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Actor Don Shanks and his second wind Special

Known primarily for his role as Nakoma in the 1974 film and subsequent TV series, 'The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,' this 65-year-old actor of Native American descent is enjoying a new lease of life making movies with actor and writer, John Schneider.

U.S. House bans microbeads in personal care products by 2019

Washington - Several states have passed legislation to put and end to the use of tiny microbeads in beauty products, but now the rest of the nation is catching up. It's all part of an effort to keep the tiny plastic beads out of the ocean and our seafood.

Police: Man bombs Miss. Walmart for not selling Confederate flag

Tupelo - A Mississippi man, upset that Walmart no longer sells Confederate flags, allegedly tossed a bomb inside one of the big box stores in Tupelo, early Sunday. Marshall W. Leonard, 61, was charged on Tuesday afternoon with planting an explosive device.

Brett Eldredge: King of country charts with new 'Illinois' album

Country sensation Brett Eldredge has a major milestone to celebrate thanks to the success of his newest studio album "Illinois."

Review: Brett Eldredge soars on new studio album 'Illinois' Special

Country singer Brett Eldredge will release his new studio album, "Illinois," on Friday, September 11, and it is a solid collection of music.

Kraft Heinz cuts 2,500 jobs in Canada, U.S. after recent merger

Chicago - Saying that it intends to cut costs, Kraft Heinz Co. is slashing about 2,500 jobs now that the two companies have merged. Employees affected by this are in the U.S. and Canada and will be notified in person, said spokesman Michael Mullen.

A mysterious fungus is killing snakes in the Eastern U.S.

It started in Florida with the pygmy rattlesnakes, killing 42 of them. Then, another 59 wound up dead. When it happened in the earlier part of this century, mystified scientists couldn't identify the culprit.

Police officer delivers pizza after arresting delivery driver

The Illinois Oswego Police Department has recounted details of an event earlier this week where an officer who had arrested a pizza delivery driver proceeded to complete the delivery to the customer.

Real-life Cookie Monster almost asphyxiates roommate

Decatur - In a story so bizarre it's hard to believe, a 23-year-old Illinois man — Allen Hall — has been charged with attempted murder as well as assault and battery after attacking his female roommate.

170-foot catsup bottle for sale in Belleville, Illinois

Belleville - Do you just love ketchup? Do you have an extra $200,000 you could spend? If so, the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" is for sale in Belleville, Illinois.

Driver turns tables on trooper, stopping him for speeding (Video)

A truck driver travelling through Illinois honked his horn in an effort to "stop" an Illinois State trooper for speeding, capturing the entire exchange on tape.

Why did Illinois ban microbeads?

Illinois legislators recently banned microbeads in soap and not without reason. These tiny structures have a tendency to soak up toxins and fish love to eat them.

Interview with Brett Eldredge: 'Beat of the Music' Special

Atlantic Nashville recording country artist Brett Eldredge revealed that he has never been better. "It has been an awesome week," he said.

Illinois hospital triggers superbug outbreak

An investigation into a pathogenic outbreak in Chicago has been traced to a single hospital. The hospital was at the epicenter of an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

'Nightmare bacteria' has health officials on edge

Chicago - In 2013, the CDC issued a report on the catastrophic consequences of ignoring the threat from the growing number of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. These infections kill an estimated 23,000 Americans every year.

Evicted Illinois woman sets lethal booby traps for ex-boyfriend

Pekin - "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," or so the saying goes, and one man in Illinois found that for him that was true when he kicked his woman out of the family home.

Dog discovered under rubble 9 days after a tornado hit Illinois

A six-month-old pit bull was buried under a pile of rubble for nine days after a tornado hit a city in central Illinois, but was coaxed to freedom with food.

Illinois legalizes gay marriage

Chicago - Illinois has become the 16th US state to achieve LGBT marriage equality after the state's Democrat governor signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on Wednesday.

Heartbreaking photos from tornado-ravaged Washington, Illinois

Washington - Illinois took the brunt of the tornado fury Sunday, as shown in five stunning photos taken in Washington, Illinois. Eight people are dead as a result of the tornadoes, and hundreds of buildings and homes were destroyed.

This house's Halloween light show syncs to Awolnation's 'Sail'

A homeowner in Naperville, Illinois, might have created the best Halloween light show of 2013 already. The carefully designed lights sync to the popular song Sail by Awolnation, as well as songs by Fallout Boy, LMFAO, Rammstein and The Band Perry.

Hometown of Roger Ebert to raise money for statue

Champaign - Organizers from late film critic Roger Ebert's hometown of Champaign, Ill., revealed plans on Tuesday September 11 to try and raise $125,000 to build a life-size bronze statue him.

Illinois becomes 20th state to OK medical marijuana

Springfield - Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Thursday to make Illinois the 20th state nationwide to legalize marijuana for medical use.

Illinois governor changes concealed carry bill

Springfield - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has made some drastic changes to the state's new concealed carry laws which would allow some citizens to have a concealed loaded firearm on their person in a public place.

5 videos of the Oklahoma tornado you need to see now

Spreading fast across the Web are these five videos showing stunning footage of the deadly Oklahoma tornado, which has killed nine and injured at least 75 people. In one video, a meteorologist's car is flung 200 yards by a surging tornado.

Tilda Swinton in 1,500 people dance-along to honor Roger Ebert

Champaign - To the tune of Barry White's “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything”, Tilda Swinton jumped into the audience in Virginia Theater, Champaign, Il and inspired them to get up and dance in honor of the late Roger Ebert. Includes video of the event.

Illinois municipalities sues Travelocity, Expedia and Priceline

Seven Illinois municipalities are suing some online travel companies, including Expedia, Priceline and Travelocity, saying that the companies owe unpaid taxes.

Cook County Medical Examiner’s office posts photos of the dead

Chicago - The Cook County Medical Examiner has just too many John and Jane Does. In a controversial move, they have started posting photos of the unidentified dead bodies on their website, in the hopes that families of the deceased will come forward.

Op-Ed: Hollywood is the Land of 'Lincoln' but other films are lurking

Beverly Hills - Hollywood became the Land of 'Lincoln' today. Not a bad thing for someone who was born and raised in Illinois, but will the film about the 16th president be elected as the best on Feb. 24?

No charges for Illinois woman who abandoned disabled daughter

Caryville - A Tennessee grand jury decided not to indict an Illinois woman who had abandoned her disabled daughter in a Tennessee bar early last summer.

Daniel Day-Lewis gives Abe his actual voice back

When Daniel Day-Lewis decides to be a part of a movie, he dives in and transforms himself into the character he portrays. From "My Left Foot" to "There Will be Blood" and all performances in between, he lives his roles.
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A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Was...
A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 17, 2013
With permission by Reuters / im Young
Route 66 T-shirts at Old Route 66 Family Restaurant.  Dwight  IL
Route 66 T-shirts at Old Route 66 Family Restaurant. Dwight, IL
Reconstructed Nauvoo  Illinois Mormon Temple  dedicated 2002.
Reconstructed Nauvoo, Illinois Mormon Temple, dedicated 2002.
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Pat Nelson looks out over the debris and destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washin...
Pat Nelson looks out over the debris and destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 18, 2013
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A boy picks through belongings in the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washingto...
A boy picks through belongings in the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois
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The Shop n  Save store on North Belt West in Belleville  Illinois where the alleged tampering with c...
The Shop n' Save store on North Belt West in Belleville, Illinois where the alleged tampering with consumer products took place.
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Neighbors were shocked and frightened when they learned of the chemicals and gunpowder stored in a m...
Neighbors were shocked and frightened when they learned of the chemicals and gunpowder stored in a mobile home in their gated community.
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People are seen in a house going through belongings in the destruction caused by a tornado that touc...
People are seen in a house going through belongings in the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 18, 2013
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Route 66 theme at Old Route 66 Family Restaurant off I-55.  Dwight  IL
Route 66 theme at Old Route 66 Family Restaurant off I-55. Dwight, IL
Old Route 66 Family Restaurant sign.  Dwight  IL
Old Route 66 Family Restaurant sign. Dwight, IL
Debris caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington  Illinois  November 18  2013. The series ...
Debris caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 18, 2013. The series of tornadoes pounded the Midwestern United States, killing six people across the state and flattening the city of 15,000 people. The storm, which killed one person in Washington, destroyed 250 to 500 houses in that city
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Many waterways have been polluted by microbeads.
Many waterways have been polluted by microbeads.
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A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely  Illinois.
A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely, Illinois.
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Plainfield  Illinois  United States.
Plainfield, Illinois, United States.
Village of Plainfield
Hennepin Canal Lock #1 near Bureau  Illinois.
February 13  2004
Hennepin Canal Lock #1 near Bureau, Illinois. February 13, 2004
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Pat Quinn  governor of Illinois
Pat Quinn, governor of Illinois
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Pat Nelson looks out over the debris and destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washin...
Pat Nelson looks out over the debris and destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois
With permission by Reuters / Jim Young
Plainfield  Illinois  United States.
Plainfield, Illinois, United States.
Village of Plainfield
Plainfield  Illinois  United States.
Plainfield, Illinois, United States.
Village of Plainfield
Cops showed the good natured  sense of humor when they staked out rooftops of Illinois Dunkin  Donut...
Cops showed the good natured, sense of humor when they staked out rooftops of Illinois Dunkin' Donuts to raise money for the Special Olympics.
courtesy Special Olympics Illinois