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  • Industry to seek changes in 'fracking' rules

    CHICAGO – Supporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said Wednesday that they'll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules to govern the practice ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 1:21 pm
  • Belleville bar grills 100-foot-long bratwurst

    BELLEVILLE – About 50 people volunteered to carefully grill a 100-foot bratwurst without burning or breaking it at a Belleville bar on Tuesday.
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 10:32 am
  • Highland teachers vote to strike

    HIGHLAND – Teachers in a southwestern Illinois school district authorized a strike Tuesday night and rejected the school board's latest contract offer ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 8:49 am
  • Chicago Blue Line train derails during rush hour

    CHICAGO – A Chicago Transit Authority train derailed Wednesday on the Blue Line, disrupting the morning commute at rush hour.
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 8:47 am
  • Cardinal George hopes to go to Rome in November

    CHICAGO – A new clinical trial of an experimental drug to treat cancer has left Cardinal Francis George feeling good, but not great, he said.
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 10:46 pm
  • Prosecutors: Lake County girl abused before killed by punch

    WAUKEGAN – Lake County prosecutors say an 11-year-old Waukegan girl who died after being punched in the stomach by her mother was also suffering from ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 8:41 am
  • Southwest Illinois man charged with kidnapping boy

    COLUMBIA – A southwestern Illinois man was charged with three felonies after police said he kidnapped a boy and restrained him in a basement.
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 8:41 am
  • Madigan proposes allowing cameras at nursing homes

    CHICAGO – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Monday said she will push for legislation to allow video or audio recording devices to be placed i ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 11:06 pm
  • Ill. begins taking marijuana business applications

    SPRINGFIELD – Entrepreneurs wanting to cultivate or dispense medical marijuana under a new Illinois law are getting their chance to be considered.
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 11:06 pm
  • 8 closed Illinois interstate rest areas to reopen

    SPRINGFIELD – Eight of Illinois’ 30 interstate rest areas that have been closed are set to reopen this fall.
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 11:05 pm
  • Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

    CHICAGO – Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be cause ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 11:05 pm
  • 4 children killed in fire on Chicago's South Side

    CHICAGO – Four children died in a fire on Chicago's South Side early Monday and their mother and her boyfriend were critically injured after jumping f ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 9:39 am
  • Fines and hearings among lingering ‘fracking’ issues

    CHICAGO – Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as eac ...
    Sept. 7, 2014 - 11:58 pm
  • Moody’s Investors Service: State pension debt vs. revenue is worst

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ pension liability as a percentage of state revenue is far and away the nation’s highest, a major credit-rating agency says in ...
    Sept. 6, 2014 - 11:54 pm
  • Prairie blooming near Lexington

    LEXINGTON – On gently rolling land where wheat once grew, yellow coneflowers and purple bergamot blossoms explode amid a sea of other native plants th ...
    Sept. 6, 2014 - 11:46 pm
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