NEW YORK â The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, its second straight triple-digit gain following the Federal Reserveâs reassurance that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates.
WASHINGTON â Taking another step toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays.
WAUKESHA, Wis. â Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man are mentally fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges, a judge ruled Thursday.
WASHINGTON â The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.
GALESBURG â President Barack Obama has signed legislation naming a veterans' clinic after a late Illinois congressman.
Former Illinois governor visited communist nation in 1999
CHICAGO â Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn has called state lawmakers back to Springfield next month to consider a 2016 special election to replace the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka â a move he described Thursday as a "democratic right," but that Republicans attributed to partisan motives.
SPRINGFIELD â An audit has found that Illinois does a poor job monitoring and tracking children who run away from foster homes.
CHAMPAIGN â Illinois' unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level since June 2008, hitting 6.4 percent, the state Department of Employment Security said Thursday.
WOODSTOCK â The issue of video gaming nearly snagged a business proposal that would create a cafe, deli, convenience store and small bar inside the Woodstock train depot.
WOODSTOCK â Can you hear me now? The answer is no.
HARVARD â In a 5-2 vote, the City Council this week approved a balloon levy request, knowing it wouldn't receive the full amount it is asking for.
Police departments around the county plan to have extra traffic enforcement for the upcoming holiday weeks.
WOODSTOCK â A McHenry County judge ordered the sheriffâs office to release part of an internal investigation report on the officeâs former undersheriff.
â¢ Lucas W. Goerlitz, 22, 245 Thomas St., Cary, was charged Tuesday, Nov. 18, with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and expired registration.
WOODSTOCK â About a week before Christmas, Cheryl Nolan of Woodstock spent Wednesday night in a drafty warehouse with her sons, who were more excited to pick out toys for strangers than to discuss prospective gifts from Santa.