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2 hrs ago | Sunherald.com
The award-winning film critic died two days later. Visitors to the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual "Ebertfest" film festival he started now may feel like they saw him at the movies.
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2 hrs ago | Bellingham Herald
The statue of Ebert sitting between two empty theater seats where visitors can sit will be unveiled during a ceremony later Thursday.
3 hrs ago | Sunherald.com
The spotlight on hiring came a day after a complaint filed in federal court by attorney Michael Shakman - whose decades-old court case led to bans on politically based hiring in the Chicago area - alleged improper hiring in the Illinois Department of Transportation.
7 hrs ago | Reuters
Illinois investigators trying to put names to the last unidentified victims of executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy have solved the unrelated 1978 disappearance of another man, officials said on Wednesday.
7 hrs ago | The Campbell Reporter
George Clooney recently stormed away from a fancy dinner with Steve Wynn after with Las Vegas bigwig called President Obama a word that rhymes with what you'd get if you crossed a bass with a mole.
12 hrs ago | KFVS12
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that state Rep. Brian Stewart's proposal would allocate existing funds to install lights, sirens and other electronics on 85 Chevrolet Caprices that are sitting idle.
12 hrs ago | San Francisco Bay View
The Menard High Security Unit hunger strikers send a message of solidarity to the brothers of the struggle at Pelikan Bay SHU, Ohio Supermax, the Georgia SMU hunger strikers, and all prisoners of consciousness who refuse to bow down to state torture and systemic degradation up in these concentration kamps across Amerikkka.
14 hrs ago | Lincoln Daily News
Soil moisture levels in Illinois were high in the middle of April, according to Jennie Atkins, program manager for Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.
18 hrs ago | WIFR
The Illinois Department of Human Services says a program concentrating on rehabilitating delinquent youth saved the state $60 million in incarceration costs last year.
20 hrs ago | Chicago Tribune
As the General Assembly heads into its final month of session, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday that he doesn't have enough votes lined up yet to extend the state's income tax increase or raise the minimum wage.
Yesterday | Patch.com
Illinoisans are no strangers to high taxes. The state has the second highest property tax rate, the fifth highest gas tax and the tenth highest sales tax in the country.
Illinois State Fair organizers decided not to overhaul the state's celebration of agriculture and entertainment for 2014, announcing Tuesday that the theme is "Making Memories" and that popular hip-hop artist Pitbull had been added to the concert lineup.
SPRINGFIELD – Several boxes of old index cards turned up the other day that demonstrated politics in the '80s and '90s played a role in people getting hired by Metra, the outfit that operates commuter trains in the Chicago area.
The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades... The FBI is asking for help to identify at least 90 victims of a suspected serial child predator who worked in American schools worldwide ... (more)
President Barack Obama is naming W. Neil Eggleston, a veteran of president Bill Clinton's White House as his new top lawyer, replacing long-time counsel Kathryn Ruemmler who is leaving after three years in the job.
A 32-year-old Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising their judgment and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit violent crimes in the future, according to a study due out Tuesday.
Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, of Western Springs, talks with House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, Dec. 3, 2013 during a committee hearing at the Capitol in Springfield.