Obama's Immigration Executive Actions Within His Power

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says the executive actions on immigration are within the power of the president.   Republican members of Congress, including all six from Illinois, have called President Obama’s move to defer deportations on milli

Judge rules Illinois' pension law unconstitutional

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois judge has ruled that a law intended to fix the nation's worst state employee pension crisis violates the state Constitution. Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ruled Friday in favor of state employees and retirees

Governor-Elect Rauner not Pleased with State's Finances

The man who will be governor is running out of words to describe how bad things are.   “The financial condition of the state of Illinois is stunningly bad. It's horrible,” Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner told reporters. He referred to a newsp

Early morning drug raid nets crack-cocaine & marijuana

The Decatur Police Department says it confiscated nearly 100 grams of crack-cocaine and marijuana during a drug raid on Friday...

Firearm deer season begins Friday

The state’s most popular hunting weekend gets underway today...

Cardinals open Musial museum today

 The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum opened its first temporary exhibit, Stan Musial: “The Man” Off the Field, today on what would have been Stan Musial’s 94th birthday...

Rauner Making Presence Felt in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner isn't set to take office until January. But his presence already is being felt in the Illinois Legislature. Lawmakers cut their first week of the fall session short Thursday, heading home without action on

Judge Hears Arguments For, Against Pension Law

SPRINGFIELD — A Sangamon County judge says he'll issue a ruling Friday over the constitutionality of Illinois' pension overhaul. Attorneys wrapped up oral arguments Thursday over whether the Illinois Constitution bars lawmakers from cutting

October Unemployment Unchanged at 6.6%

CHICAGO – The October unemployment rate in Illinois was 6.6 percent, unchanged from September, and down from 9.1 percent one year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Empl

Defense Industry Boosts Illinois Economy

A new study on the economic impact of the state’s defense industry may help when the time comes for more federal budget cuts. The state’s first economic impact study on its military installations was done by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce a

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Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council....
A way for GOP to defuse immigration issue?
DENVER (AP) -- Republicans in search of a way to oppose President Barack Obama's moves on immigration without alienating the nation's fast-growing population of Hispanic voters can find a playbook in Colorado....
Buffalo residents urged to prepare for flooding
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo is making significant progress clearing streets still clogged from an epic storm left more than 7 feet of snow even as a flooding threat looms, the city's mayor said Sunday....
Ferguson prepares for grand jury decision
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend....
Islamic State group recruits, exploits children
BEIRUT (AP) -- Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police....

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