March 12, 2013

Fracking Opponents Rally at Illinois Statehouse

Dozens of environmentalists and land owners are meeting with lawmakers in Springfield hoping to persuade them to temporarily ban high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.


Cardinals begin their conclave to choose next pope.
(Valdrin Xhemaj /EPA /LANDOV)
March 12, 2013

The Smoke is Black: No Pope After Cardinals’ First Vote

Update at 2:43 p.m. ET. No Pope Today: Black smoke just poured from the chimney above the Vatican. That means, as was expected, the cardinals did not choose a pope on the first vote of their conclave to name a successor to the now-retired Pope Benedict XVI.


gun shop
(Keith Srakocic/AP)
March 12, 2013

Senate Panel OKs Dems Gun Background Check Bill

A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Democratic bill Tuesday expanding required federal background checks to nearly all gun purchases, giving President Barack Obama an early victory on curbing gun violence in a fight that still faces difficult odds.


Homer Village Board considers mining contract
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
March 12, 2013

Homer Board Reverses February Vote for Coal Mine

A month after trustees in Homer rejected a water contract for a proposed coal mine, trustees have reconsidered and approved the plan with Sunrise Coal on a 4-3 vote.


March 11, 2013

SEIU: ‘Incredible’ Support from Other U of I Unions

A spokesman for striking building and food service workers at the University of Illinois says members are getting a lot of backing from other unions. The three-day strike by SEIU Local 73 started at midnight Monday– and will go on until 12 a.m. Thursday. 


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