Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — has been “The Biggest Shopping Day of the Year” for at least three decades. Since the late 1980s, crowds of bargain hunters have gathered in the pre-dawn darkness outside retail stores, awaiting the opportunity to snap up Christmas gift items as soon as the doors open. For retailers, the well-advertised Black Friday sales have traditionally brought in the revenue needed to put their income for the year “in the black.”

A roundup of area arrests for serious crimes. Unless otherwise stated, these reports are taken directly from police reports.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Brandon Peters threw for one touchdown and ran for another in his first game in nearly a month, Illinois had two rushers go over 100 yards, and the Illini beat turnover-plagued Nebraska 41-23 on Saturday for their second straight win.

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SPRINGFIELD — After Pfizer submitted its application for a COVID-19 vaccine to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week, Illinois public health officials have continued preparing locations to store and distribute the vaccine that could be released to frontline hospital workers in a ma…

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The state’s rolling seven-day average COVID-19 test positivity rate decreased by a half point Tuesday to 10.4 percent as hospitalizations continued to show signs of leveling, but officials urged caution ahead of the holiday weekend.

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KANKAKEE — State Sen. Patrick Joyce and state Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst feel the pain of their constituents when it comes to the state moving Kankakee and Will counties back to a more restrictive phase of the state’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines

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