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  • Illinois attorney general to address alleged scams Jul 14, 2014 7:37 AM
    Illinois’ attorney general plans to announce legal action against what her office says are new student loan debt scams. A statement from Lisa Madigan’s office says she’ll provide details on Monday about planned lawsuits. The statement provided few details. But it did say one target was a company based in Chicago.

  • Funeral set for ex-US Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois Jul 14, 2014 9:06 AM
    Hundreds of people gathered at a visitation in southern Illinois to remember former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon.Dixon died on July 6 at his home in Fairview Heights. He was 86. His visitation was Sunday evening in Belleville and his funeral is scheduled for Monday at Lindenwood University. A private burial for family and close friends will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

  • Visitation for ex-US Sen. Dixon set for Sunday Jul 13, 2014 8:36 AM
    Visitation is Sunday for former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lindenwood University’s auditorium in Belleville.

  • Illinois towns see jobs in medical marijuana Jul 12, 2014 4:26 PM
    In Illinois, city councils from Crystal Lake to Peru to Marion are considering marijuana zoning ordinances and special use permits, though the state is not tracking precisely how many. Permit seekers have simply moved on from the few communities that have voted down such proposals.

  • New law to help students with dyslexia Jul 12, 2014 4:46 PM
    A new Illinois law aims to help dyslexic students by training educators on how to better identify and teach young people with the learning disability. The measure signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday entitles dyslexic students to special education services.

  • Treasurer’s interns had political connections Jul 12, 2014 4:39 PM
    Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office has offered paid internships to multiple young people with connections to influential politicians, campaign donors and lobbyists, according to a published report.

  • U of I speeding up search for new president Jul 12, 2014 4:40 PM
    University of Illinois officials are speeding up the search for a new president, saying they now hope to select someone before Thanksgiving.

  • GOP wants to move ahead with anti-violence probe Jul 11, 2014 8:28 AM
    Republican members of a legislative panel probing Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program say they’ll continue with proceedings next week even after a U.S. Department of Justice request to hold off. State Rep. Ron Sandack sits on the Legislative Audit Commission. He says he wanted a more formal request instead of a verbal one.

  • Californians accused of freeing Illinois minks Jul 11, 2014 8:28 AM
    Two activists from California freed 2,000 minks from cages on an Illinois farm and spray-painted the words “Liberation is Love” on the side of a barn, a federal indictment unsealed on Thursday in Chicago alleges. Tyler Lang, 25, and Kevin Johnson, 27, both of Los Angeles, also pulled down portions of fencing encircling the farm so the fleet-footed minks could escape the property altogether, the indictment says.

  • Kirk demands background checks on immigrant kids Jul 11, 2014 4:09 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is demanding criminal background checks on the unaccompanied children that have crossed the U.S. border with Mexico. According to Kirk, 429 unaccompanied minors are living in Chicago. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Friday called Kirk’s comments “shameful.”

  • Moylan, Crespo giving up extra pay Jul 11, 2014 4:14 PM
    Some Illinois lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands after the legislature moved for the first time in years not to take furlough days to save taxpayer dollars. Democratic state Reps. Fred Crespo, Marty Moylan and Republican Rep. Don Moffitt are among those who plan to donate to charity the minimum $3,100 in additional money they’ll see in their paychecks this year.

  • Former Marine named Illinois veterans director Jul 11, 2014 4:23 PM
    A U.S. Marine veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan has been named acting director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Rodrigo Garcia has served as assistant director since 2011.

  • Bowhunters to go after Asian carp Jul 11, 2014 4:22 PM
    A tournament in the Peoria area this weekend will give people a chance to see who can catch the most Asian carp. But leave the fishing pole at home. Competitors will try to skewer the jumping fish with arrows.

  • Rauner, Quinn trade accusations on transparency Jul 11, 2014 5:15 PM
    Allegations of concealing information and impeding transparency bubbled up in the Illinois governor’s race Friday as Republican Bruce Rauner accused Gov. Pat Quinn of hiding while federal officials investigate a 2010 anti-violence program and the Chicago Democrat’s campaign questioned Rauner’s financial dealings.

  • Roskam: Federal money could push Kerr-McGee cleanup forward Jul 11, 2014 6:07 PM
    The U.S. House has approved money to push forward on the decades-long pollution cleanup at the site of the former Kerr-McGee factory in West Chicago, but the project could stall if the federal government doesn’t follow through.

  • Quinn and Rauner both just say no to legalized pot Jul 11, 2014 5:10 AM
    Could Illinois' two candidates for governor be tempted to follow Washington and Colorado and back legalized retail sales of marijuana -- and the tax money that could come with it? Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner find some common ground on the issue. Both, as the saying goes, just say no.

  • Man gets 10 months in prison for benefits theft Jul 10, 2014 9:11 AM
    An East St. Louis man has been ordered to spend 10 months in federal prison for stealing more than $25,000 in unemployment compensation.

  • Canine study uses computer games Jul 10, 2014 9:07 AM
    In a research lab at Illinois Wesleyan University, Cleo nose — er, knows — the score. One moist touch of this side of the computer screen with her snout, and the 10-year-old Australian Shepherd mix will ring the bell that awards her with some delish chicken-and-lamb jerky treats.

  • Aug. 1 deadline for claims in computer settlement Jul 10, 2014 7:54 AM
    Illinois officials say consumers have until Aug. 1 to claim money they may have overpaid for computerized equipment containing DRAM, a type of electronic memory chip.

  • Illinois blood donor reaches 20-gallon milestone Jul 10, 2014 9:05 AM
    A 59-year-old Illinois man has reached his goal of donating 20 gallons of blood — and he’s not stopping there. David Myers tells the Mattoon Journal-Gazette his next target is 25 gallons. He estimates he’ll hit that goal when he’s in his mid-60s if he keeps pace by donating as often as allowed, once every eight weeks.

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