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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.
    March 26, 2015 - 11:50 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 ...
    March 27, 2015 - 12:41 am
  • 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.
    March 27, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • Federal prosecutors: Cousins from Aurora 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 ...
    March 27, 2015 - 12:19 am
  • 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 ...
    March 26, 2015 - 11:40 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 ...
    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
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia 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 ...
    March 27, 2015 - 12:23 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 27, 2015 - 12:43 am
  • 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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