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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

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

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

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

Federal grant helping Southern Illinois Airport add hangars
Two new aircraft hangers are being planned for Southern Illinois Airport, which officials say will boost businesses at the airport near Carbondale.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Lincoln museum head cuts foundation tie over stovepipe hat
Friction over attempts to verify an iconic stovepipe hat’s connection to Abraham Lincoln has prompted the director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to sever financial ties to the organization’s fundraising arm at a critical juncture for the nonprofit foundation, which is struggling to pay back millions of dollars borrowed to buy the hat and other artifacts related to the 16th president.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Scene of Illinois shootout that killed 3 to be renamed
An Illinois overpass will be renamed in honor of three men, including two law enforcement officers, who were killed decades ago in a shootout with a Michigan man.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Boy, 2, dies after being shot in neck in Chicago
A 2-year-old boy has been fatally shot after someone fired into a crowd outside a party in Chicago.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Moving company says it found some of military family's goods
A moving company says it found some furniture belonging to a Navy family featured in an Associated Press article about problems military personnel have during transfers.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Ministers on lunch break rescue woman from fire
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Three church ministers returning from lunch are credited with rescuing a woman from a house fire in southwestern Illinois.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

UIC gets $5M federal grant for eye-injury study
CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago will receive a $5.25 million Defense Department grant over four years to lead a clinical test of using stem cells to treat eye injuries.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Ex-Rep. Schock to face corruption trial in June
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s public corruption case is now scheduled for June in federal court in Chicago.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

State seizes pet bobcat, family says it has a permit
SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois conservation police have seized a pet bobcat from a family in Swansea.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

University of Illinois planning $54 million library overhaul
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials plan spending $54 million to modernize and restructure the Urbana-Champaign campus’ library.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Chicago guilty verdict comes four years after Laquan McDonald's death
CHICAGO (AP) — Four years after he fired 16 bullets into a black teenager, three years after dashcam video of the shooting was released and three weeks after his murder trial began, Jason Van Dyke’s transformation from Chicago patrol officer to convicted felon came suddenly.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Home and Community Week next week
ILLINOIS — Across Illinois, October 8-14,2018 marks Illinois Association Home and Community Week. The governor has issued a Proclamation in recognition of this important observance in commendation of IAHCE members for the dedication and commitment to the welfare of local communities throughout our state.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Illinois History: Peoria still home to 12,000 Caterpillar workers
PEORIA, Ill. — Peoria wasn't always a company town. It was a distillery town, a farm implement town and a river town before the Caterpillar Tractor Co. set up shop.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

More deals reached in hotel strikes
CHICAGO (AP) — New contract agreements have been reached at four more downtown Chicago hotels, nearly a month after strikes began at about two dozen locations.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Star-studded lineup revealed for state's bicentennial bash
CHICAGO — An original musical rendition of the Gettysburg Address with Miguel Cervantes will be featured in a night of tributes to Illinois entertainers, with performances by Illinois’ top musicians, a Chicago sports championship parade, and a star-studded cast of Illinois celebrities lined up for the state’s Bicentennial Birthday Party at the United Center Dec. 3.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Presentation explores the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder
DECATUR — Learn about the life of famous author Laura Ingalls Wilder with guest speaker Janilyn Kocher in her talk: “Laura Ingalls Wilder: Her Life” on Saturday, October 13 at 2:00pm in Rock Springs Nature Center. 
Friday, October 5, 2018

Medical marijuana use up 80%
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Department of Public Health report says medical marijuana use is up more than 80 percent in the state.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Board rejects Rauner plan to ease rules for coal-fired power plants
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Pollution Control Board has refused to adopt a proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner to relax limits on pollution from the state’s coal-fired power plants.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Chicago prepares for weekend marathon
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is urging people to use public transportation and prepare for road closures during this weekend’s Chicago marathon.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Chicago Tribune endorses Rauner
CHICAGO — Today, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Governor Rauner, highlighting how critical this election is to the future of Illinois.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Chicago Tribune endorses Rauner
CHICAGO — Today, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Governor Rauner, highlighting how critical this election is to the future of Illinois.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Schools try to stem outmigration issue
EFFINGHAM, Ill. – About 170 high-achieving high school and community college students from across southern Illinois attended an event this week hosted by six of the state’s public universities to keep talented students from the region in Illinois for college.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Judge considered revoking cop's bond
CHICAGO (AP) — As of presstime today, no verdict has been issued in the  murder trial of white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald The city of Chicago is watching closely for word of a verdict.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Minimize the risk of being a cyber victim
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois .gov is providing links to information and tips to help people minimize the risk of being a cybercrime victim. Some of those tips include the following:
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Violinist, professor, pastor among genius grant winners
A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless, a professor whose research is being used to increase access to civil justice by poor communities and an activist pastor are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Officer's lawyer calls video 'essentially meaningless'
Attorneys in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald sparred Thursday over what video of the deadly encounter actually proves.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Attorneys rest cases in murder trial
Testimony in the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald concluded Wednesday morning, a quiet ending to a trial just a day after the officer himself provided sometimes emotional and sometimes defiant testimony that what he saw did not unfold the way it did on dashcam video.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

4 on nursing home bus killed in crash
Authorities say two nursing home residents and two employees were killed when the bus they were riding slammed head-on into a grain truck in western Illinois.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Alleged victim sues Archdiocese of Chicago
A man who says he was sexually abused decades ago by his parish priest said Tuesday he is suing all Catholic bishops in California and the Archdiocese of Chicago, seeking to compel church officials to release records on clergy abuse.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Rauner and Pritzker face off in 2-way debate today
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker will face off in their first two-way debate of the Illinois governor’s race.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pritzker to repay $331k in toilet 'scheme'
The Democratic nominee for Illinois governor says he will repay the Cook County treasurer more than $330,000 worth of property-tax breaks he received in what an investigator called a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Report: Pritzker's toilet removal a 'scheme to defraud'
J.B. Pritzker, the billionaire Democratic candidate for governor, engaged in a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers when he removed toilets from a Chicago mansion as part of a property tax reassessment that saved him $330,000, according to media reports citing a local government report.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Air Force reprimands Scott colonel
The Air Force is reprimanding a former commander at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois as part of a plea agreement over sexual misconduct accusations against him.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Psychologist says officer in McDonald case responded in reasonable manner
The murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has resumed after an unexpected day off.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New charges brought in interstate wire thefts
Two men arrested in connection with a rash of copper wire thefts in northwestern Indiana and neighboring communities in Illinois are now facing federal charges.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Kroger and Walgreens partner on sales pilot
The nation’s biggest grocery and drugstore chains are testing a plan to work together, trying to keep pace with Americans who increasingly shop with the click of a button or a swipe on an iPad.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hundreds remain on strike at 10 downtown Chicago hotels
Hundreds of workers remain on strike at 10 downtown Chicago hotels, while workers have reached new contract deals at more than a dozen other hotels.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Obama endorses Londrigan, Pritzker, Raoul
Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in her race against Republican Rep. Rodney Davis for a central Illinois congressional seat.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Jordan leads list of top Illinois athletes
Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles, was voted the top athlete in Illinois history by participants in the Illinois Top 200 project, followed by Bears stars Dick Butkus and Walter Payton.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Chances of hitting a deer in Illinois 1 in 200
It’s October, and officially Fall.  Did you know that the odds of hitting a deer while driving more than doubles during October, November and December when deer collisions are most prevalent?
Monday, October 1, 2018

Hillary campaigning for Pritzker today in Chicago
Hillary Clinton is campaigning for Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Shooting inside moving car in Chicago leaves 2 dead
Police say two men were fatally shot and two others were shot and wounded during a dispute inside a moving car that ended in a rollover crash in downtown Chicago.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Political parties key to curing sexual harassment
llinois political campaigns are traditionally rough-and-tumble, transitory affairs dominated by a good-ol’-boy environment that breeds sexual harassment, intimidation, and bullying, a report on women in politics issued last week found.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Chicago police officer's trial halted due to sick juror
The murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been halted for a day because a juror is ill.
Monday, October 1, 2018

High court declines to hear Drew Peterson appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson’s appeal of his murder conviction in the drowning death of his third wife.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Lincoln turns tide in debates against Douglas in Galesburg
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates are among the most important events in the United State’s history.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Federal agency withholds some Chicago Public Schools funding
Chicago Public Schools will not receive a $4 million federal grant this year because the district has failed to demonstrate that it is sufficiently addressing complaints of sexual violence, the U.S. Department of Education said.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Decision looms for Chicago officer: to testify or not
Answering the question of what white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was thinking when he shot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times will be crucial for jurors once they start deliberating on a verdict at his murder trial. And there’s only one person who knows for sure what the officer was thinking: the officer himself.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Cave-in-Rock Ferry resuming service 16 hours per day
An Ohio River ferry between Illinois and Kentucky will resume full service Monday after operating on limited hours the past three months.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Police: Man's body found in sewer on Chicago's South Side
Chicago police say a man’s body has been discovered in a sewer on the city’s South Side.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Student accused of being neo-Nazi leaves SIU
An official at Southern Illinois University says a student accused earlier this month of belonging to a white supremacist neo-Nazi group is no longer enrolled in the school.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Defense continues assault on McDonald
Now it is Laquan McDonald who is on trial.  

After days of prosecutors making their case to jurors that Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke committed first-degree murder in 2014 when he shot the black teenager 16 times, attorneys for the white officer are presenting their own evidence. Their contention: The teenager was a violent, dangerous, knife-wielding suspect on “a rampage” whom Van Dyke was forced to kill.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Rauner, Pritzker spar over Kavanaugh
The controversy over sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spilled into governor’s races across the country as the woman at the center of the claims told her story to a riveted nation.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Mom tried to drown son after posting he was dead
Police say a Chicago mother tried to drown her 3-year-old son after posting on social media that the child was dead.
Friday, September 28, 2018

$3M gift to U of I football center wraps fundraising
The University of Illinois has announced a $3.1 million gift to its Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Friday, September 28, 2018

EPA to test air near sterilization clinic
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will conduct additional monitoring for air pollution near a suburban Chicago plant that handles medical instruments. 
Friday, September 28, 2018

Witnesses portray Laquan McDonald as dangerous
A Chicago police officer told jurors Wednesday at the trial of a white police officer charged with murder in the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald that officers warned years earlier about the possibility of people carrying guns disguised as knives. 
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Treasurer's program to return $12M to taxpayers
The new ‘Money Match’ program automatically will return lost money to Illinois residents without the usual need to gather paperwork or file a claim, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed
When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Day 3 for defense in McDonald case
A Chicago police officer told jurors Wednesday at the trial of a white police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald that the black teenager looked menacing when she encountered him and that she initially thought he might have a gun.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Report: Electing more women will change culture of harassment
Illinois’ political parties can make a leap toward eliminating sexual harassment and bolstering gender equity by electing women to half of all political offices in the state, according to a report released Wednesday by a panel of women in state government.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Lincoln-Herndon building to reopen
The building that once housed President Abraham Lincoln’s law office in Springfield will soon be opened as a tourist welcome center.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Defense focuses on teen's behavior
Lawyers for a white Chicago police officer on trial for murder focused Tuesday on the past behavior of the black teenager the officer shot 16 times.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

College pres apologizes over beer bong
The president of Southeast Missouri State University is apologizing after he was captured on video drinking from a beer bong at a tailgate party.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Chicago Archdiocese to merge parishes
The Archdiocese of Chicago is closing one school and one church and merging parishes to help address financial issues and an expected priest shortage.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

St. Louis and Chicago among the deadliest cities in US
FBI crime statistics place Baltimore’s homicide rate above that of any other U.S. city with a population over 500,000.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

U of I senate backs tribe's stance on Chief Illiniwek
The University of Illinois campus senate is backing a Native American tribe’s stance that the school’s longtime Chief Illiniwek mascot is a degrading racial stereotype.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

18 more convictions tied to corrupt Chicago officer tossed
A judge has vacated the convictions of 18 more men investigated by a corrupt Chicago police sergeant.
Monday, September 24, 2018

3 Illinois men die in SUV pickup crash near Wisconsin Dells
Three Illinois men are dead after their sport utility vehicle collided with a pickup near Wisconsin Dells.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Ex-OpenTable worker charged in bogus reservations scheme
A former OpenTable employee has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly making hundreds of bogus reservations at Chicago restaurants to undermine a rival booking service.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Residents call for changes to prevent Chain O'Lakes flooding
Residents are pushing for Illinois officials to change how they run a dam to prevent flooding in several lakes that flow into the Fox River in Chicago’s northern suburbs.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Chicago mayor picks new fire commissioner
A 35-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department has been named the city’s new fire commissioner.
Monday, September 24, 2018

State police taking part in Rail Safety Week
Illinois State Police will be out this week issuing tickets and handing out safety literature in a bid to bring down numbers of railroad-crossing deaths in the state.
Monday, September 24, 2018

18 more convictions tied to dirty cop to be tossed
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors are set to dismiss convictions against 18 more people that resulted from investigations by a corrupt Chicago police sergeant and his crew of tactical officers.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Illinois' long romance with trains still endures
ILLINOIS — Trains brought Abraham Lincoln’s body home to Illinois, transported southern blacks escaping Jim Crow laws to Chicago, and now carry a labor force of thousands between the suburbs and downtown Chicago daily.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Chicago hotel strike sees some resolution
CHICAGO (AP) — A hotel workers union says a new contract with Marriott International has been ratified, bringing partial resolution to a strike that began two weeks ago in Chicago.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Expert says officer's shooting of teen not justified
CHICAGO (AP) — An expert on police use of deadly force testified Thursday that a black teenager who was killed by a white Chicago police officer in 2014 did not “pose a risk of serious injury or death” to anyone when the officer opened fire.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Governor candidates clash on taxes, 'lies' at debate
CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday accused rival J.B. Pritzker of plotting a massive income tax hike on the people of Illinois, a claim the Democrat dismissed as another lie from a governor who’s “been lying for three-and-a-half years.”
Friday, September 21, 2018

Rauner abolishes 53 boards and commissions today
CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner today issued executive orders eliminating 53 boards and commissions that serve no public purpose and have been inactive for years, some for as long as two full decades.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Former Chicago police commander linked to torture is dead at age 70
Former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who was accused of torturing suspects in his South Side police district but was never prosecuted for the alleged crimes, has died, a Florida funeral home confirmed Wednesday. He was 70.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Doc can't determine order of wounds
A doctor testifying in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of Laquan McDonald said Wednesday that it’s impossible to determine the exact order of the wounds the black teenager suffered from 16 shots that were fired.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mattoon students still healing 1 year after shooting
Illinois high school students are still healing a year after a teen shot a student in the cafeteria.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Illinois gets $44M in fed funds to fight opioid abuse
Illinois has been awarded a $43.5 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Judge denies class-action in gender based pay dispute
A federal judge has refused to grant class-action status to a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination against female doctors at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kids Shouldn't Have Cancer summit Friday
The Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation in Memory of Jonny Wade will host a Biden Cancer Community Summit focused on cancer research on September 21  in Springfield from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at the 2E Schnirring Board Room in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation on 228 W. Miller St. This community summit is a response to Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden’s call to action to double the rate of progress against cancer.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Testimony by cops big part of trial
The Chicago police officers clearly do not want to be in court testifying against a colleague accused of murder, with one of them so uncomfortable he couldn’t bring himself to point to the man on trial, something witnesses are routinely asked to do.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Marine admits to killing 2
A former Marine already sentenced to death for killing a sailor in Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally attacking two young girls in a suburban Chicago park 13 years ago.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

$7 million VFW queen of hearts raffle has a winner
The more than $7 million Queen of Hearts raffle at the McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars has been won.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Emanuel to publish book on 'Why Mayors Run the World'
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is adding a new title to his resume: Author.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Jury shown shooting video repeatedly at Chicago officer's trial
The last moments of Laquan McDonald’s life played over and over again for the jury. An officer pulls up, gets out of a squad car and opens fire as the black teenager walks away from police, a small knife in one hand. McDonald crumples to the ground. More bullets are fired into his body — a total of 16.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fair takes loss over grandstand concerts
The Illinois State Fair lost nearly $210,000 on its Grandstand concerts in Springfield last month after seeing record ticket sales a year ago.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Judge throws out conviction in case
A judge threw out a man’s murder conviction Monday in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student after saying that jurors could have been confused by wording in the man’s indictment.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Court upholds dismissal of lawsuit against abortion funding
An Illinois appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed to stop a law that’ll expand Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance to cover abortions.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bill Daley says he's running for Chicago mayor in '19
Another Daley wants to be mayor of Chicago.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lawmaker loses GOP support amid harassment claim
Illinois House Republicans have ended campaign support for a sitting GOP lawmaker amid allegations of “harassment.”
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Jury sees video of cop shooting teen
Prosecutors on Monday showed jurors video of a white Chicago police officer opening fire on black teenager Laquan McDonald, saying the 2014 fatal shooting was “completely unnecessary.”
Monday, September 17, 2018

Fermi chosen as Illinois top scientist
Enrico Fermi and James Watson – geniuses who explored the power of the atom and the building blocks of life – were voted the top scientists in state history by participants in the Illinois Top 200 project.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Sergeant is charged in gas station heists
A suburban Chicago police sergeant and another man have been charged with robbing two gas stations at gunpoint.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Fish species at risk from Lake Michigan warming
A new report warns that warmer and wetter climate in the Midwest could lead to the displacement of some cold water fish species in southern Lake Michigan and trigger die-offs in smaller inland lakes.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Teacher who tackled teen shooter throws 1st pitch
A suburban Indianapolis teacher who was shot in May while tackling a student who opened fire inside his classroom threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field before Sunday’s Chicago Cubs-Cincinnati Reds game.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Ag business fire in northern Illinois prompts evacuation
A factory and several homes were evacuated after fire broke out at an agriculture business in rural northern Illinois.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Plan a community garden this fall
URBANA, Ill. — There is a good amount of planning involved in creating a successful community garden. To help people and organizations build and maintain productive community gardens, the University of Illinois Extension created the community garden webinar series. This series takes users through a variety of modules discussing the different steps that can be taken to develop a successful community garden.  
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Utilizing corn stalks for cow feed a no-brainer
URBANA, Ill. — For cattle producers, crop residues can be a viable and inexpensive grazing option. University of Illinois Extension beef cattle specialist Travis Meteer explains what producers need to know.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Chicago officer will stick with jury
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald announced today that they will stick with jurors selected over recent days for the trial rather than have a judge decide the case.
Friday, September 14, 2018

New Chicago police reforms unveiled
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor and Illinois’ attorney general unveiled an updated plan Thursday to reform the city’s police, saying it will ensure permanent, far-reaching changes within a 12,000-officer department that has a long history of committing serious civil rights abuses.
Friday, September 14, 2018

27 years after murdering woman, man kills another
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who served time in prison for the murder of a girlfriend has been convicted in the death of another woman, an ex-girlfriend.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Willis Tower unveils 5-level expansion
CHICAGO (AP) — The owner of the Willis Tower has unveiled a five-level expansion project designed to lure thousands of additional visitors to Chicago’s tallest building each day.
Friday, September 14, 2018

U of I panel suggests adopting new mascot
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A University of Illinois report suggests that the school consider adopting a new sports mascot to help quell ongoing turmoil over the 2007 decision to do away with its longtime Chief Illiniwek portrayal.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Chicago officer will stick with jury
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald announced today that they will stick with jurors selected over recent days for the trial rather than have a judge decide the case.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Popular area festival adds new features
CARLINVILLE — A popular music festival created to celebrate the medical challenges of a local resident will expand into a larger event this year.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Trafficker ships heroin using Amtrak
A California man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for taking part in a drug-trafficking ring that used Amtrak trains to ship heroin and cocaine to Chicago from Los Angeles.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

EPA offers hazardous waste collection
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has announced household hazardous waste collection dates.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Aggressive Chicago towing company license is revoked
Chicago’s Lincoln Towing Service, which was parodied in folk song for its aggressive way of doing business, was stripped of its operating license Wednesday by Illinois regulators.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Race an issue in white officer's trial
Attorneys sparred over race on Wednesday during jury selection in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Central Illinois priest removed from ministry
A central Illinois Catholic priest has been removed from ministry after church officials say he misused money from two parishes and pornography was found among his possessions.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Judge convicted of fraud resigns
An Illinois judge who was convicted of fraud is stepping down from the bench.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Former U of I student shot by police gets probation
A former University of Illinois student who was suicidal and wanted police to shoot him has been sentenced to two years of probation.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Former Governor Edgar to speak on politics at Millikin on Constitution Day
Millikin University is pleased to welcome former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar to campus on Constitution Day, Monday, Sept. 17, for a community-wide conversation about Illinois politics in the modern age at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Power company wants to wall off state's scenic river
A power company is looking to wall off Illinois’ only national scenic river with rocks instead of removing toxic waste seeping into the water.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Prominent historian's Lincoln collection to be auctioned
A leading Abraham Lincoln scholar’s extensive collection of images, documents and artwork pertaining to the nation’s 16th president is being auctioned in Manhattan later this month.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Auction of Peoria hotel properties fails to attract bidders
A bankruptcy auction of two Peoria hotels was called off after the effort attracted no bidders.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Jurors seated in McDonald killing trial
Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times. If the pace of proceedings on the first day was any indication, it could be a while before testimony begins.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Study delves into death rate by gun type
Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Strike targeting 25 hotels in downtown Chicago continues
A strike targeting 25 downtown Chicago hotels is entering a fifth day as housekeepers, cooks and others remain off the job.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Infant laid to rest 2 years after death in college dorm bathtub
An infant who died after his mother delivered him in a college dormitory bathtub in 2016 has been laid to rest in northern Indiana.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sepsis prevalent in Illinois nursing homes amid low staffing
A joint news investigation has found that deadly blood infections persist in Illinois’ understaffed nursing homes.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Quincy Housing Authority receives $1M for lead cleanup
A western Illinois housing authority is receiving $1 million to remove lead-based paint from the city’s public housing.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Helping children learn about Lincoln
Good news for schools that want to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum but lack the money. Thanks to the Winnick Family Foundation, schools can apply for grants to help them cover the expense of a visit.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Illinois joins other states to sue over migratory birds
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined counterparts from seven states to sue the Interior Department for rolling back protections for waterfowl, songbirds and other migratory birds.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Man badly hurt in fire after dropping grandson to officers
Officials say a man was badly injured in a Chicago apartment house fire after safely dropping his 7-year-old grandson to police officers from a second-floor window.
Monday, September 10, 2018

2018 state fair attendance down 8% from last year
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials say attendance at this year’s Illinois State Fair declined 8 percent from last year.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Jarrett says she won't run for Chicago mayor
CHICAGO (AP) — Former presidential aide Valerie  says she will not join the political scrum developing to replace Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Vegas man accused of killing child found in Illinois garage
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Las Vegas man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 6-year-old daughter whose remains were found in an Illinois garage last year.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Ft. Armstrong, Rock Island Arsenal have defended nation since 1816
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — In summer 1814, skirmishes between the U.S. and British-backed warriors under the leadership of Black Hawk flared up and down river from Rock Island.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

ISBE working on fixing teacher shortage
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) published a comprehensive suite of solutions for the statewide teacher workforce crisis, backed by state and national research and data.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

IL State Museum Society offers travel opportunity
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Museum Society, the membership organization of the Illinois State Museum, is resuming educational travel opportunities, beginning with a fall trip to the communities of Rock Island and Moline.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Helping children learn about Lincoln
SPRINGFIELD — Good news for schools that want to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum but lack the money. Thanks to the Winnick Family Foundation, schools can apply for grants to help them cover the expense of a visit.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

IDPH launches targeted vaccination effort
In an effort to prevent hepatitis A outbreaks in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with almost two dozen local health departments  around the state to make hepatitis A vaccine more readily available. States across the country, including states bordering Illinois, have been seeing hepatitis A outbreaks. IDPH is not currently reporting any hepatitis A outbreaks.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Potential jurors report to court in Chicago officer's case
Several dozen would-be jurors reported to a courthouse Wednesday and were told by a judge they might be asked to decide whether a Chicago police officer committed murder when he shot and killed black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Chicago's next mayor will be leading a deeply divided city
The next mayor of Chicago will take over a city that is deeply divided by race and class, a decadeslong problem that critics say only grew more pronounced during Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s two terms in office.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Morton man pleads guilty in beating of toddler in his care
A central Illinois man faces up to 30 years in prison for beating his 18-month-old niece while babysitting her last summer.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Body found in Mississippi River in the St. Louis area
Authorities have found a man’s body in the Mississippi River in the St. Louis area.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

2 killed in suburban Chicago crash with sheriff's squad car
Police say two people were killed in a crash involving a Cook County sheriff’s squad car in Chicago’s northern suburbs.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Potential jurors to be in court in Chicago officer's case
Prospective jurors in the murder trial of the white Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald are to be given questionnaires as the first phase of jury selection starts Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Man pleads guilty in death during kidnap of lottery winner
A central Illinois man has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the death of a man during a kidnapping that authorities say stemmed from trying to steal money from recent lottery winnings.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Illinois judges take police, court lessons to schools
The Illinois Judges Association is introducing a schools program to help young people learn how to interact with police.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

State Farm reaches preliminary deal in conspiracy lawsuit
Insurance giant State Farm on Tuesday reached a $250 million preliminary settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit claiming the company funneled money to the campaign of an Illinois Supreme Court candidate.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Champaign settles lawsuits against police for $3.7M
A central Illinois city has approved settling two lawsuits accusing police of wrongdoing for a combined $3.7 million.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Southern Illinois University sees continued enrollment drop
Enrollment is continuing a steep decline at Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus, with nearly 12 percent fewer students this fall semester.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won't seek 3rd term
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that he won’t seek a third term in 2019.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

2 hubs picked for Illinois Innovation Center outside Chicago
Officials have picked sites at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and in Springfield to become part of a Chicago-based high-tech innovation center.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Lincoln Presidential Library offers events looking back at three very different Illinois leaders
Three special events in September at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will give people a chance to look back at Lincoln’s legal skills, Ronald Reagan’s leadership style and Rod Blagojevich’s failed tenure as governor.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Portion of I-74 to be dedicated to fallen Illinois trooper
A portion of Interstate 74 in central Illinois is being dedicated to a state trooper who died in a crash in 2017.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Protest brings arrests, doesn't shut down Chicago expressway
Police arrested a dozen participants of an anti-violence protest on Labor Day that tried and ultimately failed to shut down an expressway that leads to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New advice out for detecting, treating concussions in kids
New U.S. guidelines for concussions in children recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis. They also reassure parents that most kids’ symptoms clear up within one to three months.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

2 bodies recovered from Lake Springfield
The remains of two men who men who entered the waters of Lake Springfield and ultimately did not resurface have been recovered.  The incident occurred near the CWLP Power Plant around 1:45 pm 9/2/2018.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Final bicentennial series presentations to be held Sept. 16 and Oct. 21
The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Illinois State Museum invite the public to the final two programs in the special bicentennial series “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans.” These presentations will be held Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Lawyer group stands watch during Chicago protests
Chicago’s anti-violence protesters are getting silent support from about 100 lawyers with green hats.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Tours show off $322M Iowa-Illinois bridge construction
Iowa Department of Transportation officials are giving tours of the new $322 million bridge being built to connect Bettendorf to Moline, Illinois.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Debate coach sues over alleged prison ban
A debate coach who went into Illinois prisons to organize teams comprised of inmates has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the state Department of Corrections barred the activity in violation of guaranteed free-speech rights.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Federal courthouse in Springfield getting $2.6M face-lift
The federal courthouse in Springfield is getting a $2.6 million face-lift.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Man forced to ground by gunman accuses police of profiling
A Chicago man is accusing the city’s police of profiling and not doing their jobs after he was accosted by a gunman who accused him of trying to break into his car.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Man charged with killing woman, setting apartment on fire
A man has been charged with first-degree murder and arson in the death of a Chicago woman whose beaten body was found after a fire at her home in July.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

What is the risk of Russian meddling?
Nearly a year after Russian government hackers meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro zeroed in on a new sign of trouble: a group of suspect websites.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Illinois road closing for migrating snakes
Snakes and amphibians will have the right away for a while on Shawnee National Forest’s Snake Road.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Chicago Police deploys extra 1,400 officers over holiday
The Chicago Police Department is putting an extra 1,400 officers on the streets to try to reduce the number of shootings over the Labor Day weekend.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Labor Day has greatly evolved from uncertain origins
This weekend, millions of Americans will hit the road, fire up the grill, and swarm to the beaches for the Labor Day weekend. The holiday has evolved dramatically from its origins, which are debated today.
Friday, August 31, 2018

10 injured after explosion, roof collapse at Chicago plant
Ten people were seriously injured Thursday when an explosion caused a section of roof to collapse at a Chicago water reclamation plant, trapping two of the injured people inside, authorities said.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Chicago-area diocese agrees $1.4M settlement in priest abuse
A suburban Chicago Catholic diocese has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by three men who say they were molested by their priest when they were boys.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Welfare agency probes caseworker oversight in Chicago fire
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ inspector general is investigating whether caseworkers “missed opportunities” to ensure better supervision at the Chicago home where 10 children died in a fire.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Man extradited from Mexico in 1994 Chicago student slaying
A man who fled to Mexico after authorities say he fatally shot an 18-year-old college student 24 years has been returned to Chicago to face murder charges.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Search continues in Colorado for missing Illinois hiker
Rangers are looking for an Illinois man who didn’t return from a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Like it or not, the whole world is watching the cops more than ever
If the “whole world” was watching in 1968, you can bet they’re watching even more now.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Man denied bail after charged with running over girlfriend
A suburban Chicago man charged with attempted murder after allegedly running his girlfriend over with his vehicle will remain locked up after a judge refused to allow him to post bond.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Illinois records its first West Nile virus in 2018
A senior citizen living in LaSalle County is the first person to die in Illinois this year of West Nile virus.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ex-Illinois police officer sues Peoria over social media posts
A former central Illinois officer who was fired for inappropriate social media use says the posts were protected under the First Amendment.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

3 people from Illinois killed in central Kansas crash
Authorities say three people from Illinois have been killed in a fiery central Kansas crash.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Explosives take down old bridge spanning Illinois River
Booms rang out as explosive charges brought down a steel bridge that had spanned the Illinois River since 1936.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

US court says Housing Act covers harassed LGBT tenant
A federal appeals court found that the U.S. Fair Housing Act places obligations on landlords to protect LGBT tenants from harassment by other tenants.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Obama remains committed to Chicago presidential center site
Former President Barack Obama visited his foundation’s South Side Chicago offices to discuss the future of his presidential center.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

18-year-old charged with jail assault after rape conviction
An 18-year-old has been charged with breaking the back of a fellow inmate during a beating that happened a few days before he went on trial for raping a carjacking victim.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Chicago fire claims 10th kid as agency probes neglect claim
The deadliest residential fire in years in Chicago claimed its tenth and final victim on Tuesday, as a 14-year-old boy who barely survived the blaze died at a hospital.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New Illinois law allows medical marijuana pain prescriptions
Doctors in Illinois can now prescribe marijuana as a painkiller thanks to a new law intended to counter a growing opioid abuse epidemic.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Study: Illinois community faces high cancer risks
A new federal study shows people living near a contract sterilization company in a western Chicago suburb face some the country’s highest cancer risks from toxic air pollution.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

IDPH moves to lower action level for lead in blood
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) moves to lower the level at which public health interventions are initiated for children with blood lead levels from 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to 5 µg/dL. IDPH has submitted rules to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) to adopt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) childhood lead reference level. JCAR must approve the proposed change.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Illinois man missing since 2011 is declared dead
A 75-year-old Illinois man who went missing more than seven years ago has been declared dead.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Treasurer Frerichs' bill to pay down bill backlog becomes law
Governor Rauner today signed a bipartisan measure that will pay overdue bills, earn a higher interest rate for state investments and save taxpayers up to $100 million each year.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Crews search Lake Michigan
Crews have been searching for a 20-year-old Northwestern University student who went missing after his kayak capsized in Lake Michigan north of Chicago.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Illinois attorney general sets up clergy abuse hotline
The Illinois attorney general has launched a hotline and email address for residents who want to report clergy abuse.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Fire officials: No sign Chicago fire victims tried to escape
A Chicago Fire Department official says it appears the nine children who died in a weekend apartment fire and another who remains in critical condition were overcome by smoke as they slept and never awoke to make an escape.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Judge tosses suit against Southwest Airlines on fingerprints
A Chicago federal judge has tossed a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging Southwest Airlines violated the law by requiring that certain employees use fingerprints to sign into and out of work.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

8 people, 6 of them kids, killed in Chicago apartment fire
Eight people, including six children, were killed when a fire broke out before dawn Sunday at a Chicago apartment in one of the deadliest fires in the nation’s third-largest city in years, officials say.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Mind-altering breast milk? New pot study poses that question
Marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers’ breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Rauner vetoes bill raising Illinois minimum teacher salaries
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has a vetoed bill that would have given public school teachers an annual minimum salary of $40,000 over the next five years.
Monday, August 27, 2018

New group wants to draw more filmmakers to southern Illinois
A new organization is trying to get more filmmakers and production companies to film their movies in southern Illinois.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Chicago suburb has 1955 Chevy rescue truck for sale
A suburban Chicago fire department’s sale offer could make someone a regular on the area’s summer parade circuit.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Payment to wrong ex-wife earns gov candidate more time
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A child-support check sent to the wrong ex-wife has given the Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor 30 more days to rectify the late payment.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Chicago principal under fire for tying dress to sexual abuse
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago high school principal is being criticized after telling parents that she favors a conservative dress code to prevent sexual abuse.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Teen pleads guilty in Mattoon school cafeteria shooting
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — A teenager who shot another student at an Illinois school cafeteria has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Governor approves landmark legislation to cover hearing aids for children
Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed landmark health legislation that requires Illinois insurers to cover replacement costs of hearing aids every three years for hearing-impaired children who are 18 or younger.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Getaway driver guilty of murder in Chicago teen's death
One of two men charged in the 2013 death of a 15-year-old high school honor student who became a national symbol of Chicago gun violence was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Ex-paramedic gets prison for stealing drugs from ambulances
A former Illinois paramedic has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for stealing morphine and fentanyl from ambulances.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Former banker pleads guilty to stealing from elderly
A former suburban Chicago banker has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $328,000 from three elderly customers.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Ex-governor, once against casinos, now favors one in Chicago
Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, once an opponent of land-based casinos, now says he favors casino expansion, including one in Chicago.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Video of suspect in Hadiya Pendleton slaying played for jury
A video shown Tuesday to the jury hearing the case against one of the men accused in the 2013 shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago honor student shows the suspect confessing he fired the fatal shot.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

US judge off corruption, kidnapping cases after emails
A federal judge in two of Illinois’ highest profile cases has been removed from hearing all his criminal cases after it was revealed he exchanged emails with an employee at the U.S. attorney’s office in which he commented on and joked about one of his trials in progress at the time.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Illinois to offer new merit-based college scholarships
Illinois is creating a new merit-based scholarship aimed at getting more high school graduates to attend in-state colleges and universities.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ex-Illinois congressman Schock wants corruption trial moved
Former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock is seeking to move his corruption trial from a federal court in Urbana to Peoria.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

4,600 tons of tires removed from northern Illinois site
Officials say the removal of more than 4,600 tons of used tires this summer from a former used tire processing business in northern Illinois was the largest and most expensive such project ever in the state.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

States aim to stop internet release of 3D-printed gun plans
A federal judge in Seattle is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether to block a settlement the U.S. State Department reached with a company that would allow it to post blueprints for printing 3D weapons on the internet.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

2 teens found dead in a field among latest Chicago victims
Police said Monday that two teenage boys who were missing for days have been found shot to death in a field on Chicago’s South Side and that two people have been taken into custody for questioning.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Priests accused of sexual misconduct moving away from junior high school
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet announced Monday that two retired priests accused of sexual misconduct will be out of a suburban Chicago retirement facility that is adjacent to a junior high school by midweek.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Central Illinois man sentenced in synthetic drugs case
A federal judge has sentenced a central Illinois man to five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids, known as Spice and K2.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Chicago cops get immunity, must testify at Van Dyke trial
A prosecutor says several Chicago police officers will be granted immunity from prosecution to compel them to testify at the murder trial of a former colleague accused of fatally shooting a black teenager.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Chicago police: Man dies after falling onto CTA tracks
Chicago police say a man died overnight when he fell onto Chicago Transit Authority tracks at the city’s north side Fullerton stop.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Blackburn's Young is Celtics assistant
Monday, August 20, 2018

Catholics consider withholding donations amid scandals
For decades, Michael Drweiga has opened his wallet whenever the donation basket comes around at church, but the latest revelations of priests sexually abusing children brought him to the conclusion that he can no longer justify giving.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Canoeing, kayaking encourage stewardship
A Chicago environmental group says activities such as river canoeing and kayaking encourages stewardship.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Police say Chicago teen killed himself; family denies he did
Authorities say a Chicago teenager killed himself after being chased by police, but his family thinks the officers shot him and they’re calling for an independent investigation.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Illinois-Springfield orders halt to feeding feral cats
The future of feral cat colony at the University of Illinois-Springfield is in question after employees and students have been ordered to no longer feed the animals.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Law allows firearm permit grace period during renewal
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that allows Firearm Owners Identification cards to stay active even if Illinois State Police renewal isn’t completed by their expiration date.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Led by the Rockford region, Illinois is a leader in aerospace and aviation technology
Many Illinoisans don’t realize it, but our state is a center of aerospace and aviation technology.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Officers recount arrest of suspects in student's slaying
A Chicago police officer testified investigators were tailing a white auto for some time before arresting its driver, a suspect in the 2013 shooting of 15-year-old high school honor student Hadiya Pendleton.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Chicago Tribune: Low-income south side housing neglected
Many low-income housing residents on Chicago’s South Side are living in deteriorating buildings despite a charity’s efforts to provide housing, according to a newspaper investigation.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Study: Most Illinois kindergartners weren't ready in 2017
A new study by the Illinois Board of Education shows that less than a quarter of the state’s children were fully prepared to enter kindergarten last year.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Trump nixes military parade, disputes cost
President Donald Trump said today he had canceled plans for a Veterans Day military parade, citing the “ridiculously high” price tag — a day after U.S. officials said the November event could cost $92 million, more than three times the price first suggested by the White House.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Wood River Refinery, $11M upgrade
A southwestern Illinois oil refinery will spend nearly $11 million on pollution controls in settling a federal lawsuit accusing it of excessive dangerous chemical emissions.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Attorney was shot by brother-in-law
The man accused of gunning down a prominent lawyer in his suburban Chicago home is being held without bond on murder charges.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Teens charged in death of man set on fire
Two teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of another teen whose body was found burning in a suburban Chicago field.
Friday, August 17, 2018

US Steel to invest $750M in Gary plant
U.S. Steel plans to spend at least $750 million to upgrade a century-old steel mill along northwestern Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Teen dies in shooting at Chicago b'ball game
Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died and a 14-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting following a large fight at a basketball game in Chicago.
Friday, August 17, 2018

















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