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  • Rauner signs into law plan to fix budget hole

    SPRINGFIELD – In an early major test of Illinois’ newly divided government, the Senate passed a compromise plan Thursday to plug a $1.6 billion hole i ...
    NEW: March 26, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • Tollway board approves higher speed limits but not 70 mph

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Illinois Tollway board of directors has approved higher speed limits on the Tri-State Tollway and other highways but not as high a ...
    NEW: March 26, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house

    CHICAGO – Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left an Alabama federal prison early Thursday bound for a halfway house, where he begins his transition b ...
    NEW: March 26, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • U.S.: Chicago-area cousins planned U.S. terrorist attack

    CHICAGO – An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring “the flames of war to the heart” of America if he was unable to get to the Middle Eas ...
    NEW: March 26, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • Garcia to Emanuel: ‘You are not the king’

    CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s challenger blasted the former White House chief of staff Thursday, accusing him of neglecting the city’s neighb ...
    NEW: March 26, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • Southern Illinois charity named for strangling victims sued

    COLUMBIA – A southern Illinois charity named after a woman and her two sons who were strangled to death is being sued by the state for allegedly missp ...
    March 26, 2015 - 12:28 am
  • Islamic school chief pleads not guilty to sexual abuse

    ROLLING MEADOWS – The head of an Elgin Islamic school has pleaded not guilty to eight criminal counts alleging he sexually abused an employee.
    March 26, 2015 - 12:27 am
  • Belleville looks to eliminate township government

    BELLEVILLE – Joy Schreiber is the rare elected official who hopes voters get a chance to kick her out of office.
    March 26, 2015 - 12:26 am
  • Senate on spot to back budget gap measure

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Senate leaders are on the spot to find enough votes for a proposed deal to close a $1.6 billion gap in this year’s budget and s ...
    March 26, 2015 - 12:27 am
  • Lollapalooza 2015: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Sam Smith to play Chicago music festival

    CHICAGO — Paul McCartney, Metallica and Sam Smith will be among 130 acts at this year's Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.
    March 26, 2015 - 12:18 am
  • Oprah Winfrey to auction off furniture, paintings from Chicago home

    CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey will auction off paintings, furniture, designer clothing and other items from her Chicago residence next month.
    March 25, 2015 - 12:24 pm
  • U.S. Steel idling Granite City plant, 2,080 employees affected

    GRANITE CITY — U.S. Steel says it's temporarily idling its plant in Granite City, putting 2,080 employees out of work.
    March 25, 2015 - 12:22 pm
  • Lawyer expects plea deal in surburban Chicago terrorism case

    CHICAGO — An attorney for a suburban Chicago man accused of seeking to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria has told a federal judge the defense ...
    March 25, 2015 - 12:21 pm
  • No charges in woman’s fatal fall at Belleville nursing home

    BELLEVILLE – An investigation has found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the death of an 85-year-old woman found dead at the bottom of a stairway ...
    March 24, 2015 - 10:51 pm
  • Gov. Rauner tells Chicago studio to return $10 million grant

    CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered a Chicago TV and movie studio to return a $10 million state grant awarded by his predecessor, Pat Qui ...
    March 24, 2015 - 10:50 pm
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