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Overjoyed Chicago Cubs fans turn attention to World Series

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:40:00 GMT

CHICAGO – With a mix of euphoria, relief and disbelief, long-suffering Cubs fans are shaking off superstitions and setting their sights on the team’s first World Series in 71 years.

Incoming Caterpillar CEO brings 3 decades of experience

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:18:00 GMT

PEORIA – Caterpillar Inc. officials said the company's new CEO will bring experience in the global markets and an understanding and respect for the company's place in central Illinois.

Dems count on Duckworth 'W;' Kirk predicts strong finish

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:18:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Illinois was once billed as one of November’s most competitive U.S. Senate races. Now, Democrats are counting on U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to defeat Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk as the party looks to reclaim the majority in the chamber.

Attack in Kabul killed Illinois soldier

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:26:00 GMT

FAIRVIEW – A decorated U.S. soldier from Illinois and an Army civilian employee from Oklahoma who both had been deployed multiple times to support military operations in Afghanistan were killed in an attack this week in Kabul, the Defense Department said.

Chicago suburb raises legal age to buy tobacco to 21

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:26:00 GMT

HIGHLAND PARK – A suburban Chicago community is raising the legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21.

Cook County lawyer who posed as judge charged

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:25:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A Chicago-area judicial candidate who was once on the fast track to a high-salary, high-status job as a judge now faces charges of impersonating a judge when she was a court staff attorney early this year, prosecutors announced Friday.

RIP? Not if you're a Chicago Cubs fan in a playoff year

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:55:00 GMT

CHICAGO – If you want to know just how important the Cubs are to Chicago, a good place to start is at the end.

Illinois State Fair Coliseum closes temporarily for repairs

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:18:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Agriculture officials said they're temporarily closing the Coliseum at the state fairgrounds after engineers discovered structural deficiencies indoors.

Lead prompts Chicago parks to shut many drinking fountains

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:18:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Officials said hundreds of drinking fountains in Chicago parks have been shut off after testing revealed high levels of lead in the water.

Short of plows, Illinois seeks help to clear snow on state routes in winter

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:18:00 GMT

WAUKEGAN – The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking Lake County and other local governments surrounding Chicago if they can help clear snow from some state routes this winter.

Bloomington teacher charged with stabbing husband to death

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:18:00 GMT

EUREKA – A Bloomington high school teacher has been charged with first-degree murder in her husband's stabbing death.

Small businesses look for ways to get advantage

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:12:00 GMT

Small businesses look for ways to get advantage

Illinois agency: YouTube glitch behind training video porn

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:51:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – At the end of a brief online video promoting an Illinois agency's training summit, the picture faded to black and, several seconds later, a pornographic clip appeared.

Rauner creates council he says will cut state bureaucracy

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:43:00 GMT

OAK BROOK – Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday that he is creating a new council that will review state agency rules and regulations in an attempt to reduce bureaucracy and save Illinois $250 million over the next decade.

Miller: How will Trump factor affect Illinois legislative races?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:06:00 GMT

Presidential candidates set the turnout. That’s the race voters care about the most by far, so everybody else who’s running down-ballot essentially has to work within the structure of that year’s presidential turnout numbers. 

Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman to retire next year

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:04:00 GMT

NEW YORK – Caterpillar said Monday that CEO and Chairman Doug Oberhelman will retire from the company next year and will be replaced as CEO by Jim Umpleby, an executive who has worked at the construction and mining equipment company for more than three decades.

Editor's Desk: Illinois voters must decide on road tax lockbox amendment

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:52:00 GMT

A reader emailed me late last week asking me about a constitutional amendment that will be on all Illinoisans’ ballot Nov. 8.

Rockford arsons up in 2015, some occurring simultaneously

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 05:18:00 GMT

ROCKFORD – Firefighters in Rockford are alarmed by a rise in arsons this year and urging city residents to be wary and report any suspicious activity.

Willow Creek Community Church launches 'love' campaign to counter election rhetoric

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 05:18:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A suburban Chicago church is launching a "love" campaign to counter ugly presidential campaign rhetoric.

Chicago says every child now within 10-minute walk of park

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 05:18:00 GMT

CHICAGO – The city of Chicago has finished a three-and-a-half-year campaign to build or renovate hundreds of playgrounds so every child can be within a 10-minute walk of a place to play.