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R. Kelly due in court after turning himself in to police

Chicago — R. Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police late Friday, hours after Illinois prosecutors announced he had been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Kelly is accused of abusing four victims, at least three of whom were allegedly underage, in incidents that date back


Photos: Annual Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Illinois

A dreary day didn't stop folks from taking a dip into Miller Park Lake. Hundreds of participants took part, raising about $175,000 to fund equipment, training and facilities for athletes competing in Special Olympics Illinois.


Aurora, Illinois Husband Texts Wife 8 Final Words At Work Before He Passed

The day after the most romantic holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day, Terra Pinkard horribly lost the love of her life. “Friday afternoon, the day after Valentine’s Day, was a literal nightmare,” Terra wrote on Facebook Sunday.


Penn State downs Illinois for 2nd straight conference win

Champaign, IL. - Led by Lamar Stevens' 25 points and Mike Watkins' double-double, the Penn State Men's Basketball team took down Illinois for their 2nd straight Big Ten win Saturday.


Penn State men's basketball keeps rolling with 83-76 win at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Junior forward Lamar Stevens led four Nittany Lions in double-figures with 25 points as Penn State took a Big Ten Conference win at Illinois 83-76. Redshirt junior Mike Watkins had his 26th career double-double with 10 points and a game-best 12 rebounds and season-best five blocks


Travel Advisory from the Illinois State Police

Due to a crash at Route 1 and Ernst Road, traffic is shut down in both directions. Please choose an alternate route for the time being.


Illinois State Police seizes over 110lbs of suspected cocaine

MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (KWQC) - Officials say a traffic stop made in Mclean County, IL resulted in two arrests and the seizure of suspected cocaine weighing more than 110lbs. On February 21st, 2019 an Illinois State Trooper from the Statewide Criminal Patrol Team stopped a truck tractor-semitrailer com


Illinois governor signs measure hiking state's minimum wage to $15

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest. It was one of the new Democratic governor’s top campaign promises. He signed the six-year plan Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion.


Flooding closes Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge between Kentucky and Illinois

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A bridge across the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois has been closed because of flooding. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Friday that the U.S. 51 bridge connecting Kentucky to Cairo, Illinois would close Friday afternoon because land on the Kentucky side i


How Has the “Crack Cocaine of Gambling” Affected Illinois? The State Hasn’t Bothered to Check.

by Jason Grotto and Sandhya Kambhampati, ProPublica Illinois, and Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ Chicago. This story is a collaboration between ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ Chicago, co-published with the Chicago Sun-Times.


Lawmakers Don't Expect Iowa to Follow Illinois' Minimum Wage Hike

Illinois will increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. A couple southeast Iowa lawmakers do not expect their state to follow suit. Iowa’s minimum wage currently matches the federal minimum was rate of $7.25 an hour.


Takeaways from Wisconsin’s win vs. Illinois

Taking on an improved Illinois squad that came into Monday night’s matchup winners of four its last five, the Wisconsin Badgers ultimately held on for a 64-58 win inside the Kohl Center.


Florida Man finds his way to Illinois and somehow two old toilets are involved

Wherever Florida Man goes, something wacky follows. According to the East St. Louis Police Department, Dave Toliver carried an old toilet to a Board of Education building in Illinois and threw it through the front glass of the building on Feb. 15.


Illinois graduate transfer Cameron Watkins picks Vanderbilt over Iowa State

Vanderbilt’s defensive backfield just got a boost for next season as Nashville native and Illinois graduate transfer Cameron Watkins has announced he will finish his collegiate career as a member of Derek Mason’s Commodore program.


Illinois Turns Warily to Bonds to Plug $134 Billion Pension Hole

(Bloomberg) -- Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is taking a page out of his predecessors’ pension-fund playbook -- and he’s trying to learn from their mistakes. The Democrat, who is set to give his first address on the budget Wednesday, may seek to sell $2 billion of bonds to inject cash into the sta


Davison, Iverson guide No. 22 Badgers past Illinois 64-58

MADISON, Wis. — Brad Davison scored 18 points, Khalil Iverson added 16 and No. 22 Wisconsin held off Illinois 64-58 on Monday night. The Badgers (18-8, 10-5 Big Ten) ground out a win over Illinois (10-16, 6-9) with leading scorer Ethan Happ on the bench down the stretch.


Illinois becomes latest state to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

Illinois has become the latest state to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. On Tuesday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed a law to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The law will raise the minimum wage periodically along the way, including going from $8.25 to $9.25 on Jan


Tales of the Tape: Illinois

MADISON, Wis. -- Greg Gard and Co. finished off the game against Illinois the same way they would any other: with the group of five guys that’s going to give them the best shot at a win.


Illinois Gov. signs bill raising minimum wage to $15

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed a bill into law Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. Pritzker ousted former-Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) in November and campaigned on raising the minimum wage.


Illinois Considering "Asset Transfers" To Pensions: Be Afraid

Governor JB Pritzker’s administration has now made clear it will seriously consider the latest idea to address Illinois’ pension crisis – transferring public assets directly to state pensions. It recently announced the formation of a task force on the subject.