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  • Pension bill on hold despite agreement

    CHICAGO – Democrats are unlikely to address Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation pension crisis until the state has a budget, despite a rare agreement betwee ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 12:15 am
  • Pension bill on hold despite Rauner, Cullerton agreement

    CHICAGO – Democrats are unlikely to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis until the state has a budget, despite a rare agreement betwee ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 3:26 pm
  • Research firm: Illinois marijuana market forecast is gloomy

    CHICAGO – A market research company is growing pessimistic about Illinois medical marijuana, telling investors that retail sales could reach just $15. ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 12:44 pm
  • Police say Chicago homicides climbed dramatically in January

    CHICAGO – Chicago police are reporting a dramatic spike in the number of homicides and shootings in the city's bloodiest January for at least 16 years ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 12:15 pm
  • Home invasion victim was church teacher

    ROCKFORD – A 35-year-old woman killed in a west Rockford home invasion and shooting was a church preschool teacher who died while visiting a friend ov ...
    Jan. 31, 2016 - 11:51 pm
  • Youth program drops military tone

    FOX LAKE – An official in Fox Lake said a police-sponsored youth program that an officer is accused of stealing from before killing himself will retur ...
    Jan. 31, 2016 - 11:50 pm
  • Group of cops cost $34M in settlements

    CHICAGO – A group of 124 Chicago police officers has cost the city $34 million in misconduct settlements since 2009, according to a newspaper report.
    Jan. 31, 2016 - 11:50 pm
  • Budget fight leaves Illinois stuck with overdue bills

    SPRINGFIELD – The Friday afternoon email read with remarkable alacrity, given its message: The trip to a Springfield store to buy all-purpose Fabuloso ...
    Jan. 31, 2016 - 11:50 pm
  • Rockford home invasion leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded

    ROCKFORD – A 35-year-old Rockford woman is dead following a home invasion and shooting that also wounded another woman.
    Jan. 30, 2016 - 10:47 pm
  • Rockford man gets 33 years in prison for armed robbery

    BELVIDERE – A 20-year-old Rockford man has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for his role in an armed robbery that led to a woman’s death.
    Jan. 30, 2016 - 10:47 pm
  • Illinois volunteers collect bottled water for Flint

    DECATUR – Volunteers in Decatur have loaded trucks with bottled water to help residents of Flint, Michigan, where the water is contaminated with lead.
    Jan. 30, 2016 - 10:46 pm
  • Rauner names Illinois’ 1st statewide 911 administrator

    SPRINGFIELD – The director of an emergency dispatch system in Chicago’s northwest suburbs has been named to lead Illinois’ new statewide 911 system.
    Jan. 30, 2016 - 10:47 pm
  • Schools see fewer Hispanic students take extended absences

    CHICAGO – Educators at Chicago-area schools with high populations of Hispanic students say they no longer are seeing large numbers of students taking ...
    Jan. 30, 2016 - 10:46 pm
  • Chicago, airlines agree on last runway in O’Hare overhaul

    CHICAGO – The city of Chicago and two major airlines have reached a $1.3 billion deal to build the final runway in the overhaul of O’Hare Internationa ...
    Jan. 30, 2016 - 10:47 pm
  • Man shot, injured driving on Chicago-area expressway

    CHICAGO – Authorities said a man was shot on the Bishop Ford Freeway in south suburban Chicago area early Saturday, causing northbound traffic to be s ...
    Jan. 30, 2016 - 10:46 pm
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