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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Trio of eagles caring for eaglets in nest on river
A nontraditional family of bald eagles is caring for three eaglets that hatched this spring in a nest along the Mississippi River near Fulton, Illinois.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

EIU program touts rural teacher jobs
Eastern Illinois University has launched a pilot program to encourage students training to be teachers to consider looking for employment in rural communities rather than urban centers.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Shawnee Forest will see burning of 10,000 acres
The U.S. Forest Service for the first time in recent history oversaw the burning of more than 10,000 acres this year in southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Health officials warn of salmonella outbreak
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Carrau linked to pre-cut melon.
Monday, April 15, 2019

American Airlines cancels 737 flights
American Airlines announced Sunday that it was canceling 115 flights per day through mid-August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Inmates in southern Illinois train shelter dogs
Southern Illinois prison inmates are training dogs from a local animal shelter, and officials say it’s helping both the dogs and the offenders.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Pet owners warned: Coyotes are wily, hungry in the spring
Officials in Cook County and other parts of the state want pet owners to know that coyotes this time a year are both wily and hungry.
Monday, April 15, 2019

More flights canceled at O'Hare today after snow
About 190 flights have been cancelled at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport following a snowstorm that also shut down hundreds of flights over the weekend.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Pritzker signs bill blocking local governments from enacting right-to-work laws
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a bill that prohibits local governments from enacting so-called “right-to-work” laws that are aimed at weakening the power of labor unions.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

House rejects 'ban-the-box' law for college admissions
The Illinois House on Friday rejected a bill that would have blocked public colleges and universities from asking about a prospective student’s criminal history as part of the application.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Man convicted of murder, homicide of an unborn child
A southern Illinois man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a mother and her unborn child.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Illinois man wins $1 million in Missouri Lottery game
An Illinois man who bought a lottery ticket in Missouri is glad he did — he’s a million-dollar winner.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

GOP lawmakers propose bill to separate Chicago from Illinois
A central Illinois lawmaker says he’s sponsoring legislation proposing the separation of Chicago from Illinois to spark discussion about the overarching influence of the city in state politics.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Report takes issue with gang database
A poorly managed police database of 130,000 purported street-gang members in Chicago is rife with errors and offers no practical way for those wrongly entered into it to purge their names, the city’s inspector general office says in a sharply critical report released Thursday.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Illinois Progressive Caucus rolls out their mid-session policy endorsements
Members of a liberal House caucus announced their first set of bill endorsements Thursday, including measures targeting potential immigrant detention centers and homelessness.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Illinois Senate recap: Presidential tax return measure heads to the House
Illinois is one step closer to requiring presidential or vice-presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state’s election ballots – if such a measure is even constitutional.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Raoul, Foxx join rally for crime victims
Two of the state’s top prosecutors joined a rally at the Capitol on Thursday with dozens of crime victims and survivors from across Illinois, calling on lawmakers to support programs to help them recover from their trauma.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Senate okays bill to raise teachers minimum salary
A second bill raising the minimum annual salary for Illinois teachers to $40,000 found legislative success this week.
Friday, April 12, 2019

House okays doubling fines for passing buses
Drivers who don’t stop for school buses could see a doubling in ticket fines under a proposed state law that passed the House on Thursday.
Friday, April 12, 2019

State gets extra $15M to fight opioid crisis
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced that Illinois will receive an additional $15 million from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to combat the opioid crisis across the state.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Graduated tax amendment clears Senate committee
A constitutional amendment which would allow the state to adopt a graduated income tax is on its way to the full state Senate after clearing committee on party lines Wednesday.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Proponents say $40k minimum salary for teachers will help address statewide teacher shortage crisis
More than 60 percent of Illinois public school districts have a starting annual salary for teachers of less than $40,000.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

In Illinois work zones, "Drive Like You Work Here"
The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, industry partners and frontline construction workers joined forces today for National Work Zone Awareness Week, asking the public to "Drive Like You Work Here." To signal the start of construction season and call attention to the life and death issues facing workers and law enforcement, Gov. JB Pritzker proclaimed April 8-12 as "Work Zone Safety Awareness Week" in Illinois.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Language filed for graduated income tax
Language is filed for a constitutional amendment that would allow the Illinois Legislature to enact a graduated income tax, and the Illinois Senate Executive Committee is scheduled to take up the matter Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Department of Human Services seeks 9% funding increase
A Senate budget committee on Tuesday began weighing Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s request for a $358 million, or 9 percent increase in general revenue funding for the Department of Human Services, the agency that manages most of the state’s social welfare programs.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Illinois officials warn against potentially deadly fungus
Illinois public health officials are warning against a potentially deadly fungus that is resistant to several drugs.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

4 Chicago police officers are fighting McDonald-related firings
A hearing is set for four Chicago police officers who are fighting their dismissals following accusations they covered up a white officer’s 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot to address Illinois House
Incoming Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot plans to spend two days in the Illinois state Capitol this week.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Comptroller suspends more than $5.7M in payments
Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced Monday that her office has suspended more than $5.7 million in payments to a company that designed a web portal that manages state employee benefits.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Illinois has 154 cases of possible deadly fungal disease
State health officials say Illinois has 154 confirmed cases of a rapidly spreading and potentially deadly fungal disease.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

4 adults, 2 kids shot and wounded at Chicago baby shower
Two men who opened fire on a crowd of people gathered for a baby shower, wounding six people, including two children, may have acted in retaliation for an earlier gang conflict, police said Sunday.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Pritzker inks Tobacco 21, calls proponents 'heroes'
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation making Illinois the first Midwestern state to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products Sunday in Chicago.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Comptroller orders IT contract progress reports
Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza has suspended nearly $6 million owed to a company for an online insurance portal that isn’t delivering the savings or services promised.
Monday, April 8, 2019

R. Kelly gives 28-second performance
R. Kelly gave a 28-second performance and spent about half an hour more hobnobbing with fans who paid $50 to $100 to see him at a club in the Illinois capital of Springfield.
Monday, April 8, 2019

3 children, 2 adults die in Illinois 'inferno' trailer fire
Authorities say three young children and two adults died in a central Illinois mobile home fire that neighbors called an “inferno.”
Monday, April 8, 2019

Local schools to participate in Earth Day in the Parks at Dickson Mounds on May 1 and May 16
LEWISTOWN — At Dickson Mounds Museum on Wednesday, May 1, students from Elmwood Elementary School, and on Thursday, May 16 students from Cuba Middle School Community Unit School District #3 will participate in the thirteenth annual Earth Day in the Parks and assist staff with planting a variety of native wildflowers at the museum.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Slow fund disbursement worries census advocates
SPRINGFIELD – The 2020 census begins in less than a year, and billions of dollars in federal funding and as many as two congressional seats are at stake for Illinois.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Chicago cops lag state troopers in distracted tickets
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Police troopers are taking a hard line against distracted drivers but Chicago police officers aren’t really enforcing the law barring drivers from using mobile devices while on the road, according to data from both agencies.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Pritzker signs law to sell iconic Thompson Center
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state-owned James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago, hailed for its iconic architecture and derided for its functionality issues, is finally for sale.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

HSHS St. Mary's Hospital encourages public to join the organ donor registry
 DECATUR — HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital will hold an organ donor drive in honor of Donate Life Month on Tuesday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby of the hospital.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

IDNR guide to state trees available free of charge
ILLINOIS — A newly-revised version of the City of Urbana’s Under the Canopy publication, a statewide guide to tree selection, planting and care, will be available free of charge to Illinois residents by mid April.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Memorial announces Hands-On Healthcare dates
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Medical Center announced its spring sessions for a program designed to help students and community members learn more about healthcare careers.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Red Cross urges blood donation during national volunteer month
ILLINOIS — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets during National Volunteer Month this April. Eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – are needed to help ensure blood products are available for patients this spring.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Bill stripping townships of zoning control over wind farms heads to governor
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has passed and sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker a bill aimed at resolving a conflict in eastern Illinois over which unit of local government has authority to control zoning for wind farms.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Animatronic butterfly a major feature of Kidzeum nature exhibit
SPRINGFIELD — Kidzeum of Health and Science, located at 412 E. Adams St. in downtown Springfield, is getting its very own animatronic monarch butterfly.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

State colleges get scholarship flexibility
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law expanding a college scholarship program which in part is designed to keep Illinois students in the state.
Friday, April 5, 2019

U of I makes pitch for 16.5% state funding increase
SPRINGFIELD – Representatives of the University of Illinois System made their official pitch Thursday for a 16 percent budget increase to an Illinois Senate appropriations committee.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Senate OKs bill tto let EPA combat greenhouse gases
SPRINGFIELD — The state’s environmental regulatory body was prevented from taking measures to address greenhouse gases in Illinois for more than 20 years.
Friday, April 5, 2019

House OKs letting kids 12 and up stay home alone
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois is one step closer to lowering from 14 to 12 the age at which a child may legally be left at home alone.
Friday, April 5, 2019

State to update banking rules for cannabis industry
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2023. The legislation, championed by Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, would prohibit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) from any action that would penalize or dissuade banks and credit unions from serving cannabis-related businesses.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Diocese of Springfield responds to Jeff Anderson
SPRINGFIELD — The following can be attributed to Diocese of Springfield in Illinois spokesperson, Andrew Hansen:
Friday, April 5, 2019

Marijuana bill advances without details
There are no details filed yet for a bill to legalize recreational adult-use marijuana in Illinois, but that did not stop the state Senate Executive Committee from voting on the measure Wednesday.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

House bill would start college savings accounts for all newborns in Illinois
Despite vocal opposition from Republicans, the Illinois House passed a bill Wednesday that would automatically deposit $50 into a college savings account for every child born or adopted in Illinois, starting in January 2021.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Another dark money group, Illinois Policy, launches anti-graduated tax TV ads
Another dark money organization has joined the television advertising mix in opposition to a graduated tax proposed by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

In response to Lincolnshire, House advances bill to bar local 'right-to-work' laws
A bill that would bar municipalities in Illinois from enacting local “right-to-work” laws like one the village of Lincolnshire enacted in 2015 is one step closer to going to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Lawmakers aren't the only ones who can draw districts
A coalition of interest groups want citizens, rather than lawmakers, to decide the boundaries of their own political districts.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Police, FBI trying to verify if teen is missing boy
Authorities conducted DNA testing to try to determine Thursday whether a teenager found wandering in Kentucky is who he claims to be — an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago around the time his mother took her own life.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sears is set to open first batch of smaller stores
After its journey through bankruptcy, Sears is getting ready to open its first batch of smaller stores that won’t carry clothing but will focus on appliances, mattresses and home services.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Illinois EPA launches online community water reports
Illinois residents are now able to review the number of lead service lines in their community’s water system.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

New Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot says victory means a city reborn
Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s resounding victory was a clear call for change at City Hall and a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider politics that have long defined the nation’s third-largest city.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

House GOP reaffirms graduated tax opposition
Republican members of the Illinois House reaffirmed their opposition to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's graduated tax proposal Tuesday, calling it a "blank check" to lawmakers and citing "empty promises" from Democrats in previous General Assemblies.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Illinois AG Kwame Raoul joins fight against citizenship question on census
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined 17 other state attorneys general Tuesday in opposing a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Durbin, Gillibrand, Feinstein, Schatz call for end of Electoral College system
  Dick Durbin wants to scrap the Electoral College system of electing the country's president.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

House passes bill to promote state's version of Obamacare, Get Covered Illinois
The Illinois House on Tuesday passed a bill that would require all hospitals with emergency rooms to post information in a conspicuous place explaining how people can enroll in health insurance though the state's online marketplace known as "Get Covered Illinois."
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Cases add up to big doubts about Chicago prosecutor
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was elected in 2016 mainly because of anger that the prosecutor she ousted had waited a year to charge a Chicago police officer in the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Then Foxx, who is a survivor of sexual assault as a child, grabbed national attention by charging singer R. Kelly with aggravated sexual abuse.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

1 of 2 black women will become Chicago mayor
A former federal prosecutor who has never held elected office was vying for Chicago mayor on Tuesday against a powerful official whose political career spans decades, providing voters a clear contrast in a historic runoff already assured of elevating a black woman to lead the nation’s third-largest city.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Supreme Court dissent says Illinois' balanced budget mandate should be considered a requirement
Is a line in Illinois’ Constitution instructing the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget a requirement, or a suggestion?
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Study: Tax plan could narrow income gap in state
A graduated income tax could narrow Illinois’ growing income disparity, cut property — as well as income — tax bills and deliver billions of dollars in extra annual revenue to combat state deficits and underfunded public schools and infrastructure, a study released today shows .
Monday, April 1, 2019

Jesse Jackson plans rally in support of Kim Foxx
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other clergy are planning a rally in support of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who’s faced criticism since her office dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett .
Monday, April 1, 2019

African-American program at UI gets new building
Fifty years after the University of Illinois opened an African-American cultural program, the group is moving into a new $5.9 million building.
Monday, April 1, 2019

Measles in US this year already more than all of 2018
U.S. health officials report that the number of measles cases through the first three months of this year have surpassed the count for all of 2018.
Monday, April 1, 2019

Chicago prosecutor open to investigation into Smollett case
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is open to an outside investigation into her office’s decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett, the prosecutor wrote in a newspaper editorial.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Chief Justice seeks bump in judicial funding from state
The chief justice of Illinois’ top court asked lawmakers this week for what would be the judicial branch’s first budget increase in six years.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Man who rerouted UPS mail to Chicago apartment sentenced
A former UPS worker who pleaded guilty to mail fraud for rerouting mail meant for the shipping company’s headquarters to his Chicago apartment was sentenced to a year in prison.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Cook County jail program couples long term inmates with dogs
A Chicago Animal Care and Control program is connecting dogs in danger of being euthanized with long-term inmates at the Cook County Jail.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Illinois risks losing $18 million over food stamp processing
Illinois could lose more than $18 million in funding if it doesn’t accelerate the processing times on food stamp applications within the next month, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

2nd Illinois State Police trooper killed in crash this week
The Illinois State Police say a trooper was killed while on-duty when a wrong-way vehicle struck his squad car on Interstate 94 in northern Illinois.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Lawmakers lay out choices for Illinois taxpayers
Lawmakers in the Senate and House on Thursday presented a series of choices facing Illinois taxpayers as the state continues to dig out from an economic downturn and four years of turmoil under the previous governor.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Catholic leaders continue fight against abortion bills
Leaders of Illinois’ Catholic Church denounced a package of reproductive health care bills in the General Assembly, calling them “dangerous” and “mounting challenges to human dignity.”
Friday, March 29, 2019

Illinois job growth mainly concentrated in northern region
Metropolitan areas in northern Illinois enjoyed most of the job growth that occurred in the state over the past year while a number of central-state communities saw net job losses..
Friday, March 29, 2019

Reputed 'Ripper Crew' member, killer released from prison
Authorities say a man convicted of murder as a suspected member of the notorious “Ripper Crew” that killed as many as 20 Chicago-area women in the 1980s has been released from prison.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Closing arguments scheduled Monday in man's 4th murder trial
Closing arguments have been scheduled for Monday in the fourth Iowa trial of an Illinois man accused of killing a 9-year-old girl in 1990.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Illinois woman accused of suffocating baby enters plea deal
A western Illinois woman charged with trying to suffocate one of her children is facing prison time in a plea deal with prosecutors.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Evidence-based school funding model working
Illinois’ new evidence-based school funding model is effectively driving added funding to the state’s neediest school districts, but the state must double its annual added investment in the formula if districts are to reach funding adequacy in a timely manner, according to a report released Wednesday by the bipartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Illinois is now issuing driver's licenses complying with US law
Illinois’ secretary of state is issuing driver’s licenses and state identification cards in compliance with federal mandates aimed at making such cards more secure.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

State offers $700,000 in grants to specialty crop growers
Illinois grants of more than $700,000 will be available over three years to specialty-crop growers to encourage fresh, locally grown produce.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Former state worker asks courts to recoup union fees
A former state worker in Illinois who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case last year striking down mandatory union fees for public employees is now asking a federal appeals court to order the union to refund nearly $3,000 in fees he was forced to pay over the course of his career.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Nurse-to-patient ratio passes House committee
A bill moving through the Legislature sets limits on the number of patients Illinois nurses can care for at any one time.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Tax opposition targets 4 Democrats in ad campaign
Less than a week after a group tied to Gov. J.B. Pritzker launched television advertising in favor of the governor’s marquee graduated tax proposal, another dark money group launched a campaign aimed at persuading a group of Democratic legislators to oppose the measure.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Scott's Law: 14 police vehicles have been hit in 2019
Already in 2019, motorists have hit 14 squad cars stopped along Illinois roads. One of those incidents cost an Illinois State Police trooper his life.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

DCFS comes under intense scrutiny
Some Illinois lawmakers began calling for an overhaul of the state’s child welfare agency, arguing that it has been handed too many responsibilities to handle any of them properly.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Bill requires disclosure, city pensions
Local government pension systems may soon have to start disclosing more information about how certain lump-sum payouts at the end of an employee’s career are used to increase that person’s retirement benefits.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Energy bills could be packaged by end of session
The state’s various energy industries all had their say at a pair of House committee hearings Tuesday in which three widely discussed energy bills advanced with their sponsors promising further negotiations.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Bill seeks to increase state's gas tax by 19 cents a gallon
lawmakers are considering raising the state’s gas tax by 19 cents a gallon and hiking vehicle fees to pay for transportation infrastructure repairs.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Middle class protection proposal unlikely to get support
As the Democratic-controlled state Legislature mulls a constitutional amendment to change the state’s income tax structure, Republicans in the Illinois Senate are touting a plan to require a two-thirds vote to propose or raise any new taxes in the state.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Local governments want in on online tax revenue
A U.S. Supreme Court decision last year allows states to collect sales taxes from online retailers, even if they don’t have a physical presence in the state.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Audit details Rauner admin mishandling of Quincy VA
Illinois’ auditor general detailed delays, mishandling and poor communication from former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration in its response to a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy which began in 2015.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Federal judge orders arrests of two Madigan allies
A federal judge has ordered the arrest of two allies of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for failing to appear for depositions in a lawsuit filed by Madigan’s opponent in the 2016 election.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Man charged in fatal stabbing at Joliet casino hotel
Murder charges have been filed against a Chicago man in the fatal stabbing of a 76-year-old Wisconsin man at casino hotel in Joliet, Illinois.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

House committee advances bill to ban for-profit immigrant detention centers
A bill banning for-profit prisons in the state, including immigrant detention centers, advanced out of committee at the Illinois Capitol this week.
Monday, March 25, 2019

2 charged in fatal shooting of off-duty Chicago officer
Two men are charged with first-degree murder in the weekend slaying of an off-duty Chicago officer who was repeatedly shot while sitting in a parked car.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Passion, love drives founder of teen center
Michelle Witzke knows every teen struggles along the way.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Illinois prosecutor shot and killed in Wisconsin home
An Illinois prosecutor was shot and killed over the weekend in Wisconsin in what authorities allege was a case of domestic violence.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Voters consider air conditioning for Bradley schools
If kids could vote, a ballot proposal next week in Kankakee County probably would win in a breeze.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Springfield Memorial offering community events
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Chicago Symphony on strike
CHICAGO (AP) — A line of classical musicians marching with picket signs in front of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s historic downtown building is fast becoming one of the city’s must-see spots.
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Wilderness survival program for kids at Dickson Mounds
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — At Dickson Mounds Museum on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, “Essential Concepts of Wilderness Survival 1.0” will be held for kids ages 9-16 years old. Through hands-on experience, participants will learn how to prepare for the wilderness and survive the forces of nature. This two-day program will highlight the most critical concepts of wilderness survival.
Saturday, March 23, 2019

ISP initiating forensic services improvements
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor JB Pritzker and Acting Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Brendan Kelly are pleased to announce several initial steps to strengthen the Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Services (DFS).
Friday, March 22, 2019

Bourne Opposes Extreme Abortion Bills
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Assistant House Minority Leader Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) held a press conference in the Capitol Blue Room Tuesday to inform Illinoisans about two extreme abortion bills that are making their way through the General Assembly. The bills, House Bill 2495 and 2467, are abortion expansion bills that will make Illinois an outlier in the nation on abortion, and will repeal many of the current restrictions on abortions. 
Friday, March 22, 2019

Plans to legalize sports betting released
SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois lawmaker leading the charge to bring sports betting to the state has laid out the first concrete details on how that might happen.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Illinois unemployment 4.3 percent, unchanged since November
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The unemployment rate in Illinois was 4.3 percent in February.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Murder charges filed in fatal Chicago nightclub shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a security guard outside a nightclub earlier this month.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Talks of police, fire pension consolidation resume in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers resumed discussion Thursday of a topic that has come up numerous times before — consolidating the state’s 656 local downstate police and firefighter pension funds into a single system.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Choosing Lincoln's greatest words
SPRINGFIELD — As March Madness heats up, a battle to determine Abraham Lincoln’s greatest words is getting underway, too. The public can vote on 32 of his most famous quotes, eliminating them one at a time until a champion emerges.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Men found crammed in SUV accused of entering US illegally
Fourteen men from central and South America were found crammed into an SUV that was pulled over last month on Interstate 64 in southern Illinois, authorities said Wednesday.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Teacher licensing tests come under fire in Illinois
Looking for ways to ease the state’s growing teacher shortage, some Illinois lawmakers are again turning their attention to the battery of tests that prospective teachers must take to be licensed, arguing those tests deter many college students from trying to enter the profession.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

2 charged in child abuse death of 2-year-old boy in Chicago
A woman and a young man from Chicago have been charged in the child abuse death of the woman’s 2-year-old son, who had sores and bruises on his body.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Former northern Illinois chief charged with eavesdropping
A former northern Illinois police chief has been charged with official misconduct for allegedly recording a conversation with her boss.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Semi-trailer strikes, seriously injures Illinois trooper
An Illinois State Police trooper was seriously injured when a semi-trailer struck him and his squad car while he was responding to a multi-vehicle accident.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Supreme Court rejects re-sentencing for Chicago cop
The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected a bid to give a different sentencing to former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke for the 2014 on-duty killing of Laquan McDonald.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019











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