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The U.S. Justice Department contends the city of Chicago and Cook County violated federal immigration laws when they were awarded public safety grants last year.

The union representing corrections officers says inmate attacks on state employees have increased 51% since 2015.

The sheriff in northern Illinois' Winnebago County says budget cuts mean he will lay off 64 reserve deputies on Oct. 20.

An Amtrak employee has pleaded guilty to a scheme in which he steered thousands of dollars in business from its "Polar Express" train ride to his wife's photo company.

A man exonerated in a killing for which he spent 15 years in prison has reached a $9 million settlement with investigators in northern Illinois.

A man accused in the abduction and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China is to be arraigned on new charges.

The University of Illinois is appointing a task force to develop policies to avoid issues with disruptions while maintaining free speech and a welcoming environment.

Illinois State University is getting a $12.5 million federal grant to help school principals.

Twenty-four people working in fields ranging from music to computer science have been selected as MacArthur fellows and will receive so-called "genius" grants of $625,000 to spend any way they wish.

A former worker implicated in the death of a 16-year-old resident of a northern Illinois youth home has reached a plea deal sparing him some prison time.

An Indiana group has won nearly $1 million in federal funds to boost efforts to use technology to bring healthcare to under-served areas in four states.

The former head of Chicago's police oversight agency plans to run for state attorney general.

Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation's worst budget crisis, and $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills hadn't even been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June.

Western Illinois University officials say the school's water bottle refilling stations have kept more than 1 million plastic bottles out of landfills.

A lock of hair and other relics of former Pope John Paul II will go on display in suburban Chicago this week. 

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Cook County officials are expected to take a major step toward repealing a Chicago-area tax on sweetened beverages. The county board's finance committee is meeting Tuesday to vote on a measure to repeal the unpopular penny-per-ounce tax. Commissioner Sean Morrison said last week he has enough "yes" votes to eliminate the tax effective Dec. 1 and withstand any potential veto.

A man is suing the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball after he was struck in the face by a foul ball at Wrigley Field and left blind in one eye. 

Illinois has awarded more than $22.5 million in federal tax credits to help fund 20 new affordable housing developments.

Two medical universities are teaming up to study how the opioid epidemic is affecting southern Illinois.

For years, dusty, battered volumes of records from the 19th and early 20th century have been stored in boxes in a forgotten corner of the Peoria County Courthouse.

The University of Illinois is preparing to launch its newest fundraising campaign with an event that one school official calls "one part Ted Talk and one part Cirque de Soleil."

The state of Illinois is among the states leading the nation in the number of college freshmen pursuing higher education in other states.

Illinois climate and weather experts say the state saw drier and warmer than normal conditions during September.

A visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is fun and educational. But spooky?

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The airport in Peoria is set to receive nearly $2 million in federal money to pay for a runway lighting rehabilitation project.

The University of Illinois is leading a $25 million initiative to develop an "internet of battlefield things."

A northern Illinois judge has set bond at $1 million for a former LaSalle County sheriff's deputy who surrendered after a multi-day manhunt.

A Cook County commissioner says a deal has been reached to repeal a Chicago-area tax on sweetened beverages. 

The mayors of Chicago and Washington are making a friendly wager on the outcome of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and the Nationals.

Police say they're increasing security for Sunday's Chicago Marathon after a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas earlier this week, killing 59 people.

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