Illinois

The state of Illinois has repaired and digitized 57 maps that the Illinois National Guard used during World War I to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war.

Illinois climate experts say the state saw the tenth-wettest October since 1895 this year thanks to average statewide precipitation of nearly 5 inches.

A public allegation of sexual harassment against an Illinois state lawmaker has people wondering: Is there a watchdog over the legislature? There used to be. 

An Illinois museum has opened a theater where visitors can have conversations with Holocaust survivors through 3-D holograms and sophisticated voice recognition technology.

Police across Illinois are stepping up patrols this weekend in an effort to keep roadways safe as people celebrate Halloween.

State officials estimate Illinois hunters will harvest about 150,000 deer this fall and winter.

The House has approved a measure aimed at making it easier to claim life insurance benefits when a policyholder dies. 

The Illinois Capitol was briefly evacuated following a small furnace fire shortly before lawmakers were expected to gather for a veto session.

The head of a national group meant to help elect Democratic governors around the country says he expects President Trump to be a big factor for Illinois voters next year.

An organization is working to reopen a Civil War museum in Illinois that has been closed since August.

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The U.S. attorney's office for central Illinois wants a federal judge to reconsider his finding that prosecutors made false or misleading statements in former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's theft-of-government-funds case. 

The Democratic candidates for Illinois governor are increasingly getting asked what they think of their own party’s leader, House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Jesse Ruiz Enters the Fold for Attorney General

Oct 18, 2017

Chicago Park District President Jesse Ruiz announced he’s running for Illinois Attorney General Wednesday.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is crediting a graduated driver's license law with a 51% drop in teenage-driver deaths in the past decade.

The state of Illinois is looking for residents' help to create a plan to determine how to best use the state's roadway rest areas.

Illinois transportation officials are warning motorists to beware of more active deer as mating season begins.

Illinois State University is getting a $12.5 million federal grant to help school principals.

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.

Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation's worst budget crisis, and $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills hadn't even been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June.

The state of Illinois is among the states leading the nation in the number of college freshmen pursuing higher education in other states.

Illinois climate and weather experts say the state saw drier and warmer than normal conditions during September.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ameya Pawar wants Illinois to move towards free tuition for state universities. And the Chicago alderman says one way to do it is to spend more on capitol development at state college campuses.

Another new lawsuit wants to ensure issues related to people with disabilities are addressed in any plan to reform Chicago police.

Advocates for imprisoned women are thanking Gov. Bruce Rauner for signing a law requiring gender-appropriate and informed practices in the Illinois women's prison and parole systems. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking to overhaul regulations on the last of the state's coal-fired power plants.

Court Ruling Makes Life Easier for Political Third Parties

Oct 2, 2017

Political third parties in Illinois recently won a victory in court. The new change would make it easier to get on the ballot. 

Illinois counties are preparing to meet the requirements of a bail reform law taking effect next year.

Illinois education officials say the elimination of some requirements for teacher licenses has streamlined the licensing process and hasn't sacrificed the state's high standards.

The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against the credit reporting company Equifax over a data breach that exposed personal information of about 143 million people.

State officials are encouraging Illinois residents to participate in an earthquake safety drill next month.

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