Belvidere teachers notify board of strike intent

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — A teachers union has notified a Boone County school district of its members' intent to strike after they declared an impasse in contract negotiations.

Twitter parody plays differently in middle America

JASON KEYSER, Associated Press

ComEd settles for $46 million with state of Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Commerce Commission on Thursday approved a $46.2 million Commonwealth Edison settlement over lawsuits with the state that could mean refunds of about $8 for customers on their November electric bills, the Illinois attorney general's office said.

Illinois jobless rate continues 6-month decline

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois unemployment fell in August to 6.7 percent, the sixth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate, according to figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Crestwood seeks to settle contaminated water suits

CRESTWOOD, Ill. (AP) — The Crestwood Village Board was set to vote Thursday night on a settlement with the state over accusations of tainted drinking water, officials said.

Sides to argue: Did billionaire get off too easy?

CHICAGO (AP) — Did the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies get off too easy when a federal judge sentenced him earlier this year to community service but no prison time for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss bank accounts?

Highland teachers strike for 5th school day

HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — A teacher strike in southwestern Illinois' Highland School District continued for the fifth day Wednesday as union representatives negotiated with district officials.

Hundreds apply for jobs at Illinois Thomson prison

THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of applicants, some from as far as Kentucky and Minnesota, have come to the northeastern Illinois Mississippi River town of Thomson to attend a three-day hiring fair at the town's long-await federal prison.

Chicago mayor says students read 2.7 million books

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public School students read 2.7 million books this summer as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Readers Summer Learning Challenge, officials announced Monday

Local law enforcment joins effort to reduce train deaths

The danger of railroad crossings has hit close to home again this year with two deaths in Champaign County so far.  A new statewide iniative called Rail Safety Week that started Sunday aims to help reduce fatalities on the tracks across the state. Scott Beatty reports.