Winds blow smoke from forest fires in Canada into Midwest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A haze is blanketing much of the Midwest as strong winds carry smoke from forest fires in Canada thousands of miles to the south.

Chicago's archbishop calls for compassion toward gay people

CHICAGO (AP) — Archbishop Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago has asked his congregation to be compassionate toward gay people following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize gay marriage nationwide.

Arthur Freedom Celebration 2015

Photos from the Arthur Freedom Celebration Saturday June 27, 2015.

Illinois mom, accused of killing daughter, gets support

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — The attorney for a Schaumburg woman charged with killing her daughter in a botched murder-suicide attempt says his client has received an outpouring of sympathy.

Walter Payton Liver Center opens clinic in Naperville

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Patients with liver diseases in Chicago's western suburbs have more convenient access to care through a new clinic in Naperville named for Walter Payton.

Edgar on DWS: redistricting yes, term limits no

A former Illinois governor said creating term limits for state lawmakers isn't really the answer to fixing the state's problems.

Republican Jim Edgar made the comments Wednesday on A Penny for Your Thoughts on WDWS.

Jerad Gale arraignment

Jerad Gale during his arraignment for 3 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault at the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana Wednesday June 24, 2015.

Evanston City Council OKs ordinance allowing gun ranges

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — The Evanston City Council has approved regulations if a gun range opens in the city.

Illinois State Police searching for man who shot at trooper

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say they're searching for a man who they say fired shots at a trooper during a traffic stop in East St. Louis.

Rockford proposes new rules for ride-hailing services

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft would be affected by newly proposed rules in Rockford.