Elgin police to begin wearing body cameras

ELGIN (AP) — Police in suburban Elgin will soon start wearing body cameras after the city council approved a plan to buy them.

The Wednesday vote means that the first group of 30 to 35 officers will begin wearing the cameras by February. The entire 182-member department — including the chief — is expected to start wearing cameras by the end of 2017.

Company in talks to buy, reopen Mitsubishi plant

NORMAL (AP) — Vehicles could start rolling off the line at the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal if a Michigan automotive company has its way.

Tobacco shop manager sentenced to prison in tax case

CHICAGO (AP) — The manager of a suburban Chicago tobacco shop has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state out of nearly $400,000 and sentenced to two years in prison.

In a news release, Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says that Tale Aburukbeh of Chicago was also ordered to pay $392,160 in restitution after pleading guilty to filing fraudulent sales tax returns.

Emergency funds headed to Illinois community colleges

CARTERVILLE (AP) — The Illinois board in charge of community colleges has approved distribution of $3 million in emergency funds to help schools across the state that are in need.

Illinois firearm deer harvest down 8.5% this year

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois hunters harvested about 8.5 percent fewer deer during the seven-day firearm season that ended Sunday compared to last year.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that hunters this year harvested 79,429 deer. That's compared to the seven days of the firearms season in 2015 when hunters harvested 86,847 deer.

Energy Department grants to fund Illinois CO2 projects

CHAMPAIGN (AP) — The Illinois State Geological Survey says it has been awarded a pair of federal grants worth a total of more than $12.6 million to try to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions from the use of fossil fuels.

Gov. Rauner at Clinton High School

Gov. Bruce Rauner visited Clinton High School Wednesday to sign the Future Energy Jobs bill — legislation that keeps the Clinton nuclear power plant open for at least 10 more years.

Judge temporarily blocks Rauner from imposing contract terms

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A judge in southern Illinois has issued a temporary restraining order to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration from imposing contract terms onto state workers.

Rauner to sign Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to sign legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. so the power giant can keep unprofitable nuclear plants running in Clinton and the Quad Cities.

Illinois budget still elusive as leaders lash out

CHICAGO (AP) — As Illinois remains without a budget, legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are succeeding more at frustrating each other than at striking a deal to end an 18-month budget impasse that is damaging the state's fiscal health every day.