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  • Regional Education Office consolidation not easy task Jul 21, 2014 4:59 PM
    With 11 months to go until deadline, Illinois officials are still working out the details of upcoming mergers of Regional Offices of Education around the state.

  • New CEO named for U of I hospital Jul 21, 2014 4:27 PM
    A senior adviser to University of Illinois President Robert Easter has been named CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital. Avijit Ghosh has been appointed to the job pending approval Thursday from university trustees.

  • Court OKs expedited appeal of term limits case Jul 21, 2014 5:32 PM
    An Illinois appellate court has agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling that banned a question on term limits from the November ballot. The Chicago-based First District Appellate Court issued its order Monday.

  • Rauner keeps up push for term limits Jul 21, 2014 6:22 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner kept up his drumbeat for Illinois term limits, saying Monday that “voters deserve a voice” on the issue and that the effort to put a measure on the November ballot isn’t over despite recent court decisions and a tight timeline.

  • Quinn anti-violence spending didn’t pull big votes Jul 20, 2014 6:53 PM
    An analysis shows that Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, which critics have called a “political slush fund,” didn’t do him much good in his 2010 campaign. The Chicago Sun-Times, which analyzed the numbers, reported that in Chicago neighborhoods where the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative’s $54 million was spent, voter turnout in 2010 was 2 percentage points higher than it was in 2006, when former Gov. Rod Blagojevich ran for governor.

  • Quinn OKs cannabis use for kids with epilepsy Jul 20, 2014 6:53 PM
    Minors with epilepsy would be allowed to use medical marijuana under a measure Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed Sunday. The measure adds seizures to the list of treatable conditions in the state’s medical cannabis program and allows children with seizures from epilepsy to consume oil from the marijuana plant with a parent’s consent.

  • Quinn, Rauner use jobs claims as campaign weapons Jul 20, 2014 11:06 PM
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican rival Bruce Rauner have both sought to use the state’s jobs situation as a political weapon. But their claims and the numbers behind them demonstrate that the picture isn’t nearly as clear as either Quinn or Rauner suggests. Many of those claims center on one set of numbers in particular: How many people are employed in Illinois and what that says about the state’s economy.

  • Rest stop killing suspect pleads not guilty Jul 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    A man suspected of two summer murders has pleaded not guilty. The Rockford Register-Star reports Friday that Terence P. Doddy has been charged with first-degree murder as part of a 15-count Winnebago County grand jury indictment.

  • Prosecutors: Blagojevich lawyers misread ruling Jul 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Prosecutors responded Friday to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich’s appeal, saying the imprisoned ex-governor’s lawyers misrepresented a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a separate campaign-finance case. The Illinois Democrat is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for corruption — including for seeking to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat for campaign contributions or a job.

  • SIU outlines steps to prevent sexual assault Jul 19, 2014 9:56 AM
    Students, faculty and staff at Southern Illinois University will undergo more rigorous programs on sexual assault awareness and prevention.

  • Lt. Gov. Simon tours Aurora farmers market Jul 19, 2014 9:56 AM
    Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is scheduled to tour the farmers market in Aurora on Saturday as part of an effort to urge more markets around the state to accept Link cards.

  • Illinois title company owner sentenced for fraud Jul 18, 2014 6:38 AM
    The owner of a southwestern Illinois title company was sentenced to 21 months in prison after admitting in court that she defrauded clients to support her gambling habit.

  • Springfield police issue 300 cellphone citations Jul 18, 2014 6:39 AM
    Springfield police say they’ve issued hundreds of citations to people using cellphones while driving more than six months after a state-wide ban took effect. A Springfield police traffic supervisor tells the State Journal-Register the department has issued more than 300 citations for using a hand-held electronic device while driving since the ban started Jan. 1.

  • Western Illinois U receives award for improving retention rate Jul 18, 2014 6:43 AM
    Western Illinois University has received an award for increasing its student retention rate. University officials say they were honored at a July 9 national conference on student recruitment, marketing and retention by education consulting firm Noel-Levitz.

  • Madison County wants high-speed rail hub in Alton Jul 18, 2014 6:45 AM
    The Madison County Board wants a regional hub located in Alton as part of Illinois’ plan for high-speed rail in the state. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the proposed $25-million hub will include a bus transfer hub, bike and pedestrian paths, a tourist welcome station and parking for 350 cars.

  • Will County man gets 4 ½-year sentence for neglecting mother Jul 18, 2014 6:46 AM
    A Will County man has received a 4 ½-year prison sentence for neglecting his elderly mother. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Mark Kuech of New Lenox was sentenced Thursday, three months after pleading guilty to criminal abuse for leaving his 79-year-old mother, Margaret Kuech, unattended in a basement bedroom for extended periods of time between May and November of 2012.

  • Illinois lead nation in highest unemployment rate drop Jul 18, 2014 10:49 AM
    Illinois led 22 states last month posting the biggest drop in the unemployment rate, as the nation at large claimed a fifth straight month of solid hiring. The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 14 states. Meanwhile, employers added jobs in 33 states and cut back in 17.

  • Chicago man convicted in 5 shooting deaths Jul 18, 2014 6:37 AM
    A jury has convicted a Chicago man of murder in the 2008 killings of five people shot execution-style in the head after a robbery on the city’s South Side.

  • Galesburg artist creates 30 years of rail memories Jul 18, 2014 6:42 AM
    Artist Ron Hatch has been creating the annual Railroad Days poster for about three decades, and a look at his combined work of 29 posters since 1985, is an engaging view of locomotive history, railroad history and graphic arts evolution. “He does amazing work. It is phenomenal. I think what’s really fascinating is the type of themes he comes up with,” said Railroad Days Council Co-Chairman Dennis Clark, “This year he took the Don Moffitt Bridge and he got a modern viewpoint. Some years he’ll make a picture of the past. It’s the gifted part of his artistry.”

  • GOP may need more cash to win back legislative seats Jul 18, 2014 9:41 AM
    Republicans in November will try to undo some of the 2012 damage Democrats did to their ranks in Springfield, but the campaign cash reports released this week showed the challenges they'll face trying to raise their numbers in the Illinois House, in particular.

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