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SPD Arrests, Charges Man With Marine Bank Robbery

Police found evidence linking the man to the Marine Bank robbery inside his cab.


Badly Decomposed Body Identified as Pekin Man Missing Since June

Tazewell County Coroner Jeff Baldi says 59-year-old Lionel "Lonnie" Graham's cause of death wasn't determined.


Duckworth, Zopp Welcome Harris to Dem. U.S. Senate Race

With the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate now a three-way race, one candidate welcomes the newcomer, while another questions his stance on same-sex marriage.


Man Sentenced for Providing Guns to Chicago Gangs

Prosecutors say Walter Freeman, 36, of Lisle often exchanged crack cocaine for guns.


“Six Zeroes” Help Munger Bring the Story Home

Everything must be on the table, she says


The Case for Blago

Horse trading is legal, bribery is not


Refugee Rights Group: Rauner Has No Authority to Reject Syrian Migrants

Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner's statement that Illinois is temporarily closed off to Syrian refugees, immigration groups say resettling plans aren't changing.


Public? Not Public? Back and Forth Continues over Dec. 1 Budget Meeting

One of the leaders behind the Big Budget Summit Dec. 1 says the idea of “opening statements” in public, and the real meeting in private, is a loser.

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, with his wife Patti at his side, speaks to the media Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Blagojevich Attorneys Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years on 19 corruption convictions.

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Community College Teachers Could Strike

Heartland Community College in Normal is bracing for a potential faculty strike.

President Barack Obama signs the Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 bill into law in the Oval Office of the White House. With President Obama are from left: Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL); Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY); Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA); Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO); Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).

Where: DC, United States
When: 12 May 2009
Credit: WENN

Congressman Wants Transgender Task Force

"Transgender Equality Task Force"


Group Wants SIU to Review Sexual Assault Policy

"The Consent Party" also wants re-opening of assault case.


Blago Wants Supremes to Consider His Appeal

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich – still in prison – has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of…

9-11-15 Ray LaHood

LaHood: Tea Party Is Not Good for America

In Springfield, ex-Congressman, ex-Cabinet member denies his son is part of the problem


Will Springfield Lose in Legislature as Experience Keeps Leaving?

With Rich Brauer heading to the state police, and now Raymond Poe going to the Department of Agriculture -- will Springfield lose out by having a lack of experience in the House?


Chicago-Bound Passengers Watch TV News Reports, Get Thrown Off Plane

Four people have been released without charges after being removed from a plane in Maryland.


Ill. Supreme Court Hears Chicago Pension Arguments

Plaintiffs claim Chicago is making the same arguments the state did last year.


State Sen. Harris Announces Run for U.S. Senate

The Democratic primary for U.S. Senate is officially a three-way race.

11-17-15 Tony DelGiorno

DelGiorno to Run for State Rep

Sangamon County Board member Tony DelGiorno says he wants you to "deliver" him to the Statehouse.

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Trump drops 12 points in poll: Reuters/Ipsos


Donald Trump's support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

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Police name suspect in Colorado Springs shooting


Police on Saturday identified the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

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Black Friday crowds thin in subdued start to holiday shopping


America's annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza was short on fireworks this year.

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Making headlines this week

Santa Claus participates in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

A look at some of this week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.

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Smartphones may have role in rise of U.S. traffic deaths


The number of deaths from traffic accidents jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous.