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ROCKFORD — Convicted cop killer Ted Bacino's post-prison home is under review by the Illinois Department of Corrections. If approved, he could be free to leave Taylorville Correctional Center as early as Wednesday.The Department of Corrections did not disclose the location being reviewed or say how long the review process may last. Bacino is slated to be released Wednesday, but his host site must be approved first. He's not required to return to Rockford or stay in Illinois. He...

Updated at 4:19 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Party leaders in the 87th District selected Tim Butler of Springfield to fill former state Rep. Rich Brauer’s vacant seat on Saturday.

Posted Feb 28, 2015 at 6:00 AM

One of country music’s most praised traditional country artists, Joe Nichols, is the third artist announced this week to headline the second annual Back Road Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Galva Park District.

Posted Feb 28, 2015 at 4:00 AM

How key were Charles and Frank Duryea as auto pioneers? None other than 

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM

ROCKFORD — Legislation that could bring a casino to Winnebago County is in the hopper in Springfield.

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 2:34 PM

 The 35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, a huge show held at multiple galleries around Peoria, will run from March 7 through April 17. The event opens with a progressive reception from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on March 7...

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 12:58 PM

CANTON — Students attending Spoon River College next year will see a tuition increase, although it will be less than previous years.

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 11:02 AM

WASHINGTON — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid the U.S. government $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorating his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial...

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 10:56 AM

PEORIA — As the National Kidney Awareness Month of March rolls in, one local organization is making fundraising efforts sound like music to our...

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Annual event is set for Thursday and Friday at the Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 10:10 AM

You might recall Leslie Renken’s three-part series last month in this paper on the battle over a large hog farm seeking to locate in Marshall County. It was a compelling look at the clash between rural residents and...

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