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SPRINGFIELD — The hunt for auctioneers to settle a $9.7 million debt by selling off parts of a valuable collection of Lincoln artifacts, including an iconic stovepipe hat and gloves bloodied the night he was assassinated, began Wednesday, but the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Muse…

ROCKFORD — More than 400 northern Illinois residents have signed a petition opposing special-use permits that would allow the development of four proposed solar farms.

URBANA — A University of Illinois report is recommending new efforts to support students in the first weeks of school when sexual assaults are most common, especially among freshman.

CHICAGO — At least 11 people were shot and killed and about 70 others were wounded during the weekend in Chicago, in a spasm of gun violence that police attributed mostly to gangs and that the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, used to criticize the city's Democratic leadership.

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MOLINE — With a growing child population living in poverty, Awa Thiam is using her engineering background to connect West African food producers with school systems. And networking with Iowa agriculture experts could be the push she needs to get her business off the ground.

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A former Vermilion County, Illinois, coal plant heavily criticized for contaminating groundwater has received a violation notice for alleged contamination of the Middle Fork River.

SPRINGFIELD — A foundation formed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner two years ago to fundraise for repairing the state fairgrounds is falling short of its $2 million to $3 million annual target.

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed laws Monday authorizing judges to take weapons away from people suffering mental health and other problems and to extend the waiting period for delivery of newly purchased guns, but pledged to veto a third piece of legislation that would require state l…

CHICAGO — A community activist who has pushed for more police transparency said Monday that he's asked Chicago police for the body camera footage from all the officers at the scene where one of them fatally shot a black man over the weekend.

OREGON — Efforts to restore a 107-year-old statue in northern Illinois have received financial backing this summer from the state and a local business.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill asked Monday that calls for his resignation be rescinded as he maintained that he has been denied due process amid allegations that he groped two women and made inappropriate comments to others at a legislative party.

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials are so far behind on determining Medicaid eligibility for 15,000 nursing home residents that privately run facilities are fronting $300 million in care while state officials struggle with the backlog, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Asso…

MARION — County officials in southern Illinois will be letting voters decide whether it’ll join a movement by several other counties in the state to become a gun sanctuary county.

CHICAGO — A raffle that has become popular with some Illinois veterans’ organizations is spreading to numerous Chicago-area bars with some jackpots climbing to seven figures.

ELLIS GROVE — When students in the SIU Center for Archaeological Investigations Summer Field School excavated at Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site in 2017, they found what appeared to be a stone foundation of a wall of the fort or barracks. They also found hand-made nails, a French flintloc…

EFFINGHAM — A Medal of Honor recipient told an audience at Vet Fest 2018 in Effingham this week about his experiences serving during the Vietnam War.

ROCKFORD — Bystanders have rescued a 70-year-old man from his submerged car after flash flooding swamped a northern Illinois city.

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. — Jeff Green, the president of two Peoria automobile dealerships and a former Danville resident, is dead after he lost control of his race car and crashed during a race at a track in Canada.

BELLEVILLE — After nearly 20 years of teaching elementary school, Belleville native Melissa Schwalenberg is taking a long coffee break to give back to local kids and adults in a different way.

A new Indiana law that goes into effect July 1 clarifies an existing state law regarding headlight colors and eliminates loopholes used to skirt the old law.

CHICAGO — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk.

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed a full-year state budget for the first time since he took office, forgoing the pro-business changes and tax cuts he demanded throughout a years-long budget impasse for an election-year plan he said "moves the state forward."

CHICAGO — Illinois’ new state budget relies on more than $400 million in savings from a new pension buyout plan that finance experts caution is highly speculative and may not save as much money as lawmakers say.

SPRINGFIELD The No. 3 Democrat in the Illinois House stepped down from his leadership post Thursday less than an hour after a legislative activist accused him of verbal abuse and sexual harassment.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Republican who arrived in town three years ago and fought established Democrats so hard the state was thrust into fiscal crisis, gave his blessing Thursday to a bipartisan budget plan that lawmakers OK'd and prepared to send his way.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Corrections indicated Monday it will consider appealing a federal judge’s order that the agency immediately provide sufficient staff and treatment to 12,000 mentally ill inmates, arguing that it has made significant strides in complying with a two-yea…

INDIANAPOLIS — A new Indiana University program that monitors disease-carrying pests has detected more deer ticks in central and southern Indiana than had previously been thought to live in those areas.

SPRINGFIELD — The process for investigating ethics complaints in the Illinois General Assembly is rife with “trap doors, blind alleys and loopholes” set up to bury politically sensitive grievances, a lawmaker who claims retaliation from the House speaker said Thursday.

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner is not demanding reinstatement of the death penalty in exchange for Democratic-favored gun restrictions in an all-or-nothing package, an aide said Wednesday after testimony before a House committee.

SPRINGFIELD — It’s moving day for Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner, who are returning to the Illinois Governor’s Mansion after $15 million in renovations on the historic home.

SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature on Monday began weighing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones legislators approved.

DIXON — The mother of a teenager charged with firing shots at a northern Illinois high school says he had been bullied by classmates but must take responsibility for his actions.

URBANA — A 23-year-old Crawfordsville, Ind., man was sentenced to 66 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a child, according to U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois John E. Childress.

SPRINGFIELD — The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is selling a black dress once owned by movie star Marilyn Monroe to raise funds to repay a loan used to buy artifacts relating to the 16th president and keep the presidential relics …

DANVILLE — Around 7:30 Thursday night, a Danville Police officer was waved down by an individual in the 900 block of Cleveland Avenue for reports of shots fired, according to Public Safety Director Larry Thomason.

HOOPESTON — The recent school shootings has prompted Hoopeston Area schools to increase training of staff members to proactively handle threats inside the school with a new system.

HOOPESTON — City Council members Tuesday discussed the building at 205 East Main Street. The area around the building has been blocked for more than a year to pedestrian traffic and parking due to pieces of the facade and mortar falling onto the sidewalk and street.

DANVILLE — The body found in the 3600 block of Bayview Drive has been identified as Jay C. Hein, 51, of Danville, according to Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden..

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UPDATE: The 19-year-old person of interest arrested in Wednesday's fire and death investigation has been named as Christopher D. Condon, according to police records.

UPDATE: Officials have released the names of the two people killed Wednesday night in a head-on crash on Illinois Route 1 between Hoopeston and Rossville.