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  • New Illinois schools chief says funding fix could take years

    SPRINGFIELD – The state’s new superintendent of schools believes the formula to distribute state aid to Illinois schools is flawed. But, unlike lawmak ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Armenian-American judge marks WWI-era killings

    CHICAGO – A federal judge in Chicago has marked the centennial of the start of the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.
    April 25, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Meetings to talk transportation priorities start next week

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois transportation officials have announced the first stops on a statewide tour to discuss priorities for road, transit and other p ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Illinois air museum plans to close over finances

    RANTOUL – An eastern Illinois museum that catalogues the history of a long-closed Air Force base and houses dozens of planes plans to close at the end ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Fatal Metropolis police shooting deemed justified

    METROPOLIS – A Metropolis police officer will not face criminal charges in a suspect’s death after a southern Illinois prosecutor deemed the shooting ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests

    SPRINGFIELD – As new standardized tests tied to the Common Core standards spark debate around the country, the Illinois Legislature is considering a b ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:09 am
  • Medicaid hit with $106 million cut from Illinois budget deal

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois nursing homes are at a loss for how they will deal with a $65 million cut in state Medicaid funding made by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:06 am
  • Authorities: Ottawa man killed, cremated in burn pile

    OTTAWA – Two Illinois men are being accused of beating an Ottawa businessman to death and then incinerating his body in a burn pile before dumping his ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House has passed a measure that restricts how long law enforcement agencies can keep data collected by automated license pl ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • Amtrak says Illinois pets-on-trains pilot project a success

    CHICAGO — Amtrak says it has not had a single complaint or problem with a pilot project in Illinois allowing customers to travel with small pets. So, ...
    April 24, 2015 - 9:35 am
  • Chicago mayor taps CTA director to be chief of staff

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named the head of Chicago Transit Authority to be his new chief of staff.
    April 24, 2015 - 6:46 am
  • Hunters and anglers donate over $700K for youth programs

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials say hunters and anglers in Illinois have raised more than $700,000 for youth outdoors programs since 2006.
    April 24, 2015 - 6:33 am
  • Judge sentences ex-lawmaker, says politicians 'don't get it'

    CHICAGO – A federal judge sentenced a former state lawmaker on Thursday to five months in prison for pocketing a $7,000 bribe, chiding Illinois' polit ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • State officials report drop in Illinois' metro unemployment

    CHICAGO – State officials say unemployment dropped in March in each of Illinois' metropolitan areas for the 13th consecutive month.
    April 23, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Caterpillar trumps Street 1Q expectations, raises forecast

    Caterpillar's earnings soared more than 20 percent in the first quarter, even though revenue slipped, and the construction and mining equipment maker ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:29 pm
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