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3 weeks ago

Man Sentenced for Killing Cat

A Champaign County judge has sentenced a central Illinois man to six months in jail and probation for torturing his girlfriend's cat, which later died.

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)

3 weeks ago

Mel Reynolds Back in the U.S.

Federal prosecutors claim social media posts undermine the reason former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds cited for traveling to South Africa in violation of his bond.


3 weeks ago

Committee Passes Education Bill

Funding formula revamp

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City Council Continues Salvation Army Debate

There might be some confusion among the public -- and among members of the Springfield City Council -- on just what aldermen might have been voting on at a meeting next week.

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3 weeks ago

Groups Want Pay Raises for Those Working with Disabled

A group of organizations including the employee union AFSCME says workers helping the disabled need more money for the work that they do.

Illinois Department of Agriculture

3 weeks ago

Senate Approves Poe as Ag Director

Senate vote was unanimous.

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3 weeks ago

House Bill Eliminates Lt. Gov. Position

A measure to eliminate the office of lieutenant governor in Illinois has gotten initial approval in the state House.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about the money when questioned by the FBI. The indictment two weeks ago alleged Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from his days as a high school teacher not to reveal a secret about past misconduct.

3 weeks ago

Hastert Attorneys: Was It Abuse?

Dennis Hastert's lawyers are questioning whether what the former U.S. House speaker did to a former wrestler to whom he agreed to pay $3.5 million was actually sexual abuse.

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

3 weeks ago

Rauner Preaches to the Choir

Illinois Chamber hosts job creators


3 weeks ago

U of I Student Charged With Murder of Newborn

A University of Illinois student faces murder charges after authorities say she suffocated her newborn baby after giving birth in a residence hall bathroom last month.

Jack McCullough

3 weeks ago

Attorneys Keep Pushing for Release of Man Convicted in 1957 Murder

Attorneys for a retired policeman who says he was wrongfully convicted in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl are heading back to court to press for his release.


3 weeks ago

CPD: Officer Killed Gun-Pointing Teen

Chicago police say an officer shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a chase after the teen turned and pointed a gun.


3 weeks ago

CWLP Tries to Sell Change in Surcharges

City Water Light and Power is trying to make its case again for what aldermen say is taking promised savings away from customers.


3 weeks ago

House Spending Bill Unlikely to Pass

Not enough votes to override a veto

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.

3 weeks ago

“His Plan from the Very Beginning”

Madigan launches on Rauner

Illinois Department of Public Health IDPH

3 weeks ago

Illinoisan Dies from Bacterial Infection

A death in Illinois has been linked to the same strain of bacteria that has caused an unprecedented outbreak of infection in Wisconsin and one case in Michigan.

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3 weeks ago

Home Sales Increase

After a sluggish start to the year, Springfield-area home sales are starting to pick back up.

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3 weeks ago

Health Care Workers Say They Need Raise

Lawmakers and advocates say workers who care for developmentally disabled residents should get a pay raise to comply with a federal court order.


3 weeks ago

It’s Big News When They Meet

Governor and four leaders at 2:30 p.m.


3 weeks ago

The Future for Taxpayers

Just what kind of new taxes could be in Illinois taxpayers’ future?

National Headlines

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Mayors from big cities around globe push climate initiatives


The mayors of major cities from around the world are banding together to fight global warming by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy.

18 hours ago in National

Fired up by Sanders, Democrats shift left on health care


As the Obama administration is counting down its final year in office, many Democrats are finding less to like about the president's health care law.

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U.S. to boost airport staffing to manage long security lines


With airlines worried that long security lines may discourage summer travelers, the U.S. government said it will add airport staff and bomb-sniffing dogs and ramp up pre-screening enrollment efforts.

19 hours ago in National

Republicans grapple with whether to back Trump for White House


Republican lawmakers, operatives and donors grappled with whether to support Donald Trump, who effectively clinched his party's presidential nomination this week after his two remaining rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, dropped out of the White House race.

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