Ex-mayor pleads guilty in bribery scheme

MARKHAM (AP) — A former mayor of a poor Chicago suburb has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged $300,000 bribery scheme involving city contractors.

The Daily Southtown reports former Markham Mayor David Webb pleaded guilty Thursday in an agreement with prosecutors to wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

Officer's lawyers plan poll on change of venue

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald plan to hire a polling company to look at the question of whether the trial should be moved out of Cook County.

Man sues driver in crash that killed wife, 3 sons

JOLIET (AP) — A northern Illinois man whose pregnant wife and three children were killed in a car crash is suing a man charged in the accident.

Rockford mayor to seek limits to home rule powers

ROCKFORD (AP) — A northern Illinois city's mayor says he will seek limits on city powers if voters approve a March referendum question that would restore home rule authority.

2 governor candidates spent $26 million in last 3 months

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The race for Illinois governor cost more than $28 million just in the last three months of 2017 for the Nov. 2018 election.

Campaign finance disclosures filed this week show $9 of every $10 was spent by just two candidates — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the leading Democratic challenger, Chicago businessman J.B. Pritzker.

Man freed from prison after 23 years fails drug test

ROCKFORD (AP) — An Illinois man released from prison after 23 years and is awaiting a decision on whether he'll stand trial again for murder is in jail after he allegedly tried to sidestep a drug test.

Judge puts intractable pain on marijuana treatment list

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ordered the state of Illinois to expand the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use to include intractable pain.

Spokesman: Rauner believes 'David Duke is a racist'

CHICAGO (AP) — After fumbling the answer to a question about whether a former Ku Klux Klan leader is a racist, the campaign of Republican Bruce Rauner clarified the governor's opinion of David Duke.

UIC breaks ground on academic, residential complex

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago has broken ground on a $100 million academic and residential complex.

Police warn of thieves posing as city workers

LOVES PARK (AP) — Police in the northern Illinois community of Loves Park are warning residents to be careful who they let into their houses after two men got into a home by posing as water department workers and apparently stole jewelry.