Carbondale approves development of solar-power station

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Carbondale City Council has approved a solar power-producing station despite strong community opposition.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports ( ) the council voted 5-2 to allow a company called Brightfields to build the solar array at the former Koppers Wood Treatment plant.

Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house

CARYN ROUSSEAU, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from an Alabama federal prison early Thursday, two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items, his father said.

Man guilty of father's stabbing death gets 35-year sentence

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man found guilty of stabbing his father to death at a Westmont hotel has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

3 state workers seek to join Rauner lawsuit over union dues

CHICAGO (AP) — Three state employees want to join Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit against Illinois labor unions, saying they shouldn't be forced to pay dues because they aren't union members.

The workers filed a motion Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. They say the requirement they pay "fair share" dues violates their First Amendment rights.

ACLU: Chicago police had higher stop-and-frisk rate than NYC

DON BABWIN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officers initiated a higher rate of stop, question and frisk encounters last summer than their New York City counterparts did during their peak summer, which preceded a federal ruling that New York's implementation of the controversial practice discriminated against racial minorities, a civil liberties group said.

Pair reach settlement with library over records requests

ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Two people have reached a settlement with a suburban Chicago library in an ongoing dispute that started with complaints about pornography.

Madison County furloughs court reporters over budget crunch

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Court reporters in a southwestern Illinois county will stay home three days each week in response to a state budget crisis that could lead to widespread layoffs.

'Not a good basketball year anywhere' at UI, Easter tells snide legislators

SPRINGFIELD — In hearings before the House and Senate appropriations committees Thursday, outgoing University of Illinois President Robert Easter had to tolerate snide remarks about the UI’s lack of success in basketball this season — particularly since he followed Illinois State President Larry Dietz.

Police: Dealers paying teens to transport drugs via train

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — A yearlong police investigation has discovered criminal organizations are paying teens and young adults to transport drugs from Chicago to northwest Indiana.

Judge to sentence ill ex-lawmaker for child pornography

MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge will weigh questions about terminal illness and what constitutes just punishment Thursday when he sentences a former Illinois lawmaker for compiling and trading more than 2,000 pornographic images of children online.