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Qik-n-EZ owner sues IDOT, city over 11th Street extension

The 11th Street extension will make getting to the Qik-n-EZ gas station and convenience store on the corner of 11th Street and Stevenson not so quick and easy, according to owner Grady Chronister.Chronister sued the Illinois Department of Transportation and the city of Springfield Monday, saying a construction project that would connect Lincolnshire Boulevard and Stevenson Drive along 11th Street has encroached onto his property and would restrict access to his business. [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 3:00 am

District 186 teacher accused of sexually assaulting student

A 24-year-old woman who served as a teacher for Springfield School District 186 has been arrested for alleged sexual assault.Kasi M. Korza, of the 1300 block of South Walnut Street, is accused of having inappropriate contact with a juvenile male victim who was a student within the district, a news release from Springfield police said. Korza was arrested Monday on a possible criminal sexual assault charge and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.The investigation is ongoing [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:55 am

Grease fire destroys rural Riverton mobile home

A mobile home in the Lincoln Place development in rural Riverton was destroyed Wednesday morning after a grease fire spread throughout the home.Riverton Fire Chief Joe Bartley said a woman was cooking on the stove about 9:30 a.m. when the pan caught on fire and then fell off the stove. The burning grease caught other items near the stove on fire, and the blaze quickly spread.“The fire basically consumed the whole kitchen before they were able to do anything about it, [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:54 am

Two arrested for home invasion, beating, burglary in Springfield

Two people were arrested Monday in connection with a home invasion, beating and burglary that happened earlier this month in Springfield, police announced Wednesday.Christopher Nelson, 25, of the 2600 block of Poplar Avenue and Amanda Daily, 18, of the 2600 block of South Fourth Street were charged Tuesday with home invasion, aggravated battery and residential burglary.Nelson was already in the Sangamon County Jail for an unrelated traffic warrant prior to this week's charges [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:54 am

Lawmakers debate non-death penalty parts of Rauner's safety rewrite

An administration official told lawmakers Wednesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner may be open to signing standalone legislation that would mandate a 72-hour cooling period after buying a gun, a claim Rauner's spokesperson would later walk back.The admission came during a hearing on the proposals outlined in Rauner’s amendatory veto of House Bill 1468, which had initially called for a mandatory 72-hour “cooling period” following assault weapons purchases.Rauner [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:54 am

Threatening Snapchat post causes concern in Chatham

Chatham police have determined an incident involving a Snapchat post that threatened the black community should be handled by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office.The post, which included a picture of what appeared to be a rifle, included a caption stating, “Out here hunting the black community to take there (sic) rights away from them.” The post appeared last week, and quickly made the rounds on social media.Chatham Deputy Police Chief Scott Tarter said [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:54 am

Bernard Schoenburg: Butler seeks to help caucus with $$, joins gun group

Considering that state Rep. TIM BUTLER, R-Springfield, is unopposed for re-election in the 87th House District, the fact that he’s hosting a $1,000-per-person golf outing at Illini Country Club is at least interesting.Butler has a quick explanation — for more than a year, he’s been chairman of the House Republican Organization, which helps elects Republicans to the chamber from across the state.While checks for the June 5 event will be made [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 1:15 am

Chicago City Council backs Obama Presidential Center plans

CHICAGO — The effort to build the Obama Presidential Center in a park on Chicago's South Side where Barack Obama's political career began cleared its biggest hurdle yet Wednesday when the City Council signed off on the proposal.The vote was widely expected, but was still historic for both the city where the nation's first black president started and for the state where the only presidential library is that of the president who freed the slaves.The city's plan commission [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 11:48 pm

Two anti-sex harassment bills go to Rauner's desk

Two bills aimed at combating sexual harassment within government will head to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk after they were unanimously approved in the Illinois Senate on Wednesday.House Bill 4242 would require local governments and school districts to make public within 72 hours the name of any employee accepting a [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 11:33 pm

Lawmakers: Funding, urgency lacking in Olympic abuse crisis

"I just hope everyone here realizes the time to talk is over, and you need to walk your talk," Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said Wednesday.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 11:30 pm

E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study

Critics of the study say it doesn't close the case on these popular vaping products.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:30 pm

Illinois governor gets bill legalizing industrial hemp

The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp.The House voted 106-3 Wednesday to allow hemp cultivation for commercial use. Hemp is a form of the cannabis plant distinct from marijuana. It does not produce any high-like effects and is often used in clothing or food.Hemp was banned nationwide in 1937 for its relation to the marijuana plant. Former President Barack Obama opened the door for states to legalize industrial hemp in 2015. That removed [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:09 pm

Kushner granted permanent security clearance, AP source says

The move ensures that Kushner, a key White House adviser with a portfolio touching on international affairs, can hold access to some of the country's most closely held secrets.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 9:46 pm

Glenwood Middle School dismissed early due to bomb threat

Glenwood Middle School students were sent home early on Wednesday afternoon after a bomb threat was found in a school bathroom, school officials said.Students were dismissed at 1:30 p.m. School administrators, safety and security staff, along with local law enforcement officers searched the facility and the "all clear" was issued about 3 p.m.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 9:01 pm

Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan stopped short in her written decision of ordering Trump or a subordinate to stop the practice of blocking critics from viewing his Twitter account, saying it was enough to point out that it was unconstitutional.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 8:30 pm

Pompeo 'very hopeful' North Korea talks will still take place

The decision about whether the June 12 meeting in Singapore between Kim and President Donald Trump happens is "ultimately up to Chairman Kim," Secretary of State told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 7:30 pm

Illinois Senate panel endorses wage-equity plan

A showdown between two Democratic measures to close the wage gap ended with Illinois senators rejecting one considered more business friendly.The Senate Labor Committee voted 11-6 Wednesday to approve legislation prohibiting employers from asking applicants their salary history. It has stiffer penalties for violators than one supported by business interests.The legislation is considered a pay-equity plan. Basing pay on salary history can hurt women. They often spend time [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 6:31 pm

NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by the owners at their spring meeting in Atlanta, but it was met with immediate skepticism by the players' union.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 6:30 pm

Judge: IDOC must comply with prison mental health plan

PEORIA — A federal judge on Tuesday soundly rejected a proposal from the Illinois Department of Corrections to address serious flaws in mental health care for 12,000 state inmates.The IDOC faces an injunction in federal court that forces its compliance with a 2016 settlement agreement that called for significant improvements to the state's mental health care in response to a 2007 lawsuit filed by inmates in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.In [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 5:32 pm

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

Roth's literary agent, Andrew Wylie, told The Associated Press that he died in a New York City hospital of congestive heart failure.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 4:30 pm

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