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New Illinois education chief is urban school reform leader

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education moved unanimously Wednesday afternoon to make a leadership change, replacing one of the nation's longest-serving superintendents with a former professional football player who spent recent years at the helm of a high poverty, urban district in California that faced a multimillion-dollar deficit.

Schock donor sues ex-U.S. congressman seeking reimbursement

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago lawyer who donated $500 to former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's campaign is suing for reimbursement following his resignation in March amid accusations of fraud and improper enrichment.

As death of Lincoln marked, caretakers of tomb face setbacks

KERRY LESTER, Associated Press

Prosecutors investigate fatal shooting by Chicago police

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal and county prosecutors are investigating the October fatal shooting by a Chicago police officer of a teenager who authorities say was wielding a knife, and the city says it will pay his family $5 million to preclude any legal action.

Illinois catering employee admits stealing wedding gifts

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing a couple's gifts while she worked for a caterer at their wedding reception last August.

Sen. Chapin Rose

Sen. Chapin Rose: Play now!

WDWS reporter Scott Beatty talks with Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) during the Illinois Senate Appropriations hearing on Monday. Rose and other members heard testimony of University of Illinois officials and representatives, local mayors, and other stakeholders about the governor's proposed budget.

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Mayors' testimony 04-13-15

Mayors' testimony 04-13-15: Play now!

The mayors of Champaign, Danville, Rantoul and Urbana spoke to the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee at the Illini Union on Monday, April 13.

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Phyllis Wise testimony 04-13-15

Phyllis Wise testimony 04-13-15: Play now!

University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise and other administrators testify before the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee at the Illini Union on Monday.

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Effingham County considers allowing some fireworks sales

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — The Effingham County Board is considering allowing people to buy fireworks such as firecrackers and bottle rockets, going against a statewide pyrotechnics ban.

Those Who Served: Bud Vandiver

Staff Sgt. Bud Vandiver flew 26 missions in the nose of a B-17 bomber near the end of the war in Europe, he says he had a great view. Vandiver now plays guitar in small bands like Bud Vandiver’s Delinquents, performing Big Band music in area nursing homes.