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  • Ray LaHood, NPR host among Order of Lincoln award winners 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:45 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A former U.S. transportation secretary, the founder of a breast cancer charity and an NPR host are recipients of this year's Order of Lincoln Awards.

  • The Latest: Legislator says Kewanee plan is 'opportunity' story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:09 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Latest on the decision by Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee (all times local):

  • Illinois to close youth correctional facility in Kewanee story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:04 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced Friday it will close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee, news that delighted a civil rights group but distressed employees who worried about alternative housing for maximum-security offenders.

  • Illinois roads could benefit from potential $84.7M windfall 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:00 pm

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois - Illinois transportation planners are awaiting details of how they could use a potential multi-million windfall for the state.

  • Illinois News Digest 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 1:06 am

    Good morning. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 12 a.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Caryn Rousseau is staffing the desk. AP-Chicago News Editor Hugh Dellios can be reached at 312-920-3624 or hdellios@ap.org.

  • An urgent call for action made during university rally 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 8:33 pm

    DEKALB, Illinois - The head of Northern Illinois University says the school won't layoff anyone for now despite the lack of state funding due to a budget impasse.

  • Illinois News Digest 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 7:04 pm

    Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Herbert McCann is staffing the desk. AP-Chicago News Editor Hugh Dellios can be reached at 312-920-3624 or hdellios@ap.org.

  • Illinois News Digest 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 2:30 pm

    Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Herbert McCann is staffing the desk. AP-Chicago News Editor Hugh Dellios can be reached at 312-920-3624 or hdellios@ap.org.

  • 'A lesson in humility.' Obama recalls his Springfield tenure 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 9:21 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - President Barack Obama's speech to Illinois legislators, including some former colleagues, left them starry-eyed and receptive to his message Wednesday about changing the rancorous tone of politics to one that's more collaborative and less combative.

  • The Latest: Obama says 'poisonous' politics a turnoff 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 2:51 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Latest on President Barack Obama's visit to Springfield, where he is addressing state lawmakers about how the U.S. can "build a better politics" (all times local):

  • Obama to preach 'better politics' at testy Illinois Capitol story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 9:25 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois state Capitol where President Barack Obama returns Wednesday with a plea for "better politics" is awash in an acidic partisan feud. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, Democratic legislative leaders led by longtime Speaker Michael Madigan and even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have engaged in sometimes uncomfortably personal attacks over the state budget mess, Chicago schools, the governor's appointments and more, taking finger-pointing to a new level.

  • Officials: Cause of fire that killed 5 likely electrical 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 9:24 am

    ROCK FALLS, Illinois - Fire officials in northern Illinois say they have indications that the cause of a fire that killed five members of a family last month was electrical.

  • AG says Peoples Gas execs violated law with ICC testimony 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 9:00 pm

    CHICAGO - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the chief executives of Peoples Gas and previous parent Integrys Energy Group violated state law when they withheld information from regulators on the cost of replacing 2,000 miles of aging Chicago gas mains.

  • Illinois bill would criminalize filming fights to put online story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 4:34 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The video posted on Facebook showed a 12-year-old on the ground while another boy tried to stomp him, with classmates standing by, circling the two and recording the fight on their phones.

  • Indiana health officials report 1st case of Zika virus 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 3:28 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's first case of Zika virus was found in a person who recently traveled to Haiti, state health officials said Tuesday.

  • Public can't attend Obama's speech at Illinois House 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:32 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says the public will not be able to attend when President Barack Obama delivers a speech in the Illinois House chamber on Wednesday.

  • School funding overhaul again faces long odds in Springfield 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 10:10 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Lawmakers of all stripes have pledged support in recent weeks for overhauling the state's outdated school funding formula, a nearly 30 year old system that nearly everyone agrees penalizes students in poorer districts.

  • Amtrak, Illinois reach deal to maintain instate service 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 4:06 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation say they have reached an agreement to maintain existing service on state-supported routes while reducing costs.

  • Police to Super Bowl revelers: Designate sober driver now 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 8:27 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Authorities in Illinois are asking Super Bowl revelers to make plans now for designating a sober driver.

  • Rauner wants public-private deal to add lanes to I-55 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 1:59 pm

    CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner wants lawmakers to approve a plan that would let the Illinois Department of Transportation use a public-private partnership to add lanes to a busy stretch of Interstate 55 in the Chicago area.

  • Illinois school funding will be topic for legislative panel 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 11:50 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a legislative panel to discuss changes to how Illinois funds its schools.

  • Illinois attorney general seeks stay on hospital tax ruling 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 4:56 pm

    URBANA, Illinois - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is asking an appeals court to hold back enforcement of its ruling on a part of a state law that lets hospitals avoid taxes.

  • Historic Moline train depot to be razed, clock salvaged 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 11:50 am

    MOLINE, Illinois - Preservationists have salvaged the clock and decorative stones from Moline's historic train depot before it was to be razed.

  • Democrats will wait to send Rauner college funding bill 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 4:10 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Democratic Senate President John Cullerton says he's delaying sending a funding bill for colleges to Gov. Bruce Rauner in the hopes he'll reconsider his threat to veto it.

  • Pension bill on hold despite Rauner, Cullerton agreement 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 4:09 pm

    CHICAGO - Democrats are unlikely to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis until the state has a budget, despite a rare agreement between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Senate President John Cullerton and calls from the governor to send him a bill "right away."