Maroa-Forsyth school board approves cuts

After months of discussion; the Maroa Forsyth school board approved a round of over $400,000 in cuts to the district’s budget last night...

Durbin Looking to Merge Federal Food Safety Agencies

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he hopes the fifth time’s the charm for legislation to create a new food safety agency.   Bills have been introduced in 1999, 2004, 2005, and 2007 to combine the food safety duties spread across 15 federal ag

Police Reform Bills Spurred by Recent Deaths, Racial Unrest

SPRINGFIELD — Recent police-caused deaths and ongoing concerns about racial sensitivity are behind a set of police reform bills sponsored by Illinois Democrats. The bills include creating standards for the use of police body cameras and chokeholds a

Tax Revenue from Illinois Video Gambling More than Doubles

SPRINGFIELD — The state of Illinois and local governments saw tax revenue from video gambling more than double last year. The state made nearly $165 million in 2014 from video gambling, up from roughly $75 million in 2013. Municipalities got nearly

New Report Shows Illinois Marijuana Market Could Reach $36M in 2016

CHICAGO — Patients aren't the only ones disappointed by delays in the Illinois medical marijuana program. A newly released report says investors are watching their hopes for financial returns fade, at least for this year. A market research group

Governor Rauner Among Nation's Top Donors in 2014 Elections

CHICAGO— A new study says multimillionaire Bruce Rauner was among the largest donors to political campaigns in the U.S. in last fall's election. The Center for Public Integrity released an analysis Wednesday of spending on 2014 state-level campa

Exelon Looking for State Help to Keep Nuclear Power Plants Open

Exelon is asking state lawmakers for help in keeping three nuclear power plants open.   Exelon says its plants in Byron, Clinton and the Quad Cities are losing money. “The losses are caused more by faulty market mechanisms than anything else. T

CAT wraps up down year with slumping 4th quarter

Low oil and gas prices may be helping you at the pump but they aren’t aiding struggling machinery builder Caterpillar...

Former Bank Teller Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison for Embezzling $2 Million

Springfield – The former head teller at a bank in Lincoln, Ill. was sentenced today for embezzling approximately $2 million from the bank over a 17-year period. U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough sentenced 63 year-old Nancy J. Huskins to 45 months i

Rauner touches on making Illinois a 'business friendly state' during speech at R

Illinois’ economy may have more problems than one administration can solve, but Governor Bruce Rauner says giving local cities and municipalities the right to choose whether they force their employees to unionize is a good place to start..

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Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control....
Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment....
Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The father of a Jordanian fighter pilot and the wife of a Japanese journalist held by the Islamic State group pleaded for their loved ones' lives after a possible prisoner swap wasn't carried out by a deadline of sunset Thursday....
Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped....
APNewsBreak: Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuse
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public....

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