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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.

Flamin' Hot Cheetos banned from schools in three states

Los Angeles - The popular snack has been dumped by schools in Illinois, New Mexico and California for possessing high fat and salt counts and still inconclusive proof that it may be a "gateway" snack due to possibly addictive quotients contained therein.

NAACP official: Obama campaign threatened me over lack of support

Chicago - The leader of an Ilinois branch of the NAACP has accused the Obama campaign of threatening him for criticizing the President and choosing not to endorse him.

Senate hopeful blasts Obamacare

A video going viral is that of a Illinois senate hopeful, Dr. Barbara Bellar, offering a frank statement of her opinion of Obamacare.

2 million attend 54th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show Special

Chicago - An estimated 2 million spectators crowded the beaches and parks near Lake Michigan in Chicago this past weekend to catch one of the most exciting shows of the year. The 2012 Chicago Air and Water Show.

Music festival Lollapalooza offers webcast

Not going to Lollapalooza, but want to see some of the bands or be a part of the action? No sweat, there is an app for that and a webcast, plus more.

Drought in Midwest drives corn production down and food prices up

The Midwest is experiencing its worst drought since 1988 , and corn crops are suffering as a result. Shortages are predicted due to the damage already done by the drought. But if drought conditions continue, the damage will be felt deeply by consumers.

Chicago influence fills Timber Lake Playhouse as its season opens

It is not uncommon for many in the Chicagoland area to head west to escape, but not too far. For example, Galena, IL is an ideal spot. But, for theater lovers, Mt. Carroll can be that spot as well.

Zac Brown tours as official headliners

When the Zac Brown Band heads to Moline, IL in August, it will be a headline act. It comes at the iWireless Center in Moline (The Quad Cities), which is nestled nicely along the banks of the Mississippi River.
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People walk past the smashed out windows of a business destruction caused by a tornado that touched ...
People walk past the smashed out windows of a business destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 18, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Jim Young
An active tornado is seen through a window as it touches down in Washington  Illinois on November 17...
An active tornado is seen through a window as it touches down in Washington, Illinois on November 17, 2013, in this combination of three still images captured from a video courtesy of Anthony Khoury.
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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
With permission by Reuters / im Young
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Illinois flag detail
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"Steamer 'Marion' with 'Rambler' in tow at Aqueduct 4. Sept. 24, 1908." September 24. 1908
War Department. Office of the Chief of Engineers. Chicago District. (ca. 1874 - 09/18/1947)
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An Illinois State Trooper speaks with a trucker who "pulled over" the trooper for speeding.
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Plainfield, Illinois, United States.
Village of Plainfield
This majestic temple has nine sides that represent the major religions of the world and is considere...
This majestic temple has nine sides that represent the major religions of the world and is considered a major piece of architecture in the United States. It is located in Wilmette, Illinois.
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A man is silhouetted against the arctic sea smoke rising off Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois January 6, 2014. A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades.
With permission by Reuters / Jim Young
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Pat Quinn, governor of Illinois
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Route 66 souvenirs at Old Route 66 Family Restaurant off I-55.  Dwight  IL
Route 66 souvenirs at Old Route 66 Family Restaurant off I-55. Dwight, IL
Plainfield  Illinois  United States.
Plainfield, Illinois, United States.
Village of Plainfield
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Silver carp can jump as high as 8 to 10 feet out of the water when frightened or disturbed by boat motors.
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Poster of the missing couple
Poster of the missing couple
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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
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
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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
Texaco Station - Route 66 Roadside Attraction off I-55.  Dwight  IL
Texaco Station - Route 66 Roadside Attraction off I-55. Dwight, IL
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
With permission by Reuters / Jim Young
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Looking West toward the railway Bridge at Lock 29 on the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park Trail. June 19, 2013
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