Woman accused of threatening FBI mole in train-guns case

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago mother of seven is accused of urging Facebook followers to kill a gang member-turned-FBI mole for his role in a sting that put an associate of hers behind bars on charges he tried to sell semi-automatic rifles stolen from a freight train, court documents show.

Billions in Illinois bills not sent for payment

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation's worst budget crisis, and a review obtained by The Associated Press shows $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills — as much as half the total — hadn't been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June.

Hemingway museum to close Sunday

OAK PARK (AP) — Organizers of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park say the nonprofit historical museum in the Chicago suburb will close Sunday.

Illinois woman hurt after mistaking firework for candle

ANTIOCH (AP) — A 30-year-old Illinois woman has been injured after lighting a firework she mistook for candle.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office says someone else brought it to a Saturday night gathering in Antioch, 50 miles from Chicago. The woman picked it up thinking it was a candle and lit it.

Tom Kacich: GOP upset with Rauner, unlikely to replace him

The next 13 months of Illinois politics should be interesting. Republicans now have a man at the top of their 2018 ticket who many of them feel betrayed by, some want off the ticket and others say has been politically weakened.

Sort of the way it was for Illinois Democrats and their gubernatorial nominee in 2014.

Tom Kacich: Another area lawmaker bails on 'turnaround'

State Rep. Reggie Phillips of Charleston last week became the third Republican lawmaker from East Central Illinois to announce his retirement from the Legislature, joining Reps. Chad Hays of Catlin and Bill Mitchell of Forsyth. They're part of a list of more than two dozen legislators from both parties who are either getting out of the General Assembly or running for another office.

Bennett on WDWS: I'm not running for attorney general

Local state senator Scott Bennett said he's not interested in running for attorney general.

The Democrat Bennett, who is an attorney, said several people asked him about the job after the recent announcement that incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan would not be running for re-election.

Bennett called that announcement a surprise.

Paxton B&B: Taking appeal to state Supreme Court

CHICAGO — A Christian bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse the Illinois Human Rights Commission's finding that the B&B discriminated against a same-sex couple six years ago, along with the $80,000 in penalties the commission imposed against it.

Alexander won't run for state rep

CLINTON — Joe Alexander, a Clinton native and University of Illinois graduate, said Monday he has decided against running for state representative in the 101st House District.

Alexander was among a handful of Republicans who in August expressed interest in the Illinois House seat being given up by 10-term Forysth Rep. Bill Mitchell.