News Around Illinois – December 6, 2019

2019 National Christmas Tree

Loves Park Students Make Ornaments For National Christmas Tree LOVES PARK – Harlem Middle School art students in Loves Park were chosen to make ornaments representing Illinois for the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting celebration. Teacher Ruth Meissen said the 24 students spent hours handcrafting every piece of the 24 ornaments for the last several […]

Thousands Of Illinoisans Could Lose Food Stamps Under Trump Change

About 100,000 Illinoisans will lose food stamps under a rule change finalized by the Trump administration this week. The rule change to the SNAP program, as food stamps are now called, takes effect in April. It  will make it harder for states to waive work and time limit requirements for able-bodied adults to receive assistance. […]

R.Kelly Charged With Paying Bribe Before Marriage To Aaliyah

CHICAGO – Singer R. Kelly is facing new bribery charges that appear to be related to his 1994 marriage to then 15-year-old R&B singer Aaliyah. A revised indictment unsealed Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn accuses R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for someone identified only as “Jane Doe” […]

Report: Investigators Ask About Illinois House Leader

CHICAGO – The longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history is a subject of inquiries in an ongoing federal corruption investigation that has already entangled several top Illinois Democrats, according to a newspaper report published Thursday. Four people interviewed by investigators told the Chicago Tribune that FBI agents and prosecutors asked about Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s […]