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  • Opponents fight plan to close southern Illinois prison camp

    ELIZABETHTOWN – Hundreds of residents from southern Illinois on Monday appealed to Gov. Bruce Rauner to reconsider a cost-cutting proposal to shut dow ...
    July 20, 2015 - 11:40 pm
  • N.D. agency signals comfort on pipeline issues

    BISMARCK, N.D. – A Texas company appears to have adequately addressed some of the biggest environmental issues facing its $3.8 billion pipeline from w ...
    July 20, 2015 - 11:40 pm
  • Illinois Senate panel holds hearing on higher education pay

    CHICAGO – From tracking administrator pay to professional development for board members, a state Senate panel heard testimony Monday on legislation pr ...
    July 20, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Illinois adults in group homes, facilities see allowance cut

    CHICAGO – Advocates want Gov. Bruce Rauner to restore a $60 monthly allowance for adults with developmental disabilities, but his administration insis ...
    July 20, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • New rules clarify, clean up Illinois concealed-carry law for handguns

    Some changes to Illinois’ fledgling concealed-carry law that clarify some of its ambiguities took effect with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.
    July 20, 2015 - 12:14 am
  • Illinois Medicaid expansion sign-ups double predictions

    CHICAGO – Illinois is among a dozen states where the number of new enrollees surpassed projections for the expansion of Medicaid under President Barac ...
    July 20, 2015 - 12:13 am
  • Sleuths trace fate of 1st black male slave freed by Lincoln

    MINNEAPOLIS – Researchers believe they found the grave of a man who could be considered the first black male slave freed by Abraham Lincoln, tracking ...
    July 18, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Kirk explains critical comments about Iran deal

    ST. LOUIS – A heroin task force meets regularly. Local students are given routine anti-drug talks. And still, heroin overdose deaths in Madison County ...
    July 18, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Kirk explains critical comments about Iran deal

    CHICAGO – Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk says he allowed his anger to get the best of him as he criticized the multinational agreement designed to keep Iran ...
    July 18, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Chicago zoo releases native green snakes in McHenry County

    CHICAGO – Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is trying to boost the population of smooth green snakes in northern Illinois.
    July 18, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Chicago bar patron shot by man questioning his citizenship

    CHICAGO – Police say a man posing as a Chicago police officer shot another man in the face with a pellet gun during an argument at a bar in which he q ...
    July 18, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Illinois school athletes remain 'Midgets' despite objections

    FREEBURG – Athletes at a southern Illinois high school will keep the nickname Freeburg Midgets, despite the objections of a group representing people ...
    July 17, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • Legal fight over state worker pay sees 2 key rulings Friday

    SPRINGFIELD – The legal ping pong over paying Illinois government workers without a budget took new bounces Friday, with appellate justices reversing ...
    July 17, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • Tornados hits Illinois towns but no significant injuries

    CAMERON – At least three tornadoes hit communities in the northwest corner of Illinois and the central part of the state late Thursday, causing extens ...
    July 17, 2015 - 11:32 pm
  • Some state services for Illinois elderly, disabled in limbo

    SPRINGFIELD – Mary Schnell rises around 6 a.m. each day to help dress, feed and give medicine to her husband of nearly 65 years, who has dementia that ...
    July 17, 2015 - 11:26 pm
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