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  • Vallas: Rauner plan would cost schools $4 billion

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Bruce Rauner's proposal to dump a temporary state income tax increase would cost public schools $4 billion a year and lead to 28,000 teacher layoffs, the rival campaign for Illinois governor said Wednesday. Paul Vallas, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's running...

  • Durbin: Earmarks have made positive impact

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' senior U.S. Senator is making no apologies for supporting earmarks. Dick Durbin is a Springfield Democrat and the Senate Majority Whip. He's facing GOP state Sen. Jim Oberweis in a re-election bid. Durbin told attendees at a forum in Bloomington Wednesday...

  • Rauner: Dept. of Agriculture 'full of cronyism'

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The GOP candidate for Illinois governor says if elected he'd work to overhaul the state Department of Agriculture. Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) is a Winnetka businessman. He told attendees at a forum in Bloomington Wednesday coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau that the...

  • Oberweis: Government overreaching in regulations

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate says there are too many government regulations on the nation's food supply. Jim Oberweis is a Republican state Senator and dairy magnate. He is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in November. Oberweis told attendees at...

  • Illinois Supreme Court reopens after renovations

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court building officially reopened Wednesday after 13 months of extensive renovation work. Chief Justice Rita Garman led members of the media on a tour of the restored building where the state's seven justices will return to begin the court's fall...

  • US Senate candidates disagree over debate schedule

    CHICAGO (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis is pushing U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to participate in more debates by releasing emails detailing campaign negotiations over venues. Oberweis wants seven before Nov. 4. His campaign accused Durbin Wednesday of limiting free speech, saying...

  • Cardinal George cancels plans to travel to Rome

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago says Cardinal Francis George will not travel to Rome in October to meet with Pope Francis. Spokeswoman Colleen Dolan says the archbishop of Chicago had hoped to make that trip in mid-October but will not be able to because of medical treatment. She says...

  • Illinois woman gets 75 years for father's murder

    MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for soliciting and aiding in the 2011 murder of her father. Williamson County Judge John Speroni sentenced 55-year-old Cindy Stearns on Tuesday. She was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and...

  • Prosecutor says man should be tried for murder

    GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — Kane County prosecutors say an Aurora man should be tried after an appellate court vacated his guilty plea and sentence for a 2005 murder. The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports (http://bit.ly/1oo3vZG) Garang Deng was 14 when he allegedly killed Marilyn Bethell of...

  • Simon touts Bloomington Internet program

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is welcoming Illinois students — who could graduate from college in 2025 — back to school and is highlighting a program providing Internet access to low-income students. Simon was at Bloomington Junior High School Tuesday to see the school's...

  • Illinois health centers receive $1.7M for projects

    CHICAGO (AP) — Seven health centers in the Chicago area are receiving a total of $1.7 million in funding for construction and renovation projects. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois announced the funding Tuesday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is...

  • State Police open new forensics lab in Belleville

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Police has a new forensics laboratory to help solve crimes. The Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory opened Tuesday in Belleville, and will provide what officials call state-of-the-art equipment. State Police say the almost $42 million lab will be...

  • Man accused of stalking judge gets 5-year sentence

    WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man accused of stalking a DuPage County circuit judge has been sentenced to five years in prison. State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin says 58-year-old John Euwema of Western Springs was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to stalking and interference...

  • Gov. Pat Quinn vetoes bill increasing speeding

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on interstate highways around Illinois. The legislation was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis. It follows the passage of a 2013 law increasing the speed limit to...

  • Quinn signs law allow study of industrial hemp

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law allowing universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp. The Chicago Democrat signed the measure Tuesday creating a pilot program. Industrial hemp is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of...



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