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Illinois Green Groups Push to Stop Fracking With All Eyes on JCAR

Will Reynolds | Posted 11.12.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The second draft of Illinois' controversial fracking regulation has been presented to JCAR, the state legislature's Joint Committee for Administrative Rules. The powerful group of twelve legislators will give final approval, or rejection, of the updated rules.

The Statehouse Bubble Bursts: Illinois Revolts Against Fracking

Will Reynolds | Posted 03.04.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Person after person chided DNR for the weak rules and many declared that fracking cannot be made safe. Governor Pat Quinn and the legislature are grossly out of touch with the views of the public expressed at the hearings.

College Basketball Coach Goes On EPIC Rant After Loss

Posted 12.18.2013 | Sports

Just days before the end of 2013, Southern Illinois basketball coach Barry Hinson provided what might be the most memorable coaching rants of the year...

Chicago and Southern Illinois Hearings Show Unity Against Fracking

Will Reynolds | Posted 02.05.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

At two public hearings on proposed regulation, residents of Chicago and southern Illinois showed they stand united against fracking in the Land of Lincoln.

Southern Illinois Unprepared for Social Costs of Fracking Boom

Will Reynolds | Posted 01.27.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Illinois needs another way to fund community infrastructure in rural areas, including domestic violence and sexual assault services, before the fracking boom begins. Tae kwon do classes and pepper spray won't cut it.

Illinois' Top Ten Universities

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.09.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We took the U.S. News & World Report's ranking of universities in America and boiled it down to Illinois schools.

Should 'Inhumane' Prison Be Closed?

Posted 04.05.2012 | Chicago

Though unions are fighting Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close the Tamms Correctional Center in southern Illinois, relatives of some inmates a...

Mom Pleads Guilty, Hid Young Son In Crawl Space For Years

AP | By JIM SUHR | Posted 11.20.2011 | Chicago

ST. LOUIS -- A southern Illinois woman who authorities say hid her young son, often in a crawl space, for nearly two years as part of a custody disput...

Five-Year-Old In Spiderman Pajamas Scoots To Friend's House On Illinois Highway

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — Clad in Spiderman pajamas, a 5-year-old southern Illinois boy on a scooter had someplace to be. And he apparently wasn't goi...

Tila Tequila ATTACKED At 'Gathering Of The Juggalos'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For fans of the Insane Clown Posse and other Psychopathic Records groups, the annual "Gathering of the Juggalos" is a sort of family affair. But reali...

Illinois Town Wants 10 Commandments Monument

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A southern Illinois town is pushing to have a Ten Commandments monument erected in the city's square--and the town's mayor says he will do anything he...

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...

Army Veteran Mark Harmon Gets Jail Sentence For VA Hospital Threat

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

BENTON, Ill. — An Army veteran who threatened a shooting rampage last year at a southern Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital has been ordered to ...

Champaign City Council Reacts To Mayor Jerry Schweighart's Birther Comments

Smile Politely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

John O'Connor didn't set out for the Tea Party rally intending to expose Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart as a Birther. Honest. The grad student at t...

Atheist Activist Threatens To Sue The State Over Money For Giant Cross

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Christian group in southern Illinois attempting to restore one of the largest crosses in the Western hemisphere is being challenged by a Chicago-are...

Woman, 2 Boys Drown In Ice-Covered Lake

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WATERLOO, Ill. — Authorities in southern Illinois say a mother, her 7-year-old son and his 6-year-old friend appear to have fallen through the i...