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  • Obama issues an appeal for political unity to Legislature

    SPRINGFIELD – President Barack Obama’s message about overcoming the bitter and seemingly intractable nature of modern politics was particularly applic ...
    Feb. 11, 2016 - 12:02 am
  • Bill would make posting fight videos illegal

    SPRINGFIELD – The video posted on Facebook showed a 12-year-old on the ground while another boy tried to stomp him, with classmates standing by, circl ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 10:53 pm
  • Illinois bill would criminalize filming fights to put online

    SPRINGFIELD – The video posted on Facebook showed a 12-year-old on the ground while another boy tried to stomp him, with classmates standing by, circl ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 4:12 pm
  • After challenging holiday, Sears to speed up store closings

    HOFFMAN ESTATES – Following a "challenging" holiday season, Sears will accelerate the closure of some of its stores.
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 8:42 am
  • Illinois State Museum says it has reached deal to reopen

    SPRINGFIELD – The agency that oversees the Illinois State Museum and the governor’s office have reached an agreement to reopen the facility and its sa ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:07 pm
  • Dems vying for U.S. Senate make cases

    CHICAGO – Meeting for the first time this election season, the three Illinois Democrats vying for U.S. Senate worked to distinguish themselves from ea ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:07 pm
  • 3 teens arrested after pursuit in stolen vehicle in Rockford

    ROCKFORD – Authorities said three teenagers were arrested after leading Winnebago County deputies on a chase in a stolen vehicle.
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:07 pm
  • Chicago Police at scene of black teen's shooting falsified reports

    CHICAGO – For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage th ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 12:29 pm
  • State school funding overhaul again faces long odds

    SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers of all stripes have pledged support in recent weeks for overhauling the state’s outdated school funding formula, a nearly 30-y ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 1:02 am
  • Chicago officer sues estate of NIU student he shot, claiming trauma

    CHICAGO – A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit a ...
    Feb. 7, 2016 - 8:52 am
  • Police think 6 Chicago deaths result of 'targeted incident'

    CHICAGO – Authorities on Saturday released the names of six family members found dead this week in their southwest side home – the victims of what Chi ...
    Feb. 6, 2016 - 11:13 pm
  • Lake County offering mental health training to officers

    WAUKEGAN – Law enforcement officials in Lake County are undergoing training that could be used as a statewide model in Illinois to help officers ident ...
    Feb. 6, 2016 - 11:13 pm
  • Chicago FBI: 'Pinball Bandit' suspected in 5 bank robberies

    CHICAGO – The FBI is asking for help identifying a suspect they've dubbed the "Pinball Bandit" because of the frequency and locations of the banks the ...
    Feb. 6, 2016 - 11:13 pm
  • U of I reports record number of freshman applications

    URBANA – University of Illinois officials say a record number of prospective freshmen have applied for enrollment next fall across the school's three ...
    Feb. 6, 2016 - 11:14 pm
  • 3 held in alleged fake kidnapping scheme in Chicago suburb

    BRIDGEVIEW – Bridgeview police say three people face felony disorderly conduct charges for allegedly faking a kidnapping in hopes of getting money to ...
    Feb. 6, 2016 - 11:13 pm
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