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GOP Releases Term Limits Proposal


Illinois Republican leaders have introduced a proposal that would force statewide officers to serve a two-term limit.

Bill Could Move Idle Cop Cars To The Road


Illinois lawmakers are pushing legislation to get 85 idle Illinois State Police cruisers on the road.

Senator Supports Tax Breaks For Small Beer Makers


U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) wants to give a tax break to craft breweries.

Poll Finds Mixed Feeling In Jackson, Williamson Counties


A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute says residents of Jackson and Williamson Counties have mixed feelings about life, education and work in southern Illinois.
National News
Cliven Bundy stands by racially charged comments, ‘That’s exactly what I said’

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy speaks with a supporter (Reuters)The Nevada cattle rancher's musings about slavery have turned him into a liability for conservative lawmakers who had come to his defense in recent days.


Ukraine military operation kills 5

A woman bandages the head of a pro-Russian activist injured outside the Mariupol town hall, East UkraineRussia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.


VIDEO: 'Crabster' underwater robot assists in sunken ferry search

VIDEO: 'Crabster' underwater robot assists in sunken ferry search


Senate's newest class speaks out on foreign policy

FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy, a new generation of Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America’s next moves. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)New generation of Republicans and Democrats reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves.


U.S. unwilling to give up Mideast peace process yet

Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a gathering of the Export-Import Bank at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Despite Israel breaking off talks with Palestinian leaders aiming to create a coalition government, Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. plans to continue pursuing peace negotiations.


Two in custody at San Diego naval base after alert

Military police stand guard outside Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego as San Diego police officers and federal agents search for former Los Angeles officer Christopher Dorner who police believe is responsible for three murders Thursday Feb. 7, 2013. Thousands of police officers throughout Southern California and Nevada searched for Dorner, who was angry over his firing and began a deadly shooting rampage that he warned in an online posting would target those on the force who wronged him. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)Two people were taken into custody at a San Diego-area naval base on Thursday after a report of a person with a gun prompted a shelter-in-place warning at the facility, but there were no reports of shots fired or injuries, officials said. Naval Base Point Loma, one of three main U.S. Navy bases in San Diego, went on lockdown and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and naval security forces responded to the incident, said Navy spokesman Lieutenant Benjamin Addison. A post on the Facebook page for Naval Base San Diego, a separate facility, had warned "all hands" to stay away from Naval Base Point Loma due to a "law enforcement incident." A number of U.S. submarines dock at Naval Base Point Loma, which also has training schools. A representative for the San Diego Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment.


Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials

Choi Sang-hwan, South Korean Coast Guard police officer, is surround by relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast as they demand for faster rescue operation, at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll continues to rise and relatives of the missing passengers pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)Angry relatives of those still missing from the ferry sinking surround officials, demanding answers.


Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall St.'s secret weapon in Washington

Scott GarrettIndustry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.


Obama breaks promise to commemorate Armenian 'genocide'

Demonstrators attend a torch-bearing march marking the anniversary of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, in YerevanThe president in 2008 assured that the word "genocide" would be applied to mass killings of Armenians. Why did he break it (again) this year?


Tornadoes, yes, but earthquakes?

2011 Oklahoma EarthquakeSeries of tremors has Oklahomans wondering if the "Big One" is about to hit.


U.S. journalist released in east Ukraine

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a U.S. reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands with a Pro-Russian gunman at seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday April 23, 2014, that they are holding captive American journalist for Vice News Simon Ostrovsky who has not been seen since early Tuesday. Ostrovsky has been covering the crisis in Ukraine for some weeks and was reporting about groups of masked gunmen seizing government buildings in eastern Ukrainian. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Simon Ostrovsky, an American reporter for VICE News, has been released and is in good condition after being held by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine for several days.


Chicago doctor ID'd as Kabul shooting victim

An ambulance leaves Cure Hospital after three foreigners were killed in KabulJerry Umanos was one of three U.S. physicians killed at Afghanistan's Cure International Hospital.


Israel stops peace talks after Palestine-Hamas deal

Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed (left) celebrates with Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya after a signing ceremony in Gaza City, on April 23, 2014Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The Palestinians are considering "all options" in response to Israel's decision to halt peace talks and punish the Palestinian Authority over its unity deal with Hamas, an official said Thursday. “The Palestinian leadership will look into all options to respond to Israeli government decisions against the PA,” senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat told AFP. “The priority now for the Palestinians is reconciliation and national unity,” he added. On Wednesday, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) -- internationally recognised as the sole representative of the Palestinian people -- and Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement.


Tech firms pony up cash to prevent next Heartbleed


Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

An Afghan policeman outside the Cure International Hospital in KabulA U.S. nurse was also wounded in the attack at a Kabul hospital, officials said.


Matt Bai: Is Warren really Hillary's nightmare? Hardly

BAI Warren ClintonLet's talk about Elizabeth Warren and her political ambitions. Because, you know, somebody has to.


Obama holds hope for Pacific trade deal

President Barack Obama, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Obama said Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The president urges U.S. and Japan to be bold in completing agreement.


Clashes in east Ukraine leave at least 2 dead

Ukrainian security force officers are deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near SlavianskUkrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation."


Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

President Barack Obama speaks as he participates in a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo Thursday, April 24, 2014. Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.


Classes begin at S. Korean school after ferry disaster

A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol near condolence flowers during a temporary memorial at the auditorium of the Olympic Memorial Museum in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — Students in the city hit hardest by the South Korean ferry disaster returned to classes Thursday, their school campus a tragic landscape of yellow ribbons, chrysanthemums and photos of classmates and teachers who make up the vast majority of the more than 300 people feared dead.


FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Talia Eisenberg, co-founder of the Henley Vaporium, uses her vaping device in New York. Soon, the Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing industry and its legions of customers. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)The government wants to ban sales to minors and require health warning labels.


Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims

This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)Court says inmates are not entitled to know source of drugs that will be used to kill them.


FCC reversal on 'net neutrality' would permit Internet fast lane


Women held in Cleveland basement seek Joan Rivers' apology

SiriusXM's "Howard Stern Birthday Bash" - ArrivalsCLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.


Formula One racing boss set to go on trial for bribery

Canadian F1 Grand Prix - RaceBy Keith Weir MUNICH (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany on Thursday in a case that could see the Briton's long dominance of the motor sport ended by a jail sentence. Prosecutors in Munich have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing jailed German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smooth the sale eight years ago of a stake in Formula One to private equity firm CVC. Ecclestone, a former used car salesman who became a billionaire by building the sport into a global money spinner over the past four decades, denies wrongdoing and says he will fight to clear his name. CVC remains the largest shareholder in Formula One, a business that generates annual revenues of over $1.5 billion from its series of grand prix races held around the world.


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


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On-Air Now

John Shimkus 04-24-2014


Congressman John Shimkus joins us to talk about Immigration reform and troop buildup in Europe in regards to the situation in Ukraine.

     

John Rains 04-24-2014


Senior Vice President and General Manager of Pepsi MidAmerica John Rains joins us to talk about the 'soda tax' proposal.
     

Kevin Baity 04-23-2014


Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity joins us to discuss the possibility of vacant buildings becoming businesses near local residences and the town's budget.
     

Man Sentenced To Over 100 Years For Murder


A murder suspect will see over 100 years behind bars.

Jackson County Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty


A man accused of killing a woman from Cape Girardeau has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder.

Drug Offender Pleads Not Guilty To Murder


A man already serving a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking has pleaded not guilty to charges linked to a teenager's 2010 shooting death in Mount Vernon.

Two Men Arrested After Disturbance


Two people are in custody after a disturbance in Murphysboro.
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