Associated Press en Former U.S. Senator Alan Dixon dies <div>Former Democratic U.S. Senator Alan Dixon of Illinois has died.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">His son Jeffrey tells the Associated Press that the 86-year-old died Sunday at his home in Fairview Heights, Illinois. He had recently been hospitalized for heart problems, but his condition had improved and he had returned home.</span></div><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:54:19 +0000 Amanda Vinicky & Associated Press & Bill Wheelhouse 26028 at Former U.S. Senator Alan Dixon dies Il House rejects "doomsday" budget <div>The Illinois House has overwhelmingly rejected a 34.5 billion dollar "doomsday'" budget that would mean deep cuts to schools and social services next year.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The budget plan was developed by legislative leaders after it became clear there weren't enough votes to support an earlier budget that relied on extending Illinois' temporary income tax increase. </span></div><div> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:50:01 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Mackey 23799 at Il House rejects "doomsday" budget Il House approves medical marijuana for minors with epilepsy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House has approved legislation that would let minors with epilepsy use medical marijuana.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers voted 98-18 Wednesday in favor of the measure.</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 11:27:53 +0000 Associated Press & Hannah Meisel 23712 at Il House approves medical marijuana for minors with epilepsy Republican senators criticizing Quinn's handling of two appointees <div>Republican state senators are criticizing Governor Pat Quinn for his handling of two appointees.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They say he used a legal loophole to gain time to get the officials confirmed.</span></div><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:15:29 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Mackey 21292 at Republican senators criticizing Quinn's handling of two appointees Quinn makes push for increasing MAP grants <div>Gov. Pat Quinn is promoting his plan to increase the number of need-based scholarships over the next five years.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Chicago Democrat toured universities around Illinois Thursday, including the University of Illinois.&nbsp;</span></div><div> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:24:25 +0000 Associated Press & Jeff Bossert 21285 at Quinn makes push for increasing MAP grants Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.<p>"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.<p>"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Associated Press 19359 at One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.<p>Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.<p>Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.<p>Three officers were among those overcome by carbon monoxide at the mall, which is about 35 miles east of New York City, police said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 05:40:00 +0000 Associated Press 19358 at Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.<p>Washington Gov. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Associated Press 17162 at Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.<p>Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.<p>A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.<p>"We ... Sun, 01 Dec 2013 05:52:00 +0000 Associated Press 15674 at 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.<p>The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.<p>While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.<p>"These findings, which might seem surprising and contradictory, were made and analyzed by this year's laureates," the ac Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:29:00 +0000 Associated Press 13350 at