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Food and drink vendors at this year’s Illinois State Fair say fewer people lined up for things like corn dogs and lemon shake-ups. That fits with an official report of declining overall attendance.


CHICAGO - Authorities say a man stabbed another man during an argument near a parking area at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport before a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer intervened to stop the knife attack.


SPRINGFIELD - A central Illinois Catholic priest has been removed from ministry after church officials say he misused money from two parishes and pornography was found among his possessions.

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DOWNERS GROVE - The Illinois Tollway invites high school students to compete for the chance to have their art appear on the cover of the 2019 Tollway map.

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LANSING - A semi-trailer slammed into a suburban Chicago apartment building, leading to a nearly three-hour effort to free the driver from the wreckage.

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CHICAGO - Three people were seriously injured with they were shot near a South Side high school.

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CHICAGO - New research shows active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons.

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SPRINGFIELD - The remains of an Illinois native shot down over Germany 74 years ago during World War II have been identified.

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TROY - A family-owned grocery store business in southern Illinois is closing its doors after operating continuously for more than 155 years.

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CHICAGO (AP) - A joint news investigation has found that deadly blood infections persist in Illinois' understaffed nursing homes.

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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.

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SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield police officer's idea to offer free haircuts developed into a community back-to-school soiree.

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SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a "harvest emergency" to help crop-hauling Illinois farmers compete with those in neighboring states.

Bruce Morton said he was born and raised in the Hancock County community of Bowen (2010 census: 494).  He couldn’t wait to leave and lived for 30 years near Phoenix, Arizona.  But he moved back to Bowen in 2007 and is glad he did.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” across Illinois.

A big surprise this week - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he's dropping out of the upcoming election.  Amanda Vinicky of Chicago's WTTW and A.D. Quig of The Daily Line join the panel.

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NPR Illinois' Sam Dunklau sat down with Bishop Paprocki of Springfield this week. He says he regrets the child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy that happened in the past, and calls on the Church to heal together.

Each week, Statewide with host Sean Crawford brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois.


  SPRINGFIELD - A former Illinois House leader has been cleared of sexual harassment by the legislative inspector general.


The acting inspector general told Skokie Democratic Rep. Lou Lang in a letter that there's not enough evidence to support harassment and intimidation claims by Maryann Loncar.


Loncar is a medical marijuana activist who claims Lang inappropriately put his arm around her and made unwanted comments.

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  WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic lawmakers are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to act faster to bring more hazardous chemicals and substances under regulation in the U.S.

A House environment subcommittee held a hearing Thursday on one such substance, an industrial compound widely used to make firefighting foam, nonstick cookware, and fast-food wrappers.


Student enrollment at Western Illinois University this fall is down 10% from last year with a total student enrollment of 8,502 for both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.

The Illinois State Board of Education reports that the number of homeless students has climbed over the last few years.


As summer comes to a close, Illinois residents are getting closer to deer hunting season and a new law recently signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner is intended to improve safety by adding a new color to hunters' wardrobes.

Texting and driving could cost you, quite literally, with a new law raising fines on motorists caught using cellphones.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a measure aimed at shortening wait times at driver services locations. The new law will give drivers the option to renew their license plates for multiple years.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke is again pressing Catholic church officials on the issue of abuse.

Gary Smith has worked at the grain elevator at Okaw Farmer’s Co-op in Lovington, Illinois, for forty years. On his desk sit two computer screens, where he tracks corn and soybean prices online at the Chicago Board of Trade.

As he explains, trade moves fast: “Just bam bam bam, and within a few seconds it could change a nickel or a dime against your favor.”

Illinois government wants to keep kids from leaving the state for college. Its latest effort is a website and app that allows students and their parents to compare in-state schools.

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CHICAGO - Chicago has agreed to require that officers file paperwork each time they point a gun at someone, even if they don't fire.

CARBONDALE - Enrollment is continuing a steep decline at Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus, with nearly 12 percent fewer students this fall semester.