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  • Former attorney for Drew Peterson: murder-for-hire scheme a setup

    JOLIET — Drew Peterson’s former defense attorney made public Wednesday letters he says are from a prison inmate that allege Peterson is being set up o ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:25 am
  • Woodstock teen ID'd as victim of fatal crash with Metra train at crossing

    WOODSTOCK – The victim of Wednesday's fatal Metra-vehicle collision has been identified by the McHenry County Coroner's Office as 19-year-old Amanda L ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:30 am
  • House Speaker Michael Madigan renews push for 'Millionaire's Tax'

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' longtime House speaker has renewed a push to tax the state's millionaires to boost funding for schools.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 8:45 am
  • Rauner confident on budget deal Cullerton says isn't close

    SPRINGFIELD – New Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner denied Wednesday that he and Democratic legislative leaders have hit a roadblock in negotiations over w ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Program puts drug test in hands of Chicago police

    SPRINGFIELD – A House panel on Wednesday backed a proposed pilot program that would allow Chicago police to use a field test to determine whether a re ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Garcia says 'working class' to power bid for Chicago mayor

    CHICAGO – If Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is going to have a shot at upsetting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an April runoff, he’ll need to quickly solidify a ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:36 pm
  • John Cullerton says budget agreement with Bruce Rauner not close

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has hit a roadblock in his effort to persuade lawmakers to give him more authority to patch a $1.6 billion hole in thi ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 3:51 pm
  • USDA stats show Illinois had 'historic' corn, soybean yields

    BLOOMINGTON (AP) – Illinois' 2014 corn and soybean harvest reached historic, "never seen" levels, Illinois Farm Bureau spokesman John Hawkins says.
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • Chicago Mayor forced into runoff election

    CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote in Tuesday’s municipal election, forcing the former White House chief of ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:21 pm
  • Lawyer says Ernie Banks worth $16,000, judge demands details

    CHICAGO – A probate judge requested details about Ernie Banks' assets after an attorney for his former caregiver said the Hall of Famer had just $16,0 ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 1:56 pm
  • Lawmakers form school shootings task force

    CHICAGO – A task force of Illinois lawmakers looking at ways to prevent school shootings by helping mentally ill children before they lash out violent ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Proposal would have grads who leave Illinois repay state aid

    SPRINGFIELD – A measure introduced in the Illinois legislature would make students pay back certain tuition breaks from the state if they leave Illino ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Records show doctors part of Illinois marijuana businesses

    CHICAGO – At least three doctors are listed in records as being involved with medical marijuana businesses in Illinois.
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Trial of trucker opens Tuesday in fatal crash on Interstate 88

    WHEATON – A trial is set to begin Tuesday for a truck driver charged in a 2014 crash that killed an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injured a St ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Retrial to begin for photographer accused of taking eaglets

    OTTAWA – A northern Illinois nature photographer is set to stand trial for a second time on charges that he took two baby eagles.
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:01 pm
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