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UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Gonzaga draws Illinois in Maui Invitational opener

Gonzaga will open against Illinois in the nightcap of the Maui Invitational’s first day. The Zags and Illini will tip at 8:30 p.m. Pacific time on ESPN2 on Monday, Nov. …


Urban farmers forced off land find new ground to grow

These days, urban farming is increasingly common, but the burgeoning business sector is not without its challenges, namely space and literal room to grow.


Officer shoots armed student at high school, charges filed

Charges were filed against a student who was wounded by a police officer after firing shots in a northern Illinois high school hallway while staff and seniors were meeting for …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 2:50 p.m.

Suspect in 1986 Tacoma murder case arrested in Illinois

A suspect in the 1986 killing of a young girl in Washington has been arrested in Illinois.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 10:43 a.m.

Debt may force Lincoln library and museum to sell artifacts

The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum says it might have to sell artifacts if it can’t pay off a decade-old loan that financed items related …


Megachurch founder quits amid sexual misconduct allegations

The founder of a Chicago-area evangelical church that grew to become one of the largest in the nation is stepping down, calling allegations that he touched and made lewd comments …


Illinois governor donates ‘Godfather’ papers to Dartmouth

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has donated his collection of “The Godfather” author Mario Puzo’s papers to his alma mater, Dartmouth College.


UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

Illinois primary puts focus on security of state voter rolls

With the Illinois primary just days away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls.


Illinois governor vetoes bill to license gun stores

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have required gun retailers to be licensed by the state of Illinois, calling it “unnecessary, burdensome regulation” that would have hurt small …


Sen. Duckworth still breaking barriers, and she likes it

Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that’s the way she likes it.


Illinois governor candidate stands by ad blasted as racist

A Republican lawmaker trying to unseat Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is standing by a campaign ad that has been blasted as racist and homophobic, despite the state party chairman’s call …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

Rauner staying at veterans home during Legionnaires’ crisis

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is responding in an unconventional way to criticism of his administration’s handling of outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans home that have left 13 dead. …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 8:03 p.m.

Rep. Gutierrez of Illinois says it’s ‘my time to move on’

Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, a Democratic party leader on efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, announced Tuesday he won’t seek re-election next year after 13 terms.


Articles of impeachment against Trump will be filed by Thanksgiving, Rep. Luis Gutierrez says

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez has been one of President Donald Trump’s harshest critics from Day One. Now the Illinois Democrat says he’s helping to spearhead the first coordinated attempt to …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 1:59 p.m.

Ryan blames high-tax states as GOP lawmakers balk on plan

The top House Republican on Thursday blasted high-tax states that deliver billions to the federal government as he faced a backlash from rank-and-file GOP lawmakers over a sweeping tax-cut proposal.


Illinois man installs 58 crosses to honor Las Vegas victims

An Illinois man known for honoring the victims of mass shootings around the country installed 58 white crosses on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday.


Mental exams ordered for suspect in Illinois school shooting

A judge ordered a central Illinois high school student to undergo mental evaluations and remain in juvenile custody after the freshman was charged with opening fire in the school cafeteria …


Illinois court upholds murder conviction of Drew Peterson

The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding …


Private school tax credit surprises, riles some in Illinois

Democratic-leaning Illinois is the latest state to direct taxpayer money to private schools, a development that’s caught some by surprise and brought condemnation from politically powerful teacher unions and Democrats …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

16-year-old from Minnesota ID’d as victim of John Wayne Gacy

An Illinois sheriff’s office said Wednesday that it has identified a Minnesota runaway as one of the victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.


Hastert faces sex-offender treatment with prison release

Disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is far from putting his child-sex-abuse scandal behind him after being released from federal prison in Minnesota where he served a little over …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 7:37 p.m.

Where’s Rey? Despite Monopoly maker’s promise, still missing

Where is the character Rey in the “Star Wars” version of Monopoly? In a land far, far away, apparently. Eighteen months after game-maker Hasbro promised to add the female character …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Illinois House approves state budget, ends historic impasse

The Illinois House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in than two years and ending the nation’s …


UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 2:14 p.m.

Abduction suspect makes first appearance in court

Hundreds of people gathered outside a federal courthouse Monday as the suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinse scholar at the University of Illinois made his first court appearance since …


Illinois Catholic bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples

The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show …


Five dead after freight train hits van in central Illinois

Authorities say five people in their 70s and 80s have died after a freight train hit their van as they returned from an ice cream social in central Illinois.


Suspect killed in congressional shootout wanted to ‘terminate the Republican Party’

The shooter who was killed during gunfire at a practice for a congressional baseball game Wednesday morning belonged to a number of anti-Republican groups, including one called “Terminate the Republican …


Butterball to close 600-employee meatpacking plant in Illinois

Butterball will shutter its Gusto meatpacking plant in Montgomery, Ill., where it employs about 600 full-time workers, marking another painful loss of jobs in the Aurora area.


Inmates in Chicago jail can order hot pizza delivered to their cells

Life in Cook County Jail just got a little bit more like the college dorm experience, thanks to Sheriff Tom Dart. Inmates in the jail’s primarily medium-security Division 11 can …


Couple married 69 years die minutes apart, holding hands

The children of a suburban Chicago couple married for 69 years say their parents died just 40 minutes apart while holding hands at a hospital.