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  • More residents feel pain as budget impasse drags on

    CHICAGO – As she drops off her 4-year-old son at a Chicago daycare to head for a job she loves, Stacy Rutledge wonders how she’ll keep doing it once s ...
    July 28, 2015 - 12:23 am
  • Opening statements made in late officer’s trial

    CHICAGO – A prosecutor said a man being tried for allegedly killing a Chicago police officer in 2010 hated police and surprised the officer as he chan ...
    July 27, 2015 - 11:04 pm
  • Budget impasse may mean no free ACT tests

    SPRINGFIELD – Nervousness about college entrance tests is acute enough as it is, but questions about whether the state can pay for those exams amid Il ...
    July 26, 2015 - 11:34 pm
  • Police in Round Lake ask leaders to buy cameras

    ROUND LAKE – Members of the Village Board in the Chicago suburb of Round Lake are considering a request from the police department to buy 15 body came ...
    July 26, 2015 - 11:34 pm
  • Data show drop in Illinois prisoners but still overcrowded

    SPRINGFIELD – New state data show that the number of people incarcerated in Illinois prisons has fallen in recent years but the state’s facilities rem ...
    July 26, 2015 - 11:34 pm
  • Lawmaker pay, a firestorm for years, lit again

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois government by the numbers: 27 days into a new fiscal year, the state has no budget, a deficit of up to $4 billion and Republica ...
    July 26, 2015 - 11:33 pm
  • Lawmakers seek federal flood relief for farmers

    CHICAGO – Members of Illinois’ congressional delegation are asking President Barack Obama to approve federal disaster relief for farmers hit by severe ...
    July 26, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • Blase Cupich says Chicago Archdiocese will act on climate change

    CHICAGO – Chicago’s Catholic archdiocese is the nation’s first to monitor its buildings’ power and water usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
    July 26, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • Consumer groups questions lax Illinois laws on ATV safety

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has some of the least-restrictive laws regulating all-terrain vehicles, and enthusiasts and consumer advocates are divided abou ...
    July 26, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • Zoo asks public to vote on names for wolf pups

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Zoological Society says the new additions to Brookfield Zoo’s animal population are healthy. Now they just need names.
    July 26, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • Sandra Bland funeral draws mourners, supporters to Lisle church

    LISLE – The upbeat music that played Saturday morning at the DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lisle was in stark contrast to the somber fa ...
    July 25, 2015 - 11:50 pm
  • Mitsubishi Motors to end U.S. production

    NORMAL – Mitsubishi Motors confirmed Friday that it plans to stop production at its only U.S. factory and sell the plant in central Illinois that has ...
    July 24, 2015 - 10:49 pm
  • Judge says 2014 Chicago pension overhaul unconstitutional

    CHICAGO – A Cook County judge on Friday threw out a 2014 law aimed at reducing multibillion-dollar shortfalls in two Chicago pension funds, a decision ...
    July 24, 2015 - 1:11 pm
  • Plans to expand Illinois convent draws opposition

    WOODSTOCK – A request from an order of nuns to expand their northern Illinois convent to include a boarding school, nursing home, winery, brewery and ...
    July 23, 2015 - 11:44 pm
  • Coalition to give voice to medical marijuana patients

    CHICAGO – More than a dozen groups have formed a statewide coalition to make sure patients can get access to medical marijuana under Illinois' new pil ...
    July 23, 2015 - 11:44 pm
  • Reader Poll

    What do you want to happen to the vacant building at First Street and Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb?
    Rehab it
    Knock it down and build new
    Whatever brings new business there quickest