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  • Municipalities look to opt out of labor laws

    CHICAGO – At least one Cook County municipality has opted out of the looming minimum wage hike and paid sick time laws, and more communities could fol ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 12:24 am
  • Reeder: Rauner prepares for tough 2018 governor race

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner is loaded for bear.We are two years out from the 2018 elections, and ...
    Dec. 29, 2016 - 1:07 am
  • Cubs, Chicago violence, budget Illinois' top 2016 stories

    CHICAGO – A historic, curse-busting sports achievement topped Illinois’ biggest news stories in 2016, as the Chicago Cubs won a World Series champions ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 10:04 pm
  • New Year's wish: A New House speaker in Illinois

    The holidays are a time to reflect, give thanks and prepare for the unbounded, nameless future ahead.
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 10:29 am
  • Sycamore woman saved after Hy-Vee employee calls for help

    SYCAMORE – Christiene Drake knew something was wrong when her regular customer hadn’t called in her grocery order two days after she said she would, s ...
    Dec. 26, 2016 - 11:17 pm
  • Democrats weigh 2018 challenge to Rauner

    CHICAGO – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sent two clear signals when he dumped $50 million into his campaign fund: The 2018 race for Illinois governor w ...
    Dec. 26, 2016 - 11:10 pm
  • Illinois high court clears doubt over snow-shoveling law

    CHICAGO – Property owners can take comfort, but shouldn't lapse into negligence, now that the Illinois Supreme Court has clarified a 1979 state law pr ...
    Dec. 25, 2016 - 11:51 pm
  • Imprisoned Blagojevich awaits Obama's decision on commutation

    CHICAGO – One of the last chances for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to win early release from federal prison rests on a pending decision by the ...
    Dec. 25, 2016 - 11:40 pm
  • Decatur mother, grown daughter feel bond 36 years after adoption process

    DECATUR – Similarities between a Decatur woman and the newborn she gave up for adoption 36 years ago just keep adding up.
    Dec. 24, 2016 - 10:10 pm
  • Chicago Way? Yet another alderman is accused of corruption

    CHICAGO – An alderman indicted on corruption charges while he sat in a City Council meeting is merely the latest in a rogue’s gallery of elected offic ...
    Dec. 24, 2016 - 12:16 am
  • Judge grants abortion info injunction

    ROCKFORD – An Illinois judge has suspended a state requirement that health care providers who oppose abortion must give information or referrals to pa ...
    Dec. 22, 2016 - 12:31 am
  • Miller: 2018 governor campaign has already begun, and it's ugly

    “This will be the most expensive race of our lifetime,” a Republican friend assured me last week about the apparently already begun 2018 gubernatorial ...
    Dec. 21, 2016 - 6:50 am
  • Census Bureau: More people leaving Illinois than any other state

    More people have been leaving Illinois than any other state, according to a report from the United States Census Bureau. 
    Dec. 21, 2016 - 12:14 am
  • 'In the midst of chaos,' 3 Chicagoans remember deadly year

    CHICAGO – In this deadly year of gun violence in Chicago, the tragic became the routine: Teens carried the caskets of friends down church steps. Sobbi ...
    Dec. 20, 2016 - 10:33 pm
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