The Peoria Catholic Diocese is filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's mandate that employers provide contraceptive services.
According to the suit, the mandate violates core religious and moral convictions. Diocese Attorney Patricia Gibson said in a statement the suit is "not about whether people have access to services, but rather about the freedom to practice religion without government interference."
A child who contracted a new strain of swine flu has become the first Illinois case of the illness.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced the case today, encouraging state and county fairgoers to wash their hands frequently around pigs.
A vigil Thursday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign comes in response to the shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and a fire at a mosque in Missouri.
Six worshipers died and three others were injured in the Wisconsin attack, while there were no injuries as a result of the fire in Missouri.
Falling water levels at Lake Decatur are bringing additional limits on water usage starting Thursday (July 9th) in Decatur, Mount Zion and Long Creek. The only exemptions are for residents who draw their water from private wells.
University of Illinois Campus police report a carjacking Thursday morning, at a parking deck on the north end of campus.
Lieutenant Roy Acree says it happened around 7:10 AM, to a woman in the parking deck at Goodwin and University in Urbana.
(With additional reporting from The Associated Press)
The Illinois Supreme Court has allowed a lawsuit accusing McLean County school officials of not doing enough to keep an abusive teacher from being hired in Urbana.
31-year old Jon White was teaching at Colene Hoose Elementary School in Normal when parents complained about him abusing their daughters. He wasn't charged with a crime at the time, but the school did suspend him. White went on to abuse at least eight girls at a new job at Thomas Paine Elementary School in Urbana.
A vote on a bill to overhaul pensions for state employees will go ahead at the Illinois Legislature's special session this month.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that House Speaker Michael Madigan has decided to allow the vote on Aug. 17.
Two U.S. congressmen from Illinois are warning undocumented youths not to pay steep fees to get help applying for legal status under a new immigration policy.
Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, both Democrats, say most eligible youths can take advantage of the policy, known as "deferred action," without a lawyer or any payment beyond a $465 fee to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency accepting the applications.
(Sun-Times reporter Dan Mihalopoulos filed the local pool reports)
Mitt Romney chose a northwest suburb of Chicago Tuesday to attack President Obama on the economy and new welfare rules. The presumed Republican presidential nominee then got to work raising a couple million in campaign cash.
A lawyer for George Ryan says the ex-Illinois governor is eligible to be released from federal prison on a work release program.
Ryan could be released to a halfway house as soon as Jan. 30. He will be required to get a job - or be appointed to one - and he will be free to work during the day, but he'll have to return to the facility at night.
Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson is Ryan's attorney.
"This is a program that's widely available for federal prisoners," Thompson said. "It's nothing special for Gov. Ryan."
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said it is time for Ryan to get out of prison.
"I never felt he was a threat to society if he was walking on the streets," Cullerton said. "I think he, obviously, served a lot of time for his offense."
News of Ryan's release comes just days after a federal court struck down another one his legal appeals, but Thompson said his client is grateful.
"Any person would be grateful for any chance at even partial freedom and the chance to integrate back into society," Thompson said.
George Ryan has already served five years of a six-and-a-half year prison sentence for corruption. Thompson said they will continue appealing those convictions.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)