environmental disaster.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Governor Pritzker signs equal pay, criminal justice reform bills into law
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed bills into law Wednesday aimed at equalizing pay between men and women and expanding access to jobs in the health care industry for people in the criminal justice system.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Senator files bill banning cancer-causing ethylene oxide emissions
A suburban state senator filed legislation this week that would ban emissions of a known cancer-causing gas in Illinois by 2022. It also, he hopes, would decrease the likelihood that a Willowbrook medical supply sterilization company linked to increased cancer rates in its surrounding area would ever emit the chemical again.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Unlike in California, requiring pres candidates to release tax returns failed in Illinois
A new California law requiring presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns to qualify for the state’s primary ballot is similar to a measure an Illinois state senator called “the most clearly unconstitutional legislative proposal” he ever voted on.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Governor signs new bills to protect law enforcement officers, roadside workers
Drivers in Illinois who injure roadside workers or fail to obey construction zone signals now face the possibility of enhanced fines, and even jail time.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Top aides leave Dem campaign arm amid complaints
A mass departure of top aides shook the House Democrats’ campaign arm Tuesday, an exodus that followed complaints from Hispanic and black lawmakers that the organization’s staff lacked diversity and that came amid a war of words between the party and President Donald Trump over race.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Pritzker: Fund SIU proportionally
Gov. J.B. Pritzker contends allocation of state funds to Southern Illinois University’s Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses should be done on a proportional basis with criteria that includes student population and building needs.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ex-Teamster leader pleads guilty in extortion case
A 59-year-old who was one of Chicago’s most powerful labor leaders has pleaded guilty to receiving over $500,000 in illegal payments and benefits, including the use of a yacht.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Researchers: Urban greening for better mental health
URBANA — As modern societies become increasingly urban, sedentary, and screen-oriented, people are spending less time in nature. We’re also more likely than ever to suffer from mental illnesses. A new article in Science Advances links the two phenomena, suggesting that adding natural elements to urban landscapes could improve mental health.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Two moms active in the anti-violence movement in Chicago gunned down
Two women who worked with other moms to try to stop gun violence in Chicago were shot to death.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Pritzker signs bill aimed at limiting high-interest consumer debt
Illinois residents who have had judgments entered against them for consumer debts will soon start paying less interest on those debts, and collectors will have a shorter timeframe in which to collect on those debts.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Chicago ramping up security at Lollapalooza
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is promising a “robust security plan” to protect patrons at this weekend’s Lollapalooza music festival. Lightfoot’s promise Monday came a day after a shooting at a California food festival that killed three people and wounded 12.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Eastern Star group weaves plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless
Members of the Order of the Eastern Star Iris Chapter in Danville are doing their part to help the environment and those who might find it as their only shelter.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Michigan man dies in fall at state park
A coroner’s office has released the name of a 31-year-old Michigan man who died Sunday after falling about 31 feet from a bluff at Starved Rock State Park.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Lincoln Park Zoo to stay free until mid-century
Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo will remain free to all until mid-century under an agreement zoo operators reached with the city’s park district.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Chicago River museum gets 250k visitors
A sometimes overlooked Chicago River museum has reached the mark of 250,000 visitors.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Carbondale's panhandling ordinance faces scrutiny by ACLU
The city of Carbondale has received a second letter from the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups challenging its panhandling ordinance.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Trump proposal seeks to crack down on food stamp 'loophole'
Residents signing up for food stamps in Minnesota are provided a brochure about domestic violence, but it doesn’t matter if they even read the pamphlet. The mere fact it was made available could allow them to qualify for government food aid if their earnings or savings exceed federal limits.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Amtrak train strikes vehicle, multiple cars derailed
Amtrak says a train struck a vehicle on the tracks in northeast Illinois, causing several cars to derail.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Springfield's Paris Cleaners closing after 110 years
A dry-cleaning business that has operated in Springfield since 1909 is closing its doors.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Chicago shooting death of boy, 3, investigated as accident
Authorities say a 3-year-old boy has died after being shot in the head at a Chicago home in what police are investigating as a possible accidental shooting.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Immigrants prepare for expansion of deportation
CHICAGO (AP) — A sweeping expansion of deportation powers unveiled this week by the Trump administration has sent chills through immigrant communities and prompted some lawyers to advise migrants to gather up as much documentation as possible — pay stubs, apartment leases or even gym key tags — to prove they’ve been in the U.S.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Gov vetoes bill prohibiting waivers from Obamacare
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued his first veto on Friday, striking down a bill that would have prohibited the state from applying for federal waivers from the Affordable Care Act in order to reduce protections or coverage offered through the state employee group health insurance program.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Counties request state funding after spring flooding
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois counties are evaluating the costs and requesting millions of dollars in federal aid after months of continuous flooding in the state’s southern towns along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Illinois 8th to lift sex-crime prosecution time limits
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Friday that makes Illinois the eighth state to remove time restrictions on prosecuting crimes of sexual violence.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Illinois pheasant hunting info available online
Saturday, July 27, 2019

400 Illinois Nat. Guard troops are headed to Afghanistan
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois National Guard is set to deploy about 400 soldiers to Afghanistan in what officials say is the largest mobilization of Guardsmen and women from the state in nearly a decade.
Friday, July 26, 2019

One Illinois veteran is hoping for an all-female 'honor flight'
LISLE, Ill. (AP) — Veteran Virginia “Ginny” Narsete has an ambitious goal: help organize the first all-female veteran “honor flight” from Illinois to the nation’s capital.
Friday, July 26, 2019

'American Idol' winner to perform at Duquoin Fair
DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) — “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips will perform at this year’s Du Quoin State Fair.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Live mic captures Chicago mayor insulting an FOP officer
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has apologized after a live microphone captured her calling a Fraternal Order of Police officer an “FOP clown” during a City Council meeting.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Joe Crain lands a spot at Lincoln presidential museum
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield meteorologist fired in June for criticizing his TV station’s severe weather-alert brand has been hired at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Aldermen hope to beef up Chicago's sanctuary policy
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago aldermen have introduced a measure to strengthen the city’s sanctuary policy by removing exceptions where authorities can share information with federal immigration officials.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Beaten special needs teen may have been assaulted
A 15-year-old “special needs” Chicago girl who was beaten by a group of people in a video posted online may also have been sexually assaulted off camera at some other point in time, police said Wednesday.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Third of family planning funds goes to administration
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced his administration has turned down millions in federal family planning dollars it usually receives due to new rules that he said are keeping funds “hostage” from impoverished women. Instead, Illinois will provide that money to the clinics it oversees, though not all of it will be going to those groups.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Stricter rules proposed for Illinois foster homes
Licensed foster homes in Illinois will likely have to comply with a host of new rules starting later this year, including strict vaccination and no-smoking policies, as well as rules governing kitchens, bathrooms, swimming pools and transportation.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Governor signs bills protecting immigrant youths
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed two bills into law aimed at protecting immigrant children, just as the Trump administration announced plans to expand the use of “expedited removals” to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants in the country.

 At a bill-signing ceremony in Chicago, where he was joined by state lawmakers and immigration rights advocates, Pritzker took aim at the president over the new policy.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Shimkus challenger admits he has no chance of winning
A southern Illinois Democrat says he will challenge Republican Congressman John Shimkus next fall and in the same breath concedes he has no chance of winning.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Chicago still faces segregation 100 years after riots
On a hot July day in 1919, a black 17-year-old swimming in Lake Michigan drifted in a dangerous direction — toward the white section of a Chicago beach.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Slowing economy a drag for Caterpillar in 2Q
Caterpillar is posting weak profits and revenue for the second quarter as the energy sector cools.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

U of I Chicago opens new $43M engineering building
The University of Illinois at Chicago has opened a new $43 million engineering facility.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Ford adding 450 jobs in Chicago to meet demand
Ford is spending $50 million and creating 450 full-time jobs in Chicago to handle increased demand for new versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

British man to testify against professor in stabbing
A British man accused in the fatal stabbing of a hair stylist in Chicago that a prosecutor said was driven by a sexual fantasy agreed Monday to plead guilty and testify against his co-defendant in the killing, a former Northwestern University professor, in exchange for a 45-year prison sentence.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lithuanian jailed judged on verge of extradition
“It was the saddest thing I’ve had to do,” he said.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

After 30 more new laws, Gov tops 100 bills signed
Gov. J.B. Pritzker surpassed 100 bills signed as he put his signature on more than 30 new laws last week. They included a measure to increase penalties on texting drivers who cause great bodily harm, and another to allow certain recipients of food stamps to use them at state-contracted restaurants.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Illinois gets $7M share in Equifax data breach settlement
Illinois will get over $7 million in Equifax’s up to $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and others over a 2017 data breach that exposed private information of nearly 150 million people
Monday, July 22, 2019

7-foot waves forecast for Cook County beaches on Lake Michigan
The National Weather Service says winds as strong as 25 mph (40 kph) are creating dangerous swimming conditions in southern Lake Michigan.
Monday, July 22, 2019

State orgs refusing $8M in federal family planning funds due to 'unethical' rules
All three Illinois organizations set to receive millions of dollars in federal family planning funds are declining them due to new rules they say are “unethical” and keeping money “hostage” from impoverished patients.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Thousands visit governor's mansion
Thousands of people have visited the Illinois governor’s mansion since it reopened after major renovations that cost $15 million.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Truck driver didn't slow in time in fatal I70 crash
Authorities say a tractor-trailer driver failed to slow down in time and crashed into stopped traffic in an Illinois construction zone, killing three people from Missouri.
Monday, July 22, 2019

GOP group removes 'Jihad Squad' post
An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Donald Trump and referred to them as the “Jihad Squad.”
Monday, July 22, 2019

Hot weather a factor in 2 weekend deaths in Chicago
Authorities say hot weather was a contributing factor in the separate deaths of two people in Chicago over the weekend.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Manar's legislation creating Property Tax Relief Task Force becomes law
A new bipartisan task force will be created to find ways to save taxpayers money under a new law sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Chicago's elusive gator settles into new home
An alligator that eluded capture for days in a Chicago lagoon is settling in its new home in Florida.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Boy hurt when rides collide
Authorities say a 9-year-old boy was injured by debris after two rides collided at a church festival in suburban Chicago.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Illinois orgs refusing $8 million in federal money because of new, 'unethical' rules
All three Illinois organizations set to receive millions of dollars in federal family planning funds are declining them due to new rules they say are “unethical” and keeping money “hostage” from impoverished patients.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Chicago-area woman charged with selling counterfeit items
A suburban Chicago woman has been charged with selling counterfeit items after police found nearly 2,000 pieces branded with names including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Ex-workers at Lincoln Museum improperly disposed of property
A state watchdog says two former employees at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum improperly disposed of items that may have had some historical value.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Former doctoral student spared death penalty in scholar case
A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her remains are so they can be returned home.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Suburban Repubs object to Sterigenics settlement
A group of suburban Republican lawmakers are calling on state and local officials to reverse course on a consent order that would allow a sterilization company linked to increased cancer rates to reopen.
Friday, July 19, 2019

AG Raoul urges FDA to act on cannabis products
As more states move to legalize the use of marijuana and other cannabis-related substances, state officials across the country are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to move toward regulating the manufacturing and marketing of those products.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Heat wave could produce pavement blowouts
With extreme heat dominating the forecast, the Illinois Department of Transportation cautioned motorists to be on the lookout for pavement buckling on roads throughout the state.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lawmakers call for review of Goodwill state contract
State lawmakers are calling for a review of state contracts and funding awarded to Land of Lincoln Goodwill, a not-for-profit thrift store chain, after a news report revealed the company’s decision to lay off several disabled workers — a decision that will be reversed, according to a statement released Wednesday by the company’s CEO.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Firearms dealers, rifle assoc. challenge new gun law
A group of firearms dealers along with the Illinois State Rifle Association filed a lawsuit this week seeking to overturn a new state law that imposes new, stringent requirements on firearms dealers in the state, alleging that it violates both the Illinois Constitution and the state’s Administrative Procedures Act.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Jackson, Jr. pushing for Blagojevich pardon
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging President Donald Trump to pardon former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his corruption crimes.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Judge orders R.Kelly held in jail, no bond
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New rules intended to prevent Legionella
Some people in Illinois may soon notice the water coming out of their taps tastes different.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of adopting new regulations that would more than double the minimum amount of chlorine required in public water supplies, a move intended to prevent the outbreak of water-borne illnesses such as Legionnaires’ disease.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Cops search Warrensburg for remains of missing woman
Investigators have searched land in central Illinois for any remains of a woman who disappeared in Florida in 1992.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is rejecting federal funds
Planned Parenthood of Illinois has announced it will stop accepting federal funds because of a new Trump administration rule barring family planning clinics from referring women for abortions.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Florida expert captures gator in Chicago
The alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match for an expert the city shipped in from Florida.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Firm to study Chicago casino feasibility
The Illinois Gaming Board has selected a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a casino in Chicago.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Huge net used to pull Asian carp from Lake Decatur
Fishermen with a net are removing thousands of Asian carp from Lake Decatur dam.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Christensen sister says he was 'gentle'
The sister of a former University of Illinois student convicted of killing a Chinese scholar told a jury deciding whether he should be executed that he was a “very gentle person” who never raised his voice.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Governor calls on flood victims to report damage
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office is urging Illinoisans to report any damages caused by recent flooding to their county’s emergency management agencies in order to increase the likelihood of the state qualifying for federal aid.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Jesse White wants protection of illegals made law
Illinois’ secretary of state is pursuing legislation to codify the office’s long-held policy of not giving federal agencies full access to its database of driver’s license photographs as a means to identify someone’s legal status, a spokesperson said Monday.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Illinois woman gets prison for soliciting husband's murder
A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for soliciting the murder of her 76-year-old husband and helping to conceal his body.
Monday, July 15, 2019

1 dead after Amtrak train hits van in suburban Chicago
The driver of a minivan was killed when an Amtrak train slammed into the vehicle at a suburban Chicago crossing.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps
As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Florida expert flies to Chicago to help catch alligator
An expert from Florida has been summoned to Chicago to help authorities catch an elusive alligator in a public lagoon.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Illinois woman gets postcard from Hong Kong - mailed in '93
An Illinois woman checked her mail and learned about a man’s travels in Hong Kong. But Kim Draper doesn’t know the man — and the postcard is 26 years old.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Audit: State's tech dept full of waste
SPRINGFIELD — In its first two years of existence, the state’s lead technology agency was not equipped to handle technology disasters, maintained servers and computers with inadequate or nonexistent anti-virus protection, failed to implement cybersecurity controls, and did not properly document purchases or property inventory, according to a report from the Illinois Auditor General’s office.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Feds bring new sex-crime charges against R.Kelly
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for decades.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Illinois lawmakers who voted to reject pay raises have violated the law, Cook County judge rules
SPRINGFIELD — Every lawmaker who served in the General Assembly between 2009 and 2018 might be entitled to back pay, a Cook County judge decided. Former governors and other state office holders might also qualify for lost wages.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Illinois has launched a bullish effort to undercut Trump admin's immigration detention practices
CHICAGO (AP) — Far from the southern border crisis, Illinois has launched a bullish effort to undercut the Trump administration’s immigration detention practices, and politicians and activists are taking note.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

United will scrap 8,000 flights due to Boeing issue
CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines now expects to cancel more than 8,000 flights through October because of the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max planes.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

IDNR mulling ways to solve Lake Decatur issue
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Family-friendly events in Springfield next weekend
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Announcing launch of the Congressional App challenge
ILLINOIS — Registration for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge has officially opened to students.
Friday, July 12, 2019

No reason anymore for most rural towns
Many rural Midwest towns have become like my stereotype of Appalachia – main streets of mostly empty storefronts; lots of unskilled folks left behind, yearning for jobs “on the line” that are gone forever; too many single mothers struggling to make it on low-wage work, or welfare, lacking the time or know-how to nurture high educational expectations in their children.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors
ILLINOIS — Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Community colleges weighing options for offering cannabis programs
Some community colleges and four-year universities in Illinois are exploring the possibility of launching educational programs to train people in the business of growing and marketing marijuana in light of a new state law legalizing adult-use recreational marijuana.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bodies of women found in southern Illinois' Washington Park
The Illinois State Police is investigating the deaths of two women whose bodies were found within 24 hours of each other in southern Illinois.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Woman charged after allowing daughters in pool atop SUV
Child endangerment charges have been filed against a northern Illinois woman who allegedly transported an inflatable swimming pool atop her vehicle with two children inside.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

'Database error' puts state's online unemployment certifications on hold
State officials are working to fix a “database error” that rendered the Illinois Department of Employment Security website unable to process unemployment claims or mandatory certifications online Tuesday or Wednesday.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

21-year sentence handed man who killed child welfare worker
A man charged with murder in the death of an Illinois child welfare worker entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

IEMA encourages people to prepare for earthquakes
Last week, residents of southern California experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. To this day, residents continue to experience significantly powerful aftershocks. The event served as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any time of day. In fact, records indicate Illinois and several other states in the central United States were rocked by some of the largest earthquakes ever measured in North American history.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ex-Illinois lawyer sentenced to 5 years in porn-troll scheme
A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Illinois lawyer to five years in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar porn-related scheme.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Parents of slain Chinese scholar tell jury of their loss
The parents of the Chinese scholar who was kidnapped and killed by a former University of Illinois doctoral student described the loss they feel during testimony Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2 playground fires under investigation in Rockford
Fire officials in Rockford are investigating blazes at two playgrounds that destroyed more than $300,000 of new equipment.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Chicago police investigators confirm alligator in lagoon
Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4-5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city’s most popular parks.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Chicago man gets 15-year sentence for choking ex-girlfriend
A judge has given a Chicago man a 15-year prison term for choking his ex-girlfriend in her Naperville home in 2018 when he was on parole for murder.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Felony charges dropped against Chicago officer
Prosecutors have dropped felony charges against a Chicago police officer who was accused of striking a handcuffed patient in a hospital room in 2014.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws
New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens’ odds of using pot.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Microsoft strikes next deal to extend broadband in 3 states
Microsoft Corp. and an Ohio-based provider of telecommunications services announced an agreement Tuesday to extend broadband internet access to underserved rural areas of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois over the next three years.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Another Chicago firm chosen to redesign city's airport
Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been chosen to design two satellite concourses as part of the $8.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Chicago schools offer free summer programming for students
Chicago schools and neighborhood organizations are offering free summer programming at dozens of locations across the city.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Slain scholar's father to testify in death penalty hearing
Jurors who will decide whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be executed for the kidnapping and brutal slaying of a Chinese scholar are hearing about what the victim meant to those closest to her.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Report: 13,000 of Chicago's homeless in 2017 had jobs
Around 18,000 of Chicago’s homeless had a college education in 2017 and more than 13,000 had jobs, according to a study that challenges stereotypes about homelessness.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Climatology experts say Illinois saw wetter, cooler June
Illinois state climate scientists say June was rainy in the state with lower temperatures than average.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings added to World Heritage list
The work of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was recognized Sunday as eight of his buildings, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Los Angeles’ Hollyhock House and the Unity Temple in suburban Chicago, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Police shoot man after alleged kidnap victims escape
Chicago police shot and critically injured a man after two people he allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint and handcuffed to each other managed to escape and alert an officer about what had happened.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Woman injured in 40-foot fall at Chicago's Soldier Field
Police say a woman was hospitalized after accidentally falling about 40 feet (12 meters) from an upper level at Chicago’s Soldier Field while attending a men’s soccer tournament.
Monday, July 8, 2019

House Speaker Pelosi to keynote Democrats' State Fair brunch
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the keynote speaker at the annual Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association brunch Aug. 14.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Judge refuses to dismiss charges in crash that killed 4
A judge has refused to dismiss reckless homicide charges filed against a northern Illinois man for a 2017 crash that killed a pregnant woman and her three sons.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sentencing set for man in retaliation case involving senator
An Aug. 19 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for a Chicago man who pleaded guilty to a federal retaliation charge in Phoenix for leaving a threatening voicemail for a U.S. senator from Arizona during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pope approves miracle for late US Archbishop Sheen
Pope Francis has approved a miracle bringing the late American Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, known for his revolutionary radio and TV preaching, closer to sainthood.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Customs officials say seizing unusual meats is common
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say it isn’t unusual for agents to confiscate contraband like the 32 pounds of rat meat recently seized at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. 
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pritzker seeking ag disaster declaration
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is seeking a federal agriculture disaster declaration for all of Illinois following the state’s soggy planting season.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Beluga calf is born at Shedd Aquarium
A Beluga whale has given birth to a calf at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.
Friday, July 5, 2019

More than a dozen trampled in Chicago stampede
Police said a false report of gunfire set off a stampede that trampled more than a dozen people at Chicago’s annual July 4 fireworks display Thursday at Navy Pier, where thousands of revelers crowded the Lake Michigan shore to watch the show.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Coal tycoon on helicopter that crashed
Police in the Bahamas worked today to identify the bodies of seven Americans killed in a helicopter crash after being told that billionaire coal tycoon and Republican donor Chris Cline was among those on board.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Jury to consider death penalty in U of I student kidnapping, torture, killing
A federal jury that convicted a former University of Illinois doctoral student of kidnapping, torturing and killing a young scholar from China now must decide if Brendt Christensen should be put to death.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Crop reporting deadline is extended
SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the prevented plant crop reporting deadline for Illinois producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Dietitians tour farm, dig into soil health and its impact on food
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. —  A group of fifteen Illinois dietitians recently stepped away from their day-to-day roles to learn more about soil health and its impact on food security and the environment. Illinois Farm FamiliesÆ (IFF), a group of farmer volunteers committed to answering questions about what happens on today's farms, along with experts from Soil Health Partnership, hosted the dietitians on a tour of Paul Taylor's farm in Esmond, Illinois.
Thursday, July 4, 2019












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