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Concealing homicide charge filed in slain bartender case

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:29pm
A northern Illinois man has been charged with concealing a homicide in the shooting death of a woman who had been reported missing

Officials mark opening of $80M bridge linking Iowa, Illinois

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:09pm
An $80.6 million bridge crossing the Mississippi River to link Iowa and Illinois is opening after two years of construction

New Illinois initiative helps find people with dementia

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:46pm
Illinois has launched a new initiative that aims to inform police officers and the public of how to spot and assist elderly people who are suffering from dementia.

Hanover Township wins four statewide awards

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:34pm
Hanover Township received four awards at the annual Township Officials of Illinois conference in Springfield on Nov. 14.

Psychiatrist gets records for boy charged in school shooting

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:04pm
Records have been provided to a psychiatrist preparing the mental evaluation of an Illinois student accused of shooting a classmate in the high school cafeteria

As Illinois roads crumble, gas tax revenue to fix them keeps declining

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:42am
As roads and bridges in Illinois crumble, so too does the primary source of revenue the state relies on to fix them -- the gas tax.

House OKs renaming post office for man killed in Afghanistan

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:50am
Lawmakers in the U.S. House have approved a measure to name a western Illinois post office in honor of a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan

EXCHANGE: Illinois family's service spans generations

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:25pm
ILLINOIS EXCHANGE: Rock River Valley family's service spans generations

Police investigating Mokena woman's death as homicide

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:40am
Police say they're investigating the death of missing Mokena woman as a homicide after she was found fatally shot in the head

Bankers: economy to remain slow in rural parts of 10 states

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:51am
The economy will likely remain slow in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states in the months ahead

Opioid deaths outpace car crash fatalities

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:06am
Opioid overdoses in Illinois killed nearly twice as many people as car crashes last year, but public health officials and addiction specialists say most people either don't know or don't care. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah said that families of addicts and law enforcement are starting to wake up to the crisis. But they say there are still too many people in Illinois who think drug addictions is only the users' problem."Fully 80 percent of individuals who find themselves dealing with a heroin addiction got their start on a legitimate prescription from a doctor," Shah said. "So we have to think about the stigma attached to this crisis. And we have to wonder if that's part of the reason why, up until very recently, people wanted to sweep it under the rug."The Illinois Department of Transportation's data show that 1,078 people died in car wrecks in Illinois in 2016. Shah said IDPH's numbers show that 1,946 died from opioid overdoses.Natalie Thukkaram with the Soft Landings treatment center in Naperville said that people perceive the two causes of death differently. "There is a stigma that surrounds addiction," Thukkaram said. "Many people don't understand addiction. They see it as a moral choice, as a poor choice that someone is making. So there is a stigma around substance abuse and substance dependence in general."In other words, people feel bad for accident victims. They don't feel bad for drug users.Shah said education is the key, and not just educating people about the danger of opioids, but also teaching people to see addiction as a disease that's no different from diabetes or cancer. "Addiction is not about weakness or moral failure, or any of those things," Shah said. "Addiction is really about someone grappling with a brain disease."The health department said it should have the opioid death numbers for 2017 sometime next year.

Central Illinois bike trail extension set to open Thursday

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:54pm
A central Illinois bike trail is being extended by six miles, doubling the length of the route in and around Springfield

Judge denies trial delay in Chinese scholar's case

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:07pm
A federal judge in central Illinois has denied a defense motion to delay the trial of a 28-year-old man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.

SIU faculty vote to oppose eliminating departments

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:59am
Members of the faculty senate at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale have approved a resolution opposing the elimination of departments at the school

Officials urge safety as firearm deer-hunting season starts

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 5:44am
Illinois officials are offering safety tips as firearm deer-hunting season gets underway this weekend

Top Illinois librarian urges families to turn off TV to read

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:55am
Illinois' top librarian wants families to turn off the TV and other gadgets and read together

Rockford officials meet with residents on fatal traffic stop

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 8:58pm
Rockford's mayor and police chief met with protesters who raised concerns about the deaths of a northern Illinois police officer and a motorist during a traffic stop

Fishermen cast their nets for Asian carp on Illinois River

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 6:51pm
Fishermen in Peoria are sending their nets out into the Illinois River with hopes of catching Asian carp

Renaming college at University of Illinois sparks debate

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 2:31pm
A plan to name the business college at the University of Illinois after a donor who gave a record $150 million to the school last month has been approved, but with some debate.

Rauner chooses acting director of Illinois emergency agency

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 8:48am
Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen a retired U.S. Navy Reserves captain and deputy director of the Illinois Department of Emergency Management to be the agency's acting director