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  • Man accused of threatening university students

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago man has been charged with making bomb and violence threats against students, faculty and staff of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Federal prosecutors announced Monday 21-year-old Derrick Dawon Burns is accused of making the threats on October...

  • GOP opposition to school funding bill irks Manar

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Republicans, fearing that majority Democrats could take money away from their suburban Chicago school districts in a postelection vote, have thrown up prominent if symbolic opposition on Senate-approved legislation to overhaul state funding for public...

  • Durbin, Oberweis debate background checks for guns

    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and GOP challenger Jim Oberweis disagreed Monday on whether to require universal background checks for firearms purchases, with Durbin saying it would reduce violence in a country "awash in guns" and Oberweis saying he's not convinced the checks would have...

  • Taxi official charged in alleged title scheme

    CHICAGO (AP) — An official at Chicago's largest taxi company has been charged in an alleged scheme to obtain clean titles for 180 wrecked and salvaged cars and put them back into service. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago unsealed an indictment Monday against 67-year-old Alexsandr Igolnikov...

  • Bond denied for suspect in Chicago-area FAA fire

    CHICAGO (AP) — A magistrate judge ordered a suburban Chicago man held without bond Monday on charges he set a fire at an air traffic control center, causing damage that brought the city's two international airports to a halt. Dressed in hospital scrubs and wearing a large white bandage on his...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...



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