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  • Rauner ethics plan targets lobbyists, lawmakers

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's plan for ethics reform released Wednesday includes a temporary ban on state officials becoming lobbyists and broadening recall powers, ideas government watchdog groups called a step in the right direction but difficult to...

  • Ex-deputy gets 50 years prison in child sex case

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A former northern Illinois sheriff's deputy who investigated child pornography was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in federal prison on charges involving sex with a minor. Gregory Pyle, 39, of Crest Hill pleaded guilty last December, admitting that he brought a boy over...

  • Beanie Babies creator's sentence debated in court

    CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors seeking in an appeal to put the billionaire Beanie Babies creator in prison for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts told judges Wednesday that the toy maker's sentence of probation threatens to erode the judicial system's ability to deter other tax evaders....

  • Southern Illinois airport receives $3.2M grant

    MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois airport is receiving $3.2 million in federal funds for construction of a new terminal. The grant for Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion was announced Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, both Democrats. The money is from...

  • Great Lakes mayors to meet in Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Mayors from municipalities around the Great Lakes are to meet in Chicago next week, officials said Wednesday, about a month after Lake Erie algae contaminated water in Ohio. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will host the summit of...

  • 3 Illinois professors receive "genius grants"

    CHICAGO (AP) — Three college professors in Illinois are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." Mark Hersam of Northwestern University, Tami Bond of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Tara Zahra of the University of Chicago were each awarded...

  • Geneva man 1st Kane County human West Nile case

    GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — The Kane County Health Department said Wednesday that it has diagnosed its first human West Nile virus case. The virus was confirmed this week in a 33-year-old man from Geneva, health department officials said. Health department officials urged residents to monitor for the...

  • West Frankfort man convicted of burning girlfriend

    BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois judge on Tuesday convicted a West Frankfort man of setting his girlfriend on fire. Christopher Rollins, 30, was accused of dousing Tessa Leech with cleaning solvent and setting her ablaze after Rollins said she was being unfaithful. Leech survived but...

  • Highland teachers strike for 5th school day

    HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — A teacher strike in southwestern Illinois' Highland School District continued for the fifth day Wednesday as union representatives negotiated with district officials. The union president submitted a new contract proposal to the school board Tuesday night, after teachers...

  • Foundation formed as firefighter tribute

    HUDSON, Ill. (AP) — A new foundation to help the families of first responders is also being created as a memorial to a fallen firefighter from the central Illinois community of Hudson. The Chris Brown Foundation will honor volunteer firefighter Chris Brown, who was killed while on duty in 2013...

  • Downtown Morrison on register of historic places

    MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — The Main Street Historic District in the northwestern Illinois community of Morrison has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to city officials. The Gazette in Sterling reports (http://bit.ly/1mc7TjZ) Mayor Everett Pannier says the city was...

  • Illinois man gets 7 years for cemetery thefts

    AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A man who took part in the theft of more than 100 bronze vases from a cemetery in Aurora and later tried to run over a sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Vincent Teruel pleaded guilty to his role in the theft and to aggravated battery, The (Aurora)...

  • Teen eludes electronic monitoring, attacks student

    CHICAGO (AP) — A probation officer was suspended Tuesday after a teenager on home electronic monitoring was able to leave his home earlier this month and allegedly sexually assault a pregnant Chicago State University student. WMAQ-TV in Chicago reports (http://bit.ly/1qdkL4y) Cook County...

  • Southwest flight makes emergency landing at Midway

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to New York made an emergency landing Tuesday after an engine warning light came on in the cockpit, an airline spokeswoman said. The light came on shortly after Flight 321 took off from Midway International Airport headed to LaGuardia...

  • McLean County nixes marijuana cultivation center

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The McLean County Board denied a special use permit for a proposed medical marijuana cultivation center on Tuesday, saying it would be more like a factory than a farm. Board members voted 15-2 to deny the permit requested by Tim Jones, who wanted to build the facility...



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