Local

sorenson

Crooked Contractor Sent to Prison

A Springfield man is admitting to bilking a customer out of more than $50,000 for home repair work he never did.

afscme

State Contract with AFSCME Extended 2 Months; Governor Vetoes Anti-Strike Bill

There's still no state budget, but contract talks continue with the biggest state workers' union.

sherman

Sherman in Good Financial Setting

There might be one easy way to describe the budget situation...in Sherman.

Keyboard with go green button, ecology concept.

Electronics Recycling Available in Springfield — Take 2

Springfield residents will have another opportunity to get rid of their unwanted electronics by recycling them.

SNAP

Rauner Approves Expansion of SNAP Benefits

Newly signed legislation will expand access to food stamps in Illinois.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks from the speakers podium in the House chambers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Springfield Ill. The Illinois Legislature resumes work toward its end of May deadline.

Madigan: My COLA Rescinding Bill is Better than GOP’s

The Speaker of the Illinois House says Tuesday's vote to roll back lawmakers' cost-of-living increases represents progress toward meeting the governor halfway.

5-22-15 timothy kileen

U of I Holds Back Some Pay Raises

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says the school will not dole out pay raises until the state budget situation is settled.

Illinois College

Illinois College Helping with Cuban Orchid Research

Jacksonville's Illinois College is playing a part in work that can now be done since the restoring of diplomatic ties with Cuba.

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds announces that he's running for the 2nd District seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., in Chicago. Reynolds has been indicted on federal tax evasion charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said in a statement Friday June 26, 2015. The indictment says the 63-year-old Chicago Democrat failed to file income tax returns for four consecutive years, between 2009 and 2012. Each count of failing to file carries a maximum one-year prison sentence. Reynolds resigned his Illinois congressional seat in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape for having sex with an underage campaign worker. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Mel Reynolds: I’m Not Guilty

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds says he will plead not guilty to federal tax evasion charges.

will davis

State Rep. Will Davis: One of a Kind

Defends voting for his own pay increase

scales_of_justice

Report: New Berlin coach, board president face charges

Creviston found passed out behind the wheel; Gordon allegedly wields gun in love triangle

video gambling

State Could Hold Up Video Gaming Revenues; Langfelder Responds

There’s confusion amongst local governments over whether the state can withhold video gaming payments, even without a state budget in place.

7-28-15 Springfield City Council

City Council Again Hears About West Side Apartment Complex

The Springfield City Council is getting an earful about a project approved in the waning weeks of the previous city council.

7-28-15 Economic Development Commission

Langfelder Names Economic Development Commission Members

The city now has a seven-member commission in place to deal with economic development projects that are proposed, before they go to the city council for final approval.

7-28-15 Illinois Tourism

Tourism Booming in Springfield and Illinois, Despite “Elephant in the Room”

Tourism remains one of the biggest industries in the state of Illinois, and it keeps getting bigger.

oregon

Man Killed by Prostitute in W. Va. Could Have Ties to 2005 Divernon Case

Neal Falls of Springfield, Oregon was killed earlier this month in Charleston, West Virginia when he tried to kill a woman he met online.

gun

Arrest Made in Sunday Shooting

A man accused of shooting a Springfield man late Sunday night has turned himself in.

state_capitol_4

House Votes to Cancel Legislator Pay Raises

The pay-raise issue has become a flashpoint in the budget stalemate.

corn

Below Average Rainfall Not Enough to Save Some Crops

The rain let up, but it's too late to save some of Illinois' crops.

slot_machine

No Gaming Revenues for Cities Without State Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says the state doesn't have the authority to distribute video gambling profits to municipalities across the state.

National Headlines

in National

TSA vows to close security gaps at U.S. airports

tsa

The new leader of the Transportation Security Administration said his top priority would be to close security gaps after an internal report showed 96 percent of undercover tests failed.

in National

Americans report improved health, better healthcare

healthcare

The study of more than 500,000 Americans found improvements in insurance coverage, access to primary care and prescriptions, and overall health since late 2013.

in National, Sports

Boston to blame for Olympic bid flop, says IOC’s Bach

boston

Boston was picked by the U.S. Olympic Committee to be the country's candidate for the 2024 Games but rescinded its bid in a spectacular U-turn on Monday after the city's mayor said taxpayers could not afford to host the event.

in National

U.S. homeownership hits 35 year-low, renting in vogue

housingmarket

The drop in ownership underscores the damage inflicted on housing by the recession and the economy's subsequent slow recovery from the downturn.

in National, World

U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area

16-overlay6

The United States and Turkey have not yet agreed which Syrian rebels they will support in a joint effort to help clear Islamic State from an area along the Turkish border.