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NEW YORK (AP) — Dressbarn, the women's clothing chain that's been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores.

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CHICAGO  - A trial is underway of a man accused in the 2012 murder of an informant who cooperated with a federal investigation into a central Illinois drug ring.

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WOODSTOCK - A judge has set bail at $5 million each for an Illinois mother and father charged with murder in the death of their 5-year-old son.

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 Two new lawsuits have been filed against a Morton man whose son is accused of killing four people and injuring three others in a shooting at a Nashville Waffle House.


GOODFIELD - Authorities say a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois was intentionally set.

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SPRINGFIELD - Federal authorities have a message for taxpayers as April 15 approaches:  Tax fraud can land you in prison.

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CINCINNATI — DNA tests disproved a teenager's claim that he was an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago, the FBI said Thursday, dashing hopes that the baffling case had finally been solved.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - One of the nation's largest wind energy projects is facing a new obstacle from Missouri legislation that could prevent the high-voltage power line from being strung across the property of unwilling landowners.

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - The governors of three Midwest states ravaged by March flooding say they will pushing for more control over management of the Missouri River that borders their states.

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CINCINNATI (AP) -  Police in the Illinois hometown of a boy missing since 2011 say they can't yet confirm that he is in fact a teenager found wandering in Kentucky.

MARSTON, Mo. - A Missouri man jailed in Texas is now charged with killing a woman at an Interstate 55 rest area in October.

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This year’s dance is over for the Bradley Braves men’s basketball program. The team fell to 2nd-seed Michigan State Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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An effort to save the Rock Island County Courthouse has hit a roadblock.


ROCK ISLAND - A federal jury in western Illinois has found a 30-year-old man guilty of conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin.

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CHICAGO - A sign winter is over in Chicago is officials telling people to get rid of those chairs, tables and other stuff they've put in front of their homes to save parking spots after clearing snow.

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EDWARDSVILLE  - A southern Illinois husband and wife have been found dead in their home.

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STAUNTON - Illinois State Police say a trooper is recovering at a hospital after being wounded during a shootout with a carjacking suspect who was fatally shot.

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FREEPORT - Rising waters along the Pecatonica and Rock rivers have flooded some homes in northern Illinois cities like Freeport, Rockford and Machesney Park.

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PEORIA - The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission has rejected plans by winery to expand.

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BLOOMINGTON - Prosecutors are asking a central Illinois judge to reconsider granting a new trial to a man who has spent 27 years in prison for his father's 1991 beating and stabbing death.

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The father of the former Morton man accused in a deadly Nashville mass shooting is facing a gun charge in Tazewell County. Jeffrey Reinking of Morton is charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Firearm, a class four felony. State’s attorney Stewart Umholtz filed the charges Thursday.

BOSTON - Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will oversee the safety efforts of the utility company blamed for September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police officials have come up with several reforms designed to make it harder for people to keep guns after losing their right to own a firearm.

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MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin National Guard has decided an Illinois congressman who serves as a guardsman did nothing wrong when he criticized Gov. Tony Evers' decision to withdraw troops from the U.S. southern border.

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The Woodford County village of Congerville has lost its distinction as the coldest place in Illinois.

Former Congressman Aaron Schock has agreed to pay thousands of dollars in fines in exchange for prosecutors dismissing his felony corruption case.

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CHAMPAIGN - Weather experts say February was cold and stormy in Illinois with above-average precipitation and below-average temperatures.

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CHICAGO - Illinois is launching a new state website aimed at helping people affected by gambling addictions.

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. J.B. Pritzker has named leaders in three cabinet-level agencies.


DECATUR - Illinois lawmakers plan a hearing about the death of a 2-year-old Decatur girl who died from starvation and deprivation.