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  • Lawmaker wants pumpkin to be official Illinois pie

    SPRINGFIELD – Pumpkins are big business in Illinois. A state lawmaker has a sweet idea for making sure people know it: he wants to make pumpkin pie th ...
    Sept. 21, 2014 - 12:05 am
  • Northwestern gets grant to prevent sexual assaults

    EVANSTON – Northwestern University in Evanston has been awarded a grant to help prevent sexual assaults on campus, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s office anno ...
    Sept. 21, 2014 - 12:05 am
  • Police: Member of the Jesse White Tumbling team killed

    CHICAGO – A teenager shot to death as he walked along a North Side Chicago street was identified Friday as a member of the Jesse White Tumbling Team.
    Sept. 21, 2014 - 12:05 am
  • Ornate box turtles hatch at Lincoln Park Zoo

    CHICAGO – Nearly a dozen ornate box turtles have hatched at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.Zoo officials ...
    Sept. 21, 2014 - 12:05 am
  • Blind announcer aims to inspire

    PEORIA – Bryce Weiler can shoot 70 percent from the free-throw line, play catch on a baseball field and deliver a stunningly researched, passionate co ...
    Sept. 21, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • Farm accidents increase in Ill.

    PEORIA – Farming claimed the lives of 21 people in Illinois from July 2013 through June, nearly double the number of deaths during the same period a y ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 11:58 pm
  • Quinn: No ‘Plan B’ before court rules on pension plan

    CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn argued Friday that it makes no sense to develop a contingency plan to solve Illinois’ pension crisis despite urgent financial ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 11:55 pm
  • Farm accidents increase in Illinois over past year

    PEORIA (AP) – Farming claimed the lives of 21 people in Illinois from July 2013 through June, nearly double the number of deaths during the same perio ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 11:47 am
  • Fake tweets involving Peoria mayor stir debate about parody, lawsuit

    CHICAGO – Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. Out of boredo ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 8:39 am
  • McLean County Coroner warns of smoking on oxygen

    BLOOMINGTON – The McLean County Coroner's office is citing two recent deaths in warning residents about the dangers of smoking and using oxygen tanks ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 8:40 am
  • GOP's Rauner not a fan of gambling, airport slots

    CHICAGO – Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he’s not a fan of gambling or a plan to put slot machines at Chicago’s internat ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 12:09 am
  • Illinois unemployment rate sees drop in August

    ST. LOUIS – Illinois’ unemployment fell in August to 6.7 percent, the sixth straight monthly decrease in the state’s jobless rate, the Illinois Depart ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • McHenry man denied health insurance under Affordable Care Act despite U.S. citizenship

    MCHENRY – Tom Jablonski was born at 8:12 a.m. in July 1962 in McHenry, according to his birth certificate.
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 3:42 pm
  • 2 Illinois women die from West Nile virus

    SPRINGFIELD – Two women with West Nile virus have died, becoming the state's first deaths from the illness this year, health officials announced Thurs ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 3:23 pm
  • No injuries in Coal City house fire

    COAL CITY – No one was injured when a basement fire damaged a two-story home Thursday.The Coal City ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 2:20 pm
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