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Trial will show gang disputes settled by violence on the street, prosecutor says
Defense lawyers highlighted a lack of physical evidence as the trial started Tuesday for two men charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018


DEA announcing plan to deal with drug cartels
Top U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials unveiled new plans to combat Mexican drug cartels todayin Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government and federal police, DEA officials told The Associated Press.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Chicago-based company to take over coal-fired plant in northern Arizona
A Chicago-based company in negotiations to take over a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona said it would run the generating station at less than half its existing capacity to ensure it’s economical, a company official said Tuesday.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Helpline for opioids reaches 5,000th call, launches new features
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is launching new features on its Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The Helpline provides 24-hour access to individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, their families and anyone affected by the disease.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gov. announces $1-million Rauner family contribution to ISF Coliseum
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced today that the Rauner Family Foundation is contributing $1 million to the Illinois State Fair for the naming rights to The Coliseum, the 117-year-old, 60,000-square-foot amphitheater that is “the pride and joy” of the state fairgrounds.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

CPD report shows drop in weekend violence after more patrols
Six hundred more police officers patrolled five violent Chicago police districts over the weekend following an alarming number of shootings a week earlier.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Prominent attorney fatally shot in suburban Chicago home
Police say an attorney who argued 30 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court has been fatally shot during a domestic altercation inside his suburban Chicago home.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

VA town hall designed to get feedback from veterans
A town hall meeting in southern Illinois has been scheduled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss the agency’s health care system.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Priest and passengers celebrate plane crash survival
DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois priest and several fellow passengers celebrated their survival of a jet crash in Mexico during a Mass in suburban Chicago.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Ag tours at fair provide fun way to learn about agriculture
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Fair is well underway and the Illinois Department of Agriculture is excited to once again offer fairgoers the chance to learn more about agriculture on the daily Ag Tours. These interactive tours give fairgoers the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at Illinois agriculture on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Man rescued from mud
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Firefighters had to rescue a southwestern Illinois man from deep mud after he became stuck while trying to reach his pet parrot.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Regulatory burden eased for Illinois brewers, leading way for growth
NORMAL — Gov. Bruce Rauner over the weekendsigned legislation that makes it possible for Illinois brewers to serve a greater selection of beers at their own taprooms, giving smaller breweries new opportunities to expand their businesses without having to open new locations. The new law will also let brewers buy and sell ciders for the first time.
Monday, August 13, 2018

UI efforts to address sexual misconduct
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A University of Illinois report is recommending new efforts to support students in the first weeks of school when sexual assaults are most common, especially among freshman.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Governor Rauner enacts legislation to streamline services for veterans
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed legislation that streamlines veteran identification services and makes it easier for homeless veterans to access needed medical benefits. Rauner also made Nov. 4th GI Bill of Rights Day to pay tribute to the American Legion committee, chaired by the 29th Governor of Illinois, that wrote the historic Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944.
Monday, August 13, 2018

3 hurt in small plane crash near Beloit Airport
BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say three people were hurt when a small plane crashed into a cornfield after taking off from the Beloit Airport in southern Wisconsin.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Benedictine says its president has resigned
LISLE, Ill. (AP) — Benedictine University officials say the president of the Illinois-based school has resigned.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Women's March Chicago plans October 'March to the Polls'
CHICAGO (AP) — Activists are organizing a “March to the Polls 2018” as a follow up to the Women’s March in January.
Monday, August 13, 2018

1908 Springfield race riot led to the creation of the NAACP
ILLINOIS — One of the pre-eminent civil rights organizations was born from one of the worst moments in Springfield’s history.
Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hometown Bluegrass Festival at Dickson Mounds
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting the first annual Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Visitors may enjoy performances by Bill Robinson & Friends, Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra, Mark Dvorak, Amelia Sweet Bluebird Stamsta, and The Three Pickin' Toms. Bill Robinson will be leading a workshop beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

'That's To Dye For!' Fabric workshop at state historic site
LERNA, Ill. — Join in the fun in a unique guided workshop – “That’s to Dye For!” – at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Coles Co. on Sat., Aug. 25 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Former Illinois coach get 60 years in prison for sex crimes
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois basketball coach who pleaded guilty to sexual assault involving two players has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Trial begins for men accused in death of Chicago honor student
CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection started Friday in the trial of two men charged in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Decatur man who claimed to represent big acts get prison time
ATLANTA (AP) — An Illinois man who falsely claimed to represent big-name entertainers, including musicians like Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert, and duped clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced Friday in Atlanta to serve nearly four years in federal prison.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Chicago initiative will return lost animals to owners faster
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has a new strategy to return lost animals to their owners more quickly and keep them out of the city’s animal shelter.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Chicago, railroad police criticized for using bait trucks
CHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights activists and local aldermen are criticizing a joint investigation by Chicago police and the Norfolk Southern Railroad that involved using a truck loaded with shoes to lure potential thieves.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Gov. Rauner signs law requiring state jobs be in capital
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring state jobs to be located in the capital city unless there’s good reason to put them elsewhere.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Lincoln program on Saturday
DECATUR, Ill.  — Learn about Abraham Lincoln from his encounters with rivers and creeks from guest speaker Don Chamberlain at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, August 11 at 2 p.m.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Two special events of interest at State Fair this weekend
SPRINGFIELD — The Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus will sing a free concert at the Illinois State Fair “Lincoln Stage” at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 11. Taylorville resident, Bruce Dawson is a member of the Chorus.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Rauner will not send National Guard to Chicago
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not dispatch the Illinois National Guard to Chicago to stem gun violence.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Labor Dept. monitoring fair rides
Illinois officials will make routine inspections of all amusement rides at the Illinois State Fair.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Chicago suburb issues big cat warning
A big cat warning has been issued in a northwestern Chicago suburb.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Body in river that of missing 2-yr.-old
Authorities have confirmed the body of a child recovered the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa is that of a child who fell into the water upstream on the Illinois side.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tribune calls off buyout by Sinclair
Tribune withdrew from its $3.9 billion buyout by Sinclair, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Teacher charged in beating death of wife
A northern Illinois teacher is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, who also was a teacher.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Suit claims Cook Co. monitors detainees in toilet areas
A new federal lawsuit accuses the Cook County Sheriff’s Office of violating the rights of detainees by monitoring them through video cameras while they use toilets in courthouse holding cells.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Megachurch elders resign over groping scandal
The leadership of a massive Chicago-area evangelical church is stepping down and has apologized to women who accused the megachurch’s founder of sexual harassment.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Ivanka Trump tours Illinois college welder training center
Ivanka Trump toured the welding facility at a southwestern Illinois community college as she promoted the importance of continued worker training.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Advocates condemn techniques to keep kids online
Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

In Chicago more cops deployed to violent areas
Chicago officials announced Tuesday hundreds of additional police officers will be deployed to city neighborhoods where a burst of gun violence over the weekend left at least 11 people dead and around 70 wounded.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Officials unsure of cause of death, half herd of elk
The Cook County Forest Preserve District is uncertain how half of its elk heard at a preserve died last year.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Emanuel's opponent disavows Republican support
A candidate running to replace Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago has rejected tweets by President Donald Trump’s lawyer in which he offers his support and sharply criticizes Emanuel.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Libertarian candidate clashes with judge
The Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor, who’s campaigned against the state’s child-support system, engaged in a shouting match with a judge about money he owes his ex-wife and access to child visitation.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Architects dominate list of top artists
Frank Lloyd Wright and his fellow architects dominated the list of Top Illinois Artists and Architects as chosen by voters in the Illinois Top 200 project. All four nominated architects made the top 10, reflecting the state’s leading role in building design for more than 150 years.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Supporters say they're step closer to term limits in Chicago
Organizers of a petition drive to impose term limits for Chicago mayors say they have enough signatures to put the question before voters. Former Illinois governor Pat Quinn on Monday filed 86,481 signatures to get a binding referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. That is 33,962 signatures above the legal requirement.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Missing teen lured away by video game chat resurfaces
A northwest Mississippi teenager has resurfaced in Illinois four days after he went missing.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

11 killed, 70 wounded in Chicago shootings
At least 11 people were shot and killed and about 70 others were wounded over the weekend in Chicago, in a spasm of gun violence that police attributed mostly to gangs and that the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, used to criticize the city’s Democratic leadership.
Monday, August 6, 2018

DNR to allocate Sangchris Lake trapping permits in October
A public drawing for the allocation of Sangchris Lake State Park trapping permits will be held 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018.  Registration will be at 12:30 p.m. at the site headquarters, located approximately six miles southeast of Rochester.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Woman can sue city over sidewalk fall
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a woman who was injured after tripping on a poorly maintained sidewalk can move forward with a lawsuit against the city of Danville. 
Monday, August 6, 2018

Freight train bound for Chicago derails, ditching 57 loaded rail cars
Seven rail cars from a freight train derailed in Pittsburgh, sending shipping containers tumbling down a hillside onto light rail tracks below, but no injuries have been reported, authorities said.
Monday, August 6, 2018

SIU president wants to move forward
The newly appointed leader of Southern Illinois University says he wants to heal divisions following the polarizing tenure of the school system’s former president.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Theater, in disrepair, to be auctioned
A movie theater that’s long been a landmark in a southern Illinois community may be doomed after falling into disrepair.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Boy, 7, dies after being pulled from lake in Macoupin Co.
A 7-year-old boy died after he was pulled from Lake Catatoga in central Illinois.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Kayakers on cleanup find man's remains in Kendall Co.
Authorities are trying to identify the remains of a man found by kayakers in the Fox River.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Teen dies after attending Lollapalooza
Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has died after attending the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Illinois measure to test deer feeding under review
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is reviewing legislation that would test feeding the state’s deer, which some say could help the animals better fight off illnesses while others argue could spread disease.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Lincoln the first president to make use of electronic mass media
FDR used the radio, JFK scored on TV and Donald Trump expouses on Twitter. But the first president to make effective use of electronic communications was Abraham Lincoln.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Judge delays decision on location of Chicago officer's murder trial
A judge overseeing the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Friday decided to hold off deciding whether the trial’s location should be changed.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

160th Illinois State Fair: Old standbys, $30M for new look
The 2018 Illinois State Fair by the numbers: 160. 200. 30 million. 4. And 1 “Crazy Mouse.”

The state fair kicks off Thursday, the 160th edition, amid the backdrop of the Prairie State’s 200th birthday.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

High-tech Lake Michigan buoys aid erosion study, recreation
Two high-tech buoys in Lake Michigan are helping experts study erosion and boaters follow lake conditions.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Several cities file federal lawsuit against Trump over ACA
Several cities are suing President Donald Trump’s administration in federal court for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

More states including Illinois sue to stop online plans for 3D-printed guns
More states are suing the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with a company that wants to post instructions online for making 3D-printed firearms that are hard to trace and detect.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Family files civil rights suit against school district
An Illinois high school student and her father are suing a school district and several administrators alleging her civil rights were violated when she showed support for gun rights during an anti-school violence walkout.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Illinois among states vowing to fight against Trump's new car fuel rules
State prosecutors from California to Massachusetts blasted the Trump administration Thursday for proposing weaker auto fuel-efficiency standards they said would imperil clean air and increase greenhouse gases.
Friday, August 3, 2018

In Chicago, Rosenstein avoids talk of Russia probe or effort to oust him
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein came to Chicago to speak on Thursday, but steered clear of discussing a conservative Republican effort to impeach him or President Donald Trump’s calls to halt the investigation into Russian election interference that Rosenstein is overseeing.   
Friday, August 3, 2018

Springfield hosting black bikers rally
Springfield, Illinois, is hosting as many as 30,000 motorcyclists this week for the 41st National Bikers Roundup .
Friday, August 3, 2018

Lollapalooza kicks off in Chicago with stepped-up security
People attending this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in downtown Chicago are finding stricter rules and stepped-up security.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Passenger on airliner that crashed in Mexico files lawsuit
A suburban Chicago man who was one of more than 100 survivors of a jet crash in Mexico this week is suing the airline.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Horace Mann earns $5.9M 2Q profit
Horace Mann Educators Corp. (HMN) on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $5.9 million.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Chicago highway closure protest targets affluent
A planned march Thursday along Chicago’s picturesque roadway bordering Lake Michigan to one of the most historic baseball stadiums is the latest chapter in the nation’s long history of protesters targeting places where they believe their anger goes unnoticed.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Illinois Bicentennial celebration Dec. 3
Illinois Bicentennial Officials and Commissioners have announced the preliminary details of Illinois’ 200th birthday celebration to be held at the United Center on December 3, 2018. The event will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ recognition as the 21st state of the union.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lawmaker quits amid allegations
A first-term Republican state representative and member of an Illinois House anti-sexual harassment task force resigned Wednesday after an ex-girlfriend claimed that he posted nude photos of her on a fake social media account under her name.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Chicago preparing for protests today
Chicago officials have issued parking bans and are warning motorists of rolling street closures ahead of a rush-hour protest march along the city’s busy Lake Shore Drive.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Trump resurrects Capone in tweet
President Donald Trump appeared to suggest in a tweet Wednesday that his former campaign manager Paul Manafort is being treated worse by the justice system than notorious Chicago mob boss Al Capone.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Joe Biden visit attracting more interest than expected
A planned visit to Springfield, Illinois, later this month by former Vice President Joe Biden is proving to be a bigger attraction than expected.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Arborist group moving HQ from Illinois to Atlanta
The International Society of Arboriculture has announced it is moving its headquarters from Champaign, Illinois, to Atlanta.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Illinois lawmaker to quit amid claims of posting explicit photos online
Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says a GOP state lawmaker will resign amid allegations that he posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend on social media.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

'I though I was dying': Illinois tourist describes Hawaii lava sightseeing tour
Jessica Tilton wanted to see lava flowing into the ocean off Hawaii’s Big Island but thought her sightseeing boat got too close to the explosive phenomenon.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Chicago chain gets backlash over 'Aloha Poke' trademark
A Chicago-based chain that trademarked “Aloha Poke” has faced backlash with calls for boycott after sending cease-and-desist letters to businesses with similar names, including the Aloha Poke Shop in Honolulu.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Injured Cubs fan feels 'lucky to be alive'
A man, who was wearing a plastic bucket on his head when a large metal pin fell from Wrigley Field’s centerfield scoreboard during a Chicago Cubs game, said he feels lucky to be alive.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Law provides protection for EpiPen prescribers
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law protecting health professionals who provide police officers with life-saving epinephrine auto injections.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Illinois plans to celebrate Route 66 anniversary
Illinois wants to celebrate a century of people getting their kicks on Route 66.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Governor signs budget reform that outlaws 'offshoring' of payroll
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation to bring greater transparency to state government finances, limiting the use of intergovernmental agreements to end the longtime practice of paying employees from one office out of other State agencies’ appropriated funds. At the same time, the Governor called for the provisions of the legislation to be applicable to the offices of all Constitutional officers.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Illinois fairgrounds foundation falling short in fundraising
A foundation formed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner two years ago to fundraise for repairing the state fairgrounds is falling short of its $2 million to $3 million annual target.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Aftermath of flood of 1993 still lingers on even after 25 years
Flooding along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers in some areas is almost an annual occurrence. But one flood stands alone in the collective memory of the area.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Caterpillar has big 2nd quarter, raises outlook again
Caterpillar’s second-quarter easily beat Wall Street expectations thanks in part to the blistering pace of construction and demand for big machines, a the company boosted its full-year earnings forecast again.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

ADM 2Q profit doubles on grain demand
Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. reported a surge in profit on higher global demand for U.S. grains.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Huge sea-life sculptures made from the ocean's plastic trash
Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans’ aquarium and zoo , all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore. There’s a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of cut-up water bottles.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Suburban Chicago custodian finds WWII letter, returns it
A Post Office custodian in suburban Chicago has returned a World War II letter he recently found while moving storage cabinets to the son of the soldier who wrote it in 1944 from France.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Lawsuit filed in fatal duck boat sinking seeks $100 million
The owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank this month in Missouri, killing 17 people, put profits over people’s safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and warnings of severe weather, a lawsuit alleges.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Locks about to open 30 years after work began
Army Corps of Engineers officials are expected this fall to partially open new lock-and-dam system on the Ohio River between Illinois and Kentucky after 30 years of work.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Groundbreaking for the Obama presidential delayed until 2019
Groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will be delayed until next year because of a delay in the federal review process.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Mattoon High School shooting suspect waives jury trial
An Illinois high school student accused of shooting a classmate last year has waived his right to a jury trial.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Storied high school football rivalry continues this year
 ILLINOIS — At the end of 2016-17 school year, there were only four schools in Illinois that had won more than 700 football games in their team’s history. And two of them are small-school rivals just 8 miles apart.
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Historic preservation tax credit program expanded
PEORIA — Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed SB 3527, a bipartisan bill improving and expanding the River Edge Redevelopment Zone (RERZ) Historic Tax Credit. The successful economic development incentive now will be available to communities statewide.
Friday, July 27, 2018

In Illinois, Trump hails steel mill as success story
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday trumpeted the renewed success of an Illinois steel mill, pushing back against criticism that his escalating trade disputes are hurting American workers and farmers.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Bluegrass jam at Lincoln Log Cabin historic site
LERNA, Ill. — It’s bluegrass time again at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Coles Co., where the annual bluegrass jam session will be held on Sunday, August 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bluegrass and traditional musicians from around the area will converge at the site for a day of jamming. While there will be no formal stage performances, informal groups of musicians converge and play at different areas along the creek at the Lincoln Log Cabin site throughout the day.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Trump touting trade win in steel town
Steelworkers in Granite City, Illinois, threw a street party — complete with hot dogs, cold beer and a singer in red, white and blue — when U.S. Steel announced earlier this year it was bringing hundreds of laid-off employees back to work at the local mill.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Video released in fatal Chicago shooting
A Chicago investigative agency released body-camera video Wednesday showing the fatal police shooting of a 24-year-old man who family lawyers say was unarmed at the moment he was shot in the back.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hopes rise again for a drug to slow Alzheimer's
Hopes are rising again for a drug to alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease after decades of failures. An experimental therapy slowed mental decline by 30 percent in patients who got the highest dose in a mid-stage study, and it removed much of the sticky plaque gumming up their brains, the drug’s makers said Wednesday.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Janus joining Illinois Policy Institute as senior fellow
The Illinois worker behind the lawsuit that led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that eliminated fees paid by nonmembers of public employee unions is joining the group that oversaw his case.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Trans inmate sues to move to new prison
A transgender woman, who’s incarcerated at a men’s correctional facility in northern Illinois, is again suing the state Department of Corrections to be housed in a women’s prison after alleging she’s suffered abuse in several male facilities.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Alzheimer's: Ultrasound jiggles open brain barrier
A handful of Alzheimer’s patients signed up for a bold experiment: They let scientists beam sound waves into the brain to temporarily jiggle an opening in its protective shield.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lowering blood pressure helps prevent mental decline
Lowering blood pressure more than usually recommended not only helps prevent heart problems, it also cuts the risk of mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer’s disease, a major study finds.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Illinois McDonald's museum will be taken down
McDonald’s officials have confirmed that they still intend to take down a replica of the hamburger chain’s first restaurant despite a demolition delay.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Speed accounts for nearly one-third of all crashes
During Illinois Speed Awareness Day this July 25, the Illinois State Police is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through enforcement and education.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Gov. says he didn't know about candidate's giveaway
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he didn’t know a candidate for Chicago mayor planned to hand out $200,000 to churchgoers at a service where the governor also spoke, a scene that prompted opponents to accuse the Republican of trying to buy votes for his own re-election.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Task force seeks to cut female prison population
A proposal by reform advocates would cut the number of women locked up in Illinois prisons by as much as half.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Better and quicker dementia detection is urged
Too few people with signs of mental decline or dementia are getting checked during routine medical visits or told when a problem is found, says a panel of Alzheimer’s disease experts who have offered new guidance.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Trump traveling to steel mill amid tariffs dispute
President Donald Trump will be visiting an Illinois steel mill that is boosting production as he faces opposition to his imposition of tariffs in international trade disputes.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Systematic failures in Illinois' group home oversight
An Illinois state audit has found systemic failures in the licensing and oversight of thousands of taxpayer-funded group homes for adults with disabilities.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville: 'America's first city'
A gaggle of rambunctious fifth-graders scrambled to the top of the 100-foot-high Monks Mound to get a great view of the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis and burn off energy at the end of their class field trip to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

U of I seeks improving access for transfer students
The University of Illinois wants to create more guaranteed-admission partnerships with community colleges statewide to improve access for thousands of potential transfer students.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Cases handled by indicted officers being dropped
Prosecutors in Chicago have dropped dozens of criminal cases investigated by two city police officers charged with lying to judges to obtain search warrants then stealing cash and drugs from properties they searched.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Museum expects to profit from Joliet prison tours
The Joliet Area Historical Museum is budgeting for a profit from tours and other income expected from the opening of the old Joliet prison.
Friday, July 20, 2018

John Marshall Law School to merge into UIC
The private John Marshall Law School will become part of the University of Illinois at Chicago, creating the city’s first public law school.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Cooling towers disinfected at Stratton Building
Officials say cooling towers at an office building at the Illinois State Capitol complex are being disinfected after a marginal amount of legionella bacteria was detected.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Damage may result in Pyramid House demolition
The owners of a suburban Chicago home that became a tourist attraction say an estimated $3 million in fire and water damage may force them to demolish the place.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Peoria officer fatally shoots 19-year-old, traffic stop
Authorities say a Peoria police officer fatally shot a 19-year-old man who fled from a vehicle after a traffic stop in the central Illinois city.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Peacekeeper ride Sunday will honor fallen state trooper
This Sunday, July 22, riders will pay tribute to ISP Trooper Kyle Deatherage in a rolling memorial.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

PETA seeks records on stingray deaths at zoo
An animal rights organization has filed a lawsuit against Brookfield Zoo located outside Chicago in a search for documents that could shed light on the 2015 deaths of 54 stingrays.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Museum stops selling Hindu god doll
The Field Museum in Chicago has stopped gift shop sales of a doll depicting the Hindu god Lord Shiva after a Hindu group called those sales inappropriate.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lincoln nursing home fined $50K
A central Illinois nursing home has been fined $50,000 by the state for failing to notify a resident’s doctor of her asthma complications prior to her death.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Test track proposed for Illinois transportation lab
A proposed project would add a test track to the Illinois Center for Transportation where researchers could study ideas such as self-repairing roads.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bloomington man stabs himself after guilty verdict
Authorities say a central Illinois man stabbed himself in a courtroom shortly after a jury found him guilty in a sexual assault case.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Priest ordered indefinitely to facility for sex offenders
A former Chicago Roman Catholic priest deemed to be a sexually violent person on Wednesday was ordered committed indefinitely to an Illinois facility for sex offenders.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Court gives life to Clean Energy line
A proposal for a high-voltage power line carrying wind energy across the Midwest received a jolt of new life Tuesday as the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that state regulators had wrongly rejected it.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Governor vetoes bill that would take state out of voter registration system
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill that would end the state’s participation in a multistate voter registration system critics say is inaccurate and vulnerable to hackers.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fire damages Gold Pyramid house
Fire has damaged a celebrated house in northern Illinois that is known to attract tourists from around the world.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

UI settles lawsuit against alumnus for $7,500
The University of Illinois is paying an alumnus $7,500 to stop selling T-shirts that say “Make Illinois Great Again” with a drawing of the school’s former mascot Chief Illiniwek.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Man gets 12 life sentences for abusing kids for over ten years
A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 12 consecutive terms of life in prison for sexually abusing children over 10 years.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Board votes to demolish Rock Island courthouse
A northern Illinois county board has voted to tear down a 123-year-old stone courthouse despite pleas from the public to save the building.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Chicago activist demands all footage from latest police shooting
A community activist who has pushed for more police transparency said Monday that he’s asked Chicago police for the body camera footage from all the officers at the scene where one of them fatally shot a black man over the weekend.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

U of I student shot faces charges now
A University of Illinois student has been charged with disorderly conduct after authorities say he called police to report a man with a gun, then pointed a pellet gun at responding officers before they shot him.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Pastor unpaid for 2-year-old police tip
A southern Illinois pastor says he still hasn’t received reward money for a tip he gave two years ago to the FBI and police about a man accused of shooting an officer.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Workers lose jobs after cops are called on black customer
CVS Health says two Chicago store employees are out of their jobs just days after a black customer complained that white managers called police after accusing her of trying to use a phony coupon.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

SIUE trustees vote to end presidency
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Monday approved a separation agreement ending Randy Dunn’s tenure as the school’s president.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Benedictine hopes to sell Springfield campus for $3-million
Benedictine University’s president says the school hopes to sell its entire Springfield campus for $3 million to a buyer, who could potentially use the grounds for education.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Russian Hackers lease servers in two states
US prosecutors say Russian government hackers exploited some of the United States’ own computer infrastructure to steal politically sensitive information.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New program to offer retirement savings plan
A new state program will automatically deduct money from the paychecks of about 1.2 million Illinois residents for retirement savings.
Monday, July 16, 2018

State to offer funds to spark Lake Shelbyville resort bids
The state of Illinois will provide money to try to spark interest in a resort along Lake Shelbyville that closed nearly a decade ago because of environmental and financial problems.   
Monday, July 16, 2018

Sears closes its final store inside Chicago's city limits
Sears has closed its final store in Chicago, ending its retail legacy in the city.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Man killed by Chicago police ran away, reached for waist
A man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, spun around and reached toward his waist, footage released Sunday from an officer’s body-worn camera shows.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Jeff Keicher to finish Bob Pritchard's term in state House
Republican Jeff Keicher will be sworn in as the newest Illinois state representative, replacing Bob Pritchard.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Groups getting $11.5 million for children's mental health
Organizations in five communities throughout Illinois will divide $11.5 million to help treat children suffering from mental health problems.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Illinois Black Hawk statue secures restoration funding
OREGON, Ill. (AP) — Efforts to restore a 107-year-old statue in northern Illinois have received financial backing this summer from the state and a local business.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Woman harassed for wearing a Puerto Rican shirt with a flag on it speaks out
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman shown on a video being confronted by a man because she was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag said Friday that the only action a park officer took to defuse the situation was to tell her cousin who’d stepped in to protect her to calm down.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Gov. names interim Lottery director
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed the chief of operations and technology for the Illinois Lottery to take over as the lottery’s acting director.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

U of I student shot had a pellet gun
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an armed University of Illinois student shot by police near campus had a pellet gun and may have placed the call that drew police to the scene. 
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Kankakee County jail breaks record for federal money, housing inmates
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Two county jails in Illinois set a record for receiving $959,000 in federal revenue.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Schock's corruption trial set to begin in January
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A Jan. 28 trial date has been set for former Illinois Republican Congressman Aaron Schock’s trial on corruption charges, including that he illegally sought reimbursement for a $5,000 chandelier.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Anthropologists dig for history, learn from the land
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Something as unremarkable as a nearby patch of grass could be hiding something prehistoric.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Nachusa Grasslands: Bison graze to help save Illinois' prairie grasslands
FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Straddling the line of Ogle and Lee counties are 3,500 acres of prairie where the bison roam and species of butterflies freely land on plants as rare as they are.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rock Island area site of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battles
ILLINOIS — The Quad-Cities region has provided a footnote to history for virtually every war fought on American soil, including the Battle of Campbell’s Island – the western-most battle of the War of 1812.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

African Americans and Civil War music program
SPRINGFIELD — One of the most fascinating, yet forgotten, stories of the Civil War is its impact on African American music. Always central to African American culture, songs became key tools for slaves, soldiers, and freedpeople expressing their desire for freedom and seeking to change white perceptions of their intelligence and patriotism.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

IDPH reminds public to beware of rabid bats
SPRINGFIELD — As bats become more active, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people to beware of potentially rabid bats and other animals. So far this year, 17 bats have tested positive for rabies.
Friday, July 13, 2018

No proof Rauner profits off family separation
CHICAGO (AP) — A new television campaign ad accuses Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican seeking another term in November, of profiting off President Donald Trump’s since abandoned “zero tolerance” border policy of separating immigrant children from their families.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Man sought in deaths of 3 in Illinois is arrested
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in a shooting that left three men dead and a 4-year-old boy wounded at a central Illinois apartment complex has been arrested during a Wisconsin drug bust.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Officers shot armed U of I student in Campustown
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Police say officers shot a University of Illinois student who was spotted near campus with a handgun and refused police to drop the weapon.
Friday, July 13, 2018

High blood pressure later in life may damage the brain, new study says
Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Now, a study that used their gifts is giving some clues. It reveals that high blood pressure late in life might harm the brain.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Officials looking into Legionnaires' outbreak
Health officials in northern Illinois are investigating several cases of Legionnaires’ disease that occurred between June 7 and July 1.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

REI to open new store on banks of Chicago River
Outdoor retailer REI plans to open a new 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) store along the Chicago River that will offer kayak and paddleboard rentals, giving customers direct access to the water.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Plane strikes car on I-55 in emergency landing; no one injured
Police say a small aircraft made an emergency landing on Interstate 55 in central Illinois, striking one vehicle but hurting no one.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors
An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Chicago lawmakeer is chosen to run the Democratic Party of Illinois
A Chicago lawmaker has been named interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Chicago police officer who killed 2 people is cleared in another incident
A Chicago police officer who was the subject of a lawsuit in the fatal shooting of a teenager and a grandmother has been acquitted of beating two men in a bar fight.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Illinois Guard testing its deployment readiness
Hundreds of vehicles and pieces of equipment are being loaded up and heading south for a massive month-long military training exercise. About 200 vehicles from the Illinois Army National Guard are loading onto rail cars at the Rock Island Arsenal now as part of a deployment to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Illinois man killed was 'mad' at gov't
Relatives say a suburban Chicago man who was killed by police fired at officers because he was distraught over financial woes and other problems.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Plan defeated to ban homeless outside Spfld. library
The city council has defeated an effort to keep homeless people from spending nights outside the Springfield public library.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Porcupine 1st of its species born at zoo
A baby porcupine is the first of its species to be born at Brookfield Zoo.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Chicago judge accused of bringing gun in courthouse
A judge is charged with carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area after he was caught on video dropping a gun in a Chicago courthouse.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Abraham Lincoln surveyed or platted five towns in Illinois
Many history textbooks mention that Abraham Lincoln was a surveyor, but few readers know that he surveyed or platted several towns across Illinois. Some fared better than others.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dean Foods to close its dairy plant in Illinois
The milk giant Dean Foods is closing one of its Illinois facilities this year.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Human error caused explosion that killed 2
Federal officials say human error caused a natural gas pipeline explosion that killed two men and left two others seriously injured in northern Illinois last year.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Illinois cop off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt
A park police officer in Chicago has been assigned to desk duty while officials investigate his response to a woman who said she was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lincoln's death is Illinois' greatest tragedy
A president’s death, the Great Chicago Fire and the deadliest tornado in American history top the list of Illinois’ most heartbreaking moments, as chosen by voters participating in the Illinois Top 200 project.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Chicago announces plan for $169M industrial complex on southeast side
The city of Chicago has announced plans for a $169 million industrial complex on the Southeast Side that it hopes will serve as a Midwest epicenter for transportation and logistics.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Walmart 'yodel kid' from southern Illinois announces his debut album
It was only a matter of time, just a couple of months actually, before a preteen boy captured in a viral video yodeling in a Walmart put out a record.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Ordinance would ban homeless camping at Springfield public library
Springfield’s mayor wants to keep homeless people from camping at the city’s public library.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Authorities catch last 2 of 3 men who escaped from Illinois jail
Authorities in southeastern Illinois say they’ve captured the last two of three men who allegedly broke out of a county jail in mid-June.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Prosecutor Lampkin says charges may have been embellished
Charges have been dropped against a southwestern Illinois judge who was accused of grabbing a client’s genitals in 2016 when he was a lawyer in private practice.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Illinois oak cut down after branch kills 2 men
A towering oak tree has been cut down in western Illinois after a huge branch fell and killed two men watching a fireworks show.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Reagan's 'quintessential' story began at Eureka College
Illinois may be known as the Land of Lincoln, but it’s another president with Illinois roots who offers lessons to which people today can more easily relate, say officials of Ronald Reagan's alma mater.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

SIU adding doctors to treat opioid dependency
When Dr. Michael Connolly moved from Wisconsin to Quincy in January 2017 to teach at Southern Illinois University’s Center for Family Medicine, he was shocked at the number of opioid prescriptions and substance use disorders.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Anti-violence protesters want to shut down Chicago freeway
Protesters planning to shut down a major Chicago interstate on Saturday say they’re trying to increase pressure on public officials to address the gun violence that’s claimed hundreds of lives in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Hazardous beach conditions expected along Lake Michigan
The National Weather Service in Chicago is warning of hazardous beach conditions along Lake Michigan in Chicago, Cook County and northwestern Indiana.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

3 teens shot, wounded in drive-by in Chicago neighborhood
Three teenage boys have been wounded in a drive-by shooting in Chicago’s Homan Square neighborhood.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Lake County
Tests on mosquitoes have revealed for the first time this year the presence of the West Nile virus in Lake County in Northern Illinois.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Urban farm grows opportunities for former inmates and veterans
An agricultural program in Chicago is providing transitional job training to former inmates and veterans at a new urban farm.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Experts examine massive branch that fell and killed two at fireworks show
An area around a towering oak tree where two people were killed when a large branch crashed down during a fireworks show in western Illinois is being treated like a crime scene, investigators said Thursday.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Body of missing kayaker is recovered
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police report the body of Wallace O. Darcow, Jr., 35, of Effingham, was recovered from the Kaskaskia River near Cowden during a surface search of the river at approximately 8:00 p.m. on July 5, 2018.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Urban farm grows opportunities for former inmates and military veterans
An agricultural program in Chicago is providing transitional job training to former inmates and veterans at a new urban farm.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Mother, son separated at US border reunited in Chicago
A Brazilian woman separated from her son in May while seeking asylum in the U.S. has been reunited with the 10-year-old boy in Chicago.
Friday, July 6, 2018

IEA president issues opinion on Janus
The Illinois Education Association (IEA) released the following op-ed Thursday, July 5, written by IEA President Kathi Griffin following the Janus v. AFSCME decision.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Festival celebrates 50 years of reggae music
An annual festival in Chicago is celebrating 50 years of reggae music and honoring city founder Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Illinois to get $16 million in federal funding for community service
Sixteen community service programs in Illinois will receive more than $16 million dollars in federal funding.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Chicago police seizing 1 illegal handgun per hour
Chicago’s police superintendent says the three police-involved shootings that occurred within less than 30 hours this week highlights the city’s gun problem.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Chicago-based Barret on Trump's list of top three
President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

3 injured by lightning at fireworks shows
Authorities say two people were critically injured by a lightning strike as people gathered for a Fourth of July fireworks show in northern Illinois and another person was hit by lightning after Chicago’s fireworks.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Two dead after branch falls on crowd
Two people died and several others were injured after a branch measuring in parts more than 8 feet (2.5 meters) around fell on spectators during a fireworks display in western Illinois, authorities said.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Former fire captain gets 36-year prison term for rape
A former central Illinois fire captain has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for drugging and raping a probationary employee during a party at his home last year.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Illinois boy drowns in Lake of the Ozarks
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 13-year-old Illinois boy drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Gov. Rauner meets one of oldest living WWII veterans
Gov. Bruce Rauner welcomed WWII veteran Sidney Walton to the state capitol today, helping the 99-year-old advance his “National No Regrets Tour” to raise awareness of the vanishing number of WWII veterans. Walton is one of the country’s oldest surviving WWII veterans.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Comments expected on proposed quiet zone in Bloomington
Public works officials are expected to receive comments on a proposed Bloomington quiet zone that would include several commuter and freight rail crossings.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Lab enables rapid West Nile tests after early Illinois case
Traps that can catch more than 500 mosquitoes are being set up in central Illinois to enable rapid testing for West Nile virus after the virus showed up unusually early this year.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Judge tosses lawsuit targeting LL Bean's new return policy
A federal judge has dismissed an Illinois man’s lawsuit targeting L.L. Bean’s new return policy.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Chicago freeway march planned despite police warning
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and an activist priest say they’ll stage a protest that will shut down part of a busy interstate in Chicago despite warnings of arrest from police.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

June wet but not quite as wet as you might think
Illinois experienced its 11th warmest and 14th wettest June on record, according to State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey. The statewide average temperature was 75.0 degrees, 3.1 degrees above normal. The statewide average precipitation was 6.36 inches, 2.15 inches above normal.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

More than 60 children shot in Chicago so far this year
More than 60 children ages 15 and younger have been shot in Chicago this year.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Teacher who stopped shooting was defensive lineman
The teacher credited with saving lives by tackling a shooter at a suburban Indianapolis middle school says the attention he’s received since then is gratifying but has also felt too much at times.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Gettysburg hero Gen. John Buford has Illinois roots
This week marks the 155th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, the most famous of the Civil War.  The Union victory on July 1-3, 1863 checked the northern invasion of Robert E. Lee and is considered the turning point of the conflict.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bloomington working to establish city quiet zone
Public works officials are expected to receive comments on a proposed Bloomington quiet zone that would include several commuter and freight rail crossings.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Illinois preps for firework injuries despite continued ban
Illinois officials say fireworks-related injuries are becoming a growing danger on Independence Day despite the state’s ban on most consumer fireworks.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Life of Abe Lincoln's son on display at Hildene in Vermont
The “Land of Lincoln” is the state slogan for Illinois, but there’s a Lincoln family outpost in the lush mountains of southern Vermont.  Abraham Lincoln, who started his political career in Illinois, never made it to Vermont, but his son Robert Todd Lincoln built his stately summer home Hildene in the Green and Taconic mountains of Manchester.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Illinois man who killed daughter to remain in state care
A Bloomington man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in his daughter’s 2009 beating death will remain in a state mental health facility a while longer.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Foundation to ensure diverse workforce
Officials overseeing construction of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side say they’re taking steps to ensure a diverse workforce builds the center.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Illinois man stabbed parents of girl who called him 'ugly'
A suburban Chicago man has pleaded guilty to stabbing the parents of a girl who called him “ugly.”
Monday, July 2, 2018

Police say 3 girls wounded in Chicago gang crossfire
Police say three children were among several people wounded in a Chicago gang-related shooting, although they didn’t appear to be the intended targets.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Quadruplets going their own ways after high school
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — As their four sons grew up, Anne and Clint Gibleon tried to hide the fact that they are quadruplets as much as they could, hoping to offer the boys a life as normal as possible under the unique circumstances.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Avoid heat-related illness while working outside
URBANA, Ill. – Landscaping and gardening is great physical exercise and studies show it’s good for emotional well-being, but University of Illinois Extension educator Chris Enroth says those working outside must remain aware of the dangers associated with heat stress on our bodies.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Enjoy concerts at state historic site
MT. PULASKI, Ill. — Families are invited to enjoy free concerts on the lawn of the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site this summer.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Iles House strawberry and lawn party is July 4
SPRINGFIELD — The Elijah Iles House will host its annual “Clara Irwin’s Strawberry Party” on Wednesday, July 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of the Iles House, 628 South Seventh Street. Clara Irwin, the spouse of the house’s second owner, was known for her promotion of the horticultural arts in central Illinois, and was renown for the quality of her strawberries — and her strawberry parties — in the 1840s and ‘50s.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

LLCCgallery features "In This Place" July 2-26
SPRINGFIELD — The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the exhibit “In This Place” by area artist Will Redwood July 2-26. The public is invited to view the exhibit Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception with the artist on July 18 from noon to 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Donate a backpack, learn about Abraham Lincoln
 SPRINGFIELD – Anyone who donates a sturdy new backpack for Springfield school children in July will get free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum All backpacks will benefit the students of Springfield Public School District 186. The backpacks should be new and sturdy enough for students to carry books and school supplies.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Animal Protective League lists July adoption dates
SPRINGFIELD – The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during July with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

APL seeking homes for 60 kittens this weekend
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) along with Meow Mobile, Forever Home Feline Ranch, and Benld Adopt A Pet are celebrating Kittenfest this weekend, June 30-July 1 at PetSmart 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy, Springfield. 
Friday, June 29, 2018

State trooper charged with soliciting prostitute
An Illinois State Police trooper has been charged with official misconduct for allegedly soliciting while on duty someone he believed to be a prostitute.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Teen charged in carjacking Chicago judge
Police say a teenager has been charged in the Chicago carjacking of a suburban county judge earlier this month.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bridge is damaged after getting historic designation
A one-lane bridge in a Chicago suburb that dates back to the early 1900s has been severely damaged by a truck just over two weeks after it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Vets' home in Quincy gets $4.1 million to renovate
The federal government is giving Illinois $4.1 million to renovate a veterans’ home where Legionnaires’ disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Janus v. AFSCME: Comments on the outcome
The Supreme Court ruled today that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. Following are comments on the 5-4 decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Teachers to become students at library
Teachers from around the country will come to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield for a weeklong seminar about Lincoln.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Route 66 named to National Trust's most endangered list
Route 66, Denver’s Larimer Square and school buildings in Los Angeles are on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2018 list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Illinois-Ky. ferry gets a reprieve from a possible shutdown
A longtime Ohio River ferry will continue operating between Illinois and Kentucky this summer as officials work on long-term options.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Illinois license plate '1488' leads to threats of violence
A state-assigned license plate in Illinois drew considerable online backlash after one social media user pointed out it’s a symbolic number used by white supremacists.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Hemingway, Sandburg lead as state's top authors
Authors who took readers from the deserts of Mars to the snows of Kilimanjaro and from Chicago’s streets to Africa’s jungles were named the top Illinois authors by voters participating in the Illinois Top 200 project.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez retiring, moving to Puerto Rico
Longtime Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez says he’ll be moving from Chicago to Puerto Rico after his term in Congress ends early next year.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Voters in one Illinois county get to vote on county's gun sanctuary status
County officials in southern Illinois will be letting voters decide whether it’ll join a movement by several other counties in the state to become a gun sanctuary county.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Black firefighters open new clubhouse
A group of black Chicago firefighters have opened a new clubhouse to mentor youth in the city.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Marilyn Monroe dress sells for $50k
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation’s unusual ownership of a black dress once belonging to movie star Marilyn Monroe is ending as it sold over the weekend for $50,000.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Queen of Hearts craze spreads to Chicago area
A raffle that has become popular with some Illinois veterans’ organizations is spreading to numerous Chicago-area bars with some jackpots climbing to seven figures.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Video sparks testing of potential wolves
A western Illinois man’s trail camera video has prompted wildlife experts to conduct testing to see whether a wolf pack is living in the area.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Association removes Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from literary award
A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a major children’s book award over concerns with how the early-to-mid 20th century author portrayed blacks and Native Americans.
Monday, June 25, 2018

The Mother Road offers amazing sights as it winds through Illinois
Perhaps it is the yearning for yesteryear that endears so many to Route 66.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Man convicted in slayings of 2 officers released on bond
A man serving life in prison for the 1982 deaths of two Chicago police officers was ordered released from prison Friday while awaiting his third trial.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ex-priest who abused child allowed access to Chicago schools
Chicago Public Schools correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation’s third largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when he was around 15.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Illinois bridge put on National Register of Historic Places
A one-lane bridge in a Chicago suburb has been added to the National Register of Historic Places after years of debate over whether to demolish it.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Chicago Teachers Union president stepping down
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis says she is stepping down because her battle with brain cancer has made it impossible to do her job “at my best.”
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Illinois man says he's 'houseless' not homeless
“I am not homeless. I am houseless.”

That’s how Doug Henke, a 56-year-old man who lives in a tent in the woods in Elgin, describes his life.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Coronor who withheld indigent remains resigns
A western Illinois coroner is resigning after facing criticism over his practice of keeping poor people’s remains until their relatives could pay $1,000.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Family asks escaped murder suspect to surrender
The stepmother of a man charged with murder is calling on him to surrender to police after escaping from southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gov orders plan for dealing with backlog complaints
Gov. Bruce Rauner is ordering his administration to develop a plan for dealing with over 1,000 backlogged discrimination complaints.
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