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  • Judy Baar Topinka memorial: Pat Quinn, Brucew Rauner, James Thompson offer high praise

    COUNTRYSIDE – Illinois leaders – past, present and future – gathered Wednesday morning with one common agenda: honoring the life and service of state ...
    NEW: Dec. 17, 2014 - 3:21 pm
  • Michelle Obama designates Woodstock a 'Preserve America Community'

    WOODSTOCK – The city of Woodstock is one of just 11 Illinois locations that can call itself a Preserve America Community, after a recent designation b ...
    NEW: Dec. 17, 2014 - 3:09 pm
  • Despite some concerns, Crystal Lake approves annexation

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The plan for a newly annexed lot at Huntley and Ackman roads remains unclear.The lack ...
    NEW: Dec. 17, 2014 - 2:58 pm
  • Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midte ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 1:50 pm
  • 14 arrested at Massachusetts pharmacy in 2012 meningitis outbreak

    BOSTON — Fourteen owners or employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were arrested Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak th ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:51 pm
  • 1 injured after Crystal Lake crash involving semi-truck, car

    CRYSTAL LAKE – One driver was transported to an area hospital Wednesday after a two-vehicle crash in Crystal Lake, fire officials said.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:12 pm
  • Sydney hostage planned daring escape in Australia cafe

    SYDNEY — The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insa ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:38 am
  • Australian leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

    SYDNEY — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:34 am
  • U.S., Cuba to normalize relations; Obama to speak

    WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift i ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:02 am
  • Cicero landlord gets life in Valentine's Day 2010 fire that killed 7

    CHICAGO — A Cicero landlord has been sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of seven people during a Valentine's Day 2010 apartment fire that pros ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:18 am
  • In Rockford police shooting, lawsuit of church running day care pending

    ROCKFORD (AP) — The city of Rockford has settled one lawsuit after the police shooting death of an unarmed black man in 2009 but a second lawsuit is s ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:15 am
  • Drunk Illinois parents smother baby while asleep in bed, police say

    BELLEVILLE — Authorities have charged two Swansea parents who they say rolled on and killed their newborn baby while asleep in bed.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:08 am
  • Illinois man gets 20 years in Granite City home invasion, pummeling

    EDWARDSVILLE — A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting his role in pummeling a man with a hammer and meta ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:04 am
  • 10 Things to Know for Dec. 17; No charges filed against Bill Cosby in Playboy Mansion case

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 7:18 am
  • Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

    SYDNEY – A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:10 am
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