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  • McDonald's to use chicken without human antibiotics

    NEW YORK – McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treate ...
    NEW: March 4, 2015 - 10:14 am
  • Drew Peterson pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot

    CHESTER – Drew Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in his fourth wife’s disappearance, ple ...
    March 3, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • State superintendent warns of 'perfect storm' for districts

    SPRINGFIELD – As lawmakers consider revamping Illinois’ outdated school funding formula, the state superintendent warned Tuesday that more education c ...
    March 3, 2015 - 8:57 pm
  • More than 1M students to take new standardized test

    CHICAGO – More than a million students are scheduled to take new standardized tests next week, despite concerns from Illinois’ largest school district ...
    March 3, 2015 - 8:58 pm
  • Rahm Emanuel: Chicago rules ban 24-hour construction at Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel says city building ordinances don't allow the renovation project at Wrigley Field to have construction crews working arou ...
    March 3, 2015 - 1:37 pm
  • Rep. Schock billed taxpayers for plane to Bears game

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock billed taxpayers at least three times for more than $14,000 in private air travel last fall, including for a t ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Chicago Cubs expect 'dusty' year amid Wrigley Field renovations

    CHICAGO – When the Chicago Cubs open their season at Wrigley Field next month, players and fans may feel alike may feel a bit like a homeowner who liv ...
    March 2, 2015 - 4:29 pm
  • Crystal Lake police searching for 'despondent' 18-year-old; local school districts on lockdown

    Local school districts are on soft lockdown as police search for an 18-year-old who is believed to be despondent and possibly in possession of a firea ...
    March 2, 2015 - 1:06 pm
  • Rauner budget could mean fewer Amtrak trains

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut 40 percent from Illinois’ funding for Amtrak trains during a time when ridership has ...
    March 1, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take polar plunge

    CHICAGO – Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn made plunges into the icy waters of Chicago’s Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
    March 1, 2015 - 10:44 pm
  • Hunters, outdoorsmen hope for ally in Rauner

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois hunters and outdoors enthusiasts see Gov. Bruce Rauner as a potential new ally in Springfield as they eye legislation this sess ...
    March 1, 2015 - 10:44 pm
  • Major league baseball's 1st black Latino star Minoso dies

    CHICAGO – When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By ...
    March 1, 2015 - 10:33 pm
  • Moody’s downgrades Chicago’s rating over pensions

    CHICAGO – Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Chicago’s credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city’s $20 billion mountain of ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 8:50 pm
  • Lake County offering free measles vaccinations

    HIGHLAND PARK – The Lake County Health Department is offering free measles vaccinations to anyone who may have been exposed to the virus at a local ho ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 8:50 pm
  • Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes newborn gorilla

    CHICAGO – A western lowland gorilla was born this week at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.Zoo officials a ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 8:50 pm
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