Nine couples filed a lawsuit in Illinois on Wednesday to challenge the constitutionality of a state law that denies same-sex couples the right to marry.
CNN's Susan Candiotti interviews the sole survivor of a tornado that killed a family of five.
Severe storms tore through the Midwest and South Friday into Saturday, killing at least 39 people.
Survivors of a storm that killed 13 across the Mdwest recount their horror stories and the fear they felt.
Federal agents Wednesday arrested more than 60 people in 17 states alleged to have been involved in conspiracies to provide fraudulent documents, top administration officials announced.
Without a fresh round of tax incentives, two iconic Illinois companies might soon be on the move.
A small plane with five people on board crashed in Lincolnshire, Illinois, on Monday night, authorities said.
Former U.S. Sen. Charles Percy, a prominent Illinois Republican who served in the Senate for nearly 20 years and became chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, died Saturday, said a spokesman for Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a relative. He was 91.
A suspicious package at the mail center of an Air Force base in Illinois prompted the evacuation of several buildings, officials said Wednesday, and three people were treated at a hospital.
Heavy rains pounded northwestern Illinois early Thursday, prompting forecasters to issue flash flood warnings across the region.
Investigators Wednesday exhumed the body of a 7-year-old Illinois girl slain more than five decades ago in hopes that modern science will bolster the case against the man now accused of killing her.
The number of states under heat advisories diminished to 15 Tuesday evening.
A multiple alarm fire injured one firefighter and sent him to a local hospital Friday in Pinckneyville, Illinois, an emergency official said.
Starting Wednesday, same-sex couples in Illinois can enter into civil unions and enjoy many of the legal protections granted to married couples.
A mandatory evacuation was issued Saturday for a southwestern Illinois town threatened by the rain-swollen Mississippi River, an order that was issued as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers weighed whether to blow up a levee and flood rural farm communities to save the town.
Illinois recently passed a budget that ticked off a lot of business people because it raised taxes on companies and individuals.
Illinois put an end to capital punishment Wednesday as Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation abolishing the practice and commuting the sentences of his state's remaining death row inmates.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says abolishing the state's death penalty was the most difficult decision he's ever made.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker calls a request to meet Democratic senators near the Wisconsin-Illinois border "ridiculous."
Illinois joined five other states Monday in legalizing civil unions, a move that will give same sex couples many of the legal protections that are now granted to married couples.
The major tax hikes passed by Illinois lawmakers early Wednesday will hit businesses hard.
Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday approved major personal and corporate income tax hikes to bring the state's budget back from the financial abyss.
Democratic state lawmakers in Illinois are scrambling to pass massive personal and corporate income tax hikes Tuesday to bring their state budget back from the fiscal abyss.
The search for an Illinois woman who vanished early Sunday, leaving only tracks in the snow leading to a road after a car crash that killed her husband, has been suspended until weather conditions in the area improve, authorities said Wednesday.
An Illinois woman walked away from a car crash that killed her husband, authorities believe, but they have found no trace of her other than footprints in the snow leading to a road.
Illinois' state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that will give same-sex couples many of the same rights as married couples.
Severe thunderstorms moved through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois Monday, bringing reports of tornado touchdowns and significant damage.
Ferocious wind storms push through Missouri and Illinois, tearing down trees and damaging buildings.
People were evacuated for a short time after an explosion at a plant in Illinois late Monday, police said.
Police in a Chicago, Illinois, suburb Wednesday were investigating a pipe-bomb explosion that decapitated a man.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested nearly 400 illegal immigrants -- including 347 with prior criminal convictions -- over a three-day operation throughout the Midwest, the agency announced Friday.
Just two weeks after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn chopped $1.4 billion from the budget, the cash-strapped state is turning to the debt markets to get it through the fiscal year.
A tornado touched down in central Illinois Saturday, police said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
A tornado touched down in central Illinois Saturday, police said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Andy Glockner will offer a full edition of the Bubble Watch each morning, then provide updates as the action plays out. Check back throughout the day for ongoing bubble analysis. All times are ET.
A magnitude-3.8 earthquake struck northern Illinois early Wednesday, shaking homes and buildings and rattling plenty of nerves.
A small plane crashed near a residence in Illinois on Saturday, killing two men onboard, authorities said.
Selection Sunday isn't quite around the corner, but it's definitely on this block. As we get closer to the big day, you'll start to see more references to the RPI, but at this relatively early stage it's hard to figure out just how much attention we should pay to all those numbers. Reading the RPI rankings in mid-January is like reading the voting returns early on election night. Yes, the numbers tell you what trends might be forming, but it's far too early to make a projection.
A prison in northern Illinois is the leading contender to house some detainees transferred from the federal facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, two Obama administration officials told CNN Saturday.
All five members of a family found slain inside a Beason, Illinois, home early this week were beaten to death, police said Thursday.
Five members of a family were found slain in their Beason, Illinois, home, authorities said Tuesday, and they urged people in the area to be cautious until the killer is found.
Illinois will become the 17th state on Thursday to ban texting while driving, a safety worry that has caught the attention of the federal government.
A preliminary autopsy Thursday did not reveal any identifying information on remains found on the bank of a river, less than 30 miles from the homes of two missing Illinois women.
An Illinois meat producer recalled nearly 96,000 pounds of potentially contaminated beef, the federal government announced Thursday.
Rod Blagojevich signs up to be on NBC's I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here
It seems everyone saw this one coming except, perhaps, President Obama, who picked Illinois to beat Western Kentucky when he filled out his bracket a few days ago. ("It's his home state, so I can't blame him," says Western Kentucky junior guard A.J. Slaughter.) It's hard to know if the outcome would have been different had Chester Frazier, the Illini's senior point guard and best perimeter defender, not been sidelined with a broken hand.
In his first executive order as Illinois governor, Pat Quinn established Friday the Illinois Reform Commission as an official state body under the governor's office.
Let's establish one thing at the outset. Of course, the governor of Illinois is innocent until proven guilty.
CNN's Drew Griffin is in the courtroom as Gov. Rod Blagojevich appears in court to face corruption charges.
Knowing we would attend a wedding in St. Louis, Missouri, one weekend and a bridal shower in Chicago, Illinois, the next, the two of us decided to turn the events into an excuse for a summer road trip through Illinois and parts of neighboring states from June 28 to July 4.
A Kewanee, Illinois, bank lobby's otter habitat is shown in this iReport footage from Adam and Marina Koestler Ruben.
Hurricane Ike brings flooding to St. Louis, making one man carries his shoes, walks in mid-calf deep water.
A man suspected of bludgeoning eight people to death in a one-week killing spree was charged Thursday in two more of those killings, a Missouri prosecutor said.
Authorities have captured an Illinois man suspected of killing eight people in two states, the FBI confirmed Tuesday.
Floodwaters breached another levee in Illinois and threatened more Mississippi River towns in Missouri after inundating much of Iowa for the past week
Old gas pumps on Long Island are allowing people to get gas for $3.99 because the meter can't register more than that.CNN's Jim Acosta has the story.
Rising oil and gas prices have lawmakers and consumers scrambling for solutions, but it is unclear whether anything can be done to lower energy costs in the short term, experts say.
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook southern Illinois early Monday, the latest in a string of quakes that have rattled the region since last week, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Fire breaks out at a Lockport, Illinois, hotel.
The revelation of controversial comments made by the longtime pastor of Sen. Barack Obama, and the equally hot aftermath from the general public that led to the junior senator from Illinois delivering a strong speech/sermon on race in America, has opened anew the explosive connection between three of the most volatile issues today.
Dear FSB: What is the success rate for a small local winery in an area of between 40,000 to 60,000 people?
Congratulations to North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, who appears on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated as our national Player of the Year. The 'Bag would love to do an article someday on the stories behind what SI cover subjects were doing when they learned they'd made the cover. Maybe not all of them would be as good as the scene in Almost Famous when Stillwater learned they'd made the cover of Rolling Stone, but some of them probably would be.
Call me crazy, but I don't think there's going to be all that much bubble suspense come Selection Sunday. The bracket is already fairly tight -- there were only six open spots this week once I placed all the "gimmes" -- and several of those will disappear when a few surprise teams inevitably win their conference tournaments. The last few teams that did get in this week -- UMass, West Virginia, Villanova -- have fairly weak credentials that won't stand up two weeks from now unless they make deep conference-tourney runs.
Mannequins, broken glass and debris littered the street Thursday after a midday explosion at a small strip mall that injured several people, collapsed roofs and left mounds of rubble in a Chicago, Illinois, suburb.
Question: I'm looking to retire in the near future and want to know how an "everyday" investor like me can develop a good strategy for taking income from my savings. Any advice? --Nate, Carbondale, Illinois
Hope you were paying attention to BracketBusters weekend, because history says at least one team that participated will survive the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament.
The grief felt at Northern Illinois University is similar to what students at Virginia Tech had to endure last year.
Illinois lawmakers moved swiftly with a gun law after Virginia Tech's shooting, but it came too late for Northern Illinois University and it is unclear whether it would have made a difference
Northern Illinois University is still reeling from the deadly Valentine's Day campus shooting. CNN's Allan Chernoff reports.
The rankings for this week, straight up.
Exit polls show what qualities led voters to pick their candidate. CNN's Bill Schneider reports.
For Democrats, these reflect voter samples in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah.
CNN's Bill Schneider explains the difference between open and closed primaries and how they will effect voting.
Five women were shot and killed in what appears to be a robbery gone horribly wrong. CNN's Christian Farr reports.
Heavy snow smothers Washington state, shutting schools and cutting power to thousands. Affiliate KREM reports.
Phil Corzine is not abandoning Illinois. A longtime soybean farmer in Assumption, a small town east of Springfield, he is firmly loyal to his state - he once ran the Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board, a program in which Illinois farmers promote Illinois soybeans. But the 1,300 acres Corzine planted in 2007 are not in Illinois, or even in the Midwest. They're in central Brazil, in the state of Tocantins, part of a big swath of soy-producing lands that stretch between the Andes and the Atlantic forest and from northern Argentina to the southern flanks of the Amazon basin. Soylandia, as this immense region might be called, is almost entirely unknown to Americans. But it may well be the future of one of the world's most important industries: grain agriculture.
College hoops rankings sans a Bluegrass-state team or a subversive agenda ...
Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich feels his biggest enemy is complacency after his team's unexpected early success this season.
Coal is almost the perfect fuel. It's cheap and absurdly abundant -- especially in the United States, which has the world's larges reserves. There's just that tiny problem of massive climate-altering carbon dioxide emissions. Or is there?
The location of a $1.8 billion pollution-free coal plant research project is to be announced on Tuesday
CNN meteorologist Reynolds Wolf has your Saturday morning weather forecast.
Rankings to devour if you're not busy confronting Bob Knight -- with a bad video camera in hand -- for firing shotgun pellets into your swimming pool...
You know what's the craziest thing of all about this unusually crazy season? That for all the crazy developments in the polls over the past 13 weeks -- the rise and fall of non-traditional teams like USF and Kansas, LSU falling from No. 1, twice, Oregon going from national-title contender to potential Sun Bowl team in the blink of an eye -- we head into the final weekend still fixated on the same crazy storyline that's been hovering over the sport for nearly a year now.
It did not take long for the mid-majors to make a splash in 2007-08. Just two days after the season opened in Memphis, Gardner-Webb made national headlines by not only upsetting Kentucky, but by doing it in Rupp Arena. Atlantic Sun mates Belmont and Mercer then added to the tiny league's stunning week with wins at Cincinnati and USC respectively.
I-Reporter Clarissa Jessup shot University of Florida student Andrew Meyer being hit by a Taser during a John Kerry event.
More rain brought more grief to the already-drenched Midwest, pushing rivers and streams past their banks, while a new round of storms spawned possible twisters that left a trail of damage.
A federal appeals court upheld former Gov. George Ryan's racketeering and fraud conviction Tuesday and refused to grant him a new trial in the biggest political scandal to rock Illinois in decades.
Even the best restaurant employees don't have eyes in the backs of their heads. The ESP wireless system may be the next best thing -- it connects staffers to diners and one another. ESP will roll o...
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It's nearly 1 p.m. and Arrelious Benn is curled up on an oversized leather couch in the Illinois players' lounge. VH1's Flavor Of Love: Charm School playing in the background as he tries to get some much-needed rest.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A pair of cranes sit idle, visible high above the torn up bleachers on the west side of Memorial Stadium, while more heavy construction equipment lies beyond a chain-link fence, some 10 yards of the north goal line. In no uncertain terms, the home of the Illinois football team is a mess.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A jubilant Seth Greenberg walked over to press row, slapped hands with Virginia Tech's radio announcers and shouted, "How'd we do that?" The rest of Nationwide Arena was wondering the same thing.
Welcome to SI.com's real-time Bubble Watch. The following chart will be updated continuously between now and Sunday to reflect the results of the conference tournaments.
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said Friday he is pulling out of the 2008 Democratic race for president, citing financial difficulties in a campaign that lasted 15 weeks.
The state of Illinois is hoping to attract investors to pay as much as $10 billion in a jackpot bid for its lottery system, according to a newspaper report.
A 22-year-old man was arrested in Chicago, Illinois, this week in connection with a plot to detonate explosives in malls, a federal law enforcement source said.
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, CNN.com asked readers to share their stories. Here is a sampling of responses, some of which have been edited:
Forty years ago, Elizabeth Heydanek lived in her "heaven on earth" -- Schaumburg, Illinois.