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Illinois officials say they delivered personal data involving more than 4,000 people to incorrect addresses.

Tanya Koonce

Authorities say a central Illinois man has died in an officer-involved shooting.

The northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield faces a second lawsuit after its village board voted unanimously to ban certain semi-automatic firearms.

Illinois State Police are urging Firearm Owners Identification card holders to apply early as many come up for renewal.

A measure is awaiting action from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner that would end the state's participation in a controversial multi-state voter registration database.

Illinois' unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in more than a decade.

Legislation before the Illinois House would replace school-based police officers with social workers. 

The House has approved a plan pushed by the Democratic state comptroller to require Illinois governors to pay employees from their budgets, not those of other agencies. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is claiming victory over President Donald Trump's administration after a federal appeals court upheld a temporary injunction barring the Justice Department from applying new conditions to awarding public safety funds.

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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos is withdrawing from a statewide panel studying sexual harassment and discrimination to allow it to be more independent. The Democrat from Moline said Wednesday election law and ethics rules prevent her from serving with the group if it becomes an independent legal entity.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan formed the State Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel in February. He appointed Bustos, state Comptroller Susana Mendoza and state Rep. Carol Ammons.

Illinois State Museum

A new website created for Illinois' bicentennial celebration tells the story of Illinois from well before it became a state 200 years ago. The Illinois State Museum created the website, which features objects from its collection as well as from other museums. They include ancient fossils, a ceremonial war club used by the Potawatomi Indians and a miner's hat likely used by workers in a Sangamon County coal mine.

Illinois State Museum

A new website created for Illinois' bicentennial celebration tells the story of Illinois from well before it became a state 200 years ago. The Illinois State Museum created the website, which features objects from its collection as well as from other museums. They include ancient fossils, a ceremonial war club used by the Potawatomi Indians and a miner's hat likely used by workers in a Sangamon County coal mine.

A lawyer for former Republican Rep. Aaron Schock says prosecutors are aiming to be the first to imprison a former member of Congress over ambiguous rules the U.S. House set for itself.

Some of the more than 100 motions filed in the case of a Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death  of black teenager Laquan McDonald that have been kept secret may soon become public.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The end appears near for The Bon-Ton Stores that operate seven retail nameplates, including Bergner's stores in Peoria, Pekin, Bloomington, and Champaign.

 

Liquidation firms Great American Group and Tiger Capital Group won the auction the court considered for approval Wednesday. A statement from Bon-Ton says the bankruptcy court was expected to approve "the sale and wind-down of the Company's operations."

 

A woman from Rockford, Illinois, is accused of causing the death of a man in South Dakota by selling him heroin.

The Illinois Senate has approved restrictions on insurance companies writing workers' compensation policies. 

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to better protect state workers in vulnerable jobs after the death of a child-welfare worker was beaten last fall.

Family members are finalizing the funeral details for a Bradley University student from Chicago who was shot dead at an off-campus party earlier this month. 

An advertising group in Illinois is providing free advertising space statewide to help promote a new helpline for those struggling with opioids and other substance abuse.

The University of Illinois is hoping to strengthen its connections with Africa through new partnerships, research exchanges and student enrollment.

Starved Rock State Park is struggling to keep up with the more than 10 million visitors that have come to the Illinois park in the last four years.

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Groups are working to complete restoration of a century-old landmark known as the Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois. The 48-foot-tall, 270-ton statue in Lowden State Park has been covered in black protective sheets since a restoration effort that started five years ago came to a halt. A lack of state funding and a dispute on the restoration team stopped work.

 

Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season.

The Illinois Senate is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to reject a presidential call to send National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border.

Illinois prisons officials have told state lawmakers that they need an extra $420 million to get through the rest of the budget year.

A proposal has failed that would have reallocated state funding from Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus to the Edwardsville campus to reflect enrollment changes.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner agrees that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign.

The $15 million renovation of the Illinois Executive Mansion is continuing as its July reopening approaches.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's traveling to Germany and Poland next week to try to draw more companies to Illinois.

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