``Star Wars'' creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia.
Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the nation's third-largest city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.
Subpoenas are going out to five former members of Gov. Pat Quinn's administration who were involved with his plagued anti-violence program, but two other insiders will not be served. As Quinn seeks reelection, he continues to be dogged by a program rolled out just before his last, close race for governor.
Republicans contend the timing wasn't a coincidence; they allege Quinn rushed to introduce the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative to curry favor with Chicago area leaders before the 2010 election. A state audit and media reports reveal it was botched.
Retired Judge Theodis Lewis will serve as ombudsman for the 10th Street Rail Corridor project. Lewis addressed a press conference at the location of the first construction, at 10th and Carpenter, on Monday.
Negotiations between residents of the 10th Street Corridor and the Illinois Department of Transportation , now that there is a go-between for the high speed rail project. A new ombudsman says he will be independent of either side.
Retired Judge Theodis Lewis will mediate discussions and disputes as the city and state get going on construction of the 10th Street Rail Corridor. Lewis' position was announced in downtown Springfield, on the site of the first phase of construction, at 10th and Carpenter. An underpass is slated to begin in late summer.
The Libertarian Party of Illinois is running a candidate for Governor, and all of the other statewide races. But the race could be over before it begins.
Chad Grimm, a 33-year-old health club manager from Peoria, and the Libertarian party's nominee for Illinois governor, has some unconventional political views; he believes Illinois should completely do away with a state income tax, and that there should be no -- as in zero - regulations on guns: Not the type, not where they're allowed, not who can have one.
Illinois legislators have voted to subpoena seven former state officials to answer questions about a troubled 2010 anti-violence program started by Gov. Pat Quinn.
A subcommittee of the Legislative Audit Commission voted Monday. They were initially considering just one person for subpoena, but Democrats on the committee said they'd decided to hear from everyone at once. The matter requires a signature from a co-chairman, state Rep. Frank Mautino, a Democrat who wasn't at the meeting.
University of Illinois officials say they plan to announce the next president for the state's flagship institution by December. But the process is only just getting started.
President Bob Easter will retire next year.
The search committee in charge of recommending a replacement to the U of I's board of trustees must sift through around 120 candidates. Some candidates are nominees, and others are those who are qualified to fill the position but already hold a significant post elsewhere.
Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to $10 an hour. Gov. Pat Quinn approved the ballot question Sunday, and wasted no time campaigning on the issue.
The question is just advisory — lawmakers don’t have to heed the people’s advice — but supporters of the increase say they hope it’ll pressure reluctant legislators to go along.
Critics say this is a ploy to get more Democrats to the polls — since turnout tends to be lower in non-presidential election years.
Sixteen police officers from across Illinois were awarded the state's Medal of Honor Friday in Springfield. One officer had previously been honored as state trooper of the year.
In April 2013, State Trooper Brad Williams responded to a five-victim homicide in the tiny village of Manchester, in Western Illinois. Traveling by motorcycle, he chased the suspect for miles, joined by dozens of other officers along the way.
In the end, the suspect stopped his car and shot at police. Williams pulled his weapon and fatally shot the man.
Citizen initiatives on redistricting and term limits are facing challenges on their way toward inclusion on the November ballot. Governor Quinn signs legislation undoing cuts to the Medicaid program. Also, Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam loses his bid to join the House leadership team in Washington D.C.
A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the case of Pike County's sheriff, who is accused of misconduct.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports (http://bit.ly/1l6HtOo ) that Ed Parkinson with the Illinois State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor's Office has been assigned to Sheriff Paul Petty's case. Petty is due in court for a hearing on Friday.
An Adams County judge ruled earlier this month that having the Pike County State's Attorney's office prosecute the case was a conflict of interest.
A Springfield alderman wants to make sure that other insurance companies get the chance to cover CWLP properties for the city.
At the last city council meeting, aldermen approved a 3 year contract with R.W. Troxell to insure the city owned utility. The cost is around $1.8 million per year.
Under city code, however, anything with a cost over 25 thousand dollars must be competitively bid. Ward 7's Joe McMenamin says the Mayor's administration got around that caveat by claiming insurance is a service, rather than a purchase.
University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise says that a new medical school being proposed in Urbana-Champaign should be small and what she called complementary.
Wise spoke to a group of faculty in Urbana Wednesday about the idea. According to The News-Gazette she said a lot of work still needs to be done on the proposal. But she said if done right the school could be an important addition to the area and the state.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed new legislation meant to improve oversight of used-tire storage and processing sites that can pose major environmental hazards.
Thursday's signing comes one year after a massive fire broke out at a tire-recycling facility in central Illinois. The June fire at J&R Used Tire Service in Hoopeston engulfed tens of thousands of tires and took weeks to extinguish. Many homes in neighboring communities had to be evacuated. The cleanup also took several weeks.
Farms aren’t just for food any more. With the local food movement growing, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions.
Mark Bott had the idea for Operation Kidsafe 11 years ago. Since then, more than 1 million children have participated.
The program is free. It allows kids to be photographed and fingerprinted and lets parents obtain other safety information. The parents are handed a document that can be updated. No personal information is given and there is no databasing.
"So you will always have a document that's ready to hand to law enforcement," Bott said. Of course, no one wants to ever see the information needed.
Since the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's eavesdropping law in March, it's been legal to record audio of someone without asking permission. But legislators are working on a replacement.
The Supreme Court found the old law overly broad. It was a crime even to record in public, where people shouldn't really have an expectation of privacy. Because of that, Illinois' law was considered one of the strictest in the nation.
Springfield Mayor Mike Houston is defending the city’s decision to renew a contract for CWLP insurance, despite criticisms over the lack of a bidding process.
The 3 year contract with R.W. Troxell to insure the city owned utility will cost around $1.8 million per year. Mayor Houston, during an interview on WUIS’ Illinois Edition, said the local firm has been doing business with the city for 30 years with a solid track record.
One Springfield Alderman called the two zoning changes approved for halfway homes in Springfield during last night's council meeting as "picking and choosing."
Zoning classifications for halfway houses were called into question last fall when a man living in one, known as House of the Rainbow, was arrested for murder. After that, the council refused to go along with zoning for that operation.
Yet last night, changes were allowed for properties on East Jackson and South 11th.
A struggling effort to change how Illinois draws its legislative districts will live another day. State election authorities Tuesday (6/17) voted to give it some extra time to prove it deserves to make it on the November ballot.
Supporters were joyous last month when a semi-truck pulled into the state board of elections' parking lot in Springfield.
A campaign to overhaul the state's redistricting process was dropping off a 27-foot-long document, filled with a half million signatures.
The Midwest isn't typically thought of as a place at risk of a major earthquake. Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken says the chances are higher than most people would estimate. He says the U.S. Geological Survey says that in the next 50 years, there is a 10-percent chance that Illinois could experience an earthquake of the magnitude emergency responders are running practice exercises for this week. It's meant to test capabilities in the event of a quake in the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones.
The Sangamon County Fair gets underway Wednesday night. This year, the fair is featuring several well known acts as well as queen pageant and demolition derby. Lee Strubinger sat down with coordinator Elizabeth McDevitt, who says this year the fair spent more on entertainment than any other year.
For more information about this year's festival, including festival line-up and prices, click here.