ComEd to spend $33 million on Rockford library

ROCKFORD (AP) — Commonwealth Edison has agreed to spend $33 million on a new library in downtown Rockford after contamination was discovered under the city's main library branch.

Appeals court denies Blagojevich request for resentencing

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal court took just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, dashing one of the Democrat's last hopes of getting out of prison before he has served his full 14-year sentence for corruption.

Contamination may delay plans for Pullman monument site

CHICAGO (AP) — A cleanup of contaminants left at the Pullman National Monument site on Chicago's South Side from decades of rail car production may delay plans for the former factory grounds.

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Grand opening set for Pike County vets museum

PITTSFIELD (AP) — A museum that honors military veterans in western Illinois is poised to officially open and it's going to be a lot bigger than originally planned.

The Quincy Herald-Whig ( ) reports the grand opening for the Pike County All Wars Museum in Pittsfield will be held on Saturday.

Caterpillar moving headquarters Deerfield

DEERFIELD (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. has announced it is moving its corporate headquarters from Peoria to the Chicago suburb of Deerfield.

In making the announcement Wednesday, Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby noted the Deerfield headquarters will be minutes from O'Hare International Airport and a convenient rail ride to Chicago.

2 held after word of planned shooting at Skokie school

SKOKIE (AP) — Police say two students were taken into custody for allegedly making plans for a shooting at their suburban Chicago middle school.

Budget problems, bill backlog affecting state parks

LOVES PARK (AP) — The continuing lack of a state budget in Illinois is affecting upkeep and repairs at Illinois state parks.

Some Illinois school districts offer free ACT exams

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of high school juniors in public schools across Illinois will also get to take the ACT college entrance exam courtesy of their districts in addition to the free SAT.

Road project stung by judge's endangered-bee ruling

CHICAGO (AP) — A bee has halted a multimillion-dollar road project in suburban Chicago that's designed to ease traffic congestion.

It's the rusty patched bumblebee and a Chicago federal judge ruled this week that its endangered status meant construction on that nearly 6-mile road had to stop.