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  • State says Jimmy John’s founder owes taxes on planes Oct 21, 2014 6:27 PM
    The state of Illinois says two companies that belong to the founder of the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain owe the state more than $1.4 million in taxes on a pair of corporate jets. But attorneys for Jimmy John Liautaud say the state isn’t properly applying the tax code.

     
  • IHSA to share tournament videos on YouTube Oct 21, 2014 6:29 PM
    The Illinois High School Association says it will start posting full-length video of past state tournament events on YouTube in the coming months.

     
  • Construction begins on Chicago-Moline rail line Oct 21, 2014 10:52 AM
    Construction has started to restore passenger rail service between Chicago and the Quad Cities, on the Iowa state line, for the first time since 1979. The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the work Tuesday.

     
  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Oct 21, 2014 10:08 AM
    As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. For getting out the vote, the issue is “a winner with everybody in our state,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, who said he urged party leaders to put it on the ballot.

     
  • Missouri troopers recover body from river Oct 21, 2014 8:20 AM
    Missouri and Illinois authorities are working to identify a man whose body was pulled from the Mississippi River.

     
  • Illinois Cub Scouts burned in chemical explosion Oct 21, 2014 8:20 AM
    Three Cub Scouts and their adult leader have been injured after an experiment caused a chemical explosion in Montgomery County.

     
  • Former Iowa gambling boat arrives in Illinois Oct 21, 2014 8:20 AM
    A former Sioux City riverboat casino has arrived at its new home after a two-week journey hampered by temporary delays.

     
  • Ex-Belvidere teacher gets 4 years for sex assault Oct 21, 2014 8:20 AM
    A former northern Illinois teacher has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female student.

     
  • Illinois man has chance to hunt alligator Oct 21, 2014 8:20 AM
    A recent advertisement in a specialty publication for trappers probably wouldn’t catch just any reader’s eye. But it fascinated Rendal Reece, of Bradley. The 59-year-old construction worker and avid trapper said he read it once and kept turning back to read it again.

     
  • USDA: Illinois corn, soybean harvests slog along Oct 21, 2014 1:07 PM
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn and soybean harvests in Illinois are limping along. The USDA says in its weekly crop progress update Monday that three weeks of wet conditions across much of Illinois have left the ground saturated. The agency says that has limited efforts to bring in the crops from the fields.

     
  • Former President Clinton stumps for Quinn, Durbin Oct 21, 2014 6:23 PM
    Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, saying Tuesday that the candidates focus on issues important to voters, like jobs and health care.

     
  • Suburban newspapers poised for change if sold by Sun-Times Oct 22, 2014 12:31 AM
    A group of long-standing suburban newspapers could be poised for more changes amid a report that owner Wrapports LLC is in talks to sell them to Tribune Publishing. The deal could include the (Aurora) Beacon-News, the (Elgin) Courier-News, the Lake County News-Sun, the Naperville Sun, the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune, the SouthtownStar, and the 32 weekly newspapers formerly published by the Pioneer Press.

     
  • Nicor to field questions on coal tar cleanup Oct 20, 2014 8:51 AM
    Nicor Gas is holding an open house to answer questions about the cleanup of a former Bloomington manufactured gas plant site. The Bloomington Pantagraph reports that the Monday meeting will include a question-and-answer session on the latest phase of cleanup at the four-acre site.

     
  • Central Illinois teens to serve as election judges Oct 20, 2014 11:57 AM
    Although many high school students in central Illinois aren’t legally allowed to vote yet, dozens will serve as election judges at the polls this Election Day.

     
  • Kin of black classmates visit Illinois college Oct 20, 2014 8:50 AM
    Willie Sue Smith Stewart’s connection to Eureka started well before she came for college in fall 1928 — the same year as Ronald Reagan. Her parents — Harry and Lula Smith — passed through Eureka on their way to become missionaries to Africa when their daughter was only a toddler. She would go on to become the first black woman to graduate from Eureka College.

     
  • From Australia to Schaumburg, RTA exec still on track Oct 20, 2014 6:01 AM
    Kukec's People features Leanne Redden and her trek from Syndey, Australia, where she was born and raised, to Illinois, where she got married, raised a family and is now the RTA executive director.

     
  • University of Illinois could be at turning point Oct 20, 2014 5:51 PM
    The University of Illinois' main campus in Champaign-Urbana is set to choose a new president by late November, and the next governor of Illinois — whether incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn or the GOP’s Bruce Rauner — will decide if three members who have been on the board of trustees since 2009 will continue.

     
  • Sears up for sale? Not this year at least Oct 20, 2014 10:13 AM
    The embattled Sears has been facing losses, critics on Wall Street, and now vendors who reportedly are worried about getting paid. But leaders of the Hoffman Estates-based parent of Sears and Kmart stores said they have enough money to pay vendors and complete its transformation into a new and better company.

     
  • Quinn, Rauner give voters feisty last look in final debate Oct 21, 2014 4:58 AM
    The debate between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner ended a rough-and-tumble series of televised meetings with a feisty finale. Quinn sought to portray Rauner as a wealthy businessman with a dozen bankruptcies among the companies he invested in, and Rauner worked to paint Quinn as an ineffective, repeating the words “failed” and “failure” at nearly every turn.

     
  • Early voting begins in Illinois on Monday Oct 20, 2014 8:52 AM
    Early voting is set to get underway in Illinois. People can cast their ballots from Monday through Nov. 2 at sites around the state. The Illinois State Board of Elections website has a database to help voters find their assigned polling places.

     
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