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  • State election board questions automatic voter registration

    CHICAGO – A plan to make Illinois the next state to allow automatic voter registration is moving through the Legislature despite the state’s leading e ...
    May 23, 2016 - 11:50 pm
  • Inmate: Drew Peterson admitted to killing missing wife

    CHESTER – A prison inmate whom Drew Peterson allegedly enlisted to kill a state’s attorney said the former suburban Chicago police officer also admitt ...
    May 23, 2016 - 11:51 pm
  • Tribune rejects second Gannett bid; sets the stage for talks

    NEW YORK – Tribune Publishing rejected a second takeover bid from USA Today owner Gannett, but did say Monday that it was open to further talks.
    May 23, 2016 - 9:17 am
  • Budget stalemate erodes interest in some Illinois colleges

    CHAMPAIGN – High school seniors’ unease over the lack of state funding for Illinois universities is contributing to a drop in applications at a number ...
    May 22, 2016 - 11:53 pm
  • TSA head: Expect more airport security delays despite funds

    CHICAGO – The head of the Transportation Security Administration warned travelers Friday to expect long airport security lines to continue during the ...
    May 20, 2016 - 11:41 pm
  • Mary Todd Lincoln funeral ledger found in Illinois capital

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – An itemized list believed to be from former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln's funeral has resurfaced after two of the oldest funeral h ...
    May 20, 2016 - 2:05 pm
  • Illinois unemployment edges up again in April to 6.6 percent

    CHICAGO – The unemployment rate across Illinois again creeped up in March even as the state added jobs.
    May 20, 2016 - 12:38 am
  • Investigative firm discounts ex-Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford sexual harassment claim

    SPRINGFIELD – An investigator hired by then-state Treasurer Dan Rutherford to review a former employee’s allegations of sexual harassment by the one-t ...
    May 20, 2016 - 12:41 am
  • Illinois loan to help replace lead water lines in Galesburg

    GALESBURG – A $4 million state loan from will help replace lead water lines in an Illinois city with one of the nation’s most persistent problems of l ...
    May 20, 2016 - 12:38 am
  • Bruce Rauner may be 'comfortable' with bill decriminalizing marijuana

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner says he may be comfortable with legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois. But ...
    May 20, 2016 - 12:36 am
  • Judge orders ex-U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert to report to prison by June 22

    CHICAGO – Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been ordered to report to prison by June 22 to begin serving a 15-month sentence in his hush-mo ...
    May 20, 2016 - 12:36 am
  • Thousands protest Bruce Rauner's call to change Illinois labor laws

    SPRINGFIELD – Thousands of union supporters from across Illinois rallied in front of the state Capitol building Wednesday to protest Republican Gov. B ...
    May 19, 2016 - 12:12 am
  • Connecticut police find $1M worth of heroin after pulling over Chicago man

    STRATFORD, Conn. – Connecticut State Police troopers have seized about 28 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $1 million after pulling over a Chicago ...
    May 18, 2016 - 6:22 pm
  • Ex-U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds reverses, says won't plead guilty in tax case

    CHICAGO – Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds says he no longer wants to plead guilty to misdemeanor federal tax charges and that he's "sorry for any confus ...
    May 18, 2016 - 6:09 pm
  • Amid budget deficit, Illinois considers taxing pop, sugary drinks

    SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers scrambling to find money to fix Illinois' multibillion dollar deficit are looking to sugary drinks as one potential source of ...
    May 18, 2016 - 4:22 pm
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