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ROCKFORD — The effects of the Great Recession continue to linger in the region, where an estimated one in four children live in poverty.The annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kid’s Count report shows the economic downturn is still being felt statewide by Illinois children. The report, released Tuesday, said 21 percent of the state’s children lived in poverty in 2012, compared with 16 percent in 2005.Child poverty in Winnebago County has declined slightly,...

Updated at 4:36 PM

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn signed an approximately $1 billion capital spending plan on Tuesday intended to create jobs and help repair and improve Illinois roads and bridges after a harsh winter.Quinn approved the bipartisan...

Posted at 12:30 PM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Would you relish having a towering ketchup bottle? That emblem of roadside Americana could be yours if you fork over enough money.

Updated at 12:13 PM

MAPLETON — Three people remain in OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Tuesday, one still in critical condition, following a two-car head-on collision on Lancaster Road Saturday afternoon.

Updated at 11:57 AM

PEORIA — Though final attendance numbers won’t be available for several days, the promoter of Country Life Music Festival is calling the event a...

Posted at 10:00 AM

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn signed an approximately $1 billion capital spending plan on Tuesday intended to create jobs and help repair and improve Illinois roads and bridges after a harsh winter.

Updated Jul 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM

CHICAGO — A new report says the number of Illinois children living in areas of high poverty has increased by about a third since 2000.

Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 9:10 PM

The Nathan Leuthold murder trial wrapped up Monday in Peoria County Circuit Court after hours of testimony and about 40 witnesses. Here are some quick observations that didn’t make it into daily coverage.

Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 8:51 PM

EAST PEORIA — Faced with an enrollment decline for the fall semester, Illinois Central College leaders unfurled a revamp to its enrollment strategies this summer.In mid-June, about two months before the start of the...

Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 8:49 PM

PEORIA — A Peoria County jury took only about 90 minutes Monday to convict a former Baptist missionary of killing his wife on Valentine’s Day 2013.Nathan Leuthold, 39, didn’t move or show any emotion,...

Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 8:23 PM

MORTON — The village has a new liquor license classification.Trustees unanimously approved Monday the creation of a Class I license that allows the consumption of beer and wine and seating outside of an establishment...

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