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The Illinois Supreme Court has quelled a two-year legal effort by media organizations to make certain information public in the Kirk Zimmerman murder case. One justice has also filed a dissenting opinion.

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we've been hearing from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. 

UPDATED 4:10 p.m. | The Catholic Church in Illinois has been sued by four people who claim they were sexually abused by priests and that the church protected the priests by concealing the abuse.

CHICAGO - Attorney General Jeff Sessions will deliver a speech in Chicago on the heels of a Trump administration decision to oppose a proposed plan to overhaul Chicago police under close court supervision.

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EDWARDSVILLE - Murder charges have been filed against a southern Illinois man in the shooting death of a Godfrey village official.

Governor Bruce Rauner was in Marion Tuesday to receive the endorsement of advocates of the second amendment.

At the Marion American Legion Post, Rauner said he's proud to be endorsed by the Illinois State Rifle Association; the Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois; gun dealers across the state and supporters of conceal carry.

When two agencies of the US Department of Agriculture move out of the Washington DC area next year, they might come to the Quad Cities. The chamber of commerce has applied to host the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service, with a total of more than 600 jobs.

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. 

The Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series will happen this Thursday night on the University of Illinois Springfield campus.

The topic this year is Lincoln vs. Douglas: Slavery and Race in Illinois History.

With only three weeks until Election Day, the Illinois State Board of Elections wants to reassure voters their information is safe from cyberattacks. 

What test should school teachers have to pass to earn a license in Illinois? The Illinois State Board of Education takes up that question at their meeting Wednesday.

The Democratic candidate for Illinois governor is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit against his campaign — from his own campaign workers.

Ten current and former staffers accuse J.B. Pritzker’s campaign operation of subjecting them to harassment and retaliation. Pritzker denies the accusations.

Illinois lawmakers are trying to gauge whether legalizing sports betting could help the state earn some much-needed revenue.  Experts say the plan has long-term benefits, but only if it’s done right.  

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. 

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FREEPORT - A northern Illinois county has agreed to a $3 million settlement with the family of a pregnant woman who was killed in a crash at a rural intersection where a stop sign was missing.

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CHICAGO - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker each reported income of roughly $55 million last year.

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JOLIET - A suburban Chicago gymnastics coach has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl he trained at a gym in Channahon.

Candidates in the race for Illinois’ 13th Congressional seat squared off in the first of four debates in Springfield on Monday. Recent polling has suggested the race could be close between Republican incumbent Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.


This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. Today we hear from State Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez of Springfield who is the Republican spokesperson for the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force

Access to high-speed internet stops about seven miles east of both Nippersink School District 2 and Richmond-Burton Community High School District 157, according to Tom Lind. He’s the superintendent of both districts, located near the border of Wisconsin —  about 70 miles northwest of Chicago.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is hosting a vigil Friday evening in memory of Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.

News of SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's death spread quickly Thursday, and leaders say he'll be remembered as a tireless leader for the school.

Illinois Gubernatorial Debate - 10/11/18

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WGEM-TV in Quincy will host a one-hour debate between candidates for Illinois Governor on October 11, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Even though there are roughly 434 other options, there may not be a more compelling House race in the nation than the contest for Illinois’ 12th Congressional District.

The contest between incumbent Republican Mike Bost and Democrat Brendan Kelly features two candidates with impressive track records of public service. While Republicans have gained ground in the district in recent years, the 12th District, which includes the Metro East, has a rich Democratic legacy and political infrastructure that gives Kelly a fighting chance.

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. The first woman we spoke to is Susana Mendoza, state Comptroller and member of the Illinois Anti-harassment Equality and Access Panel.

There’s been a lot of changes in agriculture through the decades, from the equipment used to the amount of land needed to sustain a livelihood. Gary Oxley is an Illinois man who has been farming for more than 70 years. He discusses the changes he's witnessed first hand.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the AFSCME union continue to be at odds over raises owed to thousands of state workers.   

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CHICAGO - A suburban Chicago girl and a girl from Indiana are being treated for a rare condition that afflicts the nervous system.

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SPRINGFIELD - State officials have released more than $14 million for improvements to state parks.

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CHICAGO - Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt is the winner of Illinois' 2018 Senior Hall of Fame award.

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