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  • Timeline of the career of ex-U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert

    CHICAGO – A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentif ...
    May 29, 2015 - 9:18 am
  • April jobless rates fall in all Illinois metro areas

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell in every metro area in the state in April. It was the 14th consecutive ...
    May 29, 2015 - 12:31 am
  • Effort to expand Illinois gambling likely pushed into summer

    SPRINGFIELD – An effort to generate much-needed revenue for Chicago and Illinois by opening a city-owned casino and expanding gambling elsewhere could ...
    May 29, 2015 - 12:36 am
  • Chicago-area man pleads guilty to air-traffic facility fire

    CHICAGO – A suburban contractor pleaded guilty Thursday to setting a fire at a Chicago-area radar facility in September that forced the cancellation o ...
    May 29, 2015 - 12:31 am
  • Northern Illinois man's body to be exhumed in 1948 cold case

    OREGON – The former mayor of a northern Illinois city is making a final attempt to crack an unsolved double homicide dating back to 1948.
    May 29, 2015 - 12:31 am
  • Former House Speaker Hastert charged with violating bank laws, lying to FBI

    Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, a Republican who served as the U.S. representative from the 14th Congressional District for 20 years, was char ...
    May 29, 2015 - 12:16 am
  • Bill penalizes for leaving pets in extreme weather

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers have sent Gov. Bruce Rauner legislation that would make leaving pets outside in extreme hot or cold weather punishabl ...
    May 27, 2015 - 11:58 pm
  • 2 tornadoes touch down in causing minor damage

    ATKINSON – Weather officials say a pair of tornadoes caused minor damage in northern Illinois.The Na ...
    May 27, 2015 - 10:32 pm
  • Judge orders ex-Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell to forfeit horse trophies

    ROCKFORD – A federal judge has ruled that imprisoned former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell can't keep a collection of horse trophies and other perso ...
    May 27, 2015 - 2:50 pm
  • Illinois Senate panel rejects 1 of Gov. Bruce Rauner's top priorities

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois Senate committee has rejected one of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's top pro-business priorities.
    May 27, 2015 - 1:37 pm
  • Autopsy: Boy died of head, neck injuries

    CHICAGO – An autopsy has found that a boy mauled by a dog on Chicago’s South Side died of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries to his head and neck ...
    May 26, 2015 - 10:10 pm
  • New survey suggests nursing shortage looming in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – A new survey conducted by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation suggests the state may soon face a shortage o ...
    May 26, 2015 - 10:09 pm
  • Filing: Prep sports body exaggerating suit’s impact

    CHICAGO – A new plaintiff’s filing in a class-action head injury lawsuit against the governing body of Illinois prep sports has asked a judge to let t ...
    May 26, 2015 - 10:09 pm
  • 2 horses in Ill. diagnosed with equine herpes virus

    WARRENVILLE – Horses shows have been called off in Illinois to stop the spread of infection after agriculture officials said two horses from a northea ...
    May 26, 2015 - 10:09 pm
  • New tests to reveal beach water quality

    CHICAGO – Chicago officials say they’ll now know within hours whether water is safe for swimming at several city beaches.
    May 26, 2015 - 10:09 pm
  • Reader Poll

    Do you buy alcoholic beverages made in DeKalb County?
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