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  • Candidates march in Mexican Independence parade

    CHICAGO (AP) — An annual Mexican Independence Day Parade on Sunday in Chicago drew major candidates for the city's 2015 mayoral election and the November contest for Illinois governor. Alderman Bob Fioretti announced his bid to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel a day earlier. Also at the parade was...

  • Highland teachers may end strike

    HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — The school district and teachers union in southwestern Illinois' Highland School District have reached a tentative agreement after a four-day strike. Superintendent Michael Sutton said the agreement was reached Saturday evening but declined to release details until it was...

  • Cop and suspect injured in shooting, incident

    CHICAGO (AP) — A man was shot and injured by Chicago police after an officer was struck with a car, officials said Sunday. The incident occurred Saturday evening around 10:15 p.m. when undercover officers driving an unmarked squad car stopped a suspect as part of a narcotics investigation,...

  • Chicago alderman challenging Emanuel for mayor

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago alderman announced Saturday he'll challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015, saying the city deserves a leader who looks out for everyday people and not just downtown businesses and the wealthy. Bob Fioretti, a frequent critic of Emanuel, ripped the former White House chief...

  • Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state lawmaker who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana law said it bars the release of information about those applying to grow and sell the drug to prevent the state officials who review the applications from being influenced by political connections. State Rep....

  • Freshmen enrollment drops at U. of Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Freshman enrollment at the University of Illinois's flagship campus is down this semester by 5.4 percent from a year ago, according to the school. The freshman class enrolled this fall at the Urbana-Champaign campus has 6,937 students. That's down from 7,331 in the fall...

  • Glen Carbon village names next police chief

    GLEN CARBON, Ill. (AP) — The southwestern Illinois village of Glen Carbon soon will have a new police chief. The village's governing board has approved of Collinsville Police Department Assistant Police Chief Todd Link as John Lakin's eventual replacement, the Belleville News-Democrat...

  • 5 men from Kankakee area hit with gun charges

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Five men are in federal custody on gun charges resulting from investigations of gun violence in the Kankakee area, the U.S. attorney's office in central Illinois announced Friday. Rico J. Speed, 27; Roosevelt D. Smith, 22; Charles V. Williams, 39, and Carlton Lashawn Smith,...

  • US awards $12M to Illinois health centers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $11.7 million in funding to community health centers across Illinois, Sen. Dick Durbin announced Friday. The money is available through the Affordable Care Act. It will be used to hire additional health care...

  • Chabon novel chosen for Chicago reading initiative

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago residents are being encouraged to enter a world of superheroes through the city's popular One Book, One Chicago program. The Chicago Public Library Commission announced Friday it has chosen Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay"...

  • Illinois still employs 173 hired improperly

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn's administration hired more than 60 percent of the Illinois Department of Transportation workers whose employment was deemed improper by a state ethics watchdog, a document released Friday shows. The list, released late Friday in response to Freedom of...

  • Kirk fundraises off Michelle Obama

    "I'm not one to believe rumors or engage in political gossip, but when it comes to defending the Illinois Senate seat that I'm honored to hold, I take all potential threats seriously," the Republican wrote in a Sept. 5 fundraising letter.

  • Christie stumps for Illinois candidate

    The New Jersey governor is heading back into the home state of President Obama to stump for Bruce Rauner, who faces incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November.

  • 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.

  • Illinois term limit battle could end Friday

    Illinois Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner's last chance at getting term limits on the November ballot may come to an end Friday.



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