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  • Illinois considers applying sales taxes to more services

    SPRINGFIELD – If you get your nails done at a salon or have your lawn mulched next spring, the service could be taxed under a plan Illinois lawmakers ...
    March 13, 2017 - 12:03 am
  • State wire briefs

    U of Illinois faculty petitions against hate speechURBANA – Several University of Illinois academic ...
    March 13, 2017 - 12:02 am
  • St. Charles police: Man shot his daughters, wife

    ST. CHARLES – Randall Coffland told a 911 dispatcher Friday that he shot his daughters to death, that he shot his wife, and he was going to shoot hims ...
    March 12, 2017 - 11:54 pm
  • Ex-Adams County prosecutor: Acquittal in wife's death answer to prayers

    SPRINGFIELD – A former Illinois prosecutor who was found not guilty in the 2006 death of his first wife said the jury’s verdict was the answer to his ...
    March 11, 2017 - 10:59 pm
  • Vaccine clinic being held in response to Barrington mumps outbreak

    BARRINGTON – Health officials are holding a vaccination clinic in response to a mumps outbreak at suburban Chicago schools.
    March 11, 2017 - 10:58 pm
  • New law aimed at reducing Illinois prison population

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner has been joined by Democratic lawmakers to sign a measure his office said is “the most comprehensive criminal justice refo ...
    March 11, 2017 - 10:59 pm
  • Fire Marshal reminds Illinoisans to change alarm batteries

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois fire marshal is reminding residents to change smoke alarm batteries when they set their clocks forward.
    March 11, 2017 - 10:58 pm
  • Labor experts unsure of future if Illinois state government workers strike

    SPRINGFIELD – It’s unclear whether people who might replace state employees in the event of a strike by Illinois’ largest public-employee union could ...
    March 11, 2017 - 10:58 pm
  • Chicago tries to learn from New York crime fighting success

    CHICAGO – Even before President Donald Trump tweeted a threat to send “in the Feds” to curb Chicago’s gun violence, he was saying on the campaign trai ...
    March 8, 2017 - 11:51 pm
  • Chicago police alter policy on force after backlash

    CHICAGO – A draft of a new Chicago Police Department use-of-force policy released Tuesday would give officers more latitude in deciding when to fire t ...
    March 7, 2017 - 11:06 pm
  • Chance the Rapper gives $1 million to Chicago schools, blasts Gov. Bruce Rauner

    CHICAGO – Chance the Rapper’s unusual intervention into Chicago Public Schools’ funding crisis took an even more curious turn Monday when the Grammy w ...
    March 7, 2017 - 12:14 am
  • State wire briefs

    Farmers uncertain how weather could affect cropsCARBONDALE – Unseasonably high temperatures have all ...
    March 6, 2017 - 12:20 am
  • Gambling expansion plan would add casinos

    SPRINGFIELD – A proposal to expand casino gambling in Illinois would put new casinos in six locations, raising revenue for a cash-strapped state that’ ...
    March 5, 2017 - 11:40 pm
  • Gangs reap guns from trains in violent Chicago neighborhoods

    CHICAGO – When street-gang thieves slipped with ease into a Norfolk Southern rail yard on Chicago’s South Side and ripped locks off one train, they li ...
    March 3, 2017 - 11:42 pm
  • Caterpillar offices raided in probe related to Swiss unit

    CHICAGO – Federal law enforcement officials raided three central Illinois facilities of manufacturer Caterpillar on Thursday as part of an investigati ...
    March 3, 2017 - 12:04 am
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