ILLINOIS -- Ameren is trying to get back some of the money it's owed.
ILLINOIS -- Lottery players can now win, just by playing the newest game to hit the state.
ILLINOIS -- A loophole some sex offenders are jumping through could soon be closed.
ILLINOIS -- Lawmakers are moving forward to create an exclusion list of people for the Illinois Gaming Board.
ILLINOIS -- State police are pushing for zero deaths during Unofficial and are stepping up patrols.
Latest: 10:07 pm, 3/5/14, Wednesday URBANA -- Artists are trying to turn the demise of an historic tree into a money-maker.
ILLINOIS -- Concealed-carry is now the law in Illinois, but gun rights advocates are still fighting for more rights saying concealed-carry is just a start.
Update: 10:03 pm, 3/5/14, Wednesday CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A third woman accused of being involved in a tax fraud ring turned herself into authorities Wednesday.
ILLINOIS -- The Centers for Disease Control says many hospitals are over-prescribing antibiotics which is putting patients at risk.
SPRINGFIELD -- Ash Wednesday is when Christians get the sign of the cross marked on their foreheads with ashes.
ILLINOIS -- Drivers who smoke behind the wheel could get a ticket if they have kids in the car.
ILLINOIS -- The state's second-in-command says she supports independent redistricting.
ILLINOIS -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is encouraging counties in the state to move forward with same-sex marriages.
ILLINOIS -- For the second time, FEMA has denied the state's appeal for funding to help towns affected by November's tornadoes.
ILLINOIS -- The National Weather Service (NWS) is urging all of us to prepare for the worst during Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
ILLINOIS -- State leaders say they're doing a better job of paying the state's bills.
SPRINGFIELD -- Voters who don't want to wait until the March 18 primary don't have to.
Latest: 5:48 pm, 3/2/14, Sunday CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- If you applied for a concealed-carry license, you might want to check your mailbox.
Latest: 5:05 pm, 2/28/14, Friday ILLINOIS -- The so-called revenge porn proposal is a step closer to becoming law.
SPRINGFIELD -- Friday the state honored this Hometown Hero for being a veteran who helps make this a better country.
ILLINOIS -- State lawmakers are trying to make more room in prisons. A new bill could help do that by making the punishment for some drug crimes less severe.
ILLINOIS -- School districts are preparing for the possibility of more bad weather.
SPRINGFIELD -- A new audit finds more than $20 million in state tax may have been misused.
ILLINOIS -- Bobcats could be a new target for hunters.
ILLINOIS -- We've told you about the problem: distractions behind the wheel causing dozens of police officers to crash each year. Now, what's the solution?
ILLINOIS -- This year's Best Country Music Vocal Group is coming to the Illinois State Fair.
ILLINOIS -- Distracted police officers have caused dozens of crashes in Illinois over the past three years.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers say figuring out next year's budget is going to be their biggest challenge this spring.
SPRINGFIELD -- One tool police can use when they need to catch a criminal is electronic surveillance. But, there's a new push to make sure it's only happening when it needs to.
Update: 10:08 pm, 2/22/14, Saturday ILLINOIS -- Sugary drinks could soon cost you more.
ILLINOIS -- The state received a top rating in its efforts to stop drunk driving.
ILLINOIS -- The state's Auditor General says he's worried the state could be in for a data breach.
COOK COUNTY -- Some same-sex couples in Illinois won't have to wait until June to say "I do."
ILLINOIS -- The proposed minimum wage raise could end up costing students at state universities.
ILLINOIS -- It actually costs an Illinois' athlete if they win an Olympic medal.
Update: 3:40 pm ILLINOIS - The Amber Alert for Drake Whitker has been canceled.
URBANA -- Someone could be $400 million richer after Wednesday's Powerball drawing.
Update: 10:07 pm, 2/19/14, Wednesday ILLINOIS -- It could soon be tougher to get a deer hunting permit.
TILTON -- A fraud scandal cut off medical care for dozens, just when some needed it most.
ILLINOIS -- The state is getting high marks when it comes to being green.
SPRINGFIELD -- It's been five years since the federal stimulus bill was rolled out and Vice President Joe Biden is using Illinois as an example of the program's success.
Update: 4:22 pm, 2/19/14, Wednesday SPRINGFIELD -- There's a new push to ease the rules for some repeat DUI offenders.
ILLINOIS -- The deadline to register to vote in the March primary is Tuesday at midnight.
ILLINOIS -- It's everyone's dream is to win the lottery, but many winners say their windfall made them a target.
BLOOMINGTON -- Patients are left with no care after the owner of Passages Hospice is arrested.
ILLINOIS -- A new idea could keep 911 calls private. Currently, anyone can access the recordings through the Freedom of Information Act.
SPRINGFIELD -- As the General Assembly gets back in the swing of things, many lawmakers want to make changes to the state's concealed-carry law.
ILLINOIS -- Lawmakers are looking to ease the rules when it comes to driving under the influence of marijuana.
Latest: 10:06 pm, 2/16/14, Sunday ILLINOIS -- The state is planning to roll out a major Medicaid overhaul this year, but some healthcare providers say it's all happening too fast.
WESTVILLE -- The village can't seem to catch a break. It's had more than ten water main breaks in the last two weeks.
ILLINOIS -- The Powerball grand prize is climbing again.
ILLINOIS -- A state representative wants to make changes to the Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Freeze Exemption Program.
ILLINOIS -- It's an about-face in the governor's race.
PEORIA COUNTY -- Illinois State Police say interstate accidents kept them busy Friday.
ILLINOIS -- You may start seeing more commercials targeting drivers as the state tries to get the word out about a law that's now about a month-and-a-half old.
SPRINGFIELD -- If you've been on the roads, you've seen potholes and cracks.
ILLINOIS -- The state is expanding what it calls the "Welcome Home Heroes" program.
ILLINOIS -- Could your lawmaker be a drug user?
ILLINOIS -- Parents of children with disabilities are finally winning a battle with the state.
SPRINGFIELD -- Wednesday would have been President Lincoln's 205th birthday.
ILLINOIS -- State Treasurer Dan Rutherford will have a long six weeks ahead of him as he tries to battle accusations of sexual harassment and political pressure just weeks before a Republican primary.
ILLINOIS -- Retiring State Representative Naomi Jakobsson is endorsing a candidate in the race for her seat.
ILLINOIS -- More people in the state are reporting identity theft.
ILLINOIS -- The clock is ticking to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers say they'll get to work on the state budget without an idea from the governor.
ILLINOIS-MISSOURI -- A new bridge connecting Illinois and Missouri is now open.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's income tax laws are getting ready to expire and lawmakers can't agree on a new set of rules.
SPRINGFIELD -- The State Board of Education (ISBE) is in charge of setting the rules for schools statewide, but one candidate for governor wants to get rid of the board.
CHAMPAIGN -- A mother of four says she went without food stamps for her family for nearly 45 days.
ILLINOIS -- No one is claiming a winning ticket for Friday's Mega Millions, so that puts the jackpot at $122 million.
SPRINGFIELD -- A newly proposed bill in the Illinois Senate could be a money saver.
ILLINOIS -- The deputy director for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources resigned Thursday.
ILLINOIS -- A special committee has been formed to try to slow an outbreak of measles.
SPRINGFIELD -- We're less than two months away from the Affordable Care Act's health insurance deadline, yet young people still aren't signing up at the rate needed.
ILLINOIS -- Some lawmakers who see loopholes in our state's laws want to crack down on registered sex offenders.
ILLINOIS -- Another candidate for Illinois governor is getting some negative press.
SPRINGFIELD -- Some future medical marijuana patients are upset over a state rule which proposes anyone getting a medical marijuana license must forfeit their FOID card.
ILLINOIS -- One lawmaker says some schools might not be doing enough to keep your kids safe. Now, he wants to change that.
ILLINOIS -- There's a plan underway to curb high gas prices.
CHAMPAIGN -- Champaign County is the most educated county in the state.
SPRINGFIELD -- Some diseases many considered eradicated are now making a comeback.
NATIONAL -- Senator Dick Durbin (D) is teaming up with the UI's Student Senate to push for new legislation called the Affordable College Textbook act.
ILLINOIS -- There are new developments in a story shaking up the Republican race for governor.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The recent debit and credit card security breaches have left consumers uneasy.
SPRINGFIELD -- CVS is calling it quits on tobacco sales.
ILLINOIS -- More than a quarter million residents said "sayonara" to the Land of Lincoln between 1992 - 2010.
SPRINGFIELD -- Road conditions are getting worse.
CHAMPAIGN -- Thursday, the Winter Games officially kick off in Sochi, Russia.
ILLINOIS -- Leaders in the state house are pushing for an end to a popular way of getting controversial laws passed.
ILLINOIS -- An appeals court may be close to a final decision on the fate of Rod Blagojevich.
SPRINGFIELD -- With all the snow piling up and frigid temperatures, the National Weather Service (NWS) has been on high alert.
SPRINGFIELD -- The annual budget address has been rescheduled.
SPRINGFIELD -- Here at WCIA-3, when we Dig Deeper into issues for you, we often have to file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
SPRINGFIELD -- If you follow the state news headlines, you might be a little confused.
Update: 5:57 pm, 2/3/14, Monday ILLINOIS -- Online tax filers will get a chance to see where their tax dollars are going this year.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are taking aim at school funding saying the current system is unfair.
NATIONAL -- Illinois' driving laws are getting our state some national attention.
Update: 10:01 pm, 2/2/14, Sunday DANVILLE -- The director of the Danville Humane Society, Glen Laird, was suspended indefinitely Sunday.
NATIONAL -- Illinois is one of the top states in business growth.
URBANA -- Charities are helping a family stay warm this weekend after their house caught fire.