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  • Sheriff: Wisconsin boy shoots father while hunting Sep 22, 2014 8:31 AM
    Marathon County authorities say an 11-year-old boy has accidentally shot his father while hunting. Sheriff’s Lt. Randy Albert tells Stevens Point Journal Media that the boy mistook his father for a turkey on Sunday and shot him in the upper left area of his chest.

     
  • Meter installation refusal comes at a cost Sep 22, 2014 11:42 AM
    An Illinois utility said customers who refuse to have an electricity meter installed will see an additional $20 monthly fee on their bills. Ameren Illinois said the so-called smart meters, which transmit details about power usage, enable the utility to pinpoint outage problems and fix them faster.

     
  • Purdue-Illinois kickoff time set for 11 a.m. Sep 22, 2014 2:02 PM
    The Big Ten says the kickoff for the Purdue-Illinois game on Oct. 4 will be at 11 a.m. Central. The conference said Monday that the game in Champaign will be televised on ESPN2.

     
  • Court: Illinois inmate must be incarceration costs Sep 22, 2014 8:34 AM
    An Illinois appeals court has ruled that a Logan Correctional Center inmate must pay nearly $20,000 from a lawsuit settlement he received toward the cost of his incarceration. The Fourth District Appellate Court recently made the ruling against Johnnie Melton, 49, a Cook County inmate imprisoned at the Lincoln facility on drug charges.

     
  • Veteran buddies reunite after 40 years Sep 22, 2014 8:33 AM
    Forty years is probably too long to wait for the next reunion. Wilbur “Plum” Plumlee and Jerry “Bell” Bellamy, a couple of Illinois boys who met in 1951 in boot camp and served together for four years in the U.S. Navy, reunited Labor Day weekend.

     
  • Cook County authorities probe animal hospital Sep 22, 2014 8:32 AM
    A Dolton animal hospital is under investigation after a police officer found four dead dogs at the facility, Cook County authorities said. A Dolton officer discovered the dogs when he brought a stray to the Dolton Animal Hospital on Sunday, Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Michael Anton said.

     
  • U of I Foundation donations are up 10 percent Sep 22, 2014 4:10 PM
    The University of Illinois Foundation said Monday that it received $259.5 million in donations during the fiscal year that ended June 30, a 10.5 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

     
  • Suspect in Joliet double murder waives jury trial Sep 22, 2014 4:11 PM
    One of four people accused of strangling two men for money to buy cigarettes and alcohol in Joliet last year waived his right to a jury trial Monday. His fate now will be decided by the same judge who found a co-defendant guilty of murder last month.

     
  • Illinois medical marijuana applications due today Sep 22, 2014 4:04 PM
    Dozens of people who want to break into the medical marijuana business in Illinois lined up Monday to file their applications ahead of a 3 p.m. deadline. Applicants were waiting in line with boxes of documents before the state agencies opened Monday morning, said Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the state’s medical cannabis program.

     
  • Revenue loss to fuel push for casino help in 2015 Sep 20, 2014 9:18 AM
    Indiana casino owners say they need to find ways to become more competitive after losing more than $110 million in revenue to increased competition from neighboring states.

     
  • On the road: Catch a groove at Hyde Park Jazz Fest Sep 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    South Side Hyde Park hosts two days and nights of dazzling grooves and improvised tunes during the eighth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, featuring nearly 40 jazz acts, including world-class headliners and local emerging artists. West Town’s thriving art scene takes over the hip neighborhood for the fourth annual West Town Art Walk.

     
  • Suburban religious leaders reflect on Cardinal George, embrace successor Sep 20, 2014 11:32 PM
    Suburban Catholics on Saturday embraced Bishop Blase Cupich as an inclusive leader with a sense of humor. "(H)e appears to have poise and confidence," said Fr. Bernie Pietrzak, pastor of a Barrington church.

     
  • Cardinal George says he plans to continue in public life Sep 20, 2014 11:07 AM
    Cardinal Francis George said Saturday he intends to continue to contribute to the public life of the church after his successor takes over as head of the Archdiocese of Chicago in November as long as his health allows him. The 77-year-old leader of Chicago’s more than 2.2 million Catholics is battling cancer and has undergone chemotherapy.

     
  • Crestwood seeks to settle contaminated water suits Sep 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Crestwood Village Board was set to vote Thursday night on a settlement with the state over accusations of tainted drinking water, officials said. Both Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta and a representative for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan confirmed an agreement has been reached. Presta said the village will pay a $50,000 fine but admit no guilt.

     
  • 1950s drive-in hot dog stand for sale in Peoria Sep 19, 2014 8:24 AM
    Associated Press PEORIA — A 1952 hot dog stand that is one of the last curbside dining spots in the Peoria area is up for sale and facing an uncertain future. Decades after Lou and Margaret LaHood opened the popular carhop, Lou’s Drive-In is on the market for $650,000, the (Peoria) Journal Star reported The drive-in offered hot dogs, hamburgers and pork tenderloins from May through September to customers in cars or at picnic tables. Residents will wait to see if a new owner reopens the business next year. Friends and relatives of the LaHood couple have helped operate the drive-in since Lou died in 1993 and Margaret died in 2008.

     
  • Illinois jobless rate declines in August Sep 19, 2014 8:24 AM
    Illinois’ unemployment fell in August to 6.7 percent, the sixth straight monthly decrease in the state’s jobless rate, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.

     
  • Belvidere teachers notify board of strike intent Sep 19, 2014 10:13 AM
    A teachers union has notified a Boone County school district of its members’ intent to strike after they declared an impasse in contract negotiations.

     
  • Illinois man gets 8 years in fatal DUI crash Sep 19, 2014 10:13 AM
    A Godfrey man who drove into a house while intoxicated and killed a 73-year-old widower inside has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

     
  • Coast Guard: Towboat sinks in the Mississippi Sep 19, 2014 10:13 AM
    The Coast Guard said Thursday it was investigating what caused a towboat carrying 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel to sink in the Mississippi River near the southern Illinois city of Chester.

     
  • McLean County Coroner warns of smoking on oxygen Sep 19, 2014 10:13 AM
    The McLean County Coroner’s office is citing two recent deaths in warning residents about the dangers of smoking and using oxygen tanks simultaneously.

     
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