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CHICAGO (AP) - Former President Barack Obama is expected to appear for jury duty in downtown Chicago.

The Illinois attorney general has announced a settlement by the state and more than 20 other states in a lawsuit accusing a Rockford-based veterans nonprofit of scamming donations.

An Illinois man is to be sentenced early next year after pleading guilty to making online threats against President Donald Trump.

A 55-year-old judge in southern Illinois is accused in charging documents of grabbing a client's genitals when he was a lawyer and offering to reduce the man's legal bill in exchange for sex.

The House has unanimously adopted plans to explicitly bar sexual harassment in the state ethics code and require annual awareness training for all employees. 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on Tuesday for the final days of its fall session after spending last week wrestling a sexual-harassment quandary. 

Illinois State Police officials have launched statewide training for officers in dealing with Alzheimer's disease patients who wander away and need to be found.

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A 43-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a suburban Chicago woman more than 20 years ago.

The Republican leader of the Illinois House wants to establish a hotline for helping victims of sexual harassment.

Maryland's attorney general opposes the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcasting Group and rival TV station operator Tribune Media.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge in central Illinois must decide in coming days whether to grant a defense motion to delay the trial of a 28-year-old man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Some 150 Illinois Army National Guard Military police soldiers are flying to Puerto Rico to help with security and other efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” across Illinois.

The designation means trucks carrying grain can exceed weight limits by 10 percent. State Agriculture Director Raymond Poe says it should help farmers get their product to market more efficiently.

Poe says it could help farmers move as much as 70 more acres per day.
Wet weather earlier this year delayed planting in parts of the state, which in turn delays the harvest. That’s led to congestion at grain elevators.

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock is appealing a recent lower-court decision allowing prosecutors in his corruption case to take the Peoria Republican to trial on 22 criminal counts.

Imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss his convictions on corruption charges, saying he never crossed lines into illegal fundraising.

Cook County's Democratic Party has endorsed state Sen. Kwame Raoul for attorney general over former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and several other candidates who urged party leaders not to pick a favorite.

The state of Illinois has repaired and digitized 57 maps that the Illinois National Guard used during World War I to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war.

Illinois climate experts say the state saw the tenth-wettest October since 1895 this year thanks to average statewide precipitation of nearly 5 inches.

A report says safety corrections have been made at a University of Illinois Springfield auditorium after one concert patron was hurt and another died from a fall earlier this year.

Budding entrepreneurs will compete for financial investment and in-kind services in the Startup Showcase on Friday in Bloomington.

The woman who claims that an Illinois Senate Democratic leader sexually harassed her wants to know why Sen. Ira Silverstein faced no repercussions until after she went public this week.

An Illinois task force that's studying adult education is brainstorming potential goals and will determine what improvements or problems need to be considered. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois has signed a research partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem . 

Gov. Bruce Rauner says collaboration between the University of Illinois and Tel Aviv University in Israel will make for groundbreaking technology and engineering initiatives.

The union that represents Springfield police officers says most of the force doesn't have confidence in the chief's ability as a leader.

University of Illinois police are looking for two men suspected of removing a branch of a menorah outside the Chabad Center for Jewish Life.

Ten agriculture-related projects that are looking for way to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce in Illinois will be sharing $550,000.

The Illinois Office of Tourism is planning to expand and open offices in China and Mexico to attract foreign visitors and help boost the state's tourism industry.

Authorities say a suburban Chicago middle school student has been charged with a hate crime after posting a threatening video on social media.

An Illinois museum has opened a theater where visitors can have conversations with Holocaust survivors through 3-D holograms and sophisticated voice recognition technology.

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