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Drone cops are coming! Illinois gets go-ahead to use ‘unmanned aircraft’ to photograph crime scenes and traffic accidents

Illinois State Police have been given the go-ahead for the first ‘drone cops’. The Federal Aviation Authority has given the… READ MORE
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Illinois justices overturn state’s landmark 2013 pension law

The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation’s worst government-employee pension… READ MORE

Chicago nears fiscal free fall with latest downgrade

CHICAGO – Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody’s Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about… READ MORE

Mayor Emanuel To Face Chuy Garcia In Runoff Election

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take on Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the first mayoral runoff election in Chicago history on April 7. A fiery Garcia, who finished second to… READ MORE

Chicago Man Accused of Making Beheading Terror Threats

The St. Louis Dispatch is reporting Chicago resident Derrick Dawon Burns, 21,  was arrested Monday on eight federal charges alleging that Burns made a series of bomb and violence threats toward Southern Illinois University-Carbondale students… READ MORE

Chicago schools remove ‘incendiary’ immigration query, deny Sheriff Joe link

A Chicago Public Schools test question that had seventh-graders read anti-immigration commentary by a fictitious Bush administration official and conservative writer whose name sounds like controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has been scrubbed from the… READ MORE

Illinois Dems back off $100 million push for Obama library following outrage

Illinois Democrats are backing off an effort to give $100 million in a push to land President Obama’s presidential library and museum — following accusations of voting “shenanigans” and nasty Chicago-style politics, not to mention… READ MORE

Chicago to name school after Obama

The city of Chicago on Thursday announced plans for construction of a $60-million selective-enrollment high school that would be named for President Obama. The 1,200-student Barack Obama College Preparatory High School would be built in… READ MORE

Office of Congressional Ethics Looking at Rep. Bobby Rush

A Congressman’s handling of a $1 million grant and his campaign fund expenditures are being probed by the Office of Congressional Ethics. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., acknowledged the inquiry and stated, “I’ve been cooperative,” according… READ MORE

Gun advocates credit new concealed carry laws for sharp drop in Chicago murder rate

Chicago police are reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter of the year is the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years, which gun advocates are attributing to a concealed carry law… READ MORE

NRCC Chairman to Fundraise for Illinois House Hopefuls

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden is making a campaign swing through Illinois on Friday, headlining fundraisers benefiting four Republican challengers and one of the party’s most vulnerable members. Walden will host separate fundraising… READ MORE

Ann Callis, Rodney Davis to Face Off in Targeted Illinois District

Former Madison County Judge Ann Callis picked up the Democratic nomination in Illinois’ 13th District Tuesday night and will now face a top target of national Democrats, freshman GOP Rep. Rodney Davis. Callis defeated physics… READ MORE

Oberweis wins GOP primary to face Durbin

Illinois state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R) has won his Senate primary and will face Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in the fall. Oberweis, a wealthy dairy magnate, hardline conservative and perennial candidate, leads businessman… READ MORE