Illinois is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes Regions 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 has been 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.
A former convict pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing the identity of an Illinois boy who has been missing for years. According to Reuters, a US prosecutor says the case drew national attention last..
Many pot-smoking adults in Illinois will ring in the new year on a high note. That's when recreational marijuana use becomes legal in the state on January 1st. Many businesses in the city's North Side..
Here's the latest for Friday January 17th: Impeachment trial begins; Senate passes US-Mexico-Canada trade deal; Pickup truck hits Illinois Starbucks; Snowstorms strand Western Washington residents.
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Last year Brian Rini told officers he was Timmothy Pitzen, a missing Illinois boy who would now be a teenager. Mr. Rini, 23 at the time, had recently been released from an Ohio prison. NYTimes.com - Published Also reported by •Reuters
A former convict pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing the identity of an Illinois boy who has been missing for years, in a case that drew national attention last year, a U.S. prosecutor said. Reuters - Published
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.. USATODAY.com - Published
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 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.. USATODAY.com - Published
Legislation signed into law on Wednesday by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to consolidate 649 local public safety worker retirement systems is a positive step, but will not end funding problems for.. Reuters - Published
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.. USATODAY.com - Published
Salad products containing meat and poultry are being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination. The products were sold October 14-16 in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,.. CBS News - Published
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Illinois, highlighted on Wednesday remarks President Trump made about Ambassador Gordon Sondland in October and November. Watch Sondland's reaction. CBS News - Published
In a battleground Illinois district, voters across the political spectrum are already exhausted with the revelations about President Trump in the impeachment inquiry, and they wonder if it’s worth.. NYTimes.com - Published
The cookbook author and radio/TV personality always remembered the cookies, pies and other treats she enjoyed as a kid growing up in Illinois. Shauna Sever, who just released her fourth cookbook,.. CBS News - Published
Mental health care is not always covered by health insurance. In our partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR’s Bill of the Month series, we speak to an Illinois woman owes tens of thousands of.. CBS News - Published
At a cemetery in Chester, Illinois, Lt. Perry Dotson is 50 years late for the funeral of Army Private First Class Leonard Nitzsche, who was in Dotson's platoon in Vietnam when, in April 1970, he was.. CBS News - Published
In February 2007 Steve Kroft and 60 Minutes traveled to Illinois to meet a young, charismatic senator who was becoming a political phenomenon, but who few believed would become our nation's 44th.. CBS News - Published
Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh is challenging President Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns talks about the difficulties that lie ahead for.. CBS News - Published
For the past century, the Mars Wrigley company, one of the largest privately-held companies in the world, has been making candy treats that have filled kids' Halloween stashes. Luke Burbank visited the.. CBS News - Published
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... USATODAY.com - Published
Illinois' budget deficit will top $3 billion and its pile of overdue bills will hit a new record high by fiscal 2025 if the state's "unsustainable" tax structure remains in place, according to a.. Reuters - Published