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  • Ill. schools back Rauner plan to undo mandates

    CHICAGO – Illinois school districts have a new ally in Gov. Bruce Rauner as they try to eliminate state mandates they said drive up costs and sometime ...
    Sept. 20, 2015 - 11:54 pm
  • College of DuPage trustees vote to void president's contract

    GLEN ELLYN – Trustees at the College of DuPage in suburban Chicago have voted to void the contract of the community college's embattled president abou ...
    Sept. 18, 2015 - 11:22 pm
  • IDOT crew finds woman's decomposing body along Interstate 88

    AURORA – Police in Aurora are investigating after a woman's decomposing body was found in the woods along Interstate 88.
    Sept. 18, 2015 - 11:22 pm
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. to officially complete prison sentence

    CHICAGO – The Bureau of Prisons says former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has officially completed his 2 ˝-year prison sentence for spending $750,000 in ...
    Sept. 18, 2015 - 12:54 pm
  • Aides worked for Bruce Rauner, paid by comptroller

    SPRINGFIELD – At least three government administrators began working on hiring employees for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration last winter w ...
    Sept. 18, 2015 - 12:53 am
  • State report finds Illinois Lottery lost money last year

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Illinois Lottery lost money last year for the first time since 2009, reducing the amount of money it generates for state progra ...
    Sept. 17, 2015 - 12:52 pm
  • Son says slain police officer did not kill himself

    FOX LAKE – The son of a suburban Chicago police officer who was shot to death this month lashed out at a coroner who announced he has not ruled out su ...
    Sept. 17, 2015 - 12:06 am
  • Advocacy group details impact of Illinois budget impasse

    CHICAGO – A leading child advocacy group warned Tuesday that even if legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner end the state budget impasse soon, the damage a ...
    Sept. 15, 2015 - 2:59 pm
  • Illinois schools superintendent warns districts about tests

    The superintendent of Illinois schools is warning local districts to expect lousy test scores on a new statewide exam based on the Common Core standar ...
    Sept. 15, 2015 - 1:14 pm
  • Wine and tapas? Taco Bell to serve them in Chicago

    NEW YORK – What kind of wine pairs best with a Chalupa? Taco Bell customers in Chicago and San Francisco will soon be able to find out.
    Sept. 15, 2015 - 8:35 am
  • Second City to reopen early after damaging fire

    CHICAGO – Second City said the improv comedy troupe will reopen a few days earlier than anticipated after a fire destroyed its offices in Chicago.
    Sept. 14, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Judge orders new trial in killing of Champaign man

    URBANA – A Champaign County judge has ruled that a Champaign man should get a new trial because prosecutors didn’t correct the record when two witness ...
    Sept. 14, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Alton unveils statue of jazz great Miles Davis

    ALTON – Hundreds of admirers of Miles Davis have turned out for the unveiling of a bronze sculpture of the jazz legend in the Illinois community where ...
    Sept. 14, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Ill. men face sentencing for cigarette smuggling

    JOLIET – Two Chicago men face sentencing next month after being convicted of smuggling 4,000 packs of cigarettes over state lines.
    Sept. 14, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • In corn-growing states, tall crops pose seasonal road hazard

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The broad leaves and thick stalks can stand up to 12 feet high, forming a wall of foliage that turns rural roads into long, narrow ...
    Sept. 14, 2015 - 11:19 pm
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