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PEKIN — A Peoria man was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday after admitting he beat a baby and broke his collar bones in a rage after the infant defecated on a couch.Akeem Jones, 23, could serve as little as six months if he is accepted into and completes a special, discipline-laden state prison program.

Updated at 3:39 PM

PEKIN — Police on Monday arrested the girlfriend of a man whose home allegedly contained a meth lab that produced 170 grams of the drug in liquid form.

Updated at 3:36 PM

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly...

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 2:03 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa  — Farmers are expected to plant a record number of soybean acres this year, but fewer acres of corn as profit potential for the grain remains low due to slumping prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 12:40 PM

CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell in every Illinois metro area in February. It was the 12th straight month of across-the-board improvement.

Posted Mar 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM

CHICAGO — A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed.

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 10:48 AM

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday created of a working group tasked with improving prosecution rates of sexual assault cases in the state.

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 10:33 AM

PEORIA — U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation, effective Tuesday, leaves a vacancy in the Peoria-based congressional district he represented for six years and three months.

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 8:34 AM

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) is reminding high school students from across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Com-petition, “An Artistic Discovery,” before...

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 8:20 AM

LACON — Former Sparland Village Clerk Margaret M. "Marg" Murry has been indicted on two felony counts of cyberstalking by a Marshall County grand jury.

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 8:14 AM

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois announced Monday she's running for U.S. Senate in 2016, setting up a high-profile challenge to Republican Sen. Mark Kirk's re-election bid.

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