Emanuel to city agencies: Up minimum wage to $13

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked the city's sister agencies to pay all contractor and subcontractor employees a minimum wage of $13 an hour.

Illinois to spend $27 million on southern highway fixes

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will spend nearly $27 million on improvements to a highway in some of the state's southern counties.

Fire at control site stops O'Hare, Midway flights

JASON KEYSER, Associated Press

Peoria man sentenced for 13th revoked license

LEWISTOWN, Ill. (AP) — A Peoria man has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to his 13th count of driving with a revoked license.

Illinois Supreme Court to hear cigarette appeal

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court's ruling that reinstated a decade-old $10.1 billion verdict in a class-action lawsuit against Phillip Morris USA.

Former Illinois health official pleads guilty

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former human resources director at the Illinois Department of Health pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a $13 million grant fraud case.

Police capture escaped southern Illinois prisoner

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police on Wednesday morning captured an inmate who escaped from a southern Illinois prison on Tuesday afternoon, Illinois Department of Corrections officials said.

Federal judges may visit southern Illinois prison

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two federal judges may visit a southern Illinois prison as they work on a class-action lawsuit that inmates brought about overcrowding, according to court documents.

U.S. EPA releases 5-year plan to improve Great Lakes

CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama administration announced a new 5-year plan for the Great Lakes on Wednesday that will accelerate efforts to address toxic pollution, invasive species and farm runoff a

Police: 10 cows shot, killed after truck overturns

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) — Ten cows that escaped from a cattle truck after it overturned before dawn Tuesday while exiting a southern Illinois freeway were shot and killed by police when they became a traffic hazard to other motorists, Illinois State Police said.