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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Finding bargains in people’s garages Jul 21, 2014 8:40 AM
    Jacki McHale looked at the fabric lying at the end of a Joliet driveway and thought, “Gold mine.”McHale, a Channahon resident who has been going to garage sales since she was a kid, has learned to find value in the things people want to get rid of. Like fabric, she said. “Fabric is super high-priced in stores right now,” she said. “If you see it selling for a quarter to a $1, it’s a good deal right there.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Bourbonnais prepares to feed hungry Bears and fans Jul 21, 2014 11:50 AM
    You might not think local businesses would be happy about the prospect of hulking Bears roaming town, but when those bears are the kind that wear helmets and play at Soldier Field it is a different story. In Bourbonnais, as the Chicago Bears are getting ready to start training camp, restaurants are particularly excited about seeing all those hungry players and the hungry fans that come down to watch them prepare for the season.

     
  • Official: 2 injured, diesel spilled in Wisconsin derailment Jul 21, 2014 5:14 AM
    Two people were injured and more than a hundred homes were evacuated due to a diesel spill from a train derailment in Wisconsin, according to fire officials. Slinger Fire Department Chief Rick Hanke said three engines and 10 railcars derailed Sunday night. He said trains from Canadian National Railway Co. and Wisconsin & Southern were involved and that officials are investigating the cause.

     
  • Quinn OKs cannabis use for kids with epilepsy Jul 21, 2014 8:39 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will allow minors with epilepsy to use medical marijuana.The governor signed the measure Sunday in Chicago. It was sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Iris Martinez of Chicago and Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie.

     
  • Police say Indiana man killed in crash while chasing wife Jul 21, 2014 8:35 AM
    Police say a man died when he crashed a van near Fort Wayne while his wife and stepdaughter were fleeing from him in another vehicle. Allen County sheriff’s Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel says the man was pronounced dead soon after the crash Sunday night at an intersection near Interstate 469 just outside New Haven.

     
  • Illinois oy’s death caused by improperly grounded camper Jul 21, 2014 8:37 AM
    The accidental electrocution last month of a 3-year-old Illinois boy was caused by current from an improperly grounded family camper. The (Dixon) Telegraph reports it’s a problem known among recreational vehicle enthusiasts as “hot skin.” Landyn Gerald Keener, a 3-year-old from Amboy, died June 30 when he touched a door handle of the camper while standing on wet ground. Lee County Sheriff John Varga calls it a tragic accident and says nobody was at fault.

     
  • Wisconsin train crash injures 2 people, spills oil Jul 21, 2014 9:42 AM
    A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.

     
  • Barrington mortgage pro helps Hispanic families Jul 21, 2014 4:50 AM
    Kukec's People features Eduardo Paras of Barrington, who helps Hispanic families obtain mortgages to buy homes.

     
  • 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.

     
  • ‘Battle Creek’ turns Michigan city into star magnet Jul 19, 2014 7:00 AM
    The Michigan city of Battle Creek is becoming a star magnet. CBS’ new police series “Battle Creek” is being filmed in Los Angeles, but its cast is making pilgrimages to Battle Creek to soak up the atmosphere. Kal Penn visited and Josh Duhamel planned to gather his own impressions of Battle Creek, he told a TV critics’ meeting Thursday.

     
  • 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.

     
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