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Bill would give rural Illinois schools high-speed internet

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:24:39 GMT

A proposed bill would give more than 90,000 students across 100 districts in rural Illinois access to high-speed internet. In Springfield, The State Journal-Register reports that Democratic Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, Republican Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview and Democratic Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant of Shorewood are sponsoring the legislation.




Editorial: How do we fix Illinois' regional divisions?

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:23:18 GMT

In fact, both Marshall and Daiber have built their campaigns for the Democratic nomination for governor largely around that premise. Marshall would respond to that division by more or less living with it.




She sneaked past security at in Chicago and boarded a flight to Heathrow Airport.

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:03:09 GMT

This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Marilyn Hartman. Hartman, who has a history of sneaking aboard planes, slipped past security at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this week and was flying to London when the airline realized she didn't have a ticket.




2 Illinois residents ill after health experts link sprouts from Jimmy John's to salmonella

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:34:38 GMT

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Game on! Pritzker parries the 'insider' charge, Kennedy lashes back

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:04:56 GMT

Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker defends his secretly recorded conversations with now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Pritzker, Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy and Robert Marshall and JB Pritzker met with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on Jan. 19, 2018.




Thousands expected at women's marches across Illinois

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:37:58 GMT

Thousands of people are expected to attend women's marches and rallies across Illinois as part of a national effort to mobilize women ahead of this year's elections. The biggest turnout Saturday is expected downtown Chicago, where politicians, activists and entertainers will take the stage around 11 a.m. The crowd will then march from Grant Park to Federal Plaza.




Illinois man pleads guilty in 1985 death of 15-year-old...

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:49:31 GMT

Illinois man, 64, pleads guilty to the brutal 1985 murder of a 15-year-old schoolgirl who was raped and stabbed to death as she walked home Prosecutors say an Illinois man has pleaded guilty in the 1985 death of a teenage girl who left her suburban Chicago home to go to the store and never returned. DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin says 64-year-old Michael Jones of Champaign entered the plea Thursday in the death of 15-year-old Kristina Wesselman.




Rauner order bars lawmakers from property-tax appeals

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:24:23 GMT

Rauner issued an executive order Friday calling such representation "a clear conflict of interest that must end." It is effective immediately.




Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Chinese scholar case

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:58:59 GMT

This photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. U.S. prosecutors told a judge Friday, Jan 19, 2018, that they will seek the death penalty for the 28-year-old man charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang from China, also broaching new allegations that he choked and sexually assaulted someone five years ago.




Republican leaders pressure members against Durbin-Graham DACA bill

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:01:16 GMT

Republican Senate leadership is waging a quiet, behind-the-scenes pressure campaign to encourage GOP members to not sign onto a bipartisan immigration deal. Sources say the pressure is directed at members who might support a bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and rest of the so-called Gang of Six.




Illinois Treasurer warns of college savings tax penalties

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:01:15 GMT

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs says families in the state that have college savings plans won't get a break on their state taxes if they use those accounts to pay for private K-12 tuition. Frerichs warns that families with Bright Start or Bright Directions college savings plans, who attempt to claim that deduction, could potentially face a tax penalty from the state.




Illinois sheriff helping people find opioid antidote drug

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:20:54 GMT

An Illinois sheriff is launching an email helpline to help people find an antidote drug used to revive opioid overdose victims. In a news release on Wednesday, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's office also says it's releasing the second installment of the Sheriff's Awareness Initiative video series on the opioid crisis.




SIU complying with federal inquiry into SIU Springfield researcher Dr. William Halford

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:39:32 GMT

Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn says the school system will be complying with the US Senate's Judiciary Committee's request for information about an SIU Springfield doctor who administered unsanctioned injections of an experimental herpes vaccine out a Springfield hotel room. In an interview with Newsradio WJPF on Thursday, Dunn said that Dr. William Halford, who passed away in June of 2017 at age 48 due to a rare form of nasal cancer, had broken protocol by administering his experimental vaccine to himself, his family, and others.




University of Illinois freezes in-state tuition for fourth year

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:03:48 GMT

University of Illinois board members approved a fourth consecutive base tuition freeze for incoming in-state students, a move partially aimed at attracting more Illinoisans to the system's three campuses. Trustees voted unanimously Thursday morning to keep base tuition rates the same for Illinois residents who enroll as undergraduates at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago or Springfield in the 2018-19 school year.




Citing police torture, judge orders convicted murderer freed

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:40:39 GMT

A Cook County judge on Thursday cited alleged torture by Chicago police for freeing a man who spent 21 years in prison for two 1997 murders. Police allegedly used an industrial-strength paper-cutter to slice off the toes of Jaime Hauad's shoes and threatened to cut off the then 17-year-old's toes if he didn't confess to the murders of alleged gang members Jason Goral and Jose Morales.




Illinois American Water announces 2018 Environmental Grant Program

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:52:25 GMT

BELLEVILLE The application process is now open for Illinois American Water's 2018 Environmental Grant Program. The program supports innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds through partnerships.




Extending the education superhighway

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:09:24 GMT

Bringing everybody into the 21st Century is the goal of a new proposal announced Wednesday by Sens. Andy Manar and Sam McCann . Getting broadband to all Illinois schools reminds McCann of the old days.