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  • Taxpayers Can Get Text Alert On Refunds

    (Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois taxpayers can get an instant alert when their state income tax refund is headed their way.  Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says signing up is simple.  Baar Topinka says anyone with Internet access can sign up for the ale...
  • USGS Scientists Uproot Long-held Beliefs about Trees

    (Undated)  --  A long-held belief about old trees has been uprooted. A recent study from the U-S Geological Survey finds that trees' growth rates do not slow as they get older and larger – instead, they keep putting on mass along with their years. Stu...
  • Employee Responsible For Rutherford Allegations Resigns

    (Undated)  --  The employee at the center of allegations against Treasurer Dan Rutherford is submitting his resignation letter.  The “Chicago Tribune” says the employee is accusing the G-O-P gubernatorial candidate of having him do political work o...
  • City Council Committee Backs Smartphone Kill Switch Resolution

    (Chicago, IL)  --  A Chicago City Council committee is supporting a smartphone “kill switch” resolution that aims to discourage theft.  The resolution calls on the F-C-C to urge manufacturers to adopt the “kill switch” as a standard feature, ma...
  • Blood Drive Set For Friday At SRV Near London Mills

    (London Mills, IL)  --  A blood drive sponsored by the Spoon River Valley High School National Honor Society is set to take place later this week.  It will be taking place at the high school located near London Mills on Friday.  The community blood dr...
  • Steer Weigh In Scheduled For Upcoming Saturday

    (Lewistown, IL)  --  Those who want their steer or steers to be eligible for the County Rate-of-Gain Contest, the Illinois State Fair Junior Show or the Illinois State Fair Premiere Contest must bring their steer or steers to be weighed and tattooed at ...
  • Buzzy's Best Winners For January Announced By MidAmerica National Bank

    (Canton, IL)  --  MidAmerica National Bank has announced the January winners of the Buzzy's Best award.  The winners are Jahni Harn of Cuba Elementary School;  Scott Thomas of Lewistown Central; Ellie Downing of Lincoln Elementary; Connor Willcoxen of...
  • Table Grove Man Arrested

    (Canton, IL)  --  A Table Grove man is facing charges after Fulton County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a tavern in Table Grove last week.  On Thursday of last week, deputies were dispatched to Sharee's Place in Table Grove on the report of a f...
  • Event Held Sunday On Peoria Anti-Gang Program

    (Peoria, IL)  --  Illinois state Senator Mark Kirk and several local officials outlined an anti-gang effort dubbed "Don't Shoot" on Sunday morning at the Peoria Police Department.  The goal is to reduce gun and gang violence in Peoria through several p...
  • Illinois Farmers Watching U.S. Senate Closely

    (Undated)  --  Illinois farmers in west central Illinois as well as the rest of the state will be paying close attention to the U.S. Senate this afternoon.  The final vote for the one-trillion-dollar farm bill is set for 4:30, and if the Senate passes ...
  • Quinn Makes It Easier To Get Propane

    (Springfield, IL)  --  Governor Pat Quinn is making it easier for low-income state residents to get propane to heat their homes.  The governor says that participants in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will be eligible for an additional on...
  • Rutherford Says Rauner Connected To Claims Of Misconduct

    (Springfield, IL)  -- Things are getting pretty ugly in the GOP race for governor.  Bruce Rauner apparently told the Springfield "State Journal Register" that he has a book on all of the other candidates and has vowed to destroy them.  But Dan Rutherfo...
  • Congresswoman Bustos Announces Nominees To Military Academies

    (Undated)  --  Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced last week that she has nominated 10 Illinois students for admission to the United State Service Academies for the class entering in the fall of 2014.  Each year Bustos has the honor of nominating qual...
  • Koehler: Tax Increase Should’ve Been Permanent To Begin With

    (Springfield, IL)  --  Republicans are blasting Governor Quinn for blowing over the income tax issue in his state of the state address.  They’re calling on him to make good on his promise to let the tax go back down next year.  But, Democratic Senat...
  • New Specialty Plates Available In Illinois

    (Undated)  --  A new specialty license plate aims to raise funding for children's cancer research.  The new Curing Childhood Cancer License Plate is the brainchild of Jennifer Pramuk of Decatur, whose 8-year old daughter Zoe battled Leukemia. Zoe is no...
  • Filing Taxes Online Means Quicker Access To Refund

    (Springfield, IL)  --  Tax season is officially here.  The IRS pushed the season back so they could prep their machines, which means taxpayers have just two-and-a-half months to get their paperwork in.  Sue Hofer, with the state’s Department of Reve...
  • Indoor Tanning Bed Warnings Not Heeded

    (Undated)  --  It seems the warnings about indoor tanning are falling on deaf ears.  A new study says 40-percent of adults and over half of college-age kids have used indoor tanning beds.  Dr. Melissa Piliang says skin-cancer risk skyrockets with thes...
  • Waitresses Receive 15-Thousand Dollars From Generous Customer

    (Caledonia, IL)  --  Three Northern Illinois waitresses are planning how to spend five-thousand dollars that a generous customer gave each of them.  One waitress at the Boone County Family restaurant was serving the customer, the other two were working...

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