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Trump touts partnership, combat efforts in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump is praising the combat efforts to drive the Taliban and terror groups out of Afghanistan.

Published on 21 September 2017 | 3:34 pm

Illinois Supreme Court upholds murder conviction of Drew Peterson

The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction.The high court, in a unanimous decision, found that hearsay testimony from Peterson's dead third wife and missing fourth wife did not violate his constitutional right to confront his [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 3:33 pm

Litchfield plans third industrial park with $2.1M grant

LITCHFIELD -- The community of Litchfield plans a third industrial park with aid of a $2.1 million federal grant announced Wednesday.Combined with $2.1 million in city matching funds, the grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce will allow extension of roads, water, sewers and other infrastructure to the 220-acre site on Interstate 55, said Mayor Steve Dougherty.The city estimates up to 600 jobs could be attracted through long-term development."We're looking for light [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 2:57 pm

A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria

Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims Thursday after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods.

Published on 21 September 2017 | 2:37 pm

1 student shot, 1 arrested at east-central Illinois school

MATTOON — A teacher subdued a male student who fired shots and wounded another student in an east-central Illinois high school cafeteria on Wednesday morning, police said.Mattoon police Chief Jeff Branson and Mattoon School Superintendent Larry Lilly said the shooting happened at Mattoon High School about 11:30 a.m. A male student is in custody, police said, and the injured student is in stable condition at a local hospital.The names and ages of the suspect and the [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 2:31 am

St. John's Cancer Center upgrade focuses on better 'healing environment'

A $3.9 million upgrade to the cancer treatment area at HSHS St. John’s Hospital will give patients more privacy, more natural light while going through hours of chemotherapy, and nicer surroundings overall, officials say.The expanded space will double the size of the Springfield hospital’s existing Cancer Center — adding about 10,000 square feet — and create “a more healing [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 2:15 am

Sangamon County employees picket amid contract negotiations

Adult and juvenile probation officers and employees from Sangamon County’s Juvenile Detention Center were picketing outside the county building earlier this week in an attempt to draw attention to their ongoing contract negotiations.The employees, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1936, have been working without a contract since November 2015.County officials have proposed annual salary increases based on the Consumer Price [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 1:59 am

30% of Springfield classrooms now have computers for every student

A total of 250 of the Springfield School District’s 850 classrooms, roughly 30 percent, are now one-to-one, meaning a computer for every student.The influx is part of a five-year technology plan District 186 launched in 2016 to replace aging computers, boost technology at the middle and high schools and improve infrastructure. [...]

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:49 pm

14-year-old charged for Southeast High gun discovery

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly bringing an unloaded gun to Southeast High School Wednesday.Springfield police said detectives conducted several interviews that led to the arrest of the teen, who was taken to the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Center. The teen's name was not released because he is a juvenile. District 186 said in a statement Wednesday the gun, which was non-functioning, was found in a trashcan [...]

Published on 20 September 2017 | 9:46 pm

Raoul enters AG race, apologizes for 'Miss America' comment

State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, who says he will run for attorney general in 2018, on Wednesday apologized for how he referred to Republican candidate Erika Harold when discussing the office last week.“I’ve seen the reaction to the comment that I made, and I don’t blame anybody for being offended,” Raoul told The State Journal-Register. “If I read them without the full context of our full conversation, I would have the same reaction. ... I take [...]

Published on 20 September 2017 | 9:38 pm

Suit: Pregnant Chicago-area police officer forced to take unpaid leave

CHICAGO — A suburban Chicago police officer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the police department refused to modify her duties when she became pregnant, wouldn't provide a protective vest that covered her growing belly and then forced her to take unpaid leave months before she gave birth.Jennifer Panattoni, a senior patrol officer and 14-year veteran of the Frankfort Police Department, sued the village this week in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Lawyers for the American [...]

Published on 20 September 2017 | 8:59 pm

Sierra Club says coal plant costs CWLP customers

City Water, Light and Power at some point will have to retire older coal power plants as maintenance costs rise and markets shift to other forms of energy.Agreement ended there on Tuesday after the Sierra Club released a study claiming losses at CWLP's Dallman Power Station totaling $261.3 million from 2008 to 2016. Residential customers paid an extra $215 for CWLP power in [...]

Published on 20 September 2017 | 7:30 pm

Immigrant hurricane victims turn to churches amid fear

Immigrants came from across Houston to a Baptist church gymnasium and stacked dollies with boxes of cereal, orange juice and household necessities like cleaning bleach.

Published on 20 September 2017 | 7:30 pm

Springfield woman gets 13 years in motorcyclist's death

A Springfield woman with a lengthy criminal and driving record who struck and killed a motorcyclist and injured a passenger in May was sentenced to 13 years in prison Wednesday.Doris D. Fisher, 47, pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including aggravated driving under the influence and driving with a suspended or revoked license that resulted in a death.The charges stemmed from a collision on May 6 that killed Justin Heath, 29, of Springfield and injured his girlfriend, [...]

Published on 20 September 2017 | 6:48 pm

GOP senator defends health bill against Kimmel's attacks

Sen. Bill Cassidy defended his health care bill Wednesday after late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel accused the Louisiana Republican of lying to him about it, heightening the tension around the last-ditch GOP effort to make good on years of promises to repeal "Obamacare."

Published on 20 September 2017 | 6:30 pm

Iranian president: Trump comments at UN 'ignorant, absurd'

Iran's president warned the United States on Thursday that his country will "respond decisively" to any violation of the agreement that reins in Tehran's nuclear program and called U.S. President Donald Trump's "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric" about Iran unfit to be heard at the United Nations.

Published on 20 September 2017 | 5:30 pm

University of Illinois at Chicago to build $100M facility

CHICAGO — The University of Illinois at Chicago is planning to build a $100 million residence hall and academic complex.The Chicago Tribune reports the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the university's proposal for the 10-story building on Tuesday.The facility will be the university's first new dorm in more than a decade and comes amid a five-year plan to boost the university's enrollment. It will include 550 beds, a retail space and an academic wing with [...]

Published on 20 September 2017 | 5:20 pm

City of Chicago accepting nominations for Amazon sites

CHICAGO — The mayor of Chicago says the city is seeking nominations for potential sites to locate Amazon's second headquarters.Amazon earlier this month announced that it's hunting for a second home outside Seattle. The company said it will spend more than $5 billion to house as many as 50,000 employees.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said the city it looking for partners to help it determine what sites in Chicago would be good for Amazon. The city says nominated [...]

Published on 20 September 2017 | 5:18 pm

Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 225

Rescuers said Wednesday they have found a surviving child in the ruins of a school that collapsed in Mexico's magnitude 7.1 earthquake, one of many efforts across the city to save people trapped in under schools, homes and businesses toppled by a quake that killed at least 225 people.

Published on 20 September 2017 | 3:30 pm

US to give $32M for Myanmar's Rohingya refugees

The United States will contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said Wednesday, in the Trump administration's first major response to the mass exodus from Myanmar.

Published on 20 September 2017 | 2:30 pm

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