Dead Body Found in Rural Buffalo; Few Details Available

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Department says a dead body was found early Friday morning.


Schock Repays $40k for Office Renovations

Congressman Aaron Schock has personally reimbursed the government $40,000 for renovations.


Judge Won’t Delay Former State Representative’s Sentencing

A federal judge in Chicago is refusing to delay sentencing for former state Rep. Keith Farnham on a child pornography conviction.


Nature Photographer Acquitted on Charges of Taking Eaglets

A nature photographer has been found not guilty on charges of illegally taking two baby eagles from the wild.


Local Republicans Get to Know Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti

"You cannot stop us" from touring Illinois,, Sanguinetti promises


A Push to Protect Nuclear Plants

Clinton one of three affected


Extension Sought for Medical Marijuana Program

Medical marijuana has gotten off to a slow start in Illinois, so one state lawmaker wants to push back the finish line.


SEIU Rallies to Find Funding for Child Care Program

The program's money is about to run out, part of the current fiscal year's budget problems.

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U of I Asks Court to Dismiss Professor’s Lawsuit

University lawyers say Steven Salaita had no "binding contract''.


U.S. Court Declines to Decide Illinois Benefits Issue

A federal appeals court in Chicago has declined to resolve a contentious issue over whether Illinois' constitution strictly bars the reduction of retiree benefits.


Deere & Co. Prepares for Largest Revenue Drop Ever

Sales are forecast to fall 17 percent this fiscal year from 2014.


Police Seek West Side Burglar/Burglars

A block on Springfield's west side is being targeted by burglars.


The Return of the Millionaire Tax

3 percent "surchage"


Climate Change Can Be Costly

Group puts a price on it


Consolidating Local Governments? One Lawmaker Has Tips

Now that the governor is backing efforts to consolidate local government units, one state lawmaker has suggestions on where to start.


Rauner Meets with “Cabinet,” Vows Good Changes

A few dozen people in a meeting room Wednesday afternoon made up what the governor said was his cabinet.


Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Schock’s Spending

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington says available evidence "warrants a full investigation."


USDA: Illinois Had Historic Corn, Soybean Yields in 2014

The Illinois Farm Bureau says last fall's harvest was an historic crop.


Lawmakers, Business Groups React to Keystone XL Veto

The veto of the Keystone pipeline bill is unwelcome news to some in Illinois, but not unexpected.


Central Ill. Regional Airport Looks to Expand Tax Base

The Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority wants to expand its tax base to give it the option of increasing revenue.

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