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  • Judge to give verdict Oct. 8 in Joliet murder case

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A Will County judge will announce a verdict next week for the latest defendant accused in a grisly 2013 Joliet double murder. Closing arguments were given Tuesday morning in the trial 26-year-old Joshua Miner of Joliet. He is charged with first-degree murder in the...

  • FBI: Chicago man threatened beheadings at SIU

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal investigators say a Chicago man accused of mailing threats of rapes, killings, bombings and beheadings at a Southern Illinois University campus he attended brought himself to authorities' attention. Investigators arrested 21-year-old Derrick Dawon Burns on Monday on...

  • President Obama headed home to Chicago this week

    CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is headed home to Chicago to speak at Northwestern University and stump for Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. The White House said Tuesday that Obama would travel to Chicago on Wednesday and stay the night. On Thursday the president is to attend a Quinn...

  • Illinois-owned planes to be sold in online auction

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Central Management Services plans to relist six state-owned airplanes for sale on an online auction site after a previous attempt to lure buyers brought bids for only two planes. Agency spokeswoman Alka Nayyar tells the Springfield bureau of...

  • O'Hare, Midway airports nearing normal capacity

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says Chicago's airports are nearing normal activity after a fire at an air traffic control center last week brought flights to a halt. The FAA said Tuesday morning that data through midnight showed air traffic flow at O'Hare International...

  • Emanuel to city agencies: Up minimum wage to $13

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked the city's sister agencies to pay all contractor and subcontractor employees a minimum wage of $13 an hour. The mayor signed an executive order earlier this month requiring city contractors and subcontractors to pay employees the higher...

  • USDA: Illinois corn harvest continues lagging

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn harvest continues creeping along, though recently favorable weather enabled growers to spend more time bringing in the crop. The USDA said Monday in its weekly crop progress update that just 14 percent of the...

  • East St. Louis appoints new assistant police chief

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A longtime officer with the East St. Louis Police Department is replacing the assistant chief who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Roy Mickens was sworn in as the department's new assistant chief Monday after 19 years with the force. Mayor Alvin Parks...

  • Emanuel pushes ban on asking about criminal record

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to expand a state law that prevents employers from asking job seekers about their criminal records before offering them an interview. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill this year to "ban the box." That's a reference to the box on many...

  • Ridesharing company Uber to expand in Chicago'

    CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say ridesharing giant Uber will create 420 jobs in the next two years in a major expansion of its Chicago regional headquarters. Gov. Pat Quinn joined in the announcement Monday. The Democrat says his veto action last month killed legislation that would have set up...

  • Chicago libraries accept immigrant licenses as ID

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Public Library has begun accepting special immigrant driver's licenses as identification for obtaining a library card. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the policy Monday, saying it's "part of being an immigrant-friendly city." The mayor says more Chicagoans now...

  • Quad City International Airport gets $500K grant

    MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Quad City International Airport a $500,000 grant to grow new air service between Northwest Illinois and Washington, D.C. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the grant on Monday. The funding was awarded through the...

  • State WIC switching to skim, 1 percent milk

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois nutrition program is tweaking the diet of the low income residents it helps feed. In a news release, the Illinois Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children says that beginning Wednesday, many of those who receive food vouchers...

  • Eric Holder targets Chicago crime

    Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder Monday announced a new federal program to target high-crime cities, including Chicago, Ill., where shootings and other violent crime have skyrocketed.

  • Elgin police officer fired due to Facebook comment

    ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer has been fired, authorities say because of Facebook posts he allegedly made. Jason A. Lentz was a 17-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department. In a statement, Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said Lentz was fired Monday after it was determined...



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