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The former chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board allegedly engaged in prohibited political activity while heading the agency that regulates gambling. 

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Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul says any deal with Purdue Pharma for the role it played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis must hold the Sackler family, owners of the company, accountable.

A tentative settlement with Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday would have Purdue file for a structured bankruptcy and pay as much as $12 billion over time, with about $3 billion coming from the Sackler family.

In addition, the family would have to give up its ownership of the company and contribute another $1.5 billion by selling another company, Mundipharma.

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Corruption charges against former Rep. Aaron Schock have been dismissed under a deal struck with prosecutors in March. 

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Donald Trump will take action to soften the effects of oil refinery exceptions for blending corn-based ethanol in motor fuel. 

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Billionaire David Koch has died at age 79. Koch was a major donor to conservative causes and educational groups.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker is praising the release of a report on bullying and harassment in Michael Madigan's office, but is sidestepping questions about Illinois House speaker's leadership.

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Power in Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office has been too centralized and its environment has fostered an atmosphere that condones bullying, intimidation, hazing and long work hours with inconsistent direction, according to an investigative report released Tuesday.

An investigation of sexual harassment in House Speaker Michael Madigan's office found that control has been too centralized and discourages complaints about mistreatment.

President Donald Trump says he's still considering whether to sign commutation papers freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from federal prison in Colorado.

Eight years after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted of corruption, the state of Illinois seeking to bar him from practicing law. 

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 800 points after the bond market flashed a warning sign about a possible recession for the first time since 2007. 

President Donald Trump says he's "very strongly" considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year prison term on multiple federal corruption convictions.

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The father of a slain scholar who begged his daughter's killer to reveal what he did with her remains so that they could be returned to China for burial says his family now understands that recovering them may be impossible. 

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he's thankful that the state has not suffered a mass shooting like those over the weekend - without mentioning two major shootings with multiple deaths in the past decade. 

Wall Street didn’t like what it saw in Caterpillar’s second quarter earnings report...but there may still be some reasons for Big Yellow to feel optimistic this year.

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An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Donald Trump and referred to them as the "Jihad Squad."

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A former University of Illinois doctoral student is facing life in prison in the abduction, rape and killing of a scholar from China after a federal jury failed to agree on a death sentence.

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The Illinois State Rifle Association is challenging a law requiring more oversight for firearms dealers. 

Planned Parenthood of Illinois has announced it will stop accepting federal funds because of a new Trump administration rule barring family planning clinics from referring women for abortions.

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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.  

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