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New laws that take effect on January 1
SPRINGFIELD – Rear-facing car seats, blaze pink hunting clothes and required school safety drills are among the subjects contained in new state laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
Friday, December 14, 2018


Sweet news: Candy company to move into old Chicago Post Office building
CHICAGO (AP) — There’s some sweet news for the massive old Chicago Post Office building.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Packers fan loses bid to wear team colors at Soldier Field game Sunday
CHICAGO (AP) — A Green Bay Packers fan has lost a court battle to wear green and gold on the sidelines of Soldier Field, home of the rival Chicago Bears.
Friday, December 14, 2018

DCFS sued over care of mentally ill
CHICAGO (AP) — A county public guardian in Illinois is suing the state’s Department of Children and Family Services over what it contends is the “immense harm” the agency is doing to mentally ill foster children that are kept in psychiatric hospitals beyond their medical discharge dates.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Person fatally struck by train in southern Ill.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a person was killed after being struck by a train in southern Illinois.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Man dies after accident in Illinois steel foundry
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a 54-year-old man has died after being injured at a southwestern Illinois steel foundry.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Central Illinois cereal maker shuts down
GRIDLEY, Ill. (AP) — A company that’s the largest employer in the small central Illinois village of Gridley has closed because not enough people were buying the cereal it made.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Man shot in Illinois is suspected of fleeing to Mo.
ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man who is suspected of fleeing to Missouri after officers shot him during a struggle in Illinois.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Grants will promote innovation for teachers, help with teacher shortage
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today released two applications for $1 million in state funds to expand teacher leadership and teacher residencies. The grants promote innovation in Illinois’ teacher workforce systems to help address the statewide teacher shortage.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Clerk dies just days after taking office
A county clerk in Southern Illinois who took office less than two weeks ago has died.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Board says Airbnb action is illegal
Illinois officials say that Airbnb’s ban on lodging listings in the disputed West Bank violates state law.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Officer charged in robberies quits force
A suburban Chicago police sergeant charged in September with taking part in the robberies of two gas stations at gunpoint has resigned from the force.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Student guide to Governor's Mansion is released
Illinois first lady Diana Rauner is releasing an online student and curriculum guide for learning about the newly renovated Governor’s Mansion .
Thursday, December 13, 2018

State board considering Airbnb anti-Israel review
The Illinois Investment Policy Board is scheduled to meet for the first time since Gov. Bruce Rauner called for an investigation into Airbnb’s lodging-listings policy toward the occupied West Bank.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

1 of 5 Marines killed in Japan crash from Illinois
One of five missing Marines declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan’s southern coast was from central Illinois.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Northwestern adds counselors after student suicides
Northwestern University is beefing up its staff at the main counseling center on campus after four students committed suicide this year.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

University of Illinois to open second solar farm
Some professors at the University of Illinois have cautioned that 55 acres of land being set aside for the institution’s second solar farm should instead be preserved for agricultural work or research.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Feds charge DEA agent with trafficking with gang
A former suburban Chicago police officer is accused of trafficking drugs and guns to a violent international street gang and then joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency so he could continue.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Ex-leader of nonprofit pleads guilty
The ex-operator of a Houston nonprofit has pleaded guilty to concealing that Azerbaijan (ah-zur-by-JAHN’) paid for a 2013 visit by 10 U.S. lawmakers.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Illinois man involved in white supremacist attack in Seattle
The FBI is helping investigate an attack by several suspected white supremacists on a black disc jockey at a tavern in Washington state over the weekend, authorities said Monday.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Residents fight mine water proposal
Some residents and environmental groups are fighting a coal company’s plan to discharge waste water from a southern Illinois mine into the Big Muddy River.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Police chief fired after sex video charges
A suburban Chicago park district has fired its police chief more than a month after being accused of taking video of sexual encounters with women and posting them on social media without their consent.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cape-wearing lawyer pleads guilty to theft
A former personal injury lawyer in Chicago who created a cape-wearing character to drum up business has pleaded guilty to keeping secret from clients’ settlements he’d reached and keeping the settlement money for himself.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Man who sexually exploited kids gets 140-year sentence
A 78-year-old central Illinois man who pleaded guilty to charges of sexually exploiting three children will spend the rest of his life in federal prison.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Five cases of Hepatitis A recently diagnosed in central Illinois
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of five hepatitis A cases in east-central Illinois during November.  On average there are 70 cases of hepatitis A reported in Illinois each year.  To date, 69 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed statewide in 2018.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

1,000 guns: A Chicago neighborhood battles an endless flow of illegal guns
Ke’Shon Newman’s daily routine is guided by guns — the hundreds of illegal pistols, revolvers and other firearms that torment his South Side neighborhood.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Illinois county gains $10M by detaining illegals
A northwest Illinois county’s decades-old deal with the federal government to detain immigrants living in the country illegally will bring in $10 million this year, according to records.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Glenn Beck gives $50k to Lincoln artifacts debt
Media personality and political commentator Glenn Beck is pitching in to keep a trove of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln in the 16th president’s hometown.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Africans played a key but often unheralded role in World War I efforts
Amid the fanfare marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, little has been said about crucial participants in the conflict: Africans.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Gray legacy leaves bridge to future for southern Illinois
In 1956, a little-known freshman congressman from Franklin County in southern Illinois gave his first major speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, receiving a standing ovation for his efforts.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Howard Buffet staying in area after his stint as sheriff ends
Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, said he will continue investing in his central Illinois community after his improbable term as the local sheriff.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Catholic Jesuit province releases names of abusers
A Roman Catholic Jesuit province that covers 13 Midwestern and Southern states, Puerto Rico and Belize said Friday that it has found “credible allegations” of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders dating back to 1955.
Friday, December 7, 2018

New Democratic govs show shift on charter schools
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor’s race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country’s highest concentration of for-profit charter schools.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Study explains creation of deadly Calif. 'firenado'
A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer’s deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

TMH to receive expedited payment after tornado
The Illinois comptroller is expediting a state payment of $221,594 to Taylorville Memorial Hospital after the city was struck by a tornado during the weekend, State Senator Andy Manar announced today.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gov waives penalties for taxpayers affected by storm
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced today that individuals and businesses devastated by tornadoes and severe weather in parts of Christian County on Dec. 1, 2018, may request waivers of penalties and interest on state taxes if they cannot file their returns or make payments on time. The waivers apply to individual and business income taxes, withholding taxes, sales taxes, and specialty and excise taxes.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Uof I considers metal detectors at center
University of Illinois officials are considering installing walk-through metal detectors at the State Farm Center.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Truck collides head-on with school bus; two dead
A semitrailer heading the wrong way on an interstate crashed into a school bus carrying an Illinois high school girls’ basketball team, killing the truck driver and an adult on the bus, authorities said Thursday.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hunters take 81k deer in firearm season
Illinois hunters took nearly 81,000 deer during this year’s firearm deer hunting season. That’s a slight increase over last year.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Madigan sues woman over fake events
The Illinois Attorney General is suing the creator of such events as all you can eat crab fests and 5K zombie races in Illinois and around the country because they turned out to be about as real as zombies.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Historic 1920s Delta Queen can cruise once again
After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Steel company moving out of Illinois
An Illinois steel company has finalized plans to move its operations to northwestern Indiana .
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Woman sues for $100M, shower tape
A woman who claims hidden-camera footage of her in a hotel shower was posted on a dozen pornographic web sites by someone who tried to extort her filed a $100 million lawsuit.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Illinois looks to its past, future amid 200th party
Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says the state’s best days are ahead as he helped celebrate Illinois’ 200th birthday at a gala celebration in Chicago.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Satanic Temple statue on display at Illinois Capitol
A local chapter of The Satanic Temple has been allowed to place a statue in the Illinois Capitol alongside holiday displays of a Nativity scene and a menorah.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Illinois boasts of hair-raising history of beasts, legends
Illinois boasts a hair-raising history rife with spine-tingling stories — and that’s just with politics.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

IDPH report says more women are coming to Illinois seeking abortions
More women have been crossing state lines to get abortions in Illinois, according to a report that comes at a time other states are seeking new restrictions on the procedure.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Illinois soybean researchers still trying to adjust following funding cuts
Illinois soybean researchers are struggling to continue with their work after a board’s decision to invest in areas other than research where the board believes they’ll have a larger impact.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Gov puts pressure on Airbnb West Bank decision
Gov. Bruce Rauner attempted Thursday to pressure Airbnb into reversing its ban on lodging listings in the disputed West Bank, calling for an investigation into whether the company is violating Illinois laws prohibiting backlash against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Search warrants served at office of powerful Chicago alderman Ed Burke
Federal agents executed search warrants at the City Hall office of a powerful Chicago alderman on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Friday, November 30, 2018

U of I leader say no new mascot yet
A top University of Illinois official says a new campus committee won’t be choosing a replacement for the school’s former Chief Illiniwek mascot.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Witness contradicts police account of shooting
A man who witnessed a Chicago officer fatally shoot black teenager Laquan McDonald testified Thursday that police waved him away without questioning him that October 2014 night and didn’t even bother to take down his name.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Under-21 tobacco ban fails to become law in Illinois
Illinois lawmakers failed Wednesday to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that banned the sale of tobacco to those younger than 21.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Opioid case has complication: babies in withdrawal
The long-running federal court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born to addicts?
Thursday, November 29, 2018

624 sex assault complaints at Chicago schools so far
A Chicago Public Schools agency has received almost 500 allegations of student-on-student sexual violence since early September.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Fall session wraps up, Democrats anticipate control
The Illinois General Assembly ends its fall session Thursday as Democrats anticipate complete control of the state Capitol in January.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

$2M damage-award cap becomes law
People who are harmed or injured in incidents that are the state government’s fault will be eligible for damage awards of as much as $2 million after the state House voted to override a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ex-US AG Sessions to speak in Chicago
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to deliver a speech in Chicago on violence in the nation’s third largest city.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Trial begins in Van Dyke cover-up
The trial of three Chicago police officers charged with lying to protect a fellow officer from criminal prosecution after he fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald began with prosecutors pointing to reports they contend were falsified and defense attorneys putting much of the blame on the teen himself.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Plan seeks to designate Route 66 as National Historic Trail
A new proposal would designate Route 66, the Mother Road that connected Chicago to Los Angeles, as a National Historic Trail.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Thousands still without power after Sunday storm
Officials of Commonwealth Edison say the utility is adding more crews in its effort to restore power to thousands of customers left without power following Sunday’s snow storm.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Slain Chicago officer remembered as 'guardian'
A Chicago police officer who was killed in a shoot-out after he chased a gunman into a hospital last week has been remembered as a “guardian” who was devoted to helping others long before he joined the police force.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Farmers store record soy crop amid China dispute
American farmers still working to get out their remaining soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are struggling to figure out what to do with a record crop now that their traditionally dominant export market is largely closed.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Illinois legislative session final days: Focus on House
The Illinois General Assembly convened today for the final three days of its fall legislative session.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Snowstorm batters Chicago, Midwest
A wintry storm brought blizzard-like conditions to parts of the Midwest early Monday, grounding hundreds of flights and causing slick roads for commuters as they returned to work after the Thanksgiving weekend.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Chicago officers accused in Van Dyke cover-up go on trial beginning Tuesday
Dashcam video showing Jason Van Dyke pointing his gun at black teenager Laquan McDonald and firing 16 times was key evidence in the murder conviction of the white Chicago police officer. The same video will be at the forefront again this week, as three more officers stand trial, accused of lying to protect Van Dyke in the aftermath of the killing.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Vernita Lee, Oprah's mother, dies at age 83
Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Deputies stop 13-year old driving van 100 mph
Police say a 13-year-old joyrider led officers on a chase that hit speeds of 100 mph (160 kph) in eastern Iowa.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Recount sought in sheriff's race with 1-vote margin
A recount is being sought in a central Illinois county sheriff’s election with a one-vote margin.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Mining Stone: Exploring cultural significance of mines and quarries in the European Neolithic
SPRINGFIELD — Learn about the history of man through the history of mining during the monthly Paul Mickey Learning Series program at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Wed., Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Report: Video gambling sees significant growth in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — A new state report says video gambling has seen significant growth in Illinois, with revenues increasing by more than 75 percent in the last three years.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

City leases Lincoln law office for tourism visitors' center
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state’s budget crisis shuttered Abraham Lincoln’s former law office in Springfield. But city officials plan to reopen it Saturday.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Chicago defends location of Obama library in federal court
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago made its first full-throated response this week to a lawsuit seeking to stop construction of the Obama Presidential Center, saying the buildings would sit on land that wasn’t subject to restrictive public-trust laws.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

How the University of Illinois wound up in Champaign-Urbana 
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Ill. — Champaign-Urbana owes its prominence to the University of Illinois, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign owes its existence to Clark Robinson Griggs.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

High lead levels in southeast Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials have discovered high lead levels in yards on Chicago’s southeast side during searches for another toxic metal.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Naperville's 'Laughing Lincoln' statue to be unveiled
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Naperville will unveil a statue showing a lighter side of Abraham Lincoln.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Doctor shot at hospital 'guardian angel' to a patient
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-area mother says a doctor who was fatally shot at a hospital treated her son a few hours earlier and had pledged to make him feel better.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Farm tractor driver dead in holiday crash with Amtrak train
WYANET, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man aboard a farm tractor has died after a holiday crash with an Amtrak train in Illinois’ Bureau County.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Local deer hunters harvest one-third more than last year
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 58,836 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 16-18.  Hunters took 51,450 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2017.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Lincoln Library invites visitors to enjoy 'Holidays at the White House'
SPRINGFIELD — Visitors will get the chance to see Christmases past at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum  exhibit showing how four different presidents celebrated the holidays.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Springfield Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker Dec. 8 and 9
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Ballet Company proudly presents its 44th annual production of The Nutcracker.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

IC choirs to present Christmas on the Hilltop
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — The Illinois College choirs will present the 38th annual “Christmas on the Hilltop” on Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Chicago hospital gunman fired at least 30 times before shooting himself
Moments before her ex-fiance fatally shot her in the parking lot of the hospital where she worked, a Chicago doctor called 911 to report that she had spotted the man and feared for her life.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

CDC warns consumers: Do not eat any romaine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

State police on high alert for Fatal Four violations
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is generally one of the busiest travel holiday periods of the year. As millions of travelers take to Illinois roadways to celebrate Thanksgiving, Illinois State Police (ISP) District 18 Interim Commander Lieutenant William Guard wants to remind motorists to drive safely.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sec. of State Police conducting disability parking stings
Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that Secretary of State Police will conduct statewide parking stings targeting individuals illegally parking in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities at shopping malls beginning on Black Friday, Nov. 23.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

4 dead, including officer, in shooting at Chicago Mercy Hospital
A gunman repeatedly shot an emergency room doctor outside a Chicago hospital, including after she fell to the ground, before he ran into the building and fatally shot a responding police officer and a pharmacy worker as she walked out of an elevator, according to witnesses and investigators.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

At summit, Obama urges activists, organizers to be patient for change
Former President Barack Obama urged community organizers and social innovators to be patient in their pursuits of wide-scale community change.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Prisoner hit by cars after escaping police van
Authorities say a prisoner was hurt in Chicago after escaping from a police transport van and getting hit by two other vehicles.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Candidates filling to enter Chicago mayor's race
A week-long period for candidates vying to become Chicago’s next mayor to file their nominating petition has gotten underway.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Gettysburg Address still on display in Springfield
In  celebration of the anniversary of Lincoln’s most famous speech, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will display its handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address through Nov. 25.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Holiday candlelight tours at Elijah Iles House are free and open to the public
SPRINGFIELD — Visitors are invited to see Springfield's oldest surviving house in a different light during the annual holiday events scheduled for the Elijah Iles House on December 7, 14 and 15. The events are free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Planning Commission approves North Lawndale development
Chicago’s Planning Commission has approved a $200 million development in North Lawndale.
Monday, November 19, 2018

SIU Carbondale to reopen Neely Hall
A Southern Illinois University official says one of the Carbondale campus’s iconic 17-story towers will reopen to students next fall.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Turbulent stock market spooks some older workers, retirees
The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Judge lets suit targeting Chicago law on breasts to proceed
A federal judge has given a green light to a transgender performance artist’s lawsuit challenging a Chicago ordinance prohibiting women but not men from exposing their breasts in certain public venues. 
Monday, November 19, 2018

Sammy Sosa named in lawsuit over holiday rental in Aspen
An Aspen company has sued former Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, alleging his company backed out of a contract to rent a house in the ski resort town for $9,500 a day last winter.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Eight films you might not know were filmed in Illinois
ILLINOIS — Maybe Illinois has produced so many cool movies because it offers such a vastly diverse spectrum of locations to tell highly visual stories.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Enjoy a fun alternative on Black Friday
SPRINGFIELD — A family-friendly alternative to the stress and headaches of Black Friday shopping is returning to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Native American games
DECATUR — Explore Native American Games and Skills at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, November 25 from 1-3 p.m. You’ll have a chance to play some Native American games, learn about their history, and try your luck at shooting life-sized animal targets in 3-D archery. For ages 6+. $2/person. Must pre-register online by noon on November 21 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Severe blood shortage: Red Cross issues immediate call for blood donations
ILLINOIS — The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter. 
Saturday, November 17, 2018

District to hire armed retired police to fill clerical roles
PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A school district in Chicago’s northwestern suburbs is moving forward with a plan to fill clerical roles with armed retired police officers who will also be available to increase school security.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Hunter charged with killing 1 too many
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 41-year-old East Peoria man with his own cable hunting show has been indicted on felony charges that he killed one more deer than a permit allowed him to kill and then tried to cover his tracks.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Administrator accused of eavesdropping
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Eavesdropping charges have been filed against a central Illinois schools administrator who allegedly planned to secretly record a closed session of the school board.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Cluster of Legionnaires' disease identified
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), working  with the McHenry County Health Department, has confirmed three cases of Legionnaires’ disease at McHenry Villa, an independent senior living community.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Crews break wall to rescue six stuck in elevator
CHICAGO (AP) — Firefighters broke through a wall in one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers to rescue six people who were trapped in an elevator.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Illinois EPA unveils online tutorial about recycling
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has set up an online guide to answer consumers’ questions about recycling.
Friday, November 16, 2018

US attorney says more staff, resources are needed to curb Chicago violence
The Chicago-based U.S. attorney, echoing his predecessor who made similar pledges, said on Wednesday that prosecuting cases tied to gun and street-gang violence is a top priority, adding that his office now has new resources to pursue them.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Senate overrides Rauner veto on immigrant crime-victim issues
The Illinois Senate on Wednesday rejected Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation designed to ensure immigrant crime victims who cooperate with police get the assistance they need to stay in the country.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

State trooper guilty of soliciting prostitute
An Illinois State trooper who admitted to soliciting a woman to have sex with him has been sentenced to a form of probation and agreed to resign from his job.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Witness contradicts officer's claim
A security guard who was working at a suburban Chicago bar when a black co-worker was fatally shot by a white police officer said Wednesday that he never heard the officer order the other man to drop his gun.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Peoria cuts police and firefighter positions
The Peoria City Council has voted to eliminate 22 firefighter and 16 police positions as part of a move to close a $6 million budget hole.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Woman is charged with harassing Durbin and Duckworth
A southern Illinois woman has been charged with making more than 200 harassing phone calls to U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth over a five-month period.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Obama begins tour in talk with Oprah
CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Obama began her 12-stop book tour Tuesday by sitting with Oprah Winfrey before an audience at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, speaking on everything from piano lessons and washing socks to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and President Donald Trump moved in.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lawmaker questions authenticity of several artifacts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Advocates for Abraham Lincoln’s museum pleaded with Illinois lawmakers Tuesday to use state funds to help keep a throng of historic artifacts in his hometown despite questions about whether one of the relics — a stovepipe hat — actually belonged to the 16th president.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Snow not unusual for Central Illinois in November
ILLINOIS — Some parts of Central Illinois s have been pelted by snow and freezing temperatures last weekend, while other parts of the state await the first major snowfall of the year expected to arrive fully by tomorrow afternoon.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lincoln library officials say Lincoln relics go beyond top hat
An Illinois House tourism committee has opened the General Assembly’s fall session with questions about the future of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Lawsuit: Security guard shot by police officer was wearing security clothing
A white police officer fatally shot a black security guard who was armed while holding a man down following a weekend shooting inside the suburban Chicago bar where the guard worked, according to an attorney who filed a lawsuit on behalf of the guard’s family.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Michelle Obama stops at her former high school and speaks with students
Michelle Obama visited her old Chicago high school and held a roundtable discussion with some 20 students who had been given excerpts from the former first lady’s new memoir.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Man arrested in shooting death of 12-year-old
Authorities say a 20-year-old man has been arrested following the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy in central Illinois.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Rauner and Pritzker join to celebrate bicentennial
Gov. Bruce Rauner and Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker will make a joint appearance at the state’s Bicentennial celebration Dec. 3.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pritzker says he'll move into Illinois governor's mansion
Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says he will live at least part time at the Illinois governor’s mansion in Springfield.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Security guard shot by officer responding to call of gun fire
Authorities say a police officer who was responding to a shooting at a suburban Chicago bar fatally shot an armed security guard who was working there.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Body found near where woman went missing in Lake Michigan
Authorities say a body has been recovered near where a suburban Chicago woman disappeared after going swimming in treacherous waters in Lake Michigan.
Monday, November 12, 2018

NFIB offers tips for 'Small Business Saturday' success
The state’s top trade group for Main Street shops is offering tips to retailers for “Small Business Saturday.”
Monday, November 12, 2018

Corporate Food Fight Challenge raises over 185,000 meals for those who struggle with hunger in central and southern Illinois
Central Illinois Foodbank wrapped up its 13th Annual Corporate Food Fight Challenge with 20 businesses participating in the food, funds and friends drive. This year $29,116.18 was raised by the businesses, along with 524 volunteer hours logged and over 13,568 pounds of food donated.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Obama's political career in Illinois helped shape his presidency
A decade ago, he claimed victory in the presidential campaign from Grant Park in Chicago.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

SIU medical program aims to fill rural health care gap
Southern Illinois University’s medical school is trying to bring more doctors, physicians and medical students to Carbondale and nearby rural areas where they’re desperately needed.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Pritzker names team of advisers who will look into state of Illinois' finances
Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker on Thursday named labor leaders, a former Republican lawmaker and allies of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a team looking into Illinois’ troubled finances.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Cartel mole sentenced in Chicago
A federal judge in Chicago handed a more than three-year prison sentence Thursday to a former Mexican intelligence-unit commander on charges he divulged American investigative secrets to cartel bosses in Mexico — a betrayal one DEA agent told the court collapsed drug-trafficking investigations and cost lives.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Large fire destroys meat packing plant in Peoria
A large fire has destroyed a meat packing businesses in central Illinois as flames shot more than 50 feet into the nighttime sky and burned for hours.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Veterans urged to preserve memories
Vterans in Illinois are encouraged to share their story with the Illinois Veterans’ History Project. The project honors Illinois veterans by documenting and preserving their experiences. With this initiative, Secretary of State Jesse White believes future generations will have a better understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices Illinois veterans have made.
Friday, November 9, 2018

$150,000 reward in two recent Chicago slayings
Police are hoping an offer of the largest reward in Chicago history will help them find whoever is responsible for the recent slayings of two men.
Friday, November 9, 2018

2018 has been deadly year on the Great Lakes
A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Wall of Honor on display at capitol
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is presenting a tribute to Illinois veterans during their 2018 Salute to Illinois Veterans, which recognizes the important contributions veterans have made throughout U.S. history.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Union cuts ties with Van Dyke lawyer
The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago says it will no longer refer officers in need of legal assistance to the attorney who represents convicted former officer Jason Van Dyke .
Thursday, November 8, 2018

American Airlines packs food for Florida hurricane relief
American Airlines volunteers are gathering to pack 5,000 boxes of food for Florida communities affected by recent hurricanes.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

$841-million parking and rental car center opens at O'Hare
The city of Chicago has officially opened a new $841 million parking and rental-car center at O’Hare International Airport.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

College creates center for social change
Monmouth College has created the Center for Civic and Social Change to help students prepare for careers focused on making a difference in the world.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Judge booted
For the first time in nearly three decades a Cook County judge has been voted out of office.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Illinois Election At A Glance
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Survey of Illinois voters shows Trump factoring in
A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Illinois said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

One of costliest races in U.S. history
Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who took office four years ago promising to reverse high taxes and overspending but instead snagged himself in a budget stalemate with Democrats, faced voters Tuesday along with Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker, who says he will be a cooperative leader.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Democrats hoping to sweep Illinois statewide races
Democrats are looking to return to dominance in Illinois on Tuesday, when the party could retake the governor’s office, win all other statewide seats and flip as many as four GOP-held congressional districts.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Judge: Conspiracy charges stand against officers
A judge has refused to dismiss charges against three Chicago police officers accused of participating in a cover-up surrounding the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Deathrow inmate with Illinois ties is found dead
Two condemned multiple murderers, including a serial killer, apparently committed suicide within hours of each other on the nation’s largest death row, California officials said Monday.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Chicago mayor drops plan to sell mural worth millions
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped plans to sell a city-owned mural that could have raised millions of dollars for a major makeover at a library.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Hotel Sofia Barcelona to Join the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Nov 5, 2018--Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today plans for Hotel Sofia Barcelona to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, a global collection of unique and story-worthy stay experiences. A Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Selenta Group for the hotel to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand in January 2019. The 465-room property is located in central Barcelona and owned and managed by Selenta Group.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Illinois road closed for migrating snakes until Tuesday
Snakes and amphibians that have not yet crossed Snake Road in Shawnee National Forest can relax because officials are giving them a little more time to make the trek.
Monday, November 5, 2018

2 men missing after car goes into Chicago's Calumet River
Authorities are searching for two men whose car plunged into the Calumet River in Chicago over the weekend.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Chicago-area researchers study quantum computing
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers and Chicago-area scientists are working to create a communications network that can withstand hacking.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Rockford police to honor fallen officer with blue lights
Police in northern Illinois are hoping to turn the area blue to honor a fallen officer one year after he died during a traffic stop.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Lincoln Presidential library to honor veterans
SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will honor veterans with free admission on Veterans Day and a ceremony that includes a guest speaker and special recognition for Vietnam vets.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Senory-friendly film for November is 'The Grinch'
HILLSBORO — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.” The movie event for November will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 10 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Lincoln Log Cabin offer special November events
LERNA, Ill. — Families looking for interesting activities regarding Illinois history are invited to visit the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in November for a variety of programs.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Gallagher returns to EPC for Smashing Good Time
EFFINGHAM — Sure, he’s the famous watermelon smasher. Yes, he literally invented the television stand-up comedy special. Absolutely, 14 Showtime specials is a big deal.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Millikin presents 'Sister Act' November 9-11
DECATUR — Millikin University’s School of Theatre 7 Dance will present the production “Sister Act” on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Perched high atop the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi, Quincy is Gem City
QUINCY, Ill. — Sitting on Illinois’ westernmost curve of the Mississippi, Quincy was built on the limestone bluffs in 1825. Because of its premier location and vast natural resources, Quincy donned the title of the “Gem City.”
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Lecture looks at some of Illinois' earliest settlers
SPRINGFIELD — Rugged individuals, lazy wastrels, self-made men, or border banditti are among the many descriptions heaped upon the Anglo-American settlers of early Illinois.
Friday, November 2, 2018

UK village resents being used in Illinois election battle
The political battle raging in the United States as the midterm election approaches has ricocheted over the Atlantic Ocean and upset residents of a small coastal village in eastern England.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Lightning-rod inspector general post to be filled soon
The chairwoman of the Illinois Legislative Ethics Commission says an inspector general to investigate alleged misconduct will be appointed by next month.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Chicago officer convicted in shooting returns to court
Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke returned to court Wednesday for the first time since a jury convicted him in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald, as his attorneys launched their effort to persuade a judge toss the verdict.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

High hopes and hype for experimental depression drug ketamine
It was launched decades ago as an anesthetic for animals and people, became a potent battlefield pain reliever in Vietnam and morphed into the trippy club drug Special K.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Illinois attorney general hopefuls pledge access to records
There was good news in an August letter to The Associated Press: The Illinois attorney general’s public access counselor had ruled in favor of the AP’s Freedom of Information Act request for records that the Department of Human Services had refused to disclose.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

ISBE report card: More students than ever enrolling in college
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today released the 2018 Illinois Report Card at www.illinoisreportcard.com. The 2018 data show the highest percentage of students enrolling in college since Illinois began reporting the metric in 2014. The percentage of students enrolling in college 12 months after graduation increased to nearly three-quarters of all graduates – up from 68.7 percent just four years ago.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bodies of Peoria couple found in river
The bodies of a college professor and her husband have been recovered from a river in central Illinois and their 21-year-old son, who said he was “sick of his parents” and had stabbed them to death, has been charged with first-degree murder.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Highest-paid supt. fired
Illinois’ highest paid school superintendent was fired less than a week before he was scheduled to retire.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Group opposes sleeper judge
A judge in northwestern Illinois accused of dozing off during a murder trial is among the judges a watchdog group wants voters to reject.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Horace Mann reports 3Q earnings of $12.5 million
Horace Mann Educators Corp. (HMN) on Tuesday reported third-quarter profit of $12.5 million.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Suburban Cook County breaks early voting record
Suburban Cook County has set a new record for the number of early ballots cast in a midterm election, with six more days of early voting to go.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Motorists urged to drive with caution on Halloween
Illinois motorists are urged to slow down and use caution as children take to the streets for Halloween trick-or-treating.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Son confesses to killing parents, a Bradley professor and her husband
Authorities say a 21-year-old Illinois man has confessed to killing his parents who have been missing since the weekend.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

More than 20 states have never had a woman as governor, Illinois is one
The last time a historic wave of women ran for office, in 1992, California became the first state to send two women to the U.S. Senate.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2 charged after officer chasing them fell to his death
Two 19-year-old men have been charged with manslaughter after an auxiliary police officer who was chasing them fell to his death from a bridge in southern Illinois.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Field Museum to revamp its Native American exhibits
Chicago’s Field Museum plans to revamp its Native American exhibits with the help of American Indians over the next three years.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Officer dies after falling fifty feet during chase
An auxiliary police officer is dead after falling 50 feet  while chasing suspects across a bridge in East St. Louis.   
Monday, October 29, 2018

State launches testing program for autonomous vehicles
The Illinois Department of Transportation has begun a statewide initiative among multiple government agencies to develop a testing program for connected and autonomous vehicles.
Monday, October 29, 2018

SIU starts marijuana and hemp research programs
Southern Illinois University is creating new programs for students who want to know more about marijuana.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Parties battle for 4 Illinois congressional districts
Republican congressmen in four Illinois districts are fighting to keep their seats as Democrats’ effort to take control of the House reaches new battlegrounds, including areas the GOP has held for decades.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Creator of crime scene miniatures gets marker
An heiress-turned-forensic science enthusiast who created miniature dioramas depicting actual crime scenes for study has been honored with a historical marker in New Hampshire.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Chicago public schools see 10,000-student enrollment drop
Enrollment at Chicago’s public schools fell by 10,000 a year after the district reported a drop of 11,000 students.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Rauner promises to roll back the income tax increase; Pritzker says he's a failure
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who swept into office four years ago as a self-made millionaire and an outsider promising fiscal austerity, lower taxes and clean government, is struggling in a Nov. 6 re-election bid against Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker, who contends the Republican has accomplished none of those.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Chicago gang charged for slayings and terrorizing the neighborhood
Members of a Chicago street gang suspected of killing at least 11 people and terrorizing a South Side neighborhood for years have been charged as part of a joint federal and state investigation announced Friday.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Urbana, Champaign pay homeless to help clean up
There’s a lot separating Albuquerque, N.M., and Champaign-Urbana. But now the homeless in both places have something in common: They’re able to work for $10 an hour beautifying their cities.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Chicago is known for Capone, but Illinois gangsters had much wider reach
When it came to organized crime in Illinois, Chicago-based Prohibition-era gangsters loomed large during the 1920s and 1930s.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Illinois family merges macabre with memories of dad
Exhausted from the physical and emotional toll of battling pancreatic cancer, Michael Podlin depended on his wife and three kids to put up their family’s annual spectacular display for their Arlington Heights neighborhood last October. This Halloween, a box of Podlin’s ashes, topped by a grinning skull with glowing, red eyes, is part of the scary scene.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sears suppliers haunted by ghosts of Toys R Us
Since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Sears Holdings Corp. has been trying to convince suppliers to keep shipping it merchandise by touting the $300 million in financing it has secured so that its business can continue operating through the holidays.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Union: Police aren't perfect, but reform not needed
The head of Chicago’s police union urged a federal judge Thursday to reject a draft plan that envisions sweeping reforms of the police department under close court supervision, saying the proposal is unnecessary and could alienate officers. 
Friday, October 26, 2018

Great War Encampment 2018 to be held in Spfld.
Get a close-up view of life in the trenches of Europe during World War I. See how Illinois National Guard troops lived and fought during WWI.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Judge hears Chicago citizens for, and police against the CPD reform plan
The aunt of a man fatally shot by police and a nationally known civil rights leader were among dozens of people who offered opinions Wednesday on a draft plan to reform Chicago police to a federal judge who must decide soon whether to approve it.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lincoln's powder horn from Black Hawk War now on display at ALPLM
The powder horn used by Abraham Lincoln during the Black Hawk War of 1832 can be seen for a limited time at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Trial date in case over Obama center to be set in December
A federal judge says he will announce in December a trial date in the lawsuit challenging construction of the Obama Presidential Center in a Chicago park.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

No reported bomb threats to Obama's home in Chicago
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city officials say they have not found any credible threats to former President Barack Obama’s family home on Chicago’s South Side.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

5 wounded in Chicago shooting
Police say several people opened fire on a group of men standing on a sidewalk on Chicago’s South Side, wounding five before fleeing in a car.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Convicted gang member, killer denied retrial despite twin brother's confession
A Chicago man found guilty of fatally shooting a rival street gang member in 2003 will not be granted a retrial even though the convicted man’s twin claims that he committed the crime and not his brother, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Police try to prevent retaliation after rapper is shot
Police took steps on Tuesday to stave off retaliatory attacks by street gangs after a Chicago rapper known for taunting rivals on social media was shot in the head in a shootout during a funeral for his friend and a fellow rapper killed earlier in October.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Kanye West makes cameo showing for candidate
Fresh off his bizarre Oval Office visit with President Donald Trump, hip-hop megastar Kanye West drew a crowd when he joined a Democratic mayoral hopeful and Chance the Rapper in a sidewalk appearance on Chicago’s South Side.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Judge begins hearings on Chicago police reform
A federal judge who will decide whether to approve a lengthy court-oversight plan to reform the Chicago Police Department started a highly anticipated two-day hearing Wednesday by saying he would allow dozens of people to voice their opinions.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Court rules against Rauner in AFSCME dispute
An Illinois appellate court has ruled that a state labor board erred when it declared that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s negotiations with a state labor union were at a standstill.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

State seeking nominees for Route 66 commission
Illinoisans with an interest in history in general — and the Mother Road in particular — are encouraged to nominate themselves for open seats on the recently created Route 66 Centennial Commission.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Illinois organic farmers adapt as industry changes
Illinois farmers who grow local organic fruits and vegetables are adapting their business practices amid the changing market for organic produce.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Man gets 12 year prison term for stealing IDs, bank fraud
A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for using identities stolen from the dark web to defraud businesses of more than $600,000.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Mega Millions players would spend $1.6B on bills, charity
With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Company takes step toward boosting Dakota Access capacity
Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is gauging the interest among oil shippers in moving more crude through the Dakota Access pipeline.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Hospitals send overdose antidote home with patients
Two hospitals in a Chicago suburb are sending home an opioid-overdose antidote with patients who seek treatment for opioid overdoses or addictions.
Monday, October 22, 2018

State board recommends changes to teacher licensing
The Illinois State Board of Education has approved proposals to expand the teacher workforce.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saukenuk home to Black Hawk and 6,000 Sauk
Saukenuk was well-known as one of the largest Native American villages in North America, but one of its residents, the warrior Black Hawk, was even better known.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Lincoln library gets documents from Lincoln's career, White House years
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has added three fascinating Lincoln documents to its collection, thanks to the generosity of a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Public health: Black moms more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues
Black women who have just given birth in Illinois are more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues within a year than non-Hispanic white women, according to an Illinois Department of Public Health study released Thursda
Friday, October 19, 2018

Lawmaker says legal sports gambling in Illinois is not likely until next year
A bill to legalize sports gambling in Illinois likely won’t be put before the General Assembly until next year, according to a state lawmaker.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Supreme Court stops construction of Ameren power line
The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that had stopped construction of a massive power line through eastern Illinois.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Graham to campaign for GOP in Illinois
Sen. Lindsey Graham is hitting the campaign trail to stump for Republicans in U.S. House and Senate races across the country as the party tries to maintain control of both chambers.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Body found at old mine site is still unidentified
Authorities are still trying to confirm the identity of a man whose body was found in August at an old coal mine in southern Illinois.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Four individuals file sex abuse charges against every diocese in Illinois
Three men and one woman who say they were sexually abused by priests decades ago filed a lawsuit Thursday against every diocese in Illinois for an alleged ongoing scheme to cover up sexual assault by priests.
Friday, October 19, 2018

3-month olds learning sign language
Before they can wrap their tiny mouths around the words, some babies will tell you exactly want they want — if you know the language.
Friday, October 19, 2018

What happens if you win Mega Millions?
Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, now at $900 million. It could happen as soon as Friday night, when the next drawing is held, leaving most of us disappointed but some lucky winner beset by a host of questions.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pelicans spotted in Mattoon, too
No, you’re not seeing things: Those are pelicans out on by lakes in the Mattoon and Shelbyville area of eastern Illinois.  
Thursday, October 18, 2018

AG candidate defends comments about harassment
A former Miss America who is running for Illinois attorney general once said that many victims of sexual harassment “become very promiscuous” and that young people who are called names such as “whore” or “slut” think: “That’s what I want to be.” 
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pritzker pumps $146-million of his cash into race
Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker is showing no reluctance about pouring his own money into his quest to defeat multimillionaire Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in the race for Illinois governor.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sessions to speak to anti-crime group in Chicago
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will deliver a speech in Chicago on the heels of a Trump administration decision to oppose a proposed plan to overhaul Chicago police under close court supervision.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Workers sue Pritzker after rejecting $7.5M settlement
Ten current and former staffers are suing Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker’s campaign, saying they were harassed and discriminated against because of their race.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Cardiologist uses novel treatment for chronic pulmonary embolism
Totally out of breath and thoroughly exhausted, Sherry Seals figured she caught influenza she couldn't shake.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fall activites this weekend at Carlyle Lake
Head to Carlyle Lake this weekend for a variety of family-friendly fall events.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Video shows cop shooting unarmed autistic teen
Surveillance video released by a civilian oversight agency shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black teenager in an incident the police department initially described as an armed confrontation.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tornadoes spinning farther east in the US, study finds
Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren’t quite certain why.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

'Families First Adventures' premieres Oct. 21
The Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association has announced the upcoming schedule for their complimentary “Families First Adventures” series on the third Sunday of each month from October through January. Art of Illinois family tours are designed for families with children ages 3-12 to encourage children and adults to enjoy art exhibitions together at the Governor’s Mansion located at 410 E. Jackson Street.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Carlinville prepares for Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference
The fourth annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference is coming up next Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 25-28 in Carlinville.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Firing recommended for 2 Chicago cops
The recommendation by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to fire two officers who shot at a stolen car in 2016 has been submitted to the board that will make the final decision.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Rec areas get $1.5 million in federal grant money
 Recreational areas up and down the state will be sharing more than $1.5 million in federal grant money to repair  bridges, build trails, purchase property and help pay for other projects.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Carlinville among cities to get HUD funding
Five Illinois cities will receive federal funding to help people find quality housing or keep current homes.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

U of I leader expects action on mascot
A top University of Illinois administrator says he expects action within several months on recommendations toward quelling the ongoing turmoil over the school’s former Chief Illiniwek mascot.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Without Rauner money, GOP faces tough races
Republicans who gained ground in the Illinois General Assembly two years ago with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s financial assistance have a tougher go of it this year.
Monday, October 15, 2018

At least 1 killed after car goes into Illinois River
Authorities say one man was killed and another person possibly missing after a car drove down a boat ramp into the Illinois River.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Trump administration steps in to kill police-reform plan
The Trump administration informed a federal judge in Chicago on Friday that it’s seeking to scuttle a plan negotiated between the nation’s third-largest city and the state of Illinois that envisions far-reaching reforms of Chicago’s 12,000-officer police force under close federal court supervision.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Illinois man files wrongful conviction lawsuit against city
A northern Illinois man who spent 23 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit is suing the city of Rockford and more than 20 current and former police officers.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Paraplegic man convicted of murder gets 50-years in prison
A paraplegic man who was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2016 shooting death of his neighbor in a Chicago high-rise has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Wrigleyville's appeal tested following Cubs' playoff exit
The Chicago Cubs’ early exit from the playoffs will test the offseason appeal of new developments in the neighborhood around Wrigley Field.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Gun that killed a Chicago police commander is traced to Wisconsin
The handgun used to kill a Chicago police commander had once been bought and sold by an unlicensed gun dealer who federal authorities say described peddling guns “like an addiction.”
Friday, October 12, 2018

Technology, housekeeping among issues in strikes
Robots delivering room service, check-in kiosks with facial recognition technology and “smart” speakers that serve as an in-room concierge.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Mattoon shooter sent to juvenile prison
An Illinois high school student accused of shooting a classmate last year has been sentenced to juvenile prison, with the possibility of adult prison if he commits other crimes.
Friday, October 12, 2018

County leader drops demand for prosecution cost
An Illinois county board chairman has backed off his demand for a full accounting of how much the county’s state’s attorney spent serving as the special prosecutor in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Rauner announces release of $14M for state parks
Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the release of funds for more than $14 million in capital improvement projects at state parks and recreation areas managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). This money was included in the FY19 bipartisan budget signed in June and will be used for capital improvements to parks statewide.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

IDPH issues statement on rare disease that mimics polio
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received recent reports from health care providers of nine sporadic, clinically diagnosed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). IDPH is working with the health care providers to collect necessary information to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Investigators want to know who left gator in lake
Authorities don’t know who dumped a 4-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Trump admin opposes Chicago police reform plan
The Trump administration on Tuesday sharply criticized a draft plan hammered out between the nation’s third-largest city and the state of Illinois that envisions far-reaching reforms of Chicago’s 12,000-officer force under close federal court supervision.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Illinois LEO named officer of year gets praise from pres
The law enforcement officer credited with stopping a northern Illinois school shooter has been praised by President Donald Trump after being named Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Trump calls on Chicago to use stop-frisk policing
President Donald Trump drew an enthusiastic response from a law-and-order crowd Monday, advocating the use of “stop and frisk” policing and saying he has directed the Justice Department to work with local officials in Chicago to stem violence in the nation’s third-largest city.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Amtrak plans to keep Southwest Chief route running
Amtrak says the Southwest Chief train route connecting Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Colorado will stay in operation as is for at least another year.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Groups propose federal designation for Fox River
Local leaders and nonprofit groups are looking into turning the Fox River in Illinois and Wisconsin into a federally designated water trail.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

U of I Chicago to offer free rides to state's top students
Highly successful students will be able to attend the University of Illinois-Chicago for free under a new program seeking to keep the state’s top students at home.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Red Cross calls for winter heroes to host and support blood drives
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. To help meet the constant demand for lifesaving blood donations and prevent blood shortages this winter, the American Red Cross is urging individuals and organizations to be winter heroes by hosting and supporting a blood drive.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018













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