Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking "common ground" with Republicans on divisive issues after barely surviving an insurgent challenge in Tuesday's election.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is preparing to unveil a new exhibit on four U.S. presidents with ties to Illinois.

Continuing last year's record-setting growth, Chicago set new tourism records in the first months of 2018.

Ford County Bomb Suspects Appear in Federal Court

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Three men from unincorporated Clarence, a town 35 miles north of Urbana, are accused of setting off a pipe bomb at a mosque just outside of Minneapolis last August. Matt Sepic attended a court appearance yesterday for Minnesota Public Radio. It featured two of the men, plus another who faces a gun charge in connection with the others.

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Republican State Senator Jil Tracy of Quincy believes that gun bans won’t prevent school shootings and other acts of violence.

Tracy says knives, pipe bombs, and cars are also used to cause harm, so she questions the effectiveness of what she calls gun infringement bills. Tracy believes it makes more sense to focus on improving mental health care services in schools and throughout society. Tracy also says Hollywood and video game makers must accept some responsibility for de-sensitizing people to violence.

In the 18th Congressional District race Republican incumbent Darin LaHood walked away with 79 percent of the vote over Don Reints. LaHood will look to retain his seat in the November election running against repeat Democratic contender Junius Rodriguez. Rodriguez won 42 percent of the vote in a three-way race yesterday against Brian Deters and Darrel Miller. 

A Southern Illinois University official says the school is considering having a satellite office for its law school in downtown Springfield or Edwardsville.

Peoria Council to Consider Waste Collection Options

Mar 21, 2018
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The City of Peoria’s contract for garbage collection expires next year. There are proposals from three companies and one from the city itself for a new contract. Rather than considering a single proposal, city staff is recommending a hybrid approach. Staff is suggesting the current refuse collector, PDC Services, would continue to pick up garbage. But instead of PDC gathering yard waste and recyclables as it now does, the city would assume collection of those items.

A former University of Illinois student accused of sexual assault has filed a lawsuit alleging the school violated his constitution rights to due process.

Is A Window Seat Best

Mar 20, 2018
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  NEW YORK - Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don't leave it until the flight is over.

That's what some experts have been saying for years, and it's perhaps the best advice coming out of a new attempt to determine the risks of catching germs on an airplane.

The new study sent squads of researchers onto commercial flights to look for viruses and observe how and when people came into close contact.

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A southern Illinois man has pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges filed in U.S. District Court. According to the U.S. attorney's office in southern Illinois, Alfred Cross of Kinmundy admitted to defrauding several banks of more than $500,000.


The number of voters casting early ballots for the Illinois primary has far exceeded the number who voted early four years ago.

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With the Illinois primary just hours away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls.

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Peoria Police says social media posts asserting attempted abductions in the area are false.

In fact police say the posts that started on Friday are absolutely false. Police say they spoke to the original poster and it was determined her Facebook account was hacked. But apparently the modern-day rumor mill had already taken root, as that story and additional ones continued to emerge in slightly varied forms Saturday and Sunday.

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There’s a new call to re-develop the state-owned Eagle Creek Resort on Lake Shelbyville. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources issued a Request for Proposals from state-registered developers. They have until near the end of April to respond.


Voters will finally have their say in Illinois' primary election Tuesday. It’s been a record-breaking year in terms of political fundraising. That’s largely because of two men. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner spent more than $65 million dollars when he was elected four years ago. As of last week, J.B. Pritzker topped that, nearing the $70 million dollar mark, and that’s just for the primary.

A key difference? Rauner mixes his own money with other donations whereas Pritzker has just one funder, himself.

Polls are open tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The FDA has approved an injectable syringe for epinephrine after the makers of Epi-Pens, which auto-inject the drug, issued a drastic price hike in 2016. Those pens can cost hundreds of dollars. State Senator Chapin Rose, a Republican from Mahomet, filed legislation that would allow the use of the much cheaper syringe alternative for entities that go through training, like schools and churches.

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Republican candidate for Governor Jeanne Ives says she didn't like what she saw this week when students walked out their classrooms to lobby for gun control.

Ives says her campaign chairman -- the Chicago Republican Party chair -- filed a complaint with Chicago Public Schools. He alleges students were coerced into participating. Ives says students should've done it on private time...

FEMA Will Assess Illinois Flood Damage Next Week

Mar 16, 2018

Next week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will assess flood damage in three Illinois counties. Severe weather struck Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties in late February.

Governor Bruce Rauner issued a disaster proclamation on February 23rd - and submitted a request for support from FEMA.

Ted Fisher is the local Emergency Management Agency director in Vermilion county. He says two low-income residential areas with mobile homes were hit particularly hard.

Unopposed in Tuesday's GOP primary, Bill Fawell is preparing to start his campaign for Congress in earnest next month. He'll run against Democratic incumbent Cheri Bustos in Illinois' 17th District.

He's also working on the first bill he'll propose if elected. Fawell believes federal agencies like the EPA and Department of Education have too much power, and he wants to return this power to the states where it belongs.

Biss Calls on Kennedy, Pritzker to Release Taxes

Mar 16, 2018
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In the final days of the Democratic primary election for Illinois governor - Daniel Biss is once again calling on his main rivals to release their full tax returns. 

State Senator Biss scolded JB Pritzker and Chris Kennedy for releasing only a portion of their tax returns.

That comes after the Chicago Tribune this week shed light on Pritzker’s relationship to offshore trusts and companies.

BISS: When they were claiming to release their tax returns in November, they just released a tiny amount of information and I thought, ‘My god, what are they hiding?’

We're talking with Chas Killen, director of Peoria Players' production of "Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical." It's the first community theatre production of the show in this area, and as such, it's drawn performers from across the region. Killen talks about the show's score, which includes elements of rockabilly, gospel and bluegrass music; about the decision to cast the show early; and about the response the production received for its opening weekend.

"Bonnie and Clyde" continues tonight through Sunday at Peoria Players Theatre.


  CHICAGO - An Army veteran with a green card who faces deportation because of a 2008 drug conviction has been denied U.S. citizenship.

The decision Thursday by immigration officials means Miguel Perez Jr. can be deported to Mexico at any time.

The 39-year-old Perez petitioned immigration officials to be granted citizenship retroactive to when he joined the military in 2001.

Perez served two tours in Afghanistan. He says he mistakenly thought he became a U.S. citizen when he took an oath to protect the nation.

First Lady Encourages Expansion of IFC

Mar 16, 2018
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  First Lady Diana Rauner says she hopes to expand the newborn home- visiting pilot program called Illinois Family Connects (IFC). It started in Peoria and Stephenson Counties last year.

Rauner met with program stakeholders and those interested in knowing more Thursday in Peoria. The first lady has spent her career in early childhood care.

Simulating Poverty Realities in Greater Peoria

Mar 16, 2018
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More than 80 area professional participated in a poverty simulation at the Peoria Dream Center.

The Heart of Illinois United Way hosted the event. Stephen Peterson is the Vice President of Resource Development for the organization.  He says the simulation aims to help participants start to understand what it might be like to live at or just above the poverty level month to month.  

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A federal jury has rejected claims a suburban Chicago police officer used excessive force and doctored the scene of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old. Zion Police Officer Eric Hill shot Justus Howell twice in the back during a foot chase in April 2015. Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim said the shooting was justified.


University of Illinois trustees have voted to increase student health insurance premiums for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it will hire architectural and design teams by summer to redevelop the Quincy veterans' home campus hit by a Legionnaires' disease crisis.

A suburban gun range in Illinois that's offering free concealed carry classes for teachers says training slots are filling up quickly.

The Justice Department says in a new filing in former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's corruption case that a 1995 ruling that's long provided guidance in the prosecution of politicians is wrong.