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Illinois: State of the United States of America
Illinois is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes region of the United States. It has the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP), the sixth largest population, and the 25th largest land area of all U.S. states. Illinois is often noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in northeastern Illinois, small industrial cities and immense agricultural productivity in the north and center of the state, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. Chicagoland, Chicago's metropolitan area, encompasses over 65% of the state's population. The Port of Chicago connects the state to international ports via two main routes: from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway to the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics.

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Yankees' CC Sabathia placed on IL with knee inflammation

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation
USATODAY.com - Published

E. coli risk leads to recall of more than 62,000 pounds of raw beef products

Days ahead of Memorial Day weekend, an Illinois company is recalling 62,112 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.
USATODAY.com - Published

Videos for Illinois

Zoo Euthanizes Flamingo After Child Hits It With Rock [Video]Zoo Euthanizes Flamingo After Child Hits It With Rock

A zoo in Illinois zoo was forced to euthanize one of its flamingo after being hit by a rock thrown by an elementary school student. The Miller Park Zoo told the Bloomington Pentagraph newspaper, that a..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

Three killed as tornadoes rip through Missouri [Video]Three killed as tornadoes rip through Missouri

Officials in Missouri are assessing the damage after violent tornadoes tore through the state Wednesday night, killing at least three people. Colette Luke reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:00Published

String Of Tornadoes Leave At Least 3 People Dead Between Texas And Illinois [Video]String Of Tornadoes Leave At Least 3 People Dead Between Texas And Illinois

According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, tornadoes killed at least three people in southwest Missouri and slammed into the state capital just before midnight, while rescue workers in Jefferson..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:49Published

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Signs With ABC News [Video]Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Signs With ABC News

Broadcasting & Cable reports that former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has joined ABC News as an on-air contributor. Emanuel departed City Hall May 20 as Lori Lightfoot was named the new mayor of Chicago...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:43Published

Nobody Alerted Law Enforcement About Womb-Cutting Case [Video]Nobody Alerted Law Enforcement About Womb-Cutting Case

Newser reports Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Illinois Governor Proposes $41.5 Billion Plan To Fix Crumbling Infrastructure [Video]Illinois Governor Proposes $41.5 Billion Plan To Fix Crumbling Infrastructure

According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, Illinois plans to spend 41.5 billion dollars over six years to rebuild roads, bridges, schools and other facilities that have fallen into 'dire shape,'..

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Parents Of Missing Illinois Boy Found In Shallow Grave Plead Not Guilty [Video]Parents Of Missing Illinois Boy Found In Shallow Grave Plead Not Guilty

According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, the parents of a boy whose remains were found wrapped in plastic near his Illinois home pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges stemming from his..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:50Published

Snake Discovered In Washing Machine Smelled Downy Fresh [Video]Snake Discovered In Washing Machine Smelled Downy Fresh

An Evanston, Illinois homeowner got the shock of her life on Wednesday when she opened up her washing machine after a wash cycle and discovered a corn snake inside, authorities said. “I was totally..

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3D printed Mars dwelling wins NASA prize [Video]3D printed Mars dwelling wins NASA prize

New York-based AI SpaceFactory wins $500,000 from NASA after successfully 3D printing a one-third scale building made out of materials that could be found on Mars, demonstrating a system that could one..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:55Published

One dead, two missing in Illinois plant explosion [Video]One dead, two missing in Illinois plant explosion

Rescue crews are searching for two missing employees after an explosion at a silicone plant in a Chicago suburb leaves at least one dead. Vanessa Johnston reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

A Cell Phone Video Led To Father's Confession In Killing Of 5-Year-Old AJ Freund [Video]A Cell Phone Video Led To Father's Confession In Killing Of 5-Year-Old AJ Freund

The night AJ Freund died, his mother went online at 3:17 a.m. using his father's cell phone and did a search for child CPR, authorities said. The 5-year-old had been forced to take a cold shower in..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 01:17Published

American Teacher Salaries Are Down [Video]American Teacher Salaries Are Down

Amber McCoy, a fourth grade teacher at Kellogg Elementary in Huntington, West Virginia, has 16 years’ experience under her belt, but still makes just $44,000 a year. She also has about $40,000 left..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:45Published

U.S. NTSB to Investigate Illinois Chemical Spill That Sent 37 to Hospitals [Video]U.S. NTSB to Investigate Illinois Chemical Spill That Sent 37 to Hospitals

According to Reuters, the NTSB will investigate a chemical spill in a small Illinois village north of Chicago on Thursday that sent 37 people to hospitals and forced nearby residents to shut their..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Missing Illinois Boy's Body Found, Parents Arrested For Murder [Video]Missing Illinois Boy's Body Found, Parents Arrested For Murder

According to a report by Newser, an autopsy for Andrew Freund, the 5 year-old Illinois boy reported missing on April 18th and found dead early Wednesday after his father allegedly provided police with..

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Illinois chemical spill sends 31 to hospitals, forces shelter in place [Video]Illinois chemical spill sends 31 to hospitals, forces shelter in place

According to Reuters, A chemical spill in a small Illinois village north of Chicago on Thursday sent at least 31 people to hospitals and forced nearby residents to shut their windows and shelter in..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

US Measles Hit Record Number Of Cases After Reportedly Being Eliminated From Country [Video]US Measles Hit Record Number Of Cases After Reportedly Being Eliminated From Country

Measles was eliminated in the U.S. in 20o0 but has come back and surpassed the highest number on record since then. According to CNN, there have been 681 measles cases in 22 states in just 2019. Some..

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Illinois boy found in grave, parents arrested [Video]Illinois boy found in grave, parents arrested

The body of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund, who was reported missing from his Crystal Lake, Illinois home last week, was discovered buried in a shallow grave on Wednesday and his parents were arrested..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:24Published

Police Say Missing Five-Year-Old Boy Likely Was Not Abducted [Video]Police Say Missing Five-Year-Old Boy Likely Was Not Abducted

According to a report by CNN, police looking for a 5 year-old Illinois boy reported missing from his home say they're focusing on the residence after determining its likely he neither was abducted nor..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Autism Is Sweeping The Country--And No One Knows Why [Video]Autism Is Sweeping The Country--And No One Knows Why

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals autism rates have surged at an alarming rate since 2010. The CDC reports the average rate of autism is 1 in 59 for children in..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 01:00Published

No Bail For Ohio Man Who Claimed To Be Missing Illinois Boy [Video]No Bail For Ohio Man Who Claimed To Be Missing Illinois Boy

Newser reports that a US magistrate has ordered the Ohio man who lied to authorities about being a missing child from Illinois to be held without bond. Authorities in Kentucky charged 23-year old Brian..

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U.S. Prosecutors Charge 23 Year-Old Who Claimed To Be Long-Missing Teen [Video]U.S. Prosecutors Charge 23 Year-Old Who Claimed To Be Long-Missing Teen

According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, federal prosecutors charges a 23 year-old former convict with making false statements after he claimed to be Illinois teen Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing..

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Ex-convict charged after claiming to be missing boy [Video]Ex-convict charged after claiming to be missing boy

Federal prosecutors on Friday charged 23-year-old former convict, Brian Michael Rini, with making false statements after he claimed to be Illinois teen Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in 2011 after..

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Canceled Fund-Raiser Prompts Question: Can a Democrat Oppose Abortion?

After pressure, a top Democratic Party official will no longer host an event for the anti-abortion Representative Daniel Lipinski of Illinois.
NYTimes.com - Published

Flamingo euthanized after child injures it throwing rock into zoo exhibit

The bird was euthanized Monday at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois, in what zoo Director Jay Tetzloff called "a truly unfortunate accident."
USATODAY.com - Published

Illinois governor eyes $41.5 billion plan to rebuild state's infrastructure

Illinois would spend $41.5 billion over six years to rebuild roads, bridges, schools and other facilities that have fallen into "dire shape," under a preliminary plan floated by Governor J.B. Pritzker..
Reuters - Published

Twins place Garver on IL with high ankle sprain, return Sanó

The Minnesota Twins have placed catcher Mitch Garver on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle and returned third baseman Miguel Sanó from his rehabilitation assignment
USATODAY.com - Published

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