Blagojevich thanks Trump for commuted sentence

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich thanks President Donald Trump for commuting his sentence for political corruption. (Feb. 19)

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Ex-Gov. Blagojevich, out of prison, returns home

Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. He returned home to Chicago early Wednesday. (Feb. 19)

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Trump frees Ex-Gov. Blagojevich from prison

Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison in Colorado on Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (Feb. 19)

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, February 18th: Trump commutes former Illinois governor’s sentence; Boy Scouts of America wants to operate despite bankruptcy; No headway in Russia-Turkey talks on Syria; Revelers poke fun at world leaders. (Feb. 18)

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Trump’s clemency blitz: Blagojevich, Kerik, Milken

President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, pardoning former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik and granting clemency to financier Michael Milken. (Feb. 18)

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On This Day: 6 February 1911

Future U.S. President Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois. (Feb. 6)

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Stopping deadly virus is Illinois scientist’s goal

Northwestern University professor Karla Satchell is one of the scientists around the world racing to stop a new and deadly coronavirus. She’s working with a team investigating the virus structure to halt it from replicating in human cells. (Jan. 27)

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Armed man inside Ill. bank with at least 1 hostage

Police say customers or employees are stuck inside an Illinois bank with an armed robber. Police surrounded Heritage Credit Union in Rockford, 90 miles northwest of Chicago. The incident began around 2:30 p.m. Friday. (Jan. 3)

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Here’s the latest for Thursday January 2nd: Castro calls it quits; legal marijuana hits shelves in Illinois; Interpol after former Nissan chairman Ghosn; Gabbard hits the waves in New Hampshire. (Jan. 2)

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US: Long lines mark marijuana legalization in Illinois | AFP

Marijuana becomes legal in Illinois, the largest US midwestern state, as 2020 is rung in with shops opening at 6 am to support what is expected to be a record turnout for recreational cannabis. “I think this is groundbreaking,” Jackie Ryan tells AFP after completing her first purchase at Sunnyside dispensary. “Finally, Illinois is following suit with other states and it’s just really exciting.”

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Recreational marijuana sales now legal in Illinois

The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal Wednesday in Illinois to the delight of pot fans – many who began lining up hours early at dispensaries. (Jan. 2)

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Illinois governor erases many pot convictions

Illinois’ governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law. (Dec. 31)

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Wind damage reported in Midwestern states

Strong winds and damage are being reported in the Midwest. WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan reports that the roof was blown off an abandoned building. WHOI-TV reports that wind blew over the sign from a Taco Bell in Morton, Illinois. (Nov. 28)

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Dash camera shows close call on icy Illinois road

Dash camera video captured what state police in Illinois are calling a “miracle on the ice.” An out of control truck narrowly missed two troopers and a woman as they changed her tire along an icy road in southern Illinois (Nov. 18)

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Bears get Halloween pumpkins at Illinois zoo

Alaskan Coastal brown bears and a polar bear got pumpkins to play with and eat at the Brookfield Zoo to celebrate a snowy Halloween in Brookfield, Ill. (Oct. 31)

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Chicago mayor: Strike progress needs to improve

As the Chicago teachers strike hits the one-week mark and both sides remain at the bargaining table, some high school football teams could miss out on the Illinois state playoffs because of the strike. (Oct. 24)

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Animals at Illinois zoo get Halloween pumpkins

Animals at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago were treated to Halloween pumpkins on Wednesday. Some chose to eat them, while others just played with them. (Oct. 23)

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Fetal remains found in Ill. nearly 2 decades old

Illinois authorities say the more than 2,200 fetal remains found at the Illinois home of an abortion doctor who died this month were from abortions conducted between 2000 and 2002. (Sept. 19)

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Judge denies motion to increase R Kelly’s bond

A judge in Illinois denied a motion to increase singer R. Kelly’s bond Tuesday, after prosecutors requested to have the singer’s bond increased to reflect the additional charges he now faces in other states. (Sept. 17)

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Illinois teen sues top e-cigarette maker

An Illinois teenager who fell ill with a lung disease after vaping for more than a year has sued a leading e-cigarette maker. Attorneys filed the lawsuit Friday in Lake County Circuit Court on behalf of 18-year-old Adam Hergenreder. (September 13)

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, September 10th: John Bolton out as national security adviser; At least 31 killed, dozens injured during Iraq Ashoura procession; Train derails in Illinois; Sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” book released.

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Schools, homes evacuated after train derailment

Thick, black smoke can be seen for miles and evacuations have been ordered after a train derailed in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis. (Sept. 10)

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Simulation trains front-line child welfare workers

An Illinois child welfare agency under fire for some high-profile deaths is giving workers hands-on training. Trainees walk through mock homes and role-play scenarios with actors to prepare for investigating abuse and neglect claims. (Aug. 23)

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