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CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Jurors on Tuesday found former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson guilty of trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped to convict him in the killing of his third wife.

Updated at 2:13 PM

Illinois House members have approved a plan that would make feminine hygiene products more affordable for women by exempting them from the state sales tax.

Updated at 2:12 PM

The Illinois State Museum will reopen Saturday, July 2, pending approval of a rule to charge an admission fee. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced the news Tuesday afternoon.

Updated at 2:05 PM

Democratic legislative leaders said Tuesday they will not pass a stopgap budget today that was proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Updated at 11:05 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Democratic legislative leaders said today they will not pass a stopgap budget today that was proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Instead, the Democrats said they’d refer Rauner’s plan to a group of...

Posted at 10:00 AM

The following stories are among today's top news of central Illinois.

Updated at 8:55 AM

Time running out before session ends

Posted at 6:30 AM

WILMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a 13-year-old girl is dead and her 12-year-old brother is missing after they became trapped in water near a dam on the Kankakee River in northeastern Illinois.

Updated at 6:14 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago rung in the unofficial start to summer with dozens of shootings that killed six people and wounded 56 others over Memorial Day weekend.

Updated May 30, 2016 at 7:11 PM

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate passed legislation Monday to reopen the Illinois State Museum and create a not-for-profit foundation to secure private funds for repairing the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Updated May 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Victims of sexual abuse would get up to four weeks of unpaid leave from work following the incident under a bill approved by the Illinois Senate.

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