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ROCKFORD — The Illinois Department of Human Services building in Rockford has reopened for business a day after heavy flooding and a loss of power forced it to shut down around 1 p.m. Thursday. The floors are "a little wet" but "the computers and equipment are operating," said Director of Communications Marianne Manko. The building at 171...

Updated at 5:18 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Marijuana possession in small amounts in Illinois will be punishable by fines but not jail time after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that makes the state the third largest to decriminalize minor pot...

Updated at 3:41 PM

CHERRY VALLEY — Competition for high-speed internet is so close that Adam Wykes can literally stand atop a fiber optic cable running through the village near the Butler Park water tower. It's getting it out of the ground that's the...

Posted Jul 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The following stories are among today's top news of central Illinois.

Posted Jul 29, 2016 at 9:31 AM

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, with his only public comment a guest book entry begging God's "forgiveness for so much cruelty." The...

Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 8:35 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — David Bohlen opens a drawer at the Illinois State Museum's Research and Collections Center and not quite staring back at you — because their eyes are long gone — are about a dozen passenger...

Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 7:54 AM

MACOMB — Two Illinois Senate bills sitting on the governor’s desk may affect how economic development is done on a local level.If passed, Illinois senate bills SB 2531 and SB 2600 would require economic development entities that...

Posted Jul 29, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Mark Twain, aka Bob Anton, joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter for this episode of Tarter Source. A retired Peoria Public Schools teacher and riverboat...

Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 3:19 PM

ROCKFORD — Temeka Loury arrived at the Illinois Department of Human Services office today to learn about her husband's health insurance, but was turned away because the facility was flooding. "My husband lives in a...

Posted Jul 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The following stories are among today's top news of central Illinois.

Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 7:46 AM

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