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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana city and an Illinois community that once clashed in federal court over a water rate dispute have signed a new drinking water agreement.

An Indiana couple has donated two Civil War documents signed by Abraham Lincoln to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

A Champaign area-based bus company faces a federal lawsuit accusing it of discriminating and harassing customers and their families.

Apple iPhone owners from several states are suing the tech giant for not disclosing sooner that it had issued software updates deliberately slowing older-model phones so aging batteries lasted longer.

A former Wisconsin state regulator has been named chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Chicago.

A central Illinois youth basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he engaged in criminal sexual activity with two former players.

A former Chicago alderman says he'll challenge Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in 2018 after she championed a highly-unpopular sweetened beverage tax.

Planning for Illinois' bicentennial celebration lags behind recent anniversaries elsewhere.

An Indiana group has won nearly $1 million in federal funds to boost efforts to use technology to bring healthcare to under-served areas in four states.

Democratic-leaning Illinois is the latest state to direct taxpayer money to private schools. 

Conservation officers say an Indiana man died after he slipped and fell about 60 feet from a cliff at northern Illinois' in Starved Rock State Park.

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 MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) - Experts say the number of Illinois residents pulling up stakes and moving to Indiana likely will grow in the coming years because of factors including a lower cost of living and lower taxes.

A memo says Illinois prison officials wanted Drew Peterson transferred to a federal prison because the former suburban police officer convicted of killing his third wife and plotting to kill the prosecutor, posed a danger to the prison.

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  TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - States adjacent to Lake Michigan have agreed to cut back on stocking the lake with chinook salmon and lake trout over the next two years.

Indiana Can’t Ban Syrian Refugees

Oct 3, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling today that prevents Indiana from banning refugees from Syria. Days after terrorists struck Paris last November, Indiana Governor Mike Pence placed a ban on Syrian refugees from being resettled in the state. 

President Barack Obama is continuing to make his case that more needs to be done to curb gun violence. This week he outlined a series of executive steps that includes broader background checks. Gun-friendly states like Indiana have long resisted those measures. But some gun owners there agree more could be done. Illinois Public Radio's Michael Puente reports.

One of the executive actions President Obama is pushing would tighten the so-called “gun show loophole.” That’s where private sellers are not required to conduct a background check.

     OBAMA: Anybody in the business of selling firearms must get a license and conduct background checks or be subject to criminal prosecutions. It doesn’t matter whether you’re doing it over the internet or at a gun show.

Gun shows are big business in the Hoosier state. You can find one happening nearly every month in Northwest Indiana. Crown Point hosted one in December at the Lake County Fairgrounds. That’s where I run into Nick, a Schererville resident who declined to give his last name.

     MIKE: Do these gun shows get a bad rap? Some say it's easier to get guns here.

     NICK: Here’s why it’s easier. You have actually people from gun shops who have tables in there. They have your form that you fill out for the ATF and they call in your background check to the NCIS immediately. The only way to get it without is if it’s a private seller. That’s your loophole.

Nick isn’t sure closing that loophole will make much of a difference.

     NICKLook at the gangbangers in Chicago. Do you think they all have carry cards? No. We need more laws? No you don’t. You need to enforce the laws you have.

But those in favor of universal background checks say that law doesn’t exist.

     BUNCICH: There are individuals at these gun shows that are skirting the law. They are called private dealers.

That’s John Buncich, the sheriff of Lake County. His office is just down the road from the gun show.

     BUNCICH: And also, what we found is that in the parking lots of a lot of these gun shows, individuals will conduct illegal sales.

Law enforcement officials say many of those guns end up on the streets of Chicago and contribute to violence.

The Federal Highway Administration has abandoned its appeal of a court ruling against the proposed Illiana Expressway.

Caterpillar plans layoffs at Lafayette, IN plant

Apr 3, 2015

Caterpillar is planning to layoff 50 full-time and 200 agency workers at its facility in Lafayette, Indiana.  That’s according to a report from WLFI in Lafayette.  Caterpillar is quoted as saying the moves come from a decrease in orders for engines.  

Rauner criticizes Indiana law

Apr 1, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state’s anti-discrimination laws strike the right balance.  That comes as Indiana lawmakers are reportedly trying to ease concerns that a new law would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.  

Indiana Governor wants a fix to new law

Mar 31, 2015
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence wants legislators to fix a controversial law by the end of the week. That comes as pressure continues to mount for an economic boycott of the state. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked Indiana businesses to consider moving to Chicago after Indiana's governor signed legislation that's been criticized over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Indiana Governor signs controversial new law

Mar 26, 2015
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Indiana’s governor has signed into law a bill that some say will discriminate against gay people. 

Indiana’s governor supports Illiana Tollway

Dec 16, 2014

The proposed Illiana Tollway has its critics but Indiana’s governor is not one of them.  It’s been called a “boondoggle” by some who see spending more than a billion dollars on the Illiana Tollway as a waste of money. 

Bradley University is partnering with Indiana University for its pre-law students. The ‘Bradley Law Scholar’ program will nominate two pre-law students each year for acceptance at Indiana University’s Robert McKinney School of Law. 

Indiana must recognize first same-sex marriage

Jul 1, 2014

A federal appeals court has ruled that the State of Indiana must recognize the marriage of the state’s first same-sex couple. 

Ruling halts same sex marriage in Indiana

Jun 30, 2014

Same-sex couples who rushed to get married last week in Indiana are now in legal limbo. 

Indiana overturns ban on same-sex marriage

Jun 25, 2014

Same-sex couples in Indiana are rushing to exchange vows following Wednesday’s historic ruling overturning the state's ban.  

Health officials hopeful on US case of MERS

May 5, 2014

Federal and state officials in Indiana are hopeful a deadly virus from the Middle East has been contained.

Indiana board votes for new highway near Chicago

Dec 12, 2013


  The Chicago area could be getting another highway in a few years.  A major vote to see that happen occurred Thursday in Indiana.  

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A legal challenge could stall a much touted proposed expressway for Chicago’s southern suburbs. IPR'S Michael Puente reports.

Illinois and Indiana have partnered to build the Illiana Expressway. The east-west corridor is expected to one day connect I-55 in Will County to I-65 in Lake County, Indiana. The goal is to relieve congestion on existing roadways and create jobs. But a federal lawsuit filed yesterday claims the project will destroy natural areas.