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  • 2 Illinois women die from West Nile virus

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two women with West Nile virus have died, becoming the state's first deaths from the illness this year, health officials announced Thursday. One woman was in her 70s and the other was in her 80s, said Chicago Department of Public Health spokesman Ryan Gage. Another two...

  • Illinois jobless rate declines in August

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois' unemployment fell in August to 6.7 percent, the sixth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday. The latest figure, down one-tenth of a percentage point from July, represents a drop from 9.2...

  • Alleged gang member sentenced; judge cites murder

    CHICAGO (AP) — A purported leader of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison for drug trafficking, with a federal judge also factoring into her sentence that the defendant likely murdered a Chicago police officer and a woman in 2008. Jason "J Rock"...

  • ComEd settles for $46M with state of Illinois

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Commerce Commission on Thursday approved a $46.2 million Commonwealth Edison settlement over lawsuits with the state that could mean refunds of about $8 for customers on their November electric bills, the Illinois attorney general's office said. The settlement...

  • Judge: Libertarian candidate can be on ballot

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Sangamon County judge on Thursday rejected the Republican Party's attempt to have a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor struck from the Nov. 4 ballot. Judge Patrick Kelley denied GOP attorneys' appeal of a State Board of Elections decision to allow Chad Grimm...

  • IL13 race: Article calls Callis’ residency called into question

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Democratic nominee seeking to represent Illinois’ 13th Congressional District may not have technically lived in the state while serving as a circuit judge, according to a recent report. The candidate in question is Ann Callis, a former Madison County...

  • Man gets 15-year prison term on gun conviction

    CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man described by federal prosecutors as an organized crime enforcer was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years of prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Mario J. Rainone of Addison was found guilty of the gun violation in February. A search warrant was...

  • Illinois launches catch-and-release fly fishing

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Selected Illinois waterways will open ahead of the regular trout season for catch-and-release fly fishing, the Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday. The new catch-and-release season will open Oct. 4 with the regular trout fishing season starting Oct. 18....

  • Suspect in meat-tampering case again denied bond

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man accused of inserting what prosecutors called "booby trap" sewing needles into packaged supermarket meats "just for the hell of it" again lost a bid Wednesday to be eligible for release on bond. U.S. District Judge David Herndon sided with...

  • Rauner ethics plan targets lobbyists, lawmakers

    CHICAGO (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released a proposal for ethics reform Wednesday that included a temporary ban on Illinois officials becoming lobbyists and broadening recall powers, ideas political experts called a step in the right direction but difficult to...

  • Quinn blasts NFL owners with dig at GOP opponent

    CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case cropped up in Illinois' gubernatorial race Wednesday when Gov. Pat Quinn indirectly called on his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner — a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers — to condemn domestic violence. Quinn, a Chicago Democrat,...

  • Ex-teacher admits misconduct involving girls

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A former southern Illinois math teacher and cross country coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges involving sexual misconduct with girls. Timothy Going, 43, of Fairfield entered the pleas to a three indictment counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a...

  • Peoria forgoes search, promotes interim cop chief

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria officials on Wednesday named Jerry Mitchell the city's new police chief, a post he held on an interim basis since his predecessor resigned to take a job at Caterpillar Inc. Mitchell became interim police chief after Steve Settingsgaard stepped down in June to become...

  • Woman gets prison sentence in 5-year-old's death

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for driving onto a sidewalk and killing a 5-year-old girl after inhaling computer dust cleaner. Carly Rousso of Highland Park was sentenced by Lake County Circuit Judge James Booras after a hearing...

  • Emanuel wants no more signs as large as Trump's

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will always have the TRUMP sign on one of its tallest buildings to remind everyone in big, bold letters how Mayor Rahm Emanuel got trumped by The Donald, but now the mayor is proposing an ordinance to make sure nobody else can do the same. In the latest chapter of what...



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