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  • Quinn says ADM decision good news for Ill. economy

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he stressed Illinois' workforce and transportation when pitching the state to be headquarters of Archer Daniels Midland Company. Quinn told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ADM CEO Patricia Woertz several tim

    December 19, 2013

  • Concealed Carry Ill. to allow paper applications SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Just days after saying Illinois would accept only online applications for concealed carry permits, Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has announced it will accept paper applications, but not until six months after the process b

    December 19, 2013

  • Urbana hotel cuts rates for students during finals

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- Can you put a price tag on silence? The Illini Union Hotel at the University of Illinois is banking on it. The 74-room hotel in Urbana is offering a special deal during final exams, hoping to woo stressed-out students who need to

    December 18, 2013

  • Teen Drug Use Survey: Teens using synthetic drugs less often WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use. Synthetic marijuana

    December 18, 2013 1 Photo

  • Sen. Kirk back to work after gallbladder surgery

    CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is back on the job after undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder. Kirk's spokesman says the Highland Park Republican arrived in Washington on Tuesday. Senators are considering a bipartisan budget deal. The agr

    December 18, 2013

  • Basketball wheelchairs stolen in Cedar Rapids

    CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) -- A trailer full of wheelchairs used for basketball was stolen from a Cedar Rapids YMCA parking lot. More than a dozen wheelchairs belonging to SportAbility of Iowa were in the trailer, which was taken over the weekend from the Sto

    December 18, 2013

  • Olson quits 2014 race for governor

    DES MOINES (AP) -- Democratic state Rep. Tyler Olson says he is dropping out of the 2014 race for governor. Olson made the announcement Tuesday, about two weeks after acknowledging that he and his wife planned to divorce and that he would scale back

    December 18, 2013

  • Illinois concealed carry applications online only

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois State Police will only accept online applications from people who want new concealed carry permits. And that's concerning for one Illinois lawmaker who was the chief sponsor of the state's new gun law. "We want the

    December 17, 2013

  • MidAmerican hires Siemens to make turbine blades DES MOINES (AP) -- MidAmerican Energy officials said Monday they have contracted with an Iowa wind turbine blade factory to make all the blades for 448 wind turbines the company is installing in Iowa. Company officials appeared with Gov. Terry Branst

    December 17, 2013

  • Mega Millions Jackpot-6 Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?

    It's the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck -- really extraordinary luck -- you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you're rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island. The odds

    December 17, 2013 4 Photos

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