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  • Donors had role in Congressman’s 2014 property deal

    WASHINGTON – A shell company linked to embattled Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock paid a political donor $300,000 last year for a commercial property in Peo ...
    March 16, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • GOP fundraiser in Chicago an early show of support for Kirk

    CHICAGO – Illinois Republican leaders turned out Monday for an early fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s 2016 re-election campaign, a show of support ...
    March 16, 2015 - 10:42 pm
  • FOIA appeal process hampered by backlog

    SPRINGFIELD – After the scandal that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison, lawmakers adopted a raft of reforms that included creating a ...
    March 16, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Prosecutors: man stole $1 million via LINK cards

    BURBANK – Prosecutors say a southwest suburban Chicago man used more than 3,000 LINK cards to steal almost $1 million in government funds by purchasin ...
    March 15, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Family seeking answers in woman's fatal fall at nursing home

    BELLEVILLE – The family of an 85-year-old nursing home patient who was found dead at the bottom of a stairway still strapped in her wheelchair said th ...
    March 15, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Authorities clean up small Mississippi River oil spill

    MOLINE – A towboat operator inadvertently pumped about 50 gallons of an oil and water mix into the Mississippi River on Friday, but officials said the ...
    March 15, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Rauner appointee bows out of hospital board position

    BELLEVILLE – A conflict of interest is keeping one of Gov. Bruce Rauner's appointees off the state hospital board.
    March 14, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Challenger presses Emanuel in Chicago, but acumen questioned

    CHICAGO – Before he decided he wanted to become Chicago’s mayor, Jesus Garcia was best known as a mild-mannered activist and legislator who dropped by ...
    March 14, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Legislation would pardon underage drinkers who call 911

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Legislature is considering a bill that would grant amnesty to underage drinkers who call 911 to get help.
    March 14, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Budget shortfall could interrupt juvenile offender program

    SPRINGFIELD – The state's budget shortfall may impact a program helping juvenile offenders get back on their feet once released.
    March 14, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Families seek answers after 2 student deaths in Carbondale

    CARBONDALE – Pravin Varughese was 19, a criminal justice major from suburban Chicago. Molly Marie Young was 21, an aspiring photographer from Marion.
    March 14, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Evanston police offer safe zone for online sales

    EVANSTON – The police department in Evanston is allowing people to use its property to complete sales set up through online sites like Craigslist.
    March 13, 2015 - 11:47 pm
  • Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock under more scrutiny

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has built much of his personal wealth over a decade through real estate investments with political donors, an ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • $10M in marijuana found in avocado shipment at storage facility in unincorporated Lyons

    LYONS – A joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Cook County Sheriff's Office was announced Wednesday after more tha ...
    March 13, 2015 - 9:36 am
  • University chiefs: Rauner budget cuts would be dramatic

    SPRINGFIELD – Presidents of three state public universities told lawmakers Thursday that GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to cut higher education fund ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:16 pm
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