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State Rep Sue Scherer to chair new education committee
State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, will draw on her experience from 34 years as a public school teacher and legislative efforts to expand access to quality education as the new chair of the House Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter School Committee.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019


County wants to fix clock and bell
A sheriff says he’s committed to getting a clock and bell working again atop an Illinois courthouse that was built in 1897.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wintry mix creates bad conditions in northern Illinois
Rain changing to icy snow has caused slippery road conditions in northern Illinois.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Student tackled for 'stealing' his own car settles for $1.2M
A Chicago suburb has tentatively agreed to pay a former doctoral student $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging police officers tackled him to the ground and arrested him for stealing a car that turned out to be his own, his attorney said.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Court tosses suit in sex-video suicide
A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed a lawsuit brought against a suburban Chicago school by parents of a student who killed himself after staff warned him he may have to register as a sex offender because they suspected he made a video of himself having sex with a classmate without her knowledge.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Authorities investigate 2 found dead at auto repair in Decatur
Authorities in central Illinois are attempting to determine the cause of death of two people whose bodies were found in an auto repair shop.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Chicago bus driver jumps out window in shooting
Police say a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver jumped out of a window when he heard gunfire on his bus.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Groups urge 'no' on recreational pot
Several advocacy groups are urging Illinois lawmakers not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, arguing it would, among other things, make roads more hazardous.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Police seek man in fatal mall shooting
Police say the suspect they are searching for in the fatal shooting of a teenager at a suburban Chicago mall is a 19-year-old acquaintance of the victim.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Governor picking St. Clair County prosecutor to lead Illinois State Police
The St. Clair County state’s attorney is in line to become head of the Illinois State Police.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Shutdown: Court running out of money
The chief federal judge for Southern Illinois says if a partial government shutdown continues past early February the court may run out of money to pay jurors and employees and may place a moratorium on civil trials.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Homes used by serial killer to be razed
Five abandoned homes where a former Marine strangled and hid the bodies of seven women will be demolished and replaced by memorials to the victims, said officials in a northwest Indiana city.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Cook County deputy dies in crash on way to work
A Cook County sheriff’s deputy has died in a crash while on his way to work.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Illinois man accused of letting 11-year-old drive to school
An arrest warrant has been issued for a northern Illinois man who police say allowed an 11-year-old relative to drive herself to school in a stolen rental car while he rode along.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Driver dead in icy roll over on I55 near Lincoln
The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for central and northern Illinois as snow and freezing rain are predicted for the regions.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Illinois dispensaries prepare for pilot medical marijuana program
Illinois is about to roll out a pilot program that will offer patients access to medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids, and medical cannabis dispensaries across the state are getting ready.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Activists disappointed by outcomes in McDonald trials calling for action
Activists and others who were disappointed by the outcome of two historic cases involving the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago police officer see a way forward — by turning tragedy into political power.
Monday, January 21, 2019

12-year-old girl dies in snow fort collapse
A 12-year-old girl has died in suburban Chicago after a snow fort collapsed while she was playing outside a church.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Black teen's family laments sentence given to white officer
The explosive video of a white Chicago officer shooting a black teenager 16 times shocked consciences around the world with footage of Laquan McDonald getting gunned down as he walked away from police.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mourners remember Illinois trooper killed during snowstorm
Mourners gathered to remember an Illinois State Police trooper who was struck and killed by a vehicle as he responded to a crash in suburban Chicago during a snowstorm.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Archdiocese removes ex-children's home chief from ministry
The Archdiocese of Chicago has removed from ministry the former longtime superintendent of its Maryville Academy for troubled children while it investigates allegations he sexual abused minors.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Veterans' agency audit ordered
Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered a health and safety audit of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs after a case of Legionnaire’s Disease was discovered at the Manteno veteran’s home.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Illinois unemployment up slightly, job growth, too
Illinois officials say the state’s unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in December.
Friday, January 18, 2019

After cover-up trial, officer who shot teen to be sentenced
A judge rejected allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald’s death proved that Chicago police officers tried to stage a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen. Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Storm could produce East Coast blizzard conditions
A strong winter storm system is forecast to sweep across the Midwest into New England, bringing double-digit snow accumulations and high winds.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Gov. Pritzker signs oft-rejected gun dealer licensing
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has authorized state licensing of firearms dealers after his Republican predecessor rejected the idea.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

After fast food, Clemson Tigers invited to enjoy some fine dining in Chicago
After dining on fast food during their visit to the White House, the Clemson Tigers have been invited to eat at some of Chicago’s most acclaimed restaurants.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

State preparing for next winter wallop
Illinoisans are beginning to brace themselves for a storm the National Weather Service says could bring a half-foot of snow to parts of the state.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Violations found at R. Kelly's studio
Chicago building inspectors have found code violations at R. Kelly’s recording studio, including evidence the industrial space was used as a residence.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Airborne wheel fatality
State Police say a motorist died on a southern Indiana highway after a wheel that came off another vehicle went airborne and struck her pickup truck.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Parents get decades for child starvation
An Illinois father and stepmother will spend decades in prison in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities say weighed just 17 pounds (8 kilograms) when he died.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Investigators get tips after anniversary of Gacy arrest
News coverage of last month’s 40th anniversary of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s arrest has meant dozens of more tips for Illinois investigators trying to identify victims.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Springfield appealing panhandling ruling
The city of Springfield says it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the city’s anti-panhandling ordinance is unconstitutional.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gov. orders worker training investment review
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered a review of emerging industries so that state money for workforce training can be best used.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Jerseyville couple starves six-year-old
An Illinois father and stepmother face sentencing after pleading guilty to murder in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities said weighed just 17 pounds  when he died.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pritzker restores wage increases, signs pay equity order
Gov. J.B. Pritzker used his first full day in office Tuesday to restore frozen pay increases for state government employees in Illinois and took other pro-labor actions.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain open
Sears will live on— at least for now.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Illinois man gets posthumous clemency
Just days before he left office, former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner granted posthumous clemency to a man imprisoned for a stabbing that a serial killer later confessed to committing.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Governor Pritzker gives Democrats near-record power in State of Illinois
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Police chief calls bi-state chase the 'craziest'
Two people have been charged in a St. Louis area police chase that ended in a crash that left an officer with a concussion and a fractured chin.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Rauner cuts term for man who killed grandparents
Former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has reduced the 75-year prison sentence for a central Illinois man convicted in 1996 of fatally shooting his grandparents.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Illinois starts second year of private school scholarships
Illinois’ taxpayer-funded private school scholarship program is beginning its second year, though the new governor has criticized the initiative.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

State Police mourn the loss of Trooper Christopher Lambert
Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz regretfully announces the line of duty death of ISP District 15 (Downers Grove) Trooper Christopher Lambert.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Storm punishes swath of US with snow, ice and freezing rain
A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Probation revoked, man in sex-abuse case sent to prison
A 22-year-old northern Illinois man has had his probation revoked and must serve out a five-year prison sentence after failing to register as a sex offender.
Monday, January 14, 2019

11-year-old boy rescued from icy Chicago-area retention pond
First responders rescued an 11-year-old boy who fell through an icy suburban Chicago retention pond.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Gunman to be sentenced in Chicago honor student's killing
A Chicago man faces decades in prison for fatally shooting a 15-year-old honor student a week after she performed at then-President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities in 2013.
Monday, January 14, 2019

R. Kelley denies all of the allegations
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for R. Kelly said Friday that the R&B star denies all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls, including those made in a recent documentary, although he says neither he nor Kelly has watched the entire movie.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Mid-Day Music mini concert in Decatur
DECATUR — DAAC is collaborating with Millikin University School of Music to present an exciting series of mid-day musical concerts in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center in downtown Decatur.  The third event in a series of fourMid•Day MUSIC short concerts will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at 12:15 p.m.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Illinois History Forum returns with sessions on college sports, WWI, more
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Conservation scholarships available
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Applications are now being accepted by the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) for the 2019 Conservation Achievement Scholarship program.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Pritzker to use own money for pay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker plans to pay his own money to double the salaries of several key staffers.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Gov's mansion earns green award
SPRINGFIELD — First Lady Diana Rauner has announced  that the Illinois Governor’s Mansion received a LEED Silver designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation, which follows a full $15 million privately-funded renovation, addresses multiple categories related to sustainability, including energy efficiency, green cleaning, and air quality.
Friday, January 11, 2019

All LLCC location to be closed on Saturday
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College will be closed at all locations Saturday, Jan. 12, due to expected inclement weather. All classes and activities are cancelled.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Public invited to submit safety info
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking real stories from people who have lost loved ones or otherwise been affected by poor choices and driving behaviors. The stories will be used as a part of Life or Death Illinois, IDOT’s ongoing effort to encourage better driving habits and reach zero deaths on Illinois roads.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Record 57.6M visitors came to Chicago in 2018
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago set a new tourism record last year, attracting more than 57.6 million visitors during 2018.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Shutdown: Illinoisians to receive food stamps for February
CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois says federal food assistance money will be provided through the end of February during the government shutdown.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Harris named first gay state House leader in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has named a Chicago Democrat to be the chamber’s majority leader.
Friday, January 11, 2019

New Legislature underway with big Democratic majorities
A new Illinois legislative session got underway Wednesday with Democrats firmly in control but both parties pledging to turn the page on years of budget stalemates, government dysfunction and name-calling.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Illinois officials urge vaccination after child dies of flu
Health officials are urging people to get the flu shot after a 3-year-old girl died of influenza in suburban Chicago.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Illinois man who took on ballistics evidence faces retrial
An Illinois man who spent more than two decades in prison for a murder conviction obtained with shoddy ballistics evidence is getting a chance to prove his innocence with a new trial.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

$2.1 million settlement reached in McLean County worker's death
Court records show that the family of a McLean County maintenance worker will receive $2.1 million after he was killed in a work-related accident in 2015.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Illinois accepts $10M bid to repair state fair coliseum
Illinois officials have accepted a more than $10 million bid from a contractor to repair the deteriorating Illinois State Fair Coliseum.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Plans for soccer stadium are scrapped
The owner of the Chicago Cubs has pulled out of plans to invest in a United Soccer League team after developers scrapped a planned 20,000-seat stadium.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Madigan thanks House for 'epic struggle' over budget
The Illinois House wrapped up its two-year session Tuesday with legislation to help the incoming governor, with House Speaker Michael Madigan praising lawmakers for persevering in an “epic struggle” over state spending with outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Cook Co. state's atty. investigating singer R.Kelly
A Georgia man involved with a recent documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly told police the singer’s manager threatened him.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Eagle watching events in Illinois promise glimpse of nature
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced upcoming winter nature and eagle watching events.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pritzker seeks higher salaries to attract top Cabinet talent
 Illinois lawmakers on Monday backed initiatives pushed by Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, including giving approval to a change in state law to increase salaries by 15 percent for Cabinet members he hopes to hire.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Mayor orders audit of fund controlled by embattled alderman
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an outside audit of a $100 million-per-year workers’ compensation fund that was controlled by a longtime City County member accused of trying to shake down the owners of a major chain of fast-food franchises.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Judge: No bail for DEA agents in 'extraordinary' drug case
A Drug Enforcement Administration agent must remain behind bars while awaiting trial on charges that he joined the agency to benefit a violent drug organization, a judge decided Monday.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Springfield fires ex-priest named as child abuser
The city of Springfield has fired a City Water, Light and Power employee whose name appeared on a list of Catholic priests credibly accused of child sex abuse.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operation
An annual ice-breaking effort is starting on waterways in and around northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tuskegee Airman dies
World War II fighter pilot John Lyle, a Tuskegee Airman, has died at the age of 98.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lawmaker Lou Lang resigns his House seat
A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House has resigned his seat.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

More fallout for Chicago council member charged in probe
The fallout is continuing for a longtime Chicago City Council member charged with trying to shake down a fast-food chain — and for politicians with connections to him .
Monday, January 7, 2019

Body found in Lake Spfld identified
A body pulled from a vehicle discovered submerged in a central Illinois lake has been identified as a 37-year-old man who’s been missing since November.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Hotels a big part of city's development
A developer is proposing a new hotel in O’Fallon. It would be the city’s 14th.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Pedophile 2nd chance, Chicago schools
A serial pedophile who admitted to sexually abusing hundreds of children in Illinois and Indiana from the 1960s through the 1980s received second chances when sexual assault allegations arose against him, according to a newspaper investigation.
Monday, January 7, 2019

New $1.8M visual arts center opens in Springfield
The Springfield Art Association has opened a new $1.8 million Visual Arts Center.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Pritzker sending cheesecake
Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf have made a friendly wager over Sunday’s football game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Chicago taxi cab drivers robbery targets
Chicago police say at least three taxi drivers have been robbed at gunpoint on the city’s north and northwest sides.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Chicago organizer is picked to finish Raoul's Senate term
A Chicago political and community organizer has been appointed to the Illinois Senate to finish the term of Attorney General-elect Kwame Raoul.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Containers to office space for firm's new home
Step inside the soon-to-be home of Zeller Electric, nearing completion in Goodfield, and it's not hard to imagine you have wandered into a giant Lego play set.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Coldest temperature in Illinois history was twenty years ago
John Carroll still remembers the day when the mercury hit minus-36 in his hometown of Congerville.  He also remembers what he said about it.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Lost ring returns to woman after 30 years
Nathan Duffield has found a lot of junk on the river: sunglasses that usually are too scratched to be used, fishing lures, pocket knives — mostly things that don’t float when someone’s boat flips.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

1 firefighter hurt in blaze at Chicago's Vista Tower
A firefighter has been injured in a blaze at a high-rise construction site in downtown Chicago.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Rauner OKs safety enforcement for underground gas tanks
Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved plans for enhanced safety at underground natural gas storage facilities.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Davis introduces bill to designate Springfield Race Riot Site a National Historic Monument
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today introduced legislation to designate the site of the 1908 Springfield Race Riots a National Historic Monument.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Jesse White awards over $1.3 Million in grants to libraries
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded over $1.3 million in FY19 School District Library Grant Program awards to 694 public school districts. More than 1.6 million Illinois students served by school library media programs have benefitted from the grants.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Powerful Chicago council member charged in federal probe
One of the most powerful and longest-serving City Council members in Chicago history appeared in federal court Thursday on a charge that he tried to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain seeking city remodeling permits.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Illinois man gets 15 years for taking car loaded with baby
A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for driving away in a car with a baby inside it.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Illinois college settles unfair practice case with 48 states
A Chicago-area for-profit college has agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and forego collecting about $493 million in student debt owed by 179,529 students.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Obama launches leadership program in Hawaii
The Obama Foundation is launching an Asia-Pacific leadership program with a series of workshops in Hawaii for 22 emerging leaders.
Friday, January 4, 2019

$92M contract awarded to expand Corpus Christi Ship Channel
An Illinois company has won a $92 million contract to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate larger oil tankers.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Suburban Chicago band behind burning float in Rose Parade
A suburban Chicago high school’s marching band didn’t let a nearby fire derail their participation in California’s annual Rose Parade.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

US Catholic bishops to pray over clergy sexual abuse scandal
U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops gathered Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Court sides with suburban Chicago officer in Taser suit
A federal appeals court in Chicago has sided with a suburban police sergeant sued for allegedly using excessive force by using a Taser four times on a suspect as he was booked on suspicion of harassing his girlfriend.  
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Chicago Public Schools teacher charged with sex abuse
A Chicago Public Schools teacher has been charged with sexually abusing four victims, including a 15-year-old student who was helping him while performing community service hours.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Illinois sheriff jails himself to assess detainee complaints
A suburban Chicago sheriff is spending time locked up in the jail he oversees to evaluate detainees’ complaints about conditions there.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Postal worker shot while driving in suburban Chicago
A U.S. Postal Service worker has been shot in suburban Chicago’s Elk Grove Village.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Renovation to preserve courthouse once visited by Abraham Lincoln
A historic southern Illinois courthouse once visited by Abraham Lincoln is getting an $83,000 renovation with help from a private donor.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Police: Homicides in Chicago down by nearly 100 in 2018
Preliminary numbers indicate that homicides in Chicago fell by about 100 last year compared to 2017, though the total again eclipses the number of homicides in Los Angeles and New York combined, according to data released Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Chicago police: Gunshot wounds 12-year-old as 2019 begins
Chicago police say a 12-year-old boy who was wounded by gunfire as people were ringing in the new year was the first person shot in the city in 2019.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Rock Falls planners object to proposed community solar farm
Planning officials in a northwestern Illinois community are opposing a proposed community solar farm just outside its city limits.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Health care, schools top finance-heavy agenda in states
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Body found 14 hours after fire
 DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a body found inside a central Illinois home more than 14 hours after it was destroyed by fire was that of a 67-year-old woman who lived there.
Monday, December 31, 2018

SIUC set to buy 5 new planes for aviation program
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University Carbondale is going to get some new flying classrooms.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Federal judge gives green light to patient privacy lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has refused to toss a lawsuit accusing an Illinois investigator of violating privacy rights of two patients by seizing their files from their psychotherapist.
Monday, December 31, 2018

New year to bring new laws for Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers completed the state’s 100th General Assembly in its bicentennial year, and will ring in 2019 with 253 new laws on the books .
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Wells Fargo to pay IL $10.8M settlement
CHICAGO (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay Illinois nearly $11 million to resolve claims the bank violated state consumer protection laws by opening unauthorized accounts and using manipulative sales practices.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Corporate office showing art in Urbana
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — It seems like a place you'd go to invest in great art, not view it.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Illinois Department of Labor to enforce new laws in 2019
SPRINGFIELD — Effective January 1, 2019, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) will enforce the following new state laws:
Friday, December 28, 2018

Transgender inmate gets rare transfer to female prison
CHICAGO (AP) — A transgender woman serving a 10-year sentence in Illinois for burglary has been moved from a men’s to a women’s prison in what is a rare accommodation by state prison authorities, her lawyers announced Thursday. 
Friday, December 28, 2018

New drone owners urged to learn the rules of the air
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Transportation wants people who found brand new drones under the tree on Christmas morning that their new toys come with state and federal regulations that have to be followed.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Bloomington man opts for bench trial in triple murder case
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A Bloomington man charged in the shooting deaths of three people has decided he wants a judge and not a jury to decide his fate. 
Friday, December 28, 2018

Experts say Illinois could see growth of hemp industry
ROSEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A farmer who was among the first to legally grow hemp in Illinois following its legalization this year believes the plant could be the state’s next big cash crop.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Sensory friendly film event set for Jan. 5
HILLSBORO, Ill. — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.”
Friday, December 28, 2018

Bird Feeding Basics and Winter Bird Hike in January
DECATUR — Explore local species of song birds and learn how to attract them to your yard during two January programs: Bird Feeding Basics and a Winter Bird Hike. Both programs are free with online registration.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Pediatrician gives advice on influenza season
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Internet provider aims to expand rural broadband in Midwest
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An Illinois-based internet provider is planning to spur broadband development in rural areas across five states in the central U.S.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cluster of respiratory and cardiac distress cases among drug users
SPRINGFIELD — Within the past several days, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received reports of approximately ten individuals transported to area hospitals for respiratory distress or cardiac arrest.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Man charged with killing woman found dead in trash can
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has been charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was found by sanitation workers in a garbage can on Christmas Eve.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

SBA offers disaster assistance to residents of Illinois
WASHINGTON — Illinois businesses and residents affected by severe storms and tornadoes on Dec. 1, 2018, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Linda McMahon announced today.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Peoria's 2018 homicides top 2 previous years combined
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria’s police chief says investigators don’t see connections between numerous recent shootings that have pushed the city’s number of criminal homicides for 2018 pass the combined total for the two previous years.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

False claim of missing child triggers Amber Alert
LEWISTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man faces felony charges after allegedly concocting a story his car being stolen with a 13-month old child inside that triggered a statewide Amber Alert.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Group starts campaign to renovate Winnebago Town Hall
WINNEBAGO, Ill. (AP) — The old town hall in northern Illinois’ Winnebago Township is in line for a little sprucing up.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Man police say threw 2 dogs from balcony charged with felony
CHICAGO (AP) — A felony charge has been filed against a man who Chicago police say threw a 17-year-olld Chihuahua and another small dog off a second-floor balcony during a fight with his wife.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Ryan Expressway to Obama Expressway? Ryan family says no
CHICAGO (AP) — A member of a prominent Chicago political family running for mayor suggested that an expressway on the city’s South Side be renamed after former President Barack Obama, but the family of the man it’s currently named after isn’t happy.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Illinois EPA offers grants for wastewater efficiency
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is offering grants to public wastewater treatment plants to improve energy efficiency.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Missourians want action over too-high Illinois levee
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri landowners and environmentalists are urging a federal agency to sanction a levee district on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, arguing that the earthen barrier has been built above its authorized height, worsening flooding for its neighbors.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Lake Land College offers Grant Writing 102 Course
MATTOON, Ill. — Lake Land College is offering a Grant Writing 102 course that will go deeper into the basics of grant research and application writing.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Memorial Medical Center to offer free class to help smokers quit
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will offer the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking class beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Presidential library honored as event venue
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum voted the nation’s top small-market venue
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

USDA program overwhelms Quad-Cities with milk
Food pantries in eastern Iowa and western Illinois are being flooded with milk donations under a federal program to buy and distribute nearly $50 million in dairy products to compensate farmers hurt by trade tariffs.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Thrift stores see mixed blessing with donations now
It's the holiday giving season, but for some charities and thrift stores collecting used items, there's a fine line between a blessing and a burden when it comes to what's being received.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Tourists dismayed at the closure of Lincoln home
Some tourists visiting Springfield are disappointed that the partial federal government shutdown has left Abraham Lincoln’s home closed to tours.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Trucker sentenced for shooting windowns on I-74
A Wisconsin trucker has been sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison for a slingshot and metal ball bearings to shatter a van window while driving along Interstate 74 in eastern Illinois.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Number of school districts opting into Ed360 surpasses 600
More than 600 school districts in Illinois have opted into Ed360, the free data dashboard and resource hub developed and launched by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in February. In less than a year, more than 70 percent of Illinois school districts have chosen Ed360 to facilitate teacher collaboration and data-informed decision-making. ISBE worked in close collaboration with educators throughout the development of Ed360 to ensure the platform would meet their needs.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Teen charged with arson after fire destroyed mayor's house
A 19-year-old man has been charged with arson after a fire destroyed the home of the mayor of the southern Illinois community of Alorton.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Therapy horses help Northwestern University students
Therapy horses are helping Northwestern University de-stress during exams.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Review of fired Chicago pathologist cases far from complete
A medical examiner’s office in Chicago is still a year away from completing its review of all of the cases handled by a fired pathologist who was found to have botched autopsies and overlooked a homicide, according to officials.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Illinois population estimated to be down by 45,000-plus
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Illinois’ population shrunk by more than 45,000 over the 12 months ending July 1.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Waffle House shooter familiar to Tazewell Co. police
The man accused of killing four people in a Nashville Waffle House used to send his father text messages in which he punctuated everyday chitchat with delusional rants.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

AG finds 500 more Catholic clergy accused of abuse
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois has not released the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Police test tool that shoots rope to restrain
A suburban Chicago police department is testing a new device that restrains suspects by shooting a Kevlar rope that wraps tightly around the person’s body.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Chicago drug trafficker testifies against El Chapo
Identical twin brothers from Chicago made a fortune by distributing nearly 40 tons (36 metric tons) of cocaine worth $800 million for Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman before signing up as cooperators who spied on the cartel, one of the them testified Tuesday at a U.S. trial.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

El Chapo trial becomes a NYC tourist attraction
There was a time, after a spectacular prison escape, when Joaquin Guzman was the most wanted man in the world.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

IHSA schools approve football districting
Illinois High School Association (IHSA) member schools approved eleven amendment proposals in the annual by-law referendum that ended December 17, 2018, including a proposal to implement a district scheduling system for football starting with the 2021 season. The online ballots were tabulated and certified in the IHSA Office today.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Chicago suburb's sponsorship of bowl game in the Bahamas gains support
A Chicago suburb’s decision to sponsor a nationally televised college football bowl game in the Bahamas has won over some residents and local merchants despite receiving mixed reactions after the announcement last summer.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Officers die after being hit by train
Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train as they investigated a report of gunshots on the city’s far South Side.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Filing: FBI searched cell of man in scholar's death
Attorneys for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois-Champaign say the FBI searched his jail cell when he was in court.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Lincoln documents project gets grant
A groundbreaking project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to find and digitize documents from the 16th president’s life has been awarded a grant by the Abraham Lincoln Association.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

O'Hare to get new security screening technology
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is getting a new security scanner that officials hope will make going through security checkpoints more efficient. 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Nurse held hostage by inmate to get $7.2 million
A suburban Chicago nurse who was held hostage and raped by a hospitalized jail inmate will receive $7.2 million in a settlement.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Newspaper: Illinois has lack of oversight on security guards
A newspaper investigation has found that private security guards in Illinois often aren’t as closely monitored as police officers, who in recent years have faced scrutiny over excessive force.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Proposed southern Illinois wind farm faces opposition
Environmentalists in southern Illinois have raised concerns that a proposed wind turbine project will diminish the area's natural beauty and hurt animal habitat.
Monday, December 17, 2018

3 men killed when Jeep slams into tree
Authorities in northern Illinois say three men were killed when a vehicle they were in slid off a road and slammed into a tree.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Illinois cities receive $13.7M to reduce lead in homes
Communities across Illinois are receiving a combined $13.7 million to reduce hazards from lead-based paint in low-income housing.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Chicago fire crews rescue 15 people from stalled elevator
Chicago fire crews have rescued 15 people who were trapped inside an elevator that became stuck in a building.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Program on Marshall Field's Christmas Dec. 20
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum will host a free mid-day programs on Illinois history at the ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash in Springfield, on December 20.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Salvation Army kettles collect gold coins in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — The Salvation Army says it already has collected several gold coins in the Chicago area.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Cold Moon viewing and hike Dec. 22
DECATUR, Ill. — Explore December’s full moon during an astronomy program at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, December 22 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Americans celebrated Christmas in 1776 with sweeping victory at Trenton
TRENTON, New Jersey — The year 1776 is legendary in American history, as the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 4.  Christmas in 1776 was a momentous occasion as well.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Program on Historic Houses of Lincoln's Illinois December 19
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum will hosta free mid-day program on Illinois history at the ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash in Springfield, on December 19.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

ISU may buy 80 acres to expand University Farm
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University may add about 80 acres to the central Illinois farm operated by the university’s agriculture department. 
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Pritzker inauguration party to raise money for charities
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s inaugural celebration will raise money for a Chicago-based legal aid organization and the foundation that supports the state fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Marker dedicated to labor organizer
COALFIELD, Ill. — The Mother Jones Heritage Project unveiled a major historical marker, exhibit and digital story tours on December 11, 12 p.m., timed to coincide with the end of the year-long Illinois Bicentennial celebration.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Last-minute donation saves church
CHICAGO (AP) — A 120-year-old Chicago church was saved from auction after a midnight call from a group of donors, which one church official said was “a Christmas miracle.”
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Proposed wind farm faces opposition
VALMEYER, Ill. (AP) — Environmentalists in southern Illinois have raised concerns that a proposed wind turbine project will diminish the area’s natural beauty and hurt animal habitat.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Theatre 7 holding open auditions for new comedy
DECATUR — Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions for the hilarious Jones, Hope Wooten comedy "Farce of Nature." Auditions will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 18 or Wednesday, December 19 at Theatre 7, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Saturday, December 15, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steel company moving out of Illinois
An Illinois steel company has finalized plans to move its operations to northwestern Indiana .
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

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

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

$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

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

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

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















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