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  • Rauner resists extending medical marijuana program for now

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner wants the state's medical marijuana program to be thoroughly reviewed before a decision is made on whether to extend it be ...
    April 13, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • 19 passengers hurt in Megabus double-decker crash in Indiana

    EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — A double-decker bus heading from Chicago to Atlanta hit the back of a stopped semi-truck in a construction zone Monday morning, ...
    April 13, 2015 - 10:57 pm
  • Marshall County Board: Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock should pay for elections to replace him

    LACON – An Illinois county said former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock should pay for the special elections to replace him.
    April 13, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • ‘Right to Try’ measure raises issues of ethics, freedom

    SPRINGFIELD – Some doctors worry that an effort to grant terminally ill people more access to unproven drugs might offer them false hope or even be ha ...
    April 13, 2015 - 10:56 pm
  • Census estimates show fewer county residents

    BELLEVILLE – New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show Madison and St. Clair counties in southern Illinois are shrinking in population.
    April 12, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • 2 drunken driving bills awaiting votes in Illinois House

    SPRINGFIELD – Two bills that would affect motorists with repeat drunken driving convictions are awaiting votes in the Illinois House.
    April 12, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • CEO in medical marijuana dispute with Illinois dies

    CHICAGO – Authorities in Cook County are investigating the death of the CEO of a company involved in a lawsuit with the state of Illinois over the com ...
    April 12, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Rauner further details turnaround agenda

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner has begun putting a finer point on his legislative agenda, telling voters, elected officials and newspaper editorial board ...
    April 12, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • $3M federal grant to ease Chicago commuter rail congestion

    CHICAGO – A $3 million federal grant will help ease congestion that slows Metra commuter trains heading into Chicago's Union Station from the south an ...
    April 12, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Rauner hopes deal will speed resolution of union dispute

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has agreed to allow government agencies to resume taking fees from the paychecks of non-union members to ...
    April 11, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • ‘Lincoln never dies’ – finding his resonance 150 years later

    WASHINGTON – In the reading room overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, Karen Needles mostly works alone – but always in good company.
    April 11, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Rochelle area's Grubsteakers restaurant begins cleanup from tornado damage

    KINGS – A large rack containing spices near the rear of what had been Grubsteakers Restaurant remained undisturbed. Fifty feet away, a semitrailer was ...
    April 10, 2015 - 1:38 pm
  • Video: Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks on the tornado in Rochelle

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke on Friday afternoon about the tornado that went through Rochelle and Fairdale on Thursday evening.
    April 10, 2015 - 1:28 pm
  • Large tornado causes significant damage in northern Illinois

    ROCHELLE – At least one large tornado touched down Thursday night in northern Illinois, causing significant damage and prompting reports of more than ...
    April 10, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Long waits for medical care persist at Illinois VA hospitals

    Long waits for medical care persist for thousands of veterans at Illinois VA hospitals despite efforts to hire more doctors, open more clinics and all ...
    April 9, 2015 - 11:52 pm
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