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Mercy gets OK for Illinois hospital

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:13:44 GMT

Janesville-based Mercyhealth has the green light to build a new "microhospital" in the suburban Chicago community of Crystal Lake, Illinois, the company announced Wednesday. Janesville-based Mercyhealth announced in a release that it has approval of a certificate of need from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board for a new, 13-bed inpatient hospital in Crystal Lake.




Slow start to Illinois session called to solve budget fight

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:56:50 GMT

House Speaker Michael Madigan, center, D-Chicago, walks to a Democratic caucus meeting Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Lawmakers are back in Springfield for a 10-day special session called by Gov. Bruce Rauner in an effort to reach a budget deal before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. House Speaker Michael Madigan, center, D-Chicago, walks to a Democratic caucus meeting Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill.




Slow start to Illinois session called to solve budget fight

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:56:49 GMT

The first day of a costly special legislative session aimed at solving Illinois' unprecedented budget crisis got off to a slow start with both the House and Senate adjourning quickly Wednesday without making any substantive progress. Instead, Democrats and Republicans used news conferences and floor speeches to say they were ready to compromise and blame the other party for the gridlock that could stretch into a third year if lawmakers don't approve a budget by July 1. Republicans touted their own budget, which caps spending at $36 billion and includes reforms GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner wants such as term limits and government consolidation, along with a temporary income tax increase.




Slow start to Illinois session called to solve budget fight

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:56:48 GMT

In this March 1, 2017 file photo, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Already holding the title for longest state budget stalemate, Illinois is poised to enter a third year without a spending plan as the feud between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats controlling the Legislature drags on.




Illinois' fiscal mess is all too familiar to Californians

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:48:41 GMT

Illinois is teetering on the edge of fiscal solvency, and there does not appear to be a positive resolution in sight. It was not long ago that California flirted with that precipice.




Man, woman found dead with gunshot wounds on Chicago Skyway

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:16:50 GMT

Police say a man and woman have been found dead with gunshot wounds on the Chicago Skyway, prompting an early-morning closure of part of the expressway that connects the city with Indiana. Walter Schroeder, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, tells the Chicago Tribune that crews responded to reports of a shooting around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday.




Morning Spin: Illinois governors haven't had much success with special sessions

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:54:12 GMT

Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, seen here returning to his home in June 2011 after a guilty verdict, often called special sessions of the General Assembly that went nowhere. Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, seen here returning to his home in June 2011 after a guilty verdict, often called special sessions of the General Assembly that went nowhere.




After Georgia, Republicans celebrating, Dems searching

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:52:01 GMT

CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF HANDEL'S FIRST NAME TO KAREN - Supporters react as election results for Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat Karen Handel are shown on a television during an election-nigh... . CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF HANDEL'S FIRST NAME TO KAREN - Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th District Congressional seat Karen Handel declares victory during an election-night watch party Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta.




Deliberations in Milwaukee police shooting enter second day

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:52:00 GMT

Dominique Heaggan-Brown, right, and his attorney Jonathan C. Smith, left, watch the power point presentation of use of force expert, Robert C. Willis on a video screen during the trial of former ... . FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office shows Sylville Smith.




Jurors to deliberate for third day in police murder retrial

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:52:20 GMT

Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, listens to Stew Mathews present closing arguments during his retrial at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati, Monday, June 19, 20... . Defense Attorney Stew Mathews and Assistant Prosecutor Seth Tieger, right, talk after the jury was dismissed for deliberations during Ray Tensing's retrial at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinn... .




Famous Tsukiji fish market will be remade, not destroyed

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:01:05 GMT

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the giant Tsukiji fish market, popular with tourists, will stay,... . This Oct. 2, 2016 photo shows a new fish market at Toyosu in Tokyo.




Height of Illinois levees concerning to some in Missouri

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:43:12 GMT

Missouri official wants Illinois to back away from plan that could push more floodwater across the Mississippi into the Show-Me State. Sandbags are stored and covered Sept.




Seattle officer in fatal shooting: 'I don't have a taser'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:17:30 GMT

A neighbor girl walks past a memorial outside where a pregnant mother was shot and killed a day earlier at her apartment by police Monday, June 19, 2017, in Seattle. A cousin of a mother who was shot and killed by Seattle po... .




The Latest: Funeral set for US student freed from N. Korea

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:17:29 GMT

More than 15 months after he gave a staged confession in North Korea, he is with... . FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea.




NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:17:28 GMT

The coroner's office in Cincinnati is investigating the death of the American college student who died less than week after his return from North Korea, where he was detained near a year and a half. The coroner's office in Cincinnati is investigating the death of the American college student who died less than week after his return from North Korea, where he was detained near a year and a half.




State agencies save Illinois taxpayers millions through Energy Efficiency Program

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:40:25 GMT

SPRINGFIELD State-owned facilities across Illinois are upgrading their building lighting thanks to a program administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Office of Energy & Recycling, in partnership with Illinois Central Management Services and Grainger Industrial Supply. The facilities have received $6.4 million in lighting upgrades through the Free Lights Program, and it is estimated to save taxpayers $16 million over the life of the initiative.




Did Illinois do enough to keep the Quate sisters safe?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:19:10 GMT

Representatives of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services were made aware of that more than once, their parents have claimed in statements to reporters and police. But the parents said they dodged investigators by moving to Nevada.