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Headlines from around the state, curated by the GLT newsroom. If you want more state news, listen to Illinois Public Radio's The 21st on Mondays-Thursdays at 11 a.m., and Statewide at 11 a.m. Fridays.

Nashville prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life in prison without the chance for parole for alleged Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking, a Morton native. 

The U.S. Census Bureau is pushing public education and community outreach in an attempt to get an accurate 2020 count in Illinois.

A pilot program bringing fresh food to Peoria’s South Side could soon become permanent.

Morton's AutonomouStuff came to this year's first major expo armed with a pair of big announcements.

Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday grilled officials about the practice of locking kids in “seclusion rooms” in schools. It’s the first legislative hearing since a news report brought attention to the practice late last year.

Police are investigating after someone reportedly fired a gunshot into a house near the Bradley University campus. 

Three suspects reportedly knocked on the door of a house in the 1400 block of Main on Monday night just before 10 p.m. When the resident opened the door, a suspect pulled out a handgun and fired a shot into the hallway.

The suspects then fled east in a red sedan. No injuries were reported.

The suspects are described as black males between ages 14 and 18. They were wearing large black puffy jackets, black pants. One wore a white knit hat. 

More Illinois students now qualify for college financial aid. State government will now offer money to students who might have been disqualified from getting federal help.


Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says she's concerned about the situation in Iran and Iraq following the U.S. assassination of a prominent Iranian general.

Recreational cannabis has been legal in Illinois for just under a week, and the state estimates consumers have already bought nearly $11 million worth of product. But the legal industry is only just getting started.

As Illinois prepares for the 2020 census count, leaders of the state census office said they’re focusing on getting correct information out to communities, in particular clearing up confusion about job qualifications for census enumerators, the use of online forms and the timeline for the decennial count.

A state disciplinary commission said Tazewell County's former public guardian used money he was supposed to be managing for others' benefit for himself. 

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission said Matthew Stropes illegally steered more than $30,000 he was managing for three men with disabilities while serving as the county's public guardian between his appointment in 2009 and 2019. 

Practicing yoga could lead to improved brain health, according to a University of Illinois review of the available research on how the practice affects the brain.

Friday was the deadline for major party presidential candidates to try to get on the ballot for Illinois’ upcoming primary election.

Friday was the deadline for major party presidential candidates to try to get on the ballot for Illinois’ upcoming primary election.

A veteran American diplomat says Iranian retaliation for America's assassination of one of their top generals in Iraq could take many forms.

The Defense Department says it took "decisive action" to protect Americans when it killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in an air strike. The move has inflamed an already tense state of affairs between Iran and the U.S.

Ronald Neumann is the former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Algeria, and Bahrain. He's a Middle Eastern policy expert who now serves president of the American Academy of Diplomacy. 

When asked about the greatest risks in sex work, one Peoria-area sex worker bluntly replied with one word: "death."

Marijuana sales began with more than $3 million in sales on New Year’s Day. Backers of the law, however, say that news ought to take a back seat to the more than 11,000 pardons for past pot convictions Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a day earlier.

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A lone Democrat joined Illinois' House Republican delegation in signing a legal brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to "reconsider" the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion access nationwide.

More than 200 members of both houses of Congress signed the amicus brief filed with the high court on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Chicago) joined Illinois Republicans Darin LaHood, Adam Kinzinger, Rodney Davis, Mike Bost and John Shimkus.

Illinois’ recreational cannabis dispensaries made around $3.2 million in sales on New Year’s Day, according to early estimates from a state agency overseeing the now-legal industry.

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Illinois' first day of legal recreational marijuana generated over $3 million in sales.

The staff and inmates at Illinois' largest women's prison agree the facility is "falling apart," "neglected" and "unsanitary."

The deteriorating physical condition is one of the key findings of a new report from the independent prison watchdog John Howard Association on the Logan Correctional Center in central Illinois.

Illinois plans on spending $400 million over the next several years to improve internet access to farms and small towns.

But first, the state needs to know who has a reliable internet connection and who doesn’t.

The federal government tracks where high-speed internet is available. But the mapping has been criticized for overstating access, particularly in rural areas. Around 30 percent of residents living in rural Illinois lack internet access at speeds of 25 mbps and above, according to a report from the Federal Communications Commission.

A pair of laws recently enacted  in Illinois were designed to take into account how children are affected by their parents' incarceration and to find ways to address their needs.

Central Illinois' first baby of the new decade was born this morning at UnityPoint Health-Methodist.

Sullivan Swanson was born at 12:21 a.m. to Michael and Leah. He weighed 7 pounds, 4.7 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

The parents call Sullivan their "miracle baby." He was born after the couple went through four years of IVF treatments. The Swansons are adoptive and foster parents to two other boys.

Methodist's maternity team presented the family with a basket of new baby items and toys.

Rumors that Illinois gun owners will lose their firearms if they use cannabis under the state's new legalization mandate are false.

More than 200 people lined up outside Trinity Compassionate Care Center in Peoria to buy legal recreational marijuana on New Year's Day.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday issued pardons for more than 11,000 low-level marijuana convictions.

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