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  • Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

    NEW YORK – The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation ...
    May 21, 2015 - 12:46 pm
  • Whites moving to Detroit, city that epitomized white flight

    DETROIT – Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the ci ...
    May 21, 2015 - 9:51 am
  • U.S. home sales slide in April amid listing shortage

    WASHINGTON – Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in April due to relatively few listings and rising prices, a trend that could weigh on the recoverin ...
    May 21, 2015 - 9:22 am
  • Mother's Day Lottery ticket earns Mom $4 million

    DES PLAINES – A winning Illinois Lottery ticket made Mother's Day a lot greener than Priti Shah expected.
    May 21, 2015 - 8:30 am
  • State House advances plan to change Cook County pensions

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are again considering a plan to overhaul Cook County’s pension system that could trim some workers’ benefits, despite ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Tax policy groups support services tax in report

    SPRINGFIELD – Two tax policy organizations with distinct views have released a joint report explaining why taxing more consumer services would help st ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • DeKalb City Council meets to discuss proposed tax hikes

    DeKALB – Fitness should be encouraged, not discouraged. An amusement tax would be a disincentive for community members trying to be well, according to ...
    May 20, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • Islamic State seizes ancient town of Palmyra

    BEIRUT – Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed Wednesday, a stunning tri ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • New GOP lawmakers push for term limits

    SPRINGFIELD – A group of freshmen Republican legislators is pushing for term limits, saying gridlock in the Illinois Legislature is a sign the status ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Millionaire tax ballot advances in House

    SPRINGFIELD – A House committee has approved a plan to ask voters whether Illinois should impose a tax on incomes of more than $1 million to help fund ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Kishwaukee YMCA staff working to reopen pool

    SYCAMORE – Kishwaukee Family YMCA officials hope to reopen the facility’s pool Tuesday after a major mechanical breakdown in the recreation center’s p ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:28 pm
  • California decision on farmer water cuts to apply broadly

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:30 pm
  • Banks fined more than $5 billion, to plead guilty

    WASHINGTON – Four of the world’s biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency mark ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:29 pm
  • U.S. releases 100+ bin Laden documents

    WASHINGTON – Documents swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:30 pm
  • Panel criticizes medical care at state prisons

    CHICAGO – A scathing new report by court-approved researchers paints a bleak picture of medical care in Illinois prisons, describing extended treatmen ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:28 pm
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