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In a sudden fog, riverboat merriment sank and screamed into chaotic disaster.

Updated May 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM

For nearly a decade, Illinois has charged public school districts an exorbitant fee on federal funds intended to support the education of poor children and funneled most of the money, $59 million last year alone, to help cover the state's...

Updated May 22, 2015 at 1:10 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Rochester School Superintendent Tom Bertrand called the Illinois State Board of Education's plans to shorten its standardized test next year a step in the right direction.

Updated May 22, 2015 at 10:49 AM

URBANA — Police at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign say they're investigating after someone sprayed either paint or chalk on the campus' Alma Mater statue.

Updated May 22, 2015 at 9:24 AM

MOLINE — Solid sales of its construction equipment offset a global agricultural slowdown for Deere, the company said Friday. It also raised its outlook for the year and its shares rose nearly 4 percent Friday.

Updated May 22, 2015 at 9:22 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Expected heavy traffic throughout Illinois this Memorial Day weekend has prompted the state's transportation department to stop doing any non-emergency roadwork for a few days.

Posted May 22, 2015 at 4:00 AM

It’s a winding journey to find the monument to Fort Crevecoeur, perhaps a fitting tribute to the exploring spirit of the founding Frenchmen.

Updated May 21, 2015 at 4:09 PM

A bill treating low-level marijuana possession like a speeding ticket passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday and is en route to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office.Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, is the brainchild of House Bill 218 that...

Updated May 21, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Three ex-state employees who claim former Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired them 10 months ago in retaliation for providing damaging evidence in a sexual harassment investigation are threatening legal action unless the state gives them back pay and...

Updated May 21, 2015 at 2:29 PM

A bill treating low-level marijuana possession like a speeding ticket passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday and is en route to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office.Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, is the brainchild of House Bill 218 that...

Updated May 21, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Five months after former Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed legislation creating a bobcat hunting season, the Illinois Senate on Thursday approved a similar bill by a 32-17 vote.Quinn, a Democrat, vetoed the previous version of the measure on his final...

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