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Illinois union OKs strike over Rauner contract dispute

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:46:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Tens of thousands of state government workers have sanctioned a strike against Gov. Bruce Rauner and his contract terms, union officials said Thursday, kicking a two-year dispute into an unprecedented higher gear.

Midsize companies trade hometowns for major cities, global markets

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:46:00 GMT

PEORIA – Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year’s State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring “We wouldn’t be Peoria without Caterpillar.”

Principals to bar immigration agents from Chicago schools

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:20:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools has instructed its principals not to let federal immigration agents inside district buildings without a criminal warrant.

Drew Peterson transferred out of Illinois prison system

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:32:00 GMT

MENARD – Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, has been transferred out of the Illinois prison system and into a federal penitentiary in Indiana.

Austria approves U.S. extradition for Ukrainian oligarch

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:58:00 GMT

VIENNA – An Austrian court on Tuesday approved a U.S. extradition request for a Ukrainian oligarch suspected of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Indian officials.

Lincoln museum to showcase Cubs-Cardinals rivalry

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:58:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – The historic and longtime rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals will be the subject of an exhibit at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum starting next month.

Bears lead Chicago sports franchises in backing measure reducing injured players' workers' compensation

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:49:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Should injured pro athletes be allowed to earn workers’ compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier?

State Police commander willing to beat the streets

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:51:00 GMT

COLLINSVILLE – Timothy Tyler knew it wasn’t time to sit around the office.

Tentative settlement reached in 2008 Illinois education lawsuit over school funding

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:21:00 GMT

CHICAGO – The Chicago Urban League and the Illinois State Board of Education have reached a tentative settlement of a yearslong lawsuit that claims discriminatory school funding.

University of Illinois police issue letter about sexual assaults

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:21:00 GMT

University of Illinois police issue letter about sexual assaults

St. Charles teen gets prosthetic legs with Boston Marathon bombing survivor's help

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:20:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A 19-year-old man who lost his legs in a car accident last year has received a new pair of prosthetic limbs thanks to a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and a Chicago prosthetist.

Suspected gang member charged in shooting death of Chicago toddler, police say

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:18:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A man has been charged in a Chicago shooting captured on video that killed two people, including a toddler, and wounded a pregnant woman, police said Saturday.

Police find nearly 130 explosives at Normal man's home

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:18:00 GMT

NORMAL – Police said they seized nearly 130 explosives from the home of a central Illinois man.

Michel, GOP leader skilled at deal-making, dies at age 93

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:02:00 GMT

WASHINGTON – Bob Michel, an affable Illinois congressman who served as leader of the Republican House minority for 14 years and was skilled at seeking compromise critical in getting many initiatives of two Republican presidents through Congress, died Friday. He was 93.

Illinois attorney general to appeal denial of request to halt worker pay

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:07:00 GMT

BELLEVILLE – A judge on Thursday denied a request by the Illinois attorney general to stop paying state workers unless lawmakers resolve an ongoing budget impasse.

Bill requiring public universities to admit top 10 percent advances in Illinois House

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:07:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10 percent of their high school's graduating class.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner encourages 'grand bargain' with stronger reforms

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:43:00 GMT

Budget stalemate nears two years

Exelon rivals sue to block billions in subsidies

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:53:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Competitors of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday opposing legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to the power giant.

Abrupt cuts hinder Illinois domestic violence shelters

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:58:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois officials waited more than five months to alert dozens of domestic violence programs that their funding had been eliminated, an omission that has forced layoffs and other cuts at some facilities, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

Rauner to push funding 200 more state police cadets to patrol Chicago expressways

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:58:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A Chicago toddler was shot and killed on Tuesday in what police suspect was a "gang hit" on a man in a vehicle with her, just a few days after two young girls were shot in the head. It marked the latest spasm of violence in a city struggling to contain such attacks.