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A nearly $2 billion high-speed Amtrak rail project in Illinois is in its final phase of construction.

Kankakee High School will no longer have a valedictorian or salutatorian and is switching to a college-style Latin laude system starting with this year's freshman class.

MUNDELEIN, Ill. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy from suburban Chicago is accused of pointing a replica assault rifle at passing cars.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Department of Justice says Chicago's U.S. attorney's office is getting additional staff prosecutors so it can do more to reduce violent crime. 

The Macon County State's Attorney's office plans to have a prosecutor specifically dedicated to dealing with opioid cases.

The city of Chicago has unveiled the design of a new municipal identification card that will be available next year to immigrants living in the country without legal permission and others. 

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a recent ruling and will now consider an appeal in a lawsuit against a town and three former police officers filed on behalf of a man who was wrongfully convicted in a 1993 murder case.

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 69 years in prison for fatally shooting a man at a party near the University of Illinois.

State attorneys general, including in Illinois, are threatening lawsuits against the federal government's repeal of "net neutrality" rules.

A Peoria man convicted of beating and severely burning  a 2-year-old girl by putting her into a scalding hot shower to punish her has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

An investigation has found that in recent years more Chicago police officers have opted to grieve their punishments, stalling some cases for years.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos saying she failed to process applications for federal loan relief for former students of a now-defunct chain of for-profit colleges.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A Peoria man convicted of beating and severely burning  a 2-year-old girl by putting her into a scalding hot shower to punish her has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. 

The Chicago City Council is creating a Vehicular Terrorism Task Force that will look for ways to reduce the chances of an attack like the one in New York where a man drove a truck onto a bike path and struck and killed several people near the World Trade Center in October. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at combating fraudulent opioid prescriptions by requiring drug prescribers to use a database containing patient prescription histories.

A Chicago man beaten by a transit police officer in 2015 and wrongly jailed for nearly two years has received a $225,000 settlement from the Metra commuter railroad.

A new $3.7 million train station has opened in southern Illinois.

A good Samaritan helped save an 80-year-old Illinois mayor after he fell through thin ice trying to save his dog from a lake.

Metra says kids will be able to ride for free during the last two weeks of December.

An Air Force general says he has lost confidence in a commander at Scott Air Force Base and relieved him of his command.

A longtime White House adviser to former President Barack Obama is taking a job as a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois residents are being reminded that if they need health insurance coverage for next year they must register by Friday night.

A Chicago police spokesman say there is "no credible threat"  of any attack to the city's public transportation but after a pipe bomb exploded in New York, the department deployed more officers to train stations and other transportation centers as a precaution.

The Chicago Police Department is planning to expand a pilot program that gives detainees arrested for drugs the option of treatment or jail time.

Northern Illinois University trustees have again voted to freeze tuition and lower fees for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

More than 200 young trees have been planted over the last three years at the Springfield, Illinois, fairgrounds as part of a four-year donation program.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Police Department says all patrol officers are now equipped with body cameras.

Illinois transportation officials are asking for the public's input in its annual traveler opinion survey.

An email shows Gov. Bruce Rauner's office recommended the appointment of a state purchasing regulator whom the Republican now claims is under his Democratic rival's thumb.

Illinois has turned to an online database to help form policy decisions on health, safety, education and work opportunities for residents younger than 25.

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