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  • Micro-lending fund gives $120K in 1st 2 months

    SPRINGFIELD – The city of Springfield’s new micro-lending program has given out a total of $120,000 in loans to small business owners and entrepreneur ...
    Nov. 28, 2015 - 11:49 pm
  • Race to settle national budget fight means resolving policy disputes

    WASHINGTON – Farm-state lawmakers are trying to thwart new clean water rules.Banks are looking to ea ...
    Nov. 28, 2015 - 11:49 pm
  • Protest over Chicago teen's shooting ties up retail district

    CHICAGO – Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down four lanes of traffic in Chicago’s ritziest shopping district Black Friday to d ...
    Nov. 28, 2015 - 12:43 am
  • Teen killed by Chicago officer had broken, troubled family

    CHICAGO – A black teenager shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer was a ward of the state when he died, having spent years being shuttled bet ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 1:31 am
  • Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner said his moratorium attempting to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Illinois is simply a request for the Obama ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 1:24 am
  • Protesters to target Chicago shopping area on Black Friday

    CHICAGO – Small groups of demonstrators gathered again Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot by a white police officer, and they urged s ...
    Nov. 26, 2015 - 12:10 am
  • Chicago police officer who shot black teen amassed 18 civilian complaints

    CHICAGO – The white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager was the subject of 18 civilian c ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 3:38 pm
  • Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money

    CHICAGO – Two Libertarian political candidates have asked a federal court to declare unconstitutional an Illinois ban on political contributions from ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 12:35 am
  • Chicago police officer charged with murder in killing of black teen

    CHICAGO – A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the c ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 12:23 am
  • University of Illinois hikes aid, drops scores for in-state students

    CHAMPAIGN – After years of pursuing higher-paying international students and watching in-state enrollment fall, the University of Illinois’ flagship c ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 12:44 am
  • Emanuel meeting ministers to discuss police shooting video

    CHICAGO – Amid concerns about possible unrest, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invited ministers and community activists to City Hall on Monday to discuss ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 12:41 am
  • Democratic state Sen. Biss won't run for comptroller in 2016

    CHICAGO – Illinois state Sen. Daniel Biss said he won’t seek the Democratic nomination for state comptroller in 2016.
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 12:41 am
  • Eileen Quinn, mother of former Gov. Pat Quinn, dies at 98

    CHICAGO – Eileen Quinn, the mother of former Gov. Pat Quinn and a pillar of support for him during bruising campaigns, has died. She was 98.
    Nov. 21, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Weather extremes spur farmers’ interest in cover crops

    WICHITA, Kan. – Weather extremes have reignited farmers’ interest in planting cover crops, a traditional farming practice that is gaining renewed popu ...
    Nov. 21, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Fire breaks out in Chicago's Hancock skyscraper

    CHICAGO – Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the John Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers, has been put out. Five ...
    Nov. 21, 2015 - 11:45 pm