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Chatham Police Chief Retires

John Holm retires Friday after six years as chief and 17 years on the force before that.


Police Looking for Car Burglars and Thieves

Anyone with anonymous information leading to an arrest could be eligible for up to a $1,000.

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Proposed Property Tax Freeze Fails

Senate Republicans reject a proposal on freezing property taxes and changing the school funding formula.


Schock Spends $1 Million from Campaign Fund Since March

Schock owes about $750,000 to the multi-national law firm Jones Day.

Budget Cuts

Eastern to Furlough 200+ Employees

Last month the president sent an email letting employees know that layoffs were possible in July.


Hooray for Happy Hour!

For the first time since the 1980s, happy hours are now legal in Illinois.


House Hears More Stories about the Effect of No Budget

Speaker appeals to governor: ignore campaign advisors and sign budget bill


Homeless Man Found Dead Behind Store

The man was found at a Dollar Tree store.


Munger to Continue Issuing Paychecks; Looks to Upgrade Payroll Systems

If next year brings another budget impasse, the same issues with the state's payroll systems may remain.

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The Great Hunter Lake Debate Continues

A vote on moving forward with Hunter Lake is next week.

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Senate Approves One-Month Budget; Overrides Some Full-Year Budget Bill Vetoes

The Illinois Senate has approved over the complaints of Republicans a one-month, temporary budget to keep state government operating.


Blagojevich, Hastert Prosecutor Leaving to Become Judge

A U.S. judge overseeing Hastert's case congratulated Carrie Hamilton during a Tuesday status hearing.


House Committee Scrutinizes Rauner Pension Proposal

Democratic leaders have blasted the measure. Labor unions called it a waste of time.


Stark Pleads Guilty to Child Porn

Jacob Stark, 27, has pleaded guilty to five child porn counts.


Bobcat Season Is Coming

Bobcats are no longer endangered, and a newly signed bill aims to curtail what some downstate lawmakers say is a…

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Chamber to Rauner: Stand Firm

And don't tax services!

Mayor Jim Langfelder honors Springfield Boy Scout Troop 3 at Tuesday night's meeting.  Troop 3 celebrates its 100th anniversary July 20th, and is hosting an ice cream social Sunday to mark the occasion.

Springfield City Council to Vote on Eliminating Pension-Based Benefit

It wasn't that long ago that no vote was expected any time soon on a longstanding city proposal to eliminate a pension perk. Now, Springfield aldermen will vote on it next week.


Another Budget Vote Wednesday

Temporary budget likely to go to the governor; veto override of full-year budget is unlikely

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Home Sales Down, But Realtors Remain Optimistic

Local home sales may look down compared to the same period a year ago, but some say those numbers were just too good.

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Making headlines this week


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

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Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions


Congressional lawmakers are heading for recess and leaving behind a pile of unfinished business.

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Pentagon chief gives nod to arm more troops in U.S. after shooting


U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter signaled on Thursday that he would allow more troops to be armed at facilities inside the United States.

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Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery


Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370.

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Killing of Cecil the Lion triggers probe by U.S. agency


The killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist and trophy hunter Walter Palmer is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see if it was part of a conspiracy to violate U.S. laws against illegal wildlife trading.