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  • Some Midwest farmers' crops falter in record rains

    INDIANAPOLIS – Weeks of record rainfalls drenched Don Lamb’s cornfields this summer, drowning some plants and leaving others yellowed, 2 feet tall and ...
    Aug. 1, 2015 - 9:03 pm
  • Hastert closes PAC, moves $10,000 to defense fund

    CHICAGO – Federal election records indicate that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has closed his political action committee and moved $10,000 ...
    Aug. 1, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • Chicago preliminary budget estimate shows huge shortfall

    CHICAGO – A preliminary budget released by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shows a gaping budget shortfall for 2016 that could grow to $754 million and bey ...
    Aug. 1, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • Illinois lawmakers evade pressure to buckle on budget

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has entered its second month without a state budget, and there's no indication that summer's dog days will present any new oppo ...
    Aug. 1, 2015 - 12:49 pm
  • Attorney: Blagojevich will ask for rehearing

    CHICAGO – Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will ask a full appellate court in Chicago to rehear his appeal after a panel of three judges recently tossed fi ...
    July 31, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Springfield’s historic sites see decline in visitors

    SPRINGFIELD – Most of the historic sites in the Springfield area have seen a decline in attendance despite last year’s increase in tourism statewide.
    July 30, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Ex-U.S. Rep. scrambles to meet bond conditions

    CHICAGO – Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, facing federal tax charges, scrambled Thursday to find a place to stay to meet bond conditions after prosecut ...
    July 30, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Former Rep. Schock, prosecutors find resolution on contempt accusations

    SPRINGFIELD – Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock and his attorneys have reached a temporary resolution with federal prosecutors on civil contempt accusatio ...
    July 30, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • New law gives veterans preference in private hiring

    DeKALB – Illinois veterans could get a boost with their job search now that private sector employers can legally give them preference when hiring.
    July 30, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Rauner vetoes strike, lockout ban as union OKs extension

    CHAMPAIGN – Even as Illinois and the union that represents most of its employees agreed to a short-term deal Wednesday to keep workers on the job thro ...
    July 29, 2015 - 9:17 pm
  • Court: Drug-sniffing dog fails the smell test

    CHICAGO – Lex, the police dog from central Illinois is far from top dog in drug-sniffing skills.That ...
    July 29, 2015 - 9:18 pm
  • Gov. halts payment of video gambling profits

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Illinois municipalities that host video gambling in bars and restaurants won’t get their cut of profits from the machines until th ...
    July 28, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Rauner praises vote to block pay increase

    SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Illinois House voted Tuesday to block a pay raise for themselves and senators that has become a flashpoint in the state’s ...
    July 28, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • Mumps outbreak centered at U of Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN (AP) – More than two-thirds of the state's 73 known cases of mumps are in Champaign County, according to the Illinois Department of Public H ...
    July 28, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • State retirees contacted about working if strike

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has been contacting retired state employees to determine if they're willing to come back on ...
    July 27, 2015 - 11:06 pm
  • Reader Poll

    What do you want to happen to the vacant building at First Street and Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb?
    Rehab it
    Knock it down and build new
    Whatever brings new business there quickest