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  • 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 in a show of suppo ...
    March 16, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Durbin backs Emanuel bid but says contest depends on turnout

    CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he’s backing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election bid in the runoff contest next month.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Illinois to take peregrine falcon off threatened list

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois officials are set to remove the peregrine falcon from the state's threatened species list.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:43 pm
  • Illinois FOIA appeal process hampered by years-long 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
  • U.S. unsure whether bombing has hurt al-Qaida group in Syria

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. military has hit as many as 17 separate targets connected to a shadowy al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan group, U.S. ...
    March 15, 2015 - 11:23 pm
  • Fight over Keystone XL project doesn’t stall pipeline boom

    WASHINGTON – In a far corner of North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, 84,000 barrels of crude oil ...
    March 15, 2015 - 11:23 pm
  • Obama administration offers 2nd chance to sign up for health care

    WASHINGTON – Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance will get a second chance to sign up starting Sunday, ...
    March 14, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Officials: US to keep higher level of troops in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year’s end, bowing to military l ...
    March 14, 2015 - 11:11 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 - 11:09 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 - 11:09 pm
  • Say what? Social Security data says 6.5M in U.S. reach age 112

    WASHINGTON – Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old ...
    March 14, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • McHenry County, other state fairs looking to change with times

    The entrenched tradition of the Illinois county fair, which a study says is still a big draw and lucrative, is also approaching a crossroads.
    March 15, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock benefited from donor projects

    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 - 11:45 pm
  • Crystal Lake Park District among those affected by grant suspension

    Two $400,000 state checks – one for work already done and another for future work – will not be sent to the Crystal Lake Park District because of a sp ...
    March 13, 2015 - 5:19 pm
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