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There may be hope for the doomed replica of a historic McDonald's hamburger restaurant after all.

Upon hearing that McDonald's plans to demolish its museum in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines next month, the Volo Auto Museum in Lake County is exploring the possibility of picking up the entire structure and parking it at the auto museum.

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Police will be patrolling the parking lots of Illinois shopping malls this holiday weekend to ticket people illegally parking in spaces reserved for people with disabilities.

 

Secretary of State Jesse White says the patrols start today, the busy post-Thanksgiving shopping day known as Black Friday. Secretary of State Police will target malls in Peoria and Rockford as well as Chicago the suburbs.

 

The Executive Inspector General has found that an Illinois Department of Transportation administrator violated conflict-of-interest and merit-hiring rules in the hiring of her next-door neighbor as fleet manager in 2014. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted five petitions for clemency and denied 97 others.

A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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The Illinois state fire marshal is urging people to be safe in the kitchen this week. Thanksgiving is the peak day for when the most home cooking fires occur. In 2015, fire departments nationwide responded to over 1,700 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. That's according to the National Fire Protection Association.

 

The family of a man who died in northern Illinois last month after an apparent altercation during a traffic stop has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Chicago City Council has overwhelmingly approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget for 2018.

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McDonald's Corp. has announced it will demolish a suburban Chicago museum that's a replica of Ray Kroc's first restaurant.

The University of Illinois board has approved bonuses totaling $175,000 for the president of the university's system and the chancellor of the University of Illinois-Chicago campus for the second straight year.

Records have been provided to a psychiatrist preparing the mental evaluation of an Illinois student accused of shooting a classmate in the high school cafeteria.

A central Illinois youth basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he engaged in criminal sexual activity with two former players.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a tax credit into law worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties that suffered flood damages earlier this year.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law two measures that address sexual harassment in the Illinois state Capitol. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen a retired U.S. Navy Reserves captain and deputy director of the Illinois Department of Emergency Management to be the agency's acting director.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers, family and friends have attended the funeral for a Rockford police officer who died in the line of duty after a traffic stop.

More than two dozen Illinois libraries are receiving grants to help young students develop skills in technology, communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner are trying to make sure that members of the military who are serving around the world receive holiday cards from people throughout Illinois.

School officials statewide are reporting that districts are having a hard time filling teaching positions. 

A new study shows a small increase in the number of international students who attended colleges and universities in Illinois last year.

A former Chicago alderman says he'll challenge Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in 2018 after she championed a highly-unpopular sweetened beverage tax.

Lawyers for former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson are asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to uphold his first-degree murder conviction in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife. 

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's donating a portion of his private papers to Northwestern University.

University of Illinois officials say that a proposed $1.2 billion master plan that provides a flexible blueprint for future campus growth and development isn't unrealistic given the university's donor base and track record.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is downplaying defeats in the just-ended legislative session where lawmakers voted to nix most of the Rauner vetoes they attempted to override.

Illinois will honor 200 veterans who've gone "above and beyond the call of duty" as part of the state's bicentennial celebration.

Attorneys for a Mexican immigrant suing a sheriff's office over alleged violations of Illinois' new immigration law are withdrawing a county lawsuit and pursing it in federal court. 

Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs has won approval of a law making it easier for survivors of deceased family members to claim life insurance benefits. 

Defense attorneys for a man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China say they need more time to prepare their case.

The Illinois Senate has endorsed monthly reporting of incoming bills despite a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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