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Illinois Wesleyan University researcher turning science fiction into reality

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:32:00 GMT

BLOOMINGTON – When Gabe Spalding talks about time traveling light waves, holograms and tractor beams, it might sound like the stuff of science fiction.

Large crowds turn out for women's marches across Illinois

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:26:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Dorothy DeCarlo burned her bra during college 50 years ago to fight for women’s rights. As she stood among a sea of people gathered for a women’s rally and march in downtown Chicago on Saturday, she carried a sign that stated: “I can’t believe I still have to protest this [expletive].”

Illinois Senate leaders promise budget-deal vote Wednesday

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:14:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Illinois Senate leaders plan to vote on a compromise budget deal next week, and hope the House will be willing to work with them on a measure to end the near-two-year state budget stalemate.

University of Illinois trustees endorse plan to increase enrollment

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:48:00 GMT

CHICAGO – University of Illinois' board of trustees on Thursday endorsed an ambitious plan from the system's president to increase enrollment by nearly 15 percent at its three campuses over the next five years.

U.S. court cites right to gun-range use, tosses Chicago limits

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:37:00 GMT

CHICAGO – The city of Chicago is grappling with another in a series of defeats in its bid to regulate guns and tamp down gun violence, this time after a federal appeals court said its restrictions on publicly accessible gun ranges violated the Second Amendment.

Miller: Dems 'defensive,' 'joyless' in picking Madigan again

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:18:00 GMT

If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats' nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan's re-election last week, it would be either "defensive" or perhaps "joyless."

Chicago colleges to host 1st federal cybersecurity training

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:47:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the federal Department of Defense hope a new program will turn the city into a place where college students can learn how to out-hack computer hackers.

Chicago mom charged after 5-year-old daughter shoots herself

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:55:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Police say a 5-year-old Chicago girl is in serious condition after she shot herself in the abdomen with a handgun that she found in her mother's purse.

Chicago area to see nine fewer mild summer days by end of century because of climate change, study finds

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:15:00 GMT

WASHINGTON – Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.

Rauner recommends Vallas for Chicago State trustees chairman

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:11:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday that he wants former political rival and veteran school administrator Paul Vallas to be chairman of Chicago State University’s Board of Trustees as part of efforts to help the struggling school overcome academic and financial problems tied to the state budget crisis.

Police: 3 dead, 1 hurt following crash on Chicago expressway

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:53:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Illinois State Police say three people have died following an early-morning crash on the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago.

What's next after report on Chicago police?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:23:00 GMT

CHICAGO – The release of a damning Department of Justice report, which found civil-rights abuses permeate Chicago’s 12,000-officer police force, was in many ways just the start of a process that could take a decade or more.

Illinois Senate vows swift action on ambitious budget plan

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:24:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – If last week's action is any indication, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois Senate are serious about attempting to bust the state's 18-month budget deadlock – quickly.

Chicago police officer fatally shoots fleeing gunman

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:23:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A police officer confronted by a fleeing gunman suspected of shooting three people fatally shot the man early Sunday, Chicago police said.

Illinois schools boost recruitment for substitute teachers

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 05:41:00 GMT

CHATHAM – Faced with a shortage of substitute teachers, school districts in Illinois are increasing their recruitment efforts and getting a boost from a new law that's set to take effect next year.

Chicago pledges improvements to police after scathing Justice Department report

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 05:40:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Chicago officials are pledging to revamp the city Police Department after a scathing federal report, but a change in presidential administrations could spell uncertainty for the critical next step in the process: negotiating a court-enforceable improvement plan with the Justice Department.

Report says Chicago police violated civil rights for years

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 05:40:00 GMT

CHICAGO – The Justice Department on Friday laid bare years of civil rights violations by Chicago police, blasting the nation’s second-largest department for using excessive force that included shooting at people who did not pose a threat and using stun guns on others only because they refused to follow commands.

Illinois man sues over his July 4 flag-burning arrest

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:14:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A 22-year-old central Illinois man who was arrested and detained after posting online pictures of himself burning an American flag has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have the state’s flag desecration law declared unconstitutional.

Austin Berg: Michael Madigan makes history as Illinois bleeds

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:44:00 GMT

Illinois’ 100th General Assembly began with a whimper.

Our view: State lawmakers must find a path to fiscal recovery

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:12:00 GMT

The members of the 100th General Assembly who were sworn in Wednesday in Springfield are the lawmakers who will be in office when Illinois marks it bicentennial in December 2018.