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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.

Heavy rainfall across much of Illinois late last month has left many corn farmers wondering what will become of their crops.  Most of the corn has been planted around the state but there is a concern that the flooding of some fields caused by more than a foot of rain, particularly in southern Illinois, will force them to replant their fields.  

A new partnership between the Chicago Department of Public Health and community providers has already served 3,600 people living with HIV.  The department partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Harvard Brown Health to provide four times as many individuals with HIV treatment services in its first year.

Authorities have charged a suburban man with arson after he allegedly started a fire at a hospital on Chicago's South Side.  23-year-old Marcus L. Allen of Harvey is charged with one felony count of aggravated arson.  The fire happened Thursday night at Jackson Park Hospital. 

Two judges in Illinois say a new pilot program aimed at ensuring minorities are well represented in local jury pools will be "revolutionary."  

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The city of East Peoria is donating items to Habitat for Humanity that were salvaged from seven households that were condemned following landslides four years ago.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate's "grand bargain" budget compromise comes down to three pieces of legislation.  

Prosecutors say a retired federal law enforcement agent told investigators he shot an Amtrak train conductor because he wasn't allowed to de-board in suburban Chicago.  Edward Klein appeared in bond court on attempted murder and aggravated battery charges. DuPage County prosecutors say the 79-year-old was ordered held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

Chicago Public Schools plans to take out a $389 million short-term loan to get the financially struggling district through the end of the school year and make a pension payment due next month.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the plan Friday. His appointed school board will vote on it Wednesday.

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Illinois is set to eliminate the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases through legislation passed with support from a victim of imprisoned former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert.  The Illinois House unanimously approved the measure on Thursday, sending it to a supportive Gov. Bruce Rauner.   Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Hastert's case provided a prime example of why the law should be changed. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Legislature in Barack Obama's home state has decided to honor the 44th president's birthday.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials say the April unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percentage points to 4.7 percent. 

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 A new memorial at Springfield's airport honors the city's only resident to graduate from pilot training at Tuskegee Army Air Base during World War II. The late Lyman L. Hubbard Sr. served with the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen. The display honoring Hubbard was dedicated Wednesday at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. It includes several photos and some of his medals.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships trade show has drawn far-flung enthusiasts to Peoria.

Dust storms causing poor visibility in central Illinois are being blamed for car accidents that killed two people. Illinois State Police say visibility was poor when a 53-year-old Chatham man was killed when he struck a semitrailer, and another vehicle rear-ended his vehicle, Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 72. The third vehicle's driver was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

A new study from the University of Illinois weighs in on the debate surrounding the origins of life on Earth.  University researchers have provided evidence for a "metabolism-first" model of creation by tracing the evolution of molecular functions through time. 

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The Illinois Senate has adjourned without taking action on remaining items from the "grand bargain" budget compromise. Democrats who run the chamber say they might push forward with remaining items after approving several parts of the compromise on Wednesday.

U.S. forecasters are predicting another warmer than normal summer for most of the country along with wetter weather in a swath of states stretching from Texas to Montana.  The National Weather Service's summer outlook predicts greater chances for hot weather in Alaska and pretty much everywhere else.  The exceptions are Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and parts of Missouri and Colorado.

Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock have asked a federal judge to reschedule his trial, citing evidence delays in a case centered on the Republican's alleged lavish spending.  Defense attorney George J. Terwilliger asked that the trial set for July be delayed until January. Terwilliger says the government hasn't handed over all evidence and Schock will likely file more motions.

A July 3 trial date has been set for the wife of northern Illinois police lieutenant who killed himself and made it look like it was duty related.  Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted after her husband, Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Gliniewicz, committed suicide in September 2015. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An updated method of funding public schools in Illinois won wide Senate support Wednesday, but Gov. Bruce Rauner's office came out in opposition to the plan.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's chief education adviser says the governor won't support an overhaul of Illinois' school-funding formula if it benefits Chicago Public Schools "at the expense" of others.  The Illinois Senate approved legislation aimed at eliminating the disparity in spending between affluent school districts and those serving poorer communities. Similar legislation is in the House. 


A Democrat running for Illinois governor in 2018 is calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  J.B. Pritzker says the House of Representatives should begin impeachment proceedings. He says there are credible reports that Trump obstructed justice in the investigation of the Russian hacking of our democracy. 

The Senate has approved a $36.5 billion budget that was initiated by minority Republicans. But it turned down authority to implement it.  The Democratic-controlled chamber voted 31-21 to approve the proposed outlay for the year that begins July 1.  

Billionaire Ken Griffin has contributed $20 million to Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election fund.  Rauner's campaign committee reported the donation from the CEO of the Chicago-based investment firm Citadel on Wednesday. 

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New research suggests older, obese people on diets shouldn't skip the weight machines or the treadmill.  A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine tried to determine the safest approach for seniors losing weight.