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  • Crystal Lake South teacher charged with soliciting sex in prostitution sting

    CRYSTAL LAKE – A long-time Crystal Lake South teacher was arrested this week and charged with soliciting sex during a prostitution sting in Rockford.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 12:22 pm
  • Caterpillar staying put in Peoria, expanding headquarters

    PEORIA – Caterpillar Inc. announced Friday that it is keeping its global headquarters in downtown Peoria and expanding its corporate campus in what it ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:49 am
  • Tax hike still possible as Illinois lawmakers tackle budget

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first shot at an Illinois budget didn’t involve new taxes, but residents could still be asked to open their wallets ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner's higher education cuts larger than expected, would affect all aspects of NIU

    DeKALB – Northern Illinois University officials are considering reducing staff, restructuring academic programs and pursuing more grants after Gov. Br ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:51 pm
  • In Chicago, Obama designates a monument – and boosts Rahm Emanuel

    CHICAGO – Officially, President Barack Obama came home to Chicago on Thursday to designate a new national monument. But you'd be forgiven for mistakin ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 4:37 pm
  • Judge rules in favor of Chicago Cubs on Wrigley Field signs

    CHICAGO – A federal judge has denied a request from rooftop clubs overlooking Chicago's Wrigley Field to temporarily halt installation of signs they s ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:01 am
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget plan has $1.5B in cuts

    DeKALB – Once Upon a Time Director Michele Baker-McElroy worries she’ll have to close if state funding for low-income child care assistance isn’t rest ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:33 pm
  • Illinois senator Donne Trotter compares Bruce Rauner to 'ISIS warrior'

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois state senator who previously apologized for inflammatory comments has compared Gov. Bruce Rauner to an Islamic State "warrio ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 4:54 pm
  • Jeb Bush: 'I am my own man,' not my brother or father

    CHICAGO – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says his views about America's place in the world will often be compared with those of his father and brother, ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 1:21 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner calls for billions in budget cuts

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' new Republican governor called Wednesday for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state's bu ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 2:54 pm
  • Imam charged with abuse at Islamic school

    CHICAGO – The longtime head of a suburban Chicago Islamic school has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked there, and a civil suit ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Entrepreneurial class leads to a business

    STERLING – During the day, Rachel Humphreys is a regular Newman Central Catholic High School senior.
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget likely to set up battle with Democrats

    CHICAGO – Since the night he was elected, Gov. Bruce Rauner has repeatedly said he wants Illinois to be the most competitive yet compassionate state i ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 4:38 pm
  • Former Geneva High School student charged in foiled shooting plot in Canada

    GENEVA – A Geneva woman charged in a foiled Valentine’s Day shooting plot is expected to appear in a Canadian courtroom this morning.
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 12:52 pm
  • Proposal would add e-cigarettes to Illinois smoking ban

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Electronic cigarettes soon could be classified with tobacco products until a proposed smoking ban from an Illinois lawmaker.
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 11:36 am
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