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Trump commutes ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s prison sentence

By Michael Tarm Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted in a wide-ranging political corruption case just months…

Police release sketch of possible serial rapist

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department has released a sketch of a possible serial rapist who officials say has targeted victims on the northwest side. The suspect is described as a black male in his…

Census Bureau raises wages in Illinois to $20 and $30 an hour

By Cole Lauterbach CHICAGO - To compete with record low unemployment, the U.S. Census is offering higher wages than it has ever offered. With Illinois’ unemployment rate at 3.7 percent in December, Ellisa Johnson deputy regional director…

Trump, Barr still at odds over president’s tweets

By Michael Balsamo, Colleen Long and Zeke Miller Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by a public rebuke from his attorney general, President Donald Trump says he has the "legal right" to intervene in criminal cases and sidestep…

US, Taliban reach truce in Afghanistan

By Matthew Lee and Kathy Gannon Associated Press MUNICH (AP) — The United States and the Taliban have reached agreement on a temporary truce that will take effect in the coming days and, if successfully completed, will lead to a formal…

Rockford officers respond to strong-armed robbery

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department is investigating a strong-armed robbery, after patrol officers responded to an incident Thursday on the city's near-east side. At approximately 6:55 p.m., officers arrived at 6th…

Rockford woman charged with homicide in overdose death

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A 33-year-old Rockford woman faces criminal charges after another woman died from a drug overdose. Suzette A. Vasquez is charged with two counts of drug-induced homicide and two counts of delivery…

Illinois fourth-graders below national average in reading

Staff Report Fourth-graders in Illinois on average scored 218 on a standardized reading test administered last year, which is one point below the 2019 national average calculated by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).…

Report: Illinois’ budget not balanced despite claims

By Greg Bishop SPRINGFIELD - An interim annual financial report shows Illinois spent more in the previous fiscal year than it collected in revenue despite claims from elected officials that the state's budget was balanced. A public…