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  • John Cullerton says budget agreement with Bruce Rauner not close

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has hit a roadblock in his effort to persuade lawmakers to give him more authority to patch a $1.6 billion hole in thi ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 3:51 pm
  • Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf

    WASHINGTON – Have you heard the one about the Sikh, the Hasidic Jew, the Muslim and the nun who walked into a job interview?
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm
  • Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

    WASHINGTON – Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • USDA stats show Illinois had 'historic' corn, soybean yields

    BLOOMINGTON (AP) – Illinois' 2014 corn and soybean harvest reached historic, "never seen" levels, Illinois Farm Bureau spokesman John Hawkins says.
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • U.S. new home sales barely nudge up in January

    WASHINGTON – Sales of new U.S. homes were basically flat in January, evidence that recent job gains and relatively low mortgage rates have yet to spur ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:27 am
  • States use surveys to try predicting inmates’ future

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – States are trying to reduce prison populations with secretive, new psychological assessments to predict which inmates will commit ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:25 pm
  • Truck stalls on track before train crash

    OXNARD, Calif. – A commuter train slammed into a truck stuck on the tracks early Tuesday, sending three rail cars tumbling onto their sides and injuri ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

    WASHINGTON – A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered on Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripp ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • Dozens of Christians abducted by Islamic militants in Syria

    BEIRUT – The Islamic State militants struck before dawn, staging house-to-house raids in a cluster of villages nestled along the Khabur River in north ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV

    SEATTLE – For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Ukraine disputes rebel pullback claim

    ILOVAYSK, Ukraine – Russian-backed separatists moved some heavy weapons well back from the front line Tuesday in eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian go ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Obama vetoes controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill

    WASHINGTON – Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeli ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

    DETROIT – It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.More than 46 million ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Deadline nearing for senior property tax deferrals

    Note to readers: This story has been changed to reflect the correct deadline to apply for the program.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:01 am
  • Residents can give thoughts on website

    DeKALB – The city of DeKalb will host three workshops in March where residents can give their opinions on what they would like to see on the city’s ne ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:21 pm
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