- Lincoln Home visitors spent $13.8 million locally in 2015 Updated: Apr-28-16 9:29 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Visitors to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield spent more than $13.8 million at local businesses in 2015.
- Illinois transgender student wins boys bathroom access Updated: Apr-27-16 11:22 am
WILLIAMSVILLE, Illinois - A transgender student at Williamsville High School in central Illinois who was born female but identifies as male will be able to use the men's bathroom.
- Committee: Keep 'Crimsons' nickname, standardize 'J' logo Updated: Apr-25-16 10:53 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Illinois - Jacksonville High School sports teams will likely continue seeing red.
- Winners announced in 2015 Illinois AP Broadcasters contest Updated: Apr-23-16 9:05 pm
CHICAGO - Winners of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association contest were announced Saturday in Springfield.
- Funeral officials: Halt of Illinois program leads to stress Updated: Apr-22-16 1:30 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Funeral directors say the current stalemate over Illinois' budget has meant more stress for low-income families who have lost loved ones.
- House to become lab for training of child welfare workers Updated: Apr-21-16 10:52 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A formerly vacant building in Springfield will be used to train students and professionals in child welfare services.
- Illinois agency overpaid $168M to local taxing districts Updated: Apr-21-16 3:24 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An error by the Illinois Department of Revenue means hundreds of local taxing districts, which receive disbursements from a personal property-tax replacement fund, must repay an estimated $168 million to the state.
- The Latest: Illinois teachers call for graduated tax, budget Updated: Apr-20-16 9:48 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Latest on school funding in Illinois and Chicago Public Schools' contract negotiations (all times local):
- Educators pressure Illinois lawmakers over school funding Updated: Apr-20-16 6:27 pm
CHICAGO - Educators on Wednesday amped up the pressure on Illinois leaders for more school and university funding with protests in Springfield and fierce criticism of Gov. Bruce Rauner by the head of the Chicago Teachers Union.
- Adult admission up $3 for Illinois State Fair, price now $10 Updated: Apr-19-16 11:57 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - General admission prices are going up for this year's Illinois State Fair.
- Rauner-Madigan rivalry hamstrings Illinois budget talks Updated: Apr-17-16 2:44 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The rivalry between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan continues to intensify during Illinois' 10-month budget stalemate, leaving little hope that the state will have a spending plan any time soon.
- Group: Illinois historic sites at risk due to unsure economy Updated: Apr-14-16 12:06 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Eleven schools, churches, mansions, courthouses and other historic Illinois sites highlighted on an annual preservation report are particularly vulnerable because an unsure economic climate in the state and the impasse over the state budget makes funding uncertain, the group says.
- Correction: Illinois-Vaccine Exemption story Updated: Apr-13-16 1:10 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - In a story April 12 about child vaccinations, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, erroneously reported requirements for parents who object to having their children vaccinated on religious grounds. They must submit a "certificate of religious exemption" for children entering kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade, and also those who are enrolling in a new school or child care facility.
- Illinois group wants to prevent veteran suicides Updated: Apr-13-16 6:55 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A task force aimed at preventing suicide deaths among veterans will begin meeting next month in Illinois.
- Illinois governor releases school funding breakdown Updated: Apr-12-16 6:08 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner released figures Tuesday detailing how much each Illinois school district would receive next year under his education budget, setting the stage for another battle with Democrats who have their own proposal.
- US House staffers subpoenaed by federal court Updated: Apr-12-16 8:43 am
CHICAGO - Four congressional staffers have told the U.S. House that they've been subpoenaed by the federal court in Springfield, Illinois, where a grand jury is conducting a probe into the spending of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.
- Springfield club to restore 1904 African-American orphanage Updated: Apr-10-16 11:53 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A 4-H Club wants to restore a Springfield building that was an orphanage for African-Americans.
- Correction: Illinois Legislature-The Latest story Updated: Apr-07-16 11:34 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - In a story April 5 about legislative action in the Illinois General Assembly, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a proposal to allow transgender people to change their gender marker on birth certificates would also apply to passports and other identification cards. The proposal would apply only to Illinois birth certificates.
- Dierks Bentley, ZZ Top lead 2016 Illinois State Fair lineup Updated: Apr-04-16 10:50 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Country music singer Dierks Bentley and rock band ZZ Top will be among the performers at this year's Illinois State Fair.
- Built to last, vacant state armory not going anywhere soon Updated: Apr-03-16 4:52 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Two things to know about the abandoned Illinois State Armory: It needs major repair and renovation, but it's not going anywhere soon.
- Late-payment penalties cost Illinois over $900M in 6 years Updated: Apr-01-16 4:01 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois has spent more than $900 million on late-payment penalties over the last six years because of the state's inability to pay its bills on time, according to Figures from Comptroller Leslie Munger's office.
- Correction: Uncollected Taxes story Updated: Mar-31-16 10:14 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - In a story on March 29 about legislation that would allow Illinois municipalities to share financial data with third-party vendors, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the National Conference of State Legislatures opposed the bill. NCSL spokesman Mick Bullock said the group has no official position on the legislation.
- New owners celebrate drive-in's 66th birthday on Route 66 Updated: Mar-30-16 10:40 pm
LITCHFIELD, Illinois - The Litchfield Sky View Drive-in Theater will celebrate its 66th birthday on Route 66 under new owners. And the dancing hot dog still performs.
- The Latest: Rauner, Democrats bicker over budget blame Updated: Mar-30-16 6:36 pm
CHICAGO - The Latest on budget troubles at Chicago State University (all times local):
- Rauner frustrated at lack of progress to end budget impasse Updated: Mar-30-16 5:48 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner expressed frustration at the lack of progress in budget negotiations with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, saying Wednesday that his efforts to arrange a one-on-one meeting have gone nowhere.