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A plant pathogen that causes an invasive tree-killing disease has been found in Illinois.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the pathogen that causes sudden oak death has been confirmed in ornamental plants at 10 Walmart stores and one Hy-Vee.  The issue first emerged with rhododendrons at an Indiana Walmart in late May.  Agriculture officials traced the pathogen to plans from nurseries in Washington and Canada sold through an Oklahoma store.  Officials received shipping records and found that 18 states overall received the plants.

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A federal judge will allow jurors at the sentencing hearing of a former University of Illinois doctoral student to watch videos made by the mother and friends of the Chinese scholar he was convicted of kidnapping, torturing and killing.

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A federal jury that convicted a former University of Illinois doctoral student of kidnapping, torturing and killing a young scholar from China now must decide if Brendt Christensen should be put to death.

A Cook County judge has ruled Illinois' constitution was violated when legislators voted in recent years to freeze their pay.

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CHICAGO  - Illinois residents under 21 won't be able to buy tobacco products and cigarettes will cost more under new laws taking effect on Monday. 

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed into law a $45 billion capital spending plan to build and upgrade bridges, roads, schools and parks and pay for it by expanding gambling and make it more expensive to do things like drive and smoke cigarettes.   

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The Supreme Court says federal courts have no role to play in policing political districts drawn for partisan gain. The decision could embolden political line-drawing for partisan gain when state lawmakers undertake the next round of redistricting following the 2020 Census. 

Lawyers for a former University of Illinois doctoral student convicted of killing a scholar from China says he offered after his arrest to divulge where her remains are in exchange for a life sentence.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Jurors have convicted a former University of Illinois doctoral student in the slaying of a visiting scholar from China who was abducted at a bus stop as she headed to sign an off-campus apartment lease.

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ROCKFORD (AP) - An appellate court has tossed a central Illinois man's gun conviction, ruling a lower court shouldn't have allowed a Facebook photograph of him standing near guns to be entered as evidence.  

Federal prosecutors have rested their case in the Peoria trial of a former University of Illinois student who could get the death penalty if convicted of killing a scholar from China.

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Illinois historians say a bible that belonged to Abraham Lincoln in the last year of his life will be put on display at the presidential museum and library in the 16th president's hometown. 

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — The president of Western Illinois University is resigning at the end of June after eight years in the post.

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - The president of Western Illinois University is resigning at the end of June after eight years in the post.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Spokeswomen for the family of a slain Chicago woman whose baby was cut from her womb with a butcher knife says the infant boy has died.

LaHood: U.S. Cannot Back Down on Iran

Jun 13, 2019
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PEORIA -- U.S. Representative Darin LaHood says the reported attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman this morning is proof that American sanctions on Iran are working.

 

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BOSTON (AP) - St. Louis has reason to celebrate for the next few days after the Blues won the Stanley Cup for the first time since becoming an NHL franchise in 1967.

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PEORIA -- A federal prosecutor has shared with jurors grisly details of how they claim a former University of Illinois doctoral student kidnapped a visiting scholar from China, then brutally beat and killed her.

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TREMONT -- Authorities say the remains of a central Illinois Marine have been recovered, months after he died in a plane crash off Japan's southern coast.

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PEORIA -- A jury has been selected in the trial of a former graduate student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball has announced the two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals at West Ham's Olympic Stadium on June 13-14, 2020.

The Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield has banned the Illinois General Assembly's leaders from receiving Holy Communion at local churches because of their involvement in abortion legislation approved last week.

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A judge at the trial of a former University of Illinois student charged with killing a visiting Chinese scholar says lawyers should be ready to deliver opening statements by the middle of next week.

Thursday is the fourth day of jury selection at Brendt Christensen's trial in Peoria. 

Champaign's News-Gazette cites U.S. District Judge James Shadid as saying the final selection of 12 jurors and six alternates could happen Monday, with openings on Wednesday.

A lawyer for a Chinese family attending the trial of an ex-University of Illinois student charged with killing their daughter says he’s explaining to them how the American justice system works.

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State climate experts are now confirming what we already know. It rained A LOT last month. The Illinois State Climatologist Office says May was the third-wettest on record. It was also the sixth-consecutive month with above-average rainfall.

The trial is set to begin in Peoria for a former University of Illinois graduate student accused of kidnapping and killing a visiting scholar from China.

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Moderate flooding continues along northern portions of the Illinois River but crests near where it intersects the Mississippi River could reach historic levels.

    

URBANA - The parents of a visiting University of Illinois scholar who disappeared two years ago have arrived in Illinois from China for the murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing her.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Dressbarn, the women's clothing chain that's been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores.

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