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McDonald's workers: Harassment efforts fall short
McDonald’s got tough on its former CEO, who was fired last week for having a consensual relationship with an employee.

Now, some workers say, the company needs to get tougher on sexual harassment in its restaurants.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Arctic airmass: As snow moves toward East Coast, bitter cold hits Midwest
Much of the snow that was supposed to fall in the Midwest has come down and now it’s time for the main event: Record-breaking cold.

The National Weather Service in Chicago says record low temperatures were set this morning at both Chicago and Rockford.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Retiring US Rep Shimkus to donate official papers to SIUE
Records and correspondence spanning the political career of retiring U.S. Rep. John Shimkus are headed to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The (Edwardsville) Intelligencer reports the Republican’s correspondence, photos and official papers will be housed at the Elijah P. Lovejoy Library.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Snow leads to air travel woes at Chicago's O'Hare
Snowfall in the Midwest is taking its toll on air travel in Chicago as one plane trying to land at O’Hare International Airport slid off the runway.

The city’s aviation department says more than 440 flights in and out of the airport have been canceled. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

So. Illinois town had big WWII role
In Southern Illinois, Norris City is a small dot on the map, 20 miles northeast of Harrisburg. But for about seven months during World War II, it was one of the most important places in the country.

And Ed Oliver is dying to let people know.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Soldier Field, Memorial Stadium and more are dedicated to Illinois vetarans
Today, monuments and memorials dedicated to those who served in the armed forces in Illinois served as the background for events to recognize Veterans Day, a federal holiday observed annually on Nov. 11 to honor military veterans.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Amtrak ridership hits record highs on 2 Illinois lines
Amtrak routes that connect Chicago to St. Louis and Milwaukee saw record numbers of riders in the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 while the national passenger rail system turned in its best financial performance in several years.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Illinois couples' relationship blossomed via wartime letters
Gerald “Andy” Anderson from tiny Oakford, Ill., was no stranger to hardship. His father had lost the family farm after the stock market crash in 1929. His mother died in 1934 when he was 11, leaving his father to raise nine children on a hired hand’s salary. But nothing Andy experienced prepared him for what he saw when he landed in the second wave on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Anti-war radicals' son who was raised in Chicago by Bill Ayers is elected
Chesa Boudin, the son of anti-war radicals sent to prison for murder when he was a baby, has won San Francisco’s tightly contested race for district attorney after campaigning to reform the criminal justice system.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Anne Burke should step down as chief justice of Illinois Supreme Court
For the sake of Illinois and its highest court, Anne Burke should step down from her role as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, to which she was recently elected by her fellow justices.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Man shot dead going to niece's aid during assault
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a 66-year-old man who went to his niece’s aid during a sexual assault in their home was shot and killed by the attacker.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Justice Department sues ex housing head for missing funds
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Justice Department has sued the former director of a southern Illinois public housing authority to collect what he agreed to pay to settle a federal claim of fraud.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Navy recruit's mother wants 2nd autopsy after training death
CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a Navy recruit who died after a boot camp run at an Illinois base earlier this year said she will seek another autopsy after a blood disorder was revealed to have played a role in her daughter’s death.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Lawmakers gearing up for final week of veto session
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers will return to the Statehouse on Tuesday, with all eyes waiting to see what, if any, action will be taken on ethics reform in the General Assembly.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

MacMurray College Madrigal Dinner set for Nov. 23
JACKSONVILLE — MacMurray College will step back in time to the Renaissance period with a Madrigal Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. in McClelland Dining Hall on the college campus.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Former LA police chief named interim CPD chief
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor on Friday named former Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck to serve as Chicago’s interim police superintendent, a day after the city’s top police officer announced he’s retiring.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Illinois House GOP unveils more ethics proposals
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republicans unveiled another package of proposed ethics reforms Thursday that they say are prompted by the wide-ranging federal probe into alleged corruption by some high-profile Chicago-area Democrats.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Appellate court won't bar CPS runners from meet
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Appellate Court says it won’t immediately rule on a lower court decision allowing Chicago Public Schools cross-country runners to compete at the state championship meet Saturday.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Chicago's top cop retiring after turbulent 3 years
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced this morning that he’s retiring after more than three years as the city’s top cop, a post he took over during one of the most violent chapters in the city’s history and amid public outcry over the release of a video showing an officer shooting a black teen 16 times.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Manar bill would make Daylight Saving permanent
SPRINGFIELD — If Sen. Andy Manar has his way, people in Illinois would move their clocks ahead one hour this coming spring, then never have to change them again.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Karmeier reflects on 'privilege' of leading the court
Lloyd Karmeier is the third Illinois Supreme Court justice from Nashville, home to about 3,200 people two hours south of Springfield.

Karmeier said “almost every one” of the cases the state’s highest court has considered over the 15 years he spent on the bench has been “interesting.” Perhaps the most important were two that established state employee pensions as an undiminishable benefit as guaranteed by the Constitution.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Bourne: Ban state lawmakers from simultaneously serving as lobbyists
In response to recent news that revealed a glaring loophole in Illinois legislative ethics laws, State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) is the Chief Co-Sponsor of legislation to ban state legislators from simultaneously holding office and serving as lobbyists.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Letter sent to California is back in Mattoon 110 years after it was sent
In 1909, someone named “Harry” took the time to type out greetings and an address and touch base with acquaintances two-thirds of a country away.

“How do you like California by this time?” Harry inquired from Charleston, also saying he received the message from those to whom he was writing, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Linn of Pasadena, California.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Middle school teacher rescues caged puppy from drowning in area lake
A teacher who rescued a caged puppy from drowning in a cold central Illinois lake over the weekend says the dog had been “clearly abused.”

Bryant Fritz, who teaches middle school science at Next Generation School in Champaign, was preparing to fish Saturday when he found a black and white puppy submerged in rising water and trapped inside of a dog crate in Kaufman Lake.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Congressional delegation backs gov's flood aid appeal
Illinois’ congressional delegation is backing Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reverse its decision to deny aid to individual flood victims. FEMA in September determined the flooding 22 counties sustained along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers was not severe enough to warrant individual assistance.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Deputies seek women who were tattooed by criminal
A Kentucky sheriff’s office is asking the public for help to find women who were tattooed by a man indicted on multiple sex crimes involving children.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Number of lawyers in Illinois to top 96,000
If you were worried that Illinois didn’t have enough lawyers, fear not. More are on the way.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Ryanair dampens expectations on Boeing Max deliveries
Ryanair says it has dampened expectations that it would receive the entirety of its planned delivery of Boeing 737 Max airplanes next year.
Monday, November 4, 2019

US growth of Islam creates need for religious scholars
The seminary instructor challenges his students: “Brothers and sisters” don’t believe in God because your “parents believe in God,” but because “you know why God exists.”
Monday, November 4, 2019

Buffalo Wild Wings: Workers fired over skin color reseat bid
Buffalo Wild Wings says multiple employees have been fired at one of its suburban Chicago restaurants after a group of mostly African American customers said they were asked to move to another table because of their skin color.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Cook County program aims to expand animal shelter space
Cook County officials hope an $8 million grant program will increase the number of local animal shelters.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Priest reinstated after abuse allegation deemed unfounded
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has reinstated a priest after allegations that he sexually abused a child more than two decades ago were deemed “unfounded.”
Monday, November 4, 2019

Chicago Dentist gets phone bill totaling over $180,000
A Chicago dentist says her office received a phone bill for more than $180,000 for hundreds of international calls she never made.

Dr. Rosa Galvan-Silva first received a bill from AT&T for more than $81,000 listing more than 100 calls that were placed to the United Kingdom in July and August. Some of those calls went as long as two hours.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Illinois lawmaker charged with bribery resigns
A state representative in Illinois charged with bribery , one of several prominent Democrats under scrutiny in federal investigations this year, resigned Friday.

Rep. Luis Arroyo, a 13-year veteran, stepped down just hours before a special investigating committee of House members was scheduled to begin considering his expulsion.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Illinois marijuana law aims to undo harm caused by the war on the drug
When lawmakers crafted the law legalizing marijuana in Illinois, they tried to make sure it would right what many see as past wrongs linked to the drug.

In addition to expunging hundreds of thousands of criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, the law’s architects added provisions meant to benefit communities that have been the most adversely affected by law enforcement’s efforts to combat the drug.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Justice Karmeier to resign effective December 2020
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier tendered notice this week he will resign his seat on the bench effective Dec. 6. 2020.

“It has been a privilege serving the people of Illinois,” he wrote in his letter, dated Oct. 29.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Golden retriever raising spirits in one coroner's office
A recent addition to the Champaign County government staff is breathing life into an office that deals with death.

Harlow, a 2-year-old purebred golden retriever, has been coming to work with her owner, Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup, for about a month.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Strike-ending deal will shape schools in nation's third-largest district for years
Chicago teachers and more than 300,000 students affected by an 11-day strike returned to classrooms Friday amid a tentative agreement that ended the walkout and is expected to shape education in the nation’s third-largest city for the next five years.  

The outcome came at a cost, though. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said “nobody wins,” noting the hardships that students and their families endured during the walkout. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

3rd Illinois resident dies of vaping-related lung injury
A third Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a vaping-related lung injury the Department of Public Health reports.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Report: Trump surveyed donors on freeing Blago
President Donald Trump has again broached the idea of freeing former Illinois governor and one-time “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Rod Blagojevich from a Colorado federal prison, where he is in his seventh year of a 14-year prison term for political corruption.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Driving and voting measures headed to gov's desk
Gov. J.B. Pritzker will soon have more bills to consider signing after the Illinois House this week approved three measures which had already passed in the Senate.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Proposed bill tough on sentencing for lawmakers
Amid a backdrop of federal investigative activity and bipartisan calls for ethics reform, a state legislator introduced a bill Thursday that would increase the sentences of state lawmakers convicted of a crime related to their public duties.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Teachers, students relieved to go back to school
Chicago teachers and the nation’s third-largest school district reached a labor contract deal on Thursday, ending a strike that canceled 11 days of classes for more than 300,000 students.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the district had reached a deal with the Chicago Teachers Union after months of unsuccessful negotiations led to the city’s first significant walkout by educators since 2012. The union’s 25,000 members went on strike Oct. 17, holding marches and rallies across the city.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Chicago trick-or-treater critically injured in shooting
A 7-year-old girl out trick-or-treating in a bumblebee costume was critically injured after being struck by apparent stray gunfire on Chicago’s West Side, police said.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Dog sworn in at state's attorney's office in Chicago
It was a real dog of a ceremony this week during a swearing-in at the state’s attorney’s office in Chicago.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Illinoisians reminded to change clocks Sunday
Every fall, the nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) reminds residents of the life-saving habit of checking their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time this weekend.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

College athletes endorsement bill to state Senate
A bill allowing college athletes in Illinois to be paid for the use of their image, name and likeness passed the state House Wednesday with broad bipartisan support after lengthy debate.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Effects of Chicago strike on students is immediate
Deadlines that could affect Chicago students and striking teachers are looming over efforts this week to resolve a walkout that has canceled classes for 11 days in the nation’s third-largest school district. 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween snowfall forcers flight cancellations in Chicago
Snow has forced the cancellation of more than 200 flights at Chicago’s international airports on Halloween.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

'A hornet's nest with a snake inside'
In the heart of Illinois, the city of Peoria cut its workforce by almost one-fifth to pay its annual obligations for police and firefighter pensions. In northern Illinois, Waukegan is selling bonds to keep the city operating. In the east, Danville closed one of its four fire stations following mounting pension bills. And in the state capital, Springfield  for the first time  is pouring every dollar it collects in property taxes into public safety pensions.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Gov's veto of Obamacare protection bill survives
The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to sustain Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s veto of a bill that would have prohibited him, or any future governor, from seeking federal approval to weaken consumer protection provisions under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Teen who died after driving into golf course lake identified
Authorities have released the name of a 16-year-old girl who died when the vehicle she was driving crashed into a lake at a central Illinois golf course.

The Sangamon County coroner’s office identified the girl as Kaylee Mehochko of Quincy.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Dressing up the dog tomorrow or what?
The good news for kids this Halloween: They’ll likely come home with a bigger pile of candy than of healthy snacks while out trick-or-treating.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Chicago teacher strike now in 10th day
Chicago’s mayor on Tuesday accused leaders of the city’s powerful teachers union of using its “political agenda” to hold up a contract agreement to end a strike that will keep students from classrooms for at least 10 days.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Ethics investigations of ComEd have stalled carbon-cutting clean energy reforms
Hundreds of clean energy advocates gathered Tuesday at the Capitol to show support for the Clean Energy Jobs Act, a carbon-cutting reform package that has stalled at the state government level amid ongoing federal investigations.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

NCAA calls for schools to allow student-athletes to profit from their likeness
On the same day a bill allowing college student-athletes to profit from the use of their name or likeness passed an Illinois House committee Tuesday, the governing body that oversees most collegiate athletics took steps toward allowing such activity at a national level.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Health issues claim lion's share of fall veto session
Legislation banning retailers from selling flavored nicotine products in Illinois will likely come before lawmakers in mid-November, its sponsor said Tuesday after a preliminary hearing.

Senate President John Cullerton's "Flavored Tobacco Ban Act" bill is one of six pending in the General Assembly that would ban flavored products including cigarettes and electronic vaping pods. The Chicago Democrat's bill, however, has the highest-profile backing.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Illinois House leaders call for Arroyo to resign
The top two leaders in the Illinois House on Monday called on state Rep. Luis Arroyo to either resign immediately or face disciplinary proceedings that could lead to his removal from office.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin issued those calls separately a few hours after Arroyo, a Chicago Democrat, appeared in federal court in Chicago on a federal bribery charge.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Chicago strike: No deal, classes out for 9th day
Representatives for Chicago teachers and the nation’s third-largest school district said early Tuesday that they had failed to reach a settlement to end a strike that has canceled classes for nine days.

Talks were set to resume Tuesday, hours after a 16-hour bargaining session that began Monday morning wrapped up without a tentative agreement.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

One dead after car drives into lake at Spfld. golf course
Police say one person is dead after a car crashed into a lake at a central Illinois golf course.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Trump: Chicago an embarrassment to US
Visiting Chicago for the first time as president, Donald Trump disparaged the city Monday as a haven for criminals that is “embarrassing to us as a nation.” The city’s top cop sat out Trump’s speech to protest the president’s immigration policies and frequently divisive rhetoric.

“There is one person who is not here today,” Trump told a friendly audience at a conference of police chiefs. “Where is he? I want to talk to him. In fact, more than anyone else, this person should be here because maybe he could learn something, and that’s the superintendent of the Chicago Police, Eddie Johnson.”

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Illinois law maker faces federal public corruption charges
An Illinois state lawmaker appeared in court Monday on a public corruption charge, becoming the latest in a series of top state Democrats targeted by federal prosecutors.

Rep. Luis Arroyo made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where a prosecutor told a Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez that the 65-year-old is accused of “offering an illicit payment to an official.”

Monday, October 28, 2019

Trump's visit to Chicago is stirring up a tempest
President Donald Trump’s visit to Chicago is stirring up a tempest even before he arrives in the city that he’s repeatedly derided as the poster child of urban violence and dysfunctional Democratic politics.
Monday, October 28, 2019

State provides $3M to help victims deal with trauma
Illinois is providing almost $3 million in state funds to help crime victims deal with their trauma.
Monday, October 28, 2019

Strike ongoing: Classes canceled today in Chicago
More than 300,000 Chicago students will miss another day of classes as teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district remain on strike.
Monday, October 28, 2019

Governor favors allowing pay for college athletes
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is endorsing legislation that would allow college athletes in the state to make money from endorsements.
Monday, October 28, 2019

Illinois to propose breaks for pharmacists and fewer duties
A task force created to examine the safety of pharmacy practices in Illinois has recommended that pharmacists be required to take breaks, that they be given fewer tasks that distract them from dispensing medications and that they get enough time to review patients’ drug histories. 
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Like most, volunteers keep this Masonic Temple alive
Up the stairs and through the sets of doors, come inside the Decatur Masonic Temple, an iconic structure that has commanded the corner of West William and North Church streets for over nine decades. The longevity is thanks in part to a loyal group of hard-working volunteers.

“The temple is a beautiful place that people are lucky to be in,” said Jim Chumbley.

Chumbley and a group of about 10 have donated their time and resources in restoring the old building.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Program gets owls back to the woods
Two juvenile barn owls stared at the open skies for a couple seconds after Bev Shofstall, of Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation, released the door to their cages.

Then, without any prompting, they bolted to freedom, taking shelter in a nearby grove of trees.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Special needs families hope strike will bring change
For seven school days, Mila Cohen’s 14-year-old daughter retrieved her backpack and urged her mother toward the door — her usual morning routine before Chicago teachers went out on strike.

But since a walkout by the Chicago Teachers Union began on Oct. 17, Cohen has kept Yelena, who is nonverbal and has cognitive disabilities, at home. Her daughter doesn’t understand why, though, and most mornings have ended in tears.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Two Rockford officers charged with sexual assault
A Rockford police officer has been charged with criminal sexual assault just two days after another officer was arrested on the same felony charge in an unrelated incident.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Kentucky using billboards to lure Illinois companies
Kentucky launched a marketing campaign to coax Illinois companies to move across the border with promises of lower taxes and better weather.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Band leader named teacher of year
An innovative southern Illinois band leader is the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

2nd Illinois resident dies after vaping-related lung injury
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a second Illinois individual who had recently vaped and been hospitalized with a severe lung injury. At this time, a total of 153 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 66 years old, with a median age of 22, have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Doctor who kept fetuses is vilified in life and death
Dr. Ulrich Klopfer competed so avidly in the 1970s to perform the most abortions each day at a Chicago clinic that it was said he would set his coffee aside, jump to his feet in the break room and rush to the operating table whenever his chief rival in the macabre derby walked by.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Vaping industry opposes ban on flavored product
Vaping and other industry stakeholders opposing legislation banning flavored products said Thursday the bill would have negative health and economic impacts.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Veto session primer: Few overrides, lots to consider
For the first time since the General Assembly adjourned its historic regular legislative session in early June, lawmakers will be back at the Capitol for more legislative action next week.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Indiana man charged in 1988 Illinois cold case
FBI agents have arrested a northwestern Indiana man in the 1988 rape and killing of a mother of four whose body was found in an abandoned home.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Illinois couple victims in parking garage plunge
Authorities say the man and woman who died when their SUV plunged from the fourth floor of a downtown Indianapolis parking garage came from Illinois.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

As teachers strike, Chicago mayor offers $838M fix
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who’s still trying to settle a nearly week-old teacher’s strike, proposed a combination of debt refinancing, tax and fee hikes and assistance from the state Legislature on Wednesday to close a massive $838 million budget deficit. 
Thursday, October 24, 2019

In central Illinois is an unexpected vinyl revival
When Blake Reynolds was a child, his grandmother spun tracks by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, introducing him to a world of music.

Now the 33-year-old Decatur real estate agent owns a collection of over 100 records, his favorite being a live performance by Sinatra at Madison Square Garden — something he can thank his grandmother for.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Remains found in rural Illinois are those of missing woman
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) — State police say burned human remains found two years ago in rural southern Illinois are those of a woman who vanished in 2010.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

As teachers strike, Chicago mayor to unveil city budget plan
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to detail how the nation’s third-largest city should deal with an $838 million budget deficit when she delivers her first budget address Wednesday morning as striking teachers march through the city’s downtown.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Anti-abortion law firm says Reproductive Health Act violates federal law

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ new reproductive health care law is a “blatant violation” of residents’ religious and conscience rights, a pro-life law firm official said.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

APL's Annual Chili Supper and Paw Paw Patch Bazaar Oct. 27
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, will hold its annual Chili Supper and Paw Paw Patch Bazaar on Sunday, October 27th, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2200 Meadowbrook Road, in Springfield. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

9-year-old arraigned on murder, arson charges in deaths of 5
EUREKA, Ill. (AP) — A 9-year-old central Illinois boy believed to have set a fire that led to the deaths of five family members has been arraigned on first-degree murder charges.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Affordable housing among striking Chicago teachers' demands
CHICAGO (AP) — Demands by striking Chicago teachers include more action to lower housing costs in the nation’s third-largest city and more resources to help homeless students.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Man gets probation for confronting woman over T-shirt
SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who confronted a woman for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag has been sentenced to probation for a hate crime.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Judge allows Chicago suit against Jussie Smollett to proceed
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss Chicago’s lawsuit against former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Pritzker: Illinois will double spending on roads, bridges
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will double the amount of money it spends on road-building and repair in the next five years as part of a $45 billion statewide construction program approved last spring, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

IDPH shares tips to prevent lead poisoning
SPRINGFIELD — Lead poisoning is one of the most prevalent and preventable environmental health hazards and is known to contribute to learning disabilities, developmental delays, and behavioral problems. During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 20-26, 2019, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants to raise awareness about the danger of lead exposure and educate parents on how to reduce exposure to lead in their environment, prevent its serious health effects, and understand the importance of testing children.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Classes canceled a 3rd day amid Chicago teacher strike
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 300,000 public school students in Chicago are getting another day off as contract talks continue between the teachers’ union and the nation’s third-largest school district.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Opening day set for Planned Parenthood's new Illinois clinic
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A clinic quietly constructed in southern Illinois to meet demand for abortion services by residents outside the state is close to opening.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Lincoln library receives book collection of famed biographer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A treasure trove of about 130 books once owned by a renowned Abraham Lincoln biographer has been donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Boeing says it regrets concerns over internal damaging messages
CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing says it regrets concerns raised about internal communications it recently handed over to Congress and federal regulators that are investigating two deadly crashes of the company’s 737 Max airplanes.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Illinois activists fight Shawnee forest timber sales
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — For the first time in nearly three decades, the Shawnee National Forest has proposed a commercial timber harvest of mostly native oaks and hickories on 485 acres in rural Jackson County, on the south side of Kinkaid Lake.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Chicago mayor says top cop drinking before incident
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor said Friday that the city’s top police officer told her he’d had “a couple of drinks with dinner” before he fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home, an incident that the chief contends was related to a change in his blood pressure medication.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

2 Illinois routes among Amtrak's worst performing
CHICAGO (AP) — Two of Amtrak’s Illinois trains routes are among the worst-performing in the nation, according to a new government report.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Lightfoot: Taxes will be hiked if Springfield doesn't act
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city’s property taxes will be increased if her agenda isn’t addressed during the Illinois General Assembly’s fall veto session.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Student contest uses art to explore leadership
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois children are getting a chance to use their artistic talents to explore the meaning of leadership, thanks to a statewide art contest sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Board of Education.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Illinois EPA launches competition for 5th, 6th grades
SPRINGFIELD — Fifth and sixth grade writers and artists from around Illinois are invited to compete in this year's Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year's contest theme is Algae: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... How Can You Keep Your Local Pond Healthy? focusing on how algae can affect waterbodies (good and bad).
Saturday, October 19, 2019

FBI data: 584 child homicide victims in St. Louis since 1990; 10x nat'l rate
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Children in St. Louis have been the victim of homicides at 10 times the national rate for decades, according to a newspaper’s analysis of FBI data.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Report finds education funding overhaul effective
SPRINGFIELD – A new report from an independent policy and advocacy organization is calling for increased state investment in public education in Illinois, particularly in early childhood and higher education.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Striking Chicago teachers return to picket for day 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Striking Chicago teachers have returned to the picket lines for a second day as union and city bargainers try to hammer out a contract in the nation’s third-largest school district.
Friday, October 18, 2019

No deal, Chicago teachers are on strike
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers went on strike Thursday, marching on picket lines after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation’s third-largest school district in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

GOP lawmaker calls for state ethics task force
A Republican state lawmaker said Wednesday she plans to introduce legislation to establish a State Ethics Task Force to tighten ethics rules within Illinois government.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

State's only Title X provider to get an extra $825k
Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, the only Illinois organization currently participating in the federal family planning program, was awarded more than double its initial grant after several providers across the country declined their funding in response to a Trump administration rule change.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

2 child welfare workers sued over boy's death
The estate of the 5-year-old northern Illinois boy who was beaten to death and buried in a shallow grave this year has filed a lawsuit contending that two state child welfare workers ignored clear signs that the boy was being abused months before his death.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Boxer Patrick Day dies of brain injuries after fight
Boxer Patrick Day died Wednesday, four days after sustaining head injuries in a fight with Charles Conwell.

Promoter Lou DiBella said Day died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was 27.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Peabody Energy to close Illinois coal mine
Peabody Energy says it will permanently close a southern Illinois coal mine and a nearby coal-processing plant late this year.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Officials: More money needed to secure elections
Illinois made substantial progress in securing its election systems since Russian government officials hacked into its voter registration database in 2016, but more needs to be done to protect those systems heading into the 2020 elections.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Tax summaries show Pritzkers with $6M in income
Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K. Pritzker, reported more than $6 million in gross income last year, about $5.5 million of which was federally taxable, according to a nine-page summary of 2018 state and federal tax returns released by his campaign Tuesday.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Electric vehicle start up opens in Normal
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of people attended an event to see prototypes of electric vehicles a central Illinois startup plans to create, an effort that already has the backing of officials through promised tax breaks and incentives.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

State school board scheduled to vote on legislative agenda for veto session
 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on its legislative agenda for the upcoming fall veto session and regular spring 2020 legislative session when it meets in East St. Louis this week.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Chicago man who gunned down 5 of his neighbors had previous run-ins
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who gunned down five of his neighbors over the weekend had had angry run-ins with his fellow tenants and left threatening notes on the inside of his door suggesting he was planning an act of violence, authorities said Monday.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Man charged in Cicero bowling ball attack
CICERO, Ill. (AP) — A man has been charged in connection with a bowling ball attack that left the victim in a coma.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Village mgr. on paid leave after hit and run incident
OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — The village manager of a Chicago suburb is on paid leave as authorities investigate his involvement in a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a pedestrian.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Chicago teachers march ahead of strike deadline
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers are calling for district leaders to meet their demands on class sizes just days before a threatened strike that would affect thousands of students in the country’s third-largest school district.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

US pulls troops in Syria, threatens Turkey sanctions
The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and threats Monday by President Donald Trump to hit Turkey with “big sanctions.”
Monday, October 14, 2019

11 are hurt after car crashes into hayride in Illinois
A northern Illinois woman has been ticketed for driving her car into a hayride wagon carrying 14 adult passengers, injuring 11 of them.

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Department says a car driven by 22-year-old Kaitlin Minick of DeKalb slammed into the rear of the wagon being towed by a tractor. The accident occurred Saturday in Little Rock Township, about 50 miles  west of Chicago.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Bill would require lab testing of CBD items in Illinois
A proposed bill would require all CBD products sold in Illinois to meet testing requirements that would be developed by the state Department of Agriculture.

CBD is a cannabis extract that does not cause a high but is marketed as a healing remedy to alleviate conditions such as anxiety or chronic pain. The product’s regulation is so lax that even those in the industry have voiced concerns, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Deer mating season increases vehicle crash danger
Illinois’ transportation chief is warning motorists to be alert for deer on roadways during their mating season.

Transportation Secretary Omer Osman says above all, “Don’t veer for deer.” The first instinct when bearing down on a deer in the road is to swerve. But Osman says that could make a driver lose control and increase a crash’s severity.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Chicago teachers may test 'social justice' strategy
CHICAGO (AP) — A threatened strike by Chicago teachers would test a strategy employed by a growing number of urban teachers unions convinced that transforming contentious contract talks into discussions about class sizes and student services wins public support and can be a difference maker at the bargaining table.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Veto session: Lawmakers to push insulin pricing bill
SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers will aim to pass a law capping out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 per one month’s supply when they return for the fall veto session, the bill’s sponsors announced Friday at a Chicago news conference.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Republican lawmaker files bill to reinstate death penalty
SPRINGFIELD — A Republican lawmaker has filed legislation to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois, calling it an “effective tool” to dissuade violent crime.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Sandoval resigns as Transportation Committee chair
Senate Democrats on Friday released copies of the full, unredacted search warrant that was executed on state Sen. Martin Sandoval’s office Sept. 24, and it reveals a wide-ranging probe into possible corruption involving a red-light camera company, construction businesses, a large utility company and other Chicago-area politicians.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oldest captive Asiatic black bear dies at Springfield zoo
Officials at a Springfield zoo say that the oldest living Asiatic black bear in captivity has died.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Alderman uses $400K from campaign fund to pay legal bills
Records show Chicago’s longest serving alderman has spent nearly $400,000 from his campaign fund to cover legal bills as he fights federal racketeering and other charges.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Pritzker unveils five-year economic plan, touts 'strong job growth'
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity introduced a five-year economic plan this week, focusing on six industries that can boost the state’s economy and a variety of programs to build its workforce and encourage population growth.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Task force recommends merging 649 local pension funds
A task force Democratic Gov. J.B.. Pritzker formed in February is recommending the state consolidate 649 suburban and downstate police and firefighter pension funds into just two, saying the move would generate billions of dollars in additional earnings over the next 20 years while cutting administrative costs.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Exelon gets 2nd subpoena
Exelon says in a new public filing that it and its electric utility, ComEd, have received a second federal subpoena asking about lobbying in Illinois and communications with a state senator whose offices the FBI recently raided.
Friday, October 11, 2019

165 more fetal remains found in Mercedes trunk
Indiana’s attorney general said Friday that 165 sets of fetal remains have been found in the Chicago area inside a car owned by a late Indiana abortion doctor, boosting the total number of abandoned sets of fetal remains discovered at properties linked to him to more than 2,400.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Mom: Boy charged with murder 'not a monster'
The mother of a 9-year-old Illinois boy who is charged with murder in connection with a mobile home fire that killed five people says the child is “not a monster.”
Friday, October 11, 2019

Illinois NPR objects to UIS harassment rules
A National Public Radio station licensed by the University of Illinois is objecting to a requirement that its reporters tell school officials about confidential complaints of university-related sexual harassment they receive.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Amazon to open 500-job center in Channahon, Ill.
Amazon has announced plans to open a fulfillment center in northern Illinois, creating more than 500 new, full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour with comprehensive benefits.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Support building for ban on red-light cameras
Bipartisan support appears to be building in the Illinois General Assembly for a statewide ban on red-light cameras.

Those are devices that some municipalities install at intersections to detect drivers running through red lights or turning without coming to a full stop.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Governor Pritzker doubtful that energy reforms will pass in the fall session
A package of bills aimed at transforming the state’s energy landscape appears unlikely to move during the upcoming fall veto session after Gov. J.B. Pritzker was less than optimistic on the subject this week at an unrelated Chicago news conference.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Chicago police officers abusing parking privileges with department-issued placards
Chicago’s independent watchdog said the city’s police officers are abusing parking privileges with the help of department-issued placards that allows them to avoid parking fees and rules.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Gov. unveils five-year economic plan for Illinois
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has released a five-year economic plan for Illinois that builds on the state’s strongest sectors such as agriculture, health care and transportation.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Officials find more fetal remains connected to doctor
Authorities in Illinois discovered additional fetal remains Wednesday stashed in a car that had belonged to a doctor who performed abortions in Indiana, a month after his death led to the discovery of more than 2,200 other sets of remains in his garage.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

State military leaders call obesity rates a nat'l security threat
SPRINGFIELD – Current and former leaders of the Illinois Air National Guard said Tuesday the obesity rate in the United States has become a national security threat and they urged state lawmakers to invest more in early childhood education programs that focus on nutrition, health and physical activity.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

States attorney: Decision to charge 9-year-old 'heavy'
CHICAGO (AP) — A 9-year-old child accused of causing a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Burke case: Prosecutors turn over evidence
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have unveiled the extent of their case against a long-time Chicago alderman facing federal racketeering and other charges.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wildlife observation deck opening
Experience the newly constructed Wildlife Observation Platform overlooking Friends Creek at Friends Creek Conservation Area on  Saturday, October 12. This free open house event will be held from 10 a.m.  to noon.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Boeing delivers just 26 planes in September
Boeing’s troubles are deepening as the grounding of the 737 Max jetliner approaches the seven-month mark.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Woman dies after fall at Garden of the Gods
An Evansville, Indiana, woman has died after falling from a cliff at Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

9-year-old to face 5 murder charges in deadly fire
A prosecutor says a central Illinois 9-year-old will be charged with five counts of first-degree murder in connection with a mobile home fire that killed five people.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Masonic Temple in the City of Aurora destroyed by overnight fire
An overnight fire in the city of Aurora has destroyed a historic Masonic temple that was abandoned more than a decade ago.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Girl, 9, dies after crash with tractor in northwest Illinois
MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old girl has died after the vehicle she was in crashed into a tractor in northwest Illinois.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Chicago wants public to weigh in on legal marijuana sales
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are holding public meetings for residents to weigh in on the sale of recreational marijuana in the city.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Lincoln Home National Historic Site to host Trick-or-Treat Event October 18th
SPRINGFIELD — In cooperation with its Springfield partners, the Lincoln Home Employee Association will host a free “Trick-or-Treat” event for children 12 years old and under, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, on Friday, October 18th. The event will begin at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site’s Visitor Center located at 426 South 7th Street in downtown Springfield. Children and parents are welcome to visit the park any time between these hours and view the site in a “different light.”
Monday, October 7, 2019

APL announces Oct. pet adoptions
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during September with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals for adoption will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all age appropriate vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Chicago museum gets $125 million gift
CHICAGO (AP) — The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago will add a donor to its name after getting a $125 million gift — the largest in its history.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

New abortion clinic being built in Illinois near St. Louis
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Planned Parenthood has quietly been building a new abortion clinic in Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, as women concerned about the uncertain future of Missouri’s sole abortion clinic flock across the state line.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Illinois judicial branch announces its 'blueprint for the future'
SPRINGFIELD — A panel of Illinois judiciary members and stakeholders developed a three-year plan, announced Wednesday during an event in Chicago, designed to “improve the delivery of justice and better serve the public.”
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Pritzker calls on Sandoval to step down as chairman
SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday called on Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) to step down as chairman of the powerful Senate Transportation Committee in the wake of an FBI investigation into possible corruption and bribery involving public contracts.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Judge to weigh bias by Smollett special prosecutor
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge could decide this week whether the special prosecutor investigating possible conflicts of interest in Jussie Smollett’s criminal case has a conflict himself, the latest twist in a saga marked by turns and reversals since the “Empire“ actor reported a racist, homophobic attack that police say he staged against himself.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Rep. Bourne appointed to new Firearm Task Force
LITCHFIELD — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) has been named to serve on the newly created House Firearm Public Awareness Task Force. Rep. Bourne was one of 12 House Republicans chosen by Republican Leader Jim Durkin for the 24 member task force recently established by House Speaker Michael Madigan. The chair of the task force says the purpose of the group is to review the issue of gun violence and make recommendations for reducing such violence in Illinois.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Bill would let Illinois collegiate athletes get paid
An Illinois lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to allow college student athletes to sign endorsement deals, hire agents and benefit financially from the use of their likeness after California became the first state in the nation to pass such a law earlier this week.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Chicago teachers strike could be less than a week away
A Chicago teachers strike could be less than a week away if there isn’t a last-minute deal between the union and nation’s third-largest school district.

The Chicago Teachers Union has overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike as contract talks continue over issues including pay and benefits, class size and staffing shortages. Negotiations resumed with fresh urgency this week as the union’s delegates meet Wednesday to finalize a strike date. The earliest a walkout could take place in the district of nearly 400,000 students is Monday.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Money matters: How school funding inequities affect students and taxpayers
Education officials in Illinois say the state is making solid progress under its new evidence-based funding program in narrowing the wealth-based disparities among school districts, but an analysis of the first year of that program shows just how far the state still has to go.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Feds sought corruption evidence in search
A search of Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval’s office and home by the FBI was focused on activities involving the politician and employees of the state Department of Transportation.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Map showing areas for pot licenses released
State officials have identified areas of Illinois where applicants to grow and sell marijuana legally would get preference under the law’s social equity provision.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sterilization co. linked to cancer leaving suburb
Sterigenics, a medical supply sterilization company linked to increased cancer risk in the DuPage County area, said Monday it plans to “exit its ethylene oxide sterilization operations in Willowbrook.”
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

State Board of Education plans budget hearings
The Illinois State Board of Education has scheduled four hearings in different parts of the state to gather input in the coming weeks for its budget request that will be sent to the governor and General Assembly in January.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Starved Rock crumbling after years of record-setting visitors
LASALLE, Ill. (AP) — You can’t hike into Tonti Canyon anymore. The trails are so badly eroded that officials at Starved Rock State Park decided they’re unsafe to tread.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Lincoln Library's rare books is focus of Oct. 10 presentation
SPRINGFIELD — What qualities define a rare book? Is it age, or value, or maybe the story of who once owned it? The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will discuss these questions Oct. 10 during a special look at the library’s Rare Book Collection.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Teacher portrays detective at Lincoln Museum
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Sheryl Hinman of Galesburg has been teaching in one form or another for 50 years, and shows no signs of stopping.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Investigations touch Illinois powerbroker's confidants
One of the nation’s most powerful state legislators has for decades tended to shrug off the latest scandal involving Illinois politicians, but the sight of FBI agents hauling bags of evidence from an office on the Democratic side of the Capitol building this week may have startled the normally unflappable Mike Madigan.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Bill would discourage state employees from traveling to anti-abortion states for work
Illinois government employees should not travel for work to states that “criminalize reproductive health,” a northwest suburban Democrat said.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Why so much red ink in Illinois budgets?
In response to a recent essay of mine about our state’s parlous load of debt and unfunded obligations, a reader asked: Why so much red ink? The answer lies in an unsavory stew of human nature; our state’s political tradition of careerist politicians, and the political self-admonition of “not on my watch.”
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Ronald McDonald house damaged during winter storm to reopen
A Ronald McDonald House in Chicago will reopen its doors this week after eight months of repairs to damage caused by a pipe that burst during frigid winter weather.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Illinois Wesleyan reports dip in enrollment
Illinois Wesleyan University says its enrollment is down slightly this fall compared to a year ago. 
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Industry groups push back against proposed bans
Business and industry groups are pushing back against legislative efforts to widely ban the use of ethylene oxide, a known cancer-causing gas, in most Illinois communities.
Friday, September 27, 2019

LaHood chosen to chair Lincoln Museum board
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has appointed former U.S. Transportation Secretary and retired Republican Congressman Ray LaHood as the new chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board of Directors.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Chicago teachers authorize leaders to call a strike
Chicago teachers have voted to authorize their union leaders to call a strike, setting the stage for a possible work stoppage next month in the nation’s third-largest school district, officials announced Thursday.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Illinois reports job gains and lower unemployment
Unemployment rates in all 14 metropolitan areas in Illinois dropped over the past 12 months as the state’s economy added more than 61,000 jobs, according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by state and federal labor agencies.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Traveling exhibit teaches about fight for freedom
The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area and Lincoln Home National Historic Site launch a new travelling exhibit as part of the Illinois Freedom Project; an initiative geared towards teaching youth the journey from slavery to freedom in Illinois. The exhibit features the stories of everyday people in Illinois who struggled against slavery and prejudice and became community, state and national leaders.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Illinois among states suing feds over endangered species
Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

New video launched to promote opioid helpline
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has announced the launch of a new statewide video campaign to bring awareness to the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The Illinois Helpline connects individuals struggling with opioid use or other substance use, and anyone affected by the disease, directly with treatment and recovery options.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

State museum returning artifacts to Australia
The Illinois State Museum will return 42 culturally significant objects currently in its collection to Australian First Nations after ten months of consultation with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and Aranda and Bardi Jawi communities. AIATSIS, based in Canberra, Australia, partnered with the communities to research, identify, and request the unconditional repatriation of secret/sacred, ceremonial, and secular artifacts from museums around the world.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

State announces start of winter energy help program
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has announced that seniors and people with disabilities can begin applying for winter heating assistance on October 1st  through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Deported Army veteran returns to US
An Army veteran who was deported to Mexico in 2018 arrived back in Chicago Tuesday for a final chance at becoming a U.S. citizen and living in the city he has called home since boyhood.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Foundation announces 'genius grant' winners
A poet, a legal scholar, a theater artist, a paleoclimatologist, an urban designer and a marine scientist are among the luminaries who have been named as this year’s MacArthur fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday named 26 people who will each receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. The Chicago-based foundation has awarded the so-called genius grants every year since 1981 to help further the pursuits of people with outstanding talent.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Chicago nurses returning to work
Nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center are returning to work after holding a strike following what they called a breakdown of contract negotiations between their union and the hospital.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

FBI agents search office of Sen. Martin Sandoval
FBI agents were seen Tuesday searching the Capitol office of state Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, and later carrying boxes and a brown bag marked “evidence” into two SUVs.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

A spoonful less sugar, tad more fat: US diets still lacking
CHICAGO (AP) — Americans’ diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier but there’s still too much sugar, white bread and artery-clogging fat, a study suggests.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Vaping illnesses have state officials seeking answers
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials agree the growing number of severe respiratory illnesses related to vaping must be addressed, and in recent days, the state’s chief executive, top attorney and health expert have taken action. On Monday, lawmakers explored legislative options during a committee hearing in Chicago.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Census seeking citizenship data from driver's licenses
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office confirmed Monday it denied what appears to be the federal government’s latest attempt to gather data about noncitizens living in the United States, this time through driver’s license information.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Chicago teachers begin vote to authorize strike
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers are voting on whether to authorize a strike next month as contract negotiations continue in the nation’s third-largest school district.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Public Lands Day celebration Saturday
CARLYLE LAKE — Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, 28 September 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Little Prairie Nature Trail, located in the West Spillway Recreational Area, Carlyle, Illinois.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

IL EPA issues construction permit to Sterigenics U.S., LLC
Following legislation passed by the General Assembly to impose the nation's strongest controls on ethylene oxide emissions, the Illinois EPA has issued a construction permit to Sterigenics U.S., LLC. The permit is the first step in a lengthy process and allows the company to begin construction necessary to ensure the facility complies with a strict new state emissions law that requires demonstrating 100 percent capture of all ethylene oxide emissions.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Government approves disaster relief in 27 of 32 requested counties
The federal government has approved Illinois’ request for disaster relief in 27 of 32 counties affected by flooding this year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office announced Thursday.

While the public assistance will allow county and municipal governments that have exhausted their available local resources to apply for grants and loans, a request for individual assistance that would benefit homeowners and business owners affected by flooding in 22 counties is still under review, Pritzker’s office said.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Kankakee asks city employees sign confidentiality agreements
A published report says Kankakee is requiring city department heads to sign confidentiality agreements.
Monday, September 23, 2019

OSHA investigates worker's death
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 46-year-old Illinois man who was found earlier this week at a steel company after likely falling from a silo taller than 60 feet.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Premature baby of Chicago woman fatally hit by truck dies
Authorities say a premature baby delivered after her mom was fatally hit by a truck in Chicago has died.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Illinois issues 300,000 REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses
Illinois has issued about 300,000 state driver’s licenses that are compliant with a 2005 law aimed at strengthening rules for identification at airports and federal facilities.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Fort Massac State Park encampment planned for October
The annual encampment at Fort Massac State Park in southern Illinois will be Oct. 19-20.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Chicago man fatally shot during attempted carjacking
Chicago Police are searching for a man who shot and killed man during an attempted carjacking.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Lincoln Library: The movies of World War II - Fact vs. fiction
SPRINGFIELD — How much of “Tora! Tora! Tora!” matches the real events of Pearl Harbor? Were the D-Day seas really as calm as depicted in “The Longest Day”? Did Allied troops build and then destroy a bridge on the river Kwai? And how about all those love stories that found their way into so many Hollywood war movies?
Saturday, September 21, 2019

SUV drives thru Chicago-area mall, crashes in store
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) — A man drove an SUV into a suburban Chicago mall on Friday, sending frightened shoppers scurrying and plowing over a kiosk before he crashed into a clothing store and was arrested.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Illinois AG joins suit against limits to state's power
SPRINGFIELD — California’s ability to regulate the pollution limits of cars and light trucks should not be limited by the federal government, Illinois’ top lawyer argued in a joint court filing Friday, because those standards positively impact the health of his constituents.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Illinois Rail Safety Week to be observed Sept. 22-28
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Pedestrian and motorist safety around trains and railroad tracks will be the focus of Illinois Rail Safety Week next week.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Couple's Illinois castle reopening for public tours
SAVANNA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois home of a couple who turned it into a castle adorned with art will reopen for public tours next month.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Insurance policy payouts may fuel ranson ware attacks
CHICAGO (AP) — The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Ex-gaming head engaged in prohibited political acts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The former chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board allegedly engaged in prohibited political activity while heading the agency that regulates gambling, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of Executive Inspector General.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Officers sue over firings related to police shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Four Chicago police officers fired after being accused of helping cover up the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald are challenging the decision with separate lawsuits.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

3 killed in Chicago shooting; attackers at large
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have identified three young men who were gunned down while standing outside a convenience store on Chicago’s West Side.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fantasy sports, sex offender internet access on high court docket
GODFREY — Illinois’ highest court heard oral arguments Wednesday for two cases which delve into the relationship between existing laws and technology’s increasing role in society.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Memorial Medical Center completes 1,000th kidney transplant
SPRINGFIELD — Carol Cummins brings her fellow residents, many of whom are in wheelchairs, to chapel services at Concordia Village every fourth Tuesday. You could never tell that the 79-year-old woman had a kidney transplant four decades ago.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Free admission this Saturday to Abrham Lincoln museum
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will join institutions around the country in offering free tickets on Sept. 21 through a program organized by Smithsonian magazine.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Trial underway in murder of 9-year-old
CHICAGO (AP) — The trial of two men charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 slaying of a 9-year-old Chicago boy got underway Tuesday with a prosecutor noting the victim brought a basketball to a park while his alleged killers “brought guns.”
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Illinois opens 24 new investigations of clergy abuse
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has opened 24 new investigations into alleged misconduct by Catholic priests amid concerns that cases turned over by the Archdiocese of Chicago weren’t properly reviewed.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

State lawmakers are seeking to cap insulin prices
SPRINGFIELD — Ten years ago, Megan Blair was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

HSHS St. Mary's holding Share Walk and service
Decatur — HSHS St. Mary's Hospital's 2019 Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope will be held Saturday, October 12 with registration as well as other activities starting at 9 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m. from Nelson Park Pavilion #2.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

State suspends law license of man accused of killing son
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have suspended the law license of a suburban Chicago man charged in the beating death of his 5-year-old son.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Judge dismisses suit by groups opposed to TIF district
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to eliminate creation of a $1.3 billion tax increment financing district to aid a Chicago development.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Chicago mayor calls for ban of flavored e-cigs
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has added her voice to the call for the banning of flavored electronic cigarettes in the city. Lightfoot on Monday called flavored e-cigarettes a “gateway” for children to get addicted to vaping and nicotine.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tax amnesty program begins Oct. 1
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois taxpayers who incurred tax liabilities between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2018 may be eligible for the one-time tax amnesty program. 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Change in law urged for Chicago casino
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Gaming Board said Monday that state lawmakers need to change a law they enacted earlier this year if they ever hope to see a casino developed in the city of Chicago.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Texas-based energy company agrees to close Illinois coal plant
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Texas-based Vistra Energy has agreed to shutter a coal power facility in central Illinois by the end of 2022 under a preliminary settlement with environmental groups that sued the plant in 2013.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Annual Railsplitting Festival this weekend in Lincoln
LINCOLN — This year’s Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival will be held at five locations in Lincoln, Illinois, all of which are located on Historic Route 66 – Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, Postville Park, VFW Post 1756, Logan County Courthouse and The Mill Museum on 66.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Trapping permit drawing Oct. 12 at Sangchris
CHANDLERVILLE, Ill. — A public drawing for the allocation of Jim Edgar Panther Creek (JEPC) State Fish and Wildlife Area trapping permits will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the site headquarters, located approximately five miles southeast of Chandlerville. Registration for the drawing will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A chance for you to give Abe Lincoln a helping hand
SPRINGFIELD — Anyone who wants to help tell the world about America’s greatest president will get a chance when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes new volunteers. A Sept. 24 information session will spell out how to join the team that greets visitors, assists at events, helps researchers and much more.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Many US women say 1st sexual experience was forced in teens
CHICAGO (AP) — The first sexual experience for 1 in 16 U.S. women was forced or coerced intercourse in their early teens, encounters that for some may have had lasting health repercussions, a study suggests.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Pigeon poops on lawmaker discussing pigeon poop
A pigeon apparently didn’t think much of a lawmaker’s ideas to address a messy situation at a Chicago Transit Authority stop known by some as “pigeon poop station.”
WBBM-TV reports that one of the birds did its business on the head of Democratic state Rep. Jaime Andrade as he was discussing the problem with a reporter outside of the Irving Park Blue Line station.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Teachers in Chicago inch closer to possible strike
Teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district are inching closer to a strike that could happen as early as next month.

After rejecting the district’s latest offer, Chicago educators are back at the bargaining table negotiating issues including pay, staffing shortages and class size. The dispute follows teacher strikes this year over similar issues elsewhere, including in West Virginia, Denver, Los Angeles and Oakland, California.

Monday, September 16, 2019

After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off the hook
Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy in the first step in a complex, multibillion-dollar plan by the maker of OxyContin to settle thousands of lawsuits brought against it by state and local governments over the nation’s deadly opioid disaster.

The company and members of the Sackler family, which owns it, expressed sympathy but not responsibility.

Monday, September 16, 2019

DOI helps state life insurance consumers collect on policies
The Illinois Department of Insurance can help you find out if you're owed a portion of the millions of dollars in life insurance benefits that go unclaimed every year. So far in 2019, IDOI has helped consumers find and collect more than $15 million from lost or unclaimed life insurance policies.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Attorney: Back pay due to all lawmakers who served between 2009 and 2018
Illinois’ chief fiscal officer has a “clear duty” to pay lost wages to all members of the General Assembly affected by two statutes a Cook County judge ruled were unconstitutional, the attorney for two former Democratic state senators wrote in a court filing.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Long-awaited repairs for Black Hawk statue set to begin
The first steps in repairing a century-old landmark in northern Illinois known as the Black Hawk statue are finally underway.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Legislators unveil bill to keep ethylene oxide emissions away from 'densely populated regions'
A coalition of advocacy groups and lawmakers from both parties unveiled a bill Friday that would phase out emissions of a cancer-causing gas in densely populated areas and near schools or day cares by 2022.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Fetal remains found in Illinois home of doctor who died
More than 2,200 medically preserved fetal remains have been found at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion clinic doctor who died last week.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Illinois agency can help find unclaimed life insurance money
Illinois officials say residents have been able to collect more than $15 million from lost or unclaimed life insurance policies this year with help from the Department of Insurance.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Illinois part of antitrust investigation of Google
The advertising and other business practices of tech giant Google will be under heavy scrutiny in the coming months as part of a bipartisan investigation led by 50 attorneys general, including Democrat Kwame Raoul of Illinois.
Friday, September 13, 2019

U of I system says enrollment has reached a record high
The University of Illinois system is reporting enrollment at its three campuses has reached a record high of 88,861 students.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Hastert trying to take back admissions
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has sought to retract key admissions he made during his federal criminal case years ago that he sexually abused a then-high school student, a filing in an ongoing civil case alleges.

The document filed by lawyers for the accuser cites a 2018 deposition in which Hastert says his legal team crafted admissions that he had molested the teenager but that he didn’t agree with much of it.

Friday, September 13, 2019

State agencies advised to prepare for budget cuts
Illinois’ budget office has issued a memo warning agency heads they should be prepared to make significant cuts to next year’s budgets.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Raoul rejects settlement with OxyContin maker
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul this week said he would reject a settlement agreement with opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma under its reported current terms and announced a lawsuit against several other opioid manufacturers.

In April, Raoul's office filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the opioid OxyContin and defendant in thousands of other lawsuits from local municipalities and states affected by the opioid epidemic.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Wife of alderman facing charges to be chief justice
The wife of a powerful Chicago alderman facing federal corruption allegations will become the Illinois Supreme Court’s next chief justice.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Chicago schools handling of sex abuse claims 'tragic'
Federal education officials on Thursday called Chicago Public Schools’ handling of sexual abuse complaints “tragic and inexcusable” and outlined corrective steps after a systemic investigation of the nation’s third-largest school district.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Court allows enforcement of asylum rule
The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Trump finds backing from Senate on border wall
A Republican-controlled Senate committee approved a Pentagon funding bill today, rejecting Democratic attempts to cut President Donald Trump’s border wall request and his moves to pay for the project without congressional approval.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Chicago: $213 million on police cases
Chicago has paid private attorneys $213 million to handle police or misconduct cases over the past 15 years, in addition to the $757 million paid to resolve the cases through judgments or settlements, according to a published report.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Judge: Hastert victim broke terms of 3.5 million dollar hush-money deal
A former student who Dennis Hastert sexually abused decades ago breached an unwritten $3.5 million hush-money agreement with the former U.S. House Speaker by telling family members and a friend about it, an Illinois judge ruled this week.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

U of I professor accused of exploiting Chinese students
A federal lawsuit filed against a former University of Illinois associate professor on Asian cultures accuses him of sexually and emotionally exploiting his Chinese students.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Urbana against Gary Xu seeks damages and unpaid wages on 10 allegations, including emotional distress, gender violence, involuntary servitude, forced labor and sex trafficking.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Raoul: Pharma deal should hold Sacklers accountable
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul says any deal with Purdue Pharma for the role it played in the nation’s opioid addiction crisis must hold the Sackler family, owners of the company, accountable.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Woman sitting in house in Chicago shot by passing car
A Chicago woman is in critical condition after a bullet fired from a passing car pierced her front window and struck her in the head as she sat in her living room.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Retired judge tabbed to fill court vacancy
The Illinois Supreme Court has summoned a retired judge to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Fifth District Appellate Court.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mt.. Pulaski will celebrate its heritage this weekend
Join the Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site in celebrating the annual Mount Pulaski Fall Festival on September 13 and 14, with many of the festival activities centered around the Courthouse Square. There will be food and craft vendors and beer tents, contests, kids activities and special history events at the Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Some lawmakers wary of plan to move foster kids
The state of Illinois is about to overhaul the way it provides health care to an estimated 74,000 of the state’s most vulnerable children and young adults, and the prospect of that is making many lawmakers and health care providers nervous.

 At issue is a plan by the Department of Children and Family Services to place all of the children under its charge into a single managed care health insurance program, similar to those that now manage the bulk of the state’s Medicaid program, by Nov. 1.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019













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