Kraft mulls expanding Granite City plant

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods is weighing whether to spend $40 million to expand a southwestern Illinois plant if the city and state provide about $400,000 to widen a road in front of the site.

From pets to 'recess': High school stress relief

MARTHA IRVINE,AP National Writer

Toby Keith returning to Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD — Tickets for the Toby Keith concert at the 2013 Illinois State Fair will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The country singer-songwriter will perform Aug. 14.

State police urge responsible Super Bowl partying

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police are putting the motoring public on notice they will strictly enforce moving violations during this Super Bowl weekend.

The emphasis will be on what police call the “Fatal-4”: driving under the influence, speeding, distracted driving and seat belts. Troopers issued more than 1,000 Fatal-4 citations during the 2012 Super Bowl weekend.

13 apply for 2 short-term seats on Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN — Thirteen people have applied for two short-term seats on the Champaign school board, said board member Jamar Brown.

Two people are expected to be named to the board at its meeting Monday. They will serve until new members are elected in April.

Youthful state senators pledge to work for area's interests

SPRINGFIELD — Wednesday's Illinois Senate inauguration united three young men who cut their political teeth in Champaign County politics: incumbent Democratic Sen. Mike Frerichs of Champaign, and newly elected Republican Sens. Chapin Rose of Mahomet and Jason Barickman, now of Bloomington.

No agreement today on Illinois pension crisis

CHICAGO (AP) — Discussions between Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders on Illinois’ massive pension crisis have ended without agreement even though at least one major sticking point has been set aside for now.

Illinois Senate committee rejects road, DCFS funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Senate committee has rejected a measure that could have provided $675 million more for road and bridge projects and averted layoffs at the Department of Children and Family Services.

Man killed in crash with school bus near Kankakee

Updated 11:40 a.m. Thursday.

KANKAKEE — One person is dead after a crash with a school bus northwest of Kankakee early Thursday.

A release from the Illinois State Police at Ashkum said the accident happened at 7:15 a.m. on Illinois 113.

Man and woman arrested in connection with shooting in Johnson County

MADISONVILLE, Ky.— A man and woman listed as persons of interest in connection with a shooting in Johnson County have been arrested in Kentucky.

Police said that John L. Cunningham, 41, and his wife, Janet S. Cunningham, 43, were taken into custody without incident by Kentucky State Police and U.S. marshals near Madisonville, Ky., late Wednesday afternoon.

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