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SPRINGFIELD - A series of festivals, parades and other events will mark the 200th anniversary of Illinois adopting its state constitution.

Local GOP Picks Disgraced Illinois Lawmaker's Replacement

Aug 20, 2018
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CHICAGO - Helene Miller Walsh, the wife of a conservative radio host and former Illinois congressman, will replace a former state lawmaker who resigned after being accused of sharing nude photos of an ex-girlfriend online.

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CHICAGO - Authorities say a Chicago teenager killed himself after being chased by police, but his family thinks the officers shot him and they're calling for an independent investigation.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke is calling for a new investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Church authorities are doing just that, but Burke says the matter cannot be left to the Catholic heirarchy.

Illinois police officers who want to seek mental health care can now do so without jeopardizing their jobs.

This week, political rhetoric at the Illinois State Fair.

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This episode of Statewide includes:

Home construction slowdown, synthetic marijuana, trolls in the woods, and more.

After his State of the University speech, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas told reporters, "We have made cuts and we will have to continue to make those cuts and we will do the necessary things that we have to do."

Another Year of Change Ahead for WIU

Aug 20, 2018

Western Illinois University’s president used his State of the University address during Thursday's University Assembly to say this will be a year of change at the institution.

Michelle McAnarney said she realized her daughter Darby was different than other children soon after she was born.

Republicans held their annual rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Wednesday with a message of party unity.  Bruce Rauner still holds the top office in state government. But as he pushes for re-election, he’s trying to appease conservatives who feel betrayed and whose support he needs to win a second term.   

Thousands of Illinois Democrats met Thursday in Springfield for the party’s annual state fair brunch.

Candidates repeated familiar attacks on Republicans. But some say they need to do more.

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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of pointing a rifle at an anti-abortion protester near a southwestern Illinois abortion clinic says it was unloaded and he only lifted it up for the man to see.

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CHICAGO - A Chicago activist who helped organize a protest march that briefly shut down Lake Shore Drive this month now wants to disrupt traffic with a Labor Day march on an expressway near O'Hare International Airport. 

Biden Cancels Illinois State Fair Trip

Aug 15, 2018

     

SPRINGFIELD - A trip by former Vice President Joe Biden to Springfield, Illinois, has been called off because of illness.

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CHICAGO - Illinois' attorney general is suing the operators of Trump International Hotel and Tower for removing water from and releasing water into the Chicago River in violation of federal environmental laws.

CHICAGO - People flying in and out of Chicago's Midway Airport will find a new food hall with expanded retail and local dining options.

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. - Firefighters had to rescue a southwestern Illinois man from deep mud after he became stuck while trying to reach his pet parrot.

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WICKLIFFE, Ky. - An Ohio River bridge between Kentucky and Illinois has resumed normal traffic flow this week but will have restrictions again starting next week.

CHICAGO  - As an additional 600 police officers patrolled five violent Chicago police districts over the weekend the number of shootings dropped and no one was killed.

Man Killed in Shootout With Suburban Chicago Police

Aug 14, 2018

     

RICHTON PARK - Suburban Chicago police say a man has been killed in a shootout with officers from two departments.

Northern Illinois Residents Oppose Solar Farms

Aug 14, 2018

      

ROCKFORD - A petition signed by 400 northern Illinois residents opposes special-use permits that would allow the development of four proposed solar farms.

Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to contribute $1 million to Republican attorney general nominee Erika Harold so she “will prosecute (House Speaker Michael) Madigan.” But when pressed by reporters, Rauner would not identify a crime with which he thinks Madigan should be charged. Did the governor cross a line?

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos—whose 17th Congressional District spans the Illinois Quad Cities and other northwestern parts of the state—says the recent indictment of a Republican congressman for alleged insider trading is the latest example of what she describes as the Republican Party's "rampant culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence."

Illinois election officials are still trying to determine how best to safeguard the election process and voter data. That’s after Russians hacked the Illinois voter log in the 2016 election, exposing 76,000 voter registrations.

Some voter information, though, is not under state control.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation meant to bring state jobs back to Springfield.

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  BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. - Researchers say two new exotic zooplankton species have crept into the Great Lakes.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has "failed horribly" on public safety after gunfire in the city last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11.

Advocates say increasing access to hormonal contraceptives could help reduce unplanned pregnancies. One legislative proposal considered earlier this year aims to do just that by allowing patients to skip a physician's visit and head straight to a pharmacist. But it is having trouble catching on in Illinois.

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SEATTLE (AP) - A lawsuit by 17 states challenging President Donald Trump's separation of migrant families at the Mexico border has been transferred to a California courtroom where a federal judge is already overseeing several related cases.

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