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BOSTON - Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will oversee the safety efforts of the utility company blamed for September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police officials have come up with several reforms designed to make it harder for people to keep guns after losing their right to own a firearm.

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MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin National Guard has decided an Illinois congressman who serves as a guardsman did nothing wrong when he criticized Gov. Tony Evers' decision to withdraw troops from the U.S. southern border.

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The Woodford County village of Congerville has lost its distinction as the coldest place in Illinois.

Former Congressman Aaron Schock has agreed to pay thousands of dollars in fines in exchange for prosecutors dismissing his felony corruption case.

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CHAMPAIGN - Weather experts say February was cold and stormy in Illinois with above-average precipitation and below-average temperatures.

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CHICAGO - Illinois is launching a new state website aimed at helping people affected by gambling addictions.

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. J.B. Pritzker has named leaders in three cabinet-level agencies.


DECATUR - Illinois lawmakers plan a hearing about the death of a 2-year-old Decatur girl who died from starvation and deprivation.

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CHICAGO - The killing of a pioneer in a new genre of news in which videographers interview street gangs and rappers in high-crime areas has unnerved other gangland reporters nationwide.

CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker hopes the burgeoning sports-gambling industry will help solve Illinois' budget troubles, but state lawmakers must first legalize expanded wagering.

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been appointed to the Council of Governors to advise the federal government on national security, disaster relief and the National Guard.

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DECATUR - Millikin University will conduct a national search for a new president after President Patrick White announced plans to retire next year.

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CHICAGO - A suburban Chicago man has been charged in the deaths of his wife and son.

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ST. LOUIS - Flooding along the Illinois River could spell trouble for southern portions of the state in the coming weeks.


SPRINGFIELD - Officials say an out-of-state buyer has purchased the giant yellow slide that's been a visitor favorite at the Illinois State Fair for more than a half-century.


ROCKFORD - Colleges and universities in Illinois are struggling to combat a trend of declining enrollment that's been spurred by low unemployment rates, a shrinking population, unstable funding sources and increased out-of-state competition. 

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.  - Michigan State Police say three people were killed when their car collided overnight with an Amtrak train near Kalamazoo.

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QUINCY - A western Illinois man has made his first court appearance in connection with an October house fire that killed two children.

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CHICAGO  -  Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett owes the city an apology.

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CHICAGO - A federal judge has refused to order the resumption of operations at a suburban Chicago plant that sterilizes medical instruments with a cancer-causing chemical.

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is proposing an 'honest budget' proposal.

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CHICAGO - Chicago's lead attorney says the city is pleased a federal judge will expedite hearings on a lawsuit challenging the planned construction of the Obama Presidential Center in a South Side park.

AURORA - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says his administration is reviewing how the gunman who killed five co-workers at a suburban Chicago business had a weapon despite a felony conviction.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is declining to get involved in the corruption case against former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock.

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CHICAGO - Investigators say an autopsy shows a 17-year-old boy died of multiple gunshot wounds after being shot by a Chicago police officer.

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MOLINE - A boom being used at an interstate bridge over the Mississippi River near Moline has fallen into the water.

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CHICAGO - Odds still favor the eventual construction of Barack Obama's $500 million presidential museum and library in a public park along Chicago's lakeshore. But it's no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks-advocacy group.

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CHICAGO - The wife of a white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald says her husband has been assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison.

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A winter storm brought a mix of snow and freezing rain to Illinois, coating some parts of the state with icy accumulations.