Pat Quinn

Stanley Wrice, left, convicted of rape and sentenced to 100 years in prison in 1982 gives a thumbs-up sign as he and his attorney Jennifer Bonjean, leave Pontiac Correctional Center Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in Pontiac, Ill.  (AP Photos/M. Spencer Green)

Man alleging police torture released from prison

PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — A man who for decades insisted that Chicago police tortured him until he confessed to a rape he did not commit walked out of an Illinois prison on Wednesday after spending […]

12/11/2013

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

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Chicago prepares for new concealed carry gun law

CHICAGO (AP) — This city, where violent street gangs shoot it out dozens of times a week despite some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on guns, now faces a new challenge: Well-meaning citizens with the […]

06/28/2013

The Stanley Cup Final with Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks logos. (AP Photo)

Illinois, Massachusetts governors make NHL wager

CHICAGO (AP) — The governors of Illinois and Massachusetts have made a wager on the National Hockey League finals featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s office said in a […]

06/11/2013

Illinois Amtrak train hits 110 mph in test run

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – An Amtrak passenger train has reached a speed of 110 mph for the first time in Illinois. The train reached the speed Friday morning in a modest milestone for President Barack […]

10/19/2012

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