| Apr 1, 2013
| 11:18 AM
A new advertising campaign launched today for National Donate Life Month features a longtime organ donation advocate who died this year waiting for a kidney.
Vikki Tulcus, a coordinator for the state's organ and tissue donor registry, appeared in last...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 4:08 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois drivers will pay $2 more for their license plate stickers next year thanks to a bill Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed Friday to pay for better upkeep and care of state parks.
The practical effect of the new law is that...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 10:51 AM
Officials from the Chicago Mayor’s Office and Illinois Secretary of State Department vowed Friday to continue their crackdown on the fraudulent use of disabled-parking placards in the city.
City and state police have confiscated 41 placards and...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 3:36 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A new proposal to ban the use of cell phones while driving throughout Illinois passed the House on Friday along with two other traffic safety measures.
The proposed ban, sponsored by Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, would...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 5:11 AM
Indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith was on his way Tuesday to writing a new chapter in Illinois political notoriety by regaining his House seat just months after being impeached and expelled over his arrest on federal bribery charges.
| Sep 28, 2012
| 7:54 PM
A Cook County jury tonight convicted a man in the slaying of a high school basketball player during a melee outside a movie theater on Chicago's Southwest Side more than six years ago.
Eddie Fenton, 27, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the...
| May 3, 2012
| 10:50 AM
The Illinois Senate today overwhelmingly approved the elimination of a century-old legislative scholarship program that has come under federal investigation and long been abused by politicians who passed out the tuition waivers to relatives and the...
| May 10, 2011
| 8:41 AM
Harry Bloom just finished a driver's education course even though he's had his driver's license for years.
Bloom and his wife, Roxanne, took a refresher course meant for older drivers sponsored by AARP. Held at the YMCA in Schaumburg, the two-day eight-...
| May 14, 2012
| 8:00 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Chicago Democratic leaders are forming an alternative party to put up a candidate in the November election against indicted Rep. Derrick Smith, a Democrat who won the primary.
Smith has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of taking...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 1:46 PM
State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905.
Rep. Derrick Smith failed to show up to defend himself or hear his fellow House lawmakers condemn...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 9:50 AM
SPRINGFIELD--The Illinois House opened a special investigation today into a Chicago Democrat charged in federal court with taking a cash bribe.
But Rep. Derrick Smith, a West Side Democrat, didn't show up.
Smith faces the first House probe since then-...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 4:40 PM
People who illegally use disability placards to park in free or convenient spaces could have their vehicles impounded and also be required to pay a fine of up to $3,000, under a plan endorsed Monday by a City Council committee.
The plan was proposed...