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  • Low-level drug offenders to avoid jail

    CHICAGO – Cook County will no longer prosecute most misdemeanor marijuana possession cases and will steer many nonviolent felony drug cases in and aro ...
    April 20, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Illinois tornado raises concerns on warnings in rural areas

    CANTRALL – A deadly tornado in the small northern Illinois community of Fairdale earlier this month is raising questions about how best to warn rural ...
    April 20, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dye

    NEW YORK – This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic c ...
    April 20, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • GOP’s Darin LaHood favored in race to replace Schock

    SPRINGFIELD – The son of former federal cabinet member and longtime congressman Ray LaHood remained the overwhelming favorite Monday as the field took ...
    April 20, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • Education board member quits over hire

    CHICAGO – A key member of the Illinois State Board of Education has formally resigned over concerns about the way new Superintendent Tony Smith was hi ...
    April 19, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Feds seek files on elite nonprofit in probe

    CHICAGO – Federal investigators looking into Chicago Public Schools’ dealings with a leadership training academy also are examining records involving ...
    April 19, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Police: Woman starved 2 pit bulls to death

    CHICAGO – A 24-year-old Chicago woman has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after authorities say she starved two puppy pit bulls to dea ...
    April 19, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature

    SPRINGFIELD – Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a ...
    April 18, 2015 - 11:58 am
  • Pope expresses sadness for Cardinal Francis George's death

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has expressed sadness for the death of Cardinal Francis George, the retired Chicago archbishop.
    April 18, 2015 - 8:14 am
  • Illinois Tobacco Quitline closes amid grant suspensions

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been put on hold as a result of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to suspend $26 million in social service ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe

    CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:35 pm
  • Chicago Cardinal Francis George dies at age 78

    CHICAGO – Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare and played a key ...
    April 17, 2015 - 2:22 pm
  • Federal prosecutors investigating College of DuPage spending

    GLEN ELLYN – Documents show that federal prosecutors are investigating spending and other issues at the College of DuPage in suburban Chicago.
    April 16, 2015 - 11:28 pm
  • Training academy cooperating in probe of Chicago schools

    CHICAGO – A former employer of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked chief of Chicago schools – a company that was awarded a no-bid contract of up to $20.5 ...
    April 16, 2015 - 11:28 pm
  • Schock campaign paid big for gifts, travel in last months

    WASHINGTON – A new report shows former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s campaign spent big on donor gifts and travel in the months before he resigned amid que ...
    April 16, 2015 - 11:27 pm
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