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  • Illinois unemployment drops to 5-year-low

    CHICAGO (AP) — State officials say unemployment in Illinois dropped in March to 8.4 percent. That's its lowest level since 2009.
    April 17, 2014 - 12:48 pm
  • Search for Chicago site for George Lucas museum

    CHICAGO (AP) — As Yoda might say: A site for a museum you must find.Those are the marching orders Ch ...
    April 17, 2014 - 12:36 pm
  • Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

    CHICAGO – An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential mu ...
    April 18, 2014 - 12:22 am
  • Rutherford returns $30 million in unclaimed money

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois state Treasurer Dan Rutherford says his office has returned nearly $30 million in previously unclaimed property to 15,000 owner ...
    April 17, 2014 - 8:36 am
  • Man accused in southwestern Ill. heroin death

    EDWARDSVILLE – A southwestern Illinois man is accused of homicide in connection with a woman's deadly heroin overdose in January.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:35 am
  • Chicago casino plan draws more support at hearing

    CHICAGO – A proposal for a state-owned Chicago casino won praise Wednesday from business groups and a warmer reception from a state regulatory board t ...
    April 17, 2014 - 12:20 am
  • Backlash against school dress codes

    EVANSTON – They’re called leggings – popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.
    April 16, 2014 - 10:47 pm
  • Illinois strip club tax brings in less revenue than expected

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois officials say a strip club tax has generated less than 40 percent of the money that was expected when the surcharge was approve ...
    April 16, 2014 - 10:46 pm
  • Durbin banks more than $6M for 2014 Senate bid

    CHICAGO – Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has banked more than $6 million for his 2014 re-election campaign.
    April 16, 2014 - 10:45 pm
  • Kirk will campaign for Oberweis in Senate race

    QUINCY – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he’ll now campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, weeks after saying he wouldn’t actively campai ...
    April 16, 2014 - 10:45 pm
  • Topinka reports $125,000 in Illinois income

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka reported $125,000 in income last year and paid about $20,000 in state and federal taxes.
    April 16, 2014 - 10:45 pm
  • Inmate charged in Rockford lawyer's 2008 death

    ROCKFORD – Murder charges were announced Wednesday against the one-time client of a Rockford attorney who was fatally shot while clearing snow from hi ...
    April 16, 2014 - 10:44 pm
  • Lake Shore Drive reopened after suspicious package

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police investigating a suspicious package on Chicago's famed Lake Shore Drive have reopened the roadway.
    April 16, 2014 - 3:44 pm
  • Judge asked to allow use of lawmaker's statements

    CHICAGO — Prosecutors want to be able to tell jurors about potentially damaging comments state Rep. Derrick Smith made to authorities as they question ...
    April 16, 2014 - 1:19 pm
  • Addiction experts: Cuts could hurt drug treatment

    SPRINGFIELD — Addiction experts say thousands of Illinois residents could lose drug treatment services if a temporary tax increase expires later next ...
    April 16, 2014 - 1:18 pm
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