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The lawyer for indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith says the Chicago democrat plans to return to work in Springfield despite numerous calls for him to step down.

Prison Overcrowding

A panel of experts has told a state legislative committee that Illinois' prisons are bursting at the seams.

Illinois Wesleyan University has suspended the campus's Sigma Pi Chapter for three years following the death of one of its members.

Federal workplace-safety officials are levying a hefty fine against the Gilster Mary-Lee Corporation plant in Steeleville.

An investigation continues into the deaths of two women after their care submerged in Cedar Lake near Carbondale.


Eastern Illinois University has hired Jay Spoonhour as its new head men's basketball coach.

Those traveling to Bald Knob for Easter Sunday services saw a newly restored cross.

A big section of Lambert Airport that had been shut down since a Good Friday tornado a year ago is open again.

Governor Pat Quinn has named a new Leader for the Department of Public Health.

If you thought March in Illinois felt like summer, you’re right. State Climatologist Jim Angel says this month was the warmest March on record for the state.

This week Illinois became the first state to put its lottery games online.  Now the state Senate has voted to expand the offerings.

Illinois State Police are investigating the death of an Army soldier found drowned in his submerged car near a boat ramp at a southeastern Illinois lake.

The Illinois Department of Insurance will offer a free counseling session to Harrisburg residents affected by last month's tornado.

Illinoisans who have unpaid traffic tickets or other bills could be in for a surprise when they get their state income tax refunds.


A bill passed by the Illinois House would require visitors to state parks to pay admission fees.

The Illinois House will convene a special investigating committee to review a federal bribery charge against one of its members.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to hire private companies to finish restoration of the Birds Point levee.

A man is jailed on $2 million bond in southern Illinois after being accused of storming an apartment and fatally stabbing one of the occupants.

University of Illinois

University of Illinois President Michael Hogan has resigned after less than two years on the job.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's appeal for assistance after a deadly tornado and severe storms in southern Illinois.

Southern Illinois is getting $2.2 million in additional federal funding to help with recovery from storms and flooding in April and May of last year.

 In the 12th Congressional Primary race Democrat Brad Harriman won the nomination with 69% of the vote over Ken Wiezer.  Chris Miller pulled out of the race and endorsed Harriman.

In the Republican 12th District Primary Jason Plummer garnered 55% of the vote over Roger Cook and Theresa Kormos.

Plummer and Harriman will meet in the general election for the seat held by long-time southern Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello, who decided not to run for re-election.


Preliminary exit poll results from the Republican primary in Illinois show the economy remains the top issue for voters.

Illinois State Board of Election officials  say voter turnout is down based on initial information from counties.

Election officials say nearly a quarter of Illinois counties and the city of Aurora are reporting that some primary ballots are too large and don't fit into scanning machines.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has added to his lead in the race for delegates by winning the Republican presidential primary in Illinois.

Romney won at least 13 delegates in Illinois, with 41 still to be determined. Romney leads the overall race for delegates with 535. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has 253 delegates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has 135 and Texas Rep. Ron Paul has 50.

Senator Mark Kirk's office on Monday received a call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wishing him a speedy recovery from his recent stroke

Voters in Pinckneyville, Du Quoin and about 300 Illinois towns have the chance to let local leaders or someone they hire negotiate lower-cost power for residential and small-business customers.

Gov. Pat Quinn's own documents suggest his plan to close state facilities would cost Illinois at least 2,300 jobs and $250 million in economic activity.


Fellow passengers say Illinois' prison-bound ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich was jovial and seemed cheerful when he got on a flight Thursday to report to a federal prison in Colorado.