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Illinois officials say Memorial Day visitors to Starved Rock State Park should monitor social media for reports on traffic delays and parking closures.  Department of Natural Resources officials say large crowds are expected at the recreation area near Utica in LaSalle County. 

Illinois will receive just over $1 million of a $33 million multi-state settlement with Johnson & Johnson to resolve allegations the health care giant sold numerous nonprescription medicines that didn't meet federal quality requirements.

Two nurses held hostage by a jail inmate this month at a suburban Chicago hospital allege in a federal lawsuit that they were violently assaulted by the man who was known to be a "danger" to hospital staff.

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Lawyers for a sexual abuse victim of Dennis Hastert and the former U.S. House speaker himself say he's seeking a settlement of a lawsuit filed over a broken $3.5 million hush-money pact.  Attorney John Ellis says he has asked Kristi Browne, who represents the victim, to name a settlement price. The lawsuit seeks $1.8 million, the outstanding balance of the pact each party says the other one broke.

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Illinois House Democrats are taking their time in considering the state budget plan sent them this week by the Senate.  Chicago Rep. Greg Harris is the Democrats' budget negotiator. He says lawmakers' first goal is to review the $39.7 billion spending plan and put it in a form the public can understand. 

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New Census figures show Chicago has lost population for the third consecutive year as other major U.S. cities gained population.  Population estimates find that Chicago lost 8,638 residents between 2015 and 2016. However, the city remains the nation's third-largest city with 2.7 million residents.  Chicago trails behind New York with 8.5 million residents and Los Angeles, which has 4 million residents.

Illinois Democrats are asking Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration for more information about state leases of private warehouses.  The Senate Appropriations Committee questioned agency directors over decisions to lease property instead of using existing state buildings to store records.

A suburban Chicago woman accused of using a pizzeria as a front for drug-trafficking has been convicted of multiple drug charges.  43-year-old Maria Garza of Arlington Heights was found guilty of manufacturing and delivering cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

The company that owns one of the nation's largest for-profit college chains is changing its name.  DeVry Education Group, which owns DeVry University, announced it will now be called Adtalem Global Education. Company CEO Lisa Wardell said the new name makes clear their purpose to empower students and their status as a global education provider.  The company says Adtalem comes from a Latin translation of the phrase to empower.

City of Chicago officials are moving ahead with the next phase of a $323 million makeover of Midway International Airport.  City officials are seeking proposals to overhaul terminal parking. The idea is to increase airport parking by about 1,400 more spaces. 

A grand jury has formally indicted a Chicago man charged in the fatal shooting last month of a Cook County judge.  Prosecutors say 45-year-old  Earl Wilson was indicted on 27 counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery, armed robbery and unlawful restraint in the April 10 slaying of Judge Raymond Myles.

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A Chicago-area family is giving $100 million to establish an institute at a medical center that seeks to boost efforts to improve health and prevent disease by optimizing the body's own defenses.  The gift will create The Duchossois Family Institute at University of Chicago Medicine. It's from investment business The Duchossois Group Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Craig Duchossois, his wife, Janet, and The Duchossois Family Foundation.

Testimonies at a legislative hearing have revealed investigators with Illinois' child welfare agency face high caseloads and feel pressured to quickly wrap up abuse investigations.  A panel of experts and lawmakers spoke about issues at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump's administration says it's time for state and local governments to pay for cleanups of iconic but polluted waterways such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound.

The Illinois Senate could take up some lingering issues related to the "grand bargain" budget compromise.  Senators are looking at a possible vote on changes to the workers' compensation system. It's one of the "structural" changes Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has demanded during the two-year budget stalemate. 


An Illinois woman's bag of moon dust brought to earth by Apollo 11 astronauts will be auctioned off later this year.  Nancy Lee Carlson of suburban Chicago bought the moon dust for $995 at a 2015 government auction. 

A real estate developer in Springfield has floated grand plans for downtown Springfield. The crux of Chris Stone's plan is a 1,200-employee casino in the capital city to generate tax revenue and draw tourists to the places Abraham Lincoln lived and worked. 

Illinois Republican Congressman Peter Roskam has told the White House he opposes a Trump administration proposal to eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  Roskam has sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing the administration's proposed elimination of the initiative, calling proposed cuts completely unacceptable. Trump in March proposed cutting funding to the EPA by 30%.

Senate Democrats are paring back on the services that would be subject for the first time to the Illinois sales tax.  The Revenue Committee discussed changes to a revenue measure that's not been called on the Senate floor. 

Illinois will receive over $1.2 million from an $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target Corp. to resolve a probe into the discounter's pre-Christmas data breach in 2013.  Target's breach, which occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 of 2013, affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and exposed contact information for more than 60 million customers. 

An investigation conducted by two news outlets found that red-light cameras acquired nearly $67 million last year for 86 Chicago suburbs and the companies that operate the lights.  Nearly 90 Chicago suburbs have red-light cameras sending out more than 770,000 tickets a year.  From the 10 suburbs with the highest revenue totals, nine have contracts with Chicago-based SafeSpeed LLC. 

Officials say they're changing mowing routes along interstates to help protect dwindling populations of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators.  Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says the agency is one of the state's biggest landowners and has a responsibility to "act as steward of the environment."

The state of Illinois is urging farmers and others who use or produce pesticides and other agrichemicals to save the containers to be recycled.  The Department of Agriculture says it plans to collect the containers in July and August. They will be recycled to make products such as fence posts, shipping pallets and plastic lumber. 

Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked for another hearing before the same three-judge panel that affirmed his 14-year prison sentence last month.  Blagojevich's attorney petitioned the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday to rehear his case. 

The state is again racking up unpaid utility bills for its Springfield offices. City Water, Light and Power spokeswoman Amber Sabin says Illinois owes about $3.5 million in past-due payments.  The state was as much as $12 million behind on its electricity and water bills last year.  

University officials in Illinois and the United Arab Emirates have signed a deal to let students study at schools in both places and get engineering degrees.  The University of Illinois' new program with the American University of Ras Al Khaima allows engineering students to get a bachelor's degree from the school in UAE and a master's from Illinois.

An investigation has determined that a suburban Chicago college student was not paying attention to the hammer throw at a track and field meet last month when he was struck and killed by an errant throw.

Chicago has launched a campaign hailing the contribution of immigrants amid a harder line taken by President Donald Trump on immigration issues.  The campaign is called "One Chicago." Its stated aim is to assure immigrants they're welcome in the nation's third largest city. 

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Officials of a 30-year-old housing agency, originally intended to stop white flight in northwest Chicago, say it's seeing renewed interest, partly due to anxiety about a proposed apartment complex.  The Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program launched in the 1980s. It allows members to get property appraisals and pays for shortfalls when owners sell their houses, as long as they lived there at least five years.

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The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in March.  A state Health Department database shows 84 gallons spilled at a pipeline terminal in Watford City March 3. Dakota Access developer Energy Transfer Partners says the line is operated by a connecting shipper.