Headlines, People, and other news from the State of Illinois

Springfield City council to consider whistle-blower policy

A look at pension problems, solutions in US cities

Chicago city council members considering way around state’s new concealed carry law

Joliet official to be Lockport city manager

Official: Race not driving Chicago school closures

Emanuel welcomes audit of trash pickup — just not now

Is tornado intensity increasing? (Op-Ed)

Hit by tornado, flood, Harrisburg getting federal aid

Gun dealers’ lawsuit targets new Cook County tax

Red-light cameras have become a lucrative but corrupt form of taxation

Street violence spurs shift in police tactics in Chicago

West Chicago taking action on emerald ash borer

Chicago take from pot tickets hits $98,000

Chicago looks at raising fines for fake IDs

Diamond mayor joins Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Parks programs get boost from NATO funds

O’Fallon names new finance director

Union leaders accuse Rahm of cutting off talks

Collinsville sued over traffic stop

Chicago admits improper recordings

Chicago sex offenders’ suit: We’re too poor to pay

OPINION: Belleville’s No. 1 issue: crime

Chicago Seeks $18 Million with Ads

Chicago Mayor open to cigarette tax increase

Harrisburg Mayor announces plan to ‘take back the city’

Chicago axes speed camera firm’s bid

Specialized police bicycles added to Des Plaines fleet

Most blaming pols, not unions, for pension crisis in Illinois

Woodstock begins quest for city manager

FAA approves East St. Louis’ plan to hire economic development director

Emanuel plans to extend Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago pension overhaul planned

City debt collections soar in Chicago

Illinois police chief resigns amid investigation

Springfield mayor allegedly did village work on state time

Effingham plans for disaster

Illinois city considers charging debtors for collection costs

Chicago fights disabled parking abuses

New Fairview Heights parks director appointed

Emanuel vows no tax, fee hikes in 2013 budget

Arlington Heights mayor won’t seek another term

Chicago mayor backs voluntary water meters

Chicago plans to make city a hub for high-speed Internet service

Madison County announces Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Teachers end Chicago strike on second try

Union says Chicago mayor’s court action ‘bullying’

Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week; mayor takes fight to court

Springfield owed $3.5 million in late fines

City addresses complaints of noisy business

Woodstock won’t outsource city manager search