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Alleged Chicago gang boss denies ordering hit on informant

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:24:00 GMT

CHICAGO – The purported leader of Chicago’s notorious Hobos street gang took the stand Thursday at his racketeering trial – one of the biggest in recent city history – to insist he didn’t order a deadly hit on a gang associate-turned-informant to stop him from providing evidence that could put the gang leadership behind bars for life.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nuclear plants

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:14:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a plan Wednesday that will provide billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants from closing prematurely.

Illinois budget still elusive as leaders lash out

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:07:00 GMT

CHICAGO – As Illinois remains without a budget, legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are succeeding more at frustrating each other than at striking a deal to end an 18-month budget impasse that is damaging the state’s fiscal health every day.

University of Illinois says no to sanctuary status for immigrants

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:49:00 GMT

URBANA – The president of the University of Illinois says its three campuses cannot legally serve as sanctuaries for immigrant students illegally living in the country despite pressure to do so.

Susana Mendoza sworn in as Illinois comptroller

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:43:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Susana Mendoza was sworn in as Illinois’ 10th comptroller Monday and immediately heard from the Republican governor about fighting a lawsuit from lawmakers demanding paychecks they haven’t seen since May.

Another year of financial uncertainty looms for Illinois

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:34:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Homeless shelters in Illinois and low-income college students who rely on state funds are facing another year of financial uncertainty as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democratic lawmakers remain unable to make progress on resolving a budget war.

Gov. Bruce Rauner names members of Illinois Bicentennial Commission

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:20:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed more than three dozen people to lead the planning for Illinois' 200th birthday celebration.

Illinois sees warmest fall on record since 1931

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:20:00 GMT

CHAMPAIGN – This year's fall has been the warmest on record in Illinois since 1931.

Illinois officials review child's death at Chicago day care

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:20:00 GMT

CHICAGO – State officials are investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy at a north side Chicago home daycare.

Illinois leaders differ on progress in meeting with governor

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:55:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Illinois legislative leaders differed on the outcome of their latest meeting with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Illinois lawmakers sue to get paid despite state budget mess

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:27:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Six state representatives filed a lawsuit Friday demanding paychecks the Illinois comptroller cut off last spring because there’s no budget agreement.

3 dead after wrong-way crash on I-88 in suburban Chicago

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:17:00 GMT

WARRENVILLE – Police say three people are dead following a wrong-way crash involving two cars along Interstate 88 in suburban Chicago.

Illinois panel backs gay couple in civil union complaint

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:26:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A same-sex couple denied access to a Paxton bed-and-breakfast while planning their civil union ceremony has won another legal victory in a five-year discrimination case that’s highlighted the conflict between religious freedoms and gay civil rights.

Lawmakers face Exelon energy plan derided as 'bailout'

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:13:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – A mammoth plan to save nuclear power plants in Illinois, derided as a corporate bailout by consumer advocates but hailed as a leap forward in energy-efficiency by environmentalists, faces an uphill climb this week in the final days of the General Assembly’s fall session.

Pipeline protesters vow to stay camped on federal land

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:37:00 GMT

CANNON BALL, N.D. – Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so.

Chicago police fatally shoot 2 people in unrelated incidents

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:45:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A Chicago police officer shot and killed a gunman who had killed one person and injured another early Friday, in the second fatal shooting involving the city's police in just over 24 hours.

Chicago Police fatally shoot man during foot chase

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:18:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Chicago Police said a sergeant responding to a call of a battery in progress on the city's South Side shot and killed a 19-year-old man during a foot chase but a search had failed to uncover a weapon the sergeant told investigators the man was carrying.

Illinois hunters get more than 54K deer in season's first days

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:18:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois hunters harvested more than 54,000 deer during the first weekend of firearm deer season last weekend.

Des Plaines hires private eye to find who leaked documents

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:18:00 GMT

DES PLAINES – A Chicago suburb will spend as much as $30,000 on a private investigator to find out who leaked confidential documents to a local newspaper.

8-year-old girl found dead in Olney in Southern Illinois, police said

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:18:00 GMT

OLNEY – An 8-year-old missing girl was found dead in a Southern Illinois town, and authorities said the case is being investigated as a homicide.