Illinois

This Jan. 26, 1986 photo shows Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka reaching to shake hands with New England Patriots coach Raymond Berry after the Bears won Super Bowl XX in New Orleans. Ditka is being carried by William Perry, right, and Steve McMichael. (AP Photo/File)

Gov. declares ‘Mike Ditka Day,’ honors ‘Da Coach’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It’s Ditka Day in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says Monday that he’s declared it “Mike Ditka Day” in honor of the former Chicago Bears player and football coach whose jersey […]

12/09/2013

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn smiles during the signing of the pension overhaul legislation bill Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Chicago. Looking on from left are: Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington; Senate GOP leader Sen. Christine Radogno; Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville; Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs; House Speaker Michael Madigan and Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) — In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois’ massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the […]

12/05/2013

Paul Tubbs  of Washington, Ill., looks over the remains of his home on Devon Lane in Washington after a tornado tore through the north part of Washington on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Peoria Journal Star, Ron Johnson)

Violent storms sweep across Midwest, killing 8

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) — As a powerful tornado bore down on their Illinois farmhouse, Curt Zehr’s wife and adult son didn’t have time to do anything but scramble into their basement. Uninjured, the pair looked […]

11/18/2013

An Ameren Illinois worker walks past homes looking for gas and electrical hazards in Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter. (AP Photo/The Pantagraph, Steve Smedley)

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep through Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) — Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities, killing at least two people and even prompting officials at Chicago’s Soldier Field to […]

11/17/2013

In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 photo, school groups and visitors view the Gettysburg Address and battle mural at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library , in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

How kids brought Gettysburg Address to Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — As Tuesday’s 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address nears, octogenarians’ memories are one of the only links to a children’s coin drive in the 1940s that brought a manuscript of Abraham Lincoln’s […]

11/17/2013

This Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 photo shows Marine Capt. Pravin Rajan after his arrival at San Diego International Airport in San Diego following in a tour of duty Afghanistan. Rajan was part of a group of 13 Marines that got a heroes welcome at Chicago's International Airport four days into a journey back home by of a small crowd of cheering USO volunteers, firefighters, police officers and others who work at the airport. Rajan says the reception he and his comrades received on their way to San Diego was "incredibly touching." (AP Photo/Courtesy of Pravin .Rajan, Sandhya Rajan)

13 Marines get impromptu Chicago airport welcome

CHICAGO (AP) — It didn’t matter that the 13 Marines on their way home from Afghanistan had been fighting in a war that no longer dominates the news or that they were stopping only for […]

11/06/2013

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

After ‘snafu,’ Jackson reports to federal prison

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. entered a North Carolina prison Tuesday to begin serving a 2 1/2-year term for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign money on everything from cigars to […]

10/29/2013

Illinois Republican  gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner speaks to a gathering Republicans and business leaders at a stop on his Bring Back Illinois Tour in Quincy, Ill. (AP Photo/The Quincy Herald-Whig, Steve Bohnstedt)

Wealthy business executives eye political races

CHICAGO (AP) — He has never been elected to anything, not even “student council in high school,” as he boasts. He has little patience for schmoozing. In dealing with people, he admits to being “pretty […]

09/16/2013

Video still of Fred Stobaugh as posted on YouTube.

96-year-old’s poem to late wife professionally recorded

A 96-year-old Illinois man wrote a song about his wife of 75 years and when he sent the heart-wrenching ode into a singer-songwriter contest, they decided to produce it for him. When Fred Stobaugh talks […]

08/26/2013

Escape artist Anthony Martin of Sheboygan, Wis., escapes from a wooden box that was locked and pushed out of a plane at 13,500 feet in August 1988, in Sandwich, Ill. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Anthony Martin)

Escape artist pulls off locked coffin skydive

SERENA, Ill. (AP) — A Wisconsin daredevil parachuted gently into a northern Illinois field Tuesday after managing to free himself from shackles and a locked coffin while plummeting through the air. Anthony Martin waved to […]

08/06/2013

A handheld biosensor was developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Smartphone cradle, app detect toxins, bacteria

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able […]

08/02/2013

Man repays insurance money with 4 tons of coins

MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois businessman has paid off part of a court-ordered legal settlement with nearly four tons of quarters packed into dozens of bags. Roger Herrin, of Harrisburg, was ordered by […]

08/01/2013

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