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  • Trafficking twins get sharply reduced sentences

    CHICAGO – Identical twin brothers who ran a drug-trafficking ring that spanned much of North America were sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison afte ...
    Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Rauner previews ‘right to work zones’ as priority

    DECATUR – Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he wants to prioritize creating “right-to-work zones” in economically depressed areas where local officials c ...
    Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • 2012 Crystal Lake South grad dies after hit-and-run at Illinois State, former coach says

    Ben Allison, a 2012 graduate of Crystal Lake South High School, died Tuesday morning after being involved in a hit-and-run incident Saturday at Illino ...
    Jan. 27, 2015 - 12:09 pm
  • Documents: Quinn didn’t act on marijuana recommendations

    CHICAGO – Former Gov. Pat Quinn’s aides prepared lists of businesses that were to receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses in Illinois, but he did ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • ‘Fracking’ starts slow amid oil-price slump

    ST. LOUIS – The oil and gas drilling technique known as “fracking,” once trumpeted as a job-creating boon for southern Illinois, is off to a feeble st ...
    Jan. 25, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol

    SPRINGFIELD – A proposed Illinois law would ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it hits store shelves.
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • Metra onboard ticket-purchase penalty hike delayed

    CHICAGO – Metra will delay its plan to increase the onboard ticket-purchase penalty until mobile ticketing is available this year.
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • 85,000 temporary driver’s licenses issued to immigrants

    SPRINGFIELD – More than 85,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver’s licenses under a new state program.
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • ‘Deadheads’ ask to camp out during band’s Chicago concerts

    CHICAGO – Fans of the Grateful Dead want a campout-style atmosphere during three 50th anniversary concerts in July at Chicago’s Soldier Field, but whe ...
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 9:11 pm
  • Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Illinois

    CHICAGO – Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Illinois consumers next month to comply with a new state law, the company said.
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 8:43 pm
  • Effort to get Obama library draws Chicago-style suspicions

    CHICAGO – Chicago’s rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama’s presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president’s ho ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 8:43 pm
  • Illinois jobless rate falls to 6.2 percent, lowest since 2008

    CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' unemployment rate fell in December to the lowest it's been in almost seven years, 6.2 percent, the Illinois Department of Employ ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 4:01 pm
  • McDonald's earnings fall; changes afoot to woo customers

    OAK BROOK – McDonald's isn't lovin' it, and it's going to do something about it.The world's largest ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 8:25 am
  • Rauner previews 1st-year priorities

    CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday began laying out priorities for his first year in office, saying property taxes and workers’ compensa ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 11:50 pm
  • United Airlines 4Q profit drops 80 percent on write-downs

    CHICAGO – United Airlines' fourth-quarter profit fell 80 percent due to severance costs and contracts that lost value as oil prices tumbled.
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 11:44 am
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