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  • Governor, legislators meet about state budget

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders held a rare sit-down meeting Tuesday on the elusive Illinois budget, a summit where perhaps th ...
    NEW: Dec. 1, 2015 - 10:51 pm
  • Illinois' pot-friendly doctor has been in trouble before

    CHICAGO – A physician accused of violating Illinois' medical marijuana law could lose his license in a case that critics say highlights the state's st ...
    Dec. 1, 2015 - 3:31 pm
  • Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel fires police superintendent Garry McCarthy

    CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the city's police chief Tuesday, a week after the release of a dash-cam video that showed a white Chicago officer f ...
    Dec. 1, 2015 - 11:17 am
  • Cities, counties demand action amid Illinois budget mess

    SPRINGFIELD – Nervous mayors and county officials are piping up about the Illinois budget crisis, with one city even threatening to turn off the light ...
    Nov. 30, 2015 - 3:45 pm
  • University of Chicago calls off classes over online threat

    CHICAGO – The University of Chicago has canceled all classes and activities scheduled for Monday on its main campus following an online threat of gun ...
    Nov. 30, 2015 - 8:49 am
  • Local free community college plans may be template for U.S.

    CHICAGO – An economic engine. A jumpstart for lower-income students. A partnership with businesses to groom a workforce. The idea of free community co ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:55 pm
  • Police: Gang members targeted 9-year-old boy shot in alley

    CHICAGO – A Chicago man was charged with first-degree murder Friday in connection with the slaying of a 9-year-old boy who police say was lured from a ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • Protest over Chicago teen's shooting ties up retail district

    CHICAGO – Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down traffic in Chicago’s ritziest shopping district on Black Friday to draw attenti ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • Illinois treasurer to hold online auction of valuables

    State Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ office will sell off more than 8,000 items of unclaimed property in an online auction beginning Monday.
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:48 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner says his moratorium attempting to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Illinois is simply a request for the Obama ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 1:57 am
  • Illinois makes tax break deals with 3 companies

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce has agreed to tax breaks for three small companies that plan to add a total of 87 new jobs, the firs ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Springfield police chief bemoans body-cam 'burden'

    SPRINGFIELD – Springfield's police chief says a state law requiring officers to wear body cameras is too burdensome to local squads.SPRINGFIELD – Spri ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Protesters to target Chicago shopping area on Black Friday

    CHICAGO – Small groups of demonstrators gathered throughout the day Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot 16 times by a white police off ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • Chicago police officer charged with murder in teen's death; video released

    CHICAGO – A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the c ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 12:37 am
  • Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money

    CHICAGO – Two Libertarian political candidates have asked a federal court to declare unconstitutional an Illinois ban on political contributions from ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 12:33 am
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