Authorities

Authorities in northern Illinois say two people were killed and two others seriously injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion.

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.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making it harder for authorities to confiscate property from crime suspects. 

Authorities have hailed a northern Illinois man a hero after he jumped through the open window of a moving car to save the driver, who was having a seizure.