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  • Long receives ag scholarship

    Michael Long, of Big Rock, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a new program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
    July 3, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • BP to close books on Gulf spill with deal

    NEW ORLEANS – Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new mone ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:37 pm
  • Days before referendum, Greek voters perplexed and undecided

    ATHENS, Greece – Costas Christoforidis hasn’t decided how to vote in Sunday’s referendum on a bailout deal for Greece’s troubled economy. The problem ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:37 pm
  • Rauner OKs 5 clemency requests, rejects 153

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted clemency petitions to five people and denied 153 other requests.
    July 2, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • Troy man not guilty by reason of insanity in church shooting

    EDWARDSVILLE – A southwestern Illinois man who's remained in state psychiatric hospitals since shortly after he was charged in a pastor's 2009 shootin ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • U.S. unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages stalled

    WASHINGTON – U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:37 pm
  • Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions

    VIENNA – Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspectio ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:38 pm
  • Obama’s counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism

    WASHINGTON – At the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had pa ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:37 pm
  • Chicago teachers protest planned cuts

    CHICAGO – Dozens of Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters picketed outside City Hall to protest $200 million in planned Chicago Public Schools ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • U of Illinois freezes hiring over budget

    CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen on Thursday froze hiring in the school’s administration until the state’s budget situatio ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • Indiana law spurs ‘fireworks tourism’ from Illinoisans

    HAMMOND, Ind. – Indiana’s more lenient fireworks regulations can mean a Fourth of July boon in business for Lake County, which borders Illinois, accor ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • WWII POWs get long-delayed medals

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Stooped with age but still smiling and joking, three Colorado veterans who were taken prisoner by the German military in World War I ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • Jim Webb, Iraq war critic in Senate, running for president

    WASHINGTON – Jim Webb, a decorated Vietnam veteran and accomplished novelist who became a fierce critic of the Iraq war in the Senate, announced Thurs ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:34 pm
  • Two charged with scrap metal theft from Evergreen Village property

    SYCAMORE – DeKalb County Sheriff’s police arrested two men Thursday who police said were stealing scrap metal from the demolished Evergreen Village Mo ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:33 pm
  • Sycamore auto parts store vandalized again

    SYCAMORE – Authorities are seeking information about an overnight burglary and property damage that occurred late Tuesday at B&O Used Auto Parts in Sy ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:33 pm
  • Reader Poll

    Will you attend a fireworks display this weekend?