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  • Congresswoman speaks at Bradley graduation Dec 21, 2014 11:12 AM
    U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly told graduates at Bradley University that changing the world requires dedication and patience.

  • Mixed reviews for raising juror pay, reducing juries Dec 21, 2014 11:17 AM
    A newly signed law that’ll more than double what Illinois jurors are paid while reducing the size of civil case juries is earning mixed reviews from criminal justice experts. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure Friday that backers say could lead to more diverse juries and offset anticipated costs by cutting back jurors in all civil cases from 12 to 6.

  • Illinois Tollway expects spike in holiday traffic Dec 20, 2014 7:02 PM
    Illinois Tollway officials say they expect nearly 17.6 million vehicles to use the northern Illinois interstate system during the next two weeks. That’s a slight increase compared to last year’s winter holiday season. The Tollway announced the estimate Friday and invited holiday travelers to stop for a cup of coffee on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at Tollway oases. McDonald’s and 7-Eleven are offering free coffee at most Tollway oases overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Incoming leader sees U of I as economic asset Dec 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy L. Killeen says he wants to build the school into a stronger economic asset to the state. Killeen takes over in July, when President Robert Easter retires.

  • US criminal probes nab 13; race questions raised Dec 20, 2014 7:03 PM
    In the past three years, U.S. Attorney James Lewis’s office has dug up enough evidence of stolen taxpayer money to justify prison time for more than a dozen people — including a Chicago couple after their 17-count conviction this week for stealing $3.4 million in state grant funds to sustain a sumptuous lifestyle.

  • llinois St rallies to beat New Hampshire 21-18 and advance Dec 20, 2014 5:18 PM
    Illinois State scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as the fifth-seeded Redbirds rallied for a 21-18 win over top-seeded New Hampshire in the FCS semifinals on Saturday. Tre Roberson scored on a 47-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to give Illinois State (13-1) the lead and Jon-Marc Anderson ran in the two-point conversion.

  • Two dozen injured in megabus crash in Indiana Dec 20, 2014 6:20 PM
    A double-decker bus headed from Chicago to Atlanta slid off a highway in southern Indiana and rolled onto its side early Saturday, injuring 24 people, authorities said. The bus, operated by Megabus and carrying 68 passengers, veered off the road at around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 in Seymour, State Police Trooper Clifton Elston said.

  • Cook County sees 69% increase in early voting Dec 19, 2014 8:51 AM
    Cook County Clerk David Orr’s review of the Nov. 4 election shows a 69 percent increase in early voting and increased younger-voter participation.

  • Downstate man gets 32 years for raping girl Dec 19, 2014 8:56 AM
    An Alton man has been ordered to spend more than three decades in prison for sexually assaulting a girl.

  • Feds: Chicago travel agent bilked pilgrims Dec 19, 2014 8:56 AM
    A Chicago travel agent is accused of cheating more than 50 Muslim pilgrims by selling them package trips to Mecca without the required Saudi Arabian visas.

  • Rockford man pleads guilty to killing 75-year-old woman Dec 19, 2014 8:56 AM
    A Rockford man has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the beating death of a 75-year-old woman.

  • New state law nixes deadline for asbestos lawsuits Dec 19, 2014 5:52 PM
    People exposed to asbestos now have more time to file lawsuits over related illnesses under a bill Gov. Pat Quinn has signed.

  • Great Lakes wolves back on protection list Dec 19, 2014 4:38 PM
    The order affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped federal protections from those wolves in 2012 and handed over management to the states.U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday the removal was “arbitrary and capricious” and violated the federal Endangered Species Act.

  • Humane Society blames lead bullets for bald eagle death Dec 19, 2014 4:42 PM
    One bald eagle has died and another is in serious condition in Wisconsin after ingesting lead from ammunition.

  • Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay Dec 19, 2014 6:49 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn approved a measure Friday that requires counties to pay jurors $25 for the first day of service and $50 for each additional day. Counties now are allowed to pay jurors as little as $4 a day.

  • Quinn names his budget chief to fill out comptroller term Dec 19, 2014 5:40 PM
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named his budget chief as a short-term replacement for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Jerry Stermer has been director of the governor’s budget office since 2012. He was the Chicago Democrat’s chief of staff during Quinn’s first term and the longtime director of advocacy group Voices for Illinois Children.

  • Brookfield Zoo welcomes 2nd dolphin calf in 5 days Dec 19, 2014 8:58 AM
    The Brookfield Zoo is welcoming the second bottlenose dolphin born in the western Chicago suburb in five days.

  • Report: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids Dec 18, 2014 7:21 PM
    Illinois’ child-welfare agency cannot properly account for thousands of runaway or otherwise missing foster-care children, is sloppy about keeping track of when they disappear and can rarely show that proper authorities are contacted when necessary, a report by Auditor General William Holland released Thursday found.

  • Mother gets 2 years for locking son in basement Dec 18, 2014 7:27 PM
    A Quincy woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for locking her 5-year-old son in their basement. Tricia Franklin, 27, pleaded guilty last month to an unlawful restraint charge.

  • Teacher at school for visually impaired arrested Dec 18, 2014 7:28 PM
    Illinois State Police say they’ve arrested an instructor at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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