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  • Actor Vince Vaughn to take icy plunge for Special Olympics

    CHICAGO – Actor Vince Vaughn will be the latest celebrity to jump into an icy Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics.
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Bruce Rauner budget strikes at Illinois hospitals, nursing homes

    CHICAGO – In proposing to cut Illinois’ Medicaid program by $1.5 billion, Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen to go toe-to-toe with three powerful business l ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 10:43 am
  • Scientists say Great Lakes ice could mean cool spring

    CHICAGO – The severe cold blanketing the Great Lakes could result in another cool spring in northeastern Illinois.
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:54 pm
  • Illinois police department paid $500 ransom to hacker

    MIDLOTHIAN – A suburban Chicago police department paid a hacker a $500 ransom to restore access to data on a police computer that the hacker had disab ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:54 pm
  • Solution elusive to Illinois’ highway funding gap

    CHICAGO – For motorists, Illinois’ reliance on rapidly diminishing federal funding to repair the state’s aging roads and bridges means wasted hours st ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • Bill would tighten rules for vaccine exemptions in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois lawmaker wants to tighten the rules for parents seeking to exempt their children from vaccination requirements because of re ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:54 pm
  • Gov. Rauner's budget would cut $16M from Amtrak funding

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed state budget would cut $16 million from Illinois' funding for Amtrak trains that serve downstate areas.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • City law says Uber can't operate in Bloomington-Normal

    BLOOMINGTON – Uber doesn't comply with a city ordinance in Bloomington and Normal, where drivers for the ride-booking service are subject to fines, at ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:01 pm
  • Illinois universities prep to counter Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts

    CHAMPAIGN — Faced with Gov. Bruce Rauner's surprise plan to cut their state funding by almost a third, Illinois' public universities are preparing to ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 2:26 pm
  • Election 2015: Early voting totals for Chicago mayor, aldermen could rival 2011

    CHICAGO — Early voting turnout in Chicago is on track to rival numbers from 2011.Chicago Board of El ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:17 am
  • Caterpillar staying put in Peoria, expanding Illinois headquarters

    PEORIA — Caterpillar Inc. announced Friday that it is keeping its global headquarters in Peoria and expanding and overhauling its corporate campus in ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 2:18 pm
  • 7 Chicago dogs safe after minivan stolen from pet day care

    CHICAGO— Seven dogs have been safely reunited with their owners after two men stole a minivan they were left in outside a pet day care in Chicago.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:28 am
  • Judge orders man accused of burning 85-year-old's woman, stealing bingo winnings held in hospital

    BELLEVILLE (AP) — A southern Illinois judge has ordered a suspect in the killing of an 85-year-old woman held in a state psychiatric hospital to see i ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 9:39 am
  • Deere profit drops, but tops Wall Street 1Q forecasts

    MOLINE — Deere's first-quarter profit declined, reflecting softer demand for agricultural machinery. Its performance topped analysts' expectations, bu ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 9:37 am
  • Bruce Rauner's higher education cut larger than expected, would affect all aspects of NIU

    DeKALB – Northern Illinois University officials are considering reducing staff, restructuring academic programs and pursuing more grants after Gov. Br ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:17 pm
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