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  • Alleged Chicago gang boss denies ordering hit

    CHICAGO – The purported leader of Chicago’s notorious Hobos street gang took the stand Thursday at his racketeering trial – one of the biggest in rece ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 12:53 am
  • Illinois budget still elusive as leaders lash out

    CHICAGO – As Illinois remains without a budget, legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are succeeding more at frustrating each other tha ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 11:09 pm
  • University of Illinois says no to sanctuary status for immigrants

    URBANA – The president of the University of Illinois says its three campuses cannot legally serve as sanctuaries for immigrant students illegally livi ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 12:50 pm
  • Another year of financial uncertainty looms for Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – Homeless shelters in Illinois and low-income college students who rely on state funds are facing another year of financial uncertainty a ...
    Dec. 5, 2016 - 12:04 am
  • State wire briefs

    U of Illinois chancellor reviews emergency plansURBANA – University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jo ...
    Dec. 5, 2016 - 1:03 am
  • Illinois lawmakers sue to get paid despite state budget mess

    SPRINGFIELD – Six state representatives filed a lawsuit Friday demanding paychecks the Illinois comptroller cut off last spring because there’s no bud ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 10:28 pm
  • Illinois panel backs gay couple in civil union complaint

    CHICAGO – A same-sex couple denied access to a Paxton bed-and-breakfast while planning their civil union ceremony has won another legal victory in a f ...
    Nov. 29, 2016 - 11:27 pm
  • Lawmakers face Exelon energy plan derided as 'bailout'

    SPRINGFIELD – A mammoth plan to save nuclear power plants in Illinois, derided as a corporate bailout by consumer advocates but hailed as a leap forwa ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 12:14 am
  • Chicago police fatally shoot 2 people in unrelated incidents

    CHICAGO – A Chicago police officer shot and killed a gunman who had killed one person and injured another early Friday, in the second fatal shooting i ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 10:45 am
  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner pardons Vietnam pilot convicted as teen

    CHICAGO – Patrick McNamee was 17 when the car he was driving crashed in Illinois in 1954, killing his best friend. After pleading guilty to reckless h ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 12:12 am
  • Thanksgiving travel expected to be heaviest since 2007

    CHICAGO – Elizabeth Thompson can't wait to leave the big city behind and decompress over the Thanksgiving holiday at her grandmother's house in rural ...
    Nov. 23, 2016 - 11:04 pm
  • Chicago's reforms uneven a year after Laquan McDonald video

    CHICAGO – Laquan McDonald’s life seemed to be headed nowhere. A ward of the state who had been shuffled between relatives’ homes and foster care, he w ...
    Nov. 23, 2016 - 11:02 pm
  • Lawmaker: Illinois dollars shouldn't be used for border wall

    CHICAGO – A Democratic legislator wants to prevent Illinois from having financial ties with companies that might build a border wall.
    Nov. 22, 2016 - 11:34 pm
  • Extra-alarm fire reported at Old Chicago Main Post Office

    CHICAGO – An extra-alarm fire at the Old Chicago Main Post Office has been struck out with no injuries.
    Nov. 22, 2016 - 10:11 pm
  • Illinois to implement bereavement leave for union

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner administration’s plans to implement bereavement leave for union members, but leaders of a public-employee union say th ...
    Nov. 22, 2016 - 10:11 pm
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