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  CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - The new chancellor of Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus says he wants public input to help develop future plans for the university.

Carlo Montemagno had his first news conference Monday after trustees last week approved his appointment as chancellor. He is the campus' first permanent chancellor in three years.

  CHICAGO - A new judge was appointed to preside over a case involving a Chicago police officer and two former officers charged with covering up what happened when a white officer fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald.


On Tuesday, Chief Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. said that Cook County Circuit Judge Dominica Stephenson will handle the case that stems from the 2014 shooting of McDonald by Officer Van Dyke. Van Dyke has been charged with murder.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. - A suburban Chicago hospital is reopening after being evacuated and closed last week due to power outages caused by flooding.


Northwestern Medicine says clinical operations resumed Tuesday at Lake Forest Hospital, including the facility's emergency department. Power was restored last Wednesday night following the outage earlier that day.


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 Next year, Illinois could have one of the most expensive gubernatorial campaigns the country has ever seen. New campaign filings show a better picture of how the candidates are doing when it comes to raising money.


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CHICAGO (AP)- A man who says Dennis Hastert sexually abused him when he was a teen says he didn't ask to be notified of the former House speaker's release from prison and remains intent on moving on with his life.

A community health clinic in Peoria is one of ten organizations in Illinois to get major funding from the federal government.

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If Congress approves, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be host to a $104 million center for research into new biofuels and bioproducts.

The US Department of Energy is awarding the money over the next five years to help create the university’s new Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation --- CABBI for short.

Plant Biology Professor Evan DeLucia will serve as CABBI’s director. He says the Energy Department was attracted to the U of I because of the bioenergy work it’s already doing.

Illinois Man Gets 11 Life Terms

Jul 18, 2017

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois man has been given 11 life sentences after he was convicted of sexually assaulting three children under age 13.


49-year-old Robert E. Craig of Hampshire was sentenced last week in Kane County. Judge John Barsanti ordered him to serve the life term concurrently along with six three-year terms. The former Carpentersville man was convicted in February of 11 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and six counts of criminal sexual abuse. He is not eligible for parole.


  CHICAGO (AP) - A chief judge for one of the nation's busiest judicial districts is changing Cook County's bail procedures to ensure suspects won't be held behind bars solely because they're too poor to pay.


An order Chief Judge Timothy Evans signed Monday applies to suspects already found not to pose a threat. It requires that judges set bail at amounts such defendants can afford.


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Big Yellow is at the White House. 

Demolition of Riverfront Village at the foot of Main Street in Peoria will now begin in December at the earliest. It has housed various businesses over the past two decades. The City of Peoria owns the raised structure and plans to develop a park in its place.

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has added Cook County to a state disaster proclamation amid flooding in the northern portion of the state and warned that evacuations could take place this week.

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Researchers with the University of Illinois’ crop research project - Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency, or RIPE for short – recently invited the media and the public to a field day. They showed off some of their research on increasing photosynthesis in plants, which they believe will in turn increase plant bio-mass, and crop yields. Don Ort is the associate director of the RIPE project and a crop science professor at the U of I.

The adult male skull Peoria County officials discovered in Kingston Mines a month ago is a match with the torso found in Schuyler County last year.

The torso was removed from the Illinois River November 13th. The skull washed ashore off the River in Kingston Mines and was found June 12th.

Family of Yingying Zhang Increases Monetary Reward

Jul 14, 2017

The family of missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang has increased the amount of reward money for information about her location. 

The son of billionaire Warren Buffett is helping a rural Illinois city halt its declining population.

Forecasters say flooding in north-suburban Chicago could worsen over the weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin.

Dickson Mounds Museum will feature "Snakes, Lizards and More" for its Kids' Day presentation on Sunday. 

Its time to get wild this weekend on Out and About with a pair of events at Wildlife Prairie Park. Today, Jenn talks Doug Dillow, Executive Director of Wildlife Prairie Park to learn about the Art in the Wild photo contest and display, and we'll heat things up with a preview of the next installment of their Wildfire Concert Series.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker made several stops around the state Thurs. One of them was at the Tazewell Community Area Project or TCAP. 

Downtown Peoria Could See a New Special Service Area

Jul 14, 2017

Peoria’s Downtown Development Corporation is proposing the creation of a special service area. It would include the medical and warehouse districts plus downtown and the riverfront.

Planned services are street and sidewalk clean-up, landscape maintenance, decorations, directories and a website. Funding would come from three sources, two of which are taxes.

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Two state lawmakers, who previously served on Peoria City Council, are pushing legislation they say would make private utility companies more accountable to customers.

The newly-formed South Side Christian Academy will have a new building when school starts in August.

Illinois lawmakers have an ironic strategy for digging out of debt: taking on more of it.

Southern Illinois University trustees have appointed a University of Alberta nanotechnology scientist as chancellor of the Carbondale campus.

A credit ratings agency has removed Illinois from a credit watch since legislators approved a budget and ended a more than two-year impasse. 

Investigators say surveillance cameras at the University of Illinois helped find a suspect in the disappearance of a Chinese scholar. 

Peoria’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research is off the chopping block.

The state of Illinois has officially given human resources departments the information they need to start deducting more from workers' paychecks.

The Illinois attorney general has issued guidance for law enforcement agencies in the state on a law to improve response to sexual assault and abuse.