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11 killed, 70 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — At least 11 people were shot and killed and about 70 others were wounded over the weekend in Chicago, in a spasm of gun violence that police attributed mostly to gangs and that the president's…

Report: Recidivism could cost Illinois billions

By The Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD - A new report shows prison recidivism could cost Illinois more than $13 billion over the next five years. The study by the Sentencing Policy Advisory Council found 43 percent of people…

Lawmakers question possible Tollway contract conflicts

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Tollway officials are defending the awarding of contracts to firms with political connections or ties to Tollway employees. The deals being examined include a $6.6 million, five-year…

A look at new Illinois gun laws

By The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD (AP) -  Gov. Bruce Rauner signed laws this week authorizing judges to take weapons away from people facing problems that make them dangerous to themselves or others and to extend the waiting period for…

Rauner names interim lottery director

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed the chief of operations and technology for the Illinois Lottery to take over as the lottery's acting director. Rauner said Friday that Harold Mays will become interim acting…

State lawmaker wants to repeal fireworks ban

By Joe Barnas Illinois Policy Institute SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois representative wants to would bring consumer fireworks back onto retail shelves for the first time in more than 75 years. The latest attempt to repeal Illinois’…

Group: End stigma placed on ex-offenders

By Greg Bishop Illinois News Network (ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK) - A criminal justice reform group says more needs to be done to help people move on after prison. Jason Spyres, a 36-year-old Illinois man who is out of prison after…

Golden Apple announces 2018 scholars

Staff Report CHICAGO – Golden Apple, a leading Illinois nonprofit committed to developing great teachers, proudly announces the induction of the 2018 class of the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois.  The 2018 scholars include 229 dynamic…

Illinois surrounded by states that sell legal fireworks

By Greg Bishop Illinois News Network (ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK) - The cost of getting fireworks in any of Illinois’ neighboring states depends on what kind of buy-one, get-one sales that fireworks stands are running. In Illinois, the cost…