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Bill allowing athletes to be paid advances in Legislature

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation that would allow college athletes in Illinois to make money from endorsements is advancing in the state’s legislature. The Illinois House on Wednesday voted 86-25 to send the bill to the Senate. The bill would allow college athletes to be compensated

Snowfall sets back harvesting

OTTAWA – A rare October snow that touched down in LaSalle County Wednesday morning is putting harvesting at a halt. Ideally during harvest time dry weather is needed to get heavy machinery across land, but with saturated fields there’s not much farmers can do. Isermann says

Senate GOP offers its own ethics idea after bribery charge

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Senate Republicans have joined the call for ethics reform in Illinois after a state representative was charged with bribery. GOP leaders on Wednesday announced a measure to give the Legislative Inspector General more independence in investigating alleged

Oct-Snow-Burr Blast Blankets Area Before Halloween

PERU – A heavy band of rare October snow has covered parts of the area and made roadways slick on Wednesday morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 AM and some forecasts predict more than 6 inches of snow. Scattered power outages and traffic accidents are being

18-year-old charged in fatal shooting of 2 at suburban mall

  MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — An Iowa man with ties to the Chicago area has been charged with murder in the shooting death of two people at a suburban shopping mall earlier this month. Cook County prosecutors say 18-year-old Dajon Lewis of Grinnell is was charged in the death of 17-year-old

R. Kelly up for status hearing in Chicago federal case

CHICAGO (AP) — Singer R. Kelly is slated to appear in a Chicago federal courtroom, where his lawyers could broach a longshot request for a judge to grant him bond as he awaits his child pornography trial. Wednesday’s status hearing comes nearly a month after a judge in a related federal