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Blagojevich attorneys again seek reduction in 14-year term

Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich urged an appellate panel Tuesday to grant him a third sentencing hearing, arguing their client’s behavior in prison justifies sharply reducing his 14-year …


UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017

Judge grants innocence certificate in 1957 Illinois killing

An Illinois judge has granted a certificate of innocence to a Washington state man who was wrongly convicted in 2012 of the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old girl.


Northwestern University crew member from Washington dies during practice

Officials say a member of Northwestern University’s crew team has been found dead after falling overboard while practicing in suburban Chicago.


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017

Illinois paramedic saves infant from submerged SUV

A fast-acting paramedic dove into the frigid water of an Illinois lake where a SUV was submerged on Thursday and found an infant floating inside, then administered CPR on the …


Illinois man dies, raising Midwestern storm death toll to 4

A northern Illinois man has died after being struck by a tree during a powerful Midwestern storm, raising the death toll for the regional storms to four.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

18,000 call in to Illinois GOP congressman’s phone town hall

About 18,000 callers participated in a telephone town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a suburban Chicago Republican who has been criticized for canceling smaller in-person meetings and declining …


RFK’s son Chris Kennedy announces run for Illinois governor

Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy will join the Democratic race for Illinois governor, campaign aides to the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy said. “Today I am announcing my run …


Regulators: Illinois doctor’s pill mill supplied 11 states

Illinois regulators have yanked a suburban Chicago doctor’s license for running a cash-only pill mill and prescribing vast amounts of fentanyl and other addictive painkillers to patients in 11 states.


Illinois suspends $30 billion in Wells Fargo activity; bank ‘sorry’

Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs suspended $30 billion in state investment activity with Wells Fargo on Monday, joining a swelling chorus of outrage over the scandal which saw bank employees …


Judge denies Blagojevich’s bid to lighten 14-year sentence

A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence on corruption counts, setting aside pleas for leniency by the former Illinois governor’s wife and daughters during his resentencing.


ADP to pay $1.4 million to settle racial discrimination charges

Payroll processor ADP has agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to resolve charges alleging it discriminated against black and Hispanic job candidates and employees in Illinois.


Governor signs bill reducing marijuana penalties in Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday making marijuana possession in small amounts punishable by fines but not jail time.


Judge orders Illinois to add PTSD to medical marijuana list

Illinois must add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment, a Cook County judge ordered Tuesday in a sternly worded ruling that also said …


Dennis Hastert victim’s lawsuit can proceed, judge rules

The morning after Dennis Hastert was sentenced to a 15-month prison term in federal court, a lawsuit brought by the man at the center of the disgraced former U.S. House …


U.S. urges Illinois city to give customers bottled water

Federal regulators are recommending that an Illinois city provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water.


Eight states ask retailers about ‘unfair’ on-call scheduling

Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia have written letters to several national retailers expressing concern about on-call scheduling, which allows companies to assign shifts to workers …


45-ton beam falls on Illinois construction crew, killing 1

Police say a construction worker was killed and three others were injured when a 45-ton beam fell on them as they worked on a bridge in a Chicago suburb.


Woman killed, 6 others hurt when Chicago-area commuter train hits car

A woman was killed and another person injured Monday morning after a car they were in collided with a southbound Chicago Transit Authority Yellow Line train at a grade crossing …


Former NFL coach Lovie Smith hired as Illinois coach

Illinois made a splash of the positive variety Monday by announcing the hiring of Lovie Smith, the former coach of the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as the Illini’s …


Birther ballot challenge against Ted Cruz in Illinois tossed by judge

A judge has dismissed a claim that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz isn’t eligible for the Illinois ballot because he was born in Canada.


Dean Baker: State-run retirement plan would aid workers

Illinois launching program that would set aside, invest small share of wages.


College Basketball: Escort – How could Louisville Cardinals’ coach Rick Pitino not know of sex parties?

Escort Katina Powell broke her silence on Tuesday, saying she has no proof that Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino knew that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other …


Lightning storm causes Kent State, Illinois to postpone football game until today

Kent State and Illinois postponed their season-opening football game in Champaign, Illinois, until today after a lightning delay of almost three hours on Friday night. The school’s athletic directors decided …


Former Idaho women’s coach Divilbiss let go amid allegations at Illinois

While Illinois has hired a law firm to investigate allegations of mistreatment by football coach Tim Beckman, the women’s basketball program is facing similar accusations by former players. As first …


Illinois lawmaker Schock leaves House amid ethics complaint

Republican Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, dogged about irregularities in his campaign finance and congressional spending accounts, suddenly announced on Tuesday that he would resign his House seat at the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2015

BNSF oil train derails in Illinois

GALENA, Ill. (AP) — A BNSF Railway freight train containing 103 cars loaded with crude oil has derailed near the northern Illinois city of Galena.


Louisiana Tech beats Illinois 35-18 in Heart of Dallas Bowl

DALLAS – Louisiana Tech’s Houston Bates had a career day against his former team – his 4 1/2 sacks in the Heart of Dallas Bowl matched the number he had …


Thompson’s returns spark Huskies

Linebacker Shaq Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19 on Saturday,


Jimmy V pairings set

Villanova will play Illinois and Indiana will meet Louisville in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden. Illinois replaces fellow Big Ten school Maryland, which had …


WSU opens NCAAs with Illinois in Pullman

PULLMAN – There was never a doubt that the Washington State women’s soccer team would play in the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. While selection shows can be stressful …