Local, regional, and statewide news continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.
Are You as Liberal as President Obama?
How much do you know about Islam?
The wife and daughter of a Chicago man who was poisoned with cyanide after winning the Illinois lottery have settled his estate.
With just two more weeks during which consumers can buy health insurance that will kick in by January 2014, 7,043 people in Illinois had selected an insurance plan created by President Obama's health care law by the end of November - five times more than by the end of October, the federal government said Wednesday.
The report released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids shows Illinois is 32nd among states and the District of Columbia in the amount of money from so-called "tobacco-generated revenue" that goes to prevention efforts.
It has long been accepted that exercise cuts the risk of heart disease, and recent studies suggest a raft of more general benefits, such as reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and even preventing the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
The Supreme Court is considering whether to give a new sentencing hearing to a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.
A news release form the institute says Executive Director William W. Shilts announced the appointments on Tuesday.
Inmates didn't seem to mind the bone-chilling cold Tuesday as they helped remove tons of debris left behind from the violent tornado that tore through the village of Diamond last month.
Reports of police shooting dogs without justification are becoming more widespread, and they're starting to become expensive, not only in terms of legal expenses and settlements, but community goodwill.
Stanley Wrice will be released from prison after spending 30 years there. Defense Attorney Heidi Lambros says Cook County Judge Richard Walsh overturned Wrice's conviction Tuesday and granted him a new trial.
This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows inmate Stanley Wrice.
A judge Tuesday overturned the conviction of a man who spent 30 years in prison for a rape he says he falsely confessed to after being tortured by police.
The News-Democrat reports residents of New Minden are cleaning up from the Nov. 17 twister that killed two people.
An exhibit including the Christmas Nativity scene opened in the Illinois State Capitol last week, prompting considerably less fanfare than did the first display when it was erected six years ago.
An insurance agent in central Illinois says he's noticing an increase in the number of inquiries about renters' insurance following the deadly November tornadoes.
The Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee elected its 2013-2014 committee members during the IFB annual meeting Dec. 7-10 in Chicago.
Richard Williamson, who played a major role in state Republican politics and served in diplomatic posts for three presidents, died Sunday, state GOP officials said.