Rauner seeks to oust improperly hired employees

CHICAGO (AP) — The administration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections.

Trump proposing 'biggest tax cut' in U.S. history

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever, even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill his promises to stimulate job creation and middle-class prosperity.

France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack

PARIS (AP) — France said Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible.

Judge cites Trump's words in blocking 'sanctuary city' order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him.

Ryan: Revisions are winning support for GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposal to revive the stalled Republican health care bill is gaining support, Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday, but he stopped short of saying the plan has garnered the votes the GOP would need to finally push the high-profile measure through the House.

The latest: Admiral says U.S. ships can blunt N. Korean attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific says U.S. naval forces in the region are capable of defending themselves against any missiles North Korea may fire at them.

Twitter sees first revenue drop since IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — You'd think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Donald Trump's megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a first since going public.

Official tally: Harden won handily

URBANA — The official canvass of votes from within the Parkland College district shows that Rochelle Harden was elected to the board by 942 votes over fourth-place finisher Richard Taylor.

The results of the April 4 election from all 12 counties in the Parkland district were collected and certified by Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten, and forwarded to Parkland officials.

Rose criticizes higher-ed budget planning, coordination

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois needs more planning and coordination in its higher-education system, state Sen. Chapin Rose said Tuesday.

The Mahomet Republican's remarks came after another nearly four-hour Senate committee hearing where presidents of five state universities decried the ongoing budget impasse, which has led to staff layoffs, furloughs, enrollment losses and faculty departures.

Teacher of the Week: Gary Pinkerton

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.