Home health care workers to get back pay this week

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — More than 49,000 employees of the Illinois Department of Human Services who provide home health care will get long-overdue back pay this week.

Man ordered held in slaying of club security guard

CHICAGO (AP) — A second man charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a security guard at a popular Chicago nightclub has been ordered held without bond.

Jon Elliot Poole is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Sound Bar security guard Thurman Bailey on March 8. He was arrested last week by U.S. Marshals in Georgia, where he'd moved after the shooting.

Vehicle strikes, kills girl in Chicago driveway

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a 4-year-old girl was killed and an 8-year-old girl was injured after they were struck by a vehicle backing up in a driveway.

Mattoon teacher who subdued shooter named Carnegie hero

MATTOON (AP) — A central Illinois teacher has been named a Carnegie hero after subduing a teen who opened fire at Mattoon High School in September 2017.

Illinois court tosses conviction over Facebook photo

ROCKFORD (AP) — An appellate court has tossed a central Illinois man's gun conviction, ruling a lower court shouldn't have allowed a Facebook photograph of him standing near guns to be entered as evidence.

Report: Ex-housing official hasn't paid any of fine

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — A published report says the former director of a southern Illinois housing authority ordered to pay a $500,000 fine for mismanaging public housing funds and program fraud hasn't made a single payment after seven months.

Police: 3 dead following fiery crash in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say three people have died following a fiery crash in Chicago.

The crash happened Sunday evening on the city's west side. Police say two cars collided and one of the cars struck a pole, catching fire.

Rockford's Drag Queen Story Hour draws backers, protesters

ROCKFORD (AP) — Protesters and supporters of Drag Queen Story Hour have gathered at a library in northern Illinois as the city of Rockford marks LGBTQ Pride Month for the first time.

The Rockford Register Star reports that over 100 protesters stood outside Rockford Public Library's East Branch Saturday, reciting prayers and carrying protest signs.

Chicago cop becoming hero with birds

CHICAGO (AP) — A young peregrine falcon is still alive thanks to a bicyclist and a Chicago police officer who is quickly becoming the most popular cop among the city's bird population.

'Attack Asthma Camp' next week in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — A camp to help children deal with asthma will be offered next week in central Illinois.

The free "Attack Asthma Camp" is open to children in kindergarten through 5th grade . It aims to increase knowledge about asthma and asthma-control techniques.