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  • Southern Illinois airport receives $3.2M grant

    MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois airport is receiving $3.2 million in federal funds for construction of a new terminal. The grant for Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion was announced Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, both Democrats. The money is from...

  • 3 Illinois professors receive "genius grants"

    CHICAGO (AP) — Three college professors in Illinois are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." Mark Hersam of Northwestern University, Tami Bond of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Tara Zahra of the University of Chicago were each awarded...

  • Geneva man 1st Kane County human West Nile case

    GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — The Kane County Health Department said Wednesday that it has diagnosed its first human West Nile virus case. The virus was confirmed this week in a 33-year-old man from Geneva, health department officials said. Health department officials urged residents to monitor for the...

  • West Frankfort man convicted of burning girlfriend

    BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois judge on Tuesday convicted a West Frankfort man of setting his girlfriend on fire. Christopher Rollins, 30, was accused of dousing Tessa Leech with cleaning solvent and setting her ablaze after Rollins said she was being unfaithful. Leech survived but...

  • Highland teachers strike for 5th school day

    HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — A teacher strike in southwestern Illinois' Highland School District continued for the fifth day Wednesday as union representatives negotiated with district officials. The union president submitted a new contract proposal to the school board Tuesday night, after teachers...

  • Foundation formed as firefighter tribute

    HUDSON, Ill. (AP) — A new foundation to help the families of first responders is also being created as a memorial to a fallen firefighter from the central Illinois community of Hudson. The Chris Brown Foundation will honor volunteer firefighter Chris Brown, who was killed while on duty in 2013...

  • Downtown Morrison on register of historic places

    MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — The Main Street Historic District in the northwestern Illinois community of Morrison has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to city officials. The Gazette in Sterling reports (http://bit.ly/1mc7TjZ) Mayor Everett Pannier says the city was...

  • Illinois man gets 7 years for cemetery thefts

    AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A man who took part in the theft of more than 100 bronze vases from a cemetery in Aurora and later tried to run over a sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Vincent Teruel pleaded guilty to his role in the theft and to aggravated battery, The (Aurora)...

  • Teen eludes electronic monitoring, attacks student

    CHICAGO (AP) — A probation officer was suspended Tuesday after a teenager on home electronic monitoring was able to leave his home earlier this month and allegedly sexually assault a pregnant Chicago State University student. WMAQ-TV in Chicago reports (http://bit.ly/1qdkL4y) Cook County...

  • Southwest flight makes emergency landing at Midway

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to New York made an emergency landing Tuesday after an engine warning light came on in the cockpit, an airline spokeswoman said. The light came on shortly after Flight 321 took off from Midway International Airport headed to LaGuardia...

  • McLean County nixes marijuana cultivation center

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The McLean County Board denied a special use permit for a proposed medical marijuana cultivation center on Tuesday, saying it would be more like a factory than a farm. Board members voted 15-2 to deny the permit requested by Tim Jones, who wanted to build the facility...

  • USDA: Rain, cold hampering Illinois corn harvest

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wet, cool conditions across much of Illinois have slowed the state's corn harvesting to a creep, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on the heels of its forecast of a record year for production of the grain and soybeans. Illinois corn growers through Sunday had only managed...

  • Ill. AG’s lawsuit against Westwood College will continue in federal court

    Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office will be allowed to continue to press its case against a for-profit college it claims deceived students into enrolling in programs that result in virtually worthless degrees and taking on large amounts of...

  • Rauner questions medical marijuana program secrecy

    CHICAGO (AP) — Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) said Tuesday he wouldn't have signed legislation creating Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program because it includes a secret process for deciding who may grow and sell the drug. Rauner said it's "another hallmark" of a...

  • APNewsBreak: Chicago DEA chief heading to DC

    CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Chicago division, who has been outspoken about the growing influence of Mexican cartels in the American heartland, is leaving to take one of the agency's top posts in Washington, D.C., a DEA official said Tuesday. Jack Riley, 56,...



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