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Illinois: State in the midwestern United States
Illinois is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes Regions of the United States. It has the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP), the sixth largest population, and the 25th largest land area of all U.S. states. Illinois has been noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in northeastern Illinois, small industrial cities and immense agricultural productivity in the north and center of the state, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. Chicagoland, Chicago's metropolitan area, encompasses over 65% of the state's population. The Port of Chicago connects the state to international ports via two main routes: from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway to the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics.

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Rod Blagojevich Comes Home to Chicago, Defiant, ‘Bloody,’ Ready to Talk

Mr. Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois, spoke of having his sentence for corruption commuted by President Trump and described himself as a “freed political prisoner.”
NYTimes.com - Published

Illinois governor looks to income tax change to boost Fiscal Year 2021 revenue

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker proposed a $42 billion fiscal 2021 general funds budget on Wednesday that includes $1.4 billion in new revenue from a change in the state's income tax rate structure..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Illinois


Out of jail, Blagojevich says he's a 'Trumpocrat' [Video]Out of jail, Blagojevich says he's a 'Trumpocrat'

Rod Blagojevich, a former Illinois governor forced out of office for trying to peddle Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat, thanked President Donald Trump on Wednesday for commuting his prison..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:24Published

'It's been a long, unhappy journey' -Blagojevich [Video]'It's been a long, unhappy journey' -Blagojevich

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted in 2009 of trying to peddle Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat, expressed gratitude on Wednesday afternoon after he was commuted by U.S...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:24Published

Trump cuts prison sentence for Blagojevich, pardons others [Video]Trump cuts prison sentence for Blagojevich, pardons others

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had commuted the sentence of 63-year-old Rod Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois convicted of corruption for trying to sell former..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:23Published

Trump cuts sentence for Illinois ex-gov. Blagojevich, pardons Michael Milken [Video]Trump cuts sentence for Illinois ex-gov. Blagojevich, pardons Michael Milken

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois convicted of corruption for trying to sell former President Barack..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:34Published

Team LeBron wins close fought NBA All-Star Game over Team Giannis [Video]Team LeBron wins close fought NBA All-Star Game over Team Giannis

Kawhi Leonard wins first Kobe Bryant MVP award as Team LeBron downs Team Giannis 157-155 in close fought NBA All-Star Game

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:36Published

NBA All-Star Game MVP Award permanently named for Kobe [Video]NBA All-Star Game MVP Award permanently named for Kobe

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announces the All-Star Game MVP award permanently named for Kobe

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NBA All-Star captains LeBron, Giannis excited for game but missing Kobe [Video]NBA All-Star captains LeBron, Giannis excited for game but missing Kobe

NBA All-Star Game captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokuonmpo excited to be part of weekend but still feeling Kobe's death

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:32Published

Actor Smollett indicted again for staging hate crime [Video]Actor Smollett indicted again for staging hate crime

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was charged on Tuesday in a six-count felony indictment with staging a phony hate crime, nearly a year after similar charges were abruptly dismissed by local..

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R. Kelly's s*xual abuse trial in New York postponed to the summer [Video]R. Kelly's s*xual abuse trial in New York postponed to the summer

R. Kelly’s racketeering, s*xual abuse and bribery trial in Brooklyn, New York has been postponed to July, so as not to conflict with the singer’s upcoming court dates in Chicago, Illinois.

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R. Kelly New York Trial Pushed Back To July [Video]R. Kelly New York Trial Pushed Back To July

A federal judge on Thursday delayed R. Kelly’s racketeering, sexual abuse and bribery trial in Brooklyn, New York to July 7. The move was made so it would not conflict with the singer’s upcoming..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

U.S. confirms its 8th case of coronavirus [Video]U.S. confirms its 8th case of coronavirus

U.S. health officials over the weekend confirmed an eighth case of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus in the United States - this time in Massachusetts. Chris Dignam has more.

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US Health Officials Are Testing For The China Coronavirus In 26 States [Video]US Health Officials Are Testing For The China Coronavirus In 26 States

The deadly coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, has spread to 12 other countries. The US has confirmed five cases: two in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington, and another in Illinois...

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R. Kelly's girlfriend charged over apartment brawl [Video]R. Kelly's girlfriend charged over apartment brawl

R. Kelly’s girlfriend Joycelyn Savage has been charged with misdemeanour domestic battery after allegedly punching one of the incarcerated singer's former lovers at his Chicago, Illinois home.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:41Published

Patrick Reed's lawyer sends letter to TV analyst that "hints at legal action" [Video]Patrick Reed's lawyer sends letter to TV analyst that "hints at legal action"

Patrick Reed's lawyer sends letter to Golf Channel TV analyst Brandel Chamblee that "hints at legal action"

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:02Published

Ex-Con Who Claimed To Be Missing Illinois Boy Faces Up To Two Years In The Slammer [Video]Ex-Con Who Claimed To Be Missing Illinois Boy Faces Up To Two Years In The Slammer

A former convict pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing the identity of an Illinois boy who has been missing for years. According to Reuters, a US prosecutor says the case drew national attention last..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Illinois Legalizes Marijuana [Video]Illinois Legalizes Marijuana

Just one day into 2020, Illinois signed legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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Cheaters In These Nine States May Want To Reconsider [Video]Cheaters In These Nine States May Want To Reconsider

In Georgia cheaters don’t receive alimony. Cheating in Michigan can lead to a life sentence in prison. Cheaters in Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota or Utah..

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Philippines bans two U.S. senators, mulls new visa rules for Americans [Video]Philippines bans two U.S. senators, mulls new visa rules for Americans

The Philippines has banned two U.S. lawmakers from visiting and will introduce tighter entry restrictions for U.S. citizens should Washington enforce sanctions over the detention of a top government..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:55Published

Illinoisans To Greet 2020 On A High [Video]Illinoisans To Greet 2020 On A High

Many pot-smoking adults in Illinois will ring in the new year on a high note. That's when recreational marijuana use becomes legal in the state on January 1st. Many businesses in the city's North Side..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

 

Former Illinois governor Blagojevich thanks Trump for commuting sentence

Rod Blagojevich, a former Illinois governor forced out of office for trying to peddle Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat, thanked President Donald Trump on Wednesday for commuting his prison..
Reuters - Published

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich, out of prison, returns home

Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. He returned home to..
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump commutes Blagojevich sentence, pardons junk bond king Milken

U.S. President Donald Trump came under fire on Tuesday for commuting the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the ex-Illinois governor convicted of trying to peddle Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories February 18 P

Here's the latest for Tuesday, February 18th: Trump commutes former Illinois governor's sentence; Boy Scouts of America wants to operate despite bankruptcy; No headway in Russia-Turkey talks on Syria;..
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump pardons ex-'junk bond king' Milken, commutes Blagojevich sentence

President Donald Trump pardoned seven people on Tuesday including former junk bond king Michael Milken and commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the ex-Illinois governor convicted of trying to..
Reuters - Published

Why Did Trump Commute Rod Blagojevich's Sentence

Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat and the former governor of Illinois, was accused of trying to sell the Senate seat left open when Barack Obama went to the White House.
NYTimes.com - Published

Trump commutes 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich

A former guest star on Trump's television program, "The Apprentice," Blagojevich was serving a 14-year prison sentence on federal corruption charges.
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Police allegedly held a black student at gunpoint. Now the governor wants an investigation

The governor of Illinois on Thursday urged police to investigate the alleged wrongful arrest of Jaylan Butler, a black college student swimmer.
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Doctor’s Suicide Note Has Parents Asking: Was My Child Really Vaccinated?

Before he died, Van Koinis, an Illinois pediatrician, wrote of his regrets about immunizations. The authorities are now investigating whether he had been misleading patients.
NYTimes.com - Published

College basketball's biggest winners and losers from another packed Saturday slate

The Kansas Jayhawks and Baylor Bears were big winners in the Big 12, while it was a tough day for Big 10 teams Maryland, Purdue and Illinois.
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A husband, father, intern on his first day: How an Illinois city is remembering workplace shooting one year on

Flags were at half-staff Saturday in Aurora, Illinois, as residents commemorated the lives of those lost in last year's mass shooting.
USATODAY.com - Published

Aurora, Illinois honors victims of mass shooting one year later

A gunman opened fire in a manufacturing plant on Feb. 15, 2019. The city of Aurora, Illinois remembered the victims on its one-year anniversary.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Aurora shooting anniversary: victims of Henry Pratt Company plant shooting are remembered

One year after the Henry Pratt Company plant shooting, the people of Aurora, Illinois remember the people they lost in the tragedy.  
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'It's the America I live in today': Aurora, Illinois remembers mass shooting victims

Flags were at half-staff Saturday in Aurora, Illinois as residents commemorated the lives of those lost in last year's mass shooting.  
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'Caution I have the coronavirus' prank in Illinois Walmart causes $10k in damage, police say

Two teens has been charged after pulling a coronavirus prank at a Walmart in Joliet, Illinois, according to police.
USATODAY.com - Published

Joe Walsh Ends Challenge to Trump After Getting 1% in Iowa

Mr. Walsh, a conservative radio show host and former Republican lawmaker from Illinois, was running a long-shot bid for the party’s presidential nomination.
NYTimes.com - Published

On This Day: 6 February 1911

Future U.S. President Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois. (Feb. 6)  
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Uncertainty, face masks and worry in Illinois suburb where 2 coronavirus patients are treated

Protective face masks have been sold out for days in this northwest Chicago suburb, where two patients were being treated for coronavirus.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. confirms its first person-to-person coronavirus transmission

The husband of an Illinois woman diagnosed with coronavirus after returning from a trip to China has also become infected, marking the first known person-to-person transmission of the disease within..
Reuters - Published

Chicago man is first US case of person-to-person coronavirus spread

Health officials on Thursday reported the first U.S. case of person-to-person spread of coronavirus – the second confirmed case in Illinois.  
USATODAY.com - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Illinois man becomes first person infected with coronavirus after contact within U.S

An Illinois man is the first person confirmed to have become infected with the new coronavirus emerging from China after contact with someone with the disease within the United States, health..
Reuters - Published

Illinois governor wants clean energy legislation, could push state out of PJM power grid

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker called on the state legislature to pass clean energy legislation in his State of the State address, providing a boost to advocates of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which..
Reuters - Published

Animatronic groundhog, coalfield crayfish, Old Bay sauce: News from around our 50 states

Prisoners turning old uniforms into marsupial pouches in Florida, church hanging up World's Largest Block Party in Illinois, and more
USATODAY.com - Published

Facebook agrees to $550 million settlement in facial recognition class action lawsuit

Facebook has agreed to pay $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology in Illinois.
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Ex-mayor, coroner among victims in Illinois plane crash that killed 3, police confirm

A plane went down near Springfield, Illinois, on Tuesday, killing former Springfield Mayor Frank Edwards.
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Coroner, ex-mayor reportedly among victims in Illinois plane crash

Officials confirmed that the plane, a twin-engine Piper Aerostar, went down near Springfield, Illinois.
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Stopping deadly virus is Illinois scientist's goal

Northwestern University professor Karla Satchell is one of the scientists around the world racing to stop a new and deadly coronavirus. She's working with a team investigating the virus structure to..
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Helicopter Carrying Kobe Bryant Was Once Owned by Illinois

Sikorsky S-76B helicopters are widely used for V.I.P. travel. Here is what we know about the aircraft that crashed on Sunday, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others.
NYTimes.com - Published

Everyday Americans are distressed by the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. If they care at all

Everyday Americans from California to Illinois to North Carolina have a sideways view of the historic impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
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Tom Railsback, Who Reconciled G.O.P. to Oust Nixon, Dies at 87

A moderate Republican congressman from Illinois, he forged a compromise on two articles of impeachment that passed the House Judiciary Committee in 1974.
NYTimes.com - Published

The City Limits Sign Moves Farther Out as the 2020 Census Nears

An annexation rush in Illinois is aimed at offsetting population drops before the official head count is taken. But residents often resist.
NYTimes.com - Published

Truck crashes into Starbucks, 4 hospitalized

A pickup truck slammed into an Illinois Starbucks on Thursday, injuring several people and causing massive damage to the coffee shop, police said. (Jan. 17)  
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Ohio Man Who Claimed to Be Missing Boy Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft

Last year Brian Rini told officers he was Timmothy Pitzen, a missing Illinois boy who would now be a teenager. Mr. Rini, 23 at the time, had recently been released from an Ohio prison.
NYTimes.com - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Ex-con who claimed to be missing boy faces up to two years in prison after pleading guilty in Ohio

A former convict pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing the identity of an Illinois boy who has been missing for years, in a case that drew national attention last year, a U.S. prosecutor said.
Reuters - Published

Armed man inside Ill. bank with at least 1 hostage

Police say customers or employees are stuck inside an Illinois bank with an armed robber. Police surrounded Heritage Credit Union in Rockford, 90 miles northwest of Chicago. The incident began around..
USATODAY.com - Published

Recreational pot sales in Illinois top nearly $3.2M on first day

Illinois rang in the new year with nearly $3.2 million in sales of recreational marijuana on the first day of pot legalization in the state.
USATODAY.com - Published

Recreational marijuana sales now legal in Illinois

The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal Wednesday in Illinois to the delight of pot fans - many who began lining up hours early at dispensaries. (Jan. 2)  
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Legal weed sales begin in Illinois as state pardons more than 11,000 marijuana convictions

Weed dispensaries across Illinois opened their doors Wednesday morning to long lines of customers eager to purchase recreational marijuana.
USATODAY.com - Published

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