Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.
General Mills says that it has tentatively decided to close an Illinois plant over the next few years, but will consult first with the union that represents the facility.
The Chicago Water Tower, Grant Park and Wrigley Field are among the must see attractions in Chicago for history lovers.
The Minnesota Twins have selected left-handed pitcher Tyler Jay from the University of Illinois in the first round of the 2015 first-year player draft.
Police say a 12-year-old boy fought off a man who tried to abduct him while he was skateboarding in northeastern Wisconsin.
A new survey suggests the economy will remain weak in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states because the strong U.S. dollar is hurting exports and the bird flu is hitting poultry farms hard.
High winds are affecting a wide stretch of the upper Midwest, from Minnesota to western Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service says sustained winds Tuesday afternoon will top 30 mph, with gusts reaching 45 to 50 mph.
The Midwest has become the epicenter of a canine flu outbreak. While the virus has not appeared in Minnesota, it has been detected in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
These are the four things you need to know about from Friday, April 10. They include a series of violent storms and a story reaction to Bert Blyleven’s tweets about Detroit.
A monthly survey of bankers suggests a weakening economy lies ahead for rural parts of 10 Midwestern and Western states.
Republican Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, dogged about irregularities in his campaign finance and congressional spending accounts, suddenly announced on Tuesday that he would resign his House seat at the end of the month.
Fred Eckhardt of Boyd, Minn. is on a quest to get a card from every town in Minnesota and South Dakota- that means stops at garage sales during his cross-country trips. It was during one of those stops at an Illinois farm nearly 30 years ago, that he found something unusual.
One of the most heavily pushed bills lawmakers will take up this session is whether or not to restore voting rights to convicted felons.
Andre Hollins helped Minnesota pull away with 17 of his 28 points in the second half, fueling a 79-71 victory Saturday over Illinois. Hollins finished 10 for 15 from the field, including 5 for 7 from 3-point range, and grabbed five rebounds for the Golden Gophers (13-8, 2-6 Big Ten). Carlos Morris had 13 of his 16 points in the first half, Mo Walker chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds and Nate Mason added 10 points and six assists.
Members of Congress have introduced legislation calling for interim steps to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes through Chicago-area waterways while a permanent solution is debated.
Looking for something spooky this Halloween? Check out the five creepiest historical sites in the midwest.
Local and federal law enforcement credit a cooperative effort for busting a Chicago-based drug gang that made ordering a bag of heroin as simple as placing a phone call. “This was a 24-hour-a-day, retail-sales heroin operation,” said United States Attorney Andy Luger. “The way this would work is you would call one of two different phone numbers that were known as dispatch phone numbers — almost like you were calling a cab or you were ordering food.”
A man was charged in connection to the murder of a woman whose body was found in Ravenna Township early this April. Timothy McVay, 39, has been charged with first degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death by the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, according to Dakota County officials.
TreeHouse Foods is buying Flagstone Foods for $860 million as a way to gain access to the growing healthy snacks category. Flagstone, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, makes private label snacks such as trail mix and dried fruit.
A report by the National Climate Assessment says a warming planet will worsen a series of weather trends already showing up across the Midwest. Look for more extremes: searing heat, late-spring freezes, floods and droughts across a region that includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.
Catch Amelia Thursday mornings with Dave Lee. Listen to her recap of last night’s loss by clicking the link above.
The rosters for the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game, featuring the top high school basketball stars in the country, were released Wednesday night. The game will be played in April 2 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill, and it will have a notable Minnesota feel.
The best high school basketball players, boys and girls, will take over Chicago, Ill., in early April for the McDonald’s All-American Game. When the final rosters are announced for both games, there’s likely to be plenty of Minnesota flavor on display.
A police dive unit resumed its search for a missing woman who fell into the Chicago River. Authorities say 21-year-old Lauren Li and another man fell while trying to help their friend, who’d also fallen into the river early Monday while retrieving a cellphone from the ice.
A Minnesota man died after falling into the Chicago River early Monday when he dropped his cell phone in the water and lunged after it, according to reports from our sister station in Chicago. Another man was hospitalized and a woman was missing and presumed dead after they went into the water to try to rescue him.