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  SPRINGFIELD - An expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is one step closer in Illinois.The state Senate passed the expansion 40-19 on Thursday. The bill now goes to the House.

Illinois Senate approves Medicaid expansion

Updated: 2/28/2013 06:22 PM

  In the longer term, the administration urges the justices to subject laws that discriminate on sexual orientation to more rigorous review than usual, a standard that would imperil other state bans on same-sex marriage.

Obama urges court to overturn gay marriage ban

Updated: 2/28/2013 05:42 PM

  Grafton Township's Republican primary marked the beginning of the end of Supervisor Linda Moore's tenure. "(I'll) finish up the job, just whatever my duties require me to do," Moore said. "It'll be an interesting next term."

What's next for Grafton Twp. supervisor?

Updated: 2/28/2013 05:03 PM

  Elgin Community College was one of only three community colleges to participate in the global Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day Thursday, developed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The college offered a lunch session on...

ECC students get lesson in gratitude, engagement

Updated: 2/28/2013 04:58 PM

  The former treasurer of the Antioch Rescue Squad has been offered a plea deal that would force him to pay more than $20,000 to the agency from which he's accused of stealing money. John W. Edgell, 54, is considering whether to accept the deal...

Plea deal offered to Antioch Rescue Squad treasurer in theft case

Updated: 2/28/2013 03:41 PM

  Everybody was happy last year when news broke that scientists think they have found the "God particle," the Higgs boson, an building block of matter. But studying its properties, a Fermilab-based theorist says the little things may lead to the end...

Fermilab theorist: ‘God particle’ could end our universe

Updated: 2/28/2013 01:00 PM

  Members of Illinois' largest state employee union and Gov. Pat Quinn's administration have reached a tentative contract agreement. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Thursday that a deal was reached after midnight.

AFSCME, Quinn's office reach tentative agreement

Updated: 2/28/2013 11:40 AM

  For the second time, a Naperville man accused of attacking his mother with a butcher knife has been found mentally unfit for trial. DuPage County Judge Kathryn Creswell made the finding Thursday based on recent psychological reports for Alexander...

Naperville man again unfit for trial in mom’s stabbing

Updated: 2/28/2013 12:39 PM

  Republican angst over presidential election losses obscures the fact that many conservative ideals have prospered for decades. Conservative efforts have pushed the government rightward on taxes, spending and other policies, despite losses on some...

Republican losses obscure U.S. drift to right

Updated: 2/28/2013 09:03 AM

  Imagine students learning their ABCs while dancing, or memorizing multiplication tables while doing jumping jacks. Some schools are using both methods of instruction, and Michelle Obama, who visited Chicago schools Thursday, would like to see more...

First lady brings fitness initiative to Chicago classrooms

Updated: 2/28/2013 12:51 PM

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