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LaHood, Mellon square-off in second weekly debate for vacant Congressional seat

Candidates seeking Illinois' 18th Congressional District seat vacated by Aaron Schock reiterated their positions during a second debate this week.
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Usain Bolt has addressed Thursday's encounter with a mobile cameraman on a Segway.

If you missed it, a cameraman lost control and ran into the elite runner just after he won the 200-meter final during the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a bill that will allow a southern Illinois township board to vote to dissolve the unit of government to save taxpayer funds. The legislation signed Thursday by Rauner permits the dissolution of Belleville Township without a vote of residents. The township shares a name and boundaries with the southern Illinois city.

Jeb Bush is getting all the millionaires, and Bernie Sanders is getting the small donors — those have been two prominent storylines in the 2016 money race for the presidency.

But what about everyone in between? The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Finance Institute released data on campaign fundraising, and it paints a fascinating picture — which we decided to make into a literal picture. Here's how the different candidates' donation patterns stack up to each other:

This is going to be an unthinkably expensive election. Case in point: estimates of spending on the presidential race stretch as high as $10 billion.

 DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) - Authorities worked into the night after a hazardous materials incident at a suburban Chicago town house left two men dead and a woman critically injured. Officials have not revealed the nature of the hazardous material involved. Emergency crews went to the home in unincorporated Des Plaines on Thursday afternoon after a call for help that there were people in distress in the garage of the house.  The Cook County Sheriff's Department says four officers at the scene had trouble breathing and were hospitalized for evaluation. They were later released.

Most women 40 and older believe they should have mammograms every year to screen for breast cancer, the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics health poll finds.

Former Polish Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski — the highest-ranking church official to be caught up in the clergy sex abuse scandal — has died at age 67, a month after his Vatican trial was delayed due to his health.

An O'Fallon, Mo., man is facing six felony counts including murder in the second degree in last week's shooting in Ferguson that killed 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden and wounded her mother.

Police said Thursday 21-year-old De'Eris Brown confessed to shooting into Bolden’s home. Brown is being held on a $750,000 cash-only bond. Court records show Brown previously pleaded guilty to felony robbery.

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The mumps outbreak at the University of Illinois stands at over 100 cases after the first week of classes. Those who have contact with the U of I are now being encouraged to get an extra dose of the mumps vaccine. Most who’ve come down with the disease had already been vaccinated. Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department administrator Julie Pryde says the outbreak is a "public health crisis", an exasperating one.

 

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