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A former suburban Chicago police detective has admitted to stealing drugs from his department's evidence room.  Gregory Salvi faces at least 10 years in prison when he returns to court in July for sentencing. He pleaded guilty to possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute.

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The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign athletic director says his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with both revenue and spending numbers ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten. 

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State officials say a maximum security prison in southern Illinois remains on lockdown after a weekend assault that left staffers and inmates injured.  The staff assault happened Sunday at Menard Correctional Center. 

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The Democratic-controlled Illinois House has approved public funding for all abortions.  The House voted 62-55 to allow state-employee health insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. Medicaid currently covers abortions in limited cases.  The vote capped a two-hour debate and coincided with the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda.

A new report by a court-appointed watchdog group charged with looking into patronage hiring at the Illinois transportation department, details how friends and relatives of top Democrats were hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn, even though many had little or no experience.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois General Assembly is back in Springfield and is heading into the final six weeks of its spring session. 

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's information technology chief has contracted to spend thousands in tax dollars for two professional memberships despite the budget crisis.

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Flooding has delayed progress on a new bridge that will span the Illinois River at Meredosia in the western part of the state.  The bridge project was scheduled to be finished next year, but Halverson Construction Superintendent Scott Halverson says now that date is 2019.

Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers.  In a letter sent Monday, Democratic attorneys general Lisa Madigan of Illinois, and Maura Healey of Massachusetts called on DeVos to restore the memos instituted by the federal Education Department last year under President Barack Obama.

The 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will celebrate the 100th birthdays of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald.  The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events recently announced the headliners. The three-day festival at Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center will be Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week to resume work on trying to end the budget stalemate that has eluded them for almost two years.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois county coroner has found a tranquilizer used on elephants and other large animals in the blood of two recent drug-overdose victims. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Democrats are pushing an ambitious minimum wage hike despite opposition from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to cut federal money for drug treatment programs.  A group of Democratic state attorneys general sent a letter to federal officials saying the government cannot abandon this commitment to our communities.

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Illinois' continued state budget problems have prompted S&P Global Ratings to downgrade the credit worthiness of six state universities and the City Colleges of Chicago.  The credit house says it took action with the schools because it's possible lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner will fail to agree on an annual budget by the scheduled end of the legislative session May 31. 

An Illinois State Board of Elections hearing officer is expected to issue a recommendation next month regarding allegations that the state's auditor general violated campaign finance disclosure laws while serving as a Democratic state representative.

Documents show the man overseeing Chicago's investigation into the dragging of a passenger from a United Airlines plane was hired despite his termination from the Illinois Tollway amid sexual harassment allegations.

A federal court has taken just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking a third sentencing.  The unanimous ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago dismissed arguments that the Democrat's trial-court judge should have reduced his 14-year prison term for corruption because of his good behavior behind bars.

AARP Illinois and consumer-rights groups in the state say they oppose legislation that would allow AT&T to divert its resources away from landlines.  The legislation would permit the utility giant to free itself from a legal obligation to provide landline service in areas with old technology. 

A judge is warning protesters not to bother the Chicago police officer charged in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald when he tries to make his way to and from the courtroom.  Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan says he would hold in contempt of court anyone who comes inside the courthouse with a sign and starts waving it around. 

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The head of Colorado's Department of Revenue has spoken to a panel of Illinois lawmakers considering a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state.  The department executive director, Barbara Brohl, told Illinois lawmakers that she believes the legal market for marijuana is eating into the black market, funding drug abuse treatment and prevention, and providing a safer product.

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a judge to toss the corruption case against him, arguing that authorities misinterpreted the law and overreached.  Lawyers for the Illinois Republican filed the motion to dismiss the case in a Springfield federal court. Among their other arguments is that the indictment trespasses on land the Constitution reserves for Congress.

Chicago's City Council has voted to create a municipal ID card for people living in the U.S. illegally and other city residents.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel asserted the ID will help bring people out of the shadows and allow them to get on with their lives.

The campaign to restore the governor's mansion in Illinois is getting close to its $15 million goal less than two years after private fundraising began as an alternative to traditional appropriations for state construction.
 
Gov. Bruce Rauner says private donors have raised about $14 million for the Illinois Executive Mansion. He says he expects to reach another million "in the next couple of weeks."
 
The goal is to complete restoration of the 162-year-old mansion in time for the August 2018 bicentennial of Illinois statehood.
 

The continuing lack of a state budget in Illinois is affecting upkeep and repairs at Illinois state parks.
 
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal visited Olson Lake in Rock Cut State Park on Tuesday. The lake was closed last month due to reduced water quality. Rosenthal promised to dredge the lake near Rockford but offered no timetable and said his department has an $800 million backlog of deferred maintenance expenses. He said the source of the problem is the lack of a budget.
 

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Federal prosecutors say former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock shouldn't get more information about a confidential informant in his corruption case.
 
The prosecutors made the argument in a 60-page motion filed late Tuesday. They also say the Peoria Republican shouldn't receive any additional material from the grand jury that investigated him. Schock was indicted in 2016 after resigning from Congress.
 
In the filing, prosecutors accuse Schock of trying to avoid trial by engaging "in an increasingly aggressive search for some governmental misconduct claim."
 

An abortion-rights group says Gov. Bruce Rauner broke a campaign promise when he pledged last week to veto legislation to expand coverage for abortion and ensure the procedure remains legal in Illinois.
 
Personal PAC on Wednesday made public a questionnaire the Republican completed as a candidate for governor in 2014.
 
In it, Rauner said that if elected he would sign legislation to ensure access to abortion if federal law allowing it is overturned. Rauner also said Illinois should cover abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients.
 

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CHICAGO (AP) - A bee has halted a multimillion-dollar road project in suburban Chicago that's designed to ease traffic congestion. 

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A lawsuit alleges two former prosecutors conspired with a Chicago police sergeant and others to fabricate evidence that led to a wrongful murder conviction.  The lawsuit seeks $60 million in damages for Armando Serrano. He and co-defendant Jose Montanez were released last summer, after more than two decades in prison, when prosecutors dropped charges. 

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Actress Patricia Arquette is a keynote speaker during a week of science and technology events at Illinois State University.  University officials say the events at the campus in Normal this week will include a professional development dinner and a conference on women in leadership. 

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