Ice, snow to blame for Illinois outages, slick roads

AURORA (AP) — Icy, snowy conditions forced schools to close and made travel treacherous in parts of northern and central Illinois.

30 acres once owned by Lincoln head to auction

CHARLESTON (AP) — A plot of Illinois farmland once owned by President Abraham Lincoln is heading to auction.

A retired farmer in the central Illinois city of Charleston is selling his family's 590-acre farm, which includes a 30-acre plot once owned by the nation's 16th president.

Titi monkey born at Springfield zoo

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — One of the youngest additions to a central Illinois zoo is a titi monkey born about three weeks ago.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the white-eared primate is the first offspring of two monkeys named Wally and Maniqui. Titi monkeys' natural habitat is around Brazil's Amazon River basin where they rarely come out of the trees.

Prosecutors seek new sentence in Laquan McDonald case

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday asked Illinois' highest court to review what they consider to be a too lenient sentence for the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Pritzker releases 11 transition reports

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker released his transition-team reports on his 20th day in office.

Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Julianna Stratton on Friday publicized 11 reports covering topics ranging from the budget to future leaders.

Winter mix moving into Illinois; north may see ice

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm that's bringing a mix of snow and freezing rain to Illinois could coat northern parts of the state with icy accumulations.

More international students at EIU

CHARLESTON (AP) — Enrollment data at Eastern Illinois University show that the Charleston school has more international students this semester representing more countries.

Baby critically wounded in parked car in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a 1-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded while sitting in the back seat of a car parked on a street on the city's South Side.

State high court revives Alan Beaman lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has revived the lawsuit a man exonerated of murder charges filed against the town of Normal and three former police officers.

Appeals court vacates sentence for theft of guns

CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court has vacated the more than 7 1/2-year prison sentence for a man convicted for his part in a 2015 theft of more than 100 guns from a rail yard in Chicago.