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  • Plan would ax university employee tuition breaks for kids

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois lawmaker is proposing that the state do away with tuition breaks for children of employees at public universities.
    March 5, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Charges filed against 2 named to build car charging stations

    CHICAGO – The former owners of a California-based company tasked to build electric car charging stations in Illinois have been charged with fraud.
    March 5, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Construction digs up historic neighborhood

    SPRINGFIELD – State and federal officials are asking the public for input on the future of the remains of an old neighborhood with ties to a 1908 race ...
    March 4, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • Chicago mayor says state budget is ‘wrong approach’

    CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget is the “wrong approach” for Illinois, and he’s in communicati ...
    March 4, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • Medical marijuana permit in Kankakee delayed

    CHICAGO – A Cook County judge Wednesday halted a medical marijuana-growing operation, granting a temporary restraining order that heightened concerns ...
    March 4, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • McDonald's to use chicken without human antibiotics

    NEW YORK – McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treate ...
    March 4, 2015 - 10:15 am
  • Drew Peterson pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot

    CHESTER – Drew Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in his fourth wife’s disappearance, ple ...
    March 3, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • State superintendent warns of 'perfect storm' for districts

    SPRINGFIELD – As lawmakers consider revamping Illinois’ outdated school funding formula, the state superintendent warned Tuesday that more education c ...
    March 3, 2015 - 8:57 pm
  • More than 1M students to take new standardized test

    CHICAGO – More than a million students are scheduled to take new standardized tests next week, despite concerns from Illinois’ largest school district ...
    March 3, 2015 - 8:58 pm
  • Rahm Emanuel: Chicago rules ban 24-hour construction at Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel says city building ordinances don't allow the renovation project at Wrigley Field to have construction crews working arou ...
    March 3, 2015 - 1:37 pm
  • Rep. Schock billed taxpayers for plane to Bears game

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock billed taxpayers at least three times for more than $14,000 in private air travel last fall, including for a t ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Chicago Cubs expect 'dusty' year amid Wrigley Field renovations

    CHICAGO – When the Chicago Cubs open their season at Wrigley Field next month, players and fans may feel alike may feel a bit like a homeowner who liv ...
    March 2, 2015 - 4:29 pm
  • Crystal Lake police searching for 'despondent' 18-year-old; local school districts on lockdown

    Local school districts are on soft lockdown as police search for an 18-year-old who is believed to be despondent and possibly in possession of a firea ...
    March 2, 2015 - 1:06 pm
  • Rauner budget could mean fewer Amtrak trains

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut 40 percent from Illinois’ funding for Amtrak trains during a time when ridership has ...
    March 1, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take polar plunge

    CHICAGO – Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn made plunges into the icy waters of Chicago’s Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
    March 1, 2015 - 10:45 pm
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