Another year of financial uncertainty looms for Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Homeless shelters in Illinois and low-income college students who rely on state funds are facing another year of financial uncertainty as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democratic lawmakers remain unable to make progress on resolving a budget war.

Pro boxer dies following shooting in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Managers say a professional boxer from Chicago has died after he was shot in the head while returning from a midnight workout.

Ed "Bad Boy" Brown was shot early Saturday as he sat in a car in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood. Manager Michael Cericola tells WGN-TV that the 25-year-old Brown died in a hospital Sunday afternoon.

Judge who let clerk take bench has Alzheimer's

CHICAGO (AP) — A judicial board says a Chicago-area judge who let a law clerk wear robes and preside over traffic cases has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

5 held after standoff with Chicago police

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say five people have been taken into custody following a standoff that began when shots were fired at a Chicago police supervisor in the city's South Chicago neighborhood.

Chicago schools: Cuts possible due to pension aid veto

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Democrats failed Thursday to override the Republican governor's veto of $215 million to help the financially struggling Chicago Public Schools with pension payments as negotiations on an overdue state budget broke down again.

3 dead after wrong-way crash on I-88

WARRENVILLE (AP) — Police say three people are dead following a wrong-way crash involving two cars along Interstate 88 in suburban Chicago.

Judge convicts mother in 11-week-old baby's death

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — A central Illinois judge has convicted a 22-year-old woman of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her infant daughter.

Rauner sets conditions for short-term Illinois budget

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is telling Illinois Democrats the only way he'll agree to another short-term budget is if they consider term limits and put a permanent freeze on property taxes.

More Illinois residents sign up for 'Obamacare' plans

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say more than 68,000 Illinoisans have selected health plans using the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplace, up nearly 1,400 compared to the same time last year.

Bloody month pushes Chicago homicide toll past 700

CHICAGO (AP) — November was another bloody month in Chicago, ending with more than twice as many homicides as during the same month last year.