Champaign Post Office
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
April 24, 2013

Legislation Would Name Post Office for Burgess

Illinois’ two U.S. Senators have introduced a measure to name a Campustown post office for the first and only African American to be elected to a county-wide office in Champaign County.


Sen. Donne Trotter
John Smierciak/AP)
April 24, 2013

Sen. Trotter Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Charge

The attorney for Donne Trotter said Wednesday felony gun charges have been dropped against the Illinois state senator, who was once a contender for the Congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson, Jr.


Frances Herbert, right, and her wife, Takako Ueda, pose for photos with their dog, Little Bear, at their home in Dummerston, Vt., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.
(Matthew Cavanaugh/AP)
April 24, 2013

Gay Rights Groups: Don’t Leave Us Out of Immigration Bills

Some gay rights groups in Illinois are now applying their own political pressure in the fight to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, as they worry a final deal could leave same-sex couples in the lurch.


Amtrak train
(Seth Perlman/AP)
April 24, 2013

End of the Line for Amtrak’s Indiana Train?

Amtrak’s Hoosier State line has long been a popular way for college students at places like Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana to travel to Chicago for concerts, sporting events and to shop, especially on weekends.


same-sex marriage ceremony
(Chris Park/AP)
April 23, 2013

Ill. Black Caucus Chair Signs on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The leader of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus says the fate of a measure to authorize same-sex couples to marry in Illinois may rest with 20 black legislators in the Illinois House.


April 23, 2013

Charged Dropped Against Mississippi Man in Ricin Case

The United States has dropped charges against a Mississippi man they accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and two other public servants, according to a court order obtained by the AP.


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