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State to offer funds to spark Lake Shelbyville resort bids
The state of Illinois will provide money to try to spark interest in a resort along Lake Shelbyville that closed nearly a decade ago because of environmental and financial problems.   
Monday, July 16, 2018


New program to offer retirement savings plan
A new state program will automatically deduct money from the paychecks of about 1.2 million Illinois residents for retirement savings.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Sears closes its final store inside Chicago's city limits
Sears has closed its final store in Chicago, ending its retail legacy in the city.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Man killed by Chicago police ran away, reached for waist
A man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, spun around and reached toward his waist, footage released Sunday from an officer’s body-worn camera shows.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Jeff Keicher to finish Bob Pritchard's term in state House
Republican Jeff Keicher will be sworn in as the newest Illinois state representative, replacing Bob Pritchard.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Groups getting $11.5 million for children's mental health
Organizations in five communities throughout Illinois will divide $11.5 million to help treat children suffering from mental health problems.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Illinois Black Hawk statue secures restoration funding
OREGON, Ill. (AP) — Efforts to restore a 107-year-old statue in northern Illinois have received financial backing this summer from the state and a local business.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Woman harassed for wearing a Puerto Rican shirt with a flag on it speaks out
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman shown on a video being confronted by a man because she was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag said Friday that the only action a park officer took to defuse the situation was to tell her cousin who’d stepped in to protect her to calm down.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Gov. names interim Lottery director
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed the chief of operations and technology for the Illinois Lottery to take over as the lottery’s acting director.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

U of I student shot had a pellet gun
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an armed University of Illinois student shot by police near campus had a pellet gun and may have placed the call that drew police to the scene. 
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Kankakee County jail breaks record for federal money, housing inmates
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Two county jails in Illinois set a record for receiving $959,000 in federal revenue.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Schock's corruption trial set to begin in January
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A Jan. 28 trial date has been set for former Illinois Republican Congressman Aaron Schock’s trial on corruption charges, including that he illegally sought reimbursement for a $5,000 chandelier.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Anthropologists dig for history, learn from the land
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Something as unremarkable as a nearby patch of grass could be hiding something prehistoric.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Nachusa Grasslands: Bison graze to help save Illinois' prairie grasslands
FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Straddling the line of Ogle and Lee counties are 3,500 acres of prairie where the bison roam and species of butterflies freely land on plants as rare as they are.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rock Island area site of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battles
ILLINOIS — The Quad-Cities region has provided a footnote to history for virtually every war fought on American soil, including the Battle of Campbell’s Island – the western-most battle of the War of 1812.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

African Americans and Civil War music program
SPRINGFIELD — One of the most fascinating, yet forgotten, stories of the Civil War is its impact on African American music. Always central to African American culture, songs became key tools for slaves, soldiers, and freedpeople expressing their desire for freedom and seeking to change white perceptions of their intelligence and patriotism.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

IDPH reminds public to beware of rabid bats
SPRINGFIELD — As bats become more active, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people to beware of potentially rabid bats and other animals. So far this year, 17 bats have tested positive for rabies.
Friday, July 13, 2018

No proof Rauner profits off family separation
CHICAGO (AP) — A new television campaign ad accuses Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican seeking another term in November, of profiting off President Donald Trump’s since abandoned “zero tolerance” border policy of separating immigrant children from their families.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Man sought in deaths of 3 in Illinois is arrested
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in a shooting that left three men dead and a 4-year-old boy wounded at a central Illinois apartment complex has been arrested during a Wisconsin drug bust.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Officers shot armed U of I student in Campustown
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Police say officers shot a University of Illinois student who was spotted near campus with a handgun and refused police to drop the weapon.
Friday, July 13, 2018

High blood pressure later in life may damage the brain, new study says
Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Now, a study that used their gifts is giving some clues. It reveals that high blood pressure late in life might harm the brain.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Officials looking into Legionnaires' outbreak
Health officials in northern Illinois are investigating several cases of Legionnaires’ disease that occurred between June 7 and July 1.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

REI to open new store on banks of Chicago River
Outdoor retailer REI plans to open a new 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) store along the Chicago River that will offer kayak and paddleboard rentals, giving customers direct access to the water.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Plane strikes car on I-55 in emergency landing; no one injured
Police say a small aircraft made an emergency landing on Interstate 55 in central Illinois, striking one vehicle but hurting no one.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors
An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Chicago police officer who killed 2 people is cleared in another incident
A Chicago police officer who was the subject of a lawsuit in the fatal shooting of a teenager and a grandmother has been acquitted of beating two men in a bar fight.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Chicago lawmakeer is chosen to run the Democratic Party of Illinois
A Chicago lawmaker has been named interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Illinois Guard testing its deployment readiness
Hundreds of vehicles and pieces of equipment are being loaded up and heading south for a massive month-long military training exercise. About 200 vehicles from the Illinois Army National Guard are loading onto rail cars at the Rock Island Arsenal now as part of a deployment to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Illinois man killed was 'mad' at gov't
Relatives say a suburban Chicago man who was killed by police fired at officers because he was distraught over financial woes and other problems.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Plan defeated to ban homeless outside Spfld. library
The city council has defeated an effort to keep homeless people from spending nights outside the Springfield public library.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Porcupine 1st of its species born at zoo
A baby porcupine is the first of its species to be born at Brookfield Zoo.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Chicago judge accused of bringing gun in courthouse
A judge is charged with carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area after he was caught on video dropping a gun in a Chicago courthouse.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Abraham Lincoln surveyed or platted five towns in Illinois
Many history textbooks mention that Abraham Lincoln was a surveyor, but few readers know that he surveyed or platted several towns across Illinois. Some fared better than others.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dean Foods to close its dairy plant in Illinois
The milk giant Dean Foods is closing one of its Illinois facilities this year.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Human error caused explosion that killed 2
Federal officials say human error caused a natural gas pipeline explosion that killed two men and left two others seriously injured in northern Illinois last year.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Illinois cop off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt
A park police officer in Chicago has been assigned to desk duty while officials investigate his response to a woman who said she was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lincoln's death is Illinois' greatest tragedy
A president’s death, the Great Chicago Fire and the deadliest tornado in American history top the list of Illinois’ most heartbreaking moments, as chosen by voters participating in the Illinois Top 200 project.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Chicago announces plan for $169M industrial complex on southeast side
The city of Chicago has announced plans for a $169 million industrial complex on the Southeast Side that it hopes will serve as a Midwest epicenter for transportation and logistics.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Walmart 'yodel kid' from southern Illinois announces his debut album
It was only a matter of time, just a couple of months actually, before a preteen boy captured in a viral video yodeling in a Walmart put out a record.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Ordinance would ban homeless camping at Springfield public library
Springfield’s mayor wants to keep homeless people from camping at the city’s public library.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Authorities catch last 2 of 3 men who escaped from Illinois jail
Authorities in southeastern Illinois say they’ve captured the last two of three men who allegedly broke out of a county jail in mid-June.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Prosecutor Lampkin says charges may have been embellished
Charges have been dropped against a southwestern Illinois judge who was accused of grabbing a client’s genitals in 2016 when he was a lawyer in private practice.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Illinois oak cut down after branch kills 2 men
A towering oak tree has been cut down in western Illinois after a huge branch fell and killed two men watching a fireworks show.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Reagan's 'quintessential' story began at Eureka College
Illinois may be known as the Land of Lincoln, but it’s another president with Illinois roots who offers lessons to which people today can more easily relate, say officials of Ronald Reagan's alma mater.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

SIU adding doctors to treat opioid dependency
When Dr. Michael Connolly moved from Wisconsin to Quincy in January 2017 to teach at Southern Illinois University’s Center for Family Medicine, he was shocked at the number of opioid prescriptions and substance use disorders.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Anti-violence protesters want to shut down Chicago freeway
Protesters planning to shut down a major Chicago interstate on Saturday say they’re trying to increase pressure on public officials to address the gun violence that’s claimed hundreds of lives in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Hazardous beach conditions expected along Lake Michigan
The National Weather Service in Chicago is warning of hazardous beach conditions along Lake Michigan in Chicago, Cook County and northwestern Indiana.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

3 teens shot, wounded in drive-by in Chicago neighborhood
Three teenage boys have been wounded in a drive-by shooting in Chicago’s Homan Square neighborhood.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Lake County
Tests on mosquitoes have revealed for the first time this year the presence of the West Nile virus in Lake County in Northern Illinois.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Urban farm grows opportunities for former inmates and veterans
An agricultural program in Chicago is providing transitional job training to former inmates and veterans at a new urban farm.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Experts examine massive branch that fell and killed two at fireworks show
An area around a towering oak tree where two people were killed when a large branch crashed down during a fireworks show in western Illinois is being treated like a crime scene, investigators said Thursday.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Body of missing kayaker is recovered
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police report the body of Wallace O. Darcow, Jr., 35, of Effingham, was recovered from the Kaskaskia River near Cowden during a surface search of the river at approximately 8:00 p.m. on July 5, 2018.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Urban farm grows opportunities for former inmates and military veterans
An agricultural program in Chicago is providing transitional job training to former inmates and veterans at a new urban farm.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Mother, son separated at US border reunited in Chicago
A Brazilian woman separated from her son in May while seeking asylum in the U.S. has been reunited with the 10-year-old boy in Chicago.
Friday, July 6, 2018

IEA president issues opinion on Janus
The Illinois Education Association (IEA) released the following op-ed Thursday, July 5, written by IEA President Kathi Griffin following the Janus v. AFSCME decision.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Festival celebrates 50 years of reggae music
An annual festival in Chicago is celebrating 50 years of reggae music and honoring city founder Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Illinois to get $16 million in federal funding for community service
Sixteen community service programs in Illinois will receive more than $16 million dollars in federal funding.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Chicago police seizing 1 illegal handgun per hour
Chicago’s police superintendent says the three police-involved shootings that occurred within less than 30 hours this week highlights the city’s gun problem.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Chicago-based Barret on Trump's list of top three
President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

3 injured by lightning at fireworks shows
Authorities say two people were critically injured by a lightning strike as people gathered for a Fourth of July fireworks show in northern Illinois and another person was hit by lightning after Chicago’s fireworks.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Two dead after branch falls on crowd
Two people died and several others were injured after a branch measuring in parts more than 8 feet (2.5 meters) around fell on spectators during a fireworks display in western Illinois, authorities said.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Former fire captain gets 36-year prison term for rape
A former central Illinois fire captain has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for drugging and raping a probationary employee during a party at his home last year.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Illinois boy drowns in Lake of the Ozarks
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 13-year-old Illinois boy drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Gov. Rauner meets one of oldest living WWII veterans
Gov. Bruce Rauner welcomed WWII veteran Sidney Walton to the state capitol today, helping the 99-year-old advance his “National No Regrets Tour” to raise awareness of the vanishing number of WWII veterans. Walton is one of the country’s oldest surviving WWII veterans.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Comments expected on proposed quiet zone in Bloomington
Public works officials are expected to receive comments on a proposed Bloomington quiet zone that would include several commuter and freight rail crossings.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Lab enables rapid West Nile tests after early Illinois case
Traps that can catch more than 500 mosquitoes are being set up in central Illinois to enable rapid testing for West Nile virus after the virus showed up unusually early this year.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Judge tosses lawsuit targeting LL Bean's new return policy
A federal judge has dismissed an Illinois man’s lawsuit targeting L.L. Bean’s new return policy.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Chicago freeway march planned despite police warning
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and an activist priest say they’ll stage a protest that will shut down part of a busy interstate in Chicago despite warnings of arrest from police.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

June wet but not quite as wet as you might think
Illinois experienced its 11th warmest and 14th wettest June on record, according to State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey. The statewide average temperature was 75.0 degrees, 3.1 degrees above normal. The statewide average precipitation was 6.36 inches, 2.15 inches above normal.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

More than 60 children shot in Chicago so far this year
More than 60 children ages 15 and younger have been shot in Chicago this year.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Teacher who stopped shooting was defensive lineman
The teacher credited with saving lives by tackling a shooter at a suburban Indianapolis middle school says the attention he’s received since then is gratifying but has also felt too much at times.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Gettysburg hero Gen. John Buford has Illinois roots
This week marks the 155th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, the most famous of the Civil War.  The Union victory on July 1-3, 1863 checked the northern invasion of Robert E. Lee and is considered the turning point of the conflict.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bloomington working to establish city quiet zone
Public works officials are expected to receive comments on a proposed Bloomington quiet zone that would include several commuter and freight rail crossings.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Illinois preps for firework injuries despite continued ban
Illinois officials say fireworks-related injuries are becoming a growing danger on Independence Day despite the state’s ban on most consumer fireworks.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Life of Abe Lincoln's son on display at Hildene in Vermont
The “Land of Lincoln” is the state slogan for Illinois, but there’s a Lincoln family outpost in the lush mountains of southern Vermont.  Abraham Lincoln, who started his political career in Illinois, never made it to Vermont, but his son Robert Todd Lincoln built his stately summer home Hildene in the Green and Taconic mountains of Manchester.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Illinois man who killed daughter to remain in state care
A Bloomington man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in his daughter’s 2009 beating death will remain in a state mental health facility a while longer.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Foundation to ensure diverse workforce
Officials overseeing construction of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side say they’re taking steps to ensure a diverse workforce builds the center.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Illinois man stabbed parents of girl who called him 'ugly'
A suburban Chicago man has pleaded guilty to stabbing the parents of a girl who called him “ugly.”
Monday, July 2, 2018

Police say 3 girls wounded in Chicago gang crossfire
Police say three children were among several people wounded in a Chicago gang-related shooting, although they didn’t appear to be the intended targets.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Quadruplets going their own ways after high school
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — As their four sons grew up, Anne and Clint Gibleon tried to hide the fact that they are quadruplets as much as they could, hoping to offer the boys a life as normal as possible under the unique circumstances.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Avoid heat-related illness while working outside
URBANA, Ill. – Landscaping and gardening is great physical exercise and studies show it’s good for emotional well-being, but University of Illinois Extension educator Chris Enroth says those working outside must remain aware of the dangers associated with heat stress on our bodies.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Enjoy concerts at state historic site
MT. PULASKI, Ill. — Families are invited to enjoy free concerts on the lawn of the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site this summer.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Iles House strawberry and lawn party is July 4
SPRINGFIELD — The Elijah Iles House will host its annual “Clara Irwin’s Strawberry Party” on Wednesday, July 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of the Iles House, 628 South Seventh Street. Clara Irwin, the spouse of the house’s second owner, was known for her promotion of the horticultural arts in central Illinois, and was renown for the quality of her strawberries — and her strawberry parties — in the 1840s and ‘50s.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

LLCCgallery features "In This Place" July 2-26
SPRINGFIELD — The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the exhibit “In This Place” by area artist Will Redwood July 2-26. The public is invited to view the exhibit Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception with the artist on July 18 from noon to 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Donate a backpack, learn about Abraham Lincoln
 SPRINGFIELD – Anyone who donates a sturdy new backpack for Springfield school children in July will get free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum All backpacks will benefit the students of Springfield Public School District 186. The backpacks should be new and sturdy enough for students to carry books and school supplies.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Animal Protective League lists July adoption dates
SPRINGFIELD – The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during July with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

APL seeking homes for 60 kittens this weekend
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) along with Meow Mobile, Forever Home Feline Ranch, and Benld Adopt A Pet are celebrating Kittenfest this weekend, June 30-July 1 at PetSmart 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy, Springfield. 
Friday, June 29, 2018

State trooper charged with soliciting prostitute
An Illinois State Police trooper has been charged with official misconduct for allegedly soliciting while on duty someone he believed to be a prostitute.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Teen charged in carjacking Chicago judge
Police say a teenager has been charged in the Chicago carjacking of a suburban county judge earlier this month.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bridge is damaged after getting historic designation
A one-lane bridge in a Chicago suburb that dates back to the early 1900s has been severely damaged by a truck just over two weeks after it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Vets' home in Quincy gets $4.1 million to renovate
The federal government is giving Illinois $4.1 million to renovate a veterans’ home where Legionnaires’ disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Janus v. AFSCME: Comments on the outcome
The Supreme Court ruled today that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. Following are comments on the 5-4 decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Teachers to become students at library
Teachers from around the country will come to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield for a weeklong seminar about Lincoln.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Route 66 named to National Trust's most endangered list
Route 66, Denver’s Larimer Square and school buildings in Los Angeles are on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2018 list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Illinois-Ky. ferry gets a reprieve from a possible shutdown
A longtime Ohio River ferry will continue operating between Illinois and Kentucky this summer as officials work on long-term options.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Illinois license plate '1488' leads to threats of violence
A state-assigned license plate in Illinois drew considerable online backlash after one social media user pointed out it’s a symbolic number used by white supremacists.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Hemingway, Sandburg lead as state's top authors
Authors who took readers from the deserts of Mars to the snows of Kilimanjaro and from Chicago’s streets to Africa’s jungles were named the top Illinois authors by voters participating in the Illinois Top 200 project.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez retiring, moving to Puerto Rico
Longtime Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez says he’ll be moving from Chicago to Puerto Rico after his term in Congress ends early next year.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Voters in one Illinois county get to vote on county's gun sanctuary status
County officials in southern Illinois will be letting voters decide whether it’ll join a movement by several other counties in the state to become a gun sanctuary county.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Black firefighters open new clubhouse
A group of black Chicago firefighters have opened a new clubhouse to mentor youth in the city.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Marilyn Monroe dress sells for $50k
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation’s unusual ownership of a black dress once belonging to movie star Marilyn Monroe is ending as it sold over the weekend for $50,000.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Queen of Hearts craze spreads to Chicago area
A raffle that has become popular with some Illinois veterans’ organizations is spreading to numerous Chicago-area bars with some jackpots climbing to seven figures.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Video sparks testing of potential wolves
A western Illinois man’s trail camera video has prompted wildlife experts to conduct testing to see whether a wolf pack is living in the area.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Association removes Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from literary award
A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a major children’s book award over concerns with how the early-to-mid 20th century author portrayed blacks and Native Americans.
Monday, June 25, 2018

The Mother Road offers amazing sights as it winds through Illinois
Perhaps it is the yearning for yesteryear that endears so many to Route 66.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Man convicted in slayings of 2 officers released on bond
A man serving life in prison for the 1982 deaths of two Chicago police officers was ordered released from prison Friday while awaiting his third trial.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ex-priest who abused child allowed access to Chicago schools
Chicago Public Schools correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation’s third largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when he was around 15.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Illinois bridge put on National Register of Historic Places
A one-lane bridge in a Chicago suburb has been added to the National Register of Historic Places after years of debate over whether to demolish it.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Chicago Teachers Union president stepping down
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis says she is stepping down because her battle with brain cancer has made it impossible to do her job “at my best.”
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Illinois man says he's 'houseless' not homeless
“I am not homeless. I am houseless.”

That’s how Doug Henke, a 56-year-old man who lives in a tent in the woods in Elgin, describes his life.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Coronor who withheld indigent remains resigns
A western Illinois coroner is resigning after facing criticism over his practice of keeping poor people’s remains until their relatives could pay $1,000.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gov orders plan for dealing with backlog complaints
Gov. Bruce Rauner is ordering his administration to develop a plan for dealing with over 1,000 backlogged discrimination complaints.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Family asks escaped murder suspect to surrender
The stepmother of a man charged with murder is calling on him to surrender to police after escaping from southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wounded boy stable after shooting in Bloomington
Authorities say a 4-year-old boy is in stable condition after being wounded in a shooting that left three men dead at an apartment complex in central Illinois.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SIU board sets meeting on removing president
Southern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees has set a special meeting to consider placing the school president on administrative leave after a dispute over a failed move to shift about $5 million in state funding between its campuses.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

GE to end more than 100-year run on Dow
General Electric will be dropped from the Dow Jones industrial average next week, ending the conglomerate’s more than 100-year run in the 30-company blue chip index.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Section of I-55 buckles during Illinois heat wave
Officials say crews will be working to repair a section of Interstate 55 in central Illinois where the roadway buckled in the recent high temperatures.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rauner and partner buy 53 acres near Springfield
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has bought 53 acres (21.4 hectares) of land west of Springfield with a local farmer.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Petition asks CTA to install blue lights to prevent suicide
A Chicago resident has started an online petition asking Metra and the Chicago Transit Authority to install calming blue lights at all train stations as a way to prevent train suicides.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Northwestern revokes Cosby degree
Northwestern University has revoked the honorary degree it awarded Bill Cosby two decades ago —the first time the school has taken such a step in its 167-year history.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Candidate apologizes for blackface
A candidate for the Illinois Senate has apologized for a decade-old photo from a Halloween party that depicts him dressed in blackface as a rapper.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Flooding prompts Rockford rescues
Bystanders have rescued a 70-year-old man from his submerged car after flash flooding swamped a northern Illinois city.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Illinois to fund Meicaid preventative dental services
Illinois’ Medicaid program will soon provide preventative dental care for almost half a million low-income residents.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2nd person dies after shooting in Chicago
A teenage shooting victim, whom Chicago paramedics covered with a sheet mistakenly believing he had been instantly killed, has died almost a day later.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

3 fatally shot at party in Bloomington
Bloomington, Illinois police say three people are dead and a fourth was wounded in a shooting at an apartment building in the city.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

U of I curator describes thefts of rare books
A curator of rare law books at the University of Illinois College of Law has described how a thief around 1980 pillaged book collections nationwide, often cutting out artwork and selling it.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Lawsuit: Many wrongly listed in Chicago gang database
A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Chicago soldier killed in Korea finally being laid to rest
Not long after her father went missing during the Korean War, Carol Elkin spotted then-Gen. Dwight Eisenhower in downtown Chicago and did what any kid might do when coming face to face with the nation’s most famous soldier: She asked him to bring her dad home. 
Monday, June 18, 2018

Cleanup of massive central Illinois rock slide begins
A cleanup of a massive rock slide in central Illinois’ Peoria County has begun.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Plan would turn old Illinois library into craft distillery
An old library in a Chicago suburb could be turned into a distillation plant and tasting room for hand-crafted alcohol.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Peoria man killed in auto race in Canada
The president of two Peoria automobile dealerships is dead after he lost control of his race car and crashed during a race at a track in Canada.
Monday, June 18, 2018

William Shatner captains bitcoin mining farm in Illinois
Could southern Illinois be the final frontier for bitcoin miners? Actor William Shatner thinks so, and is recruiting new tenants at solar-powered mining facility in the area.
Monday, June 18, 2018

New organization that honors black firefighters to open
A new organization for to promote, remember and protect African American firefighters and emergency workers is opening its doors on the Chicago’s southwest side.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Rauner names curator for newly remodeled governor's mansion
The superintendent of Illinois historic sites including the Old State Capitol and Lincoln Tomb has been tapped to serve as curator of the newly remodeled Illinois Governor’s Mansion.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Mother of man fatally shot by central Illinois police sues
A mother whose son was fatally shot by police in central Illinois is suing the city of Peoria and several officers in the shooting last September.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Inmates considered dangerous escape from jail
CARMI, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Illinois were searching for three men who broke out of a county jail.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Officials warn of increase in ticks this summer
AURORA, Ill. (AP) —The number of people contracting illnesses from ticks, mosquitoes and fleas has been increasing for years, said Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Insect-borne disease has increased in the state by nearly 60 percent from 2004 to 2016, she said.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Parkland students begin tour with rally in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A group of Florida high school shooting survivors started their nationwide bus tour registering young voters to help accomplish their vision for stricter gun laws at a rally on Chicago’s South Side.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fate of gun bills in Rauner's hands
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation aimed at curbing gun violence — some of which wouldn’t have stood a chance just a few years ago — won approval in the Illinois General Assembly this spring amid scrambling to respond to mass shootings around the country.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

For more than 75 years, Peoria's Ag Lab has made an impact on lives with 'wonderful discoveries'

By Scott Hilyard

Of the Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, formerly named the Northern Regional Research Laboratory, has been headquartered in Peoria for 78 years.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Salmonella outbreak tied to cereal
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting one case of Salmonella that matches a multi-state outbreak strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 73 cases of Salmonella Mbandaka from 31 states. The CDC investigation indicates Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is the likely source of this multi-state outbreak.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court's 2nd black justice sworn in
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The second black justice in the Illinois Supreme Court’s 170-year history is preparing to take the oath of office. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Walgreens putting 1,800 workers in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Walgreens says it’s opening a new office in Chicago and staffing it with 1,800 people.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Musk has many more dream projects
CHICAGO (AP) — A newly announced project by billionaire innovator Elon Musk for a tunnel transit system that would carry travelers to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport at up to 150 mph (241 kph) is just another project on a growing list of Musk dream projects.  
Friday, June 15, 2018

Officials to begin search for vendor to run resort
WHITTINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have finished remediation efforts at a resort in the southern part of the state and will soon begin seeking a new vendor to run the site.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Morgue smelling up the neighborhood
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — The odor of decomposing bodies has renewed calls to replace a county morgue in northern Illinois. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

12-year-old girl fatally shot in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A 12-year-old Michigan girl spending the summer in Chicago was fatally shot, just a few hours after attending a cousin’s eighth-grade graduation, police and family members said.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Lincoln gave his 'House Divided' speech 160 years ago Saturday

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — It was a speech that helped put Abraham Lincoln on the political map. Two of its words became synonymous with the slavery struggle in America.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Flights available in 1928 Ford Tri-Motor plane
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Residents in the Bloomington area are getting the chance to ride in a 90-year-old airplane.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Two rare leopard cubs born at Brookfield Zoo
BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago says two Amur leopard cubs, members of an endangered species, are doing well two months after being born.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Governor announces release of funding for Department of Ag programs
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner joined the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Raymond Poe, local officials, and the Stremsterfer family at Stremsterfer Farms in Pleasant Plains today to announce the release of $16M in agriculture grants. The funds being released from the fiscal year 2018 budget will fund soil & water districts, county fairs and agriculture societies, and the University of Illinois Extension services.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Musk company to build Chicago-to-O'Hare express transport
The Boring Company, founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport in mere minutes.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

U of Chicago not requiring ACT, SAT
The University of Chicago is becoming the first major U.S. research university to stop requiring American undergraduate applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Adams Co. coroner will no longer hold remains until poor pay
Officials in a western Illinois county have ended a local coroner’s practice of holding the remains of poor people until relatives come up with $1,000 following criticism from some residents that it amounted to holding the deceased person’s ashes for ransom.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

State LRB moves forward with employee increases
The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with giving step increases to unionized state workers.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Springfield airport gets $4.6M grant for terminal improvements
Three Illinois regional airports are receiving nearly $12 million in federal grants to make improvements to runways and terminals.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Detective takes 5th 200 times in trial
A former Chicago police detective is refusing to answer questions about his investigation that led to the murder conviction of a man who was exonerated after spending more than 20 years behind bars.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Judge blocks suburb's semi-automatic weapons ban
A judge is blocking the northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield from enforcing its ban on certain semi-automatic guns.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

9 charged in Oregon pot scheme with ties to Illinois
Oregon’s top federal prosecutor has charged nine people with financial and drug crimes in a scheme that involved defrauding banks and using the money to start illegal marijuana grow houses and fund an interstate pot distribution ring, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Doctors' group adopts sweeping gun control policies
With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Chicago gangs are embracing social media frequently with deadly results
Lamanta Reese lived much of his gang life in virtual reality, posting videos on YouTube of him and others taunting rivals. He died at age 19 in the real world, bleeding from his head onto a porch on Chicago’s South Side after one of those gang rivals, prosecutors say, shot him 11 times. Another possible factor in his slaying: A smiley-face emoji Reese posted that the suspected gunman may have interpreted as a slight about his mom. 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Chicago mayor looks to tiny homes as a solution
To solve Chicago’s affordable housing crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on developers to think small.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

GOP opposes Blagojevich clemency
The Republicans in Illinois’ congressional delegation are asking President Trump not to grant former Gov. Rod Blagojevich clemency.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Group works to preserve Ebony magazine test kitchen
A historic preservation organization is working to preserve the kitchen where Ebony magazine tested recipes for its monthly feature “A Date with a Dish.”
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Chicago evicts homeless from camp downtown
Dozens of Chicago’s homeless have been forced to pack up their belongings and leave an area along the Chicago River they have long called their own.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Eddie Vedder's vinyl single to be released with Cubs tickets
Eddie Vedder’s support of the Chicago Cubs remains strong.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

State seeks more bids for Lake Shelbyville resort
State officials plan to reopen bids for a resort along Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Thomson prison to open next year
A prison in northwestern Illinois will be completely activated by the end of next year, a Bureau of Prisons official said.
Monday, June 11, 2018

'Oz' heads list of Illinois' top books
It begins in Kansas and detours to the Emerald City, but “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was written in Chicago and now heads the list of Top Illinois Books chosen by voters in the Illinois Top 200 project.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Army scouting cities for command HQ
The U.S. Army is scouting large cities to find a home for a new command headquarters so it will be close to academia and industry, a first for the service.
Monday, June 11, 2018

7 wounded at Chicago area child's birthday
Police say seven people were wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting at a child’s birthday party in suburban Chicago.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Illinois is 30th state to adopt Uniform Bar Exam
Illinois has become the 30th state to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam allowing state attorneys to more easily practice in other states.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Chicago: 3 killed, 8 wounded in 3-hour span
Chicago police say at least 11 people were shot, including three who died, in a three-hour span on the city’s South and West sides.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Pre-cut melons linked to Illinois Salmonella outbreak
A multi-state Salmonella outbreak in the Midwest has left at least six people ill in Illinois.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Madigan names all-woman Democratic party panel amid scandal
The powerful head of the Illinois Democratic Party appointed an all-woman panel to choose its next executive director and the state’s Republican governor signed ethics legislation on Friday as lawmakers scrambled to contain a growing scandal over sexual harassment.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

5 minutes, 3 holdups, 1 arrest for attempted robber
Joliet police have arrested a Plainfield man on suspicion of attempted bank robbery and driving a stolen vehicle Friday after he allegedly attempted to rob three businesses within five minutes.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Illinois residents sue waste company over landfill odor
Residents of a northern Chicago suburb are suing a waste collection company amid concerns about it possibly expanding its landfill.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Man shot by Chicago police had been shot days earlier
A 24-year-old man who was fatally shot this week by a Chicago police officer had suffered a gunshot wound just days earlier.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Governor signs bill responding to Equifax hack
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a measure that will prevent consumer reporting agencies from charging people for protecting their credit reports.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Chicago continues rollout of new municipal ID card
The city of Chicago is sending out staffers into various communities to get municipal ID cards into the hands of undocumented immigrants, homeless people, senior citizens and others who often find it hard to obtain a valid form of identification.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Chicago ATF agent critically wounded
An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot several times and critically wounded during an undercover operation in Indiana in which a suspect was killed, authorities said Thursday.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Once homeless, teen pays it forward now
What started with a pot of chili for a dozen homeless people on Lower Wacker Drive has mushroomed into an effort to feed more than 300, thanks to the generosity of a 10-year-old boy and his family.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Illinois man dead after rattlesnake bite on golf course
A golfer has died after he was bitten by a rattlesnake in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Police are investigating handcuffing of 10 year-old
Chicago police are investigating an incident in which officers handcuffed a 10-year-old boy while he was being questioned about a gun, and the child’s family says it was a case of mistaken identity.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Route 66 historic trail bill passes House
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement after the House passed one of two bills he and U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) have introduced to preserve the history of Route 66. H.R. 801, the Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act, to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail passed the House unanimously yesterday.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Lawmakers are seeking probe of Madigan's office
Three women Democratic state representatives are calling for an independent investigation of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Man who pulled gun on cops killed, family asks why
A Chicago police officer fatally shot a 24-year-old man who authorities said pulled a gun while running away, prompting questions from the man’s family about why the encounter turned deadly.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Madigan aide quits after harassment complaint
The chief of staff to powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan abruptly resigned Wednesday after an employee accused him of lewd comments and of mishandling complaints of sexual harassment.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Chicago joins other cities to work to curb the costs of renewable energy
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is hoping to work with other cities to drive down the cost of renewable energy by asking developers for price estimates to meet their collective energy demand.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Granite City's US Steel bringing back 300 jobs
U.S. Steel Corp. says it will restart the second of two shuttered blast furnaces at a southwestern Illinois mill and bring back about 300 workers.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Blagojevich files papers seeking commutation
Illinois’ imprisoned ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich, has filed paperwork asking President Donald Trump to commute his 14-year prison term for corruption that included seeking to sell an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

McDonald's open new HQ in Chicago
Fast-food giant McDonald’s Corp. has unveiled its new headquarters in Chicago, a move company officials say is intended to attract top talent.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Governor signs state budget, his first
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed a full-year state budget for the first time since he took office, forgoing the pro-business changes and tax cuts he demanded throughout a years-long budget impasse for an election-year plan he said “moves the state forward.”
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Village rescinds English language plan
A Chicago suburb has rescinded a resolution that made English its official language.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

UI, Microsoft help students with autism find careers
The University of Illinois and Microsoft are launching a new partnership to help students with autism pursue science and technology careers.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Former law maker pleads guilty to shoplifting
A former Illinois lawmaker arrested on a shoplifting charge has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor retail theft.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pritzker puts $25M into campaign; now over $100M
Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker has made a $25 million contribution to his campaign for Illinois governor.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds
Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Police arrest truck driver in I-74 shattered windows cases
A central Illinois prosecutor says a truck driver from Wisconsin used a slingshot and metal ball bearings to shatter windows in vehicles along Interstate 74.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Illinois high schools start esports video gaming teams
More than two dozen Illinois schools have started esports teams as the Illinois High School Association has recognized video gaming as an emerging high school sport.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Judge: 'In God We Trust' on money isn't religion endorsement
A federal court has ruled that printing “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency doesn’t amount to a religious endorsement and therefore doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Chicago police: 11-year-old boy found with head wound, dies
Chicago police say an 11-year-old boy has died after being found with a head wound on the floor of a home.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Illinois Bicentennial Rosé wine is uncorked
NEW BERLIN, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday joined the Danenberger family to uncork their vineyards’ Illinois Bicentennial Rosé, one of sixteen wines from thirteen wineries across the state designated by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance (IGGVA) as official Bicentennial Illinois-grown rosés.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Updated Illinois sport fish consumption advisory
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more or less contaminated.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Bluesman Eddy Clearwater dies of heart failure, age 83
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago bluesman Eddy Clearwater, lauded for his guitar playing and flamboyant showmanship, has died of heart failure.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Pension buyouts may not bring savings claims
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ new state budget relies on more than $400 million in savings from a new pension buyout plan that finance experts caution is highly speculative and may not save as much money as lawmakers say.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Money needed to restore Illinois Lorado Taft statue

OREGON, Ill. (AP) — The Eternal Indian statue stands tall, his gaze accustomed to overlooking the city and rest of the Rock River Valley.

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Muddy Waters wrote the songs of Chicago's blues legacy 
ILLINOIS — Since June 2017, Muddy Waters’ image has beamed down from a 10-story mural at 17 N. State St. in Chicago. But the king bee of Chicago blues looms even larger over the city with his outsized musical and cultural legacy.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Activists look to next states in push for ERA
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Activists pushing to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are turning their focus to a handful of states that have yet to ratify it, after Illinois brought them a step closer to achieving a goal that’s been elusive for decades.
Friday, June 1, 2018

#3 Dem in Illinois House quits after allegations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The No. 3 Democrat in the Illinois House stepped down from his leadership post Thursday less than an hour after a legislative activist accused him of verbal abuse and sexual harassment. 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Rauner pledges quick action on rancor-free budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Republican who arrived in town three years ago and fought established Democrats so hard the state was thrust into fiscal crisis, gave his blessing Thursday to a bipartisan budget plan that lawmakers OK’d and prepared to send his way.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Dominican sisters launch ministry for women
SPRINGFIELD — At a time when women are finding their voices and creating waves of energy offering hope for positive change in U.S. culture and in the Catholic Church , the Dominican Sisters of Springfield have launched a new ministry of mutual support for young women who seek to be a part of the change they want to see.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Illinois $38B budget likely to get a thumbs up today
The Illinois General Assembly enters its final day of the spring session halfway to sending Gov. Bruce Rauner what both Democrats and Republicans say is a balanced budget.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Trump may commute Blagojevich's term
President Donald Trump said today that he’s considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption, and pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, who did a stint in federal prison after she was convicted of charges related to a stock sale.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

CDC report examines Legionnaires' at VA home
A veterans’ home in western Illinois where several cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported has improved its pneumonia surveillance and testing protocols but continues to have problems with the disease, according to a newly released report from the Centers for Disease Control.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Court refuses to dismiss Schock corruption charges
An appeals court in Chicago refused to dismiss corruption charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, saying Wednesday that it can’t legally assess whether his prosecution violated constitutional separation-of-powers clauses until after his trial.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Illinois becomes 37th state to ratify the federal ERA
Illinois on Wednesday became the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, putting the country only one state away from a landmark change to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing equal rights for women.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Illinois environmental group sues over coal ash
An Illinois environmental group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the owner of a shuttered power plant where contaminants from old coal ash ponds are seeping into the state’s only National Scenic River, saying federal and state environmental agencies aren’t doing enough to stop it.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Son of spelling bee champ looking to win
This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee has drawn the largest number of competitors in its history, 516 spellers, but the field gets much smaller Wednesday with the announcement of the 50 or so spellers who will make Thursday’s finals.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Debates over taxes, abortion belie budget process
Heated debates over income taxes and abortion funding in the state Capitol Tuesday belied what legislative leaders said was a collegial negotiation over the full budget which made lawmakers optimistic they could complete their work by Thursday’s deadline.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Man paints swastikas on Illinois gravesites
A man accused of painting swastikas on more than 200 gravestones at a southern Illinois cemetery has been charged with criminal damage, institutional vandalism and hate crimes.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Plan to increase smoking age stalls in Illinois House
A plan to prohibit smoking for those under age 21 failed in the Illinois House Tuesday after meeting opposition from lawmakers calling it a governmental overreach.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Illinois 6th in nation for highest credit card debt
The New York state comptroller’s office says the nation’s four most-populated states carry the highest total amount of credit card debt, with California leading the way followed by Texas, Florida and New York.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Monastery Museum open June 3
Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, June 3, from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Admission for adults is $5.00 and $1.00 for children.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DOC might appeal mental health ruling
The Illinois Department of Corrections indicated Monday it will consider appealing a federal judge’s order that the agency immediately provide sufficient staff and treatment to 12,000 mentally ill inmates, arguing that it has made significant strides in complying with a two-year-old lawsuit settlement.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Diver seeking missing boater drowns
A fire department diver looking for a man who fell off a boat into the Chicago River on Monday night was separated from his partner underwater and was killed.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

41 animals found dead in pet store
Authorities say 41 small animals were found dead inside a closed pet store in western Illinois where the electricity had been disconnected.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

WIU offering a minor in stage combat
Western Illinois University is among the first U.S. colleges to offer a minor in stage combat.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lincoln Museum to celebrate first ladies
First ladies are getting their own day in in the Illinois state capital. 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Gambling expansion revived in House, stalls in committee
A dormant gambling-expansion plan came to life just long enough to stall in a House committee.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Grand Levee at Vandalia Statehouse June 15-16
The Vandalia Grande Levee, a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors, will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, at the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site, located at 315 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia. The family event is free and open to the public.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Young tanker from Illinois survived WWII, dedicated himself to teaching
Arlyn Lober is a familiar name to many in central Illinois. He taught at Lanphier High School from the early 1950s through the mid-1980s and was a highly successful basketball coach for 21 years, taking five teams to the state tournament. But before all of that, in 1944, during one of the darkest moments of World War II, Lober was a newly minted G.I. assigned as a gunner to an M-4 Sherman tank facing his baptism of fire during the Battle of the Bulge. 
Monday, May 28, 2018

Adventure days for kids at Dickson Mounds
The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds is offering a series of nature adventure days for kids each Wednesday in June in western Illinois.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Chicago one of many cities seeking to emulate NYC's elevated park
The success of New York City’s elevated park, the High Line, has inspired a slew of projects across the United States and internationally that repurpose rusting ribbons of steel and concrete as green space in hopes of rejuvenating neighborhoods or reclaiming overbuilt riverfronts.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Former POW heads up Memorial Day service in Chicago
A former prison of war in Vietnam led a wreath-laying ceremony at a Chicago monument as part of Memorial Day commemorations.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Students' virtual reality program helps inmates
Graphic and industrial design students at the University of Illinois have created “immersive reality scenarios” to help prison inmates on the verge of release navigate the world outside.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Treatment of Dionne quintuplets was shameful
They weighed a collective thirteen pounds, six ounces at birth, and grew up in a tourist attraction resembling both a museum and a zoo. Everyone around them reaped the financial rewards. The lingering effects left them socially maladjusted for life.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Illinois State Museum participating in Blue Star program
The Illinois State Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their communities, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Pew study says some public pension funds could run dry in downturn
Many pension funds for public workers already owe far more in retirement benefits than they have in the bank, and the problem will only grow worse if the economy slows down, according to a report released Thursday.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Lawmaker charging retaliation want complaint system changes
The process for investigating ethics complaints in the Illinois General Assembly is rife with “trap doors, blind alleys and loopholes” set up to bury politically sensitive grievances, a lawmaker who claims retaliation from the House speaker said Thursday.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Illinois House considers marijuana to fight opioids
An Illinois House panel has endorsed a proposal expanding the use of medical marijuana to fight the state’s opioid crisis.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Judge who took part in storied under cover probe in Chicago dies
A southern Illinois judge who went to Chicago for a temporary assignment and ended up helping convict dozens of judges, attorneys and police officers in one of city’s most famous corruption cases has died.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Stretch of Route 16 to close June 4 for 25 days
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that road construction will begin Monday, June 4, on Illinois 16 between Hillsboro and Nokomis, a half-mile northeast of Irving.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chicago's population drops for third year in a row
U.S. Census Bureau says Chicago’s population has decreased for the third consecutive year.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rauner's gun veto is not all or nothing, governor's aide says
Gov. Bruce Rauner is not demanding reinstatement of the death penalty in exchange for Democratic-favored gun restrictions in an all-or-nothing package, an aide said after testimony before a House committee Wednesday.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Council backs Obama Center plans
The effort to build the Obama Presidential Center in a park on Chicago’s South Side where Barack Obama’s political career began cleared its biggest hurdle yet Wednesday when the City Council signed off on the proposal.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Judge rejects corrections mental health
A federal judge has rejected the Illinois Department of Corrections’ plan to address flaws in mental health care for 12,000 inmates.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Report says pilot possibly disoriented before crash
Federal investigators found that a small plane had flipped over before a nighttime crash into a northern Illinois farm field, killing a Chicago-area activist in late 2016.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

SUV rammed into Louis Vuitton store, suburban Chicago
Police say thieves drove an SUV into the front of a Louis Vuitton  store in a suburban Chicago shopping center and made off with more than $50,000 in merchandise from the luxury luggage and fashion retailer.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Governor gets bill legalizing industrial hemp
The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chicago singer R. Kelly accused of sexual battery
A woman has filed a lawsuit against R. Kelly, accusing the singer of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with herpes and locking her in rooms for punishment.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018




























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