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  • Local free community college plans may be template for U.S.

    CHICAGO – An economic engine. A jumpstart for lower-income students. A partnership with businesses to groom a workforce. The idea of free community co ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:55 pm
  • Police: Gang members targeted 9-year-old boy shot in alley

    CHICAGO – A Chicago man was charged with first-degree murder Friday in connection with the slaying of a 9-year-old boy who police say was lured from a ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • Protest over Chicago teen's shooting ties up retail district

    CHICAGO – Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down traffic in Chicago’s ritziest shopping district on Black Friday to draw attenti ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • Illinois treasurer to hold online auction of valuables

    State Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ office will sell off more than 8,000 items of unclaimed property in an online auction beginning Monday.
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:48 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner says his moratorium attempting to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Illinois is simply a request for the Obama ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 1:57 am
  • Illinois makes tax break deals with 3 companies

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce has agreed to tax breaks for three small companies that plan to add a total of 87 new jobs, the firs ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Springfield police chief bemoans body-cam 'burden'

    SPRINGFIELD – Springfield's police chief says a state law requiring officers to wear body cameras is too burdensome to local squads.SPRINGFIELD – Spri ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Protesters to target Chicago shopping area on Black Friday

    CHICAGO – Small groups of demonstrators gathered throughout the day Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot 16 times by a white police off ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • Chicago police officer charged with murder in teen's death; video released

    CHICAGO – A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the c ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 12:37 am
  • Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money

    CHICAGO – Two Libertarian political candidates have asked a federal court to declare unconstitutional an Illinois ban on political contributions from ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 12:33 am
  • Chicago cop charged with murder in killing of black teen

    CHICAGO – A white Chicago police officer accused of fatally shooting a black teenager was charged with murder Tuesday, just a day ahead of a deadline ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 10:28 am
  • Why Illinois budget deal not likely before 2016

    CHICAGO – Much attention is being focused on a Dec. 1 sit-down between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders as Illinois approaches the five-month ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Number of Illinois inmates released on parole climbing

    CHICAGO – The number of Illinois inmates released on parole has increased as lawmakers look to reduce the prison population, but funding to help those ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Former nursing home employee charged in battery of patient

    GALESBURG – A former Galesburg nursing home employee faces a battery charge stemming from the death of an elderly nursing home patient.
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Fire hits Chicago’s Hancock skyscraper

    CHICAGO – Firefighters extinguished a blaze Saturday that broke out about halfway up the John Hancock Center, one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers. Fi ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
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