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Downstate Illinois

Grassroots Victory Stops Central Illinois Coal Mine

Will Reynolds | Posted 01.21.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The group faced intense opposition and some harassment in a community with a long history of coal mining but also received unexpected support, including from students at nearby Spoon River College.

Are Chicagoans and Downstate Illinoisans Really All That Different?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.09.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The rivalry between Chicago and downstate Illinois gets played up a lot, but what do we have to be competitive about? We're all Illinoisans. Are we really that different?

Which Are Illinois' Healthiest Counties?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.31.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps ranked every Illinois county from healthiest to least healthy. Do you live in one of the counties that fell in either the top 10 or the bottom 10?

Chicago vs. Downstate: The Battle Rages On

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.06.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

There's always been something of a rivalry between downstate Illinois and Chicago. It gets serious when politicians are talking about things like distributing tax dollars for school funding and public construction projects.

City Versus Country, Illinois Style

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.05.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For many Chicagoans, the land south of Interstate 80 is a different state. For downstate Illinoisans living south of Interstate 80, Chicago is the area they want to make a different state. Hmm, sounds like there are some differences there.

Proposal To Make Chicago Its Own State Shows Divide In Illinois

AP | By JIM SUHR | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago

GRAFTON, Ill. -- Whether it's the state's shaky finances, its recent tax hike or strict gun laws, downstate Illinois knows it can always vent its frus...

Prisoners In Gymnasiums? Illinois System Out Of Space

Posted 11.28.2011 | Chicago

Earlier this month, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that he would be forced to layoff thousands of state workers and close several facilities du...

Three Hurt In Downstate Ethanol Plant Fire

AP | Posted 06.11.2011 | Chicago

MADISON, Ill. — Federal workplace safety officials are trying to pinpoint what caused a reported explosion and flash fire that injured three peo...

Bill Brady Voter: 'I Wish Cook County Would Just Secede From Illinois'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CORRECTION: The original version of this story indicated that Bill Brady said he wished Cook County would secede from Illinois. In fact, a Bill Brady ...

Downstate Illinois Hair Salon Burglarized Before Grand Opening

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — Police said a hair salon didn't even have its grand opening before being burglarized. Investigators said Sunday's break-in a...

Illinois Elementary School Converted To Strip Club, Neighbors Angry

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Nancy Ward isn't happy about what's become of Pioneer School, which served for more than 50 years as both a place of learning and a community center w...