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  • The Gift of Giving

    CHICAGO – On a memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with an announcement: She was about to hand out money.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • Illinois prepares for immigration action

    CHICAGO – Obama travels to his home state next week to detail his executive actions, which potentially shield from deportation as many as 5 million im ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:29 pm
  • Fall harvest nearly complete in Illinois

    PEORIA – A successful harvest season is wrapping up in central Illinois as farmers finish gathering their corn and soybean crops from the fields.
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:30 pm
  • Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois judge tossed out a landmark law Friday intended to fix the nation’s worst government-employee pension crisis, ruling that th ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 10:53 pm
  • Bruce Rauner: Illinois' finances 'stunningly bad'

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner says Illinois' financial condition is "stunningly bad" and it will require "strong action" to fix it. But he's n ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 12:33 pm
  • Geneva murder trial pushed to February

    ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Geneva man charged with his wife's murder must now wait until after the new year for a trial.
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 8:34 am
  • Algonquin increases telecommunications tax by about 60 percent

    ALGONQUIN – Village trustees recently hiked a tax on Algonquin residents’ phone bills by roughly 60 percent to help officials maintain playgrounds, bi ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 8:32 am
  • Illinois minimum wage would be $11 under plan OK'd by Senate panel

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a revamped proposal that would increase Illinois' minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2017 ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 8:26 pm
  • Tom Cross concedes Illinois treasurer's race to Mike Frerichs

    SPRINGFIELD – Republican Tom Cross has conceded the Illinois treasurer's race to Democrat Mike Frerichs.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 11:38 am
  • St. Charles Filling Station owner acknowledges liquor license violation

    ST. CHARLES – The owner of The Filling Station Pub & Grill pleaded guilty Monday to a liquor license violation that involved a minor being served alco ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 9:50 am
  • Crystal Lake votes to not further regulate e-cigarettes

    CRYSTAL LAKE – After 27 years as a smoker, Effie Elliott quit smoking combustible cigarettes nine months ago.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 9:47 am
  • Timothy Killeen named new University of Illinois president

    CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois system has hired State University of New York Vice Chancellor for Research Timothy L. Killeen as its next presi ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 8:47 am
  • Lawmakers eye final attempt at state-run exchange

    CHICAGO – Illinois lawmakers may have one more chance to approve a state-run health insurance marketplace during the fall legislative session that sta ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 11:16 pm
  • Asian carp plant stops operations in Grafton

    GRAFTON (AP) – The chief executive of a southern Illinois Asian carp processing plant says the facility has ceased operations ahead of a 30-day deadli ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 1:51 pm
  • Harvest Lane Vintage opens shop in Campton Hills

    CAMPTON HILLS – A shop that opened in western Kane County last year has re-established itself closer to St. Charles.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 12:42 pm
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