Highland looks to install surveillance cameras

HIGHLAND (AP) — The small western Illinois community of Highland is poised to join the growing number of cities and towns to install surveillance cameras in an effort to fight crime.

Two I-57 shootings aren't believed linked

OAK FOREST (AP) — Authorities say they don't believe there's a connection between shootings several hours apart on a suburban Chicago highway in which a longtime postal worker was killed and three other people were wounded.

$15 wage endorsed, but sponsor not rushing proposal

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Democratic-controlled Senate committee on Wednesday approved an increase in the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour, but the sponsor hedged on calling for an immediate floor vote despite pressure from the new Democratic governor to send him legislation within two weeks.

Police: Violent crime in Rockford fell 11% in 2018

ROCKFORD (AP) — Statistics released by the Rockford Police Department show violent crime in the northern Illinois city dropped 11 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year.

Pawnee man gets 45 years in stabbing death

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Sangamon County judge has sentenced a central Illinois man to 45 years in prison for the 2016 stabbing death of a 31-year-old woman.

Autopsy finds FedEx worker died of fall, not cold

EAST MOLINE (AP) — An autopsy found that a FedEx worker found dead outside in western Illinois amid record low temperatures died of a traumatic head injury.

Business leaders suggest Illinois budget cut, tax hike

CHICAGO (AP) — A combination of tax increases and budget cuts of $8 billion are being proposed by a group of Chicago businessmen to fix Illinois' finances.

The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago on Tuesday called for increasing the state's individual income tax rate to 5.95 percent from 4.95 percent and the corporate tax rate to 8 percent from 7 percent.

Man pleads guilty to rerouting UPS mail

CHICAGO (AP) — A former UPS Inc. worker accused of rerouting mail meant for the shipping company's Atlanta headquarters to his small Chicago apartment has pleaded guilty to mail fraud.

Dushaun Henderson-Spruce entered into a plea agreement Tuesday in federal court. The agreement calls for the repayment of the nearly $59,000 he admitted stealing from mail intended for the company.

Prosecutor: Officer justified in shooting man with knives

GLENDALE HEIGHTS (AP) — A suburban Chicago prosecutor says a police officer was justified in shooting a man with schizophrenia who was holding knives.

Consumer group offers guide to reduce robocalls

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois consumer-advocacy group is offering new tips for reducing those pesky computer-generated phone calls.

Citizens Utility Board released its Guide to Fighting Robocalls on Monday. The guide is available for free through the organization's website .