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  • Gov. Quinn to live off equivalent of minimum wage

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn agreed on Sunday to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a Nov. 4 Illinois ballot measure on the issue. The Democrat made the pledge at a campaign event focused on the nonbinding ballot question, which asks voters if...

  • Police: 1 man charged in Chicago train robbery

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a 20-year-old man has been charged with boarding a Chicago Transit Authority train, pulling out a gun and robbing passengers of wallets, phones and jewelry. Chicago police said Sunday that Michael A. Taylor of Chicago is charged with four felony counts of robbery...

  • Illinois prison guard suffers concussion in attack

    VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — State and union officials say a prisoner has assaulted a guard at a southern Illinois prison. Jeremy Noelle is the Local Union Council 31 representative for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. He says the prisoner headbutted the guard, causing...

  • Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner budget plans leave questions

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois governor candidates have been ridiculing each other's budget plans, with Republican Bruce Rauner accusing Gov. Pat Quinn of leading a "tax-happy" state and the Chicago Democrat countering that Rauner's proposal to cut income taxes will lead to painful cuts to...

  • Ground broken for new Pullman community center

    CHICAGO (AP) — Ground has been broken for a new community center in the Pullman area on Chicago's south side. Gov. Pat Quinn's office said in a news release that he and city and community leaders broke ground on the planned $15 million Pullman Community Center on Saturday. Representatives of...

  • Pat Quinn announces $1.2 million for Broadview park

    BROADVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says the state is awarding $1.2 million in capital construction funding to help renovate a recreation center at a park in suburban Chicago. The governor appeared at the park in Broadview on Saturday to announce the funding for the Broadview Park District...

  • Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

    VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience. More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention...

  • Boone County man held in alleged child battering

    BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — A Machesney Park man being held on $300,000 bond for allegedly battering his girlfriend's 7-month old child faces additional charges of assault that result in permanent disability. The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/UAS4q3 ) that 22-year-old Dylan Abbott...

  • Carbondale firefighters move into new building

    CHICAGO (AP) — Firefighters in Carbondale are moving into a new station even though state officials say there are some building violations related to accessibility. Carbondale's WSIL-TV (http://bit.ly/1kZJl7X ) reports the Illinois attorney general's office says the building isn't handicapped...

  • Illinois State board picks new chairman

    NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University's trustees have elected a veteran board member as their new chairman. Trustees voted Friday to make Rocky Donahue the new chairman. He replaces Michael McCuskey, who retired this month. According to The Pantagraph in Bloomington...

  • Kirk again calls for removal of hospital head

    BERWYN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk continues to call for the removal of upper management at Hines VA Hospital outside Chicago. Kirk met Friday with Hines director Joan Ricard, whose removal he has repeatedly recommended. He says he suggested to her that she "get a criminal lawyer"...

  • Northern Illinois county considers hiring freeze

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois county may put a freeze on all hiring to address a $2.5 million budget shortfall. The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1pm0Qke ) Winnebago County officials are considering the cost-saving measure as they draft a spending plan for the...

  • Quinn welcomes 37 state police academy graduates

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is welcoming a new class of state troopers. Quinn attended a graduation ceremony for the 37 officers at the State Police Academy in Springfield on Friday. He says the graduates have been rigorously trained to uphold a "long and distinguished...

  • 1 dead, 6 others wounded on Chicago street

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago authorities are reporting that a 13-year-old was killed and six others wounded while standing on West Side street corner. A Chicago Fire Department spokesman said Friday the boy was declared dead at the scene of the shooting in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. The...

  • NJ Gov. Christie campaigns for Rauner in Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stopped in Chicago Friday to campaign for Republican Bruce Rauner, calling his bid to defeat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn "among the most important governor's races in the country." Christie and Rauner grabbed hot dogs and milk shakes at a downtown...



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