Man suspected of killing 7 refuses to answer judge

MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

Updated: Court-appointed monitor ordered for IDOT hiring

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to investigate hiring at Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Department of Transportation, saying the monitor would help with compliance of a decades-old ban on political hiring.

Construction begins on Chicago-Moline rail line

CHICAGO (AP) — Construction has started to restore passenger rail service between Chicago and the Quad Cities, on the Iowa state line, for the first time since 1979.

SIU police probe latest reported sexual assault

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities at Southern Illinois University are investigating the third reported sexual assault on the Carbondale campus in about a month.

Ex-hospital official denies embezzling $700,000

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former children's hospital official in central Illinois has pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than $700,000 from the institution over six years.

Fixing Winnebago ballot error to cost $50,000

ROCKFORD (AP) — A forest preserve district race has been omitted from thousands of ballots in Winnebago County, forcing election officials to spend $50,000 to fix the problem.

Illinois puts $10 million toward Macon County beltway

DECATUR (AP) — The state of Illinois will put $10 million toward beginning work to connect Interstate 72 and U.S. 51 near Decatur.

The Macon County South East Beltway will cost about $150 million and move traffic that passes through Decatur around the city's east side.

Rockford releases calendar for school construction

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Rockford School District calendar shows a $250 million facilities overhaul will affect students as soon as March and will continue through January 2019.

Ebola screening starts Thursday at 4 U.S. airports

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Customs and health officials at airports in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Newark will take the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries starting Thursday.

Updated: Residents believe plane crash in lot saved lives

DON BABWIN, Associated Press