St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision on November 24.

(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Pool)

News National/International - December 19, 2014

St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says

Some witnesses were clearly lying when they spoke to a grand jury about the August police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., according to St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch.

Illinois Budget Director Jerry Stermer looks on before Governor Quinn delivers the State Budget Address in March

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

News Local/State - December 19, 2014

Quinn Names Longtime Aide To Replace Topinka

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named his budget chief as a short-term replacement for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. 

Republican Ed Royce- chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

News National/International - December 19, 2014

Hack Attack Spurs Call For More NKorea Sanctions

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee says he has no doubt that North Korea was involved in the hacking attack against Sony Pictures and the threat against movie theaters.

News National/International - December 18, 2014

U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers

The Justice Department is broadening a civil rights law to include protections for transgender workers, a reversal from how the Bush administration interpreted the measure.

Judy Baa Topinka prepares for 2006 debate

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)

News Local/State - December 18, 2014

Parties’ Power Grabs In Battle For Comptroller; Quinn Calls Special Session

The late Judy Baar Topinka was no stranger to the dizzying world of Illinois politics.  The state comptroller had also been state treasurer, served in the legislature and lost a race for governor to Rod Blagojevich.  So it's easy to imagine that Topinka would not be surprised at the ongoing furor and partisan divide over how to replace her.

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