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Repairs to Bradley University’s iconic Lydia Moss Bradley statue are expected to take about a month. 

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Illinois courts are considering if a state law that allows judges to limit teen defendants' social media postings unfairly restricts defendants' First Amendment freedoms.

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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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URBANA, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois researchers are using a $4 million grant to study how information moves across social media, affecting people's beliefs and shaping events.

 

Computer Science Professor Tarek Abdelzaher is leading a team that received a five-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The team has been modeling information spread on Instagram and Twitter and will study other platforms.

 

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner presents his state of the state address in Springfield Wednesday. Those who watch it might notice one color in particular being worn by those in attendance. Illinois Public Radio's Rachel Otwell explains. 

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is launching an awareness campaign aimed at helping the public better understand the opioid crisis. 

Authorities say a suburban Chicago middle school student has been charged with a hate crime after posting a threatening video on social media.

Proposals calling for sexual harassment training for elected officials and others at the state Capitol are in the works. 

The University of Illinois will no longer use the music known as the “War Chant” during athletic events on its Urbana-Champaign campus.

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The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department and Pekin Police are working to determine what happened to 13-year-old Robert Bee. 

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A 15-year-old boy has been charged with starting a fire that caused heavy damage to a building at an abandoned prison in northern Illinois.  Joliet police say they received numerous tips via social media linking Monday's fire to two 15-year-old boys, who were at the prison at the time of the fire.

 

Yesterday’s “I voted” sticker is today’s ballot selfie. But some voters last fall found out Illinois makes it illegal to take a selfie with your ballot. Lawmakers are trying to change that, inspired by the young people who simply wanted to share their fulfillment of their civic duty on social media.

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Five female Peoria High School students have been arrested or face school discipline, following a fight that resulted in one student getting tased.

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A Chicago father and his twin sons have been sentenced for running a sex trafficking business with underage girls.  Nathan Nicholson is sentenced to 16 and a half years in prison, and his sons, Tyrelle and Myrelle Lockett, are sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison each. 

The horrific beating of a mentally disabled white man in Chicago by four black assailants broadcast on social media is a focal point on anti-white hate crimes.  But federal statistics and experts say anti-white incidents are a smaller percentage of overall hate crimes. Anti-black hate crimes make up the largest number of cases.

During a time contentious rhetoric abounds and many people say they have fears about the worst of humanity, here's a story about a man making a life-saving sacrifice for another - someone he didn't even know:

A 24-year-old Peoria man is facing a 35-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to soliciting sex and pornographic images online from women and young girls.  The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield says Jordan D. Salem pleaded guilty this week to production of child pornography while registered as a sex offender.

An Illinois lawmaker wants to criminalize recording fights in order to post them online.   Rep. Terri Bryant says she was disturbed by a video of an altercation between two boys from her hometown of Murphysboro that was posted to Facebook. 

A professor at a suburban Chicago Christian college who was placed on administrative leave after donning a headscarf to demonstrate solidarity with Muslims says she's seeking reconciliation with her employer.

The Pekin Police Department says its use of social media is helping to fight crime. The department has been using its Facebook page since mid-2013 to inform residents of suspects who have been arrested and those they're still searching for.

The 10th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council offered a special seminar on the use of technology to Bully and Stalk particularly as it relates to young people.