The Pontiac 66ers and Champaign Swarm start play at Pontiac Township High School on March 6.
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March 31, 2016

Pro Basketball Launches In Pontiac

The Livingston County city of Pontiac, home to one of the country's long-running high school basketball tournaments, has used that history to lure in a minor league franchise.  The Pontiac 66ers, part of the Midwest Professional Basketball Association, play on the same court as the high school team, en route to a 12-4 mark this season.  They'll play in the league championship Friday night.

President Abraham Lincoln
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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.

President Barack Obama returns a salute as he boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md.,Wednesday.  He's headed to Springfield.
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February 10, 2016

What Will Obama’s Springfield Speech Be About?

President Barack Obama is returning to Illinois' capital at the twilight of his political career.  White House aides say Obama wanted to return to the place his career started to discuss how the U.S. can "build a better politics'' in which Americans aren't so starkly divided by race, religion or political party.

A Sept. 30, 2015 file photo of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. In the background is the dome of the state Capitol.
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February 08, 2016

Illinois State Museum Reaches Deal To Reopen

The Illinois State Museum has a deal to re-open, just days after Governor Bruce Rauner suggested that it start charging admission and look for private support. The Department of Natural Resources says lawmakers must grant the authority to charge entry fees so the museum can reopen within weeks instead of months.

Then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, waves to spectators as he arrives to announce his candidacy for president of the United States at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007.
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January 29, 2016

Obama To Address Illinois General Assembly Next Month

On the ninth anniversary of his entrance into the presidential race, President Barack Obama will address the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield on February 10th.  Gov. Bruce Rauner released a statement, saying "he looks forward to hearing him speak about finding common ground between Republicans and Democrats."

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