News

The Illinois Senate has unanimously endorsed a plan to require reports on veterans' health after a Legionnaires' disease crisis at a state-run veterans home.

The Illinois House has approved a measure to provide back pay to thousands of state workers who've been waiting for it since 2011.

Legislation to allow Chicago police to use drones for surveillance of large crowds has failed in the Illinois House. 

This week, we're talking with Leigh Ann Brown and Rachel Berchtold about the Fourth Friday Tazewell Art Loop. Like First Fridays, these monthly events are intended to showcase local artists and musicians; however, the Tazewell County effort also includes a partnership with local small businesses. Berchtold and Brown talk about the value of building partnerships between the business and arts sectors, and about some of the special events on tap for tonight. There's also a scavenger hunt that runs all summer.

SIU School of Law - Southern Illinois University

MARION, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois judge who went to Chicago for a temporary assignment and ended up helping convict dozens of judges, attorneys and police officers in one of city's most famous corruption cases has died.

Creative Commons

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A man arrested in the killing of a 13-year-old Tacoma, Washington girl over three decades ago has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

60-year-old Robert Washburn pleaded not guilty Thursday in Tacoma, Washington, to murder with aggravated factors of sexual motivation and deliberate cruelty in the death of Jennifer Bastian.

Creative Commons

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers studying remedies to sexual harassment in state government say they are considering measures suggested by a colleague who claims retaliation by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Creative Commons

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators have introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and killers of first responders.

An Illinois House panel has endorsed a proposal expanding the use of medical marijuana to fight the state's opioid crisis.

The Illinois lawmaker who says House Speaker Michael Madigan retaliated against her for statements about rooting out sexual harassment in the Capitol wants the process for investigating ethics complaints in the Legislature overhauled.

Eric Leubehusen/USDA

Drought conditions are not improving across portions of Central and Western Illinois despite recent rainfall. The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to list all of Peoria county and portions of Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Fulton and McLean counties as “abnormally dry” in its weekly update released Thursday.

Creative Commons

   

CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council has given its backing to construction of the Obama Presidential Center in a park on the city's South Side.

Creative Commons

GURNEE, Ill. - A woman was shot to death by suburban Chicago police after she was observed walking along an expressway with a rifle.

Kristin McHugh

The Central Illinois opioid crisis affects all ages in all zip codes. That’s the message from a gathering of regional police, fire and community members in East Peoria Wednesday night. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood was one of the event’s panelists. He says the number of overdose deaths recorded in his office last year was nearly double that of 2016.

The Illinois House has approved legislation to create a procedure to temporarily confiscate guns from people threatening violence.

A showdown between two Democratic measures to close the wage gap ended with Illinois senators rejecting one considered more business friendly.

A federal judge has rejected the Illinois Department of Corrections' plan to address flaws in mental health care for 12,000 inmates. 

A school official says police have taken a student into custody after a threat prompted the closing of two southwestern Illinois high schools.

A woman who says her late father's head ended up in the Detroit warehouse of a body parts broker has confronted the man in court, and offered him the directive to "burn in hell."

The Gary/Chicago International Airport has reopened its main runway after a three-week closure to rebuild much of it.

38-year-old Mark Runyon is facing a first-degree murder charge for the death of his father Frank Runyon.

The state's inspector general has found mismanagement on the part of Gov. Bruce Rauner's office for improper hiring. 

A farmers market has opened in central Illinois despite the continued demolition of a riverfront platform.

WQAD

A school resource officer who was hailed a hero for shooting and arresting a gunman at a northern Illinois high school received a standing ovation as he led students into their graduation ceremony.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - One lucky karaoke singer will open for country music star Brett Eldredge during this year's Illinois State Fair.

      EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - An East St. Louis police officer who made nearly $200,000 last year is now on administrative leave pending an internal department review.

GoFundMe To Save Lincoln Artifacts

May 21, 2018

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The crowdsourcing site where people seek contributions for school books or medical bills has a new campaign. It’s an effort to raise $9.7 million to keep artifacts belonging to Abraham Lincoln in his hometown.

RLCD

  MARION, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a disaster proclamation for nine southern Illinois counties affected by a water main break that left cities short of water and forced schools and businesses to close.

Wikimedia Commons

  OREGON, Ill. (AP) - A group needs $500,000 to complete the restoration of a century-old landmark in northern Illinois known as the Black Hawk Statue.

  PEORIA, Ill. - Wildlife Prairie Park in Peoria County will soon see construction on new cabins. It’s part of a $2.4 million capital campaign.

The Forest Park Foundation, that operates Wildlife Prairie Park recently launched the fundraising campaign for the project. The 14 cabins will overlook a bison and elk enclosure at the park. New fences will also be constructed, enabling the animals to approach the back decks of the cabins.

Foundation president Mark Spenny says the cabins will enhance the quality of lodging the park offers.

Pages