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  • Missouri couple pleads guilty to Illinois robbery

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A St. Louis-area couple has pleaded guilty to robbing an Illinois bank. A U.S. attorney says 43-year-old Darren Everett and 28-year-old Mackenzie Leonard entered the plea Thursday in federal court. They admitted to robbing the Commerce Bank in Columbia in February....

  • Sheriff: Illinois man charged for child porn

    EAST ALTON, Ill. (AP) — A 25-year-old southwestern Illinois man has been charged with producing and distributing child pornography. Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz says Steven Yon was charged Thursday with one count of producing child pornography and five counts of disseminating child...

  • Illinois Tollway lowers cost of I-PASS temporarily

    CHICAGO (AP) — The upfront cost of an I-PASS account for the Illinois Tollway system is getting cheaper. Tollway officials announced Thursday a new I-PASS account will temporarily cost $30. That includes a $10 deposit and $20 in prepaid tolls. The current cost is $50 or $60, depending on...

  • Illinois halts roadwork to speed Labor Day traffic

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will suspend non-emergency roadwork over the Labor Day weekend to help reduce congestion and speed traffic. Thousands of motorists are expected to hit the roads in Illinois during the three-day holiday. The state agency...

  • Ex-Cook County manager charged with fraud

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former Cook County employee who oversaw $10 million in federal grants to help 2008 flood victims is accused of swindling about $330,000 from the program. Forty-five-year-old Barry Croall of Montgomery pleaded not guilty at a Thursday arraignment in federal court in Chicago...

  • Verdict expected in murder trial of Joliet woman

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A verdict is expected to be handed down by a Will County judge in the bench trial of a woman accused in a 2013 murder of two Joliet men. Bethany McKee was charged in the January 2013 slayings of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22. Two others are awaiting trial and the...

  • Husband of woman killed in I-55 crash sues trucker

    CHANNAHON, Ill. (AP) — The husband of a victim of a crash on Interstate 55 south of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the truck that plowed into several slowly moving vehicles, killing five. The Joliet Herald-News reports (http://bit.ly/1orEOM9) Moses Blopleh of Channahon is...

  • Injunction granted ending retiree premium hike

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Sangamon County judge issued a preliminary injunction barring Illinois from collecting higher health care insurance premiums from retired state employees. In a 6-to-1 ruling in July, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision allowing the state to...

  • Former Adams County prosecutor charged with murder

    QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Curtis D. Lovelace, an All-Big Ten center at Illinois who later became an Adams County assistant state's attorney, was formerly charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of his wife. Lovelace, a private practice lawyer in Quincy, is accused of suffocating Cory...

  • Chicago commander accused of threatening suspect

    CHICAGO (AP) — A decorated Chicago police commander who rose through the ranks even as he was the subject of numerous misconduct allegations appeared in court Thursday, facing felony charges that he stuck his gun down the throat of a suspect and threatened to kill him. Shortly after his arrest,...

  • Governor hopefuls rip each other on hiring, taxes

    CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Illinois governor sharpened their attacks on each other Thursday, with Gov. Pat Quinn saying Bruce Rauner's plan to tax some services will help wealthy people like Rauner but hurt hardworking families, and the Republican businessman calling Quinn's efforts to...

  • Chicago schools getting $10M for Safe Passage

    CHICAGO (AP) — A school safety program beefed up after dozens of Chicago schools were closed last year will get a $10 million infusion from the state of Illinois for further expansion, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday. Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest district, started the...

  • US judge tosses Koschman suit against Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit accusing the city of Chicago, police and state prosecutors of covering up the involvement of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew in David Koschman's death in 2004. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer Thursday ruled the...

  • Oil industry donating to Rauner's campaign

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Oil producers, drilling companies and geologists frustrated with the slow process of implementing rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling are putting their money behind Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports...

  • I-55 crash trucker charged with reckless homicide

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — An Indiana truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people on an interstate southwest of Chicago has been charged with reckless homicide. The indictment also alleges 51-year-old Francisco Espinal-Quiroz of Leesburg, Indiana, had physical conditions preventing him...



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