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4 die in Illinois crash after high school football game

Nov. 18, 2019 2:21 PM EST

VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) — A small Illinois school is grieving the deaths of two students in a weekend crash that also killed the grandparents of one of the girls. Fourteen-year-old Vandalia High School freshman Jenna Protz died along with her grandparents, 73-year-old William Protz and 72-year-old Jackolyn...

State Senate President Cullerton to retire in January

Nov. 14, 2019 10:03 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic state Senate President John Cullerton announced Thursday that he’s stepping down from the Illinois Legislature. His retirement will be effective sometime in January and he’s fulfilling a promise to his wife, Pam, Cullerton said in a statement. “So...

Lawmakers OK greater lobbyist disclosure over GOP complaints

Nov. 14, 2019 7:05 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved requiring more public disclosure about lobbyists Thursday in response to a federal bribery charge against a since-disgraced representative but pushed heavy ethics-reform lifting off to a newly created commission that will report recommendations next...

Copy of Gettysburg address handwritten by Lincoln on display

Nov. 14, 2019 12:59 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A copy of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address that was handwritten by the 16th president himself is going on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield for two weeks. In a news release, the museum says it will display the copy — one...

High retirement numbers have Springfield police recruiting

Nov. 13, 2019 10:19 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Springfield, Illinois police department is seeking experienced officers to counter a growing number of retirements. Police Chief Kenny Winslow says the department normally sees about 10 officers leave per year, but the number has been slightly higher the past few years. Winslow...

Chicago mayor pleads case in Springfield on casino, budget

Nov. 12, 2019 7:04 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot crisscrossed the state Capitol Tuesday looking for help from lawmakers to make a casino feasible and shore up the city's budget, but she reported little progress. The Legislature approved a land-based casino for Chicago last spring in a major expansion...

Illinois EPA student contest focuses on algae's effect

Nov. 11, 2019 7:57 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' environmental agency is enlisting fifth and sixth grade students to educate people about how algae affects bodies of water using art or language. The theme for this year's contest held by the Illinois Environment Protection Agency is "Algae: The Good, the Bad, and the...

Athens man accused of threatening to kill Illinois judge

Nov. 6, 2019 10:29 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man faces felony charges for allegedly threatening to kill a judge from Illinois' 7th Judicial Circuit. Twenty-four-year-old Cody Ray Martin of Athens is charged with one count each of threatening a public official and telephone harassment. A complaint filed in...

Judge OKs moving home invasion attacker to community setting

Oct. 25, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois judge has approved moving a man accused in a violent 2014 home invasion attack from a mental health center to a community-based setting. A Champaign County judge agreed Wednesday that 45-year-old Aaron Munds is ready for conditional release after hearing evidence that...

The Latest: Chicago classes canceled for 6th day amid strike

Oct. 23, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Chicago's budget woes and ongoing teacher strike (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Chicago Public Schools have cancelled classes for a sixth day as a teachers' strike remains unresolved. The nation's third-largest school district has kept school buildings open since the Chicago...