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Cook County Leads Concealed-Carry Permit Applications

Almost one in four of the roughly 23,000 Illinois residents who have applied for concealed carry permits live in Cook County.

01/16/2014

Beatles guitarist and singer George Harrison performing during a live concert.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

State To Mark Golden Anniversary Of Beatle George Harrison’s Downstate Tour

Fifty years ago this month, Beatle George Harrison took a break from European stardom to go someplace where no one knew him — southern Illinois.

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2013

Captive Teen Rescued

Girl Free After Being Held For 2 Years As Sex Slave Downstate

A 17-year old girl is free and safe, after escaping from an East St. Louis area home where she was allegedly held captive for more than two years.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Downstate GOP Targeting Quinn In Attack Ads

The 2012 general election is coming up in barely two months, and between now and then, you can expect to see and hear negative advertising featuring someone who’s in office for at least two more years.

WBBM Newsradio–08/24/2012

A double-decker Megabus crashed into a concrete pillar on Interstate 55 on Aug. 2, 2012. (Credit: KMOV)

Blown Tire Blamed For Deadly Megabus Accident Downstate

Megabuses were running as usual Friday morning, a day after a packed double-decker bus from Chicago crashed into a bridge downstate and left a woman dead.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2012

Snow plows clear the road on highway. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Chris Oberholtz)

Transportation Officials To Showcase Ideas For Illiana Expressway

PEOTONE, Ill. (CBS) — The latest Illiana Expressway proposals go before the public Tuesday and Wednesday night in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the Illinois and Indiana transportation departments will […]

WBBM Newsradio–07/31/2012

bus

Bus, Semi-Truck Collide Downstate

A school bus carrying 6th-grade students from Highland has collided with a tractor trailer near the southern Illinois community of Litchfield.

05/14/2012

Extensive damage after an EF-4 tornado hit Harrisburg, Ill. (Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

State Aid Coming To Tornado-Ravaged Downstate Communities

With Federal Emergency Management Agency officials twice denying aid, Gov. Pat Quinn says the State of Illinois is moving to assist Southern Illinois communities devastated by tornadoes last month.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2012

A resident picks through debris after a tornado touched down  in Harrisburg, Illinois. (Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Six People Dead In Powerful Tornado Downstate

Six downstate residents were killed, and more than 100 others were injured, in a powerful storm with an EF4 tornado slammed southern Illinois early Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–02/29/2012

Road Closed

Coalition: Illinois Is Not Keeping Up Its Highways

Business and labor groups say Illinois is not keeping up its highways.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2011

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Investigators: Hackers Didn’t Cause Springfield Water Pump Failure

A federal probe finds no evidence that foreign hackers infiltrated computers controlling a downstate water plant.

CBS Chicago–11/23/2011

Empty Classroom

Former Student Brings Gun Into High School Downstate

PRINCETON, Ill. (CBS) — There is increased security today at Princeton High School, in Bureau County about 120 miles southwest of Chicago, after a former student brought a gun to school on Wednesday. As WBBM […]

WBBM Newsradio–11/17/2011

Prison fence

Report: Conditions Getting Dangerous At Menard Prison

The Chicago-based John Howard Association prison watchdog group says the Menard Correctional Center downstate is becoming increasingly dangerous.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2011

'Superman'

Community Unites To Replace Downstate Man’s Stolen Superman Collection

Superfriends of downstate Metropolis, Ill., have banded together to help a Superman fan who lost that which is most precious to him.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2011

Todd And Mark Wathen

‘Substantial Evidence’ That B&Bs Violated Downstate Gay Couple’s Rights

State officials have found “substantial evidence” that the civil rights of a gay couple downstate were violated by two facilities that refused to host their civil union ceremony.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2011

Rantoul Plane Crash

U Of C Student, Parents Killed In Downstate Plane Crash

A University of Chicago undergrad and her parents were killed over the weekend when a single-engine plane went down in downstate Rantoul.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2011

Photo Of Amtrak Rail Car. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Amtrak Train Gets Stuck For 3 Hours Downstate

Some Amtrak train passengers were quite literally stuck in the middle of nowhere Tuesday, after a fuel problem stalled a train headed from Chicago to Carbondale.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2011

Empty Classroom

Stimulus Funds Going To Underperforming Illinois Schools

Some underperforming Illinois schools will get millions in federal stimulus money to undergo what the State Board of Education calls “dramatic reforms.”

WBBM Newsradio–06/30/2011

Earthquake

Downstate Illinois Residents Awoken By Earthquake

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck in southeast Missouri Tuesday morning, and was felt in parts of downstate Illinois.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2011

Stink Bug

Stink Bugs Becoming A Problem Downstate

Stink bugs were spotted in the Chicago area only in recent months, and now, they’re becoming a big problem downstate.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2011

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