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  • Chicago flight cancelations pass 2,000 after fire

    CHICAGO (AP) — Flights were taking off and landing at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports late Friday after the shutdown of a suburban air traffic control facility where authorities say a contract employee started a fire. However, delays are from 90 minutes to three hours for flights still...

  • Comptroller rivals clash on approach to backlog

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With Illinois battling a multibillion dollar backlog of unpaid bills, the two statewide office holders vying for the job of writing the state's checks are sparring over whether the incumbent has been open enough about how she prioritizes who gets paid. Democratic...

  • Quinn touts support from women without Steinem

    CHICAGO (AP) — Famed women's rights activist Gloria Steinem did not make it to Chicago as scheduled Friday to personally endorse Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in a tough re-election race but her support allowed the Democratic governor to tout his support from women anyway. Steinem's flight to Chicago...

  • Obama to campaign with Gov. Quinn next week

    CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to be in Chicago next week to support Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election bid. White House officials said Friday Obama will fly to Chicago on Wednesday night. He's expected to attend a fundraiser and an official event on Thursday before...

  • Travelers stranded at O'Hare express frustrations

    CHICAGO (AP) — Travelers stranded by the shutdown of a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility expressed frustration Friday and amazement that the closure of a single facility could cause so much disruption to the nation's air network. Friday's fire at the facility in Aurora forced the...

  • Authorities unsure of motive in air control fire

    CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities still don't know why a contract employee started a fire Friday at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility that forced the shutdown of the city's two airports, police said. First responders found the man in the basement of the facility in Aurora with multiple...

  • Durbin pushes for rewards for US-based companies

    ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Using a southwestern Illinois steel plant as a backdrop, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin lobbied Friday for legislation designed to reward companies that keep their headquarters in the United States. The Illinois Democrat made his pitch for passage of the Patriot Employer Tax Credit...

  • Man with self-inflicted wound found at FAA site

    CHICAGO (AP) — Emergency crews responding to a fire Friday at an air traffic control facility in suburban Chicago discovered a man in the basement with a self-inflicted wound, said a spokesman for the city of Aurora. The fire started in the basement of the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control...

  • ADM permitted to store carbon dioxide underground

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a permit for Archer Daniels Midland Company to store carbon dioxide deep underground in Decatur, the agency said Friday. The permit will allow ADM to store 1.1 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, according to an EPA news...

  • Decatur drug maker expanding

    DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A pharmaceutical plant in Decatur is expanding and could eventually add jobs, city officials said. Akorn Inc. on Thursday broke ground on a project that will add 40,000 square feet to its plant. The company recently bought a neighboring property to accommodate the...

  • Central Ill. man facing child pornography charges

    CHICAGO (AP) — A central Illinois man has been charged with possessing and distributing thousands of computer files containing child pornography, prosecutors said Thursday. Jacob R. Stark, 26, of Chatham, in Sangamon County, was arrested Thursday after investigators searched his place of...

  • Durbin praises Eric Holder as 'valuable ally'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin called Attorney General Eric Holder "a valuable ally" for Illinois and "an important partner in working to address gun violence in Chicago and East St. Louis." President Barack Obama accepted Holder's resignation Thursday. In a written statement, Durbin...

  • Coast Guard : Be careful, water getting colder

    CHICAGO (AP) — It may be a beautiful and even warm time of year to go boating on Lake Michigan, but the Coast Guard said that water temperatures are dropping and may pose safety risks. In a news release, the Coast Guard said that while the temperatures out on the lake might be warm, the water...

  • Nephew of Chicago anti-violence activist shot

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago anti-violence activist Andrew Holmes on Thursday showed up at the scene of shooting as an ambulance was pulling away, revealing later he had no idea at the time the victim inside was his nephew. A 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, were shot in the South Side's...

  • State names Gene & Jude's "Delicious Destination"

    RIVER GROVE, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago-area hot dog stand has been named the state's first ever "Delicious Destination" by the Illinois Office of Tourism. Gov. Pat Quinn bestowed the award upon Gene & Jude's Red Hot Stand at a ceremony at the River Grove stand on Thursday. The restaurant has been...



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