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Dan Brady declines to run for Congress

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Dan Brady took himself out of the running for the soon-to-be vacant 18th Congressional District seat Tuesday.

March 31, 2015 9:00 pm(0)
Dan Brady takes himself out of running for Schock’s seat

Dan Brady takes himself out of running for Schock’s seat

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Dan Brady took himself out of the running for the soon-to-be vacant 18th Congressional District seat Tuesday.

March 31, 2015 10:39 am Related (0)

Road fund diversion on table to help state budget

SPRINGFIELD – Five years and one governor later, Republicans who once fiercely guarded against raids on the state road fund now want to use it to patch holes in the state budget.

March 19, 2015 4:00 am Related (0)
Interactive: Federal highway spending on the decline

Interactive: Federal highway spending on the decline

Spending from the Federal Highway Trust fund declined in nearly every state over the past five years.

February 19, 2015 4:00 pm(0)
Quiz: Can you name America's favorite foods?

Quiz: Can you name America's favorite foods?

Can you correctly choose what America likes most? Questions include favorite food group, favorite cheese, and more. Source: USDA Ag and Food Statistics » http://1.usa.gov/1BhGDXZ

February 16, 2015 4:00 pm(0)
Quiz: What should you get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day?

Quiz: What should you get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day?

What should you plan for this Valentine's Day—champagne and chocolate? Pizza and Netflix? Take this quiz and find out.

February 03, 2015 3:30 pm(0)
Rice breaks hand; Illini face many questions

Rice breaks hand; Illini face many questions

On a team hungry for leadership, moxie and additional skill, Illinois has lost its best player and the one person teammates looked to for on-court leadership.

January 06, 2015 4:02 pm Related (0)
Donna Douglas, 'Beverly Hillbillies' star, is dead

Donna Douglas, 'Beverly Hillbillies' star, is dead

NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died.

January 02, 2015 4:03 pm Photos

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Millikin effort produces musical suite

DECATUR — Writing poetry nearly two years ago for a performance of “Carnival of the Animals” by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra was too much fun.

December 29, 2014 10:45 am(0)
Interactive: Tech gift guide

Interactive: Tech gift guide

A look at the top tech gifts for the holiday season, selected and reviewed by AP tech reporters. The gallery provides various price ranges and brand options.

November 24, 2014 11:00 am(0)
Interactive: U.S. immigration policy

Interactive: U.S. immigration policy

President Barack Obama says he will bypass Congress to allow up to 5 million people in the United States illegally to stay without fear of deportation.

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm(0)
Interactive: Wintry weather

Interactive: Wintry weather

An interactive primer on the coming winter includes a map tracking the storm in the Upper Midwest, a video explanation on the polar jet stream and a how-to on winterizing your home.

November 19, 2014 9:50 am(0)

Inside the Field Museum’s hidden flesh-eating beetle room

Warning: Graphic Content.

October 31, 2014 11:30 am(0)
Police: Decatur man robbed his grandmother of $20

Police: Decatur man robbed his grandmother of $20

DECATUR – Police say a Decatur man broke into the home of his 76-year-old grandmother and forcibly frisked the terrified woman before grabbing a $20 bill from her pants pocket and fleeing out a window.

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A second chance to see a total lunar eclipse

A second chance to see a total lunar eclipse

People who missed seeing the total lunar eclipse in April will have another opportunity to view the phenomenon on Wednesday.

October 07, 2014 4:45 pm Photos

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Missouri man charged in stabbing over missing pig

Missouri man charged in stabbing over missing pig

LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. — A 22-year-old man has been accused of stabbing another man in a dispute over a missing pig, police said.

October 07, 2014 3:30 pm(0)
QUIZ: Do you know your state symbols?

QUIZ: Do you know your state symbols?

September 28, 2014 5:00 am(1)

Nail polish that detects date-rape drugs stirs a storm

RALEIGH, N.C. — Four N.C. State University students have dreamed up a striking way to detect date rape drugs that’s getting some major media buzz.

August 28, 2014 11:30 am(3)
At 75, ‘Wizard of Oz’ still flying over the rainbow

At 75, ‘Wizard of Oz’ still flying over the rainbow

Seventy-five years ago this week, L. Frank Baum’s book “The Wizard of Oz” marched into cinematic history as one of the most-beloved movies of all time.

August 14, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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City or tropics? Obama ponders where to put presidential library

WASHINGTON — As he embarks on his final years in office, President Barack Obama has begun to look beyond the White House to his next task: solidifying his legacy.

August 05, 2014 9:45 am(24)

Man accused of trying to kill woman after she ate cookies

DECATUR – When Allen M. Hall's 49-year-old female roommate ate three Chips Ahoy cookies, that apparently sent him into a frenzy, which almost resulted in her death.

August 04, 2014 11:00 am

New logo to promote farmers who served in military

SPRINGFIELD  (AP) — A new logo on agricultural products will help identify Illinois farmers, fishermen and ranchers who served in the military.

July 30, 2014 9:15 am(0)

As rivers retreat, roads, ferries back in business

GRAFTON  (AP) — Ferry and vehicle traffic around western Illinois and eastern Missouri is returning to normal now that the rain-swollen Mississippi and Illinois rivers are receding.

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm(0)

Man accused of molesting puppy undergoing testing

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man found mentally fit to stand trial on charges that he molested a puppy is waiting for court officials to decide if he's a sexually dangerous person.

July 18, 2014 11:00 am

Illinois hospital fees to pay for error reports

CHICAGO (AP) — A new annual licensing fee for Illinois hospitals that takes effect this month will finally fund a system for reporting medical errors that was established by state law back in 2005.

July 10, 2014 9:00 am(1)
Audit: More than 57,000 await initial VA visits

Audit: More than 57,000 await initial VA visits

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting for up to three months for medical appointments, the Veterans Affairs Department said in a wide-ranging audit released Monday. An additional 64,000 who enrolled for VA health care over the past decade have never been seen by a doc…

June 09, 2014 1:30 pm Related (22)
EBay asks users to change password after breach

EBay asks users to change password after breach

NEW YORK (AP) — E-commerce site eBay is asking users to change their password after a cyberattack compromised a database containing encrypted passwords.

May 21, 2014 4:55 pm(0)

Target 1Q profit falls 16 pct as breach takes toll

NEW YORK (AP) — Target cut its annual profit outlook Wednesday and said its first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as it took another hit from a massive customer data breach and a troubled expansion in Canada.

May 21, 2014 12:30 pm(0)

Small Illinois community will be without school

EDGEWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A small southern Illinois village will be without a school for the first time since 1863.

May 12, 2014 12:00 pm(2)
Beatles guitar bought in Mount Vernon coming to auction

Beatles guitar bought in Mount Vernon coming to auction

NEW YORK (AP) — A guitar owned by George Harrison is heading to auction along with other Beatles and rock memorabilia.

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US construction spending rises 0.2 pct in March

US construction spending rises 0.2 pct in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending rose slightly in March, fueled by increases for apartments, single-family homes, factories, health care centers and office projects.

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U.S. home price gains slow for third straight month

U.S. home price gains slow for third straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home price gains cooled in February from the previous year for the third month in a row, as harsh winter weather and high buying costs have slowed sales.

April 29, 2014 2:00 pm(1)
Gov. Quinn's lawyer acknowledges inspector probe

Gov. Quinn's lawyer acknowledges inspector probe

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney representing Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration publicly acknowledged Tuesday an ongoing investigation by Illinois’ inspector general of hiring practices under the one-term Democrat.

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Photographer recalls 25 years ago when man defied tank in Tiananmen

Photographer recalls 25 years ago when man defied tank in Tiananmen

BEIJING — He captured the photograph that immortalized the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989: a lone man in a white shirt standing before a row of tanks, seemingly fearless after the Chinese military has unleashed a bloody assault on pro-democracy protesters.

April 25, 2014 8:45 am(0)

Sales of U.S. existing homes slip to a 20-month low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers.

April 22, 2014 11:00 am(0)
Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign.

April 18, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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Blagojevich campaign account donates final dollars

Blagojevich campaign account donates final dollars

THIRD LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A federal campaign account for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now empty, two years into the Chicago Democrat's prison term.

April 18, 2014 12:16 pm Related (2)
Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

April 17, 2014 4:00 pm(1)

Ill. lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library

CHICAGO (AP) — A proposal to devote $100 million in state construction funds to help land President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library will be the focus of a legislative hearing.

April 17, 2014 11:00 am(13)
Robber homesick for prison sent back to slammer

Robber homesick for prison sent back to slammer

CHICAGO (AP) — Former inmate Walter Unbehaun has gotten what he said he wanted when he robbed a suburban Chicago bank last year. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison.

April 17, 2014 10:45 am(4)
Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets

Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers — Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude.

April 16, 2014 11:45 am Photos

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Bluesman apologizes for St. Louis concert gone bad

Bluesman apologizes for St. Louis concert gone bad

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures.

April 16, 2014 11:45 am(0)
U.S. retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March

U.S. retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.

April 14, 2014 8:15 am(0)
Slideshow: 12 ways to improve your health in a minute

Slideshow: 12 ways to improve your health in a minute

Got a minute? If you do, there are plenty of ideas on how to use that bit of time to improve and maintain your health, courtesy of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Take a look at these ideas and see why they are important to maintaining good health. (Deirdre Cox Baker/…

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US producer prices rise 0.5 percent in March

US producer prices rise 0.5 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals.

April 11, 2014 10:00 am(0)
$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.

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IKEA buying Illinois wind-energy project

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. subsidiary of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA announced Thursday that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation.

April 10, 2014 6:30 pm(0)

'Heartbleed' bug causes major security headache

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers …

April 09, 2014 3:00 pm(0)
Wayward turkey shuts down Missouri interstate

Wayward turkey shuts down Missouri interstate

Rush-hour drivers in St. Louis got a quick comedy show Wednesday when a wild turkey disrupted traffic, bringing out a motorist assist worker and police officer to corral the pesky fowl.

April 09, 2014 12:54 pm Photos

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Voter rights amendment passes Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan's constitutional amendment to stop voter suppression has advanced in the Illinois Legislature.

April 08, 2014 4:00 pm(4)
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