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  • Police shooting spurs state agency changes

    CHICAGO – The death of Laquan McDonald, a black Chicago teenager who was a state ward for most of his life before he was shot 16 times by a white poli ...
    Feb. 13, 2016 - 11:17 pm
  • Water monitors to test quality of Bloomington lakes

    BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington city officials and Illinois State University are teaming up to install stations to monitor water quality in the city’s two w ...
    Feb. 13, 2016 - 11:15 pm
  • Ill. to close youth correctional facility

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration announced Friday it will close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee, news that delighted a civi ...
    Feb. 13, 2016 - 12:34 am
  • No suspects or motive a week after 6 found dead in Chicago

    CHICAGO – Authorities have no suspects and a motive remains elusive one week after six family members were found dead in their Chicago home, police sa ...
    Feb. 12, 2016 - 12:37 am
  • 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
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