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Long-Term Unemployed Stay Unemployed With Benefits Ending


State unemployment officials say that 87 percent of all the people in Illinois who lost their long-term federal unemployment benefits in December remained out of work a month later.

State's Debt Is Worse Than Reported


The state’s debt is worse than it appears, according to an accounting group.

Marion Raises Hotel Tax


City officials in Marion voted to raise the town’s hotel tax.

Steely Dan Signs On To Play State Fair In Springfield


Grammy Award-winning rock band Steely Dan will play this year's Illinois State Fair.
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Nearly 300 missing in South Korea ferry sinking

Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry SinksAt least three people are confirmed dead and 55 injured after a ferry carrying 459 sinks.


More than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria

Villagers walk through razed homes in Mainok, outside Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, on March 6, 2014


Calgary stabbing suspect is policeman's son

Police remove a body from the scene of a multiple fatal stabbing in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police say five people are dead after the stabbing at a house party. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)A fatal stabbing at a house party in Calgary, Canada, on Tuesday left five people dead and has been deemed the worst mass slaying in the city's history.


Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to forensic evidence being given in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Gianluigi Guercia, Pool)PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.


Army: Jordan air force strikes cars near Syria

A Syrian man carrying a child makes his way amid rubble following reported air strikes by government forces in the Aleppo district of Ansari, in the southwest of the city, on April 15, 2014Jordan's air force on Wednesday attacked cars at the kingdom's border with Syria, army officials said.


Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line

Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayBOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.


292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.


NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media after an NATO Ambassadors Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. NATO says it's reinforcing its military presence on eastern border on sea, land and in the air. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.


A year after background check defeat, modest goals

FILE - In this April 9, 2013, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters about gun control at the Capitol in Washington. A year after the Senate scuttled President Barack Obama’s drive for new firearms restrictions, congressional gun control supporters are significantly winnowing their 2014 legislative agenda. That’s because of a lack of Senate votes, opposition by the Republican-run House and Democratic worries about this November’s elections. Reid says he needs additional votes before revisiting a proposed expansion of gun sale background checks that the Senate derailed in April 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.


Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

Relatives of Chinese passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines 370 walk out from a video-conference with Malaysian officials in protest at the difficulties of communications in Beijing, China, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)PERTH, Australia (AP) — As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.


Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2013 file photo shows Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine speaking in Steubenville, Ohio. Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime? That debate makes its way to the Supreme Court next week as the justices consider a challenge to a controversial Ohio law that bars false statements about political candidates during a campaign. DeWine, says he has serious concerns about the law. His office filed two briefs in the case, one from staff lawyers obligated to defend the state and another expressing DeWine's personal view that the law "may chill constitutionally protected political speech." (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?


College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

HOLD FOR RELEASE 12:01 AM ET WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Graphic shows difference between new and old SAT college entrance exam;; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.


Man charged with marathon hoax due in court

Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayBOSTON (AP) — A man who authorities say was taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.


End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

protesting the NYPD's program of infiltrating and informing on Muslim communitiesNEW YORK (AP) — Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.


Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Kate McClintock, 12, left, Kate Green, 13, and Lilly Bond, 13, look at their smartphones at Lilly's home in Evanston, Ill. on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The friends are seventh-graders at Haven Middle School in Evanston, which has been at the center of a controversy over its dress code. Parents and students, including these girls, complain that the school's restrictions on girls' attire, including leggings, is inconsistent and targets girls with certain body types. The district is reviewing the school and district policies. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — They're called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.


Mini-sub aborts again in new setback for MH370 search

Fact file on the Bluefin-21 undersea search vehiclePerth (Australia) (AFP) - The hunt for a missing Malaysian plane suffered another setback Wednesday when a second seabed search by a mini-submarine was cut short due to "technical" troubles after the first also aborted in very deep water. Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) issued a brief statement which spoke of an unspecified "technical issue" with the unmanned Bluefin-21 sonar device. The first mission which began Monday night aborted automatically after breaching the machine's maximum operating depth of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet). "The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue," JACC said.


Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine

Map of Ukraine locating eastern cities hit by separatist actions as Ukraine sends more troops to the regionSlavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, a day ahead of high-level diplomatic talks on the escalating crisis. Armoured vehicles from the rival sides appeared on the streets of two neighbouring towns after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Kiev's decision to send in troops to put down a separatist uprising in its industrial heartland had dragged the country to the brink of civil war. NATO said it planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe in the face of the crisis, while Germany warned of more bloodshed if the four-way talks in Geneva on Thursday fail. An AFP reporter in the flashpoint town of Slavyansk saw at least six APCs and light tanks, some flying Russian flags, parked in the city centre with dozens of unidentified armed men in camouflage stationed around them.


Grim images of Syrian dead leave U.N. council members speechless

This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man carrying the body of a child killed by a government forces airstrike in the Al-Ansari neighborhood, in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out.


The strange and successful campaign to make taxes more taxing


Ukraine launches offensive on eastern border

Ukrainian police walk along a road as Ukrainian army troops receive ammunition in a field on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. An Associated Press reporter saw at least 14 armored personnel carriers with Ukrainian flags, one helicopter and military trucks parked 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of the city on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)Government forces recapture a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists.


Photos: Life resumes on Boylston St.
Photos: Life resumes on Boylston St.This combination of May 7, 2013 and April 10, 2014 photos shows Kevin Brown placing a Teddy bear at a makeshift memorial near the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square, and people walking through the same square at lunchtime nearly a year later in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
White supremacist charged with capital murder after KC attacks

Frazier Glenn Cross is led to a police car after his arrest following shooting incidents in Overland Park, south of Kansas CityOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.


Five dead in stabbing attack at Calgary college house party


Gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya

Security guard stands outside Jordanian embassy in the Libyan capital after gunmen traveling in two cars on April 15, 2014 abducted the Jordanian ambassador to Tripoli, Fawaz Aitan, in an attack that left his driver wounded, Libyan authorities saidMasked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya as he rode to work in Tripoli on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, officials said.


Bluefin 21 returns to water for second mission

In this Monday, April 14, 2014, photo provided by the Australian Defense Force an autonomous underwater vehicle is prepared to be deployed from ADV Ocean Shield in the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, Lt. Kelli Lunt) EDITORIAL USE ONLYThe U.S. Navy's robotic submarine, which is looking for the lost Malaysian jet, cut short its first mission because of too-deep ocean waters.


Features

Violence In Ukraine


An interactive timeline of recent events in Ukraine, a profile of the country and a look at key players in the protests.

Take A Look At The Obamacare Implementation Schedule


Growing Unrest In Venezuela


An interactive with profiles of the country and current president and a chart of political lineage. Updated to include political players and economic data.

2014 March Mania Bracket Challenge


Newsradio WJPF and Miller Lite Koerner Distributor bring you the 2014 March Mania Bracket Challenge!  Register below to enter in the fun! This year you've got two ways to play and win! The best OVERALL bracket in Up-Front play will receive a $500 Prize Pack from Miller Lite Koerner Distributor!
On-Air Now

John Bradley 04-15-2014


State Rep. John Bradley joins us to talk about what lawmakers will tackle when they return to Springfield at the end of the month and a recent report that says Illinois is in more debt than is reported.

     

Sheila Simon 04-15-2014


Lt. Governor and Comptroller candidate Sheila Simon joins us to talk about her push to increase the amount of places that accept the Link Card and Illinois' finances.
     

David Luechtefeld 04-14-2014


State Senator Dave Luechtefeld joins us to talk about proposed changes to the education funding formula.
     

Second Man Accused Of Murder In Union County


A second man is in custody for an alleged murder in Union County.

Lacy Murder Trial Underway Again


A trial for a man accused of killing a woman more than seven years ago in Jackson County is underway.

Man Arrested For Murder


In Union County, a man is in custody for murder.

Three Men Arrested For Shooting


Three people are in custody for a shooting on the Carbondale strip last week.
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