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Biggest Year for Holiday Travel

WILLIAMSON CO. -- The holiday travel season kicked off with a bang Friday with one of the biggest travel days of the year and with gas prices so low, motorists hit the road in record numbers. Read more »

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Quinn Appoints Budget Chief to Comptroller's Office

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named his budget chief as a short-term replacement for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Read More »

T-Mobile Paying Up to $90M for Unwanted Services

WASHINGTON (AP) - T-Mobile US will pay up to $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators. Read More »

IRS Head Says Budget Cuts Could Delay Tax Refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year. Read More »

Contract to Bring 75 Jobs to Scott Air Force Base

O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) - A Virginia-based software company has announced plans to bring more than 70 new information technology jobs to Scott Air Force Base. Read More »

Illinois Jobless Rate Falls to 6.4 Percent

CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level since June 2008, hitting 6.4 percent. Read More »

Ford Expands Air Bag Recall Nationwide

DETROIT (AP) - Ford says it's expanding a recall for faulty driver's side air bag inflators to the entire U.S. as demanded by the government. Read More »

Gov. Quinn Calls Session for Comptroller Election

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield to consider a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Read More »

Sony Cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 Release

NEW YORK (AP) - The top theater chains in North America have dropped "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the Christmas Day release of the film. Read More »

Washington U. Gets $30M for Alzheimer's Studies

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Federal funds will provide $30 million for Alzheimer's disease research at Washington University in St. Louis over the next five years. Read More »

Menus Will Sport New Calorie Labels for Alcohol

WASHINGTON (AP) - Restaurant drinkers who don't want to know how many calories are in their margarita or craft beer will have a way out: Avoid the menu and order at the bar. Read More »

Memorial Service Held for Judy Baar Topinka

COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. (AP) - Crowds have gathered to honor late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at a memorial service in suburban Chicago. Read More »

Clifford the Big Red Dog Creator Dies

AP -- Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Read More »

Obama Signs $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months. Read More »

Rauner Says Agencies Will Be Asking for $760 Million Extra

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' Republican governor-elect says state agencies plan to ask for $760 million more than they were originally budgeted in 2015. Read More »

Survey Finds Pot Use Leveling Off, Other Drugs and Binge Drinking Down Among U.S. Teens

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's annual survey of drug use among teens shows marijuana use leveling off after recent increases and some other drug use dropping. Read More »

Survey Finds E-Cigarettes Surpass Regular Smoking for U.S. Teens

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's annual drug use survey finds that electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens. Read More »

Senator Kirk Officially Retires from Naval Reserve

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has retired from the Naval Reserve, ending a 23-year military career. Read More »

Cahokia Mounds Plans Winter Solstice Event

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is planning a special event to mark this year's winter solstice. Read More »

Amazon Extends Christmas Shipping Deadlines

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is courting last-minute holiday shoppers by extending its free-shipping deadline by one day to Dec. 19. Read More »

Indoor Tanning Injuries Can Require ER Treatment

CHICAGO (AP) - Indoor tanning injuries have declined but still sent more than 1,000 people to emergency rooms in recent years. Read More »

Quincy Man Charged in Bludgeoning Death

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A Quincy man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of a 41-year-old man. Read More »

ACA Deadlines Approaching

WSIL -- If you're still without health insurance, Monday is the last day to sign up to ensure coverage begins January 1st. Read More »

SEMO Changing Dean's List Requirement

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Making the Dean's Honor List at Southeast Missouri State University will soon be more difficult. Read More »

Longtime Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller Dies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Longtime Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller died at a western Kentucky hospital after collapsing in his office. Read More »

Death Toll from GM Ignition Switches Rises to 42

DETROIT (AP) - At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Read More »

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