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  • Injunction granted ending retiree premium hike

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Sangamon County judge issued a preliminary injunction barring Illinois from collecting higher health care insurance premiums from retired state employees. In a 6-to-1 ruling in July, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision allowing the state to...

  • Former Adams County prosecutor charged with murder

    QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Curtis D. Lovelace, an All-Big Ten center at Illinois who later became an Adams County assistant state's attorney, was formerly charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of his wife. Lovelace, a private practice lawyer in Quincy, is accused of suffocating Cory...

  • Chicago commander accused of threatening suspect

    CHICAGO (AP) — A decorated Chicago police commander who rose through the ranks even as he was the subject of numerous misconduct allegations appeared in court Thursday, facing felony charges that he stuck his gun down the throat of a suspect and threatened to kill him. Shortly after his arrest,...

  • Governor hopefuls rip each other on hiring, taxes

    CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Illinois governor sharpened their attacks on each other Thursday, with Gov. Pat Quinn saying Bruce Rauner's plan to tax some services will help wealthy people like Rauner but hurt hardworking families, and the Republican businessman calling Quinn's efforts to...

  • Chicago schools getting $10M for Safe Passage

    CHICAGO (AP) — A school safety program beefed up after dozens of Chicago schools were closed last year will get a $10 million infusion from the state of Illinois for further expansion, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday. Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest district, started the...

  • US judge tosses Koschman suit against Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit accusing the city of Chicago, police and state prosecutors of covering up the involvement of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew in David Koschman's death in 2004. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer Thursday ruled the...

  • Oil industry donating to Rauner's campaign

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Oil producers, drilling companies and geologists frustrated with the slow process of implementing rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling are putting their money behind Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports...

  • I-55 crash trucker charged with reckless homicide

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — An Indiana truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people on an interstate southwest of Chicago has been charged with reckless homicide. The indictment also alleges 51-year-old Francisco Espinal-Quiroz of Leesburg, Indiana, had physical conditions preventing him...

  • Ruling affects Illinois cancer cluster case

    MCCOLLUM LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court ruling means a lawsuit can go forward accusing a chemical company of dumping toxins in Illinois, causing a deadly cancer cluster. The Northwest Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1orcnOh ) that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear...

  • Suburban Chicago teacher charged with child porn

    CHICAGO (AP) — A 51-year-old suburban Chicago middle school teacher has been arrested on federal charges of receiving child pornography and persuading a 16-year-old to produce pornographic images of himself. Prosecutors say authorities arrested John C. Vastis at his Lakemoor home Thursday...

  • IDNR set to release fracking rules Friday

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is expected to release proposed rules for high powered oil drilling to a legislative panel. Department officials say that rules to implement the state's year-old hydraulic fracturing law will be submitted to the Illinois...

  • Chicago police commander accused of misconduct

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police commander is to appear in court on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct. The appearance of Glenn Evans on Thursday comes during the same week that he was charged and stripped of his police powers. The Cook County State's Attorney's office says...

  • IL13 race: Callis releases TV ad, GOP attacks ‘life of privilege’

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – Democratic congressional hopeful Ann Callis unveiled her new TV ad Wednesday – a 30-second spot that has the right attacking her “privileged background.” Callis, a former Madison County judge, stepped down from a 19-year career on the bench last year to...

  • Coroner: Illinois woman hit in police chase dies

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Winnebago County authorities say a woman has died after being struck by a vehicle fleeing from police last week. A Winnebago County coroner says 42-year-old Karen Williams of Rockford died Wednesday after being hospitalized in critical condition for a week. The coroner's...

  • Cahokia Mounds plans Indian culture weekend

    COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville is offering a chance to explore Native American culture next month. The historic site has scheduled "American Indian Educational Days" the weekend of Sept. 13-14. The free event will include demonstrations and hands-on...



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