Illinois

The Illinois attorney general has issued guidance for law enforcement agencies in the state on a law to improve response to sexual assault and abuse. 

Officials of telecommunications conglomerate AT&T say Illinois' landlines won't be going away anytime soon despite a new state law to end the traditional phone service.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner lost an unprecedented battle with the "Springfield insiders" he once campaigned to dethrone when lawmakers approved a budget and $5 billion tax hike over his objections, and without the pro-business reforms the Republican promised.

Climatologists say the average temperature for June across Illinois was 72.8 degrees which was 0.9 degrees above normal.  

An Illinois congressman says he plans to introduce legislation to name a post office after a U.S. Navy SEAL from Illinois who was killed in Yemen.

An 89-year-old bridge that spans from Missouri to Illinois is expected to be replaced by fall 2019.

The extended Fourth of July weekend is expected to be one of the busiest periods of the year on Illinois's tollway with nearly 8 million vehicles on the system.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says if legislators fail to send him a budget by Friday, he'll extend a legislative special session until they "get the job done."

If Illinois legislators don't approve a budget this week, lottery players in the state won't get jackpots over $25,000. 

An application for a fracking permit in southern Illinois has revived the debate on high-volume oil and gas drilling. 

Illinois health officials say they're seeing an increase in tick-borne illness among residents in the state.

Illinois officials are asking the public to let trained and licensed experts handle fireworks as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.

Illinois residents are being warned to beware of rabid animals after more than two dozen rabid bats have been reported in the state this year.

An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump.

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says plans for a $132 million renovation at Memorial Stadium are on hold and instead the school will break ground next year on a stand-alone football performance center.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration say they're working out bugs on a $94 million online portal that allows state employees to choose health care options. 

State versus state battle lines are being drawn across the Mississippi River, with a top Missouri official urging Illinois regulators to back away from a plan that would allow higher levees, potentially worsening flooding on the Missouri side of the river.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging the House to take action on the Senate-approved budget plan during next week's special session. 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has called a “special session” of the General Assembly scheduled for next week.

The shooting at a republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia is hitting a southern Illinois congressman hard. Republican John Shimkus is a roommate of Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, who was shot during the incident. Shimkus - who was not at the practice - says it feels as if a brother was shot.

Police say the FBI is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese woman from a central Illinois university town as a kidnapping.

An appellate court has ruled against social service providers suing Illinois over the lack of payment during the budget impasse.

The multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will dump Illinois by the end of June if the state doesn't end its budget impasse. 

The Illinois man who shot a Republican congressman and several other people while they practiced baseball outside the nation's capital had a number of run-ins with police in recent years, including arrests for battery, resisting arrest and drunken driving.

Illinois Republicans have presented what they're calling a "compromise" budget and reform plan to end the state's nearly three-year budget impasse.

A General Electric plant scheduled to close this summer in Illinois has held an open house for about 3,000 past and current employees.

Officials of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said Sears Holdings's elimination of 400 jobs means the company no longer qualifies for state tax breaks.

An annual data report says Illinois ranks 19th in the nation when it comes to the well-being of children. The 2017 Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation measures areas including family and community, health, education and economic factors. 

Some say Illinois can't afford to cut its media service that transmits state news, even though it costs $3 million a year as the state is in financial turmoil.

State transportation officials are warning motorists that the expected hot weather over the next few days might cause pavement to buckle around Illinois.

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