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  • Lawmakers evade pressure to buckle on Illinois budget

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has entered its second month without a state budget, and there’s no indication that summer’s dog days will present any new oppo ...
    Aug. 2, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • Some Midwest farmers' crops falter in record rains

    INDIANAPOLIS – Weeks of record rainfalls drenched Don Lamb’s cornfields this summer, drowning some plants and leaving others yellowed, 2 feet tall and ...
    Aug. 1, 2015 - 9:03 pm
  • Hastert closes PAC, moves $10,000 to defense fund

    CHICAGO – Federal election records indicate that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has closed his political action committee and moved $10,000 ...
    Aug. 1, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • Chicago preliminary budget estimate shows huge shortfall

    CHICAGO – A preliminary budget released by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shows a gaping budget shortfall for 2016 that could grow to $754 million and bey ...
    Aug. 1, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • Illinois lawmakers evade pressure to buckle on budget

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has entered its second month without a state budget, and there's no indication that summer's dog days will present any new oppo ...
    Aug. 1, 2015 - 12:49 pm
  • Attorney: Blagojevich will ask for rehearing

    CHICAGO – Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will ask a full appellate court in Chicago to rehear his appeal after a panel of three judges recently tossed fi ...
    July 31, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Springfield’s historic sites see decline in visitors

    SPRINGFIELD – Most of the historic sites in the Springfield area have seen a decline in attendance despite last year’s increase in tourism statewide.
    July 30, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Ex-U.S. Rep. scrambles to meet bond conditions

    CHICAGO – Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, facing federal tax charges, scrambled Thursday to find a place to stay to meet bond conditions after prosecut ...
    July 30, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Former Rep. Schock, prosecutors find resolution on contempt accusations

    SPRINGFIELD – Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock and his attorneys have reached a temporary resolution with federal prosecutors on civil contempt accusatio ...
    July 30, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • New law gives veterans preference in private hiring

    DeKALB – Illinois veterans could get a boost with their job search now that private sector employers can legally give them preference when hiring.
    July 30, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Rauner vetoes strike, lockout ban as union OKs extension

    CHAMPAIGN – Even as Illinois and the union that represents most of its employees agreed to a short-term deal Wednesday to keep workers on the job thro ...
    July 29, 2015 - 9:17 pm
  • Court: Drug-sniffing dog fails the smell test

    CHICAGO – Lex, the police dog from central Illinois is far from top dog in drug-sniffing skills.That ...
    July 29, 2015 - 9:18 pm
  • Gov. halts payment of video gambling profits

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Illinois municipalities that host video gambling in bars and restaurants won’t get their cut of profits from the machines until th ...
    July 28, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Rauner praises vote to block pay increase

    SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Illinois House voted Tuesday to block a pay raise for themselves and senators that has become a flashpoint in the state’s ...
    July 28, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • Mumps outbreak centered at U of Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN (AP) – More than two-thirds of the state's 73 known cases of mumps are in Champaign County, according to the Illinois Department of Public H ...
    July 28, 2015 - 11:29 am
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