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  • Obama on Ferguson: Time to listen, not just shout

    WASHINGTON – Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said Monday that the vast majority of protesters ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 4:03 pm
  • Quinn signs bill allowing some governments to consolidate

    A bill that gives some of the state's most esoteric and obscure units of local government the power to eliminate themselves is now law.
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 11:36 pm
  • More states recognizing Illinois concealed-carry permits

    A growing number of states are honoring Illinois’ new concealed-carry permit. Since becoming availab ...
    Aug. 17, 2014 - 11:19 pm
  • Illinois colleges to be smoke-free indoors and out

    CHICAGO – Smoking will be banned indoors and out on all Illinois public college and university campuses starting next summer under legislation signed ...
    Aug. 17, 2014 - 5:20 pm
  • Crystal Lake restaurant owners double down on video gambling push

    CRYSTAL LAKE – A group of Crystal Lake bar and restaurant owners are rolling the dice on convincing City Council members to allow video gambling in th ...
    Aug. 17, 2014 - 12:06 am
  • Possible immigration rift for Obama with Democrats

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is facing potential rifts with members of his own party in tough re-election contests as he barrels toward a fall ...
    Aug. 17, 2014 - 12:05 am
  • Nov. 4 ballot packed with state questions

    Fans of long, drawn-out novels will want to make sure they vote Nov. 4.The Illinois ballot will star ...
    Aug. 16, 2014 - 11:49 pm
  • Marengo proposes special taxing area for new Dollar General

    MARENGO – A Marengo retail store will soon relocate farther south along Grant Highway, after aldermen this week advanced a proposed special taxing are ...
    Aug. 16, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Grooming bill inspired by Amati investigation signed into law

    A law inspired by the grooming allegations made against Woodstock Police Sgt. Chip Amati was signed into law Friday by Gov. Pat Quinn.
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 11:56 pm
  • Illinois to end relationship with lottery vendor

    CHICAGO – Illinois will end its contract with the private vendor that operates the $2 billion-a-year state lottery over "serious concerns" with compan ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Township property tax assessments moving forward

    More than half of McHenry County’s townships have published their property assessments, with two more on the way.
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 11:58 pm
  • Ethics complaint filed against Kane leader, contract employee

    GENEVA –An ethics complaint was filed Thursday against Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen and Community Outreach Coordinator Rick Nagel, allegin ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 12:03 am
  • IRS failed to check contractors' backgrounds

    WASHINGTON – The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a mi ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 7:42 pm
  • Unified Development Ordinance vote pushed back to mid-September

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board is pushing back a vote on the proposed Unified Development Ordinance for another month.
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 11:48 pm
  • DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists

    WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 12:15 am
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