U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2015.
Jim Mone/Associated Press File Photo
February 13, 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia Dead At 79

Justice Antonin Scalia is dead. The influential conservative and provocative member of the Supreme Court was 79. The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of South Texas. The service's spokeswoman says Scalia was found dead Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast. 


Obama visited with former friends and colleagues on a return trip to Springfield Feb. 10, 2016.
Terrence Antonio James/ Chicago Tribune
February 13, 2016

Springfield, State Team Up To Commemorate Obama’s Capital Ties

On Feb. 12 -- Abraham Lincoln's birthday -- officials released plans to salute another President with state ties. The Springfield mayor, governor and Illinois secretary of state announced a project to salute Obama's time in the capital city.


The Youth Correctional Center in Kewanee
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
February 12, 2016

Youth Prison in Kewanee Might Close

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice announced it plans to close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee by July first. The Juvenile Justice department says the closing would save the state about 14 million dollars, improve rehabilitation for young offenders, and improve community safety. It will also eliminate 200 jobs.


Electron microscope image of the H1N1 influenza virus.
CDC/Wikipedia
February 12, 2016

Flu Cases Are Scarce In Illinois This Year—- So Far

Influenza is sometimes a big problem in Illinois --- but so far, not this year. The amount of flu cases reported in the state is being described as “sporadic” and “average.”


President Abraham Lincoln
Alexander Gardner/Wikimedia Commons
February 12, 2016

Letters By Lincoln’s Law Partner

A newly edited volume of letters provides more insight into the nation's 16th president. “Herndon on Lincoln: Letters” was edited by Douglas Wilson and Rodney Davis, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg.


AFSCME logo
AFSCME
February 11, 2016

Contract Talks Stalled Between AFSCME And Gov. Rauner

Democratic lawmakers in Illinois are again trying to have a hand in contract negotiations between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the largest state-employee union.  New legislation, similar to a failed proposal last year, would prevent a lockout or strike and require mediation if the sides can't agree on a new contract.                                                                                                                 


President Barack Obama receives a standing ovation before addressing the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
February 11, 2016

Will Obama’s Belief In Politics Of ‘Hope’ Spur Action In Illinois?

On a freezing February day in 2007, President Barack Obama announced his bid for the nation's highest office in front of the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield -- the place where Abraham Lincoln gave his historic "House Divided" speech. At the time, Obama called for hope and change. Nine years later -- to the very day -- Obama came back to Springfield. In his last year as president, he says he believes in the "politics of hope."


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