• Actor Vince Vaughn to take the Polar Plunge

    CHICAGO – Actor Vince Vaughn will be the latest celebrity to jump into an icy Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics.
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Rauner budget strikes at hospitals, nursing homes

    CHICAGO – In proposing to cut Illinois’ Medicaid program by $1.5 billion, Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen to go toe-to-toe with three powerful business l ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Solution elusive to Illinois' highway funding gap

    CHICAGO – For motorists, Illinois’ reliance on rapidly diminishing federal funding to repair the state’s aging roads and bridges means wasted hours st ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:57 pm
  • Face Time With ... Jim Wilson

    GENOA – Jim Wilson still is the man in the kilt.Wilson, a 60-year-old Scotland native, retired as th ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:56 pm
  • Beloved dinner aims to unify

    DeKALB – After the decision in Ferguson, First Lutheran Church congregation held a conversation about matters of race. A few weeks later, Pastor Janet ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • PolarPalooza draws residents outside for winter activities

    DeKALB – It was the perfect “snow day” as families packed Lions Park in DeKalb on Saturday for an afternoon of outdoor fun at “PolarPalooza.”
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Dialing down distracted driving

    Dialing up a BFF also has dialed up several warnings and citations for drivers in the past year, as a result of the new state law that went into effec ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:54 pm
  • Russian conscripts tell of fears of being sent to Ukraine

    MOSCOW – Human rights groups have received dozens of complaints in the past month from Russian conscripts who say they have been strong-armed or duped ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • U.S. considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan – The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • First Ukraine war prisoner exchange completed

    ZHOLOBOK, Ukraine – Ukrainian military and separatist representatives exchanged dozens of prisoners under cover of darkness at a remote frontline loca ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 12:02 am
  • Tobacco giants resist harsh public admissions about smoking

    WASHINGTON – Never underestimate the staying power of big tobacco.In 2006, U.S. District Judge Glady ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:58 pm
  • VA’s ‘choice’ program for health care off to slow start

    WASHINGTON – Far fewer veterans than expected are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoi ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:58 pm
  • Goat farmers, producers handle increased demand for dairy

    MADRID, Iowa – Buying two goats in August 2008 was little more than an experiment for farmer Paula Olson and some entertainment for her daughters.
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • Some Republican governors back Homeland Security showdown

    WASHINGTON – Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:55 pm
  • Scientists say Great Lakes ice could mean cool spring

    CHICAGO – The severe cold blanketing the Great Lakes could result in another cool spring in northeastern Illinois.
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:55 pm
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