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  • Auditor reports more Illinois computers missingFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Illinois auditor general's office says the number of computers lost by state agencies in the past two years is nearing the 500 mark.

     
  • Indiana convenience stores seek end to cold beer lawFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Attorneys for convenience stores told a federal judge on Thursday to freeze enforcement of an Indiana law that bars them from selling cold beer as unfair and unconstitutional, while the state said the stores can’t prove the decades-old law harms them.

     
  • Murder trial begins for South suburban businessmanFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A South suburban businessman’s trial on charges he killed his wife in September 2010 has started. Prosecutors accuse 63-year-old Allan Kustok of Orland Park of shooting his wife in the head while she was sleeping.

     
  • Caseyville board reinstates fired police chiefFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    The village board in Caseyville has voted to reinstate the village’s police chief who was fired last week. Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez was fired just five months after taking over for a predecessor who killed himself.

     
  • Northwestern defends football program’s academicsFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Northwestern University officials on Thursday countered a quarterback’s allegations that the program places athletics over academics, urging a federal agency to deny a bid by the school’s football players to form the first college athletes’ union in U.S. history.

     
  • Ill. earns top rating for fighting drunk drivingFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave Illinois a top rating for the state’s efforts against drunken driving. The organization released its annual national report last month. It gives Illinois a five-star rating for continued efforts with in-car devices to test blood-alcohol levels.

     
  • Indiana roads flooded from rainfall, melting snowFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rainfall and melting snow are combining to flood some Indiana roadways. The National Weather Service posted flood watches for several portions of the state Thursday as higher temperatures began melting some of the state’s snowpack amid rain showers.

     
  • Murder trial delayed after attorney slips on iceFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A South suburban businessman's murder trial has been delayed after a defense attorney slipped on ice outside the Bridgeview courthouse and was injured. Orland Park businessman Allan Kustok is accused of killing his wife in September 2010.

     
  • Monmouth College chemistry professor and Monmouth Coffee Project faculty advisor Brad Sturgeon talk about brewing techniques at Olivia's Cookie Jar & Kitchen in Monmouth.

    Coffee shop project brews lessonsFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    When Rae Conolly opened Olivia's Cookie Jar & Kitchen three and a half years ago, she had an image of what the perfect cup of coffee should look and taste like. “I grew up on really strong coffee,” said the Monmouth business owner. “I wanted that bold coffee taste without it being bitter — something that would wake you up in the morning — and that's exactly what we have today.”

     
  • Decatur eases voluntary water restrictionsFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Authorities in Decatur are easing voluntary water restrictions. Decatur water management officials say the water levels in Lake Decatur have climbed, thanks in part to the snow.

     
  • Civil War woodcuts, posters on display in IllinoisFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Woodcut images, prints and posters from early in the Civil War will be on display at the historic courthouse in Metamora. The images are from a book produced by noted publisher Frank Leslie entitled, “The Pictorial History of the War of 1861.”

     
  • Powerful storm moving into WisconsinFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A powerful winter storm moving into Wisconsin is packing a mix of rain, sleet and snow. Forecasters expect travel to become increasing difficult throughout the day with the heaviest snow arriving Thursday afternoon. A foot of snow is possible in western and north central Wisconsin. Winds in the 25 to 35 mph range could create whiteout conditions.

     
  • Indiana ambulance with ill patient crashes with police carFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Police say two paramedics and two volunteer firefighters were hurt when an ambulance carrying a dying patient crashed into a sheriff’s patrol car in central Indiana.

     
  • N. Ind. pleads guilty to illegal midwife chargesFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A northern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to charges of illegal midwifery nearly a year after her arrest help spark a protest by supporters of at-home births. Delores Jean Stanley of Albion made the guilty plea Wednesday in a LaGrange County court under a deal for prosecutors to dismiss other charges. She faces a possible 330-day sentence and probation when she’s sentenced in May.

     
  • Records show fundraising tactics of Wis. governorFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Newly released records show Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign partnered with Republican lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis in 2010 to tap wealthy donors who had already given all they could to Walker. The move detailed in records released Wednesday was designed to bolster a potential Walker-Davis ticket but it fell apart when Davis lost in the primary.

     
  • House fire kills 42-year-old in southern IllinoisFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A 42-year-old southern Illinois man has died after a fire at his home in Shawneetown. Fire officials say Mark P. Scates was pronounced dead on Wednesday at Harrisburg Medical Center.

     
  • SW Illinois police nab suspected bank robber who fled on bikeFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Southwestern Illinois authorities say they were able to arrest a suspected bank robber after he pedaled away from the heist riding a bicycle. O’Fallon Police Detective Lieutenant Mick Hunter says the man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, about 10 blocks away from Scott Credit Union.

     
  • School district hires air quality monitorFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    A northern Illinois school district has hired a firm to monitor air quality at a school where dozens were sickened when an odor was released by a nearby landfill.

     
  • Missing SIU student found deadFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Police have found the body of a missing Southern Illinois University student from Morton Grove. The body of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese was located about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in a wooded area of Carbondale.

     
  • Missing student’s family offers $15,000 rewardFeb 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The family of a missing Southern Illinois University student from Morton Grove has offered a $15,000 reward for information into the 19-year-old sophomore’s disappearance.

     
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