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Take it from Glenn Poshard, a Democrat who represented the 22nd Congressional District before it was eliminated when Illinois lost two seats after the 1990 census. Poshard later ran in the newly drawn 19th Congressional District, a 35-county area that stretched from the Illinois-Kentucky border to ... population
When Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, disaster-relief funds from the federal government helped Dewey move his family back to central Illinois in 2006 to a house in Jacksonville. But Dewey said he had difficulty finding success again in vacuum sales, and a back injury while working in a ... opioids

Buildings inspired by sports, the Illinois prairie, religion and the skies above were chosen as the top buildings in state history as part of the ongoing Illinois Top 200 project. The top vote-getters in the public online vote include Chicago's Wrigley Field, a "Prairie style" Frank Lloyd Wright home in Springfield, the Baha'i ...
Editor's note: The weekly Illinois Bicentennial series is brought to you by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and Illinois Press Association. More than 20 newspapers are creating stories about the state's history, places and key moments in advance of the Bicentennial on Dec. 3, 2018. ...
The NFL Draft is coming up, running from April 26-28 in Arlington, Texas. So, let's take a look at how Big Ten teams have fared in the last 10 drafts, from 2008-2017. First up is Illinois. Illinois hasn't had much success on the field the last four years, winning a combined 16 games and has been to one ...

The Bragging Rights rivalry between Missouri and Illinois probably didn't need much of an excuse to ramp up its intensity, but it got one anyway on Saturday night. As announced on his Twitter page, former Illinois point guard Mark Smith committed to Missouri while on his official visit to Columbia:.
The Winter Weather Advisory continues until 7PM CDT for Winnebago, Boone, Mc Henry and Lake Counties in Illinois. As the center of low pressure passes over and moves east of the Chicago area, snow will continue over these northernmost counties, and as the afternoon progresses, rain will ... Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents covered by Medicaid saw their health coverage change Sunday when they were transferred into managed care. HealthChoice Illinois, a plan ordered by the Legislature in 2014 to reduce costs, enlists Managed Care Organizations to ... Illinois
The number of foreclosures in Illinois dropped 37 percent from last year and 17 percent compared with January, according to Attom Data Solutions. Geoffrey Hewings, emeritus director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois, gave a reason for the reduction. Illinois
CHICAGO — The Illinois Attorney General's Office is working with state lawmakers to draft legislation that would require hospitals to have a specially trained medical provider available to examine a sexual-assault victim. Of the more than 196,000 registered nurses in Illinois, only 32 are certified by the International ... Illinois
The Illinois Attorney General's Office is working with state lawmakers to draft legislation that would require hospitals to have a specially trained medical ... Of the more than 196,000 registered nurses in Illinois, only 32 are certified by the International Association of Forensic Nurses to work with adult sexual ... Illinois
The mission of Back 2 School Illinois is to provide those supplies to students in need. CBS 2's Roseanne Tellez talks to Matthew Kurtzman, the CEO of Back 2 School Illinois about a contest to help students at two Chicago schools. “Anybody can nominate a school in the Chicago area,” says Kurtzman. Illinois
At least one person has died in Illinois following a recent rash of hospitalizations of people who use synthetic pot and then experience severe bleeding, according to state health officials. The person's death was reported Saturday, but information about the person's name, age or gender was not released as ... Illinois
Patients' health would be put at risk if optometrists in Illinois are successful in their quest for state approval to remove benign nodules and lesions, drain cysts and take tissue samples on the eyes and eyelids, according to physicians who are fighting the proposal. “These procedures are clearly surgery and will clearly ... Illinois
Editor's note: The weekly Illinois Bicentennial series is brought to you by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and Illinois Press Association. More than 20 newspapers are creating stories about the state's history, places and key moments in advance of the Bicentennial on Dec. 3, 2018. Abraham ... Illinois
Illinois State Fair Champion Master Rosarian Dave Keil will present the program All About Roses at 6 p.m. April 17 at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion, Danville. Keil has been growing roses for about 40 years and currently grows 450 roses including Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Miniatures and ... Illinois

Voters have chosen agricultural breakthroughs, high-tech triumphs and life-saving ideas as the top inventions and innovations in state history as part of the ongoing Illinois Top 200 project. Winners in the online voting include the steel plow, which opened the prairies to agricultural development, and barbed ... Illinois
It's almost over -- the commercials, the social media ads and the robo calls -- and this is only the primary. Illinois residents go to the polls on Tuesday, March 20. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you love the excitement of voting on election day, or if you still haven't registered to vote, Patch has ... Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — A state lawmaker says Illinois needs to consolidate some of its roughly 7,000 units of government to reduce local property taxes, and he thinks eliminating townships would be a ... He said "the reason property taxes are so high in Illinois, is because we have 7,000 units of government.". Illinois
That included more than 1,000 incidents of harassment, 163 bomb threats, more than 950 vandalism incidents and 19 assaults. In Illinois, the ADL tallied 47 incidents, 25 of them involving harassment and 22 of them vandalism. There were 24 incidents reported in Illinois in the prior two years combined. Illinois
Far fewer Republicans vote in Illinois primaries, so a candidate with a committed, animated base — that would be Ives — has an advantage. Rauner is wobbly on Trump. He's loath to associate with Trump for fear of alienating Democratic and crossover GOP voters he will need in November. That is, should ... Illinois
The Register-Mail wanted to know which issues mattered most to those of voting age in Galesburg heading into the Illinois 2018 General Primary Election Tuesday. The Register-Mail went to a total of 11 locations in town and asked 10 men and 10 women about their top issue in the governor's race. Illinois
Like many places across Southern Illinois, Perry County is most strongly associated with coal mining when it comes to energy production. Three mines still remain in the county, but lately, it's started to emerge as something of a hotbed for solar energy projects. An area northwest of Pinckneyville was ... Illinois
The Illinois State Treasurer's Office is offering an opportunity for Illinois residents to showcase their artistic abilities by entering a statewide contest to design the 2018 Bicentennial Medallion. Stuart Layne, executive director of the Illinois Bicentennial, said designs should highlight some part of the state's ... Illinois
They have good reason to be on guard: Two years ago, Illinois was the lone state known to have its state election system breached in a hacking effort that ultimately targeted 21 states. Hackers believe to be connected to Russia penetrated the state's voter rolls, viewing data on some 76,000 Illinois voters, ... Illinois
A western Illinois city is asking for a $20 million federal grant to restore its natural fish habitats. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports the city of Quincy is asking Washington to pay for restoration efforts in Quincy Bay. The bay has become shallower over the years from sediment accumulation and can no longer ... Illinois
In Illinois, similar legislation was filed last year. The sponsor, state representative Steve Andersson, a Republican from Geneva, says he'll continue advocating to end the disruption to sleep cycles throughout the state. “So, we would go to a uniform time scale throughout the year instead of changing ... Illinois
For the first time in about a decade, identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints filed to the Illinois Attorney General's office in 2017. Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she thinks a major national breach might have been the cause for the surge in complaints. “I think one of the main reasons for that ... Illinois
Illinois Democratic candidates for governor say it's time for the state to legalize recreational marijuana, while Republican candidates oppose the idea. Nine states and Washington, D.C, have already legalized recreational marijuana. Democrats seeking their party's nomination for governor say it's time the ... Illinois
Whenever kicked out of Illinois government and politics (frequently), I have taken refuge as a visiting professor at several Illinois colleges and universities, primarily the University of Illinois. And I admit a soft spot for the sector. Yet, higher education across the country is out of favor, especially so in Illinois. Illinois
The Illinois Reading Council and Illinois Reads Honorary Chairman Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White have announced the essay contest ... These students read their essays during the opening ceremonies of Southern Illinois Reads Book Festival Saturday at Du Quoin High School. Illinois ... Illinois
Editor's note: The weekly Illinois Bicentennial series is sponsored by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and Illinois Press Association. More than 20 newspapers are creating stories about the state's history, places and key moments in advance of the Bicentennial on Dec. 3, 2018. Stories published ... Illinois
A Kansas City company which lost out on a major software contract with the University of Illinois Hospitals, says the winning company's bid will end up costing taxpayers up to $100 million in excess costs. Among the bidders, two of the nation's biggest medical software providers, Cerner Corporation and ... Illinois
Election Day for the Illinois primary is March 20, but you can early vote every day before then to avoid the rush. You can find all 51 early voting locations in Chicago here, all 52 early voting locations for suburban Cook County residents here, and information on early voting locations in the area's suburban ... Illinois
Illinois manufacturers need about 27,000 workers a year, for the next five years, just to keep up with retirements. The only problem is, there aren't 30,000 workers with the skills to fill the jobs. "Manufacturers need 22,000 production workers and 5,000 engineers every year, for the next five years between ... Illinois
“So many of the things that I was raised to believe in — fighting for social and economic justice, equality and inclusion, standing up and doing the right thing — so many of those things are not being carried out in the state of Illinois today, and I believe I have a record that demonstrates that I'm living up to ... Illinois
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Striking University of Illinois graduate assistants are holding another day of voting on whether to approve a tentative contract agreement with the school. A deal between Illinois and Graduate Employees Organization members was announced Thursday morning after a marathon ... Illinois
The accusations come in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday for 27-year-old Deon Hampton against Illinois' Department of Corrections. Hampton, who goes by “Strawberry,” is serving a 10-year burglary sentence. She's seeking to become one of the state's first transgender women to be granted a transfer to an all-female prison. Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois and graduate teaching assistants have reached a tentative contract deal after a more than week-long strike. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports Thursday's tentative agreement comes after a marathon overnight bargaining session that started ... Illinois
Approximately 318 bobcats were killed in Illinois during the hunting and trapping season that was in effect Nov. 10 through Feb. 15. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that 1,000 permits were issued to hunters and trappers for the season. Permit holders salvaged 40 ... Illinois
The $5.7 billion-asset company said Wednesday that Jeffrey Ludwig had been named its president and CEO of its bank. Ludwig had been Midland's chief financial officer and the bank's president and CFO. Ludwig has also joined the company's board. Stephen Erickson, who had been director of mergers ... Illinois
CARBONDALE — At a time when public educational institutions, social service providers, and state and local governments are struggling to emerge from Illinois' multi-year budget impasse, 51 percent of registered voters say the solution to the state's $1.5 billion budget deficit is to cut “waste and inefficiency ... Illinois
Nearly 1,200 school employees in east and central Illinois have been trained on how to stop life-threatening bleeding since last year. March 8 ... Carle Foundation Hospital's trauma department is offering the national Stop the Bleed campaign training to schools in a 21-county area of east-central Illinois. Illinois
CHICAGO — A transgender inmate who Illinois authorities agreed to move from one male prison where she says she was abused says abuse has continued at her new location in another male prison, causing her such despair she's tried to kill herself. The accusations come in a federal lawsuit filed in ... Illinois
Despite this downward trend in Illinois, 600 acres of class A farmland in Coles, Douglas and Edgar counties recently sold for upwards of $11,950 per acre, Reid said. He said Douglas County class A farmland has been selling for $10,000-$11,000 per acre so far this year and one 40 acre tract there sold for ... Illinois
QUESTION: Cook County and Chicago are on their way to paying a $13 hourly minimum wage. Many suburbs in the county, however, have opted out of the wage increase. Should Illinois raise its minimum wage from $8.25 an hour? Please explain. And if you favor an increase in the state minimum wage, ... Illinois
Five of those deaths have occurred in Illinois this flu season, with one additional child death reported in the last two weeks. Hospitals continued to be crowded with flu patients, with nearly 82 in 100,000 people requiring hospitalizations. Nationally, the number of people seeking outpatient treatment ... Illinois
Luke Sailer of Chatham was appointed the Department of Agriculture's Division Manager of Fair and Promotional Services. He previously was assistant Illinois State Fair manager. In addition to the state fair in Springfield, the division manages the Du Quoin State Fair, county fairs and horse racing. Illinois
A set of bills introduced this month in the Illinois legislature would update the state's fracking law to increase protections for land owners and require more information from oil and gas companies applying for fracking permits. Organizers from several environmental groups held a press conference Tuesday ... Illinois


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