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  • Judge to decide on cameras in Chicago police commander trial

    CHICAGO – An attorney representing a Chicago police commander charged with shoving a gun down a suspect's throat doesn't want cameras or audio equipme ...
    July 13, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Illinois company says it’s growing medical marijuana

    CHICAGO – Illinois’ medical marijuana program reached an important milestone Monday with the announcement that at least one of the authorized companie ...
    July 13, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • Closing Illinois museum could cost history, money, fans say

    SPRINGFIELD – Closing the 138-year-old Illinois State Museum and its satellite sites would damage the state’s scholarly reputation, harm future resear ...
    July 13, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • Southeastern Illinois company says it's growing marijuana

    CHICAGO – Illinois' medical marijuana program reached an important milestone Monday with the announcement that at least one of the authorized companie ...
    July 13, 2015 - 11:48 am
  • Rauner pension plan: End union negotiations, freeze pay

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner said Illinois could save billions of dollars each year through an ambitious new plan to address hugely underfunded pension ...
    July 12, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Turkey Testicle Festival host not ruffled by competing event

    EAST DUNDEE – The owner of a suburban Chicago pub that has held an annual Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years isn't testy at all that a nearby commu ...
    July 11, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • Pluto-bound spacecraft carrying ashes of Illinois astronomer

    STREATOR – The NASA spacecraft set to complete a flyby of Pluto on Tuesday is carrying some of the ashes of the Illinois astronomer who discovered the ...
    July 11, 2015 - 10:26 pm
  • Chicago school's bid for loan from pension fund shelved

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund have ended discussions on a school district proposal to borrow $500 millio ...
    July 11, 2015 - 10:26 pm
  • Illinois men bring 1-year-old along for robberies

    WAUKEGAN – Police in northern Illinois say two men who carried out a string of robberies brought a 1-year-old child along with them for some of the he ...
    July 11, 2015 - 10:26 pm
  • ComEd makes plan to keep financial assistance going

    CHICAGO – Commonwealth Edison officials say they are working on a way to continue operating an assistance program for low-income customers who need he ...
    July 11, 2015 - 10:26 pm
  • Great Lakes Basin bouncing back from record-low water levels

    CHICAGO – Water levels in Lake Michigan have been replenishing at an unprecedented rate since receding by 4 feet in the late 1990s and hitting a recor ...
    July 10, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • 2 Illinois courts, 2 takes on state employee pay – no budget

    SPRINGFIELD – For those keeping score this week, two Illinois courts issued conflicting opinions on whether Illinois state employees should get paid e ...
    July 11, 2015 - 12:18 am
  • Jobs cut at Get Covered Illinois before push

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has eliminated 15 staff positions from Get Covered Illinois, the state’s health insurance exchange, three ...
    July 10, 2015 - 12:34 am
  • Ill. school superintendent gets perk for lower pension

    CHICAGO – Illinois State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith’s contract includes a perk that was included to match retirement benefits provided to ...
    July 10, 2015 - 12:34 am
  • Confusion in Illinois as a court orders state workers paid

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House adopted a stop-gap spending plan Thursday that would guarantee state employee paychecks for July, but Gov. Bruce Raun ...
    July 10, 2015 - 12:27 am
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