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Illinois may not continue to pay state workers in full during an ongoing budget impasse, a Cook County judge ruled Tuesday.
Gov. Bruce Rauner says a partial state government shutdown is worth the pain if it brings fundamental change to business and politics in Illinois.
Chicagoans are reeling from the news that their hometown heroes, a group of Little League champs, have been stripped of their title. An investigation revealed the team falsified boundaries to field ineligible players.
Early voting begins today for Chicago’s municipal election. Ahead of the Feb. 24 election, 51 early voting locations will be open Monday through Saturday.
Same-sex couples in dozens of Illinois counties are now free to get marriage licenses for the first time in state history. While the state’s new gay marriage law took effect Sunday, today is the first business day many county clerks are issuing the licenses.
Friends and family react to the passing of famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter.
President Barack Obama said he believes the United States should take action in Syria but will first seek authorization from Congress.
Republican senators searching for compromise on an immigration bill have announced an amendment to dramatically increase agents, technology and fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Markets swooned briefly shortly after 1 p.m. Eastern time after The Associated Press’ Twitter account was hacked and a fake tweet was posted about explosions at the White House.
A rainstorm pummeled the Chicago area and ripped open a massive pothole Thursday that swallowed three cars. Flooding caused widespread damage and Gov. Pat Quinn declared an emergency.
Authorities have arrested the owner of Chicago’s Sacred Heart Hospital, another executive and four doctors in an alleged kickback conspiracy.
Hollywood came to Chicago on Thursday as actors, directors, film critics and studio presidents honored late movie reviewer Roger Ebert in his hometown.
Chicago’s Roger Ebert, a Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic and host of a long-running TV show, died Thursday.
Federal prosecutors have rested their tax-evasion case against a Cook County commissioner accused of diverting money from his campaign coffers and using it on personal items.
Michelle Obama visited Chicago Thursday to announce the third phase of her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign to fight childhood obesity.
The city of Chicago is getting a $15 million low-interest loan to help replace aging drinking-water mains and pipes.
Portions of the federal farm bill were extended through September as part of the fiscal cliff deal. Consumers can breathe a sigh of relief — milk prices won’t double this year after all. But some Illinois farmers are not so happy.