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  • Private remembers days, music during WWII

    CHAMPAIGN – Days after the invasion of Normandy, Harvey Hodges climbed down a rope ladder onto Utah Beach.
    May 9, 2015 - 12:09 am
  • Illinois Supreme Court overturns state's landmark 2013 pension law

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, a ...
    May 8, 2015 - 11:36 am
  • Chicago Teachers Union files complaint against district

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the state labor relations board against the Chicago Board of E ...
    May 7, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • Lawyer: Man to plead guilty to setting facility fire

    CHICAGO – A suburban Chicago contractor accused of setting fire to a radar facility and disrupting air traffic throughout the U.S. will plead guilty, ...
    May 7, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • Lawmakers working on bill to create Chicago-owned casino

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are trying to negotiate a deal to open a Chicago-owned casino and expand gambling elsewhere in the state, and they be ...
    May 7, 2015 - 10:26 pm
  • House Democrats reject Rauner's proposed human services cuts

    SPRINGFIELD – Democrats who control the Illinois House sent a clear message Wednesday to GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner that they oppose his proposed cuts to h ...
    May 6, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Grand jury takes testimony in probe of former U.S. Rep. Schock

    SPRINGFIELD – A federal grand jury took testimony Wednesday as part of its probe of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, amid questions about spending that ...
    May 6, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois can’t bail out Chicago

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner told Chicago aldermen Wednesday that Illinois can’t “bail out” the nation’s third-largest city, and urged cooperation addr ...
    May 6, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Woman known for trying to sneak on planes jailed in Chicago

    CHICAGO – A woman with a history of trying to sneak onto planes without a ticket has been arrested twice in recent days at both of Chicago's internati ...
    May 6, 2015 - 2:44 pm
  • Dixon grad, wife 'grateful' after Nepal earthquake

    KATHMANDU – What does one grab as an emergency unfolds? As a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, Ben and Holly Hilty had three prioritie ...
    May 6, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • roup says more taxes could pay for programs

    SPRINGFIELD – A child advocacy group wants Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers to explore tax increases so cuts to services for children are avoi ...
    May 5, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • Suit: $10 day care fee unconstitutional

    CHICAGO – A new class-action lawsuit alleges that one of the nation’s largest court systems violates the Illinois Constitution by requiring anyone fil ...
    May 5, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • UPS driver saves man who jumped into Rock River

    ROCKFORD – Authorities are praising the heroism of a UPS driver who risked his life to rescue a man who jumped into a river in Illinois.
    May 5, 2015 - 10:08 pm
  • Business groups, injured employees weigh in on workers' comp

    SPRINGFIELD – Business groups and injured employees weighed in Tuesday as Illinois lawmakers began debating whether to revamp the state’s workers’ com ...
    May 5, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Medical marijuana approved for treating PTSD, osteoarthritis in Ill.

    CHICAGO – Illinois’ new medical marijuana program would cover thousands, perhaps millions, more patients under expansive recommendations that an advis ...
    May 4, 2015 - 11:03 pm
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