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  • Highland teachers may end strike

    HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — The school district and teachers union in southwestern Illinois' Highland School District have reached a tentative agreement after a four-day strike. Superintendent Michael Sutton said the agreement was reached Saturday evening but declined to release details until it was...

  • Cop and suspect injured in shooting, incident

    CHICAGO (AP) — A man was shot and injured by Chicago police after an officer was struck with a car, officials said Sunday. The incident occurred Saturday evening around 10:15 p.m. when undercover officers driving an unmarked squad car stopped a suspect as part of a narcotics investigation,...

  • Chicago alderman challenging Emanuel for mayor

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago alderman announced Saturday he'll challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015, saying the city deserves a leader who looks out for everyday people and not just downtown businesses and the wealthy. Bob Fioretti, a frequent critic of Emanuel, ripped the former White House chief...

  • Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state lawmaker who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana law said it bars the release of information about those applying to grow and sell the drug to prevent the state officials who review the applications from being influenced by political connections. State Rep....

  • Freshmen enrollment drops at U. of Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Freshman enrollment at the University of Illinois's flagship campus is down this semester by 5.4 percent from a year ago, according to the school. The freshman class enrolled this fall at the Urbana-Champaign campus has 6,937 students. That's down from 7,331 in the fall...

  • Chabon novel chosen for Chicago reading initiative

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago residents are being encouraged to enter a world of superheroes through the city's popular One Book, One Chicago program. The Chicago Public Library Commission announced Friday it has chosen Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay"...

  • 5 men from Kankakee area hit with gun charges

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Five men are in federal custody on gun charges resulting from investigations of gun violence in the Kankakee area, the U.S. attorney's office in central Illinois announced Friday. Rico J. Speed, 27; Roosevelt D. Smith, 22; Charles V. Williams, 39, and Carlton Lashawn Smith,...

  • US awards $12M to Illinois health centers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $11.7 million in funding to community health centers across Illinois, Sen. Dick Durbin announced Friday. The money is available through the Affordable Care Act. It will be used to hire additional health care...

  • Glen Carbon village names next police chief

    GLEN CARBON, Ill. (AP) — The southwestern Illinois village of Glen Carbon soon will have a new police chief. The village's governing board has approved of Collinsville Police Department Assistant Police Chief Todd Link as John Lakin's eventual replacement, the Belleville News-Democrat...

  • Illinois still employs 173 hired improperly

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn's administration hired more than 60 percent of the Illinois Department of Transportation workers whose employment was deemed improper by a state ethics watchdog, a document released Friday shows. The list, released late Friday in response to Freedom of...

  • Small plane with 2 aboard crashes in Illinois

    NEWARK, Ill. (AP) — A small airplane with two passengers aboard crashed into a field Friday near the LaSalle County community of Newark, authorities said. The LaSalle County Sheriff's Department says the single-engine, two-seater crashed around 3:30 p.m., near Cushing Field Limited Airport. The...

  • Prison ordered for school district embezzler

    BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A former business official and treasurer with Carterville schools was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in federal prison for stealing funds from the southern Illinois district. Now of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Todd Frazier also was ordered to repay more than $100,000 and...

  • Cops: Pathologists' findings led to murder charge

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Murder charges against a former Illinois prosecutor and Big Ten football standout in his wife's death eight years ago are rooted in pathologists' new findings that her body's condition at the scene showed she died of foul play and not flu-like symptoms, authorities told The...

  • Fired IDOT workers sue over documents disclosure

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Fifty-five workers who have been told they're being laid off by the Illinois Department of Transportation claimed in a lawsuit Friday that they're being fired to spare Gov. Pat Quinn election-campaign embarrassment over a hiring scandal. The Democratic governor's...

  • W. Ill. sheriff resigns over cyberstalking charge

    CHICAGO (AP) — A western Illinois sheriff accused of cyberstalking and threatening a woman he met at a gym resigned from office Thursday and agreed to withdraw from the November ballot, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said. Rock Island County Sheriff Jeffrey Boyd, 48, entered an Alford plea to...



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