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Chicago leaders vow to keep fighting 'sanctuary' threats

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:58:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Chicago's leaders say they'll keep fighting against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" despite financial risks.

Campaign donation limits lifted in Illinois governor's race

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:22:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy’s roughly $250,000 donation to his own campaign has lifted spending caps in what’s expected to be another big money race for Illinois governor.

Illinois considers legalizing marijuana for a fiscal boost

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:36:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Marijuana advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to become the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationwide to legalize recreational pot, arguing that the move will help solve the state’s notorious budget crisis.

Chicago police union: Head to meet Trump officials

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:14:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Chicago's police union says its head will meet members of President Donald Trump's administration and that deadly violence in the nation's third largest city is expected to be on the agenda.

Illinois considers legalizing marijuana for a fiscal boost

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:10:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Marijuana advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to become the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationwide to legalize recreational pot, arguing the move will help solve the state's notorious budget crisis.

U.S. immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:11:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A blogger from Singapore who was jailed for his online posts blasting his government was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge ruled.

La Salle man continues his search for relative

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:43:00 GMT

OTTAWA – After years of work, Naramor Cemetery looks more like a cemetery than cow pasture.

Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:52:00 GMT

CHICAGO – The last straw that convinced Chicago native Marissa Marshall it was time to move away was hearing dangerously close gunfire in the rough neighborhood where she found affordable housing.

Chicago teen's rape watched on Facebook Live stirs questions about witnessing crimes online

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:29:00 GMT

CHICAGO – The case of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities said was raped while about 40 people watched on Facebook raises questions that have come up before in other attacks: What’s the obligation of bystanders who see a crime unfolding? And why do they not intervene?

Chicago 'Batman' pleads guilty to brokering 77 illegal gun sales

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:11:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he brokered 77 illegal gun transactions, sometimes selling weapons that had been stolen or had obliterated serial numbers.

Adler Planetarium hosting events based on 'Hidden Figures'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:07:00 GMT

DuSable Museum of African American History to co-host STEM-focused programming

Sears has "substantial doubt" about its future

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:52:00 GMT

NEW YORK – Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is "substantial doubt" that it will be able to keep its doors open.

Chicago teen apparently gang-raped on Facebook Live, police say

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:44:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday.

Illinois budget woes affect Peoria abuse prevention center

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:43:00 GMT

PEORIA – The Peoria County mother first came to the Center for Prevention of Abuse more than a decade ago to get aid for herself and her infant daughter.

Illinois governor announces cybersecurity plan

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:43:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has unveiled a broad-based cybersecurity plan.

Body cam video shows charged Illinois officer punching man

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:43:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Newly released police body camera footage from Springfield shows an officer punching a 19-year-old man nearly a dozen times.

Illinois treasurer to auction off unclaimed property

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:43:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois treasurer’s office is auctioning off almost 500 unclaimed items ranging from collectible coins to jewelry and baseball cards.

Chicago planetarium hosts event based on 'Hidden Figures'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:18:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A Chicago museum and planetarium are teaming up to host three days of events inspired by the stories portrayed in the Oscar-nominated movie "Hidden Figures."

124 Illinois prison nurses get layoff notices

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:50:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – The 124 union nurses working in Illinois prisons have received layoff notices telling them their jobs are being privatized, according to a letter from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office obtained by The Associated Press.

Illinois teachers' pension spiking continues despite $130 billion deficit

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:28:00 GMT

With an unfunded Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System liability estimated at $71.4 billion, taxpayers might think school boards across the state are reining in contributing salary costs.