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  • GOP's Ray LaHood remains front-runner in race to replace Aaron Schock

    SPRINGFIELD — The son of former White House cabinet member and longtime Peoria U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood remains the overwhelming favorite as the field tak ...
    April 20, 2015 - 1:29 pm
  • Low-level drug offenders in Cook County, Chicago to be treated not jailed

    CHICAGO — Cook County State's Attorney says her office won't prosecute most misdemeanor marijuana cases and will steer many facing felony drug charges ...
    April 20, 2015 - 1:21 pm
  • Hopes dim for school funding formula overhaul’s passage

    SPRINGFIELD – Despite a revamp to ease partisan and regional opposition, Illinois lawmakers now see little chance of passing legislation this session ...
    April 19, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • State education board member quits over superintendent hire

    CHICAGO – A key member of the Illinois State Board of Education has formally resigned over concerns about the way new Superintendent Tony Smith was hi ...
    April 19, 2015 - 10:35 pm
  • Police say Chicago woman starved 2 pit bulls to death

    CHICAGO – A 24-year-old Chicago woman has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after authorities say she starved two puppy pit bulls to dea ...
    April 19, 2015 - 10:35 pm
  • Feds seek files on elite nonprofit in Chicago schools probe

    CHICAGO – Federal investigators looking into Chicago Public Schools’ dealings with a leadership training academy also are examining records involving ...
    April 19, 2015 - 10:30 pm
  • Wearable defibrillator saves Downs man's life

    DOWNS – Mark Humble was about to sit down to dinner last Christmas when he felt as if someone was driving a rod through his chest.
    April 18, 2015 - 9:06 pm
  • Cemetery trees trimmed before Lincoln funeral re-enactment

    SPRINGFIELD – Preparations for next month's re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln's funeral include tree trimming at Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery.
    April 18, 2015 - 8:56 pm
  • Funeral for Cardinal George set for Thursday

    CHICAGO – Funeral services for Cardinal Francis George will be held Thursday at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral.
    April 18, 2015 - 8:56 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature

    SPRINGFIELD – Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a ...
    April 18, 2015 - 11:56 am
  • Pope expresses sadness for Cardinal Francis George's death

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has expressed sadness for the death of Cardinal Francis George, the retired Chicago archbishop.
    April 18, 2015 - 8:13 am
  • Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

    CHICAGO – Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex ab ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Illinois Tobacco Quitline closes amid grant suspensions

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been put on hold as a result of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to suspend $26 million in social service ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe

    CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Chicago schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett requests temporary leave amid probe

    CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett requested a leave of absence Friday amid a federal investigation over a $20.5 million no-bid ...
    April 17, 2015 - 1:17 pm
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