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Couples challenge Illinois law denying same-sex marriageupdated: Wed May 30 2012 14:10:00

Nine couples filed a lawsuit in Illinois on Wednesday to challenge the constitutionality of a state law that denies same-sex couples the right to marry.

Tornado survivor 'sucked' into airupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 07:03:00

CNN's Susan Candiotti interviews the sole survivor of a tornado that killed a family of five.

Cleanup begins after tornado outbreaksupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 07:03:00

Severe storms tore through the Midwest and South Friday into Saturday, killing at least 39 people.

Survivor: 'I swear we were going to die'updated: Thu Mar 01 2012 21:52:00

Survivors of a storm that killed 13 across the Mdwest recount their horror stories and the fear they felt.

Feds bust more than 60 in fraudulent document ringsupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 17:27:00

Federal agents Wednesday arrested more than 60 people in 17 states alleged to have been involved in conspiracies to provide fraudulent documents, top administration officials announced.

CNNMoney: Sears and CME Group threaten to leave Illinoisupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 05:31:00

Without a fresh round of tax incentives, two iconic Illinois companies might soon be on the move.

FAA: Small plane crashes in Illinois; 2 believed deadupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 07:41:00

A small plane with five people on board crashed in Lincolnshire, Illinois, on Monday night, authorities said.

Former U.S. Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois dies at 91updated: Sat Sep 17 2011 15:03:00

Former U.S. Sen. Charles Percy, a prominent Illinois Republican who served in the Senate for nearly 20 years and became chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, died Saturday, said a spokesman for Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a relative. He was 91.

Suspicious package at Illinois base prompts evacuationsupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 13:58:00

A suspicious package at the mail center of an Air Force base in Illinois prompted the evacuation of several buildings, officials said Wednesday, and three people were treated at a hospital.

Heavy rains hit northwest Illinois, surrounding regionsupdated: Thu Jul 28 2011 04:42:00

Heavy rains pounded northwestern Illinois early Thursday, prompting forecasters to issue flash flood warnings across the region.

Illinois girl's body exhumed in 1957 slayingupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 15:49:00

Investigators Wednesday exhumed the body of a 7-year-old Illinois girl slain more than five decades ago in hopes that modern science will bolster the case against the man now accused of killing her.

Heat advisories issued to states dwindles to 15updated: Tue Jul 12 2011 22:37:00

The number of states under heat advisories diminished to 15 Tuesday evening.

Multiple alarm fire injures Illinois firefighterupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 21:56:00

A multiple alarm fire injured one firefighter and sent him to a local hospital Friday in Pinckneyville, Illinois, an emergency official said.

Illinois civil unions law goes into effect Wednesdayupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 03:15:00

Starting Wednesday, same-sex couples in Illinois can enter into civil unions and enjoy many of the legal protections granted to married couples.

Divided by a river: Two states grapple with rising floodwatersupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 22:01:00

A mandatory evacuation was issued Saturday for a southwestern Illinois town threatened by the rain-swollen Mississippi River, an order that was issued as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers weighed whether to blow up a levee and flood rural farm communities to save the town.

CNNMoney: Caterpillar CEO: Illinois budget hurts businessupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 08:08:00

Illinois recently passed a budget that ticked off a lot of business people because it raised taxes on companies and individuals.

Illinois abolishes death penaltyupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 18:06:00

Illinois put an end to capital punishment Wednesday as Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation abolishing the practice and commuting the sentences of his state's remaining death row inmates.

Illinois governor ends death penaltyupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 18:06:00

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says abolishing the state's death penalty was the most difficult decision he's ever made.

Wisconsin Dems want border meetingupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 15:55:00

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker calls a request to meet Democratic senators near the Wisconsin-Illinois border "ridiculous."

Illinois signs civil unions bill into lawupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 11:00:00

Illinois joined five other states Monday in legalizing civil unions, a move that will give same sex couples many of the legal protections that are now granted to married couples.

CNNMoney: Illinois tax hikes will hurt companiesupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 08:26:00

The major tax hikes passed by Illinois lawmakers early Wednesday will hit businesses hard.

CNNMoney: Illinois lawmakers pass massive tax hikesupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 15:54:00

Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday approved major personal and corporate income tax hikes to bring the state's budget back from the financial abyss.

CNNMoney: Do or die for massive Illinois tax hikeupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 13:41:00

Democratic state lawmakers in Illinois are scrambling to pass massive personal and corporate income tax hikes Tuesday to bring their state budget back from the fiscal abyss.

Search suspended for Illinois woman missing after crashupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 16:59:00

The search for an Illinois woman who vanished early Sunday, leaving only tracks in the snow leading to a road after a car crash that killed her husband, has been suspended until weather conditions in the area improve, authorities said Wednesday.

Illinois man dies in crash; wife leaves car, vanishesupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 09:21:00

An Illinois woman walked away from a car crash that killed her husband, authorities believe, but they have found no trace of her other than footprints in the snow leading to a road.

Civil unions clear Illinois legislatureupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 16:39:00

Illinois' state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that will give same-sex couples many of the same rights as married couples.

Midwest hit hard by extreme winds, flash floodsupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 11:16:00

Severe thunderstorms moved through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois Monday, bringing reports of tornado touchdowns and significant damage.

Storms tear through Midwestupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 15:57:00

Ferocious wind storms push through Missouri and Illinois, tearing down trees and damaging buildings.

Plant explosion causes evacuations in Illinoisupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 03:10:00

People were evacuated for a short time after an explosion at a plant in Illinois late Monday, police said.

Police in Illinois probe blast that decapitated manupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 14:10:00

Police in a Chicago, Illinois, suburb Wednesday were investigating a pipe-bomb explosion that decapitated a man.

ICE: 370 illegal immigrants arrested in 10 statesupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 18:47:00

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested nearly 400 illegal immigrants -- including 347 with prior criminal convictions -- over a three-day operation throughout the Midwest, the agency announced Friday.

CNNMoney: Illinois: Our very own Greece?updated: Wed Jul 14 2010 12:11:00

Just two weeks after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn chopped $1.4 billion from the budget, the cash-strapped state is turning to the debt markets to get it through the fiscal year.

Tornado touches down in central Illinoisupdated: Sun Jun 06 2010 11:08:00

A tornado touched down in central Illinois Saturday, police said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Tornado touches down in Illinoisupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 23:00:00

A tornado touched down in central Illinois Saturday, police said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Friday update: Illinois gets huge win; URI still has work to doupdated: Sat Mar 13 2010 00:30:00

Andy Glockner will offer a full edition of the Bubble Watch each morning, then provide updates as the action plays out. Check back throughout the day for ongoing bubble analysis. All times are ET.

Fact Check: Eastern U.S. earthquake riskupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 11:58:00

A magnitude-3.8 earthquake struck northern Illinois early Wednesday, shaking homes and buildings and rattling plenty of nerves.

2 dead after plane crashes near Illinois houseupdated: Sun Jan 24 2010 05:36:00

A small plane crashed near a residence in Illinois on Saturday, killing two men onboard, authorities said. Seth Davis: Which teams benefit the most from nonconference scheduling?updated: Mon Jan 18 2010 17:57:00

Selection Sunday isn't quite around the corner, but it's definitely on this block. As we get closer to the big day, you'll start to see more references to the RPI, but at this relatively early stage it's hard to figure out just how much attention we should pay to all those numbers. Reading the RPI rankings in mid-January is like reading the voting returns early on election night. Yes, the numbers tell you what trends might be forming, but it's far too early to make a projection.

Illinois prison top contender to house Gitmo detainees, official saysupdated: Sun Nov 15 2009 18:06:00

A prison in northern Illinois is the leading contender to house some detainees transferred from the federal facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, two Obama administration officials told CNN Saturday.

5 Illinois family members were beaten to death, sheriff saysupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 06:29:00

All five members of a family found slain inside a Beason, Illinois, home early this week were beaten to death, police said Thursday.

Five found killed in Illinois homeupdated: Tue Sep 22 2009 15:45:00

Five members of a family were found slain in their Beason, Illinois, home, authorities said Tuesday, and they urged people in the area to be cautious until the killer is found.

Illinois to ban texting while drivingupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 17:16:00

Illinois will become the 17th state on Thursday to ban texting while driving, a safety worry that has caught the attention of the federal government.

Autopsy can't link remains to missing womenupdated: Fri May 22 2009 10:44:00

A preliminary autopsy Thursday did not reveal any identifying information on remains found on the bank of a river, less than 30 miles from the homes of two missing Illinois women.

Nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef products recalledupdated: Thu May 21 2009 21:31:00

An Illinois meat producer recalled nearly 96,000 pounds of potentially contaminated beef, the federal government announced Thursday. Impeached Illinois Gov to Be Reality TV Starupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 09:37:00

Rod Blagojevich signs up to be on NBC's I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here Kelli Anderson: A Closer Look: WKU-Illinoisupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 10:03:00

It seems everyone saw this one coming except, perhaps, President Obama, who picked Illinois to beat Western Kentucky when he filled out his bracket a few days ago. ("It's his home state, so I can't blame him," says Western Kentucky junior guard A.J. Slaughter.) It's hard to know if the outcome would have been different had Chester Frazier, the Illini's senior point guard and best perimeter defender, not been sidelined with a broken hand.

Illinois governor wants to 'fumigate' state's governmentupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 14:16:00

In his first executive order as Illinois governor, Pat Quinn established Friday the Illinois Reform Commission as an official state body under the governor's office.

Commentary: Illinois governor should be suspended pending trialupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 21:09:00

Let's establish one thing at the outset. Of course, the governor of Illinois is innocent until proven guilty.

Illinois Gov. appears in courtupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 14:47:00

CNN's Drew Griffin is in the courtroom as Gov. Rod Blagojevich appears in court to face corruption charges.

iReporters search for the 'heartland' on road tripupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 11:21:00

Knowing we would attend a wedding in St. Louis, Missouri, one weekend and a bridal shower in Chicago, Illinois, the next, the two of us decided to turn the events into an excuse for a summer road trip through Illinois and parts of neighboring states from June 28 to July 4.

Otters in a ... bank lobby?updated: Fri Sep 19 2008 11:21:00

A Kewanee, Illinois, bank lobby's otter habitat is shown in this iReport footage from Adam and Marina Koestler Ruben.

Flood waters run amokupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 14:20:00

Hurricane Ike brings flooding to St. Louis, making one man carries his shoes, walks in mid-calf deep water.

Killing spree suspect charged in 2 more slayingsupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 14:33:00

A man suspected of bludgeoning eight people to death in a one-week killing spree was charged Thursday in two more of those killings, a Missouri prosecutor said.

Spree killing suspect caught in Illinoisupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 05:28:00

Authorities have captured an Illinois man suspected of killing eight people in two states, the FBI confirmed Tuesday. Illinois Breach Forces Evacuationupdated: Wed Jun 18 2008 07:00:00

Floodwaters breached another levee in Illinois and threatened more Mississippi River towns in Missouri after inundating much of Iowa for the past week

Old pumps can't go above $3.99updated: Mon Jun 02 2008 12:36:00

Old gas pumps on Long Island are allowing people to get gas for $3.99 because the meter can't register more than that.CNN's Jim Acosta has the story.

Is there a short-term fix for high gas prices?updated: Mon Jun 02 2008 12:36:00

Rising oil and gas prices have lawmakers and consumers scrambling for solutions, but it is unclear whether anything can be done to lower energy costs in the short term, experts say.

Another quake shakes southern Illinoisupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 09:37:00

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook southern Illinois early Monday, the latest in a string of quakes that have rattled the region since last week, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Flames engulf hotelupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 16:36:00

Fire breaks out at a Lockport, Illinois, hotel.

Commentary: Race, faith and politicsupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 16:10:00

The revelation of controversial comments made by the longtime pastor of Sen. Barack Obama, and the equally hot aftermath from the general public that led to the junior senator from Illinois delivering a strong speech/sermon on race in America, has opened anew the explosive connection between three of the most volatile issues today.

FSB: Winning in the wine worldupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 17:46:00

Dear FSB: What is the success rate for a small local winery in an area of between 40,000 to 60,000 people? Grant Wahl: More from UNC's Hansbrough, fans' behavior falloutupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 13:59:00

Congratulations to North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, who appears on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated as our national Player of the Year. The 'Bag would love to do an article someday on the stories behind what SI cover subjects were doing when they learned they'd made the cover. Maybe not all of them would be as good as the scene in Almost Famous when Stillwater learned they'd made the cover of Rolling Stone, but some of them probably would be. Stewart Mandel: No. 1 seeds separating themselves as selection nearsupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 16:05:00

Call me crazy, but I don't think there's going to be all that much bubble suspense come Selection Sunday. The bracket is already fairly tight -- there were only six open spots this week once I placed all the "gimmes" -- and several of those will disappear when a few surprise teams inevitably win their conference tournaments. The last few teams that did get in this week -- UMass, West Virginia, Villanova -- have fairly weak credentials that won't stand up two weeks from now unless they make deep conference-tourney runs.

Hospital: 5 injured in explosion at Illinois shopping plazaupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 18:47:00

Mannequins, broken glass and debris littered the street Thursday after a midday explosion at a small strip mall that injured several people, collapsed roofs and left mounds of rubble in a Chicago, Illinois, suburb.

Money Magazine: Retirement income for the everyday investorupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 15:13:00

Question: I'm looking to retire in the near future and want to know how an "everyday" investor like me can develop a good strategy for taking income from my savings. Any advice? --Nate, Carbondale, Illinois Bill Trocchi: Lessons from BracketBustersupdated: Mon Feb 25 2008 19:15:00

Hope you were paying attention to BracketBusters weekend, because history says at least one team that participated will survive the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament.

Time to rememberupdated: Mon Feb 25 2008 06:46:00

The grief felt at Northern Illinois University is similar to what students at Virginia Tech had to endure last year. Ill. Gun Law Too Late for NIUupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 09:00:00

Illinois lawmakers moved swiftly with a gun law after Virginia Tech's shooting, but it came too late for Northern Illinois University and it is unclear whether it would have made a difference

Campus reeling from shootingupdated: Sat Feb 16 2008 16:48:00

Northern Illinois University is still reeling from the deadly Valentine's Day campus shooting. CNN's Allan Chernoff reports. Luke Winn: Memphis holds steady at No. 1; Wisconsin enters at No. 8updated: Fri Feb 08 2008 14:03:00

The rankings for this week, straight up.

Exit polls: behind the votesupdated: Wed Feb 06 2008 15:29:00

Exit polls show what qualities led voters to pick their candidate. CNN's Bill Schneider reports.

Keys to victory on Super Tuesdayupdated: Wed Feb 06 2008 15:29:00

For Democrats, these reflect voter samples in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah.

Open vs. closed primariesupdated: Wed Feb 06 2008 01:28:00

CNN's Bill Schneider explains the difference between open and closed primaries and how they will effect voting.

Tragic store shootingupdated: Mon Feb 04 2008 14:09:00

Five women were shot and killed in what appears to be a robbery gone horribly wrong. CNN's Christian Farr reports.

Snow clobbers Northwestupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 06:40:00

Heavy snow smothers Washington state, shutting schools and cutting power to thousands. Affiliate KREM reports.

Fortune: How Brazil outfarmed the American farmerupdated: Sat Jan 19 2008 17:31:00

Phil Corzine is not abandoning Illinois. A longtime soybean farmer in Assumption, a small town east of Springfield, he is firmly loyal to his state - he once ran the Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board, a program in which Illinois farmers promote Illinois soybeans. But the 1,300 acres Corzine planted in 2007 are not in Illinois, or even in the Midwest. They're in central Brazil, in the state of Tocantins, part of a big swath of soy-producing lands that stretch between the Andes and the Atlantic forest and from northern Argentina to the southern flanks of the Amazon basin. Soylandia, as this immense region might be called, is almost entirely unknown to Americans. But it may well be the future of one of the world's most important industries: grain agriculture. Luke Winn: Kansas rising in CBB power rankings updated: Fri Jan 18 2008 10:10:00

College hoops rankings sans a Bluegrass-state team or a subversive agenda ... Bill Trocchi: Illinois State jumps to top of MVC with focus, solid Dupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 15:42:00

Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich feels his biggest enemy is complacency after his team's unexpected early success this season.

First CO2-free coal power plant announcedupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 12:40:00

Coal is almost the perfect fuel. It's cheap and absurdly abundant -- especially in the United States, which has the world's larges reserves. There's just that tiny problem of massive climate-altering carbon dioxide emissions. Or is there? Clean Coal Plant Site Anticipatedupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 09:00:00

The location of a $1.8 billion pollution-free coal plant research project is to be announced on Tuesday

Domestic weather updateupdated: Sat Dec 01 2007 21:50:00

CNN meteorologist Reynolds Wolf has your Saturday morning weather forecast. Luke Winn: Winning without the starsupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 11:18:00

Rankings to devour if you're not busy confronting Bob Knight -- with a bad video camera in hand -- for firing shotgun pellets into your swimming pool... Stewart Mandel: One year later, fans still dispute Ohio St.'s worthinessupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 01:43:00

You know what's the craziest thing of all about this unusually crazy season? That for all the crazy developments in the polls over the past 13 weeks -- the rise and fall of non-traditional teams like USF and Kansas, LSU falling from No. 1, twice, Oregon going from national-title contender to potential Sun Bowl team in the blink of an eye -- we head into the final weekend still fixated on the same crazy storyline that's been hovering over the sport for nearly a year now. Bill Trocchi: Five questions for 2007-08updated: Wed Nov 14 2007 22:29:00

It did not take long for the mid-majors to make a splash in 2007-08. Just two days after the season opened in Memphis, Gardner-Webb made national headlines by not only upsetting Kentucky, but by doing it in Rupp Arena. Atlantic Sun mates Belmont and Mercer then added to the tiny league's stunning week with wins at Cincinnati and USC respectively.

Tasered at Kerry eventupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 08:09:00

I-Reporter Clarissa Jessup shot University of Florida student Andrew Meyer being hit by a Taser during a John Kerry event.

Severe weather hits Midwest; rain keeps falling in flooded areasupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 23:09:00

More rain brought more grief to the already-drenched Midwest, pushing rivers and streams past their banks, while a new round of storms spawned possible twisters that left a trail of damage.

Former governor's corruption conviction standsupdated: Tue Aug 21 2007 03:03:00

A federal appeals court upheld former Gov. George Ryan's racketeering and fraud conviction Tuesday and refused to grant him a new trial in the biggest political scandal to rock Illinois in decades.

Business 2.0: Taking the 'wait' out of 'waiter!'updated: Mon May 21 2007 18:35:00

Even the best restaurant employees don't have eyes in the backs of their heads. The ESP wireless system may be the next best thing -- it connects staffers to diners and one another. ESP will roll o... Instant impactupdated: Thu Apr 26 2007 11:26:00

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It's nearly 1 p.m. and Arrelious Benn is curled up on an oversized leather couch in the Illinois players' lounge. VH1's Flavor Of Love: Charm School playing in the background as he tries to get some much-needed rest. Champaign dreamsupdated: Fri Apr 20 2007 15:28:00

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A pair of cranes sit idle, visible high above the torn up bleachers on the west side of Memorial Stadium, while more heavy construction equipment lies beyond a chain-link fence, some 10 yards of the north goal line. In no uncertain terms, the home of the Illinois football team is a mess. Closer look: Virginia Tech-Illinoisupdated: Fri Mar 16 2007 22:56:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A jubilant Seth Greenberg walked over to press row, slapped hands with Virginia Tech's radio announcers and shouted, "How'd we do that?" The rest of Nationwide Arena was wondering the same thing. Real-time bubble watchupdated: Wed Mar 07 2007 08:45:00

Welcome to's real-time Bubble Watch. The following chart will be updated continuously between now and Sunday to reflect the results of the conference tournaments.

Ex-Iowa governor drops 2008 presidential bidupdated: Fri Feb 23 2007 11:09:00

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said Friday he is pulling out of the 2008 Democratic race for president, citing financial difficulties in a campaign that lasted 15 weeks.

CNNMoney: Illinois lottery reported up for saleupdated: Tue Jan 23 2007 08:05:00

The state of Illinois is hoping to attract investors to pay as much as $10 billion in a jackpot bid for its lottery system, according to a newspaper report.

Man arrested in mall attack plot, source saysupdated: Fri Dec 08 2006 12:29:00

A 22-year-old man was arrested in Chicago, Illinois, this week in connection with a plot to detonate explosives in malls, a federal law enforcement source said.

Your e-mails: Breast cancer survival storiesupdated: Mon Oct 30 2006 17:58:00

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, asked readers to share their stories. Here is a sampling of responses, some of which have been edited:

U.S. at 300 million: 'Heaven on earth' to 'uncharted territory'updated: Mon Oct 16 2006 09:12:00

Forty years ago, Elizabeth Heydanek lived in her "heaven on earth" -- Schaumburg, Illinois.

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