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  • Gov. Bruce Rauner apologizes for calling teachers illiterate

    CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner apologized Friday for a 2011 email in which he characterized Chicago public school teachers as "virtually illiter ...
    July 22, 2016 - 3:29 pm
  • Heat linked to crops working up ‘corn sweat’

    CHICAGO – The Midwest’s first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on the moisture piped out of the ground and into the ...
    July 22, 2016 - 12:31 am
  • Plane crash in Joliet leaves pilot dead, house damaged

    JOLIET – Brittany Grajewski was in the Brighton Lakes subdivision’s pool Thursday morning when she heard what she thought was thunder from above.
    July 22, 2016 - 12:21 am
  • More children are victims of Chicago's gunfire, gang battles

    CHICAGO – The Chicago mother thought she knew when it was safe to take her children outside, that she could protect them by sizing up and avoiding the ...
    July 20, 2016 - 11:43 pm
  • Judge blocks Illinois redistricting plan from ballot

    CHICAGO – A voter referendum aimed at changing the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot, a judge de ...
    July 20, 2016 - 11:20 pm
  • Illinois delegates differ on Melania Trump's possible plagiarism

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention are unconcerned that the potential next first lady may have plagiarized a prede ...
    July 19, 2016 - 4:57 pm
  • Top Illinois Republicans to be no-shows in Cleveland

    SPRINGFIELD – When the Republican Party launches its quadrennial celebration in Cleveland this week to anoint its nominee for president, some prominen ...
    July 17, 2016 - 11:03 pm
  • Chicago school construction furthers race, class segregation

    CHICAGO (AP) – Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools has spent millions on new schools and pricey additions while putting little effort int ...
    July 17, 2016 - 10:38 am
  • In tight race, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk steps away from GOP

    CHICAGO – Sen. Mark Kirk made his second appearance in Chicago's gay Pride Parade this year. He broke ranks to support Democrat-backed gun control mea ...
    July 16, 2016 - 1:46 pm
  • Pritchard on task force examining school funding

    DeKALB – Bruce Rauner has become the latest Illinois governor to form a task force to examine how the state funds public education, and a DeKalb Count ...
    July 15, 2016 - 11:11 pm
  • Report shows Illinois is staring down an $8 billion deficit

    SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois' spending will outstrip what it brings in by nearly $8 billion this year, according to a government analysis obtai ...
    July 14, 2016 - 1:25 pm
  • Sandra Bland: Vigil held to mark 1-year anniversary of Bland's death in Texas jail cell

    CHICAGO – A candlelight vigil was held in Chicago's Federal Plaza late Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland, a blac ...
    July 14, 2016 - 9:03 am
  • Embracing Lincoln, Clinton urges nation to fix divisions

    SPRINGFIELD – Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln has been transformed into “the party of Trump,” declaring he ...
    July 14, 2016 - 1:15 am
  • Who is in the Chicago 'Hamilton' cast? Plus Daveed Diggs will leave the New York cast

    NEW YORK – Broadway veterans Miguel Cervantes, Karen Olivo and Alexander Gemignani will lead the cast of "Hamilton" in Chicago, while new Tony Award-w ...
    July 13, 2016 - 9:47 am
  • Blagojevich resentencing: Judge to mull opposing portraits

    CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to order former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to serve his entire 14-year prison term when he re ...
    July 12, 2016 - 11:06 pm
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