Closures to disrupt air travel CHICAGO — Air traffic control towers could be shut down at nine Illinois airports, including in the state capital, if no deal is reached in Washington to avert federal spending cuts scheduled to ta...
Ex-homeless teen heading to med school FORT WRIGHT — Kayla Kinker grew up surrounded by drugs, violence and neglect. She moved 17 times in high school, often living in apartments with no electricity and little food. She rarely had clean...
Feb 24, 2013 | 0 | 2 |
By WILLIAM CROYLE Associated PressAssociated Press
‘Scrubbing’ tempts schools COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former superintendent went to prison in Texas for conspiring to remove low-performing students from classrooms to boost average test scores. Principals in Oklahoma and Missouri a...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 | 2 |
By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated PressAssociated Press
Jackson Jr. pleads guilty in fund case WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., holding back tears, entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds ...
Feb 21, 2013 | 0 | 2 |
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER and PETE YOST Associated PressAssociated Press
Peterson lawyers take fight to court CHICAGO — Drew Peterson’s wisecracking, limelight-hogging, sunglasses-wearing lawyers faced the media horde every day of the former suburban Chicago police officer’s 2012 trial — one that ended wit...
Feb 19, 2013 | 0 | 2 |
By MICHAEL TARM Associated PressAssociated Press
Robbery brings shame for barber URBANA, Ill. — James Winston looked straight into the eyes of the young man who robbed him and had a reaction that one might not expect. “I felt so humbled and so ashamed,” said the 63-year-old ...
Feb 19, 2013 | 0 | 2 |
By MARY SCHENK Associated PressAssociated Press
Short-eared owls thriving at Pyramid PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. — Pyramid State Park, south and west of Pinckneyville, is home to a flock of about 40 short-eared owls. Although an Illinois Endangered Species, the short-eared owl is thrivi...
Feb 18, 2013 | 0 | 4 |
By LES WINKELER Associated PressAssociated Press
Jackson Jr.’s downfall tied to objects, not power CHICAGO — For all the talk of Jesse Jackson Jr. aspiring to be a U.S. senator or mayor of the nation’s third-largest city, his career wasn’t ended by attempts to amass political power. Instead, ...
Feb 17, 2013 | 0 | 1 |
By SARA BURNETT Associated PressAssociated Press
Martial arts teacher accused of sexual assault BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A martial arts instructor in southwestern Illinois was charged with sexually abusing several students, including a 6-year-old. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that 20-ye...