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  • Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take polar plunge

    CHICAGO – Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn made plunges into the icy waters of Chicago’s Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
    March 1, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Hunters, outdoorsmen hope for ally in Rauner

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois hunters and outdoors enthusiasts see Gov. Bruce Rauner as a potential new ally in Springfield as they eye legislation this sess ...
    March 1, 2015 - 10:44 pm
  • Major league baseball's 1st black Latino star Minoso dies

    CHICAGO – When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By ...
    March 1, 2015 - 10:33 pm
  • Moody’s downgrades Chicago’s rating over pensions

    CHICAGO – Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Chicago’s credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city’s $20 billion mountain of ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 8:50 pm
  • Lake County offering free measles vaccinations

    HIGHLAND PARK – The Lake County Health Department is offering free measles vaccinations to anyone who may have been exposed to the virus at a local ho ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 8:50 pm
  • Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes newborn gorilla

    CHICAGO – A western lowland gorilla was born this week at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.Zoo officials a ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 8:50 pm
  • Ex-Gov. Quinn pushes consumer rights, blasts Rauner's budget

    CHICAGO – Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn offered a preview Friday of his life after public office, delivering a speech on consumer rights to lawyers a ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 12:08 am
  • Medical marijuana grower gives up 1 of 3 Illinois licenses

    CHICAGO – A medical marijuana grower is giving up at least one of its three Illinois permits after missing a deadline to pay state fees and submit pro ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 12:08 am
  • Lawmaker pays back cost of office decor

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style o ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 12:08 am
  • Ex-Gov. Pat Quinn pushes consumer rights, blasts Bruce Rauner's budget

    CHICAGO – Former Gov. Pat Quinn says pushing consumer rights and organizing are in his immediate future during his first public appearance since leavi ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 12:16 am
  • Rep. Aaron Schock reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style o ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 1:14 pm
  • Plan would aid Exelon nuclear plants

    SPRINGFIELD – Power-producing giant Exelon Corp. rounded up a phalanx of Illinois lawmakers and business leaders who said Thursday that three nuclear ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Former attorney for Drew Peterson: murder-for-hire scheme a setup

    JOLIET — Drew Peterson’s former defense attorney made public Wednesday letters he says are from a prison inmate that allege Peterson is being set up o ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:25 am
  • Woodstock teen ID'd as victim of fatal crash with Metra train at crossing

    WOODSTOCK – The victim of Wednesday's fatal Metra-vehicle collision has been identified by the McHenry County Coroner's Office as 19-year-old Amanda L ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:30 am
  • House Speaker Michael Madigan renews push for 'Millionaire's Tax'

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' longtime House speaker has renewed a push to tax the state's millionaires to boost funding for schools.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 8:45 am
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