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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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  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.

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  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.

Proposal to Reinstate IL Death Penalty Gets Hearing

May 21, 2018
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  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois House committee will take up Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to reinstate the death penalty in certain cases.

 

     The House Judiciary-Criminal Committee meets Monday for testimony on Rauner's proposals. Rauner added the death penalty in an amendatory veto of legislation that would extend the waiting period for delivery of assault weapons to 72 hours.

 

Noah and Olivia Top 2017 IL Baby Names

May 21, 2018
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  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The most popular baby names in Illinois last year? Noah and Olivia. The Social Security Administration has released Illinois' top five boys and girls names for 2017. For boys, the top five were: Noah, Liam, Benjamin, Logan, and Alexander. The most popular girls' names were Olivia, Emma, Ava, Sophia, and Isabella. Nationwide, Liam and Emma topped the list. The Social Security agency says pop -culture has also had an effect on naming trends. There's been an increase in girls named Melania in a clear nod to the first lady of the United States.

Rauners Move Back to IL Gov's Mansion

May 21, 2018

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, say they're moving back into the Illinois Governor's Mansion as renovations wrap up on the historic home.

    The Rauners are scheduled to speak about the move and the renovation project Monday.

     The mansion in Springfield was built in 1855 and is one of the three oldest continuously occupied governor's residences in the U.S. It's been undergoing needed renovations, including a new roof, HVAC system and entrance to the building.

Jim Thome's Unexpected Road to the Hall of Fame

May 20, 2018

Three players from the 1989 Major League baseball draft are now in the Hall of Fame. Frank Thomas was drafted in the first round; Jeff Bagwell in the 4th.

To say that 16th round draftee Jim Thome was lightly regarded is an understatement. The Cleveland Indians choosing him as the 331st player Put Thome in the top third of the draft, but well under the radar.

Thome was not drafted at all after playing at Bartonville’s Limestone High School. So instead of pro ball, Jim played one season of junior college baseball at ICC in East Peoria.

Peoria NAACP Denounce PPD Valor Awards

May 18, 2018
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The NAACP says the Peoria Police Department’s annual Valor Awards are a “slap in the face,” to the family and friends of Eddie Russell Jr. The awards for bravery and valor Wednesday went to the six officers who were on the tactical response team that shot and killed Russell September 20th, last year.

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The man who jumped to his death off the Murray Baker Bridge Thursday morning was Shawn Talbert of Peoria.

 

The 27-year-old stopped his car on the Tazewell County side of the bridge at about 7:10 a.m. and jumped. Three westbound cars also crashed resulting in a pileup. The series of events caused significant traffic delays in both directions on Interstate-74.

 

The search for Talbert spanned more than three hours and involved ten state, local and maritime agencies.

 

Gov. Bruce Rauner is telling state lawmakers to hurry up and pass legislation centered around the Legionnaire's crisis at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

A judge has refused to lower bail for a teen charged with firing shots at an Illinois high school as seniors met for graduation rehearsal.

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