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No vote on Illinois fracking rules until November

CHICAGO | An Illinois legislative panel has put off voting on rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction until next month, as it grapples with how to ensure regulations are fair to industry while protecting the environment.

October 15, 2014 12:00 am

Local towns warming to medical marijuana

JOLIET | You wanna marijuana? Some towns do.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
ISU grad hired after standing with sign

ISU grad hired after standing with sign

Danu Phromrat, a recent Illinois State University economics graduate, stands on a busy intersection July 22 holding a sign looking for a job in Bloomington, Ill. Phromrat, 27, of Thailand, was also handing out resumes to motorists who showed interest. Phromrat spent four days trying and was …

August 02, 2014 12:00 am
ISU grad hired after standing with sign

ISU grad hired after standing with sign

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. | For four days, Danu Phromrat stood at a busy intersection in Bloomington holding a sign that said, "New grad looking for a job," with the hope that he would catch the attention of local employers.

August 02, 2014 12:00 am

Starved Rock trails still closed from storm damage

UTICA, Ill. | A majority of the 13-mile trail system at Starved Rock State Park in northern Illinois remains closed because of significant storm damage that happened four weeks ago.

July 29, 2014 4:02 pm

Lake Co. judge strikes down Indiana right-to-work

INDIANAPOLIS | A Lake County judge struck down Indiana's right-to-work ban on certain union fees in a second legal blow to the contentious law passed in 2012.

July 23, 2014 7:19 pm

Gov. Quinn facing ongoing investigation

CHICAGO | Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, locked into a competitive re-election bid, is fighting to maintain an image as a reformer who's cleaned up state government as questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he started in the run-up to his 2010 election threaten to hang over…

July 16, 2014 10:45 pm

Rauner keeps fundraising lead in GOP governor race

CHICAGO | The three lawmakers running for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor continue to lag behind newcomer Bruce Rauner in fundraising.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am
2013 sees new leadership for Indiana

2013 sees new leadership for Indiana

Donnelly replaces Lugar in Senate, tries bipartisanship

December 28, 2013 11:00 pm Photos




GOP, Dems now face pension vote fallout in 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | While Illinois Republicans have made solving the state's pension crisis their issue for years, far fewer GOP lawmakers than expected supported the watershed package of reforms passed by the Legislature Tuesday.

December 07, 2013 12:09 pm

Ill. property inventory lacks basic details: audit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | The Illinois agency that keeps track of all taxpayer property does such a poor job that it lists only one of the state's nine universities and omits one-quarter of the Prairie State's 130 parks, according to an audit released Thursday.

October 31, 2013 5:45 pm

Report: Ind. among few states not past peak coal production

A report by a clean energy advocacy group claims Indiana is one of two states that is not past peak production for coal.

October 30, 2013 12:48 pm


Purdue plans read-in to celebrate historian Howard Zinn

October 20, 2013 12:00 am

Veterans find peace, healing in equine therapy

PLAINFIELD, Ind. | Doug McLaughlin wasn't hoping to die. Neither was he particularly interested in avoiding it when he bought his motorcycle in 1998.

July 01, 2013 12:00 am

Paralyzed man can ride motorcycle again

SULLIVAN, Ill. | Travis Mundy hops aboard a Gold Wing to talk to God or shout at him, depending on Mundy's mood.

May 24, 2013 8:00 pm

Lower drunk-driving limit gets mixed reviews in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to toughen drunk-driving laws is getting mixed reviews among Illinois legislators, top state officials and local police.

May 15, 2013 8:15 pm

Lawmakers predict gloomy budget plans from Quinn

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn won't have a very cheery message when he unveils his latest budget plan Wednesday, say members of the General Assembly.

March 02, 2013 8:00 pm

Forgotten eastern Indiana cemetery gets new life

RICHMOND, Ind. | Wayne County's pioneer past has inspired Wayne Township Trustee Susan Isaacs in her development of King Cemetery, one of the city's oldest, yet newest cemeteries.

February 23, 2013 8:00 pm

Pence: 'I am not legislator-in-chief'

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence declared Wednesday he is not, and will not become, the state's "legislator-in-chief," shrugging off critics who claim he should be more directly engaged in House and Senate action.

February 06, 2013 8:00 pm
Indiana colleges look to revise campus smoking policies

Indiana colleges look to revise campus smoking policies

Many of Indiana’s largest universities are preparing stricter smoking rules, putting teeth behind smoke-free policies that -- to now -- have been at least partly hot air.

November 27, 2012 12:00 am Photos


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