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Judge okays outpatient treatment for Capitol guard killer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of an unarmed security guard in Illinois was granted release from a secured state psychiatric hospital to a Chicago outpatient treatment center, a judge ruled after health professionals testified the man is mentally stable.
Monday, December 9, 2019


38 cars burn in 2 arson fires today in Chicago
Monday, December 9, 2019

Illinois jail inmate escapes delivering meals
MORRIS, Ill. (AP) — A man described described as a “model inmate” escaped Saturday from a county jail outside Chicago while helping deliver meals, authorities said.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Rapper dies after medical emergency in Chicago
Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit “Lucid Dreams,” died early Sunday after a “medical emergency” at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

The rapper, whose legal name was Jarad A. Higgins, was 21. Authorities have not released details about his cause of death.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Illinois prison guards face federal charges in inmate death
Three Illinois prison guards were arraigned in federal court Friday on charges of assault and civil rights violations in the May 2018 death of an inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

FAA seeks to fine Boeing $3.9 million for faulty jet parts
Safety regulators want to fine Boeing nearly $4 million, saying that the company installed critical wing parts on 133 planes  even though it knew the parts were faulty.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

U of Illinois drops criminal past question from application
Admissions applications to the University of Illinois campuses are no longer requiring students to disclose whether or not they have a criminal background.

A student-led coalition urged the university to remove questions about criminal and disciplinary history, saying it discouraged potential students from applying, The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Chicago to spend $2.5 million to settle 2 lawsuits
The city of Chicago will spend $2.5 million to settle lawsuits filed over the deaths of two young people because of alleged police wrongdoing.

A $1.3 million settlement would go to the family of Tevin Jones-Rogers, 18, who died during an April 2017 police pursuit.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Survey collects travelers' opinions on highways
Illinois officials want travelers’ opinions on the state’s transportation system.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Report: FBI agents, prosecutors ask questions about Madigan
The longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history is a subject of inquiries in an ongoing federal corruption investigation that has already entangled several top Illinois Democrats, according to a newspaper report published Thursday.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Illinois woman pleads guilty in beating death of her 5-year old son
An Illinois woman charged in the beating death of her 5-year-old son pleaded guilty to murder Thursday.

At a hearing in the McHenry County courthouse, JoAnn Cunningham, 36, entered her plea in the April slaying of Andrew “AJ” Freund. Prosecutors dropped other charges against her, according to the  Chicago Tribune. She faces 20 to 60 years in prison when she returns to court for sentencing. No date for sentencing was set.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Female officer recorded kissing CPD chief is transferred to another dept.
A female officer who was reportedly caught on video kissing then-Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at a popular restaurant in October was transferred weeks later from his personal security detail to another role on the police force, a department spokesman said.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Davis votes to stop scam robo calls
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) votes for S. 151, the TRACED Act, to stop illegal robocalls that are scamming Americans. This bill overwhelmingly passed the House this week, passed the Senate 97-1, and is expected to be signed into law.

“Robocalls are not only annoying, but they are an avenue for fraud that targets seniors and many other Americans,” said Davis. “It’s now estimated that nearly half of all calls to mobile phones are fraudulent. Many of us have answered a call either on our cell or home phone from a local number only for it to be a scam. This is a new scam technique commonly referred to as ‘Neighborhood Spoofing.’ This legislation, drafted by both Republicans and Democrats, will give consumers more control and transparency over who is calling them and ensure that law enforcement and the FCC can go after the bad actors who break the law.”

Friday, December 6, 2019

More urgency needed on ethics reforms, Illinois Republican lawmakers say
A handful of Illinois House Republicans on Wednesday called for a special legislative session – or at least greater urgency in the upcoming regular session – to pass reforms to state ethics laws.

“How can this government possibly move forward with credibility without robust anti-corruption safeguards in place,” Rep. Blaine Wilhour, R-Beecher City, asked during a Capitol news conference.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Illinoisians will face tighter rules for food stamps
The Trump administration is about to impose new regulations that would tighten eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, in a way state officials say could cut off benefits for an estimated 140,000 Illinoisans.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

No Lincoln artifacts auction; foundation extends debt
The foundation supporting the 16th president’s library and museum announced Wednesday it no longer needs to auction off a collection of more than 1,000 Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln artifacts.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Pritzker talks next phase of legalized marijuana rollout
One month before the scheduled rollout of legalized marijuana in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a follow-up bill to the initial reform Wednesday and took questions about the next phases of the implementation.

“It’s new territory, we’re seeing that in some of the cleanup that we’re doing in this bill,” said Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, who sponsored the initial marijuana legalization measure.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Chicago police blame Facebook for gun, drug sales
Private Facebook groups have “emboldened” sellers of illegal drugs and guns to connect with potential buyers over the social media site, Chicago police said Tuesday, as leaders announced that a two-year undercover investigation led to more than 50 arrests.

Police leaders, including Chicago’s new interim superintendent, also accused Facebook of failing to help prevent illegal sales of guns. The social media company banned private sales, trades and exchanges of firearms in 2016, but investigators said they found dealers using private groups and messages to quickly sell firearms and drugs at prices higher than street values.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Beatification for Fulton Sheen delayed by Vatican
Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s journey to sainthood has been delayed as Vatican officials postponed this month’s scheduled beatification in Peoria.

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria says in a news release Tuesday that Vatican officials postponed the ceremony that would have put Sheen one step from sainthood.

No reason was given why Sheen, ordained in Peoria in 1919 and who died in 1979, will not be beatified this month or why a “few members of the Bishop’s Conference asked for further consideration.”

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Officials anticipate smallest harvest in years
As the month of December arrived, many Illinois farmers were still working to harvest their corn and soybeans  the state's two largest field crops  and agriculture officials are anticipating one of the smallest harvests in recent years.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

ISBE amends rule to allow certain kinds of restraint
After receiving significant feedback from schools and advocates across the state, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) filed an amendment yesterday to its emergency rules that banned seclusion in Illinois schools and placed restrictions on the use of physical restraint.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Top cop: 'Didn't mean to deceive'
Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn’t “intentionally mislead or deceive” anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Reports shed light on Chicago police chief's firing
Chicago’s fired police chief was having drinks with a woman for hours the mid-October night officers found him sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV, according to two newspapers citing unidentified sources.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

U of I system joins campaign against climate change
The University of Illinois has joined more than 200 higher-education institutions worldwide in a letter declaring a climate emergency ahead of a major United Nations global warming conference in Madrid.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

From nativity scene to satanic sculpture, rotunda has become focal point of state's religious debate
Seasonal decorations are filling the Illinois Capitol rotunda — a holiday tree, nativity scene, satanic sculpture and Winter Solstice sign surround the ever-present “Illinois Welcoming the World” statue in the center of the space.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Man body-slammed by Chicago officer charged with battery
Bail was set at $5,000 Sunday for a 29-year-old man facing battery and other charges after a Chicago police officer body-slammed him onto a street during his arrest.

The charges against Bernard Kersh, including aggravated battery of an officer, stem from him spitting at and threatening the officer on Thanksgiving afternoon after police approached him at a South Side bus stop on suspicion of drinking alcohol in public, prosecutors said during a hearing Sunday.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Champaign charity for hungry, homeless faces deficit
A Champaign charity that aids the hungry and homeless is more than $270,000 in the hole as it enters the holiday season.
Monday, December 2, 2019

Parking tax would support building, hit private land
A tax on parking places to help finance Illinois’ $45 billion statewide construction plan has lawmakers taking a second look.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the tax takes effect Jan. 1. It’s 9% on spaces that are rented by the month or year. It’s 6% for spaces rented hourly, daily or weekly.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Lawyer: Teen charged in mom's killing involuntarily drugged
The attorney for a 17-year-old western Illinois girl accused of fatally shooting her mother says she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was under the influence of a prescription antidepressant she was forced to take.
Monday, December 2, 2019

Big obstacles remain before Chicago gets long-awaited casino
CHICAGO (AP) — After years of pushing a Las Vegas-style casino to boost tourism and much-needed revenue, Chicago’s leaders seemingly hit the jackpot when Illinois lawmakers approved one as part of a massive gambling expansion.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

50,000 deer taken in first weekend, 15% drop
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials say hunters in Illinois took a total of 50,173 deer during the first weekend of the firearm season Nov. 22-24.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Former Democratic campaign worker settles harassment suit
CHICAGO (AP) — A former campaign consultant for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has reached a $275,000 settlement to a federal lawsuit she filed against several of his political committees.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Screening of gun violence initiative, discussion scheduled
CHICAGO (AP) — A screening of WTTW’s year-long initiative on gun violence and a discussion on the topic are scheduled for Wednesday.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

APL sets December 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.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Embattled state Sen. Martin Sandoval resigns
SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Martin Sandoval, whose Statehouse office was raided by federal agents in September, announced late Wednesday that he will step down from his seat effective Jan. 1.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Illinois residents raising concerns with sesame allergy bill
CHICAGO (AP) — A new Illinois law seeks to protect both adults and children with sesame allergies, but critics argue it gives families a false sense of safety.
Friday, November 29, 2019

State troopers rush heart to hospital for transplant
CHICAGO (AP) — A heart transplant recipient is recovering nicely thanks to his doctors and nurses. And two Illinois State Police troopers.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Twinkle,twinkle Capitol dome? Maybe, maybe not.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Holiday lights won’t be strung up on the Capitol dome in Springfield for a while and possibly not at all this year.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Embattled state Sen. Martin Sandoval resigns
SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Martin Sandoval, whose Statehouse office was raided by federal agents in September, announced late Wednesday that he will step down from his seat effective Jan. 1.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Live Animals from Wildlife Prairie Park at Dickson Mounds Tot Time December 5
LEWISTOWN — We may know that humans hear with their ears, but what about a grasshopper that hears with its knees? “Sense-ational World” is the theme of Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m. The program, presented by Wildlife Prairie Park, is an introduction to the senses, featuring live animals.
Friday, November 29, 2019

No cash? No problem, Salvation Army offers option
Carolyn Harper made her pitch for donations to the Salvation Army with a smile on her face and a bell in her hand, trying to convince shoppers along Chicago’s busy Michigan Avenue that there was “no line, no wait.”

Despite her prodding, half a dozen people apologetically explained they had no cash to drop into the bright red kettle. Most passed on before Harper could explain there’s a new way to donate to the classic fundraising campaign this year: with a smartphone.

Heather Bishop, 35, was among those who did wait to hear about the non-cash option. She quickly completed her electronic donation while keeping an eye on her two young children after a stop at the American Girl store.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Burke on being 3rd female chief justice: It's pretty awesome
Since the state’s highest court began meeting 200 years ago, 121 justices have served as its leader. Three of those are women.

Anne Burke began her term as the Illinois Supreme Court’s chief justice on Oct. 26.

She earned her legal degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1983, when she was 39, after working as a physical education teacher and helping found the Chicago Special Olympics.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Cavalier lending of priceless artifact lead to former director's ouster at Abraham Lincoln Museum
Just eight days after a nonprofit organization founded by conservative commentator Glenn Beck requested it be lent a priceless, handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address to display at a “pop-up” museum in Dallas, Texas, the staff at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum had the document packed and ready to move.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Supreme Court won't review Illinois murder law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal challenging a controversial state law that allows someone to be convicted of murder if a death occurs during the commission of another forcible felony, even if it is caused by someone else.

The ruling means the Illinois law still stands, although at least two bills have been introduced in the state General Assembly to narrow how it’s applied.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Pritzker vetoes retroactive tax break for private jet parts in spite of support
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday vetoed a bill that would have provided a sales tax exemption on the sale of private jet parts and components retroactive to 2010 and continuing through 2024.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Nearly 20,000 lbs. of narcotics seized in Midwest ports in '18
Officials say nearly 20,000 pounds of narcotics were seized at ports of entry last year in 12 Midwestern states, including Illinois and Indiana.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced recently that its Chicago field office, which covers the 12 states, had the most narcotics seizures for the second year in a row of any other field office. The agency’s data is from Oct. 1, 2018 to September 30 of this year. In total, there are 20 field offices.

Monday, November 25, 2019

State Fire Marshal offers safety information for holidays
Thanksgiving has arrived and that means many people will be working overtime in their kitchens. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 166,100 home fires per year involving cooking equipment. Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with four times the average number occurring. Ranges and cook-tops account for almost three out of every five home fires reported involving cooking, with ovens accounting for 13% of those fires.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Woman falls 7 stories to her death in Water Tower Place
Chicago police say a 65-year-old woman has fallen seven stories to her death inside Water Tower Place.
Monday, November 25, 2019

School board group won't support arming teachers
A group representing Illinois school boards has again rejected a resolution supporting teachers and other school employees carrying guns in schools.

The Illinois Association of School Boards voted against the measure Saturday during an annual convention. It’s the second consecutive year the group has rejected such a proposal.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Review of public universities finds more students seeking mental health services and facing long wait
More college students are turning to their schools for help with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, and many must wait weeks for treatment or find help elsewhere as campus clinics struggle to meet demand, an Associated Press review of more than three dozen public universities found.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Hazing: Ex-player sues Illinois school
A former player is suing his northern Illinois high school, its football coaches, administrators and a former teammate over alleged hazing, including an incident in which he and other players were forced to run naked across a field.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Illinois spending $2.39 per resident on decennial census outreach effort
With less than a month and a half remaining until the new year begins, most states have put together what’s known as a “complete count committee” that organizes efforts statewide to get people to participate in the 2020 Census.

However, a handful of states — Florida, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas — are lacking these state-sponsored committees.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Uses found for closed central Illinois churches
Jim Gortner bought the St. Philomena Catholic Church in Monticello 25 years ago with the idea to move his framing business inside. Fourteen years later, the main floor became a spot for sipping a cup of joe. The Steeple Coffee House and Gallery was born.

“It was sitting vacant; the price was right,“ Gortner said. “My wife thought we could do some really neat things with it.“

Across the region, former houses of worship have been saved from demolition and repurposed for less pious purposes. Spaces for weddings, Masses and baptisms are now places to crack cold ones, eat meals, hear live music or even stay overnight.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Illinois delegation split on impeachment
Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Friday that he believes there was "strong evidence" presented in the House hearings this week to warrant the impeachment of President Donald Trump, but two of his Illinois Republican colleagues in the House strongly disagreed.

Durbin, along with U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood (R-18th) and Rodney Davis (R-13th) were in Springfield on Friday to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony with Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a local project being funded through the recently-passed $45 billion capital improvements package. They spoke with reporters afterward.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

About 15,000 same-sex couples wed in Cook County since equality law
Nearly 15,000 same-sex couples have wed in Cook County since Illinois legalized marriage equality six years ago, an achievement advocates and elected officials celebrated this week.

Then-Gov. Pat Quinn signed the marriage equality law in 2013, two years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled all states must allow same-sex unions.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Shopping malls cut back Black Friday all-nighters
Black Friday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg will start less than an hour before sunrise this year, ending the mall’s recent run of all-night marathons to kick off the holiday shopping season.

The decision to scale back hours is part of a growing trend among retail centers, mall owners and retail industry experts say.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Inspector general recommended firing museum head
Illinois’ inspector general recommended firing the director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum because a copy of the Gettysburg Address was loaned last year to an upstart museum operated by political pundit Glenn Beck.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Illinois reporting 5th vaping related death
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a fifth Illinois resident who had recently been hospitalized with lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products (EVALI).  At this time, a total of 187 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 75 years old, with a median age of 22, have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping.  IDPH continues to work with local health departments to investigate another 40 possible cases in Illinois.
Friday, November 22, 2019

State could net $380M with tax fix
Lawmakers passed a legislative fix during the recently adjourned fall veto session which proponents say could help the state realize $380 million in annual tax revenue by increasing compliance with existing online retail transaction tax laws.

Supporters say the new law will ensure the state’s full 6.25 percent sales tax rate and any locally-imposed taxes will be collected at the point of destination on sales made through online marketplaces or by remote retailers that do a certain amount of business in the state.

Friday, November 22, 2019

CDC to review air pollution near East St. Louis
Federal health officials are reviewing whether toxic emissions from a downstate hazardous waste incinerator pose health risks to surrounding residents, according to an official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The assessment comes amid a more than decade-long battle between the owner of the Veolia North America plant in Sauget, just outside of St. Louis, and environmental groups representing nearby residents seeking increased monitoring of airborne metals from the incinerator’s three smoke stacks.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Illinois State Board of Education seeking public input on student testing
State education officials are seeking public input on potential significant changes to the annual reading and math tests students take each year.

The Illinois State Board of Education announced Thursday it has launched an online survey to get feedback about how to make those tests “more useful, inclusive, equitable and balanced.”

“I began my tenure as state superintendent with a commitment to improving Illinois’ state assessments based on feedback from the field,” State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala said in a news release. “As a former teacher and district administrator, I know the importance of high-quality assessments that help us understand students’ mastery of the learning standards and tailor instruction to meet students’ needs.”

Friday, November 22, 2019

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down social media ban for sex offenders
Illinois’ highest court ruled Thursday that it is unconstitutional to ban convicted sex offenders from social media sites.

Conrad Allen Morger was convicted of sexually abusing a minor and sentenced to four years of probation by a court in McLean County. That came with a binding condition he not use specific internet sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Friday, November 22, 2019

State to end use of Isolation seclusion in Illinois schools
The state’s board of education announced emergency rule changes Wednesday in response to a news story which detailed an overuse of “isolation rooms” in several Illinois public school districts, including those serving students with special education needs.

That news investigation, published by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Tuesday, analyzed thousands of pages of records from Illinois schools which showed “every school day, workers isolate children for reasons that violate the law.”

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Gov announces funding for nursing simulation lab
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the release of funding for a Chicago State University nursing simulation laboratory at a news conference on the university’s campus Wednesday.
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Illinois mother and child found dead in car in pond
Police in suburban St. Louis are investigating after a woman and her young son were found dead inside a vehicle that drove into a pond.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the victims were inside a car submerged in about 10 feet of water near Roxana, Illinois. Madison County Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Koberna says the vehicle was pulled from the water early Wednesday after a witness reported seeing headlights bobbing in the pond.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Bill would cut off lawmakers pay the day they leave
A measure preventing lawmakers from receiving pay for days they did not hold office has remained in legislative limbo since its introduction in January. Its sponsor said the “simple, commonsense” fix is necessary to address the General Assembly’s “culture.”

Representatives and senators are paid in 12 equal disbursements on the last working day of each month. Currently, the statute allows legislators to collect a full month’s salary as long as they hold office at least part of that period, meaning a lawmaker can receive a full month’s pay for working just one day.

Springfield Republican Rep. Mike Murphy’s bill proposes to end that “pay benefit,” he said, and conform the legislature’s salary structure to one akin to the private sector’s.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Parents are angry after young students are taught to open child-proof bottles
Parents of students at a northern Illinois elementary school are angry after an older student led an experiment that asked their children to open child-proof medicine bottles.

Parents were not told in advance about Friday’s project at Leland Elementary School in LaSalle County. On Sunday, the principal and Leland School District Superintendent Jodi Moore sent parents a letter saying that a junior high school student had worked with some kindergartners and first graders “to gather data for a science fair project.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

AMA calls for total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping products
The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations or legal action to achieve a ban, but the industry is sure to fight back.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Foxx: 'Truth is, I didn't handle it well.'
A prosecutor who came under harsh criticism when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation announced Tuesday she is running for reelection.

In her news release saying she’s seeking the position again, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx addressed the Smollett case and the furor over the handling of it. The actor was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself earlier this year in Chicago while in the city filming the television series “Empire.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Smollett calls Chicago prosecution malicious
Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett says his $10,000 payment after the close of a criminal case should prevent Chicago from seeking reimbursement for a police investigation of his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Chicago cop and teen are wounded, suspect killed in shootout
Authorities say a suspected bank robber shot a Chicago police officer in the head, badly wounding him, before another officer killed the suspect in a shootout in which a teenage bystander was wounded.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference late Tuesday that the chaotic chain of events began hours earlier when two men robbed a bank in the suburb of Des Plaines.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Derailment disrupts Amtrak service
BNSF railway officials expect to have tracks cleared by early Wednesday after a train derailment in West Quincy.

Railway spokesman Andy Williams says 12 cars on the 70-car train derailed early Tuesday in West Quincy. Five of the cars ended up on their sides.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Illinois' busiest hunting season begins this Friday
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding hunters to make safety their first priority as they head to the field for the state's firearm deer, upland game, waterfowl and other busy hunting seasons.

"We want hunters to enjoy all the opportunities available here in Illinois, with hopes for a safe and successful hunting season this fall," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Colleen Callahan. "While we enjoy and celebrate Illinois' hunting heritage, we want everyone – from experienced, veteran hunters to those who may be new to hunting – to always think safety first."

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

32,000 Illinoisians save $8.5M in 1st year of program
Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Monday continued to promote a new state program which he says is a first step to alleviating a nationwide “retirement crisis.”

At a Chicago news conference, Frerichs said more than 32,000 Illinoisans have saved more than $8.5 million for their retirement as part of Illinois Secure Choice, a program which has been implemented in the past year after it was created by state law in 2015.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Illinois prosecutor announces bid for re-election
The top prosecutor in Cook County, Illinois, who was harshly criticized when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett, says she’s running for re-election.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says in a Tuesday news release she hopes to continue reforming the criminal justice system in the county including Chicago that she began implementing when she was elected in 2016.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Annual Christmas open house at historic site
The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds and throwing its doors open to the public the evening of Saturday, December 14 for candlelight tours as part of the annual Vandalia Statehouse Christmas Open House. The first 100 families to visit will receive free Christmas ornaments.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Health economist addresses devastating financial costs of cancer
Personal experience led a health economist from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria to bring attention to the overwhelming financial burden that accompanies cancer.

Carl Asche, director of the Center for Outcomes Research at UICOMP lost his wife to cancer in 2017. Karmen Kirkness Asche fought cancer for more than two years before her death in 2017. The difficult experience was also exceedingly expensive. Carl Asche said it was only through good fortune and careful management that he does not suffer from financial toxicity today. He knows that many people are not as fortunate.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Astronaut, NBA star, singer among Order of Lincoln honorees
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has named recipients of the 2020 Order of Lincoln. It is the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.
Monday, November 18, 2019

FEMA upheld Illinois decision to deny individual assistance
A federal agency upheld its decision to deny financial assistance to Illinois residents and business owners affected by historic flooding despite granting the state public aid.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Judge tosses excessive force lawsuit in homeless man's death
A judge has dismissed an excessive force lawsuit brought by the family of a central Illinois homeless man who died in 2016 after police restrained him.
Monday, November 18, 2019

$10M trail connecting 2 southwest Illinois counties opens after 15 years
A $10 million pedestrian trail connecting two southwest Illinois counties has opened after 15 years of planning.
Monday, November 18, 2019

100 guns turned in at St. Sabina buyback program in Chicago
A gun buyback program at St. Sabina Church in Chicago produced at least 100 firearms.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Chicago-area college student arrested for guns in SUV
A judge has denied bail to a Chicago-area college student who was charged after police found six guns in his SUV in a campus parking lot.
Monday, November 18, 2019

4 people die in crash after high school football game
Police say four people, including two teenagers, have died in a head-on crash after an Illinois high school football game.
Monday, November 18, 2019

During veto session, clock runs out on time change
SPRINGFIELD — The adjournment of the fall veto session Thursday night means a number of bills that failed to pass both chambers this week must wait for further action when the General Assembly returns on Jan. 28.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Chicago teachers okay contract that ended strike
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers on Friday approved the contract deal that ended an 11-day strike and includes pay raises, $35 million to enforce limits on class sizes and a pledge to supply each school with a nurse and a social worker.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Foster parents, ACLU resist state Medicaid change
CHICAGO (AP) — Foster parents and child care advocates are resisting a new Illinois Medicaid health care plan that is set to roll out next year, questioning whether it will adequately serve the needs of foster children.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

'Black Hawk Down' hero, Illinois native, dies
DURAND, Ill. (AP) — A Durand native whose courageous combat was illuminated in the book “Black Hawk Down” has died.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Unemployment rate remains at historical low in October
Saturday, November 16, 2019

UIS waives application fees for new terms
SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois Springfield is waiving all application fees for prospective students in an effort to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to pursue a higher education.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Ethics commission, watered down disclosure bill headed to the governor
SPRINGFIELD – A pair of ethics reform bills passed both chambers Thursday at the Illinois Statehouse despite claims from Republicans that the measures were watered down, partisan and diversionary.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Gov says he'll sign amended insulin price cap bill
SPRINGFIELD — A cap on prescription insulin costs for some health insurance plans is headed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who said Thursday he looks forward to signing the measure.
Friday, November 15, 2019

4th Illinois resident dies after vaping related lung injury
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a fourth Illinois resident who had recently been hospitalized with lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products (EVALI). At this time, a total of 179 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 75 years old, with a median age of 22, have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping. IDPH continues to work with local health departments to investigate another 41 possible cases in Illinois.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Senate President Cullerton to retire
SPRINGFIELD — Senate President John Cullerton will resign from the General Assembly sometime in January, he told his caucus in a meeting after the fall veto session concluded Thursday.
Friday, November 15, 2019

After 7 decades pension consolidation passes
SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker thanked lawmakers Thursday for passing legislation to address an issue that has eluded the General Assembly for nearly seven decades – consolidating hundreds of suburban and downstate police and firefighter pensions into two unified systems.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Senate okays tax break on aircraft parts, but will it fly?
SPRINGFIELD — Legislation reinstating and retroactively applying tax break for aircraft parts cleared the Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly and without controversy despite the governor’s promise to veto the measure.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Gov says he'll sign amended insulin price cap bill
SPRINGFIELD — A cap on prescription insulin costs for some health insurance plans is headed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who said Thursday he looks forward to signing the measure.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Illinois lawmakers adjourn fall veto session with no Chicago casino fix
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers adjourned the fall veto session Thursday without voting on a bill to clear the way for development of a Chicago casino, despite last-minute efforts to get one through the House.
Friday, November 15, 2019

'No bars, no restaurants:' Marijuana trailer bill clarifies allowable public use
SPRINGFIELD – A cleanup bill written to ensure a smooth rollout of the legalization of adult-use marijuana in January passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on Thursday.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Group trip to Field Museum Nov. 21
DECATUR, Ill. — Explore the Chicago Field Museum with Macon County Conservation District staff on a van trip on Thursday, November 21, from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.  Meet at Rock Springs Nature Center and let Conservation District staff drive you to this world-renowned museum.  Once there, you’ll be free to explore natural and cultural history, from the largest dinosaur that ever lived to the smallest crawling insect. 
Friday, November 15, 2019

Wilderness survival program for adults Nov. 23
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Dickson Mounds Museum will host “Adult Workshop: Essential Concepts of Wilderness Survival” on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Through hands-on experience, participants will learn how to prepare for the wilderness and survive the forces of nature. This program will highlight the most critical concepts of wilderness survival, focusing on wilderness preparation, fire starting, natural land navigation, shelter building, water purification and foraging.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Lincoln Land music program begins concert series
SPRINGFIELD — November and December performances by faculty and students in Lincoln Land Community College’s music program kick off next week at various locations.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Memorial to hold program on foot and joint health
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free program on foot and joint health on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI).
Friday, November 15, 2019

Lawmakers call for state funeral for WWII hero
Illinois lawmakers are joining a call to urge the federal government to ensure that the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II be offered a state funeral.

Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, advanced Senate Joint Resolution 50 out of the Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday with unanimous support.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Bill phasing out ethylene oxide in densely populated areas fails
A bill that would phase out the use of ethylene oxide except in sparsely populated areas of the state is headed back to the negotiating table after failing in a Senate committee Wednesday.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Illinois pension consolidated hits a snag
A plan to consolidate 649 downstate municipal police and firefighter pension funds into just two unified systems hit an unexpected snag Tuesday, but officials on both sides of the disagreement vowed to continue talking in hopes of reaching an agreement.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Illinois House Republicans push once again for an 'urgent' ethics overhaul
Illinois House Republicans continued to push for quick movement on a package of legislative ethics reforms Tuesday despite no indication from House Democratic leadership that the initiatives will receive committee votes this week.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Red light camera study bill advances in Senate
A bill calling on the Illinois Department of Transportation to conduct a study on the use of automated red light cameras advanced in the state Senate on Tuesday, lawmakers’ first day back at the Capitol for the final three days of the fall veto session.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Insulin, time issues advance in Spfld.
Legislation aimed at capping the out-of-pocket costs of prescription insulin for those with state-regulated health care plans passed a House committee Tuesday with bipartisan support and a 13-2 favorable roll call.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Kindergartener left at wrong bus stop in Decatur
A 5-year-old central Illinois kindergartener needed the help of a good Samaritan to get home Monday after she was left in blowing snow at the wrong bus stop.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

IHSA drops appeal of order letting CPS runners compete
The Illinois High School Association has ended its appeal of a Cook County judge’s decision to allow Chicago Public Schools athletes to run in the state cross-country meet.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Priest pleads guilty to child pornography and meth possession
A priest who served at several southern Illinois parishes has pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography and the possession of methamphetamine.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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











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