Inmate charged in Rockford lawyer's 2008 death
Murder charges were announced Wednesday against the one-time client of a Rockford attorney who was fatally shot while clearing snow from his driveway in 2008.
Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato said a grand jury has indicted Richard E. Wanke Jr., 53, on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Gregory H. Clark, 60. Wanke was arrested Wednesday at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, where he has been serving a 14-year sentence on burglary charges with a projected parole date of May 7.
Illinois trooper charged for roadside strip search
A southwestern Illinois state trooper is facing a felony aggravated battery charge after authorities say he strip-searched a man along the side of a road during a traffic stop.
The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports 32-year-old Cory Alberson was released on $20,000 bail on Monday after he pleaded not guilty.
Cool, wet spring may ease western Plains drought
A spring forecast of above-average rainfall in parts of the Plains region is raising hopes for a break in drought conditions plaguing much of the area.
"It looks pretty good for conditions to improve into the early summer," said Sioux Falls-based National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Gillispie about predictions for precipitation in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.
- Tanning salons must adjust to new Illinois law DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois tanning salon owners have adapted to a law banning customers under 18 from tanning beds since the new policy was implemented about four months ago. Spring is often a busy season for the salons as clients, particularly yo
13-year-old accused of bringing gun to school
An 8th grader at a suburban Chicago middle school was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after a loaded handgun was found inside his locker.
The gun was discovered Monday afternoon in the 13-year-old's locker at Washington Middle School in Aurora.
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- Brutal winter for cemetery workers CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- When a blizzard shut down schools, government agencies and businesses across the state on Jan. 6, Patrick Lewis and two assistants were on the job at Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Park by dawn, making sure a local resident could
- Noah leads Bulls past Magic CHICAGO -- There's just one game remaining in the NBA regular season and the playoffs begin Saturday. The Chicago Bulls still don't know their first-round opponent, but that's fine with Joakim Noah. "Whatever happens, happens," Noah said after the Bu
IDOT changes work zone signs as speed limit climbs
Illinois transportation officials are adding extra safety precautions to work zones around the state after the speed limit was increased to 70 mph on some highways.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported motorists are being warned of construction projects with extra signs, including speed indicators. The placards are also being placed further away from work zones to give drivers an earlier warning.
Steely Dan to play Illinois State Fair
Grammy Award-winning rock band Steely Dan will play this year's Illinois State Fair.
State officials made the announcement on Monday afternoon. They say the band will play its "Jamalot Ever After" tour at the fair on Aug. 15. Steely Dan had a string of hits during the 1970s. They won a Grammy in 2000 for Album of the Year.
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