SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The impact of Illinois' budget impasse has reached Springfield's hotel industry, which is reporting a four-year low in bookings.
Hotel industry officials say daily revenue and occupancy last year of the 4,000 hotel rooms in the Springfield market are expected to decline 3 percent to 5 percent, pending figures from December.
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say a $1 billion funding agreement with the federal government will help modernize Chicago's Red and Purple lines as part of a public transit construction project to create an estimated 6,000 jobs.
DIXON (AP) — A plan to erect a statute of President Ronald Reagan as a young lifeguard is on hold in his hometown.
The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/2iGcq0T ) Dixon Mayor Jim Burke was leading the effort to place a statue along the Rock River. But Burke died in February, and the project has stalled.
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield man has appeared in court on allegations that he cheated Medicaid by filing false claims through a company that supplies incontinence products.
NORMAL (AP) — Rivian Automotive has completed its purchase of the former Mitsubishi plant in the central Illinois city of Normal, where it plans to manufacture electric vehicles.
CHICAGO (AP) — The two 18-year-old men had been schoolmates, police say. After meeting at McDonald's, they spent two days together, driving around visiting friends. Then a pretend fight escalated into a brutal beating of one of the men, a mentally disabled teenager, in an attack that stirred racial tensions and outrage after being broadcast on Facebook Live.
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — About 30 Illinois Army National Guard members who served in Afghanistan during the past year have returned home during the past few weeks.
Officials say members of the 233rd Military Police Company based in Springfield came home after completing a post-mobilization program at Fort Bliss, Texas.
ROCKFORD (AP) — The trial of a northern Illinois man accused in the shooting deaths of four people has been pushed back to April.
Calvin Carter has pleaded not guilty in the December 2014 deaths of 24-year-old Martia Flint, 24-year-old Demontae Rhodes, 6-year-old Tyrone Smith III and 4-year-old Tobias Smith.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police don't believe a man beaten in an assault broadcast live on Facebook was targeted because he was white despite profanities made by the accused assailants about white people and President-elect Donald Trump, a police spokesman said Thursday.