The Associated Press

Districts await word on how much more money they'll get through new school-funding formula

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House approved a new school-funding plan Monday that will increase state money for all districts and provide $75 million in tax credits for people who donated to private-school scholarships.

But exactly how much more money local school districts will receive remains unclear.


Inn’s wedding refusal results in discrimination suit

GALENA (AP) — A Wisconsin couple has filed a discrimination charge with the state of Illinois saying that an inn owner refused to host their wedding because they wanted a non-religious service.


FEMA denies Illinois’ request for federal flood aid

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois’ request for federal assistance to help residents, businesses and municipalities recover from flooding in about two dozen counties, including Iroquois County.


Illinois asks FEMA for more time to assess flood damage

BELLEVILLE (AP) — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking its federal counterpart for more time to assess damage form early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the state agency is seeking to extend the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Friday deadline for damage assessments until March 14.


EPA says Illinois can weigh in on northwest Indiana quarry

KANKAKEE (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Illinois should get a chance to publicly object to a proposed northwest Indiana quarry on the Kankakee River.


Illinois updates tire storage rules after 2013 Hoopeston fire

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued new rules about how to handle used tires.

State officials said the rules will apply to operators of tire disposal and storage sites and facilities that retread, stamp and die-cut tires. The rules are meant to protect from tire fires and breeding of disease-carrying mosquitoes from standing water in tires.


Drew Peterson’s murder-for-hire trial again delayed

CHESTER (AP) — Drew Peterson’s murder-for-hire trial has again been delayed as the former suburban Chicago police officer seeks to enlist an expert witness to review taped conversations with an unnamed prison informant.


IHSA says concussions lawsuit ‘threatens’ football

CHICAGO (AP) — The nation’s first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide.


Manhunt for escaped Illinois murder convict enters Day 2

KANKAKEE (AP) — Law enforcement officers armed with rifles are searching neighborhoods near  Kankakee as the manhunt for an escaped convict enters a second day.

TV news video shows heavily armed officers entering homes in the city’s southern suburbs.


Killer overpowers guard, escapes from Kankakee jail

KANKAKEE (AP) — A convicted murderer awaiting sentencing escaped from a jail in eastern Illinois Wednesday after overpowering a guard and taking his keys, uniform and SUV.

Kamron T. Taylor, who has a history of escape attempts, fled from the Jerome Combs Detention Center at about 3 a.m., the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office said.


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