10-year-old boy killed when van flips into retention pond

HUNTLEY (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old boy was killed when the vehicle he was riding in ran off a northern Illinois interstate and flipped over into a retention pond.

Illinois State Police said the boy was in a Chrysler van traveling on Interstate 90 in Kane County when the accident happened about 6:47 p.m. Sunday. The boy wasn't identified.

Carjacking suspect killed, trooper hurt in shootout

STAUNTON (AP) — Illinois State Police say a trooper is recovering at a hospital after being wounded during a shootout with a carjacking suspect who was fatally shot.

Police: States where marijuana's legal see more accidents

CHAMPAIGN — As Illinois inches closer to legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults, some local police officials are dreading the potential impact of more stoned drivers on area roads.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, March 17, 2019

Consider this your 365-day warning: On March 17, 2020, Illinois, Florida and Arizona will hold presidential primaries, becoming the 22nd, 23rd and 24th states to do so. What storylines should we be paying close attention to between now and then? That's the question we posed to this week's panel in part one of a two-Sunday miniseries.

Public-employee groups to lawmakers: Tier 2 pensions unfair, possibly illegal


SPRINGFIELD — Officials from several public-employee groups told state lawmakers Thursday that pension-reform measures enacted in 2010 are patently unfair and possibly illegal.

GOP lawmaker seeks to lower age at which kids can be left home alone


SPRINGFIELD — At what age should it be legal for a child to be at home alone, or to be caring for younger siblings?

In Illinois, it's currently 14, the strictest such law in the nation for more than 25 years.

One Republican lawmaker wants that changed to 12.

Bill would require high schools to provide path to associate degree

SPRINGFIELD — A state senator wants to give all Illinois high school students the opportunity to walk across the graduation stage with an associate degree to complement their diploma.

Court says it's too late to claim WWII-era fighter plane

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago federal appeals court has handed a defeat to one man's legal battle to claim a WWII-era fighter plane he alleged was stolen and rightfully belonged to him.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports Thursday that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found Richard Vartanian had run out of time under statute of limitations to pursue his claim.

Prosecutors argue against new trial in 1991 death

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a central Illinois judge to reconsider granting a new trial to a man who has spent 27 years in prison for his father's 1991 beating and stabbing death.

Man pleads guilty in 2014 baseball bat death

JOLIET (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has pleaded guilty to fatally striking a 55-year-old man in the head with a baseball bat.