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Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin faces re-election challenge from GOP state senator

(Reuters) – Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis, who owns a dairy business, has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Illinois, according to WGN-TV. Oberweis, 67, will take on veteran U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, in November. Oberweis won the nomination against businessman Doug Truax, 43. (Reporting by…

Republicans see chance to seize Illinois governor’s seat

By Mary Wisniewski and Edith Honan (Reuters) – Illinois, the longtime home of President Barack Obama, has chosen Democrats for president in every election since 1992 and for governor since 2002. But this year Republicans, finding a weak incumbent in Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, see an opening. The Republican front-runner…

Violent tornadoes kill 6 and injure dozens in the midwest

Residents in several US midwestern cities sifted through piles of rubble Monday as they recovered from violent tornadoes that ripped through the region, killing at least six and injuring scores. Flights were grounded Sunday and tens of thousands of homes lost power as intense winds overturned cars, uprooted large trees…

Illinois man pays $150,000 legal settlement in truck full of quarters

A man in Williamson County, Illinois pulled a truckload of bags of quarters up to a law office on Wednesday, delivering his share of a court-ordered payment in a wrongful death suit. When asked why he was paying the $150,000 in quarters, Roger Herrin told WSIL-TV, “Because I couldn’t do…

Police: Illinois man sexually abused his peacock

Police in DuPage County, Illinois on Friday said that a man was facing criminal charges for sexually abusing his pet peacock named Phyl, which was later found dead. According to the Daily Herald, 64-year-old David Beckmann was arrested on charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty while Roselle police were investigating another…

Fourteen-year-old’s iPad and piggy bank stolen by woman he hired for sex

Police in Prospect Heights, Illinois arrested a Milwaukee woman Thursday who allegedly pepper sprayed and robbed a 14-year-old boy who tried to hire her for sex. According to the Chicago Tribune, 22-year-old Dareka R. Brooks is set to be arraigned in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday on charges of…

Rep. Schock struggles to explain opposition to same sex marriage

Republican Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois stumbled badly on Thursday after reporters asked him why he didn’t support same-sex marriage. “Uh, well, I — I just haven’t,” he replied. “I think everybody has a set of beliefs on issues, social issues in particular, that are a reflection of how they…

Illinois man dies in attack by swans

A man whose job was to maintain and care for the swans at a suburban condominium complex in Des Plaines, Illinois was killed yesterday in what appears to have been a freak attack by one or more of the birds, according to a report at KSDK.com. Anthony Hensley, 37, paddled…

Romney wins Illinois primary

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney swept to victory in the Republican primary in Illinois Tuesday, winning by a wide margin, US television networks projected. Fox News and CNN both showed Romney winning the race with 56 percent of the vote, to 27 percent for former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, his…

Gingrich: Opponents ‘can’t comprehend’ my big ideas

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says his ideas are so big that the news media can’t cover them and his opponents can’t comprehend them. Speaking at the Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in Springfield, Illinois on Wednesday, the former House Speaker explained that he was staying in the race…

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