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Scratch off winners won’t get paid in Illinois, for now

Due to equipment upgrades, winners of scratch off Illinois lottery tickets will have to wait a bit. Because they won’t get paid immediately, as is typical for that style of ticket.


Drug Sniffing Dog Uncovers Illinois Student’s Pothead Family

An Illinois student's pothead family was uncovered by a drug-sniffing dog. High schools have been bringing in drug-sniffing dogs for years. I remember when they came to my school and busted people.


Illinois Gov. Pritzker proposes $38.7B budget

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker made clear Wednesday that he believes solving the state’s long-term financial problems will require a new, graduated income tax structure that imposes higher taxes on upper-income Illinoisans.


Amid talk of Illinois' hot streak, Wisconsin stays confident

MADISON, Wis. -- Back in January, Illinois (10-15, 6-8) had the misfortune of catching No. 20 Wisconsin (17-8, 9-5) in what will probably be looked back on as its most confident mindset of the season.


EDITORIAL: Illinois is too familiar with mass shootings

And now, an Illinois addition to the list of mass shootings that agonize all Americans on somber anniversaries - and that agonize survivors and the families of victims every day of the year.


Inmate thought he was talking to a ‘hitman’ — but he was wrong, Illinois sheriff says

A man in jail tried hiring someone to kill a witness set to testify against him in court, according to a post from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois. The man, 45-year-old Ade Tramble, was facing “numerous felony charges” in jail, the sheriff’s office said.


Smits with 11, Valparaiso holds on to beat S. Illinois 55-52

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Derrik Smits scored 11 points off the bench and Valparaiso held on to beat Southern Illinois 55-52 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game skid. The Crusaders (14-14, 7-8 Missouri Valley Conference) trailed 28-24 at the break but surged 9-0 to open the second half and Jaume Sorol


Illinois woman claims $2 million Powerball prize

CLIVE - An Illinois woman has plans to buy a house and a new car and get a big jump start on her retirement after winning a $2 million Powerball prize. “If I do it right, this should set me up for the rest of my life,” Lisa Hays said Monday after claiming her prize at Iowa Lottery's Clive headquarte


Marsha Howard's double-double helps Wisconsin women's basketball team hold off Illinois

Marsha Howard can hear her collegiate basketball clock ticking. And she’s determined to make the most of every second remaining. With her University of Wisconsin women’s basketball career winding down, Howard has taken her game to a new level and she continued that trend Wednesday night with 27 poin


Illinois small business cuts 6 jobs immediately after $15 minimum wage hike

A vinyl graphics business in southwestern Illinois wasn’t planning to downsize. But the state’s $15 minimum wage hike has forced the owners to cut six jobs. Shane Moore and Tracy Ross tripled their business after buying a local vinyl wrap and graphics shop and rebranding it Fenix 5ive in Wood River,


From Redbird to Red Raider: Illinois State transfer embraces challenge with Texas Tech

Divine Oduduru and Andrew Hudson receive much of the attention on the Texas Tech track and field team when the subject turns to sprinting, and no wonder. Hudson is ranked No. 1 and Oduduru No. 3 in NCAA Division I in the 200 meters, and the two are tied for No. 5 in the 60 meters. Oduduru ran for hi


Time, channel, and how to stream Wisconsin vs. Illinois

MADISON, Wis. -- There’s this thing about streaks in the Big Ten--they don’t last too long. Last time Wisconsin and Illinois met, the Badgers were just starting out on what would be one of the lengthier ones of the season. They beat the Illini that night, and won four more after, but ultimately saw


Bill could lift a decade-old rent control ban in Illinois

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) - A bill moving through the Illinois legislature could get rid of a decade-old rent control ban. 23 News looks into the impact this legislation could have on the Stateline.


Tax on store plastic bags proposed in Illinois

ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinois leaders are considering creating a tax on plastic bags in store check-out lanes. Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget transition committee has suggested an excise tax of five cents per bag. The idea is to generate money for the state and reduce the risk to wildlife caused by plastic,


No. 1 Penn State Wrestling Clinches Big Ten Regular Season Title With Win Over No. 19 Illinois

No. 1 Penn State wrestling clinched a share of the regular season Big Ten title when it beat up on No. 19 Illinois and cruised to a 39-9 win Sunday afternoon. The Nittany Lions won eight bouts, including two by fall and two by technical fall to run their winning streak to 58 duals.


Illinois Baseball starts season off with three-game sweep

Illinois Baseball won three straight over the weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Including a win against No. 20 Wake Forest. The Illini started their season on Friday with an 11-3 win against the Georgetown Hoyas, thanks to an offensive explosion. They racked up a total of 14 hits against the


Two victims of the Illinois shooting attended a school that just marked the anniversary of another mass shooting

(CNN)On Thursday, the sound of bells rang out on the campus of Northern Illinois University to mark 11 years since five students were killed in a mass shooting. One day later, two more members of that community -- a student and alumnus -- were killed in another mass shooting.


Hogs win both Saturday games over Eastern Illinois

The Arkansas Razorbacks won both games in Saturday's double-header against the Eastern Illinois Panthers by a score of 15-7 in Game 1 and 12-3 in Game 2. Connor Noland started the second game of the double-header for the Razorbacks in his much anticipated baseball debut. Although he wasn't awarded t


Illinois employers to pay $15 starting wage

CHICAGO - Tuesday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker agreed with the Democrat super majority in the General Assembly to raise the state's starting wage from $8.25 to $15.00 per hour over the next six years. Illinois workers will have the highest starting wage in the Midwest by 2025.


Gunman who killed 5 coworkers in Aurora, Illinois, previously had his firearm permit revoked, but his gun wasn't taken away

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An initial background check failed to detect a felony conviction that should have barred the man who killed five co-workers and wounded six other people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant from buying the gun.