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Chicago teachers, school district resume talks to end strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Contract talks between Chicago Public Schools and striking teachers are resuming, with city officials saying the gap between the two sides remains huge. Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade said Sunday that the district is offering a fair contract that

OSHA proposes $1.59M fine after deadly silicone plant blast

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fining a Chicago-area silicone factory $1.59 million for safety violations uncovered after an explosion at the plant that killed four workers . The agency announced Friday it found 12 willful federal

2 Rockford police officers charged with sexual assault

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Rockford police officer has been charged with criminal sexual assault just two days after another officer was arrested on the same felony charge in an unrelated incident. The (Rockford) Register Star reports that 26-year-old Eric Thurmond was taken into custody on Friday

Board approves casino, resort at Southern Illinois winery

MARION, Ill. (AP) — Local officials have advanced a plan for a resort and casino on the site of a Southern Illinois winery. The Southern Illinoisan reports the Williamson County board on Friday approved the $180 million expansion for Walker’s Bluff winery near Carterville. Construction

Mendota Students Back to School: Strike Over

MENDOTA- The strike will come to an end in Mendota as District 289 and the teachers resolved a battle over a new contract Friday night. The strike, which began on October 16th, kept children who attend Northbrook, Blackstone and Lincoln Schools out of class for eight days. Teachers filled a

Lincoln library receives book collection of famed biographer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A treasure trove of about 130 books once owned by a renowned Abraham Lincoln biographer has been donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. The books that once belonged to Benjamin Thomas could be a gold mine for Lincoln scholars as

Illinois courts to receive $100K grant to expand access

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The court system in Illinois will receive a $100,000 grant to expand access to the judicial process in Illinois. The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced this week that the grant is from the National Center for State Courts as part of the Justice for