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AG candidate Erika Harold says GOP county official used racial slur

CHICAGO — A Republican candidate seeking a seat in the General Assembly is unworthy of the post because of his use of sexist and racist language, the GOP floor leader in the Illinois House said.State Rep. Peter Breen said Winfield Township Republican Chairman Burt Minor should withdraw from the GOP primary for the 42nd Illinois House seat. It is alleged he repeatedly used a racial slur during a fall meeting with Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold of Urbana. [...]

Published on 23 February 2018 | 3:13 am

Police: Man flees traffic stop, drags two marshals with SUV

An unidentified 31-year-old Springfield man wanted on a narcotics charge was arrested Thursday after he reportedly fled from a traffic stop on Illinois 54 near Riverton and dragged two marshals who were hanging on to his vehicle.The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. when two U.S. marshals spotted a SUV that they suspected the man was riding in as he headed to Springfield on Illinois 54. The marshals contacted Illinois State Police who stopped the SUV at Prairie School Road near [...]

Published on 23 February 2018 | 2:42 am

Even with tax hikes passing, city predicts budget hole next year

Even after passing hikes in the sales and telecommunication tax, the city would still possibly face a $4 million deficit next year, according to city budget director Bill McCarty.Mayor Jim Langfelder said he will propose a 4 percent natural gas tax to help with this budget year's deficit, which remains at $2.6 million.  When the budget process began, it was $11.4 million, which was largely made up through the tax hikes and cuts to spending. The natural gas tax could [...]

Published on 23 February 2018 | 12:17 am

Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

The school resource officer at the high school took up a position viewing the western entrance of the building that was under attack for more than four minutes, but "he never went in," Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a Thursday news conference.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 10:51 pm

Springfield bishop reaffirms no communion for Sen. Durbin

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Springfield Roman Catholic diocese has reaffirmed that U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, should not be allowed to receive Holy Communion because of a recent vote on an abortion issue.According to a statement issued by Paprocki on Feb. 13, Durbin was among 14 Catholic [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 10:09 pm

Illinois Democrats move toward licensing gun stores

Gun control advocates are renewing their push to require Illinois firearm stores to get state licenses, saying federal regulations do not go far enough to ensure sales are handled properly.Legislation to license dealers cleared the state Senate last year, but stalled in the House amid fierce opposition from gun rights groups. They contend that licensing would drive up the price of purchasing a firearm by as much as $300. Democrats in the Senate are hoping to calm those fears, [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 10:09 pm

Teachers unions: Arming educators 'not the answer'

The president of the Illinois Education Association said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s idea to prevent more school massacres by giving bonuses to teachers who undergo gun training “is not the answer.”The IEA released the following statement from President Kathi Griffin Thursday:“We need to stop repeating history and tackle the school shooting epidemic head on, but arming our teachers is not the answer. Our teachers and support staff members [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 10:09 pm

Springfield High classes delayed 18 minutes amid extra security

The start of the school day at Springfield High School was delayed 18 minutes Thursday morning as students waited in line to be screened with handheld metal detectors and have their bags searched.Springfield Public Schools took the extra security measure in response to a vague threat that circulated on social media in Ohio and other states Wednesday afternoon that mentioned “SHS.”Bree Hankins, the district’s spokeswoman, said Springfield High staff, [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 10:09 pm

Rauner 're-evaluating' whether to move veterans out of Quincy home

Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday his administration is re-evaluating whether to move residents out of the Quincy Veterans Home following new cases of Legionnaires' disease as his primary challenger continues to push him on the issue."Moving the veterans is an option that we've evaluated in the past. We will be evaluating it again now and at all times. We're evaluating every possible opportunity to keep our veterans safe," Rauner told reporters at the Thompson Center.Rauner said [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 10:09 pm

Trump comments points to deep divisions over arming teachers

Lawmakers in several states are wrestling with the contentious idea, including Florida, where the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are being mourned.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 8:37 pm

Fear at school, commitment to change: A Florida student on her new reality

Originally a Facebook post, Sarah Jenkins, a 17-year-old student at Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach, Fla., has allowed us to share her thoughts in the wake of Valentine's Day's school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 7:37 pm

Satellites see big fishing's big footprint on the high seas

By using ships' own emergency beacons, researchers got the first comprehensive snapshot of industrial fishing's impacts around the globe. And it's huge.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 6:20 pm

Superagers' youthful brains offer clues to keeping sharp

The work is the flip side of the disappointing hunt for new drugs to fight or prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 5:06 pm

Star Parties to resume at UIS in March

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Friday Night Star Parties will resume for three Fridays in MarchThe dates include: March 9, 16, and 23. The parties are held from 8 to 10 p.m., weather permitting, at the UIS Observatory on the roof of Brookens Library.Star Parties are hosted by John Martin, UIS associate professor of Astronomy/Physics. The observatory’s telescopes will be used to view a number of celestial objects, including the moon, the Great Nebula in [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 4:59 pm

Cavanagh, still running as write-in, gets temporary assignment to appellate court

The Illinois Supreme Court has temporarily assigned Sangamon County Circuit Judge Pete Cavanagh to the 4th District Appellate Court, effective March 1.The assignment of Cavanagh, 47, of Springfield, lasts through Dec. 3. Cavanagh is a write-in candidate in the March 20 primary as he seeks a full 10-year term on the appellate court.“Judge Cavanagh is an experienced jurist, highly respected by his peers and by the legal community,” said Supreme Court Justice Rita [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 4:06 pm

Rev. Billy Graham to lie in honor at US Capitol

Ryan says he's inviting members of Congress and the public to pay their respects to the man called "American's Pastor" on Feb. 28 and March 1.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 4:02 pm

Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

Trump said on Twitter, "I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!"

Published on 22 February 2018 | 3:12 pm

Springfield High adds extra security Thursday after 'SHS' threat

Springfield High School had extra police presence and metal detectors at the school on Thursday morning in response to a threat circulating on social media that mentioned "SHS."The threat did not name Springfield High School, 101 S. Lewis St., specifically, and the threat has circulated around other geographic areas outside of Illinois, said Bree Hankins, a Springfield School District spokeswoman.Hankins said Springfield police have been in contact with police in other [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 2:38 pm

Recreational marijuana ballot question clears committee

Legislation that would place an advisory question on the November ballot asking Illinois voters whether the state should legalize the recreational use of marijuana cleared a hurdle Wednesday. Senate Bill 2275, sponsored by state Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, passed out of committee on an 11-4 party line vote, likely bringing the measure up for a [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 1:19 pm

Biss, Pritzker clash at Springfield debate

The latest Democratic gubernatorial debate turned into a clash between state Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, and billionaire J.B. Pritzker on everything from loyalty to House Speaker Michael Madigan to their records on pensions.The debate, held Wednesday evening at the University of Illinois Springfield, reflected the increasingly tense contest between the longtime frontrunner, Pritzker, and one of his two closest competitors, Biss, with the primary just one month away. [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 3:52 am

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