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

A judge has ordered that 15 percent of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush's congressional salary be garnished to pay for more than $1 million he owes on a delinquent bank loan.

Authorities are urging people at Northwestern University in suburban Chicago to take shelter after a report of a gunman and shots fired in a student residential building.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen a former federal prosecutor and assistant state inspector general to be Illinois' next executive inspector general.

Thousands of students at schools across Illinois participated in a national walkout to demand action on gun violence.

There are signs key portions of the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may be at risk of unraveling.

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Former President Barack Obama has made another pitch for his presidential center on Chicago's South Side, saying it will create jobs and attract businesses to the area. Obama on Tuesday downplayed concerns about increased housing costs and other issues that have been raised by residents who live near the planned center.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's airline carriers are in the final stages of negotiating an $8.5 billion deal to dramatically expand O'Hare International Airport.

Early voting will be delayed at least one more day in Lake County.

Illinois school administrators say they cannot afford to pay teachers' pension costs as part of Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to balance the state budget.

Illinois will get $1.7 million in federal grants for six anti-poverty programs.

An Illinois House committee has delayed voting on plans to change how hospitals receive Medicaid dollars as two Chicago hospitals say a revised formula could force them to close. 

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will receive a $640,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to buy zero emissions ground support equipment.

An outspoken Holocaust denier is likely to appear on the November ballot as the Republican nominee for a Chicago-area congressional district.

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a state law banning guns within 1,000 feet of public park violates a Second Amendment right to self-defense.

Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald plan to hire a polling company to look at the question of whether the trial should be moved out of Cook County.

Attorneys for a man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China are asking a judge to dismiss a main charge against him and change the location of his trial.

Few candidates for public office have been more personally affected by gun violence than Chris Kennedy.

State health officials are advising anyone who was at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last Wednesday and hasn't been vaccinated for measles to get tested for the highly contagious disease.

The Chicago mayor's office says the number of tourists to the city in 2017 was more than 55 million - a new record.

Students at DePaul University in Chicago are creating video games that raise awareness for mental illnesses and other afflictions.

A Chicago City Council committee is recommending that the city's police department study devices that will tell officers immediately if motorists were texting when they got into a traffic accident. 

New details are emerging about the Obama Presidential Center including design revisions for a taller and sleeker museum tower and hundreds of new trees. 

Northeastern Illinois University has named four finalists for president, a post that has been vacant since fall 2016.

The field of Democrats vying for the chance to replace U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez is narrowing. 

Authorities say they've arrested the former hotel owner of what was Peoria's Four Points at Sheraton. 

A Chicago police officer fighting for his job after he fatally shot a teenager and a woman bystander in 2015 is under investigation for his role in a restaurant fight last month.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says he will recommend that the school freeze its base tuition for incoming, in-state freshmen for a fourth consecutive year.

The Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to toss a Chicago lawsuit targeting the Trump administration's bid to withhold public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities refusing tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

The new year will be one of big decisions in Illinois.