Amanda Vinicky

  The conventional wisdom is that  Ted Cruz’s speech at the Republican National Convention tore open fresh wounds of a divided party.

Illinois National Republican Committeeman Richard Porter says the outrage at Cruz isn’t a sign of discord

“That was unity man, that was 25,000 people booing him all at once," he said.

The comment prompted Jim Fisher, a farmer from near Bloomington, to walk out of the Illinois delegation’s morning meeting.

"No, no – that’s what, that’s what. No, no, I don’t agree with that," he said.

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A local living history museum hosted a children’s camp for the last two weeks. But they’re also looking for – and found – some artifacts that could provide a clearer look at life in northeastern Illinois in the 1840s.

Joseph Coleman is getting some hot coals ready for a blacksmith demonstration at a children’s camp at The Garfield Farm and Museum in Campton Hills. He’s dressed in clothing standard to the time period and explained the significance of the property – past and present.


Many political experts say House Speaker Paul Ryan will beat his Republican challenger during Wisconsin's August 9 partisan primary. Matt Streb isn't so sure.

Streb, a political science professor at Northern Illinois University, notes that Sarah Palin endorsed Ryan's challenger, Paul Nehlin, because Ryan was slow to endorse Donald Trump, the GOP's presidential nominee. But Streb isn't thinking about Palin.

"Corn" by Flickr User Miroslav Vajdic / (CC X 2.0)

Meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say the Midwest's first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching their peak.

That muggy air gets blown around the country, even enveloping urban areas, like Chicago and Minneapolis.

The phenomenon spawned playful banter on social media this week about the menace of "corn sweat."

Hackers Access Illinois Voter Registration Database

Jul 21, 2016
"Keyboard" By Flickr User Jeroen Bennink / (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois election officials say hackers attacked the state's voter registration system last week and it was shut off as a precaution. 

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the cyberattack happened July 13 and the voter system was shut off as a precaution on July 13.

The board's general counsel, Ken Menzel, said hackers found "a chink in the armor in one small data field in the online registration system."

Menzel says the board is analyzing tracks left by the attack and isn't ready to say what information may have been accessed.