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Former doctoral student spared death penalty in scholar case
A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her remains are so they can be returned home.
Friday, July 19, 2019


Suburban Repubs object to Sterigenics settlement
A group of suburban Republican lawmakers are calling on state and local officials to reverse course on a consent order that would allow a sterilization company linked to increased cancer rates to reopen.
Friday, July 19, 2019

AG Raoul urges FDA to act on cannabis products
As more states move to legalize the use of marijuana and other cannabis-related substances, state officials across the country are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to move toward regulating the manufacturing and marketing of those products.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Heat wave could produce pavement blowouts
With extreme heat dominating the forecast, the Illinois Department of Transportation cautioned motorists to be on the lookout for pavement buckling on roads throughout the state.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lawmakers call for review of Goodwill state contract
State lawmakers are calling for a review of state contracts and funding awarded to Land of Lincoln Goodwill, a not-for-profit thrift store chain, after a news report revealed the company’s decision to lay off several disabled workers — a decision that will be reversed, according to a statement released Wednesday by the company’s CEO.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Firearms dealers, rifle assoc. challenge new gun law
A group of firearms dealers along with the Illinois State Rifle Association filed a lawsuit this week seeking to overturn a new state law that imposes new, stringent requirements on firearms dealers in the state, alleging that it violates both the Illinois Constitution and the state’s Administrative Procedures Act.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Jackson, Jr. pushing for Blagojevich pardon
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging President Donald Trump to pardon former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his corruption crimes.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Judge orders R.Kelly held in jail, no bond
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New rules intended to prevent Legionella
Some people in Illinois may soon notice the water coming out of their taps tastes different.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of adopting new regulations that would more than double the minimum amount of chlorine required in public water supplies, a move intended to prevent the outbreak of water-borne illnesses such as Legionnaires’ disease.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Cops search Warrensburg for remains of missing woman
Investigators have searched land in central Illinois for any remains of a woman who disappeared in Florida in 1992.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is rejecting federal funds
Planned Parenthood of Illinois has announced it will stop accepting federal funds because of a new Trump administration rule barring family planning clinics from referring women for abortions.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Florida expert captures gator in Chicago
The alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match for an expert the city shipped in from Florida.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Firm to study Chicago casino feasibility
The Illinois Gaming Board has selected a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a casino in Chicago.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Huge net used to pull Asian carp from Lake Decatur
Fishermen with a net are removing thousands of Asian carp from Lake Decatur dam.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Christensen sister says he was 'gentle'
The sister of a former University of Illinois student convicted of killing a Chinese scholar told a jury deciding whether he should be executed that he was a “very gentle person” who never raised his voice.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Governor calls on flood victims to report damage
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office is urging Illinoisans to report any damages caused by recent flooding to their county’s emergency management agencies in order to increase the likelihood of the state qualifying for federal aid.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Jesse White wants protection of illegals made law
Illinois’ secretary of state is pursuing legislation to codify the office’s long-held policy of not giving federal agencies full access to its database of driver’s license photographs as a means to identify someone’s legal status, a spokesperson said Monday.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Illinois woman gets prison for soliciting husband's murder
A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for soliciting the murder of her 76-year-old husband and helping to conceal his body.
Monday, July 15, 2019

1 dead after Amtrak train hits van in suburban Chicago
The driver of a minivan was killed when an Amtrak train slammed into the vehicle at a suburban Chicago crossing.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps
As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Florida expert flies to Chicago to help catch alligator
An expert from Florida has been summoned to Chicago to help authorities catch an elusive alligator in a public lagoon.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Illinois woman gets postcard from Hong Kong - mailed in '93
An Illinois woman checked her mail and learned about a man’s travels in Hong Kong. But Kim Draper doesn’t know the man — and the postcard is 26 years old.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Audit: State's tech dept full of waste
SPRINGFIELD — In its first two years of existence, the state’s lead technology agency was not equipped to handle technology disasters, maintained servers and computers with inadequate or nonexistent anti-virus protection, failed to implement cybersecurity controls, and did not properly document purchases or property inventory, according to a report from the Illinois Auditor General’s office.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Feds bring new sex-crime charges against R.Kelly
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for decades.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Illinois lawmakers who voted to reject pay raises have violated the law, Cook County judge rules
SPRINGFIELD — Every lawmaker who served in the General Assembly between 2009 and 2018 might be entitled to back pay, a Cook County judge decided. Former governors and other state office holders might also qualify for lost wages.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Illinois has launched a bullish effort to undercut Trump admin's immigration detention practices
CHICAGO (AP) — Far from the southern border crisis, Illinois has launched a bullish effort to undercut the Trump administration’s immigration detention practices, and politicians and activists are taking note.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

United will scrap 8,000 flights due to Boeing issue
CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines now expects to cancel more than 8,000 flights through October because of the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max planes.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

IDNR mulling ways to solve Lake Decatur issue
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Family-friendly events in Springfield next weekend
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Announcing launch of the Congressional App challenge
ILLINOIS — Registration for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge has officially opened to students.
Friday, July 12, 2019

No reason anymore for most rural towns
Many rural Midwest towns have become like my stereotype of Appalachia – main streets of mostly empty storefronts; lots of unskilled folks left behind, yearning for jobs “on the line” that are gone forever; too many single mothers struggling to make it on low-wage work, or welfare, lacking the time or know-how to nurture high educational expectations in their children.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors
ILLINOIS — Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Community colleges weighing options for offering cannabis programs
Some community colleges and four-year universities in Illinois are exploring the possibility of launching educational programs to train people in the business of growing and marketing marijuana in light of a new state law legalizing adult-use recreational marijuana.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bodies of women found in southern Illinois' Washington Park
The Illinois State Police is investigating the deaths of two women whose bodies were found within 24 hours of each other in southern Illinois.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Woman charged after allowing daughters in pool atop SUV
Child endangerment charges have been filed against a northern Illinois woman who allegedly transported an inflatable swimming pool atop her vehicle with two children inside.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

'Database error' puts state's online unemployment certifications on hold
State officials are working to fix a “database error” that rendered the Illinois Department of Employment Security website unable to process unemployment claims or mandatory certifications online Tuesday or Wednesday.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

21-year sentence handed man who killed child welfare worker
A man charged with murder in the death of an Illinois child welfare worker entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

IEMA encourages people to prepare for earthquakes
Last week, residents of southern California experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. To this day, residents continue to experience significantly powerful aftershocks. The event served as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any time of day. In fact, records indicate Illinois and several other states in the central United States were rocked by some of the largest earthquakes ever measured in North American history.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ex-Illinois lawyer sentenced to 5 years in porn-troll scheme
A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Illinois lawyer to five years in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar porn-related scheme.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Parents of slain Chinese scholar tell jury of their loss
The parents of the Chinese scholar who was kidnapped and killed by a former University of Illinois doctoral student described the loss they feel during testimony Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2 playground fires under investigation in Rockford
Fire officials in Rockford are investigating blazes at two playgrounds that destroyed more than $300,000 of new equipment.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Chicago police investigators confirm alligator in lagoon
Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4-5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city’s most popular parks.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Chicago man gets 15-year sentence for choking ex-girlfriend
A judge has given a Chicago man a 15-year prison term for choking his ex-girlfriend in her Naperville home in 2018 when he was on parole for murder.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Felony charges dropped against Chicago officer
Prosecutors have dropped felony charges against a Chicago police officer who was accused of striking a handcuffed patient in a hospital room in 2014.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws
New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens’ odds of using pot.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Microsoft strikes next deal to extend broadband in 3 states
Microsoft Corp. and an Ohio-based provider of telecommunications services announced an agreement Tuesday to extend broadband internet access to underserved rural areas of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois over the next three years.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Another Chicago firm chosen to redesign city's airport
Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been chosen to design two satellite concourses as part of the $8.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Chicago schools offer free summer programming for students
Chicago schools and neighborhood organizations are offering free summer programming at dozens of locations across the city.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Slain scholar's father to testify in death penalty hearing
Jurors who will decide whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be executed for the kidnapping and brutal slaying of a Chinese scholar are hearing about what the victim meant to those closest to her.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Report: 13,000 of Chicago's homeless in 2017 had jobs
Around 18,000 of Chicago’s homeless had a college education in 2017 and more than 13,000 had jobs, according to a study that challenges stereotypes about homelessness.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Climatology experts say Illinois saw wetter, cooler June
Illinois state climate scientists say June was rainy in the state with lower temperatures than average.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings added to World Heritage list
The work of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was recognized Sunday as eight of his buildings, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Los Angeles’ Hollyhock House and the Unity Temple in suburban Chicago, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Police shoot man after alleged kidnap victims escape
Chicago police shot and critically injured a man after two people he allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint and handcuffed to each other managed to escape and alert an officer about what had happened.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Woman injured in 40-foot fall at Chicago's Soldier Field
Police say a woman was hospitalized after accidentally falling about 40 feet (12 meters) from an upper level at Chicago’s Soldier Field while attending a men’s soccer tournament.
Monday, July 8, 2019

House Speaker Pelosi to keynote Democrats' State Fair brunch
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the keynote speaker at the annual Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association brunch Aug. 14.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Judge refuses to dismiss charges in crash that killed 4
A judge has refused to dismiss reckless homicide charges filed against a northern Illinois man for a 2017 crash that killed a pregnant woman and her three sons.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sentencing set for man in retaliation case involving senator
An Aug. 19 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for a Chicago man who pleaded guilty to a federal retaliation charge in Phoenix for leaving a threatening voicemail for a U.S. senator from Arizona during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pope approves miracle for late US Archbishop Sheen
Pope Francis has approved a miracle bringing the late American Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, known for his revolutionary radio and TV preaching, closer to sainthood.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Customs officials say seizing unusual meats is common
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say it isn’t unusual for agents to confiscate contraband like the 32 pounds of rat meat recently seized at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. 
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pritzker seeking ag disaster declaration
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is seeking a federal agriculture disaster declaration for all of Illinois following the state’s soggy planting season.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Beluga calf is born at Shedd Aquarium
A Beluga whale has given birth to a calf at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.
Friday, July 5, 2019

More than a dozen trampled in Chicago stampede
Police said a false report of gunfire set off a stampede that trampled more than a dozen people at Chicago’s annual July 4 fireworks display Thursday at Navy Pier, where thousands of revelers crowded the Lake Michigan shore to watch the show.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Coal tycoon on helicopter that crashed
Police in the Bahamas worked today to identify the bodies of seven Americans killed in a helicopter crash after being told that billionaire coal tycoon and Republican donor Chris Cline was among those on board.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Jury to consider death penalty in U of I student kidnapping, torture, killing
A federal jury that convicted a former University of Illinois doctoral student of kidnapping, torturing and killing a young scholar from China now must decide if Brendt Christensen should be put to death.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Crop reporting deadline is extended
SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the prevented plant crop reporting deadline for Illinois producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Dietitians tour farm, dig into soil health and its impact on food
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. —  A group of fifteen Illinois dietitians recently stepped away from their day-to-day roles to learn more about soil health and its impact on food security and the environment. Illinois Farm FamiliesÆ (IFF), a group of farmer volunteers committed to answering questions about what happens on today's farms, along with experts from Soil Health Partnership, hosted the dietitians on a tour of Paul Taylor's farm in Esmond, Illinois.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Field Day at ag research center on July 17
MONMOUTH, Ill. — The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center will host a field day Wednesday, July 17. University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences faculty, researchers, students, and Extension specialists will address issues pertinent to the 2019 growing season.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Census advocates forge ahead amid citizenship question uncertainty
SPRINGFIELD – Amid national uncertainty about whether a citizenship question will be included on the 2020 U.S. Census, advocates in Illinois are not changing their approach to ensuring all residents are counted.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Illlinois Air National Guard's 183rd Wing could start flying F-16s again
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The 183rd Wing of the Illinois Air National Guard could start flying F-16s again after spending years repairing them if the state’s two U.S. senators have their way.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Judge says legislators' pay freeze violates the Constitution
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge has ruled Illinois’ constitution was violated when legislators voted in recent years to freeze their pay.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down violence today
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police department is following a familiar playbook for the July 4 holiday by flooding the street with officers and arresting dozens of people on drugs and weapons charges in the hopes of keeping them locked up during what is typically one of the most violent weekends of the year.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Governor signs bills doubling line-of-duty death benefits
SPRINGFIELD – While Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been touring the state to promote his signing of capital infrastructure and marijuana legalization legislation, several other bills he signed have received less public attention.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

What to do if you discover lumps and bumps on your pet
 CHAMPAIGN — Imagine petting your dog or cat and finding a lump, something you hadn’t noticed there before. Feeling alarmed, you turn to an online search engine, which yields lots of scary diagnoses: cancer, tumor, cyst, fatty mass.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

US customs agents seize rat meat at Chicago's O'Hare Airport
Officials say U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport thwarted a man’s attempt to import several pounds of African rat meat.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Black hospital patient attached to IV arrested in Illinois
Police are investigating why a black man being treated for double pneumonia at a northern Illinois hospital was arrested after a hospital security officer confronted him when he walked outside pushing an IV stand he was connected to.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

More cops on street for holiday, dozens of arrests made
Chicago’s police department is over the July 4 weekend following a familiar playbook to reduce violence in what is typically one of the most violent stretch of days of the year by flooding the streets with more officers and arresting dozens of people on guns and weapons charges.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

State leaders scoff at legal challenge to state bonds
State officials in Illinois reacted with scorn this week to a legal filing in Sangamon County that challenges the constitutionality of two sets of bonds the state issued in 2003 and 2017 totaling $14.3 billion.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Prosecutor in Laquan McDonald case won't seek re-election
The Illinois state’s attorney who was special prosecutor in the case of a white Chicago police officer convicted of killing black teenager Laquan McDonald says he won’t seek re-election.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Nature Walk for Health Series at Dickson Mounds July 25
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — The Emiquon Partnership-Dickson Mounds Museum, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge are hosting the July 25 “Nature Walk for Health Series” at Dickson Mounds from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Participants may enjoy fun wildlife stories and facts during each walk.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Higher ed official hopeful new funding for state universities will stem tide of student outmigration
The interim director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education is hopeful a combination of added infrastructure and operations funding for state universities and colleges will help entice Illinois students to remain in the state for their college education.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

40-foot tree limb strikes, kills Peoria man during storm
Authorities say a Peoria man died after a 40-foot tree limb fell and struck him during a storm.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Utility: Racoon to blame for Springfield power outage
Utility officials say a racoon is to blame for a power outage that affected Illinois state office buildings in Springfield.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

TV station and Joe Crain reach private agreement
An Illinois broadcast meteorologist who lost his job after criticizing a weather alert system put out a joint statement with the station that fired him saying they’ve “resolved their differences.”
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Opportunity for Lake Land College students to qualify for financial assistance
On Wednesday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Lake Land College Kluthe Center in Effingham will host a C.E.F.S. Sign-up Day for financial assistance for Lake Land College students enrolled in Workforce Ready programs.
Monday, July 1, 2019

IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Chicago
Tax professionals interested in attending the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Chicago, July 23-25, to learn cutting-edge information on tax reform, cybersecurity and more can save by registering now. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig will be the keynote speaker.
Monday, July 1, 2019

WIU professor gets grant to research wild hemp in Illinois
A Western Illinois University professor is harvesting wild hemp across Illinois for a research project that will evaluate THC levels in the plants.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Police: Thunderstorms cancel remainder of Chicago Pride
Authorities say they called off Chicago’s Pride Parade about 30 minutes before it was scheduled to end because of severe thunderstorms rolling through the region.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Illinois man fatally falls while 'free climbing' NC mountain
Emergency officials say a rock climber has died in an 80-foot fall on Shortoff Mountain in North Carolina, where he was apparently “free climbing” without protective gear.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Governor signs state construction bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a plan that will pour $45 billion into state construction projects to build and upgrade roads, bridges, parks and schools — and will require drivers, smokers and gamblers to pick up the tab. 
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Vehicle title fee changes effective July 1
ILLINOIS — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is alerting the public of motor vehicle title fee changes, effective July 1, 2019, due to action by the Illinois General Assembly. These fee changes were a part of a capital bill that was recently signed into law and will fund statewide transportation and road improvement projects. The Secretary of State’s Office collects the fees set by the legislature.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

As gambling expands, the addiction program expects sure in enrollment
CHICAGO (AP) — A confidential list of more than 13,000 people in Illinois registered in a voluntary casino exclusion program for gambling addicts is projected to grow with the upcoming massive expansion of gambling and the start of legalized sports betting, according to the state gaming board.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Extension offers advice on grieving the loss of pet
URBANA, Ill. — Our pets become part of our family. They develop distinct relationships with each family member, human and animal alike. After a pet's death, each family member will go through the grieving process in his or her own way.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Presidential library celebrates 4th with music, magic
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum invites everyone to join in celebrating Independence Day with music, magic, theater, an appearance by President Lincoln and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Iles House Annual Strawberry Lawn Party July 4
SPRINGFIELD — The Elijah Iles House will host its annual "Clara Irwin's Strawberry Party" on Thursday, 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 renowned for the quality of her strawberries, and her strawberry parties, in the 1840s and '50s.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Fourth of July celebrations at one time were formal
ILLINOIS — Today in Illinois, the Fourth of July is a holiday for boating, barbecues and fireworks. In the state’s earliest days, the celebrations were more organized and formal — though the fireworks were a constant.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Snowplows used to clear mud from some state roads
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Crews cleaning up southern Illinois roads that have been submerged for weeks under floodwaters are using fire hoses and snowplows to clear the roadways of mud, slime and debris.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Laws on texting-driving toughen up
ILLINOIS — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s legislative initiative strengthening the law on texting while driving takes effect July 1. The law cracks down on texting while driving by classifying first-time offenses as moving violations. Under the previous law, second and subsequent texting while driving offenses are treated as moving violations, while first offenses are treated as nonmoving violations.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Veterinarians warn about pets ingesting marijuana
SPRINGFIELD — With legalization of adult-use marijuana set to begin Jan. 1 in Illinois, the American Veterinary Medical Association is warning residents of the dangers marijuana ingestion can cause their pets.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Business groups view legislative session as 'mixed bag'
SPRINGFIELD  Representatives of some of the state's largest business associations are looking back at a historic legislative session as a "mixed bag" for businesses, which will see benefits from late legislative action.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Archbishop Sheen's remains moved to Illinois from NY
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen have been removed from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and are on their way to central Illinois.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Suspect in deputy's death is arrested
Illinois State Police have identified a suspect being held in the fatal shooting of a sheriff’s deputy who was responding to a home in which a man was barricaded.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Illinois Police to step up patrols now through July 8
With Independence Day just around the corner, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and law enforcement agencies throughout the state are joining together to prevent alcohol- and drug-related crashes and fatalities through a ramped-up enforcement period that runs through July 8.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Taxes will increase July 1 with gov's signature
The first wave of tax increases that will pay for the state’s $45 billion capital infrastructure plan will take effect Monday, July 1, pending Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signing of a pair of bills.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Governor gets warning for speeding on Wisconsin lake
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s press secretary says the governor received a warning for speeding during a boating trip on Geneva Lake in Wisconsin.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Key financial document six months late and counting
Illinois officials are six months late publishing an annual document presenting the state’s fiscal health in detail, and they are unsure when it will be released.

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is used by ratings agencies to set the credit rating for the state — which in turn affects the interest rates Illinois receives for bonded projects, such as infrastructure improvements.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Some new state laws are taking effect on July 1st
Starting Monday, July 1, it will officially become illegal in Illinois for anyone to sell or provide tobacco cigarettes or other tobacco products to people under age 21.

 The so-called “Tobacco 21” bill, House Bill 345, which Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law April 8, is one of several new laws that will take effect on July 1, the start of the new state fiscal year.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Illinois sheriff's deputy fatally shot responding to a call
Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy has died after being shot while responding to a call in Illinois where a suspect was barricaded in a home.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

$2B in flood damage for Mississippi River towns
Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

State offer $1.5M for resort operator
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is continuing its efforts to find vendors interested in reopening facilities at the Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area near Rend Lake
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Eric Trump spit on at Chicago lounge
President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump said the U.S. Secret Service took an employee of a Chicago cocktail lounge into custody after she spit on him.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Report suggests need for more early childhood ed
A new report from the Illinois State Board of Education says the vast majority of children who entered kindergarten last year lacked many of the skills and developmental strengths needed for long-term success in school.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Illinois becomes the 11th state in nation to allow recreational marijuana
Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the 11th state to do so and the first to implement a comprehensive statewide cannabis marketplace designed by legislators.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Rural pharmacies to receive state financial help
Independent pharmacies that serve Medicaid patients in small communities in Illinois  will soon start receiving additional payments from the state.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Strict limits now on cancer-causing ethylene oxide
Republicans and Democrats agree that new state laws will make Illinois the strictest state in the nation for imposing limitations on cancer-causing ethylene oxide emissions.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

AFSCME members ratify new state contract
Nearly 40,000 state employees will receive pay raises and many will receive back pay for raises they did not receive for the past four years under a new labor agreement that was ratified last week.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

One Chicago suburb band retails sale of some pets
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. (AP) — A northwestern Chicago suburb has banned the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores, citing poor treatment and unprepared owners.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Kids learn policing at Junior Training Academy
CHATHAM, Ill. (AP) — Kids had probably not played a game of hide-and-seek like this before.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Rockford's drag queen story hour draws protesters
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Protesters and supporters of Drag Queen Story Hour have gathered at a library in northern Illinois as the city of Rockford marks LGBTQ Pride Month for the first time.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Pritzker signs immigrant protection bills
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed three bills into law Friday that aim to protect undocumented immigrants in Illinois, policies that he said stand in sharp contrast with those of President Donald Trump.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Troopers, truck drivers team up to fight distracted driving
Illinois state troopers are teaming up with truck drivers in the Chicago area to crack down on distracted driving.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Closing arguments Monday in Chinese scholar's slaying trial
Prosecutors and defense lawyers rested their cases Friday in the trial of a former University of Illinois student who could get the federal death penalty if convicted of killing a scholar from China.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Naperville group organizes to stop historic house demolition
Residents of a historic district in a western Chicago suburb want to stop a college from tearing down an old house they say is unique and significant.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Man's serial killer boast doubted in UofI killing
A former University of Illinois doctoral student on trial for killing a visiting scholar from China searched the internet for instructions on committing murder before the woman vanished, which one expert on serial killers says may be a sign that his boast to have killed 12 other people is false.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Concerns linger over new Rivers Casino ownership
Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc. completed its $326 million acquisition of a majority stake in Rivers Casino in Des Plaines despite state gambling regulators concerns that the new ownership group does not include enough women and minorities.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Pritzker signs order to jumpstart census outreach
Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined a diverse coalition of lawmakers and advocates in Chicago on Thursday as he signed an executive order aimed at ensuring an accurate count in the 2020 U.S. Census.
Friday, June 21, 2019

More money and more mandates for state's public schools
Public schools in Illinois will have a lot of new money to work with in the upcoming fiscal year, along with a host of new laws to implement.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Mulroe leaving the Senate, but not public service
John Mulroe is trading his state Senate seat for a judicial bench. After serving more than eight years in the General Assembly, the Chicago Democrat will be sworn in Friday as a Cook County Circuit Court judge.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

7 months later, Illinois woman still dealing with effects of West Nile
There was a time when Beth Swigart didn’t pay that much attention to West Nile virus and the annual warnings about mosquito bites.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 1, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, May 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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















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