• Kane County news briefs

    Kane County news briefs

    AURORA Regional tourism spending jumped 3.7 percent in 2018 Visitors to the Aurora area spent $201.5 million on lodging, gas, dining, and other travel related expenditures in the region…

  • Metro East news briefs

    Metro East news briefs

    Local bike path projects awarded state of Illinois grants Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced $2.6 million in grants for 16 local projects that will help communities acquire, develop and improve…

  • Tazewell County news briefs

    Tazewell County news briefs

    REGION Eureka College partners with ICC on degrees Illinois Central College and Eureka College have teamed up to help students gain their baccalaureate degrees.  Through a special…

  • Woodford County news briefs

    Woodford County news briefs

    REGION  Eureka College partners with ICC on degrees Illinois Central College and Eureka College have teamed up to help students gain their baccalaureate degrees.  Through a special…

  • Cook County news briefs

    Cook County news briefs

     CHICAGO  Feds: Felon brought rifle to VA hospital A convicted felon has been charged illegal possession of a firearm for allegedly bringing a rifle into Chicago’s Veterans Affairs…

  • McLean County news briefs

    McLean County news briefs

     BLOOMINGTON  Registration open for Labor Day Parade Registration for Bloomington’s Labor Day Parade is available at www.bntrades.org.  The annual parade is Monday, Sept. 2, 10…

STATE NEWS

Public dollars, private gains

(Third in a series looking at the pork-barrel extras included in the state gas tax hike of 19 cents per gallon.) Are Illinois lawmakers thumbing their nose at the state Constitution?…

USDA cuts forecast for Illinois crop production

SPRINGFIELD — This year’s Illinois corn crop could be as much as 17 percent smaller than last year’s crop, while soybean production could fall as much as 21 percent, the U.S….

Concerns raised over gas-tax expenditures

(Second in a series of stories looking at the pork-barrel extras included in the state gas tax hike of 19 cents per gallon) Along with fixing roads, bridges and crumbling public structures,…

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