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  • Gubernatorial candidates discuss jobs, veterans

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois gubernatorial candidates are making post-Labor Day appearances with Gov. Pat Quinn publicizing efforts to spend only a minimum wage salary and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW-nur) hammering the Chicago Democrat's record on veterans. Quinn has vowed to live on $79...

  • Suburban Chicago man sentenced for killing infant

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a suburban Chicago man to 30 years in prison for killing his then-girlfriend's 5-month-old son and dumping the body into a trash container. In imposing the punishment on Demetries Thorpe, The News Sun in Waukegan cites (http://bit.ly/1rfP7sf ) the...

  • Illinois woman rescued after day stuck in mud

    CARMI, Ill. (AP) — White County officials rescued a woman who spent more than a day trapped in mud near the Little Wabash River in southern Illinois. The White County Sheriff's Department said Monday it found Amy Chitwood, 39, of Carmi, stuck near the river after responding to a call from a...

  • Rauner criticizes Quinn on veterans

    CHICAGO (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW-nur) is going after Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's record on veterans. Rauner says a lack of economic growth under Quinn's administration has led to high unemployment among veterans. He also alleges patronage hiring has left out...

  • First medical marijuana tally expected next week

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials say they expect to get the first indications next week of how many patients are applying for special ID cards allowing them to use medical marijuana. Authorities began accepting applications for medical marijuana Tuesday from patients whose last names start...

  • Fire forces partial shutdown of N. Ill. coal plant

    HENNEPIN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are investigating what caused a transformer fire at a northern Illinois power plant that forced one of two power-generating units to shut down. The (LaSalle) News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1rL3pU1 ) that firefighters were called to the Dynegy Power Station...

  • Climatologist says August warmed up in Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois state climatologist says that after a cooler-than-usual July the summer finally turned warmer in August. And the season has been one of the wettest on record. Climatologist Jim Angel said Tuesday that the statewide average temperature in August was 73.9...

  • Pat Quinn: Eating crackers on minimum wage challenge

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says his experience trying to live on the minimum wage for a week has meant graham crackers for dinner. Raising the state's $8.25 hourly minimum wage to at least $10 an hour has been a re-election focus for the Chicago Democrat. Quinn is facing a tough November...

  • 15-year-old boy drowns in Kankakee River

    KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — The Kankakee County coroner say a 15-year-old has drowned in the Kankakee River. Coroner Bob Gessner says Jayden Irby of Chicago Heights was pronounced dead Sunday evening. Illinois State Police say crews pulled the boy from about 4 feet of water about 85 feet from the...

  • Coroner: 1 person dies in Illinois house explosion

    STREATOR, Ill. (AP) — LaSalle County authorities say at least one person has died after a house explosion in north-central Illinois. The LaSalle County Coroner's Office confirmed the death following the explosion late Monday in southwest Streator. It didn't provide details on the person's age...

  • Illinois agency promoting disaster preparedness

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging people to be more prepared for disasters. The agency will team up with local emergency management agencies, as well as local, state and federal agencies across the U.S., throughout September to observe National...

  • Leaders in Illinois agriculture honored

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A journalist, the first female director of Illinois' Department of Agriculture and two others are being honored by the Alumni Association of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported (http://bit.ly/1rJvICb) on its website...

  • NIU to honor Brigham through athletes' uniforms

    DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University says its student athletes are honoring a former athletic director by wearing his initials throughout the school year. The university says Robert J. Brigham has made a lasting impact on thousands of Huskie athletes. He was a fixture of the...

  • Police arrest suspected 'No Boundary Bank Robber'

    CICERO, Ill. (AP) — Suburban Chicago police have arrested a 31-year-old man they believe is the "No Boundary Bank Robber." A Monday statement from the town of Cicero says its officers arrested Rodrigo Medellin Sunday afternoon following a short car and foot chase. Authorities say the...

  • Cubs honor Jackie Robinson West little leaguers

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are tipping their hats to a championship team at Wrigley Field: The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars. The team that won the national Little League championship game before falling to South Korea in the world championship game was honored on Monday. The Cubs wore...



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