Illinois man pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

WOODSTOCK (AP) — A northeastern Illinois man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in his wife's 2015 death.

Nursing home contests $50,000 fine after patient death

FRANKLIN GROVE (AP) — An Illinois nursing home is contesting a $50,000 fine for a mechanical lift failure and other violations that state investigators say contributed to a resident's death.

Rockford weighs creation of public housing police unit

ROCKFORD (AP) — The city of Rockford is considering creating a specialized police unit to patrol its public housing properties in an effort to combat crime and create a stronger relationship with residents.

Police Chief Dan O'Shea says Rockford Housing Authority CEO Ron Clewer approached him about creation of the unit weeks after O'Shea was hired in April.

Chicago parents relieved as teachers, district avert strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Relieved parents dropped their children off at Chicago schools on Tuesday morning after the Chicago Teachers Union and the nation's third-largest school district averted a strike with a late-night tentative contract agreement.

Cubs can't finish off Giants; Game 4 tonight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —Sure is hard to send these San Francisco Giants home in October.

Joe Panik doubled off the right-center wall in the 13th inning to drive in Brandon Crawford, and the Giants outlasted the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Monday night in Game 3 to extend their NL Division Series.

Judge denies media access to gang trial evidence

CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. judge in the racketeering trial of six purported Hobos street-gang leaders has refused media access to photographs and other evidence even after it's shown in open court to jurors.

Chief Justice wants to see high court at UI

CHAMPAIGN -- If Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman has her way, proceedings for the state's highest court could happen on the University of Illinois' campus.

The Danville native has taken the Supreme Court's proceedings on the road throughout the state, something she hopes continues after her term as Chief Justice ends next month.

PODCAST: Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman

PODCAST: Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman: Play now!

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman, whose term expires next month, delivered a lecture Thursday the UI's College of Law and then joined Scott Beatty for this interview.


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Partisan court blocks Independent Map Amendment

CHICAGO — A divided Illinois Supreme Court narrowly ruled Thursday that a voter referendum seeking to change how Illinois draws political boundaries is unconstitutional, making it ineligible to appear on the November ballot.

Rauner signs 'Gabby's Law' at emotional ceremony

URBANA — In an emotional ceremony Thursday morning, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed "Gabby's Law," a bill named in honor of a 5-year-old Monticello girl who died four years ago after a tick bite went undetected and developed into sepsis.