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  • Lawmakers form school shootings task force

    CHICAGO – A task force of Illinois lawmakers looking at ways to prevent school shootings by helping mentally ill children before they lash out violent ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Proposal would have grads who leave Illinois repay state aid

    SPRINGFIELD – A measure introduced in the Illinois legislature would make students pay back certain tuition breaks from the state if they leave Illino ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Records show doctors part of Illinois marijuana businesses

    CHICAGO – At least three doctors are listed in records as being involved with medical marijuana businesses in Illinois.
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Trial of trucker opens Tuesday in fatal crash on Interstate 88

    WHEATON – A trial is set to begin Tuesday for a truck driver charged in a 2014 crash that killed an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injured a St ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Retrial to begin for photographer accused of taking eaglets

    OTTAWA – A northern Illinois nature photographer is set to stand trial for a second time on charges that he took two baby eagles.
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Lawmaker billed private planes, concerts

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights a ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Mayor Emanuel looks to avoid runoff for 2nd term in office

    CHICAGO – In a city where the voters like tough-talking politicians, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pugnacious style is being put to the test Tuesday as ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Rep. Aaron Schock billed private planes, concerts

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights a ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 4:44 pm
  • Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

    BILLINGS, Mont. – The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Lawmaker wants to make more fireworks legal

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois lawmaker wants to make it legal to sell fireworks such as Roman candles and rockets in the state.
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • ComEd customers unknowingly contributing millions to charity

    CHICAGO – Commonwealth Edison’s customers have been unknowingly contributing millions of dollars to the utility’s charities, including politically inf ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Lawmakers propose bills aimed at gun laws

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers have proposed dozens of bills to tweak the state’s gun laws.The Spr ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Actor Vince Vaughn to take the Polar Plunge

    CHICAGO – Actor Vince Vaughn will be the latest celebrity to jump into an icy Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics.
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Rauner budget strikes at hospitals, nursing homes

    CHICAGO – In proposing to cut Illinois’ Medicaid program by $1.5 billion, Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen to go toe-to-toe with three powerful business l ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Solution elusive to Illinois' highway funding gap

    CHICAGO – For motorists, Illinois’ reliance on rapidly diminishing federal funding to repair the state’s aging roads and bridges means wasted hours st ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:57 pm
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