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GALESBURG — News of state and county health officials finding a bird that tested positive for West Nile virus is — in the scope of the health issue — nothing new.But the Knox County Health Department’s acting Public Health Administrator Michele Fishburn said there is still every reason to take precautions to avoid infection from the mosquito-born illness.“People want to avoid being out at dusk and dawn,” Fishburn said Thursday after a news release from the health department...

Posted Jul 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Budget cuts will force the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to consider cutting hours at some state historic sites after the Labor Day holiday weekend, agency director Amy Martin says.

Posted Jul 31, 2014 at 9:15 AM

CHICAGO — A Cook County judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 20 years in prison for attempted murder by choking and stabbing a flower shop employee.

Posted Jul 31, 2014 at 8:30 AM

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Federal law enforcement officials say they have arrested at least 10 Rockford-area gang members on gun- and narcotics-related charges.

Updated Jul 31, 2014 at 7:47 AM

EVANSTON, Ill. — Evanston is joining other U.S. cities that have proposed bans on plastic bags because of environmental concerns.

Updated Jul 31, 2014 at 6:26 AM

Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois' Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the...

Updated Jul 31, 2014 at 7:34 AM

PEORIA — About 30 minutes before a house fire that killed four people in 2010, the man accused of starting the blaze bought a dollar’s worth of gasoline, according to testimony Wednesday.

Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Possible presidential candidate Rubio will help raise funds for Schock

Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

BELVIDERE — Residents who plan on visiting the driver’s licence facility on Pearl Street to renew their license plates or register a vehicle will soon have to visit a new location. The agency, run through the

Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.

Posted Jul 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released...

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