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Former congressman and Southern Illinois University president Glenn Poshard has resigned as president of a private Christian liberal arts college after just more than 2 months on the job.  Poshard resigned from Morthland College in West Frankfort in an April 26 letter, effective immediately. 

Some aldermen are pushing to get high-powered rifles into the hands of more Chicago police officers after two plainclothes officers were wounded in a shooting with that kind of weapon.

A Democratic candidate for Illinois governor has failed to get Senate approval for a plan to provide taxpayer funds to match small contributions to political candidates.  State Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston is a 2018 candidate for the Democratic nomination that includes two independently wealthy candidates: Chris Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker. He is running as a candidate reliant on small-dollar gifts. 

Sixty one social service agencies suing the State of Illinois over the budget impasse got their day in court today.  Providers of addiction treatment and rape counseling sued the state for payment.  A Cook County judge ruled they don’t have to be paid if there is no budget.  So those groups appealed.

A tentative contract agreement has averted a possible strike that was planned by thousands of Illinois nursing home workers.  Representatives of more than 5,000 workers at nursing homes around Chicago and Rockford had planned to strike starting on Thursday, but a statement on behalf of Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois says an agreement was reached on a 3-year deal.

A legal battle between the city of Decatur and its former police chief who said he was wrongly fired has ended with a settlement.  City officials say the termination of Brad Sweeney's employment in February 2016 will now be considered a retirement. 

Illinois Senate Democrats say Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration inappropriately spent money to move records from a closed prison to new warehouse space.

Illinois saw an average statewide precipitation of slightly more than 7 inches last month, making it the second-wettest April on record. January through April also was the warmest on record, with an average temperature of 44.5 degrees. That's 5.4 degrees above normal.

A private foundation pushed by Gov. Bruce Rauner is preparing to kick off a major fundraising effort to revamp Illinois' dilapidated fairgrounds.
 
Rauner announced the creation of the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation during last year's state fair, with the goal of raising enough money to repair crumbling buildings, deteriorating roadways, and aging sewer and electrical systems. The fairgrounds have also battled flooding during heavy rains.
 

Illinois Senate Democrats say Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration inappropriately spent money to move records from a closed prison to new warehouse space.
 
Sen. Andy Manar is a Bunker Hill Democrat. He questioned Corrections Department Director John Baldwin during an appropriations committee hearing Wednesday.
 

An Illinois judge is demanding to know what state child care workers did to help the family of a 1-year-old girl who was found dead in their home. Will County Circuit Judge Paula Gomora made the request Tuesday during a hearing to determine where to place the deceased girl's three older brothers.

 

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Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker is launching the first television ads of the Democratic primary for Illinois governor. Pritzker's campaign is releasing a 60-second ad statewide today.  The introductory ad is aimed at helping voters get to know Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune who doesn't have the name recognition of some of his rivals, especially outside of Chicago. 

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Flood warnings remain for large sections of central and southern Illinois after weekend storms brought as many as 10 inches of rain.  Officials at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale say a four-story housing unit on campus saw up to 12 inches of flooding on its first floor over the weekend. About 180 students had to be relocated for the last two weeks of the semester.

Authorities in central Illinois say three people were killed when a vehicle left a roadway and crashed into a lake.  The Fulton County Sheriff's Department says the accident happened Monday night southwest of the city of Canton. Police say a preliminary investigation found the vehicle was traveling on Route 5 when it veered off the right shoulder before crashing through grass and brush, rolling down an embankment and landing on its side in the water.

No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin is recovering in Illinois after an outpatient procedure for an irregular heartbeat.  Durbin was recently diagnosed with atrial flutter, a common, non-life threatening condition in which the heart beats less efficiently but one in which symptoms are often not noticeable. 

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County forest preserve officials plan to release 9,000 mussels into the DuPage River in the hopes of bolstering the existing population and keeping the waterway clean.  DuPage County Forest Preserve District officials are scheduled to release the mussels into the river's West Branch between May and mid-October at 11 locations along 13 miles of the river between Naperville and Warrenville.

A man injured during a raid by immigration agents has filed a federal civil rights complaint in Chicago alleging authorities wrongly believed he was a gang member.  The lawsuit claims Immigration and Customs Enforcement entered Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez's home March 27 without a warrant or consent. ICE allegedly relied on incorrect information from a Chicago police gang database. 

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A march toward downtown Chicago on May Day is taking up several city blocks, with organizers estimating an attendance of 20,000 people.  Many signs in the crowd call for an end to deportations. But advocates of several organizations are pushing for numerous causes, including workers' rights, environmental justice and a higher minimum wage.

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Illinois educators and school supporters have launched nearly 2,500 GoFundMe campaigns to help pay for classroom expenses since the fundraising site launched in 2010.  A new guidebook the company released to help teachers decrease their out-of-pocket expenses shows Illinois educators have netted $1.2 million from more than 23,000 donations.

The governor of Illinois has activated the State Emergency Operations Center as flooding affects parts of the state after heavy weekend rains.  Gov. Bruce Rauner says rivers are swelling with water in some Illinois communities, causing flooding. Activating the operations center means that state agencies will be ready to quickly respond.

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Chicago is expanding a pilot project that provided safe ways for children to play during the summer. Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement about the Summer Safe Passage program Saturday. The Chicago Park District will partner with Chicago Public Schools on the effort. The mayor's office says more than 3,000 teens will be able to travel safely to-and-from summer recreational programming.

Prosecutors say a man charged in the fatal shooting of a Cook County judge snuck to the judge's home up with a gun days before the slaying to commit robbery, but changed his mind.  Prosecutors say Earl Wilson told another person that he needed money and was going to rob Judge Raymond Myles' girlfriend because she had a lot of money.

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The University of Illinois is unveiling a new statue on campus that honors women in engineering.  The life-size statue, named "The Quintessential Engineer," is located on the east side of the Micro and Nano-technology Laboratory.

A federal judge has sentenced the former head of Chicago Public Schools to more than four years in prison for steering $23 million in city contracts to education firms in exchange for more than $2 million in bribes and kickbacks.

The Illinois General Assembly has sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a plan to shore up Chicago pensions. The House voted 63-45 to allow the city to use increases in water- and sewer-service rates to triple contributions to retirement programs covering municipal workers and laborers. Firefighters' and police pensions are separate. 

The head of security at Chicago's airports has been fired, just weeks after a passenger was dragged from a United Airlines plane by security officers at O'Hare International Airport.  The Department of Aviation says Jeffrey Redding has been terminated from his duties at O'Hare and Midway airports. No reason was given.

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The military says a 22-year-old soldier from central Illinois has been killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense released a statement saying Sgt. Josh Rodgers of Bloomington was among two soldiers killed this week as a result of small arms fire in Nangarhar Province.  The military says the fatal incident is under investigation.

A Cook County judge has ruled against the Chicago Public School's lawsuit over the funding of education by the state of Illinois.  Judge Franklin Ulyses Valderrama denied a CPS motion for an injunction seeking to bar the state from distributing education funds in a discriminatory manner. He also ruled in favor of the state's motion to dismiss the case, but is allowing CPS to come back with a new argument.

A second person has been charged in connection with the death of Cook County Circuit Court judge who was gunned down outside his home.  Chicago police announced first-degree murder charges have been filed against Earl Wilson in the fatal shooting of Judge Raymond Myles earlier this month.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan met briefly to discuss what has been a two-year budget stalemate.  Madigan noted after the meeting that there's a growing cry from school superintendents, human services providers and credit-rating houses to adopt a full year state budget. 

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