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  • Illinois bill would bar public funds for graduation speakers

    SPRINGFIELD – A proposal in the Illinois House would bar public universities from paying commencement speakers with public funds.
    NEW: March 26, 2015 - 11:48 pm
  • Royals, Cumberbatch help bury King Richard III

    LEICESTER, England – A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced the comeback of King Richard III, a ...
    NEW: March 26, 2015 - 11:48 pm
  • Students, teachers match strategies in DeKalb High School chess competition

    DeKALB – It was teacher vs. student after school Wednesday at the DeKalb High School Chess Club’s meeting.
    NEW: March 26, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • Federal prosecutors: Chicago-area cousins planned terrorist attack

    CHICAGO – An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring “the flames of war to the heart” of America if he was unable to get to the Middle Eas ...
    NEW: March 26, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • Expo draws public to DeKalb, Sycamore businesses

    SYCAMORE – Amanda Nelson’s trip to the 15th annual Sycamore and DeKalb Chambers of Commerce Community Expo on Thursday was a mix of both business and ...
    NEW: March 26, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • Police seek info on RV vandalism

    SYCAMORE – Police are asking for the public’s help with information regarding an incident where several recreational vehicles were damaged in December ...
    March 26, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner signs compromise plan to fix $1.6 billion budget hole

    SPRINGFIELD – In an early major test of Illinois’ newly divided government, the Senate passed a compromise plan Thursday to plug a $1.6 billion hole i ...
    UPDATED: March 27, 2015 - 12:14 am
  • Pickup crashes through wall of Big Rock eatery

    BIG ROCK – Two employees of the Big Rock Café were injured Thursday when a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck crashed through front wall of the buil ...
    March 26, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house

    CHICAGO – Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left an Alabama federal prison Thursday bound for a halfway house, where he begins his transition back in ...
    March 26, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Garcia, Emanuel face off in debate

    CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s challenger blasted the former White House chief of staff Thursday, accusing him of neglecting the city’s neighb ...
    UPDATED: March 27, 2015 - 12:04 am
  • Police arrest 2 suspects in gang rape of elderly nun

    KOLKATA, India – Police arrested two suspects Thursday in the gang rape of an elderly nun in a Catholic missionary school this month in a crime that f ...
    March 26, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Tension escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs Yemeni rebels

    SANAA, Yemen – The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, w ...
    March 26, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown

    WASHINGTON – A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the go ...
    March 26, 2015 - 10:56 pm
  • Expert: Recent tornadoes have struck out of season

    CHAMPAIGN – An Illinois weather expert said the phrase “tornado season” has lost some of its meaning during the past three years.
    March 26, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Schock says he leaves with sadness, humility

    WASHINGTON – Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock said Thursday he is leaving Congress with sadness and humility and vowed to work “tirelessly” to make amends ...
    March 26, 2015 - 10:58 pm
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