2nd lawsuit pending after Rockford police shooting

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The city of Rockford has settled one lawsuit after the police shooting death of an unarmed black man in 2009 but a second lawsuit is still pending.

Cicero landlord gets life in fire that killed 7

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cicero landlord has been sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of seven people during a Valentine's Day 2010 apartment fire that prosecutors say was set for insurance money.

Illinois city settles police shooting lawsuit for $1.1 million

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The city of Rockford has reached a $1.1 million settlement with the estate of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot inside a church-run day care by two white police officers in 2009, according to officials.

Cook County to join cameras-in-court program

MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

Chicago officer disciplined for 'Alabama' song at protest

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department says it will discipline an officer who played "Sweet Home Alabama" over a police-cruiser loudspeaker during a march protesting police treatment of African Americans.

Family sues Marengo funeral director for $1.1 million

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois family is seeking $1.1 million in damages in a lawsuit against the director of a 20-year-old's funeral for what they call tragic errors, mistakes and intentional acts.

Lawyer: American arrested in Israel denies charges

TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press

Central High School Die-In

Central High School students take part in a die-in at the school in Champaign Tuesday Dec. 9, 2014. In light of recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and New York, many communities have been experiencing protests.   

Quincy University to invest $4 million in stadium

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Quincy University says it plans to make $4 million worth of improvements to its stadium.

Ex-teacher admits possessing heroin

ALTON, Ill. (AP) — A former southwestern Illinois fourth-grade teacher has admitted in court that she possessed heroin.