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  • Sheriff: Pilot dies in Illinois small plane crash

    PLANO, Ill. (AP) — Kendall County authorities say an longtime Elgin attorney has died after his small plane crashed in a suburb southwest of Chicago. The wife of 80-year-old John E. Juergensmeyer told the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights that (http://bit.ly/1rwRIgv ) her husband was piloting...

  • Renovation work begins at Chicago's Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO (AP) — Hard hats have replaced baseball caps at historic Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs prepare to start a massive renovation project. On Monday the historic ballpark began looking like a construction zone. Nothing was torn down, but chain-link fencing ringed most of the park and...

  • Illinois sending approvals to marijuana patients

    CHICAGO (AP) — The first approval letters have been sent to Illinois patients who've applied to use medical marijuana legally, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold confirmed Monday. Arnold said approximately a dozen letters have been sent as the state continues to...

  • Chicago parks to get $2.4M in state money

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Park District will receive $2.4 million in state money to improve five parks. The money is coming from the Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grants Sunday. He says the money will create jobs and "ensure that Chicago's parks...

  • Trial set for man accused of lobbying for Zimbabwe

    CHICAGO (AP) — The trial of a Chicago man accused of illegally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to lift sanctions against leaders in Zimbabwe it set to get underway. C. Gregory Turner's trial begins Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. A second man, Prince Asiel Ben Israel, has pleaded guilty to...

  • Sen. Durbin to seek probe of air center sabotage

    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that he will seek an investigation into how a contract employee was able to sabotage a regional control center and bring Chicago's two international airports to a halt. The Illinois Democrat told The Associated Press that he will ask inspectors...

  • Fire damages, destroys 8 buildings in Rock Island

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — Fire ripped through the heart of downtown Rock Island early Saturday, destroying or damaging eight buildings. The fire in the western Illinois city began just after 4 a.m. Saturday in a vacant building that was scheduled to be demolished Monday, officials said. The...

  • Rauner political giving shifted more Republican

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Records analyzed by The Associated Press indicate that wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner shifted his political donations to go all-out Republican after deciding to challenge Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The Republican and his wife, Diana, have given $15 million to federal...

  • AP Exclusive: Rauner giving veers left and right

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect abortion rights and the environment — traditionally seen as liberal causes. Rauner, a wealthy Winnetka businessman, has given similar amounts to groups...

  • Rauners give $19M to liberal, conservative groups

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Republican candidate for Illinois candidate, Bruce Rauner, and his wife, Diana, contributed through their Rauner Family Foundation more than $19 million from 1999 through 2012 to not-for-profit organizations, some with political agendas, both liberal and...

  • Bike-sharing expanding to Oak Park, Evanston

    CHICAGO (AP) — The bicycle-sharing program that's proven popular in Chicago is expanding to two suburbs. Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday that the state will invest $3 million to help add 700 Divvy bikes and 70 docking stations in Evanston, Oak Park and more Chicago neighborhoods next year. The...

  • Illiana Expressway clears environmental review

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The planned Illiana Expressway between Indiana and Illinois has cleared a federal environmental review. The Federal Highway Administration published a tier two final environmental impact statement Friday on the 47-mile tollway south of Chicago. Critics call the $1.5...

  • Ex-Sen. Roland Burris an issue in Chicago trial

    CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Democrat appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to a U.S. Senate in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming onetime Sen. Roland Burris was once accused of seeking to extort a business. Word...

  • Michelle Obama to campaign for Gov. Quinn

    CHICAGO (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is expected to campaign for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago next month. The White House confirmed Saturday the first lady will attend a Quinn event on Oct. 7. Her visit will follow a campaign stop by President Barack Obama scheduled for Thursday....

  • Cop: Man accused in wife's death didn't call 911

    QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois prosecutor recently charged with murder in the 2006 death of his first wife told investigators he never summoned emergency responders or tried to resuscitate her after he found her dead in bed when he returned from taking three of their children to school,...



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