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IWU Fraternity Suspended After Student Death

The Simga Pi fraternity at Illinois Wesleyan University is on interim suspension while the school investigates the death of a student last month. Authorities in northern Illinois say 18-year-old Brandon Landau of New York was at a party in White Pines State Park … Continue reading

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Lon Monk Sentencing Up Next

A judge in Chicago is set to sentence Rod Blagojevich’s college buddy-turned-top aide for his role in trying to squeeze a racetrack executive for campaign cash for the then-Illinois governor. Lon Monk’s sentencing hearing Tuesday comes three weeks after Blagojevich reported to prison to … Continue reading

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Edgar: GOP Primary Has Gone On Too Long

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar says the GOP presidential campaign has gone on too long. The Illinois Republican tells WBBM Radio that he thinks the protracted campaign could hurt the party.

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State Bar Assoc. Supports Cameras In IL Courts

The head of the Illinois State Bar Association says his group supports plans to allow cameras in courtrooms. Association President John Locallo tells The Quincy Herald-Whig that his group considers it a great opportunity to bring access to the judicial system to the public. … Continue reading

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Hogan Vows To Fix U Of I Troubles

University of Illinois President Michael Hogan blames his own poor communication with faculty for recent tensions that led some to call for his resignation. In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, the second-year president said he can fix his fractured relationship with faculty … Continue reading

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Bureau Of Prisons Assigns Number to Blagojevich

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has a federal prison identification number. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has given Blagojevich the number 40892-424. Typically, once inmates are assigned a number, it is their individual number throughout their prison term. It is also typically affixed to … Continue reading

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No Cause Yet For IL Wesleyan University Student Death

Investigators in northern Illinois are trying to determine what caused the death of an Illinois Wesleyan University student from New York. Authorities say 18-year-old Brandon Landau was found Sunday after a party thrown at White Pines State Park outside Oregon, about 85 miles west … Continue reading

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Plans Made To Build International Port In Pekin

A new international shipping port will find a home in Pekin.  The Heart of Illinois Regional Port District has announced the project, saying construction should start next year and be finished by 2014.

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Quinn, Emanuel Appoint McCormick Place Board

Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have appointed eight members to the board that runs the McCormick Place convention center. State law gives them each four appointments to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.

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Funerals Set For Harrisburg Tornado Victims

The tornado-ravaged southern Illinois city of Harrisburg is preparing to say goodbye to the six people killed in the storm. The first of the funerals for the tornado victims will be Saturday, when two of the dead will be laid to rest. The … Continue reading

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Springfield Attorneys to Represent Beason Murder Trial Co-Defendant

One of the brothers accused of killing five members of a central Illinois family is getting new attorneys. A Logan County judge on Thursday excused the two attorneys who had been representing Christopher Harris. The judge cited a conflict of interest. One … Continue reading

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Update: 6 Dead In Southern IL Storm

11:09 a.m. | Update Authorities say 6 people have been killed in southern Illinois by severe storms that slammed the Midwest. A spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the coroner’s office in the small town of Harrisburg has reported … Continue reading

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4.0 Earthquake In Missouri Shakes 9 States

Only minor damage is reported after an earthquake centered in southeast Missouri shook at least nine states. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 4.0 earthquake was centered near the town of East Prairie, Missouri.  Geological Survey geophysicist Amy Vaughan says several people in … Continue reading

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Company Could Lay Off 250 At Decatur Office

A Decatur company has notified more than 250 employees that they could lose their jobs two months from now.  StarTek gave notice to its 258 remaining employees Monday. Spokeswoman Rosemary Hanratty tells the Decatur Herald & Review that the Decatur office will … Continue reading

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Byron Nuclear Plant Shutdown Update

Officials are investigating the events surrounding a power failure at a nuclear reactor in northern Illinois. Exelon Nuclear’s Byron Generating Station shut down Monday morning after the power failure. Steam was vented to reduce pressure after it shut down.

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2.4 magnitude quake rattles Northern IL

A minor earthquake that shook northern Illinois sent tremors across Chicago’s northern suburbs. Seismologists with the U.S. Geological Survey say the 2.4 magnitude quake happened just before 10 p.m. Monday and was centered just east of McHenry. There’s no word of any damage … Continue reading

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Trial in Beason killings delayed again

The prosecution of two men charged in the deaths of five members of a family from Beason in rural Logan County has been put on hold. The Bloomington Pantagraph reports the case is being delayed so attorneys can resolve issues related to legal … Continue reading

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U of I Student Senate: Leaders’ Ethics Lacking

Student leaders at the University of Illinois have passed a resolution calling for more ethical leadership following the resignation of the university president’s chief of staff. Michael Hogan’s chief of staff, Lisa Troyer, resigned after denying she was the author of anonymous emails … Continue reading

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WIU opens $18.4M building on Moline campus

With help from Governor Pat Quinn, local officials celebrated Tuesday the opening of the new Western Illinois University campus in Moline. They cut a ribbon for Building One – the 18.4 million dollar facility that will house WIU’s undergraduate programs … Continue reading

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Illinois family escapes Italian cruise disaster

Three members of a McHenry County family were among the thousands of people aboard a cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast of a Tuscan island, killing at least eleven people. Jim Salzburg says the scene on the Costa Concordia was “complete … Continue reading

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Gov. Quinn Signs Pension Reform Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law pension reforms aimed at fixing some loopholes in the system. The law takes effect immediately. It aims to end the practice of so-called double dipping for public employees. In some cases, employees took … Continue reading

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