Shooting wounds 3 teens near Chicago high school

CHICAGO (AP) — A shooting near a high school on Chicago's South Side has left three teenagers seriously injured.

Chicago police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller says two people are in custody and a gun and casings have been recovered in the shooting around 4 p.m. Monday outside Chatham Academy High School in Burnside. Charges are pending.

Strike targeting 25 Chicago hotels continues

CHICAGO (AP) — A strike targeting 25 downtown Chicago hotels is entering a fifth day as housekeepers, cooks and others remain off the job.

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday, the strike's fourth day, that some hotels scrambled to clean rooms and check in guests.

Illinois joins other states to sue over migratory birds

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined counterparts from seven states to sue the Interior Department for rolling back protections for waterfowl, songbirds and other migratory birds.

Quincy Housing Authority gets $1 million for lead cleanup

QUINCY (AP) — A western Illinois housing authority is receiving $1 million to remove lead-based paint from the city's public housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing Development says the Quincy Housing Authority is among 20 agencies nationwide that have been awarded a combined $18 million.

Rauner lifts weight limit for market-bound crop haulers

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a "harvest emergency" to help crop-hauling Illinois farmers compete with those in neighboring states.

The Republican's declaration allows haulers to exceed road-weight limits in taking crops to market. The free permits are available from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

At many malls, anchors are going away

CHAMPAIGN — As a former Bergner's manager, Michael Ujcich saw firsthand some of the blunders that led to demise of the retailer and its parent company, Bon-Ton Stores.

Once a store with plentiful sales help, the Champaign Bergner's employed fewer people over the years, he recalled. The company was also late to offer an online shopping option.

VIDEO: Obama visits University of Illinois

Follow former president Barack Obama from the airport to the University of Illinois' Foellinger Auditorium to Caffe Paradiso to the UI president's mansion. 

Photos and video inside Foellinger Auditorium: Stephen Haas

Photos at Caffe Paradiso: Stephen Haas

Video inside president's mansion: Mary Schenk

Airport video: Ben Zigterman

Tom Kacich | Recent statewide polls not in GOP's favor

In politics, Labor Day weekend traditionally is the time to take stock of the electoral landscape and for candidates to begin the sprint to Election Day.

It's 65 days until Nov. 6, and just 25 days until early voting starts at the Champaign County Clerk's office (Sept. 27).

Districts see need for school resource officer as 'unfortunately ... a sign of the times'

After every early dismissal this year, Rossville-Alvin Elementary teachers and staff will spend 15 minutes discussing school safety.

And for the first time, a full-time school resource officer will be among their ranks.

Playtime's over: It's back-to-school season

Summer ended early for the elementary school kids at Barkstall, Kenwood, Thomasboro and Danville Northeast, where classes are underway. For the rest of the region, break is over in a matter of days. Here's an area-wide glance at when school starts.


Arthur Christian

Arthur district

Danville High (freshmen)

Prairieview-Ogden district