Illinois joins other states to sue over migratory birds

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined counterparts from seven states to sue the Interior Department for rolling back protections for waterfowl, songbirds and other migratory birds.

Quincy Housing Authority gets $1 million for lead cleanup

QUINCY (AP) — A western Illinois housing authority is receiving $1 million to remove lead-based paint from the city's public housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing Development says the Quincy Housing Authority is among 20 agencies nationwide that have been awarded a combined $18 million.

Rauner lifts weight limit for market-bound crop haulers

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a "harvest emergency" to help crop-hauling Illinois farmers compete with those in neighboring states.

The Republican's declaration allows haulers to exceed road-weight limits in taking crops to market. The free permits are available from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

At many malls, anchors are going away

CHAMPAIGN — As a former Bergner's manager, Michael Ujcich saw firsthand some of the blunders that led to demise of the retailer and its parent company, Bon-Ton Stores.

Once a store with plentiful sales help, the Champaign Bergner's employed fewer people over the years, he recalled. The company was also late to offer an online shopping option.

VIDEO: Obama visits University of Illinois

Follow former president Barack Obama from the airport to the University of Illinois' Foellinger Auditorium to Caffe Paradiso to the UI president's mansion. 

Photos and video inside Foellinger Auditorium: Stephen Haas

Photos at Caffe Paradiso: Stephen Haas

Video inside president's mansion: Mary Schenk

Airport video: Ben Zigterman

Northwestern passes fund goal, seeks even more

EVANSTON (AP) — Northwestern University has set a new target for its five-year capital campaign after reaching its original goal months early.

The university is now seeking to raise $5 billion by the end of 2020, which means raising $940 million in about 15 months.

Seniors' home workers accused of stealing from resident

CHICAGO (AP) — Several workers at a Chicago seniors' home are accused of stealing more than $600,000 from a 97-year-old resident suffering from dementia.

A lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court alleges employees of Symphony Residences of Lincoln Park cashed checks, made ATM withdrawals and transferred money online from several bank accounts Grace Watanabe for about a year.

Officials say apartment fire that hurt 6 may be arson

CHICAGO (AP) — Six people — one of them a firefighter — have been injured in an apartment fire on Chicago's South Side that officials say may have been deliberately set.

Illinois launches program to help choose college

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — College-bound students and their families now can consult an online program to determine the post-graduate economics of attending school in Illinois.

The site is called and allows students to gauge future earnings from areas of study at a variety of public and private institutions.

Morton man pleads guilty in beating of toddler

PEKIN (AP) — A central Illinois man faces up to 30 years in prison for beating his 18-month-old niece while baby-sitting her last summer.

Kahlus Adams pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated battery to a child causing great bodily harm. The attack left the child with a leg broken in half, a broken arm and a bleeding brain.