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  Republicans opposed to using $100 million in taxpayer money to build Barack Obama’s presidential library pitched an alternative funding method Thursday, saying they support luring the library to Chicago but not forcing taxpayers to foot the...

Brady suggests funding Obama library with tax refunds

Updated: 5/1/2014 06:39 PM

  A long-serving assistant prosecutor based in the Chicago’s federal court building will be moving into a new office upstairs in the same building — this time to become a U.S. district judge.

Senate confirms new federal judge in Chicago

Updated: 5/1/2014 06:26 PM

  Illinois and federal officials have announced a $12 million whistle-blower settlement with a Chicago construction company accused of fraudulently securing multimillion-dollar public contracts.

Feds, state settle with Chicago construction firm

Updated: 5/1/2014 06:24 PM

  An Illinois high school special-education teacher was jailed without bond Thursday after state and federal prosecutors accused her of threatening to blow up her school through a note that warned, “This school is going down today.

Teacher in jail on bomb threat charge

Updated: 5/1/2014 10:49 PM

  More than 103.5 million tourists from around the U.S. visited Illinois last year. The state Wednesday released domestic visitor statistics for 2013, which it says rose 4.5 percent. It’s the third year in a row that the state has set a...

Tourism up across Illinois, in Chicago

Updated: 5/1/2014 06:20 PM

  A federal jury has awarded $80,000 to a Chicago man who spent 18 years behind bars for a double murder before he was retried and acquitted. The award is a fraction of what he was seeking.

Jury awards $80,000 to wrongfully convicted man

Updated: 5/1/2014 09:41 PM

  The dean of the University of Illinois College of Law is stepping down after a tenure that saw the school investigated for using inflated grades and entrance-exam scores to boost its reputation, school officials announced Thursday.

University of Illinois law school dean resigning

Updated: 5/1/2014 10:52 PM

  A company spokesman says Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois signed up 200,000 customers on the new government marketplace in the first year of the nation’s new health insurance system. Only about 17,000 Illinoisans chose plans from other...

Blue Cross Blue Shield emerges as winner in Illinois

Updated: 5/1/2014 06:15 PM

  With the help of wealthy donors and a bipartisan group of politicians, a petition to end the gerrymandering of Illinois election districts was presented Thursday, but it faces a stiff constitutional challenge that could keep the question off the...

Half a million Illinois voters seek end to gerrymandering

Updated: 5/1/2014 06:38 PM

  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois has set up a webcam for the State Farm Center in Champaign.

State Farm Arena renovation gets webcam coverage

Updated: 5/1/2014 06:11 PM

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