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Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 3:52 PM

ROCKFORD — A new Winnebago County fiscal year begins Oct. 1, and a bleak picture of a budget shortfall is coming into focus. “I can tell you it's definitely going to be north of $4 million,” County Administrator Steve Chapman said. “How much higher, I'm not sure yet.” Chapman got bad news from the Illinois Department of Revenue last week that will make budget-balancing talks tougher for the County Board. The board must determine in the...

Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 1:24 PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Police at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus are investigating the appearance of three large swastikas in campus buildings while administrators say an employee has been fired over an...

Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 12:37 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Laura Vivaldo considers herself fortunate among her Illinois college classmates who are in the U.S. illegally and struggle to pay tuition because they don't qualify for state or federal financial aid.

Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 11:56 AM

Caterpillar Inc. plans to close five facilities outside of Illinois and to demolish a mostly vacant building at a facility in Mossville, resulting in the layoffs of approximately 820 workers. The cuts announced Thursday are part of...

Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 10:58 AM

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — After missing a series of previously scheduled court appearances in Decatur, a Normal man came up with an old-fashioned way to make sure he was there Thursday for his latest one.

Posted Apr 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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

Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 8:08 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator is urging the state to strip Dennis Hastert of the taxpayer-funded pension he receives from when he was state legislator.

Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Four communities on Illinois Route 81 will host a variety of activities on the first weekend in June during the "More Fun on 81" Festival.Taking its name from the highway that runs through Andover, Cambridge, Kewanee...

Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 4:01 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Gaileen Roberts’ daughter Jody has cerebral palsy, is quadriplegic and developmentally delayed. But she can live at home because her mother earns a taxpayer-subsidized $13 an hour as her caregiver.

Posted Apr 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Visitors to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield spent more than $13.8 million at local businesses in 2015.

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