State News

  • Metra files reveal years of political patronage

    CHICAGO – Files documenting a lengthy history of political patronage hiring at the Chicago area’s Metra commuter rail agency reveal that some of Illin ...
    April 16, 2014 - 11:16 pm
  • Chicago casino plan draws more support at hearing

    CHICAGO – A proposal for a state-owned Chicago casino won praise Wednesday from business groups and a warmer reception from a state regulatory board t ...
    April 16, 2014 - 11:00 pm
  • Lake Shore Drive reopened after suspicious package

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police investigating a suspicious package on Chicago's famed Lake Shore Drive have reopened the roadway.
    April 16, 2014 - 3:44 pm
  • Judge asked to allow use of lawmaker's statements

    CHICAGO — Prosecutors want to be able to tell jurors about potentially damaging comments state Rep. Derrick Smith made to authorities as they question ...
    April 16, 2014 - 1:19 pm
  • Addiction experts: Cuts could hurt drug treatment

    SPRINGFIELD — Addiction experts say thousands of Illinois residents could lose drug treatment services if a temporary tax increase expires later next ...
    April 16, 2014 - 1:18 pm
  • Illinois strip club tax brings in less revenue

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials say a strip club tax has generated less than 40 percent of the money that was expected when the surcharge was approve ...
    April 16, 2014 - 11:46 am
  • House fire kills man, infant son in Quincy

    QUINCY — A man and his infant son have died after a fire that heavily damaged a home in western Illinois.
    April 16, 2014 - 11:36 am
  • Gambling plans to be heard at Wednesday hearing

    CHICAGO – Expanding Illinois gambling only in Chicago will be a central issue during hearings on the legislation.
    April 16, 2014 - 8:38 am
  • Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

    EVANSTON – They're called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.
    April 16, 2014 - 8:37 am
  • Chicago-only casino option to face scrutiny

    SPRINGIFELD – The regionally divisive concept of expanding gambling only in Chicago is expected to be a central issue in hearings Wednesday as an Illi ...
    April 15, 2014 - 10:19 pm
  • Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop

    ST. LOUIS – Most years about this time, northern Illinois farmer Monty Whipple, like so many Midwest growers, would be riding high in his monstrous pl ...
    April 15, 2014 - 10:44 pm
  • Chicago-only casino option at issue in hearing

    SPRINGIFELD, Ill. (AP) — The option of expanding Illinois gambling only in Chicago will be a central issue during an all-day hearing on legislation.
    April 15, 2014 - 2:44 pm
  • Review: University of Illinois finances improved

    URBANA – The University of Illinois has brought in about $300 million a year more than it has spent since 2010 but has put off more than a billion dol ...
    April 15, 2014 - 2:03 pm
  • Cemetery workers endured brutal winter

    CHAMPAIGN — When a blizzard shut down schools, government agencies and businesses across the state on Jan. 6, Patrick Lewis and two assistants were on ...
    April 15, 2014 - 9:35 am
  • Experts: winter ice, winds damaged Illinois trees

    DECATUR — This year's particularly nasty winter has taken its toll on trees across Illinois.Tree tri ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:48 am
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