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  • Heat forces time change for Illinois prep baseball finals

    JOLIET – Temperatures forecast to reach 100 degrees Friday have made Illinois high school sports officials change time schedules for softball and base ...
    June 9, 2016 - 12:06 pm
  • Moody's lowers Illinois' credit rating over budget impasse

    CHICAGO – A major credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois' rating to two levels above "junk" status, citing the "political gridlock" that's preve ...
    June 9, 2016 - 12:02 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner: Democrats should be in session working for budget

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has criticized House Democrats again over canceling a session day while there's no budget.
    June 8, 2016 - 2:35 pm
  • Data: Many Illinois schools cut back on physical education

    CHICAGO (AP) — Data released by the Illinois State Board of Education show many schools in the state have cut back on days of physical education on cl ...
    June 8, 2016 - 1:56 pm
  • Illinois attorney general: Be wary of pre-sale 'Hamilton' offers

    CHICAGO – Illinois' attorney general is warning theater-goers to be wary of websites offering tickets to the mega-hit musicals "Hamilton" and "Aladdin ...
    June 8, 2016 - 6:07 am
  • AP: Illinois is so behind on paying the FBI, the Treasury Department may get involved

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois, on the cusp of a second year without a state budget, counts among its many unpaid bills one that threatens to provoke a disput ...
    June 7, 2016 - 4:23 pm
  • Illinois lawmakers seek to curb heroin, opioid crisis

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers have passed legislation seeking to curb the state's heroin and opioid crisis.
    June 8, 2016 - 12:21 am
  • Sex offender charged with photographing boy in Wrigley Field bathroom

    CHICAGO – A convicted sex offender is charged with trying to take pictures of a 12-year-old while the boy was using a Wrigley Field bathroom.
    June 7, 2016 - 6:10 am
  • Superintendents blast Illinois governor on school funding

    CHICAGO – Questions about education funding and schools opening on time were focal points Monday in Illinois' ongoing budget gridlock, with superinten ...
    June 7, 2016 - 12:59 am
  • Historic abandoned Madison Theater in Peoria damaged by fire

    PEORIA – An abandoned yet historic Peoria theater has been damaged after a fire broke out inside.The ...
    June 6, 2016 - 12:21 am
  • Budget fight erodes programs for at-risk teens

    ROCKFORD – After a rash of armed robberies and carjackings startled Rockford residents this year, police recognized a few teenagers among those arrest ...
    June 6, 2016 - 12:20 am
  • Chicago among U.S. cities seeing unexplained rise in violent crimes this year

    CHICAGO – Violent crimes – from homicides and rapes to robberies – have been on the rise in many major U.S. cities, yet experts can't point to a singl ...
    June 5, 2016 - 1:53 pm
  • Waukegan man accused of posting video with gun mocking Lake County sheriff's deputies

    WAUKEGAN – A suburban Chicago man is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail for allegedly posting a video on social media of himself with a gun and mocki ...
    June 5, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • In Illinois, small agencies struggle to report hate crimes

    CHAMPAIGN – Between 2009 and 2014, more than a fifth of law enforcement agencies in Illinois did not report to the FBI on whether any hate crimes had ...
    June 5, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Bats with rabies double in Illinois

    CHICAGO (AP) – Officials say the number of bats found with rabies in Illinois is double the number it was at the same time last year.
    June 4, 2016 - 4:48 pm
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