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Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack
“Empire” actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story:
Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Task force touts work to combat sexual discrimination, harassment
With more in the works for the new session, 12 bills became law last year as a result of a yearlong investigation by the Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Aurora shooting prompts efforts to tighten enforcement of Illinois gun laws
Gov. J.B. Pritzker and some state lawmakers said Tuesday that last week’s mass shooting at an Aurora manufacturing plant will lead to efforts to tighten enforcement of the state’s gun laws.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Truly balanced budgets have proved elusive in Illinois
Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered his first budget address today, laying out his spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, in a highly-anticipated speech before a joint session of the General Assembly.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Is this the year 'Tobacco 21' breaks through to become law?
Lawmakers and advocates have tried to hike the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Illinois for three years, each time making the push first in the Senate. This session, advocates are trying a different approach.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Police: Tip that Smollett was with 'attackers' earlier
Chicago police are investigating a tip that on the night “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman told The Associated Press Tuesday.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Pritzker signs $15 wage into law
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Police say gunman lied to get FOID card
Illinois State Police (ISP) say a man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse lied about his criminal history in 2014 to obtain a card from the agency that allowed him to purchase a handgun.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Emergency declaration: Illinois among states suing
California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

More and better funding for mental health proposed
An Illinois advocacy group is pushing legislation it says would bring $50 million in new money to state mental health services over the next four years.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Man known for white crosses makes 5 for hometown
An Illinois man who has delivered more than 26,000 white crosses to sites around the U.S., largely to remember victims of gun violence, now finds himself doing the same in his hometown.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Aurora victims included plant manager and intern
The victims of an employee who started shooting after hearing he was being fired at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse were co-workers that included a plant manager whose wife says he texted her “I love you, I’ve been shot at work,” and an intern in his first day on the job.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Judge okays cadaver dog, missing scholar
A federal judge has denied a request to exclude evidence about a cadaver-sniffing dog from the trial of a former University of Illinois physics student accused of killing a Chinese scholar in 2017.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Caterpillar to expand Chicago office to attract talent
Caterpillar,  known for its earth-moving equipment, plans to expand its Chicago office in an effort to attract top tech talent.
Monday, February 18, 2019

SIU Med. to begin new cancer specialist training
Southern Illinois University’s School of Medicine is launching a new program to train doctors on how to care for patients with cancer and blood disorders, which officials hope will improve patient access to doctors and experimental treatments.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Chicago police said they are still seeking follow-up interview with Smollett
Chicago police said Sunday they’re still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that “shifted” their investigation of a reported attack on the “Empire” actor.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Illinois man being fired from job fatally shoots 5 workers
The frantic calls started pouring in at 1:24 p.m. A gunman was shooting people inside a sprawling manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Former judge named Illinois legislative inspector general
The Illinois General Assembly has approved a former appellate judge to be permanent legislative inspector general and investigate complaints against lawmakers.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Kennel fire sparks animal rescue standards debate
A kennel in suburban Chicago that took in troublesome dogs is being criticized after a fire on the property killed 31 animals, although the operation’s head trainer remains a hero to some.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case
Chicago police released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pritzker names secnd Veterans Affairs director in 2 weeks
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has appointed a state lawmaker as director of the state’s Veterans Affairs department after his first choice stepped down.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Wage hike delivered
Illinois legislators moved quickly Thursday to deliver one of new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top campaign promises, a gradual hike in the statewide minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour — more than double the pay floor that most of its Midwestern neighbors require.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Chicago police and Fox dispute Smollett attack
Chicago police say local media reports that allege the attack against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed.
Friday, February 15, 2019

New Illinois Progressive Caucus vows to champion liberal causes
A group of House Democrats have formed an official caucus they say will champion a liberal agenda “to provide a better direction” for Illinois.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Michael Avenatti says he has new video evidence against R. Kelly
Attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday that he has given Chicago prosecutors new video evidence of R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Bill aimed at paring Mike Madigan's power stalls in the Illinois House
A bill intended to rein in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s outsized role in state politics was rejected by Democrats in a House subcommittee Thursday.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Raoul urges for tighter identity theft protections
Thirty-one state attorneys general, including Illinois’ Kwame Raoul, are advocating for tougher safeguards against identity theft in the Federal Trade Commission’s rulebook.
Friday, February 15, 2019

$2 B in new debt may be issued to solve problem
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration is putting together what it calls a comprehensive plan to restore the state’s pension system to financial health that might include issuing up to $2 billion in new debt and selling off state-owned real estate.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Fathers' rights advocates try again for equal parenting
Fathers’ rights advocates are making another attempt this year to push for a change in Illinois family law that sparked immense controversy in 2018, “equal parenting time” legislation.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Carbondale woman chronicles Southern Illinois' black Civil War soldiers
For 50 years, Corene McDaniel has walked through the rows of graves at Mound City National Cemetery to visit her father, who lies in rest there alongside thousands of other veterans.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Lawmaker wants tighter regs on late-term abortions
A Republican state lawmaker has proposed legislation to impose new restrictions on access to late-term abortions.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Illinois lawmaker proposes four to six new statues at Capitol complex
Would four new statues or six new statues look better on the Capitol complex grounds?
Thursday, February 14, 2019

SNAP benefits out early
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced that March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be issued early to Illinois customers. March SNAP benefits will be loaded into customers’ accounts on March 1st.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Illinois' helpline for opiod abuse hits 10,000 calls
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced today that the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances has reached 10,000 calls. The 24-hour helpline is confidential, free and provides caring and non-judgmental support to people with substance use disorders, families and anyone who needs help.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wife says Chicago officer Van Dyke assaulted in prison
A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald was assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison, the officer’s wife said Wednesday.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lawsuit means Obama library plan no sure thing
Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks-advocacy group.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Chicago 'Hamilton' exhibit opening 3 weeks late
The world premiere of an exhibit based on the Broadway hit “Hamilton” will be delayed three weeks in part due to recent subzero temperatures in Chicago.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Rep. Kinzinger deployed to Mexican border with guard
Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois has been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border with his Air National Guard unit.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

2 dead after kidnapping and police chase that ended in Greenville, Illinois
Authorities say two people are dead following a kidnapping, attempted carjacking and lengthy police chase that started in Missouri and ended in southern Illinois.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Four Democratic lawmakers in Illinois propose expanding reproductive rights
Democratic lawmakers, surrounded by a coalition of advocates, announced plans to expand state reproductive rights at a news event Tuesday in Chicago.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bill aims to regulate homemade guns, blueprints
A bill introduced last week in the Illinois House would add several layers of state regulation to the production and distribution of 3D-printed and home-assembled guns and parts.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

State scores low on providing free school breakfasts to low-income students
According to a new report disseminated by the Illinois Hunger Coalition, the number of low-income Illinois students participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) increased during the 2017-2018 school year.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Analysis: $15 minimum wage no windfall for workers
Nearly a quarter of workers in Illinois would see their pay almost double under a proposal nearing final approval in the Legislature, but inflation will take a huge bite by the time the state’s minimum wage reaches $15 an hour in 2025.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Retailers: Wage hike 'an open invitation to move'
A group of downstate business owners on Monday warned of dire consequences should a $15 per-hour minimum wage hike which passed the Senate last week become law without changes.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

State lawmakers soon to turn attention to marijuana
Attention at the Statehouse is expected to begin focusing on one of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top priorities — legalizing recreational marijuana — with the deadline for lawmakers to introduce new bills on Friday.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

30 acres in Illinois once owned by Lincoln head to auction
A 30-acre plot of farmland that Abraham Lincoln once owned in central Illinois is heading to auction.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Indiana lawmakers considering casino moves, sports betting
A shake-up of Indiana’s gambling laws being debated could see two new casinos being built and allow legalizing sports betting to start as early as next year.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Illinois adds 30 sites to national historic register
Illinois officials say the state had 30 properties added to the National Register of Historic Places last year.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Prosecutor in Laquan McDonald case holding news conference
Illinois’ attorney general is holding a news conference with the prosecutor who won a conviction against the white Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Faculty, staff to pay more to park at University of Illinois
Faculty and staff at the University of Illinois are going to have to dig a little deeper to pay to park at school.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Pritzker, Lt. Gov. Stratton release 11 transition reports
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker released his transition-team reports on his 20th day in office.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Nearly 60 percent of people give their partner an F for Valentine's Day
CHICAGO — With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, a new survey of 2,000 people found that nearly 60 percent of people give their partner an F when it comes to bringing the romance on February 14.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Chicago woman finds 15 half siblings through DNA test
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman whose biological father was an anonymous sperm donor has discovered via a DNA testing service that she has 15 half siblings.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Bright picture painted of state's college savings plans
SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Dan McConchie can relate to how the two state managed college savings programs can help Illinois families.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Green energy group announces plan to move Illinois toward 100 percent renewable energy
SPRINGFIELD – Rep. Will Davis, a Hazel Crest Democrat, plans to introduce legislation in the next two weeks that would move Illinois toward 100 percent renewable energy.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

State budget woes worse than previously thought
SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois faces a potential budget deficit of $3.2 billion in the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1, far more than former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration projected late last year.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Snow goose spotting program for families Feb. 23
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge will be co-hosting "Family Night: Snow Goose Spotting from the Tower" on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, 19031 E. CR 2110N, Havana, Illinois.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Outdoor writer and wildlife photographer to present program on Illinois
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting "Meet the Artist: Kevin Wright" on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 p..m. Kevin Wright, an award-winning outdoor writer and wildlife photographer working out of central Illinois, is the focus of the Museum's latest exhibit, The Wandering Flatlanders: A Photographic Journey for Illinois Wildlife. He will talk about his work and experiences in the field.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Consider some financially responsible ways to use your screen time to save
CHICAGO — Apple’s Screen Time feature can tell you more about your iPhone usage than you may care to know.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Ford to hire 500 at Chicago factories
CHICAGO (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to invest $1 billion and add 500 jobs at its plants in Chicago as the automaker launches three new SUVs.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Bloody handprint among evidence in the Chinese scholar's case at U of I
Prosecutors are building a case, partly on a bloody handprint and the responses of a cadaver-sniffing dog, that a former University of Illinois physics student killed a 26-year-old Chinese scholar in 2017 at his off-campus apartment.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Democrats send minimum wage bill to House
 SPRINGFIELD – A bill to raise Illinois’ minimum wage passed the state Senate on partisan lines Thursday after Gov. J.B. Pritzker made a personal appeal to Democratic lawmakers at a private caucus prior to the vote.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Former accuser continues push to change ethics investigations
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate on Wednesday began considering a joint resolution to appoint a new legislative inspector general at virtually the same time a prominent anti-violence advocate was having a news conference calling for it.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Proposal for uniform admissions standards ignites controversy
SPRINGFIELD – A proposal to automatically admit students to any public college or university in Illinois if they meet certain standards is running into opposition, primarily from the University of Illinois system.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Ford to invest $1 billion, hire 500 at Chicago factories
CHICAGO (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to invest $1 billion and add 500 jobs at its plants in Chicago as the automaker launches three new SUVs.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Prowl for Owls at Friends Creek in Argenta Feb. 23
ARGENTA, Ill. — Look for owls at night with Macon County Conservation District staff during an Owl Prowl at Friends Creek Conservation Area on Saturday, February 23 from 9-10:30 p.m.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Dominican Sisters prepare to welcome all for National Catholic Sisters Week
SPRINGFIELD — Raucous games, genteel teas, nature hikes, and a social media blitz are all on the schedule for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield's National Catholic Sisters Week activities in March. Oh yes, and there's Evening Prayer.
Here is what's on the schedule.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Democratic-controlled committee moves on wage increase
Two committee rooms one floor apart in the Illinois State Capitol on Wednesday had concurrent discussions of a bill to hike the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Bill seeks to speed reporting of dispensing of opioids
Pharmacies in Illinois would have less time to report dispensing opioid medications and other controlled substances under a bill making its way through the General Assembly.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Institute for Rural Affairs recognized for innovation
Google has announced that the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University was named a winner of the Google Impact Challenge. The IIRA was recognized as one of 10 non-profit organizations in the state of Illinois with the most innovative projects in creating economic opportunity. The winning project from IIRA assists small towns in opening grocery stores so that residents gain access to fresh produce and meats. As one of the Google winners, the IIRA will receive $75,000 and training from the Google team to jumpstart its ideas.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Environmental groups push for fracking transparency
A coalition of environmental groups, backed by some Democratic state lawmakers, are making another attempt this year to pass legislation requiring more public disclosure about horizontal fracturing, or “fracking” wells in the state.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Bills' aim: More revenue thru closing tax loopholes
Admitting it will take two years to see any new revenue from a progressive state income tax, Fair Economy Illinois has ideas for raising money in the meantime.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

State GOP lawmakers aim to cut local property taxes
A bill that would slash local property taxes by 10 percent over the next two years has been introduced in the Illinois House.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

'Tobacco 21' effort moves to Illinois Senate floor
Legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes, chewing tobacco and other products in Illinois to 21 made it past its first legislative hurdle Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Committee votes to increase teacher minimum wage
The minimum wage for Illinois teachers has been stagnant for nearly 40 years, but a bill which passed the state Senate’s education committee Tuesday would give it a big bump.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Leaked Pritzker memo details minimum wage increase
As Gov. J.B. Pritzker eyes the passage of a minimum wage hike prior to his Feb. 20 budget address, unofficial details have emerged about the proposed timeline of the increase and its direct costs to the state.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Cubs family patriarch apologizes for racist emails
The patriarch of the family behind the Chicago Cubs has apologized after an online media outlet published emails in which he took part in racist comments and conspiracy theories.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

State's blood supply impacted by polar vortex
While Illinois residents are slowly coming out of hibernation as temperatures start to rise, blood centers across the state who lost thousands of donations because of the weather, are feeling the aftermath of this winter’s polar vortex and are urging people to come into to their local blood centers to help replenish the local blood supply.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

AG Raoul joins opposition to Title IX changes
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has joined 18 other state attorneys general in opposing changes to federal Title IX rules proposed by Betsy DeVos’ U.S. Department of Education.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Durbin proposes bill to prevent drug price spikes
On Friday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s office announced legislation to reduce the “monopoly period” of expensive pharmaceuticals when their prices suddenly spike.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

1 dead, 3 wounded in suburban interstate shootings
Police say a woman was fatally shot along an interstate in suburban Chicago several hours after a separate shooting along the same freeway wounded a man and two boys.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Catholic bishops urge rejecting marijuana legalization
Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois will face stiff opposition this year from leaders of the state’s largest religious denomination.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Snuffing out cigarette sales to those under 21? Fourth time could be a charm
Efforts to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Illinois have been slowly spreading across the prairie state. Its supporters are “cautiously optimistic” the most recent legislative iteration, the fourth attempt in as many years, will find success this session.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

IEMA encourages public to prepare for earthquakes
On November 30, residents of Anchorage, Alaska experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.  To this day, residents continue to experience significantly powerful aftershocks. The event served as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any time of day.  In fact, records indicate Illinois and several other states in the central United States were rocked by some of the largest earthquakes ever measured in North America.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

O'Hare busiest airport in US last year
O’Hare International Airport in Chicago was the busiest airport in the U.S. last year, surpassing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for the first time in four years.
Monday, February 4, 2019

U of I still in search of new chief diversity officer
The University of Illinois is extending its search for its first chief diversity officer after four finalists for the position didn’t work out.
Monday, February 4, 2019

UI considers how to protect faculty from trolling
The University of Illinois is looking for ways to protect faculty members from disruptive students who take online trolling into the classroom.
Monday, February 4, 2019

2 killed, 5 wounded in drive-by at Chicago bar
Two people were killed and five others wounded in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning outside a bar on Chicago’s far South Side, authorities said.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Manufacturer expanding
Medical equipment maker Baxter International, based in Illinois, is expanding a Mississippi Delta plant, with plans to add 50 to 100 new employees in about two years.
Monday, February 4, 2019

January in Illinois started out warm
January 2019 will be a month remembered by an unseasonably warm start, followed by a torrent of winter storms, and ending with a monumental Arctic air outbreak that shattered many record-cold temperatures across the state.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Lung Assoc.: Illinois lags in cutting use of tobacco
A new study by the American Lung Association says Illinois is not doing enough to reduce tobacco use.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Ex-South African President de Klerk to speak at ISU
Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner F.W. de Klerk will speak at Illinois State University this month.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Central Illinois manufacturer to close this spring
A central Illinois glass and metal manufacturer has announced it will close this spring.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

State police step up enforcement over Super Bowl weekend
Illinois State Police say troopers are stepping up traffic enforcement for Super Bowl weekend.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

YouTube star charged with child porn pleads guilty
A YouTube singer with a huge teenage following has pleaded guilty to charges he coerced six underage female fans to send him sexually explicit videos.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Capitol Briefs this week from Capitol News Illinois:
Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is imploring the General Assembly to be realistic with revenue projections this year to avoid adding to the state's backlog of unpaid bills.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Actor got home with rope around neck
Detectives have recovered more surveillance footage of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett walking in downtown Chicago before and after he says he was attacked by two masked men, including video of him arriving home with a rope around his neck, but they’re still searching for footage off the attack, a police spokesman said Thursday.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Chicago's court-monitored police reforms okayed
A federal judge on Thursday approved a far-reaching plan for court-supervised reforms of the Chicago Police Department, nearly two years after a U.S. Justice Department report found a history of civil rights violations by officers.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Group proposes removing lawmakers from redistricting
With the 2020 U.S. Census looming, time is short for a group of Illinois lawmakers and activists who want voters to support a new way of drawing the state’s political maps.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Lawmakers asked to give 'full faith and credit' to College Illinois savings plan
  Faced with a large funding shortfall and a shortage of new participants, the director of a state-run college savings program urged Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday to back the program with the "full faith and credit" of the state to guarantee that future bills will be paid.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Senate committee discusses path to $15 minimum wage
Divisions between business and labor interests were on display Wednesday at the Illinois Senate Labor Committee’s hearing on raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 per hour over an undefined period of years.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Plan introduced to bring SIU campus to downtown Spfld.
Southern Illinois University could establish a presence in downtown Springfield under a plan introduced in the legislature today by State Senator Andy Manar.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Lawmaker wants panel to help agencies spend wisely
A Woodstock representative wants a private-sector commission to examine the spending habits and management practices of state agencies.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Plunging temperatures send Illinois lawmakers home
Severe weather conditions have forced the Illinois House to cancel sessions the rest of the week.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Committee votes to reinstate classroom time mandate
There was general agreement at the Senate Education Committee meeting Tuesday that the definition of a "school day" is changing, but the committee voted unanimously to reinstate an old definition of the term  at least temporarily.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

House Rules Committee to maintain power in Illinois legislative process
The five-member Illinois House Rules Committee will maintain its power over the legislative process for the 101st General Assembly despite objections from Republican members of the committee this week.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

GOP lawmakers seek to stop 'revolving door,' pensions
With increased state and national attention on ethics in politics, a pair of Republican lawmakers filed separate bills this week to add their own reforms to the mix.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Report: Powerful speaker Madigan recorded in probe
A Chicago newspaper reported Tuesday that a lengthy federal court affidavit says the FBI secretly recorded Illinois’ powerful House speaker in 2014 discussing a hotel development project and the possibility of its Chinese developer becoming a client of the speaker’s private law firm. 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Pritzker promises progressive agenda
Newly-elected Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker comes into office with supermajorities in both chambers of the 101st General Assembly, which begins in earnest Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Fairgrounds venue is renamed Coliseum of Champions
The Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum has a new name and is expected to reopen for this year’s fair after being closed for repairs and renovations.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Gov's pick to lead Air Nat'l Guard is promoted
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s choice for assistant adjutant general for the Illinois Air National Guard has been promoted to brigadier general.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Governor places state employees on correct step pay plan
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says state employees will be placed on the correct step of the state pay plan on April 1.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Madison County sees record 109 drug overdose deaths in 2018
Madison County in southern Illinois set a record in 2018 with 109 drug-related deaths.
Monday, January 28, 2019

Jailhouse informants to play key role in police murder trial
Jailhouse informants may play a crucial role in the murder trial of a 31-year-old man who was charged in the shooting death of an off-duty Chicago police officer after he allegedly bragged about the killing while he was locked up. 
Monday, January 28, 2019

Navigating dementia with older workers
Faced with an aging American workforce, companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees grappling with cognitive declines, experts say.
Monday, January 28, 2019

New forms, new deductions, new tax season
CHICAGO — As a new tax season gets underway, the Illinois CPA Society has a rundown of changes to take note of before preparing your upcoming tax returns.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

2019 Illinois tax filing season begins Mon., Jan. 28
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Revenue (“IDOR”) will begin accepting 2018 state individual income tax returns on Monday, January 28, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) begins accepting federal individual income tax returns. IDOR is reminding taxpayers that filing tax returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is still the fastest, most secure way to receive a refund.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Illinois eagle viewing event scheduled for next weekend
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — The annual Fulton-Mason Eagle Day event will be held on February 2, 2019.  Activities will include live raptor programs, hands-on activities and crafts for kids, and wildlife viewing in various locations along the Illinois River in Fulton and Mason counties in central Illinois. Admission to all event locations and activities is FREE and open to all ages.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Expert: Decent chance Van Dyke sentence gets tossed
CHICAGO (AP) — Some legal experts believe there’s a reasonable chance the prison sentence of less than seven years imposed on a white Chicago police officer last week for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times could be tossed out and a new sentencing ordered.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Court: Mom can sue Six Flags for fingerprinting son
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday that a woman can sue Six Flags Great America for fingerprinting her child without telling her how the data would be used in violation of the state’s biometric law, which privacy advocates consider to be the nation’s strongest biometric data safeguards.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Acting chief of child welfare agency to step down
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says she’s stepping down next month.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Millikin discussion on human trafficking, healthcare
DECATUR, Ill. — The Human Trafficking Research Lab at Millikin University is partnering with the Set Free Movement - Macon County to host its second annual panel discussion for Human Trafficking Awareness Month entitled "The Intersections of Human Trafficking and Healthcare."
Saturday, January 26, 2019

ISP caution against planned I-57 "slow roll"
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Police (ISP) cautions motorists who choose to engage in acts that could potentially endanger the safety of the motoring public. ISP officials have become aware of a planned event along the Interstate 57 corridor scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2019, where a group of truck drivers plan to conduct a "Slow Roll" of Interstate 57 for over 100 miles from Marion to Effingham, causing traffic delays and potential crashes.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Public hearing set for proposed industrial hemp regulations
SPRINGFIELD — A public hearing is set for Tuesday, February 5, 2019, to gather comments on proposed rules for the regulation of industrial hemp production and processing. Those proposed rules were published December 28 in the Secretary of State's Illinois Register, opening the 45-day First Notice public comment period, which ends at close of business on February 11.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

University of Illinois faculty panel to review sexual misconduct rules
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has created a committee of faculty and administrators to review its sexual misconduct policies and students are calling for a say in the process.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Energy assistance is available through assistance program
Springfield — The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity  announced that income qualified households can apply for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Friday, January 25, 2019

People being robbed of Canada Goose coats at gun point in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are reporting gunpoint robberies targeting people wearing pricey Canada Goose jackets as temperatures plunge in the city.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Illinois AG may seek new sentencing in McDonald slaying
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general’s office has signaled it may be considering a rare sentencing-related appeal if it concludes that the less than seven years in prison a white Chicago police officer received in the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald was wrongly calculated.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Pritzker seeks more time on appeal, stresses labor peace
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking the Illinois Supreme Court for more time to consider legal options on his predecessor’s claim that negotiations with the state’s largest public employee union are at a stalemate.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Manteno veterans' home resident with Legionnaires' dies
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Manteno veterans’ home resident who contracted Legionnaires’ disease has died.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Museum in suburban Chicago to host Alex Ross comic-book art
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The work of a legendary comic book artist will be on display this year at a suburban Chicago museum.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Trump postpones State of the Union
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Gov. Pritzker signs order supporting immigrants
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed an executive order his office says will help protect immigrants and refugees in Illinois.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Fatal mall shooting suspect arrested
A man wanted in connection with the shooting death of an 18-year-old at a suburban Chicago mall has been taken into custody.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Gov. commits to follwing climate acord
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered that Illinois join a group of U.S. states committed to following the Paris Climate Agreement on reducing carbon emissions.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Decades-old Chicago housing case alleging discrimination finally settled
A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement between the Chicago Housing Authority and a public interest law group that will lead to the end of more than 50 years of federal oversight of public housing in the city.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

State offers loans to federal workers
Illinois is offering $100 million in state funds to finance low-interest or interest-free loans to federal workers going without pay during the record government shutdown, officials said Wednesday.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Illinois Supreme Court hears food truck regs case
The Illinois Supreme Court will decide in the coming months if Chicago’s food truck regulations are unconstitutional.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Legionnaire's case forces precautions at Manteno
Illinois officials are using bottled water for drinking and preparing meals after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease at the Manteno veterans’ home.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Trial set for widow of officer who killed himself
A trial date has been set for the wife of a suburban Chicago police lieutenant who killed himself and made it look like it was duty related.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$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

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













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