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  • Jobless rate falls to 6 percent in February across Illinois

    CHICAGO (AP) — Unemployment continued to fall in Illinois in February, hitting 6 percent for the first time since 2008.
    March 24, 2015 - 4:02 pm
  • Iowa House votes for state control of school start date

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state would retain control over when school districts in Iowa could start their calendar year under a bill passed Tuesday ...
    March 24, 2015 - 3:29 pm
  • Fundraiser, art sale Saturday at the mall

    STERLING – Rock n’ Stroll, a benefit for young artists at the YMCA of the Sauk Valley’s Community Learning Center, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...
    March 24, 2015 - 7:20 pm
  • Oregon gas tanks were disclosed, officials agree

    OREGON – Both the seller and the buyer agree that the existence of underground storage tanks was disclosed when the Ogle County Board bought a former ...
    March 24, 2015 - 3:16 pm
  • Road to be closed Thursday near Rock Falls hydro plant

    ROCK FALLS – East Second Street from Avenue F to the canal will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to allow work at the hydroelectric plant.
    March 24, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Tax refund advances appeal to more cash-strapped Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services ...
    March 24, 2015 - 2:28 pm
  • CDC: Uninsured drop by 11 million since passage of law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul fiv ...
    March 24, 2015 - 2:28 pm
  • Plane crash kills 150 people in French Alps; Europe in shock

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — A Germanwings jet carrying 150 people from Barcelona to Duesseldorf slammed into a remote section of the French Alps on ...
    March 24, 2015 - 2:26 pm
  • Trial set for videographer arrested covering Ferguson

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A video journalist arrested while covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was fatally shot last summer pla ...
    March 24, 2015 - 2:22 pm
  • Utah brings back the firing squad, so how does it work?

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has given his stamp of approval to a law that brings back the firing squad in the only state that has use ...
    March 24, 2015 - 2:20 pm
  • Morrison hits snag with IEPA loan efforts

    MORRISON – The city is exploring alternative financing options for a new wastewater treatment plant after receiving disappointing news from the Illino ...
    March 24, 2015 - 2:35 pm
  • Gov. Rauner tells Chicago studio to return $10 million grant

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered a Chicago TV and movie studio to return a $10 million state grant awarded by his predecessor, Pa ...
    March 24, 2015 - 2:07 pm
  • Illinois House passes plan to fill state budget hole

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a plan introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan to end weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1. ...
    March 24, 2015 - 2:07 pm
  • Illinois offers grants to help raise specialty crops

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for federal crop grants to help farmers grow fruits, vegetables and n ...
    March 24, 2015 - 2:07 pm
  • Ex-Tamms inmate accused in prison stabbing

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A convicted murderer who was among the last inmates incarcerated at the now-closed Tamms supermaximum-security prison stabbed three ...
    March 24, 2015 - 2:07 pm
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