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  • Ill. begins taking marijuana business applications

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Entrepreneurs wanting to cultivate or dispense medical marijuana under a new Illinois law are getting their chance to be considered but few, if any, have come forward on the first day the state began accepting applications. Hours after the state began accepting...

  • Lawsuit accusing Chicago police of abuse settled

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council Finance Committee has approved a $150,000 settlement of a lawsuit filed by a tanning salon manager who claims she was struck by a police officer and verbally abused during a raid on the business. City attorney Leslie Darling told committee members Monday...

  • Madigan proposes allowing cameras at nursing homes

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Monday said she will push for legislation to allow video or audio recording devices to be placed in nursing home rooms to monitor patient treatment, calling it the "next line of defense" for the state's elderly residents. The legislation,...

  • Chicago man apparently drowns in Illinois River

    OGLESBY, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago man apparently drowned as he tried to swim across the Illinois River near Starved Rock State Park over the weekend. The (LaSalle) News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1usUaFP ) reported Monday that 22-year-old Angel L. Barreto was swimming in the river Saturday night when...

  • Correction: Illinois Pensions story

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about Illinois' pension debt, The Associated Press erroneously reported that lawmakers approved a state pension-plan overhaul last fall that would raise employees' contributions to their own retirement plans. The law actually would lower contributions...

  • Correction: Closer Look-Oil Drilling story

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a Sept. 7 story about Illinois' rules for hydraulic fracturing, The Associated Press erroneously reported where Ann Alexander works. She is a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, not the Environmental Law & Policy Center. A corrected version of the story...

  • Arbitrator named new Williamson County prosecutor

    MARION, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission arbitrator was sworn in Monday as the new Williamson County state's attorney, making it the first time the southern Illinois county has had a new top prosecutor in 30 years. Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati last...

  • Illinois mother charged with murder of 11-year-old

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 11-year-old daughter. Nicholette Lawrence, 32, was held on $5 million bond following the death of Raasania Coley on Friday, police said. Police said Lawrence told investigators she struck her...

  • 4 children killed in fire on Chicago's South Side

    CHICAGO (AP) — Four children were killed early Monday in a fire on Chicago's South Side, police said. Preliminary information shows two adults also were injured in the blaze and taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in the nearby suburb of Oak Lawn, Chicago Police...

  • Luis Gutierrez: Obama 'walked away from our values'

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez ripped President Obama on Sunday for "walking away from our values" with his decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections.

  • Quinn, Maryland governor tout higher minimum wage

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has received help from a fellow Democrat in Maryland as he continues to make the minimum wage a focus in his re-election campaign against Republican Bruce Rauner. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley appeared Sunday with Quinn in Chicago. O'Malley touted legislation he...

  • Police cleared in 2 Granite City shootings

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — A grand jury in southwestern Illinois' Madison County has deemed justified two Granite City police shootings, including one that killed a man. The county's state's attorney, Tom Gibbons, says one case involved two officers fatally shooting 45-year-old Stephen Minch of...

  • Brookfield Zoo gets $1M state money for facility

    CHICAGO (AP) — Brookfield Zoo will get $1 million in state funding to develop a building designed for disabled people, underserved communities and veterans and their families. Gov. Pat Quinn said Saturday the money is coming from the Illinois Jobs Now capital program. The state investment will...

  • Illinois 'Sister Rivers' program feted this week

    CHICAGO (AP) — This week will be "Illinois Sister Rivers and Lakes Week" to highlight the importance of the Illinois River and Lake Michigan. Gov. Pat Quinn made the declaration Saturday. An exhibit at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago will salute the state's sister rivers...

  • Mayors wager city delicacies in WNBA battle

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his Phoenix counterpart have sealed a friendly wager over the championship series of the Women's National Basketball Association. Emanuel and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton are offering up their cities' culinary specialties over the fate of the finals...



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