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ROCKFORD — Hundreds gathered Thursday for a party celebrating Rep. Chuck Jefferson’s years in politics. “He did his time,” said Maria King, 71, of Roscoe, who once served as his legislative aide. “It was just a pleasure working for him. He’s compassionate. He loves his seniors. He loves his veterans. He loves the community, and he did very well for the community.”...

Updated at 8:19 PM

 PEORIA — Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced funds for a series of long-scheduled projects across the Peoria region.

Updated at 7:10 PM

Unemployment for July in the metro Peoria area dropped 2 percentage points from a year ago.

Updated at 6:55 PM

ROCKFORD — A stretch of Harrison Avenue and 11th Street, two well-traveled shock-testing roads, will be milled and resurfaced for $1,515,968.The Harrison Avenue work extends from Kishwaukee Street to east of Ninth Street, and the...

Updated at 6:06 PM

FREEPORT — A neglected stretch of U.S. 20 is in line to be resurfaced this year from west of Freeport to Park Boulevard for $1,793,835.It’s among $11 million worth of state grants Gov. Pat Quinn announced today for Carroll,...

Updated at 3:21 PM

CHICAGO — Will retailers be able to open a package of marijuana to give customers a whiff? Will a master grower be able to work for multiple cultivation centers? Is medicinal marijuana chocolate considered candy?Those were among the...

Updated at 3:12 PM

The Illinois Department of Transportation is eliminating 58 positions that are at the center of a lawsuit alleging questionable hiring practices.

Posted at 3:00 PM

DEER CREEK — Kim Craig, a grain merchandiser for Bell Enterprises, has been checking out area corn fields for 19 years but he’s never seen a crop like the one he and...

Posted at 1:30 PM

PEORIA — Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced funds for a series of long-scheduled projects across the Peoria region.

Posted Aug 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

CHICAGO — Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history.

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