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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Report: 6 SIU students arrested in sex assaults Sep 19, 2014 10:19 AM
    Six students at Southern Illinois University have been arrested in connection with two reported sexual assaults on the school’s Carbondale campus last weekend, according to a newspaper report Thursday. Four of the suspects — all 18 years old — were taken into custody last Saturday on suspicion of criminal sexual assault in the alleged attack on a fellow 18-year-old student, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. That person was treated at a hospital and released.

     
  • Big-money race could spark look at campaign finance laws Sep 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    The two candidates for governor appear headed to an Illinois record for compaign spending, and a suburban Democrat behind the state law that limits campaign donations in most races thinks it might be time to review the standards next year. “I don’t think we anticipated the full extent of this current gubernatorial election,” state Sen. Don Harmon said.

     
  • ISU president gives upbeat assessment of school Sep 19, 2014 4:58 PM
    The president of Illinois State University gave an upbeat assessment of the school’s future, saying Thursday the school has the capacity for moderate growth that can be achieved with increased diversity.

     
  • Illinois awards $25.8 million in health outreach grants Sep 19, 2014 5:18 PM
    Most of the same Illinois organizations that helped consumers sign up for insurance in the first year of President Barack Obama’s expanded health coverage will receive additional funding for a second year, state officials announced Friday.

     
  • U of I board chairman defends rescinding professor’s job offer Sep 19, 2014 5:06 PM
    The University of Illinois was right to deny a faculty job to a professor whose anti-Israel Twitter messages were considered by some to be anti-Semitic, University of Illinois board Chairman Chris Kennedy said in a newspaper interview published Friday.

     
  • Quinn says there’s no pension ‘Plan B’ Sep 19, 2014 5:58 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn argued Friday that it makes no sense to develop a contingency plan to solve Illinois’ pension crisis despite urgent financial difficulties and signals the landmark law signed by the Chicago Democrat in 2013 could be found unconstitutional.

     
  • Farm accidents increase in Illinois Sep 19, 2014 4:34 PM
    Nine of the state’s 21 farm-related deaths over the past year were due to tractor accidents. Roadway collisions and grain bin accidents are also major causes of death.

     
  • Moline man keeps running for 38 years Sep 19, 2014 11:18 AM
    Homesick, lonely and missing the love his life, Moline's Thom Hammer took the streets of Long Beach, California., in the fall of 1976. A Certified Public Accountant by trade and an auditor for the Union Pacific Railway, Hammer -- arguably the nicest numbers guy you will ever run across -- ran. And ran, and ran, and ran.

     
  • Police: Daughter, boyfriend confess in Bali killing Sep 19, 2014 9:03 AM
    A Chicago man has confessed that he killed his girlfriend’s mother in a luxury hotel on Indonesia’s Bali island, and the girlfriend has acknowledged helping him stuff the body into a suitcase, police said Friday. Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, both from Chicago, were arrested in Bali on Aug. 13, a day after the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort.

     
  • Illinois launches catch-and-release fly fishing Sep 18, 2014 8:41 AM
    Selected Illinois waterways will open ahead of the regular trout season for catch-and-release fly fishing, the Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday.

     
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