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  • Addiction experts: Cuts could hurt drug treatment 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:13 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Addiction experts say thousands of Illinois residents could lose drug treatment services if a temporary tax increase expires later next year.

  • Illinois strip club tax brings in less revenue 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:41 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois officials say a strip club tax has generated less than 40 percent of the money that was expected when the surcharge was approved.

  • Illinois gas station owners oppose fuel tax hike 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:50 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Increasing fuel taxes to pay for Illinois road construction will hurt businesses - and hit consumers at the pump, gas station owners said Monday.

  • Steely Dan to play Illinois State Fair 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:10 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Grammy Award-winning rock band Steely Dan will play this year's Illinois State Fair.

  • IDOT changes work zone signs as speed limit climbs 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 12:37 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois transportation officials are adding extra safety precautions to work zones around the state after the speed limit was increased to 70 mph on some highways.

  • Illinois awards $52M for bike, walking paths 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 2:46 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois communities are set receive more than $52 million in federal funds to invest in local alternative transportation projects - including bike paths, walking trails, streetscape upgrades and historic preservation.

  • Illinois man recreating Lincoln funeral train car 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 1:40 pm
  • ELGIN, Illinois - To mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination next year, an Illinois man is constructing a full-size replica of the funeral train car that carried the president's body from Washington, D.C., to his final resting place in Springfield.

  • Professor says UIS banned him because he's Iranian 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 12:56 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A former professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield has claimed in a federal lawsuit that the school banned him from campus and denied him emeritus status because of his race and Iranian origin.

  • Illinois Senate approves ban on ticket quotas 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 11:10 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislation that would ban police departments from issuing quotas on tickets has been approved in the Illinois Senate.

  • Correction: XGR-Retirement Savings story 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:31 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - In a story April 9 about proposed retirement savings accounts for private-sector workers, The Associated Press reported erroneously in the first sentence that the program cleared the Illinois Legislature. It cleared the Senate.

  • Ex-Illinois department aide pleads guilty to fraud 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:29 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A former top aide at the Illinois Department of Public Health pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to bribery and taking kickbacks in connection with $13 million in state grants and contracts and to obstructing a grand jury investigation.

  • Budget cuts may prompt closure of historic sites 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 8:10 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois preservationists say almost 18 percent of the state's historic sites might close because of potential budget cuts.

  • Chicago area mayors lobby for city pension changes 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:48 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A day after the high-profile approval of Chicago pension overhaul, mayors from suburban DuPage County asked lawmakers Wednesday for help with their pension systems for police officers and firefighters, saying costs are spiraling out of control.

  • Illinois considering east-west Amtrak route 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 10:50 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - State lawmakers are backing the creation of an east-west passenger rail corridor across Illinois.

  • Study: Illinois shouldn't force consolidation 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 1:23 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A commission has concluded that Illinois lawmakers should make it easier to reduce the number of local government boards and agencies, but not force the communities to do so. It also suggested that such consolidation might not save taxpayers money, as many critics have suggested.

  • Illinois' next pension issue: Police, fire funds 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 12:28 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - After addressing Illinois' own employee pension crisis, lawmakers now face an equally challenging task with the state's cities, as mayors demand help with underfunded police and firefighter pensions before the growing cost "chokes" budgets and forces local tax increases.

  • EXCHANGE: Legally blind 14-year-old archer excels 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 12:49 pm
  • GEORGETOWN, Illinois - At the whistle, eighth-grader Hope Bogard carefully yet firmly pulls back the string of her bow, aims and fires. Her arrow strikes near the center of a round target at the other end of the Mary Miller Junior High gym.

  • Illinois plant where 5 died almost demolished 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 4:43 pm
  • ILLIOPOLIS, Illinois - A former plastics plant in central Illinois where a 2004 explosion killed five people is now all but demolished and cleaned up, Illinois state environmental regulators said.

  • Ill. political remapping group says has signatures 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 7:04 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A group that wants to change the way Illinois draws its political districts says it has the signatures it needs to put a measure on the November ballot.

  • Environmentalists want stricter coal regulations 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 6:16 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois environmentalists are calling for stricter regulations and better enforcement of existing rules for coal mines.

  • Electronic cigarette bill advances to state Senate 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 11:04 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House approved legislation that'd require stores to keep electronic cigarettes behind the counter.

  • Woman, 24, convicted in dismemberment of husband 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 6:34 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A jury has convicted a 24-year-old central Illinois woman of murder for the dismemberment of her husband.

  • Chicago among many Ill. cities in pension straits 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 6:41 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for fixing part of the nation's worst municipal pension crisis is now in the hands of state lawmakers - and it's likely just the first of many from cities across the state seeking legislative help for their employee retirement funds.

  • Report: Madigan influenced Chicago transit hiring 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 3:26 pm
  • CHICAGO - A task force asked to scrutinize metropolitan Chicago's transit agencies said it found evidence that House Speaker Michael Madigan directed Metra to hire and promote certain candidates, contributing to an environment in which corruption and mismanagement could flourish.

  • Governor's tactic delays Senate cabinet approval 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 11:41 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Pat Quinn used a procedural move sidestepping a deadline to have two cabinet members reappointments approved by the state Senate.