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  • 'American Idol' to have auditions at state fair

    SPRINGFEILD, Ill. (AP) — There's a chance you could walk away from the Illinois State Fair this year with more than just saltwater taffy, political ephemera and a tummy ache. You could snare a recording contract. The popular television talent-search program "American Idol" will conduct open...

  • Asbestos defendants appeal jurisdiction ruling in Madison County lung cancer cases

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – Defendants in three separate Madison County, Ill., asbestos cases alleging lung cancer have appealed orders denying their forum non conveniens motions to dismiss, which a judge said failed to sufficiently argue that Illinois is inconvenient for all parties...

  • Consumer advocates watching Exelon-Integrys deal

    CHICAGO (AP) — Energy watchdog groups are worried that Exelon's plan to buy one of its business competitors will be bad for northern Illinois electricity customers. Exelon Corp. said Wednesday that it's buying the retail business of Integrys for $60 million. Integrys Energy Services sells...

  • Actor Sinise, Arlington Park to honor veterans

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Actor Gary Sinise is teaming with a suburban Chicago horse racing track to raise money to help veterans. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1AAaMz8 ) The Gary Sinise Foundation and Arlington International Racecourse will hold a fundraising...

  • Chicago-area man sentenced in child assault case

    CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 30-year-old suburban Chicago man to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child. The Kane County circuit judge imposed the sentence Wednesday on Brandon M. Niford. The Aurora man was convicted earlier this year of predatory criminal sexual assault...

  • Music director fired over same-sex marriage plans

    INVERNESS, Ill. (AP) — The longtime music director at a suburban Chicago Roman Catholic church says he was fired after posting on social media plans to marry his same-sex partner. Colin Collette says his partner proposed to him last week in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. After leading...

  • Evanston approves partial ban on plastic bags

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Evanston is joining other U.S. cities that have proposed bans on plastic bags because of environmental concerns. The City Council on Monday approved an ordinance barring stores larger than 10,000 square feet from distributing plastic shopping bags at the point of sale....

  • Girl Scouts to get new campground in Litchfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois are getting a new camp ground. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1xzko8Z ) real estate moguls Loretta and Joe Scott, Sr. are donating the Honey Bend Campground and Resort in Litchfield, which is located about 130...

  • Quinn: Workers' compensation rate to fall in 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the state's workers' compensation insurance rates will drop 5.5 percent next year. Quinn announced Wednesday the cut in rates is being recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, which annually reviews payments and fees and proposes...

  • Court filing details carnage of fatal bank robbery

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of killing two Illinois bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery attempt — stabbing one of them more than 50 times — told officers he "made sure" they would die, investigators say in an unsealed court filing. In an application for a...

  • Governor candidates assess overseas tax breaks

    CHICAGO (AP) — The practice of U.S. corporations reorganizing with foreign entities overseas to reduce taxes back home has emerged as an issue in Illinois' gubernatorial race, with Gov. Pat Quinn strongly condemning the growing trend as "unpatriotic" on Wednesday and questioning his Republican...

  • Chicago mayor proposes hike in hourly minimum wage

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour. The proposal would increase the current $8.25 minimum wage by 45 percent over the next four years. If approved by the City Council, wages would...

  • Quinn signs epinephrine law for Illinois schools

    CHICAGO (AP) — A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday that'll allow trained school officials to...

  • Charges upgraded to murder after Palatine fight

    PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A 35-year-old Palatine man is being held in lieu of $2 million bond on a first-degree murder charge after the death of a man the suspect allegedly punched outside a bar. The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports (http://bit.ly/1pqB4Ov) reports Michael G. Platt was...

  • Man seeks withdrawal of plea in fatal stabbing

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A Waukegan man wants to withdraw the guilty plea entered in connection with the stabbing death of a Round Lake man and the injuring of a teenager. A Lake County judge on Wednesday scheduled an Aug. 26 hearing on a request made by the attorney for Zervont Thomas. The...



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