• By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A large storm brought freezing rain, heavy snow and strong winds to a large swath of the Midwest on Monday, snarling traffic and forcing the closure of some schools and government offices.

  • By ANGELA UFHEIL Associated Press

DES MOINES — A push to add language to the Iowa Constitution that ensures the rights of crime victims is moving through the Legislature despite opposition from a crime victims group and prosecutors as well as problems in other states that have enacted similar laws.

  • By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ The Associated Press

DES MOINES — Iowa had a nearly 50 percent drop in the number of people enrolled in its family planning program since it switched to a state-funded system that excludes abortion providers including Planned Parenthood, according to preliminary data obtained by The Associated Press on the progr…

DES MOINES (AP) — The federal tax cut could save up to $147 million in utility bills for Iowa residents as the state's investor-owned utility companies pass along some of their giant tax reductions.

  • By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa has jumped into the national debate over immigration with an expansive enforcement bill that would require local governments to comply with federal immigration agents or risk losing state funds.

  • By RYAN J. FOLEY The Associated Press

IOWA CITY — An Iowa investigator fired after complaining about frequent speeding by the governor’s state vehicle claims in a lawsuit that he faced harsher discipline than other employees because he embarrassed then-Gov. Terry Branstad.

  • By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds highlighted a range of priorities in her Condition of the State speech to Iowa lawmakers last week, but recent history shows those ideas can easily morph or be tossed as members of her party weigh in.

  • By DON BABWIN The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Chicago ended 2017 with fewer homicides than the year before, but gang violence in the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods kept the total number of killings above the 600 mark for only the second time in more than a decade.

  • By JOHN O'CONNOR AP Political Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois judge dealt a blow to anti-abortion groups Thursday, dismissing a lawsuit aimed at stopping a law that’s about to take effect that would expand Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance to cover abortions.

  • By DAVID PITT Associated Press

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has said it will allow guns to be carried into county courthouses under certain restrictions, backing off a complete ban initiated in the spring after lawmakers passed a sweeping gun rights bill.

DES MOINES — Iowa officials are warning that state income tax refunds will be delayed in 2018.

  • By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa Supreme Court justice has taken the unusual step of temporarily ordering the state's largest newspaper not to publish the contents of court records legally obtained by one of its reporters.

  • By SARA BURNETT Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has so infuriated some far-right members of his Republican party with his actions on abortion, immigration and other issues that he’s now facing a primary challenge as he seeks a second term.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The family of a man who died in northern Illinois last month after an apparent altercation during a traffic stop has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.


CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois election officials say they’ll review security questions raised about a multi-state voter registration database next week.

  • By SCOTT McFETRIDGE The Associated Press

DES MOINES — As he tows a 96-square-foot house around Des Moines, Joe Stevens is overwhelmed by the intense, sometimes tearful support he receives from churches, schools and service groups for his plan to use the trendy little structures to help homeless people.

  • By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Senate Republican caucus will seek outside counsel in responding to allegations of sexual harassment within the office that was highlighted at a trial this year, the chamber’s top GOP lawmaker said Tuesday, a move that diverts from the party’s response in the House…

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