CHICAGO – Visitors to the nation’s third-largest city are usually spotted wandering the Magnificent Mile, snapping pictures of the Willis Tower and sampling Chicago-style deep dish pizza, but if some persistent Illinois lawmakers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel get their way, a glitzy casino would be on their agenda, too.
CHICAGO – A federal judge on Friday quashed another judge's surprise order to release an Illinois teenager facing charges that he sought to join al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria.
SPRINGFIELD – DeKalb-area lawmakers split on a plan approved Thursday that would tackle the $97 billion shortfall in the state's retirement system by increasing employee contributions and decreasing benefits, the first victory for across-the-board pension reform in four years of debate.
CHICAGO – In a rare move for terror cases, a federal judge agreed Thursday to release on home confinement an Illinois teenager charged with trying to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group in war-torn Syria.
SPRINGFIELD – Labor leaders threatened a lawsuit Wednesday over House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension-reform proposal to lower the retirement benefits of public employees in Illinois, but a committee advanced the plan anyway.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has approved a refined gambling expansion plan adding five new casinos including one in Chicago.
CHICAGO – Illinois officials say they've received applications from six insurance carriers that want to sell 165 health policies on the online insurance marketplace that's a cornerstone of the nation's new health care law.
SPRINGFIELD – DeKalb-area lawmakers were cautious in their reaction to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension reform efforts Tuesday.
PEORIA – Here's a place where the word caterpillar does not refer to fuzzy little insects. The new Caterpillar Visitors Center is all about the roaring black-and-yellow machines that dig and lift at massive construction and mining sites.
CHICAGO – A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.
DIXON – Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all remaining charges against a former city comptroller who recently began serving a lengthy federal prison sentence for stealing nearly $54 million from her northern Illinois community.
SPRINGFIELD – The largest Illinois government employees' union will take a second ratification vote on its tentative three-year contract because of a continuing lawsuit over back wages.
Gov. Quinn, LaHood invited to groundbreaking
SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois state senator said Monday he will rework legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns that emerged last week after concerns about extra levels of scrutiny for Chicago and Cook County, but he defended the proposal against complaints that it was more restrictive than first touted.
CHICAGO – After a former suburban Chicago water official was convicted Monday for lying about secretly mixing carcinogen-tainted well water into the village's drinking supply, the sense of bitterness and betrayal among residents remained.