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  • New Illinois schools chief says funding fix could take years

    SPRINGFIELD – The state’s new superintendent of schools believes the formula to distribute state aid to Illinois schools is flawed. But, unlike lawmak ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Armenian-American judge marks WWI-era killings

    CHICAGO – A federal judge in Chicago has marked the centennial of the start of the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.
    April 25, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Meetings to talk transportation priorities start next week

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois transportation officials have announced the first stops on a statewide tour to discuss priorities for road, transit and other p ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Illinois air museum plans to close over finances

    RANTOUL – An eastern Illinois museum that catalogues the history of a long-closed Air Force base and houses dozens of planes plans to close at the end ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Fatal Metropolis police shooting deemed justified

    METROPOLIS – A Metropolis police officer will not face criminal charges in a suspect’s death after a southern Illinois prosecutor deemed the shooting ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Court: Iowa casino doesn't have to pay $41M jackpot error

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she'd hit it big. The screen sai ...
    April 24, 2015 - 8:29 pm
  • Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests

    SPRINGFIELD – As new standardized tests tied to the Common Core standards spark debate around the country, the Illinois Legislature is considering a b ...
    April 24, 2015 - 8:15 pm
  • Illinois budget cuts include $106 million less for Medicaid

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois nursing homes are at a loss for how they will deal with a roughly $65 million cut in state Medicaid funding made by Gov. Bruce ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:05 am
  • Biden addresses sex assault prevention at U of I

    URBANA – Vice President Joe Biden brought the White House campaign to reduce college sexual assaults to the University of Illinois on Thursday, urging ...
    April 23, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • Catholics celebrate life of Cardinal George

    CHICAGO – Cardinal Francis George was remembered Thursday as a man of deep faith, intellect and compassion as Catholics said their final goodbyes to t ...
    April 23, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • State lawmakers fast-track OKs for Obama, Lucas museums

    SPRINGFIELD – With fast-track votes, Illinois lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ensure that Chicago can use public park land as a poten ...
    April 23, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • Services for homeless, rape victims cuts disclosed by Rauner

    SPRINGFIELD – Services for domestic violence victims, homeless young people and rape victims are among those facing cuts as Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner ...
    April 23, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • Judge sentences ex-lawmaker Derrick Smith, says politicians 'don't get it'

    CHICAGO – A federal judge sentenced a former state lawmaker on Thursday to five months in prison for pocketing a $7,000 bribe, chiding Illinois' polit ...
    April 23, 2015 - 4:27 pm
  • Caterpillar trumps Wall Street 1Q expectations, raises forecast

    Caterpillar's earnings soared more than 20 percent in the first quarter, even though revenue slipped, and the construction and mining equipment maker ...
    April 23, 2015 - 8:57 am
  • Committee passes bill to privatize state economic agency

    SPRINGFIELD – A House committee has approved a measure that would privatize the state’s economic development agency and turn the Abraham Lincoln Libra ...
    April 22, 2015 - 10:41 pm
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