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Medicaid managed care reform breeds optimism
Illinois lawmakers took several steps this legislative session to increase efficiencies in the state’s Medicaid managed care system, which has been widely panned by high-volume Medicaid providers since its inception in 2011.  
Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Bunker Hill among districts getting state grants
Seven Illinois school districts have received state grants to promote teacher preparation and retention.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

AG warns public not to fall for flood damage scams
As Illinois residents take stock of damages caused by record floods which led to disaster proclamations being issued in 34 counties, Attorney General Kwame Raoul is urging the public to beware of scammers.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Illinois Dept. of Health expands newborn screening
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is rolling out today a test for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) for all newborn babies statewide. ALD is a rare hereditary disorder that affects the brain, nervous system, and adrenal gland. It affects approximately 1 in 20,000 births.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Suspect claims Chinese scholar was 1 of 13 victims
The FBI is investigating the claim by a former University of Illinois doctoral student that the visiting scholar from China he’s charged with killing was his 13th victim, even though no evidence has been found to indicate whether he was telling the truth, an FBI agent testified Monday.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

With the flooding comes another problem - mosquitos
A wet spring and dangerous flooding have created a nasty byproduct — more mosquitoes.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

For the love of teaching, and each other
Not every couples can say that they get to see each other at work most of the day, but the Morgans and Unruhs at Erie Middle School are an exception.

After years of coming to work every day together, the couples now will retire together.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Transgender woman alleges former Chicago cop of sex crime
Chicago police are investigating allegations that a now-retired sergeant forced a transgender woman to perform a sex act inside a marked police vehicle while he was on duty.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Sexual abuse charges 'unfounded,' Chicago priest reinstated
A Roman Catholic priest cleared of sexual abuse has been reinstated as pastor of a Chicago parish.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Civil War reenactment in Illinois back on after cancellation
A Civil War reenactment at a northeastern Illinois forest preserve is back on after the event was temporarily canceled by a county official over questions of its value, as well as the use of the Confederate flag.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Teen struck by stray bullet during parking spot argument
Police say a 16-year-old girl was shot in the chest by a stray bullet during an argument over a parking space on Chicago’s South Side.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Guest speaker explores history of orphan trains in Illinois
DECATUR — Explore the history of Orphan Trains In illinois, with guest speaker Rochelle Gridley, at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Jurors listen to suspect say he killed Chinese scholar
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors in a federal death-penalty trial heard secretly recorded audio Friday in which a former University of Illinois doctoral student describes to his girlfriend how he killed a visiting scholar from China, calling the 26-year-old woman “valiant” as she tried to fight back.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Peoria schools heavily invsted in vocational ed
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Every school day every student in Pete Brown’s auto body classroom walks past the Help Wanted ad he Scotch-taped at eye-level to the door frame.
“Experienced Automotive Painter,” the headline reads. A rip in the newsprint cuts in half the capital “P” in “Painter.” It has been passed by a thousand times more than it has been read; its message absorbed by a fraction of the readers. But it’s there for a reason and for anyone to see.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Exhibit of unique typewriters opening at U of I
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An exhibit of unique typewriters, including one used by the founder of Playboy, will open later this month at the University of Illinois.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Lightfoot to speak at LBGTQ gala, then on Colbert
CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot made national headlines when she was elected mayor of Chicago and now she’s heading to the Big Apple to appear on national television.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Dana-Thomas House honors Champions of Suffrage
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site will host specialty tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence in Springfield Saturdays and Sundays in June to highlight the work of women in Illinois' suffrage initiatives.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

DuQuoin State Fair is free again this year
DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) — The Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois is dropping a $2 entry fee.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Hemp farmers leverage high risk for profit potential
SPRINGFIELD – Trent Lawrence had a rude awakening earlier this week. Overnight, mice had gotten into the greenhouse on his farm and eaten several dozen trays of seedlings he was planning to transplant into a field.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Willis Tower ledge shut down after cracking found
CHICAGO (AP) — A popular attraction at Chicago’s tallest building was closed temporarily after minor cracking was found in the protective coating of its glass floor.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Baby cut from slain Chicago woman's womb dies
CHICAGO (AP) — An infant boy who was cut from a Chicago woman’s womb with a butcher knife died Friday at a hospital where he had been in grave condition since the April attack that killed his mother, family spokeswomen said.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Explore tour sites from Lincoln courtship, marriage
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering special tours this summer that let visitors explore historic Springfield and learn about the unlikely romance between Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Civil War encampment, drills and more at Lincoln Log Cabin this weekend
LERNA, Ill. — Spend Father's Day weekend at Lincoln Log Cabin’s annual 'Civil War Weekend' on June 15-16 and learn about the men who answered President Lincoln's call for troops in 1861. 
Friday, June 14, 2019

Blue Mound native teaching 40th annual showchoir camp at Millikin
DECATUR — Millikin University will host the 40th annual Showchoir Camps of America (SCA) Sunday, June 16 through Saturday, June 22, on Millikin's campus.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Nation's first black priest from Quincy, Illinois, is one step closer to sainthood now, Pope Francis says
ROME — Father Augustine Tolton of Quincy, the nation’s first black priest and once a slave, was proclaimed “Venerable” June 12 by Pope Francis, making Father Tolton one step closer to being declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Students can get a ride to avoid gangs
A new law that took effect Nov. 30, 2018, expands school districts’ ability to offer free transportation to students who would otherwise walk through areas with a pattern of criminal gang activity. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued guidance and resources on implementing Public Act 100-1142. ISBE is providing resources that include a template letter parents can use to request that their school district review the streets their child(ren) travel to school to determine if a serious safety hazard due to criminal gang activity exists.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Women indicted in death of teen whose baby was cut from womb
A Chicago woman has been indicted on charges alleging that she strangled a pregnant teenager and cut the baby from her womb.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Defense in trial of China scholar's brutal death: He did it
A federal prosecutor on Wednesday told jurors in grisly detail that authorities believe a former University of Illinois doctoral student kidnapped a visiting scholar from China, and beat her to death with a baseball bat. Defense attorneys intent on sparing their client a possible death penalty then offered an exceptional response: He did it.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mississippi River dropping below flood stage along Iowa
The Mississippi River is dropping below flood stage along many of Iowa’s riverfront cities after nearly three months of record highs caused by melting snow and torrential rain.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Pritzker signs abortion bill into law
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a bill to expand abortion protections in Illinois, a move that comes while some Republican-led states try to restrict the procedure.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Federal prosecutors detail Chinese scholar's brutal death
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday shared with jurors grisly details of how they claim a former University of Illinois doctoral student kidnapped a visiting scholar from China, then brutally beat and killed her.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Obama center construction okayed
Plans to build Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential center on Chicago’s lakefront can move forward, a federal judge said Tuesday in dismissing an advocacy group’s lawsuit objecting to the use of historic public parkland.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Officials: Beware of blue-green algae
As temperatures begin to rise, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health are reminding residents to be cautious if they are planning activities on Illinois lakes and rivers, now and throughout the summer. Water conditions are ideal for blue-green algae growth. Blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria) are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in lakes and streams. Rapid growth of algae is referred to as a "bloom." While most blue-green algae are harmless, some can produce toxic chemicals that cause sickness or other health effects in people and pets, depending on the amount and type of exposure.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

State's cancer registry is nationally recognized
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognizing the Illinois State Cancer Registry as a National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) Registry of Excellence.  The Illinois State Cancer Registry met all of the standards for data quality and completeness.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Governments may seek funds for rec areas
Local governments in Illinois may apply for state grants to acquire or develop space for recreation areas.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

District seeks principal's firing
A school district in northwestern Indiana says it’s seeking to fire a principal after a special needs teacher awarded an 11-year-old autistic student a trophy naming him the “most annoying male” of the school year.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mendoza on budget: Illinois must 'remain grounded'
With a fiscal year 2020 operating budget in place and a historic legislative session in the rearview mirror, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is “cautiously optimistic” about the state’s new direction.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Medical marijuana takes a hit when cannabis is legalized
When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Station will change Code Red alert, no word on Crain
The TV station whose “Code Red” weather alert drew an on-air reproach from its meteorologist last week says it is softening the name and developing stricter guidelines.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Shelbyville volunteers try to boost fish population
Volunteers are helping to build habitats to increase the fish population at an eastern Illinois lake. 
Monday, June 10, 2019

Illinois dispensaries prepare for recreational pot
Illinois dispensaries are staffing up and remodeling in preparation for the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Seniors more likely to work longer in metropolitan areas
Seniors in major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast and around Washington, D.C., are more likely to continue working past age 65 than those in other areas around the country, according to an analysis of Census data by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Senator tours flooded areas in southwestern Illinois
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he is talking with federal officials about assistance for flooding in southwestern Illinois but doesn’t want to “make any promises.”
Monday, June 10, 2019

Illinois NationalGuard soldiers conduct sandbag operations
Illinois National Guard Soldiers from Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment are on the ground in Grafton, Illinois reinforcing barriers with sandbags.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Illinois museum set to feature an Oregon Trail simulation
Visitors to an Illinois museum will have the opportunity to take a virtual trip along the Oregon Trail, following the path of settlers in 1848 — and possibly experiencing death by dysentery or a broken leg.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Nursing homes see new regulations, $240 million in added funding
Funding for nursing homes serving the state’s most vulnerable elderly populations will increase by $240 million next fiscal year as part of the state’s recently-passed budget.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Man who introduced murdered teen to pimp going to prison
The man who pleaded guilty to introducing a Chicago teenager to a pimp before she was murdered has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

People in SW Illinois county advised to consider evacuating
A sheriff in southwestern Illinois is urging some residents to consider evacuating because of the high level of the Mississippi River.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Trial delayed again for man facing child sex, abuse charges
Trial has been postponed again for a man facing 44 felony child sex and abuse charges in Nevada and a separate murder charge in Illinois where the body of his 6-year-old daughter was found.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Flooded waterways no place for boaters, officials say
Illinois officials are warning boaters to stay off flooded waterways as a safety precaution.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Illinois museum to feature Oregon Trail simulation
Visitors to an Illinois museum will have the opportunity to take a virtual trip along the Oregon Trail, following the path of settlers in 1848 — and possibly experiencing death by dysentery or a broken leg.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Illinois lurches left in 2019 legislative season
After four years of fiscal austerity and the pro-business, anti-union agenda of former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois lawmakers took a sharp turn to the left during the just-completed legislative session, passing a budget with more than $1 billion in new spending and a host of new, more liberal social policies.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Authorities investigate animal abuse at famous farm
Retailers began pulling Fairlife products from their shelves Wednesday as police investigated alleged animal abuse after an animal rights group released graphic video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm that’s a popular destination for school field trips.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

R. Kelly pleads not guilty to 11 more sex charges
R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges on Thursday, including four counts that carry a maximum prison term of 30 years in prison.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Pritzker signs Illinois budget, income tax measure
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed an approximately $40 billion state budget with more money for education and the state’s child welfare agency, along with a measure that could pave the way for a graduated income tax in Illinois.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Free-speech group sues U of Illinois over policies
The University of Illinois has become the target of lawsuit claiming the school has violated its students’ free-speech rights.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

3rd wettest May on record in Illinois
State climate experts say Illinois had the third wettest May on record and it was the sixth-consecutive month with above-average rainfall.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Gov sends additional guardsmen to floods
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has deployed an additional 200 National Guard troops to southern Illinois to monitor rising water in the region.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Illinois, Lake Co. sue silicone plant after fatal blast
Illinois and Lake County are suing the owner of a Chicago-area silicone factory that exploded last month, seeking to force the company to identify the nature and extent of chemical pollution in the area and limit the environmental impact of the deadly blast.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Library has drag queens read to kids
An event where a drag queen reads stories to children at Rockford’s public library has upset some parents as the city celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month for the first time.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Governor signs budget, income tax measure today
Gov. J.B. Pritzker was scheduled to sign the state budget and legislation related to enacting a graduated income tax in Illinois.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

State lawmaker salaries to increase by about $1,600
Illinois lawmakers will get their first pay raises since 2008 after the House chose not to concur with a Senate action that would have prevented the salary increases.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jury selection begins in trial of Chinese scholar slaying
A federal judge began vetting would-be jurors Monday in the death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois physics student charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting Chinese scholar.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

No retrial in Illinois man's murder case
An Illinois man who spent nearly two decades in prison for a killing he claims was self-defense will not be retried as ordered by an appellate court after problems arose with evidence in the case, Kankakee County prosecutors announced Monday.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Chicago's Burke pleads not guilty in corruption case
One of the most powerful aldermen in Chicago’s history has pleaded not guilty to federal political corruption charges.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Chicago librarian takes down Jeopardy! champion
James Holzhauer, the trivia whiz who dominated “Jeopardy!” this spring, isn’t invincible after all.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Gov. Pritzker: 'Ambitious and consequential' session concluded
Illinois Democrats led by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday celebrated what the first-year governor called “one of the most ambitious and consequential legislative sessions” in state history.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Decatur man dies when motorcycle, deer collide on roadway
Authorities in central Illinois say a Decatur man has died after his motorcycle collided with a deer.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Carbondale to give free downtown parking 6-month trial run
A petition from hundreds of frustrated downtown Carbondale workers has netted free parking in the area for the next six months.
Monday, June 3, 2019

52 shot, 10 fatally in weekend violence
Chicago police say 52 people were shot, 10 of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Illinois city of Peru installs new 16-foot tall clock
A new clock that’s more than 16 feet (4.9 meters) tall has been installed in front of city hall in the north-central Illinois city of Peru.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Legalization of sports gambling at casinos, track and sports facilities included in massive expansion
SPRINGFIELD – Six new casinos along with sports betting parlors at Chicago’s arenas might be two of a host of changes coming to Illinois’ gambling landscape if lawmakers approve comprehensive legislation released late Friday morning.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Liberal abortion bill heads to governor's desk
SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that backers and detractors agree will be the most liberal reproductive health statute in the country is headed to the governor’s desk after about 80 minutes of impassioned debate by the Illinois Senate late Friday night.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Illinois House sends marijuana legislation to gov.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House on Friday passed a bill legalizing adult recreational marijuana in the state.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Lincoln library WWII exhibit to open on D-Day anniversary
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An exhibit focusing on World War II is to open on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Teutopolis Monastery Museum open today for tours
TEUTOPOLIS — Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

The hours are from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. We recommend you come early to see the many unique and interesting articles on display. Admission for adults is $5.00 and $1.00 for children.

The Museum is located on the second floor in the former Franciscan Novitiate building which is located behind St. Francis Church in Teutopolis. A chair lift is available for visitors who have difficulty with stairs.

Besides its collection of articles used by the Franciscan Friars, the Museum is also known for Bibles and books in different languages, some from the 1700’s. The “pioneer wing” features items used by early Teutopolis pioneers, including farm tools, furniture, clocks, quilts, toys, various household and grocery store items. These articles are on display in the former “cells” or bedrooms of the Novices.

The tour also includes the Mausoleum and St. Francis church with stained glass windows which depict highlights in the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

Volunteers are available along the tour to explain displays and assist visitors.

Special group tours for adults or school groups can be arranged on days other than the scheduled Sunday openings. Call (217) 857-6404 ext. 236, leave a message and the call will be returned. Regular, scheduled museum opening dates are the first Sunday of the months April thru November.

For more information go to the parish website: stfrancischurch.com or to the town’s website at www.Teutopolis.com and click on “Tourism” or the pair of wooden shoes.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Chicago mayor: Letter being sent to ask alderman to resign
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot says her office will send a letter to Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke asking him to step down amid federal corruption charges.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Manar measure increases teacher's minimum salary
SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) passed legislation Wednesday aimed at eliminating the teacher shortage in Illinois by increasing the minimum salary for teachers.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Bishop Paprocki: Depriving protection for children in the womb is 'evil'
SPRINGFIELD — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, issued the following statement in response to the Illinois House passing Senate Bill 25 on May 28:
Friday, May 31, 2019

2 charged with killing mother who shielded baby from gunfire
Two central Illinois men are charged with first-degree murder in the Chicago shooting death of a woman who was shielding her 1-year-old daughter from their gunfire.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

National Guard activated amid flooding
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is activating the Illinois National Guard to respond to recent severe flooding .
Thursday, May 30, 2019

FOID overhaul moves forward despite constitutional concerns
A bill that would strengthen the state’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Act to better recover guns from people who’ve had their card revoked or suspended passed the Illinois House in a 62-52 vote Wednesday.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Illinois Senate passes marijuana legalization bill
The state of Illinois is one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Reproductive Health Act passes, much debate
Lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly approved a bill overhauling Illinois’ abortion statute after more than two hours of debate that was passionate and, at times, emotional.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Coal ash removal bill heads to governor
A bill aiming to ensure safe closure of toxic coal ash pits and financial protections for taxpayers should the pits cause environmental disaster is on its way to the governor.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Vaping could soon be added to Illinois smoking ban
The Illinois Senate is considering a bill that would expand the state’s general ban on smoking in public places to include e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products, but the vaping industry is resisting, saying their products do not produce “smoke” and don’t pose the same public health risks.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Missing Chinese scholar's parents arrive in US for trial
The parents of a visiting University of Illinois scholar who disappeared two years ago have arrived in Illinois from China for the murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing her.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Chicago's newly installed mayor lays out ethics agenda
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is reiterating her intent to curb aldermanic power and push for long-deferred ethics reforms.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Mother killed shielding baby from gunfire
Chicago police say a 24-year-old woman was fatally shot while shielding her 1-year-old daughter from gunfire.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

IDNR announces spring 2019 State pheasant fund project grants
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the approval of more than $193,000 in grants for two pheasant habitat projects through the Illinois State Pheasant Fund Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Illinois chosen to participate in inaugural Civic Engagement Champions Award
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is encouraging middle school teachers to apply for the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) Civic Engagement Champions Award. NASBE chose Illinois as one of four states to participate in the inaugural year of the honor. NASBE will award one Illinois middle school teacher $5,000 and recognize the winner at the organization’s annual conference in October.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Plan to massively expand gambling is back big time
A massive expansion of casino gambling in Illinois — a decade-long but futile legislative pursuit — was back with a boost Monday as a Democratic lawmaker took steps to make it part of a popular plan to legalize sports betting.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Bill expanding clergy reporting mandate advances
Members of the clergy in Illinois would be legally required to report cases of physical abuse or neglect against children, and they would face possible criminal charges for failing to do so, under a bill that cleared the Illinois House on Sunday.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rains mean even worse flooding on the Mississippi
Already-severe flooding on the Mississippi River is getting worse for several Missouri and Illinois cities and towns.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Lower fees, but fingerprints still included in FOID bill
An amendment to a controversial bill to overhaul the state’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Act has a lesser increase in the cost of applications and card renewals, but remains firm on proposed fingerprint requirements.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Voters to decide on Pritzker's graduated tax plan
Voters will decide next year whether to ditch Illinois’ flat-rate income tax in favor of one that hits the wealthy hardest following House action Monday that gave Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker his top campaign pledge and biggest victory since taking office.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Thousands in Illinois may have guns with out permits
Tens of thousands of Illinois residents whose gun licenses have been revoked could still be in possession of firearms, according to an analysis of state records by the Chicago Tribune.
Monday, May 27, 2019

Liberal reproductive health care bill passes out of committee
Legislation that would overhaul Illinois’ abortion statute was fiercely debated for the first time by a panel of lawmakers Sunday, with six days to go before the scheduled end of session.
Monday, May 27, 2019

Duckworth: 'I think about the guys that didn't make it'
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth spends Memorial Day honoring her friends in the military who have fallen and the heroic soldiers who kept her from numbering among the dead.
Monday, May 27, 2019

Graduated tax rates join amendment in moving to Illinois House floor
A graduated tax rate bill joined the constitutional amendment that would allow for the implementation of such a tax structure in awaiting a vote from the full Illinois House Friday.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Illinois State Police set online gun dealer certification
The Illinois State Police say gun dealers can certify federal firearms licenses online to comply with a new state law.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Brewers say no to beer tax
Craft beer brewers and advocates gathered Friday at the Capitol to oppose a tax increase on beer and cider that Gov. J.B. Pritzker introduced last week to help fund a comprehensive capital infrastructure plan.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Illinois doles out $1.8M to 17 projects to promote tourism
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has awarded $1.8 million in grants to increase Prairie State tourism
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Lawmaker hopes to name overpass for fallen Illinois trooper
Efforts are underway in Springfield to name a highway overpass in honor of an Illinois trooper killed in a traffic crash.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Leaders 'close' on budget agreement
Illinois’ four legislative leaders met with Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in an hour-long conference which covered a broad range of issues, according to the two Republicans present.
Friday, May 24, 2019

5 torndoes confirmed in Illinois after strong storms
The National Weather Service has confirmed five tornados in central and western Illinois after a line of strong storms moved across the state.
Friday, May 24, 2019

In 2nd challenge to Trump policy on illegal immmigrants, AG Raoul sues
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against U.S. Attorney General William Barr over a Trump administration policy requiring state and local law enforcement agencies to cooperate in federal immigration enforcement.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Child welfare providers request $30M
Community-based child welfare providers are asking the state for $30.7 million in emergency funding to combat low wages, high employee turnover rates and inadequate resources which have caused some of them to cut programs or close.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Lawmakers want tougher penalties for DCFS attacks
A group of Republican lawmakers on Thursday urged the Senate to take up a bill that increases the penalties for attacks on state social workers employed by the Department of Children and Family Services.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Illinois' Progressive Caucus calls Reproductive Health Act for a vote
Members of a liberal House caucus urged action on a bill that would rewrite Illinois’ abortion law before session is scheduled to conclude May 31.


Friday, May 24, 2019

Groups want Illinois a sanctuary state
Two Democratic state lawmakers joined a group of immigration rights advocates Wednesday in calling for passage of a bill that would effectively make Illinois a “sanctuary state..”
Thursday, May 23, 2019

What would be most liberal pro-abortion statute in country gets life again in Illinois
A measure that would rewrite Illinois’ abortion statute — the subject of months-long debate among advocates on both sides but not lawmakers — is moving out of legislative limbo after months of inaction.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

State lawmakers call for data center tax incentives
A group of upstate and downstate Republicans and Democrats joined labor and business interests Wednesday to call on the General Assembly to pass a bill that creates tax incentives aimed at bringing data centers to the state.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Teachers call for raising salary cap on pay raises to 6%
The state’s largest teachers union on Wednesday called on Illinois lawmakers to lift a state-imposed cap on the size of pay raises they can receive, saying the current 3-percent cap is driving many teachers out of the state.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

House GOP continues push against graduated tax
House Republicans on Wednesday repeated their opposition to a graduated income tax amendment touted by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Gun owners in Illinois may have to get fingerprinted and pay more for FOID card
Illinoisans soon may have to be fingerprinted and pay an increased fee to be a licensed gun owner in the state.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Illinois hunters harvest over 15,000 wild turkeys
Illinois hunters harvested more than 15,000 wild turkeys during the spring season, up from nearly 13,500 last year.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Personal robots and horses among subjects of bills the Illinois Senate sends to governor's desk
The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed and sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker a bill that would pave the way for people to use robotic “personal carrying devices” in Illinois.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

House OKs bills regulating drivers' headlight modifications and more
Among a flurry of legislation that the Illinois House sent to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday was a bill limiting what drivers can put on their headlights.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Illinois' energy reform bills 'on the back burner'
As the General Assembly moves toward its May 31 adjournment with issues such as a state budget, graduated income tax, and the legalization of sports gambling and recreational marijuana still to be decided, an ambitious package of energy market reforms will likely have to wait until the fall veto session or later before moving forward.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Chicago-area hospital's role in baby-cutting case questioned
A local sheriff’s office wants to know if a suburban Chicago hospital violated state law by not immediately reporting that a woman who claimed to be the mother of a newborn had not given birth. The woman was later charged with strangling the baby’s mother and cutting the newborn from her womb.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Moody's: Illinois, New Jersey most prone in recession
A report from one of the nation’s leading credit rating agencies says Illinois and New Jersey are the two states least-equipped to handle another recession.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Graduated tax amendment heads to House floor
A constitutional amendment that would allow the state to impose higher tax rates on greater margins of income needs only a vote from the full Illinois House to be brought to voters after passing committee Monday. 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Police stepping up seat-belt enforcement thru Monday
It’s “border to border” seat-belt enforcement for Illinois police agencies through Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Columbus' ships Nina and Pinta return to Grafton Friday
On Friday, May 31, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Grafton. The ships will be docked at The Loading Dock, 401 Front Street until their departure early Monday morning, June 10th.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Biologist aims to save prairie chickens
A wildlife biologist has taken prairie chickens from Kansas, which has a more robust population, and released them in Illinois in an effort to boost the population of the endangered birds.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Incoming Chicago mayor has path to historic police reforms
Lori Lightfoot will have a powerful ally after she’s sworn in Monday as Chicago mayor in seeking to fulfill a campaign promise to overhaul the Police Department in the nation’s third-largest city: a judge with authority to hold reform slackers in contempt.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Stones' North American tour to start in Chicago
The Rolling Stones are ready to get back on the road after postponing their North American tour because Mick Jagger needed medical treatment,
Monday, May 20, 2019

31-foot Lincoln statue to make its Springfield debut this week
A 31-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln will make its debut this week in Springfield after stops in Chicago and Peoria.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Rebuild Illinois would cost $41.5 billion
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday briefed lawmakers on a proposed capital improvements plan that calls for spending $41.5 billion on transportation, education, public health and other infrastructure projects over six years, funded by a host of new or increased taxes and fees.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Speaker explores political climate in Lincoln's time at event today
Noted Lincoln expert, Kim Baurer, will explore the political climate during Abraham Lincoln’s time at the Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

More needed to move people with disabilities into homes
DeKalb County resident Tony Stahl said he waited five years for the state to put his disabled daughter, Allison, in the selection process that would allow her to live in her own home in a community. It took an extra three years before that home was found, he said.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Memo details GOP budget plans, Pritzker complaints
– Illinois House Republican leadership will brief their members Monday on a balanced budget proposal which they say the governor’s office won’t listen to, according to an internal caucus memo obtained by Capitol News Illinois on Friday.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

'Hamilton' ending its Chicago run in January
The musical “Hamilton” will end its more than three-year run in Chicago in January.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Bill suspending teacher basic skills test heads to gov
A test required for teacher licensing that many argue has contributed to the state’s teacher shortage might soon be suspended.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Illinois retired couple looking to sell their vineyard
Rudi Hofmann looked over rows of grape vines as buds were starting to appear.

“We are not pruning this year because we are retiring,” Hofmann explained as he fingered a vine and as the vineyard dog, Moritz, sat watching him.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Two killed in head-on collision Thursday at Raymond
A crash has killed the police chief in a small Illinois town.
Friday, May 17, 2019

House 'closing in' on graduated tax votes
With only two weeks remaining in the 2019 regular session, Democrats in the Illinois House say they are close to securing the 71 votes needed to pass one of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top priorities, a constitutional amendment to overhaul the state’s income tax system.
Friday, May 17, 2019

House Dems: $1 cigarette tax hike 'unreasonable'
A Democratic state lawmaker called Senate President John Cullerton’s proposal to raise Illinois’ usage tax on tobacco products “too unreasonable” at a time when the General Assembly is considering a slew of other tax hikes.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Bill banning private detention centers goes to gov
A bill that would ban for-profit immigrant detention centers in Illinois is now on its way to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Gambling expansion: Race on for Rockford casino
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said lawmakers have to move quickly before the city’s chances to build a casino are “virtually eliminated” by a northern rival.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Lawmakers united on increased gas tax
A new report says subpar roads in Illinois are costing drivers $1,300 to $2,600 in repair, safety and congestion costs annually, and that number will increase if the state does not take action on an infrastructure bill this legislative session.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Chicago woman strangled, baby cut from her womb
A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police and family members said.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Two Illinois lawmakers pushing for most liberal reproductive healthcare legislation in the country
Democratic lawmakers demanded their colleagues take action on a controversial, sweeping reproductive health care bill at a rally Wednesday just outside the Statehouse.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

A look at what's in the marijuana legalization bill
Senate Bill 7, the bill that would legalize adult-use recreational marijuana in Illinois, is a 533-page piece of legislation that sets standards for regulating the production, sale and taxation of marijuana, how licenses would be allocated, and how people with previous marijuana-related criminal convictions could have their records expunged.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Sports gambling options include allowing bets to be placed at Wrigley, other stadiums
Sports betting could take place at the home of the White Sox, Bears, Bulls and Cubs depending on which details emerge in a final bill to legalize the practice in Illinois.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Democrats call expungement provision 'critical' to marijuana legalization
Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one chief county law enforcement official gave to the State Journal-Register for a story first published online Monday.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Changes proposed in Move Over Law
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined with state lawmakers on Tuesday to promote legislation that would increase penalties for drivers who don’t slow or change lanes to avoid vehicles on the side of the road.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Staffer says SJ-R editor resigned to spare layoffs
Illinois’ capital-city newspaper, a 188-year-old institution tied intimately to Abraham Lincoln, is without a news chief after its editor resigned in hopes of sparing more layoffs, according to a staff writer.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Illinois sometimes brushes aside abuse allegations
Illinois’ child welfare agency is so intent on keeping children with their parents even when they have strong evidence of abuse that it has sometimes left those children in grave danger, a study released Wednesday found.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Children learn to grieve at Kids Good Grief Camp
Nine-year-old Ben Turner of Springfield said there were times he felt he didn't fit in at school, not growing up with a father.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Man who left baby in soybean field gets 18 years
An 18-year prison sentence has been handed a central Illinois man found guilty but mentally ill of attempted murder and child abduction.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Illinois mayor quits after charged with solicitation
The mayor of a northern Illinois city has resigned after being named one of nine people charged in a police investigation into soliciting a prostitute.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Report: Illinois should spend $33 million to promote 2020 Census
The state of Illinois should spend $33 million for community leaders to spread word about the 2020 census, the Chicago Urban League said in a report.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Quad Cities hosting 'Rosie the Riveter' national convention
The unheated building was freezing cold, fumes from the vehicles gave her bronchitis, and she earned 50 cents an hour.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Chicago-arena renting families $425 suites for graduations
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — A suburban-Chicago arena is charging $425 for relatives of high school graduates to watch commencements from a private suite instead of general admission seats.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Ceremony will honor daughter of Revolutionary War fighter
ARTHUR, Ill. (AP) — Volunteers for the Daughters of the American Revolution are planning to add a marker at the grave of a Douglas County woman that recognizes her relationship to a Revolutionary War veteran.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

8 suburban Chicago officers face discipline over hazing
BARTLETT, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police department’s emergency response team is being disbanded over what the police chief says was the dangerous firing of simulated ammunition at two officers during a training exercise.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Illinois revenue bump spurs debate over Pritzker tax hikes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The terms “Illinois budget” and “extra revenue” are rarely heard in the same sentence. But now that they are, “spending agreement” is the elusive terminology.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

State Board accepting nominations for Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is accepting nominations for the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards. The awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to Illinois’ public and nonpublic preK-12 schools. Any person or organization may submit nominations for the awards.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Lawmakers at odds over capital bill funding
SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats advanced a $2.44 billion plan to pay for state transportation infrastructure improvements Thursday that hinges on a hike in the motor fuel tax, vehicle registrations and fees.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Debate about sports gambling in Illinois continues
There are now almost as many different plans to legalize sports betting in Illinois as there are states that have legalized it in any fashion.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sheriffs and chiefs raise safety concerns about marijuana legalization proposal
Local law enforcement officials are deeply concerned with the recently unveiled Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (SB 7), citing proven risks to public safety and mistakes made in other states. As local officials tasked with keeping communities and streets safe, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association expresses concern with the legislation.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

GOP: Unexpected revenue means no new tax needed
One day after lawmakers learned the state collected $1.5 billion more in tax revenue than was expected in April, House Republican leadership argued Wednesday that the good news is proof that new taxes are not needed to right the state’s financial ship.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Coalition warns of commercialization of marijuana
A coalition opposed to recreational marijuana legalization shared concerns about public safety effects they say will result if the measure before the Illinois Senate becomes law.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Gov has voiced support for raising tax on gaming
Randy Rehmer, owner of Waterloo’s Double R Bar just south of East St. Louis, says raising taxes on video gambling will eat at the $70,000 he makes each year off the machines alone.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Cigarette tax may go up by a dollar
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said he wants to raise the state’s usage tax on tobacco products.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Blackburn College becomes 68th campus in nation certified as Bee Campus
Blackburn College has become the 68th educational institution in the nation to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. The school is the 5th in Illinois and the only downstate institution receiving the certification. Blackburn joins more than a hundred other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

GOP wants higher standard for tax hikes
At a Tuesday press event billed to “discuss new legislation” in response to a graduated tax constitutional amendment, Illinois House Republicans introduced an identical bill to one that failed to advance in the Senate.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Cannabis group wants changes to bill
A group supporting recreational marijuana legalization spoke outside the governor’s office Tuesday, touting a recently-filed legalization plan while suggesting a few changes.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Illinois sees $1.5 billion revenue boost in April
The state of Illinois received some unexpected good news Tuesday when officials reported that revenues received in April came in $1.5 billion higher than expected.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Illinois lawmakers are taking aim at DCFS following beating death of 5-year-old
Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday took aim at the state’s Department of Children and Family Services, which has been haunted for decades by deaths wrought of abuse and neglect and is in the spotlight again following the beating death of a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy with a long history of contact with the agency.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Audit: As abuse claims jump, DCFS response slows
An audit finds that there was an 11% increase in child-abuse and -neglect investigations from 2015 to 2017 while the state’s timeliness in responding to complaints and in completing investigations slowed and investigators’ caseloads violated a federal consent decree.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Costello resigns from Illinois House for DNR spot
A state representative from southern Illinois has resigned to become the director of law enforcement for the state Department of Natural Resources.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Madigan: Legal pot passage 'not guaranteed today'
A 532-page proposal to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois by Jan. 1, 2020 was filed in the state Senate Monday, but the state’s powerful House speaker said its passage is “not guaranteed today.”
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Another levee as seemingly endless flood continues
Residents of a small Missouri town were busy Tuesday sandbagging yet another levee being threatened by a seemingly ceaseless flood.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Madigan: Pritzker revenue plan being 'ratcheted down'
House Speaker Michael Madigan doesn’t make a lot of media appearances, but Monday morning he talked with student journalists who are covering the Statehouse in a graduate school program.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Sandra Bland's own video of traffic stop surfaces
Cellphone video recorded by Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail following a confrontational 2015 traffic stop, shows for the first time her perspective as a white state trooper draws his stun gun and points it at close range while ordering her out of her car.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Moody's: Graduated tax has risks and opportunities
One of the nation’s leading credit rating agencies said Monday adopting a graduated income tax system in Illinois probably would provide some much-needed revenue, but whether state’s credit rating would be improved depends on how the state uses the new money.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Longtime Illinois political figure, Thomas Hynes, dies
Former Illinois state Senate president and Democratic National Committee member Thomas Hynes, who was a powerhouse in Chicago politics for four decades, has died. He was 80.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Another body found at factory; death toll reaches 3
Search and recovery personnel found the body of another worker Sunday in the rubble of a northern Illinois silicone factory that exploded and burst into flames two days earlier, bringing the death toll to three employees with one more body believed to be in the debris, a fire official said.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Taboo topic: Death Cafe opens in Bloomington
The tea was ready, the cake was cut and Day of the Dead napkins, plates and cups were on the counter.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Illinois lawmakers to consider new teacher testing methods
Two bills are pending in the Illinois General Assembly that would pause or permanently eliminate a basic skills test for new teachers that some officials say has contributed to a statewide shortage of educators
Monday, May 6, 2019

Pritzker announces plan to legalize marijuana
CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he’s reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Proposed graduated tax in Illinois inches forward
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Fifty years ago, new Republican Gov. Richard Ogilvie pushed through the state’s first income tax to shore up Illinois finances. It was a flat 2.5% applying to all levels of income. Requiring a flat-rate income tax was hotly contested a year later among those rewriting the state Constitution. The Constitution enshrined it in 1971, Ogilvie lost re-election in 1972, but the debate over the system’s fairness never abated.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Reddi-wip launches line of dairy-based coffee creamers
CHICAGO — Reddi-wip, a brand of Conagra Brands, Inc., has moved into the coffee creamer category with the debut of its Barista line of cream-based products – Nitro Creamer and Sweet Foam – to give consumers a coffeehouse experience any time of day, without the coffee shop lines or price.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Records show Illinois father led police to son's body
Video that police recovered from an Illinois woman’s cellphone showing her bruised 5-year-old son prompted the boy’s father to lead investigators to the child’s body, according to newly released court records.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Flood levels along Mississippi approaching 1993 levels
The fast-rising Mississippi River today neared levels unseen since a historic 1993 flood, threatening levees and forcing people living near the bulging Big Muddy to move to higher ground.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Advocates push for $1-per-pack tax hike on cigarettes
Anti-smoking advocates with the American Cancer Society want Illinois lawmakers to hike the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Graduated tax amendment moves to the House
A graduated income tax amendment is on the move at the Illinois State Capitol.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Senate panel advances graduated tax package
A graduated income tax package which differs slightly from one proposed in March by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker advanced out of the Senate Executive Committee on Tuesday along partisan lines.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Bill would force contractors to quicken payments to suppliers, subcontractors on state projects
Under legislation expected to receive a vote this week, contractors on state capital projects would be forced to pay their suppliers and subcontractors on a tighter schedule.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lawmakers consider eliminating cash bail
Two years after passing a significant bail bond reform law, some Illinois lawmakers are now considering doing away with cash bail altogether.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Fear, physical distress in 911 calls after ammonia spill
An ammonia leak in suburban Chicago triggered a flood of 911 calls from people — some gasping for air — as they frantically reported the fumes that ultimately made more than three dozen people sick.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Peoria man gets 95 years in 14-year-old boy's shooting death
A Peoria man was sentenced to 95 years in prison in connection with a 2015 botched robbery that left a 14-year-old boy dead.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Heavy rains prompt flood warnings in parts of Illinois
Rivers are swelling in Illinois as heavy rains move across the state, prompting flood warnings and flash flood watches.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Central Ill. Foodbank gets $37k grant for protein
Central Illinois Foodbank recently received a $37,500 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield to provide protein to people throughout central and southern Illinois.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pritzker okays first steps on blocking Asian carp
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Former U.S. transportation secretary backs gas tax hike
A high-profile Republican on Monday gave his support to an increase to the state’s gas tax during a meeting of a special Senate capital committee.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Duckworth returns to Iraq, 1st time since shot down
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth has returned to Iraq for the first time since the helicopter she was piloting was shot down during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.
Monday, April 29, 2019

I-Cash program returns record-breaking $200 million
A record-breaking $200 million in forgotten cash and securities has been returned to its owners during the past 10 months, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today. It is the largest amount in the program’s 58-year history.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Man who tried to detonate bomb in bar is set to be sentenced
An unusual and unusually long-running terrorism case in Chicago that featured talk of Edward Snowden and even lizard overlords enters a decisive stage today with the start of a multiday sentencing hearing. 
Monday, April 29, 2019

Illinois gunman vowed to kill others if he was fired
The gunman who opened fire at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant in February, killing five colleagues before he was killed by police, told a co-worker the morning of the shooting that if he was fired he was going to kill every other employee and “blow police up,” prosecutors said in a report released Monday.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Lawmakers return Tuesday for final session
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget proposal, including his call for legalizing recreational marijuana, will be among the top issues Illinois state lawmakers will face when they return to the Capitol on Tuesday, following their two-week spring break.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Pritzker's pension plans face uphill battle, TRS Board is told
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s pension proposal is not sitting well with state lawmakers, an advisor to the Illinois Teachers Retirement System told its Board of Trustees this week.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Efforts to diversify state, labor workforces shared
The Illinois House Labor and Commerce Committee heard testimony Friday about the importance of investment in education and infrastructure when it comes to employment rates and economic development.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

1st baby bison born at Fermilab herd this spring
The first bison of the spring has been born at the U.S. Energy Department’s Fermilab facility, west of Chicago.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Prosecutors asking for 11 year sentence for YouTube star
Federal prosecutors are asking for an 11-year prison sentence for a YouTube singer with a teenage following who admitted to coercing six underage females to send him sexually explicit videos.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Pritzker names ex-House leader to Pollution Control Board
Former Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie has been named to the Pollution Control Board by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

No sure bet yet for legal sports gambling in Illinois
With five plans being considered, it’s anyone guess what legalized sports gambling will look like in Illinois if the Legislature approves a bill this spring.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Father of Waffle House shooter pleads not guilty
The father of the man accused of killing four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee last year pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to the gun used in the shooting.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Welfare director faces questions after boy's death
An Illinois lawmaker says the state’s new child welfare director will face tough questions from a state House panel following the beating death of a 5-year-old boy who had extensive contact with child welfare workers.
Friday, April 26, 2019

7 in intensive care after suburban ammonia leak
Seven people, including a firefighter, remain in intensive care after they were injured in an ammonia leak in Illinois.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Chicago expecting its own cherry blossom season
Washington D.C. may be famous for its cherry blossom season but Chicago will have one of its own this year too.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Boy killed days before reported missing
Police believe an Illinois couple who reported their 5-year-old son missing last week killed him days earlier by beating him and forcing him to stand in a cold shower for an extended period of time, according to court documents released Thursday.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

For state election officials, no new news is good news
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s recently released report on Russian interference in the 2016 election repeated what Illinois already knew: that it suffered the worst election data breach of any state in the country when Russian agents stole the personal information of more than 70,000 voters.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Illinois governor says he has 'no concern' about report of a federal probe
Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday he has “no concerns at all” about a media report that federal authorities are investigating a property tax break he got by taking toilets out of a Chicago mansion he owns.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Legislature's ex-inspector general says watchdog post is 'broken'
The recently departed ethics watchdog of the Illinois General Assembly said Wednesday she was refused permission to publish a substantiated report of wrongdoing by a legislator in a system she described as broken.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Application deadline nearing for Hardest Hit program
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is announcing the wind down of the Illinois Hardest Hit program, a federally funded initiative that helps those facing foreclosure to stay in their homes. Homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgages due to unemployment, underemployment or financial hardship are encouraged to apply for up to $35,000 in mortgage payment assistance before the program closes on April 30. Interested homeowners can apply online for free at www.illinoishardesthit.org and will be automatically linked with a local housing agency that will answer questions, prescreen for eligibility and assist homeowners in preparing the application and assembling the required supporting documentation.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

State public health dept. has plan to combat measles
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday a slate of initiatives to increase vaccination rates statewide.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Corporate board diversity bill is the subject of much debate in state Senate
State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch urged the Illinois Senate on Tuesday to act quickly on his bill that would require all publicly-traded corporations headquartered in Illinois to have at least one African-American and one woman on their boards of directors.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Governor announces Safe Routes to School grants
Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the award of more than $5.5 million to local communities for projects that encourage students to walk or bike to school. The 39 projects, made possible through IDOT’s Safe Routes to School program, were selected from 160 applications received from across the state.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

AG calls for greater regulation of energy suppliers
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Tuesday called for greater regulation of alternative retail energy suppliers, many of which go door-to-door using “deceptive practices” to lock consumers into contracts that ultimately lead to higher energy costs.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

List of Illinois capital requests is long; list of funding sources not so much
Stakeholders from northern Illinois added to the state’s list of capital funding requests Monday as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle acknowledged more revenue would be necessary to get the state’s infrastructure back in working order.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New push again to eliminate Illinois townships
McHenry County is a 610-square-mile area on the Wisconsin border, about 90 minutes from downtown Chicago. Its 300,000 residents live in urban centers — such as Crystal Lake and Woodstock, the seat of government — and rural communities.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Mother of missing Illinois 5-year-old not talking to police
The mother of a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy who went missing last week is refusing to cooperate with detectives, police said Monday.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Telehealth company sues Indiana for ban on online eye exams
A Chicago-based telehealth company that provides online eye testing is challenging Indiana’s ban on doctors using online vision tests to issue prescriptions for corrective lenses.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Health officials seek to build vaccine stockpile to combat measles
The U.S. is on pace to shatter the record of measles cases in any year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.
Monday, April 22, 2019

U of I cuts partnerships with Chinese firm US calls threat
The University of Illinois has stopped new partnerships with a Chinese firm that the U.S. government considers a national security threat.
Monday, April 22, 2019

IDOT, preservationists give 5,000 trees to schools statewide
Schools statewide are receiving 5,000 tree seedlings from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Demand grows for marijuana cultivation courses
More colleges are beginning to offer classes in growing and handling marijuana as demand for such skills from growers and dispensaries increases.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Trial date set for man in missing child hoax
A federal judge has set a June 24 trial date for the 23-year-old man charged with impersonating a long-missing child.
Monday, April 22, 2019

SIU wants funding restored for veteran tuition
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University officials hope the new governor will fund a decades-old state commitment to cover the cost of veterans’ higher education, even though no college has been reimbursed under the grant program for years.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Report: Medicaid funding shortfalls causing Illinois nursing homes to close
SPRINGFIELD – Since March 2014, 20 state-licensed skilled-care nursing homes have closed for financial reasons, while many of those continuing to serve the state’s neediest elderly populations face staffing shortages and operating deficits caused by diminishing state government investment.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Illinois unemployment grows to 4.4 percent in March, with 2,300 fewer jobs
SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois climbed one-tenth of a point to 4.4 percent in March as the state recorded a net loss of 2,300 jobs, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Wage-theft bill sparks much debate
SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that punishes employers in Illinois who short their workers’ pay left Republican representatives with open-ended questions about the bill’s impact on state businesses.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Population loss will cost one congressional seat
SPRINGFIELD – Census numbers released Thursday show that for the first time in seven years, every major metropolitan area in the state saw population decline between July 2017 and July 2018.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Trombonist Shaw will present final Millikin concert
 DECATUR, Ill. – In his final concert at Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Dr. Gary Shaw, professor of music and director of bands at Millikin University, will be joined by former trombone students, friends, colleagues and the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate his 37 years of performing and teaching at Millikin. The concert is free and open to the public.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Chicago area's population drops for 4th year
New U.S. Census Bureau data show that the Chicago area’s population has fallen for a fourth straight year.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

More charges for man claiming to be missing child
A federal grand jury indictment that was filed Thursday accuses an Ohio man who claimed to be a missing child from Illinois of lying to federal agents and of identity theft.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Teen mob arrested for disrupting downtown Chicago
Police say more than 30 teenagers have been arrested after large groups of high school students caused disruptions and started fights in downtown Chicago.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Illinois ag agency to honor former USDA secretary
The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to honor former state agriculture director and former U.S. Agriculture Secretary John Rusling Block.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Regulation of robots might be in Illinois' future
Futuristic technology could give Illinoisans their own personal robots that follow wherever they go, and carry supplies like groceries.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

State treasurer announces dates of Illinois College Savings informational events
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced dates for the Illinois College Savings events to provide tax and investment professionals with important updates on Illinois’ Bright Start and Bright Directions college savings programs, both considered among the best in the country according to Morningstar.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

IEMA encourages people to stay aware, be prepared for strong to severe storms
While many parts of Illinois recently experienced an unseasonable April snowstorm, state officials are urging residents to be alert and prepared for strong to severe storms in the coming days. A portion of Illinois is under the threat of severe weather Wednesday night into Thursday. The National Weather Service forecasts damaging winds will be the primary concern, though hail and isolated tornadoes are also possible. With that in mind, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if weather warnings are issued.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Capitol Briefs: Cannabis, graduated tax advocates aim to reach public while legislators are on break
With the Legislature on spring break until April 30, advocacy groups are working to get their points across on topics such as cannabis legalization and a graduated income tax.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Chicago to start erasing pot convictions
A top Chicago prosecutor says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months but acknowledges it won’t be easy to implement her plan and that her office is still figuring out its scope.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Upper Mississippi named one of most endangered rivers of 2019
American Rivers today named the Upper Mississippi River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2019, citing the grave threat that climate change and illegal levee raises pose to public safety and river health. American Rivers and its partners called on state and federal agencies to prohibit the reckless raising of levees and promote better flood protection solutions.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Chicago bird feeders now a popular spot for hawks
Chicagoans who have bird feeders in their yards may not know it but they are feeding birds in more ways than they know.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sangamon River clean up April 27
Celebrate spring and April's Earth Day with a day of outdoor activities. The Macon County Conservation District and Decatur Audubon Society will hold the 38th Annual Festival of Spring and Sangamon River Clean Up on Saturday, April 27 at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Many activities will take place, beginning at 8a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Site to help dedicate expanded Lewis and Clark trail
A site in southern Indiana has been selected for a national ceremony next month dedicating a 1,200-mile (1,931-kilometer) expansion of the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail.
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