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Wells Fargo will pay a $2.09 billion civil penalty over allegations the company originated and sold residential mortgage loans that included misstated income information, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

The bank's actions contributed to the financial crisis, the agency said.

Many Central Illinois school districts are struggling to fill an unprecedented number of teaching vacancies just weeks before the school year begins.

Pontiac Retirement Home Receives Surprise Donation

Jul 31, 2018
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PONTIAC - Officials of an Illinois retirement home that received a surprise $2.4 million donation say the funds will be used enhance the home's facilities, programs and services.

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CHICAGO - Organizers of a march this week that may snarl traffic in one of Chicago's most heavily populated neighborhoods say they don't want the support of the city's mayor.

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CHICAGO - A new Illinois lottery game will generate money to help the families of police officers killed or severely hurt in the line of duty.

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CHICAGO  - Less than 1 percent of Chicago's residents have been issued a city ID card since the program launched this summer.

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Groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will happen next year because of a delay in the federal review process.

Big Mac Turns 50

Jul 30, 2018
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McDonald's is not messing with the makings of its most famous double-decker burger of 50 years.

Chicago has announced a plan to implement far-reaching police reforms under federal court supervision.

A measure awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature would enable local counties or municipalities to create urban agricultural zones in areas where access to food is limited.

Sonya Harper is a state representative whose district covers the contrasting sides of Chicago that have come to symbolize the Windy City.

It's been 10 years since Illinois went smoke-free in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.

President Trump makes his first presidential visit to Illinois, delivering a speech at U.S. Steel's Granite City Works, near St. Louis.

While President Trump’s trade wars have pitted steelworkers against farmers in Illinois, that doesn’t mean that those affected by recent trade policies aren’t worried about each other.

 

The trade partnership struck between the Trump administration and the EU this week is a “big deal” for Illinois farmers, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Thursday during a visit with the president near St. Louis.

Stressing out over a seemingly negative or condescending work email can cause ripple effects that extend to relationships in the home, according to 

President Donald Trump on Thursday trumpeted the renewed success of an Illinois steel mill, pushing back against criticism that his escalating trade disputes are hurting American workers and farmers.

A federal judge in Chicago has approved a settlement in a lawsuit over Illinois' handling of deaf prisoners.

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DANVILLE, Ill.  - Police say investigators believe a now-deceased man killed a young woman inside her eastern Illinois home 38 years ago.

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CHICAGO  - A man might have saved himself from serious injury when a large metal pin fell from Wrigley Field's centerfield scoreboard because he had a plastic bucket on his head during a Chicago Cubs game.

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CHICAGO  - Lawyers for a Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald don't want the judge presiding over the case to decide the venue.

The state of Illinois has agreed to settle a lawsuit over its treatment of prisoners who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

A central Illinois freight company and a road salt producer face state allegations of contaminating areas near the Illinois River with toxic chemicals.

The family of a motorcyclist who died after he hit a pothole and was thrown to the ground while riding through Chicago will receive $4 million from the city. 

Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation intended to prevent wrongful convictions.

About half of Illinois’ counties are on poverty watch or warning lists released Monday by an anti-poverty organization, the Heartland Alliance.

The number of counties with those poor ratings increased from 30 last year to 52 this year. 

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is speaking out against proposed changes to the only federal program that provides funding for birth control. Those changes include a so-called "gag rule" that could affect thousands of Illinois residents.

Task Force Looks To Cut Illinois Female Prison Population

Jul 23, 2018

A proposal by reform advocates would cut the number of women locked up in Illinois prisons by as much as half.  

President Donald Trump will be visiting an Illinois steel mill that is boosting production as he faces opposition to his imposition of tariffs in international trade disputes.

Six students from Chicago and its suburbs are among more than two dozen whose anti-violence activism has earned them Giffords Courage Fellowships to aid them in organizing anti-violence prevention.

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