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New employees hired by the city of Decatur will be required to live within the city limits for at least five years. The residency requirement was part of a new labor contract approved by the city council. 

The retrial of a former Illinois prosecutor who was charged with first-degree murder has cost the Quincy Police Department and the Adams County circuit clerk's office nearly $36,000.

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Archdiocese of Chicago in a lawsuit brought by a gay music director who was fired after announcing his same-sex marriage engagement.

A Northern Illinois prosecutor is launching a program to let some people who accept responsibility for their crimes to erase their convictions from their records.

An investment Russ Gremel made 70 years ago has paid off for wetlands preservation in north-central Illinois.

A Chicago suburb has agreed to pay $580,000 to settle two lawsuits that alleged the city violated a Bosnian Muslim congregation's religious freedom when it refused to allow the group to turn a vacant building into a mosque. 

Illinois gas prices have hit their lowest point in 12 years for the start of summer road trip season.


The former assistant U.S. attorney from the Chicago suburb of Highwood announced his 2018 bid in a news release. 

Chicago plans to dedicate a nine-story mural to blues music legend Muddy Waters before the city's annual blues festival this weekend.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for killing six coyote puppies.

A union representing hundreds of Chicago taxi drivers wants the city to ease vehicle restrictions, waive a tax and eliminate a fee to help what they call a struggling industry.

Federal officials say they're providing free summer meals for school children at numerous sites across Illinois. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that there will be a kickoff event for the program on June 23 at a Chicago city park. 

Illinois' two Democratic U.S. senators are taking steps to ensure they have a voice in choosing the state's new U.S. attorneys. 

A federal appeals court again has rejected a request from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a rehearing on his request for another resentencing.

At least two incidents of drones found near a Chicago-area airport have prompted alerts and warnings.

Erosion along shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago's northern suburbs has been an issue for decades, but new research indicates it could be accelerating.

Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny requests from former Illinois U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock to throw out his corruption case. Prosecutors say Schock's reasons for dismissing the charges against him are "meritless." They made their argument in a filing in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

Weather experts say data show Illinois had a cool and rainy May this year. Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature during May was 61.9 degrees. That's eight-tenths of a degree below normal.

The Miller Park Zoo in central Illinois is seeing increased attendance and revenue for the second year in a row.

Springfield businesses and a union have committed $35,000 to fund a summer jobs program for youth in an effort to address a spike in violence. Mayor Jim Langfelder announced the initiative. He was joined by at least three-dozen local elected officials along with community leaders, businesses and labor union representatives.

A Chicago hotel and restaurant workers union has created a cell phone ringtone that's meant to curb arrest and deportation of immigrants.

Rockford has 1.3 billion gallons of water it cannot account for each year. City workers will embark this week on the second year of a program to reduce water loss.

Authorities have hailed a northern Illinois man a hero after he jumped through the open window of a moving car to save the driver, who was having a seizure. 

The nonprofit foundation designed to help upkeep Illinois' fairgrounds plans on selling naming rights to state fair buildings to help pay for improvements.

Three years after Illinois changed how science would be taught and tested, performance data still isn't available because schools haven't seen science exam scores. Illinois officials say that science testing and scoring hasn't gone smoothly, largely due to state budget woes.

A former legislator has filed a lawsuit in Cook County seeking to recover money he lost when state lawmakers voted to reject annual cost-of-living pay adjustments. Michael Noland, a Democratic former state senator from Elgin, filed the lawsuit. He says the state constitution prohibits midterm salary changes. 

An exhibition of two of Chicago's great creations will officially open Friday at the Illinois State Museum. The exhibition is called "Kings and Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago." The exhibit runs through Aug. 19.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation prohibiting the Illinois Department of Corrections from hiring private healthcare workers. Rauner vetoed the measure Friday. He says it's unnecessary because his administration signed an agreement May 22 with the Illinois Nurses Association about subcontracting for nurses.

A 30-year-old woman suffered a medical emergency and died during a cosmetic procedure at a medical clinic in Florida. Lattia Baumeister of Rock Island, Illinois, died while undergoing an unidentified procedure at Seduction by Jardon's Medical Center in Doral.

A search is on for $500,000 in jewelry stolen from a traveling artisan attending a suburban Chicago arts show. Police in St. Charles are saying the stolen jewelry included gold and silver, as well as rubies and emeralds.