A state senator from the Chicago suburb of Evanston is joining the race for Illinois governor.  Daniel Biss is the fourth Democrat to say he wants to take on incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner. He’s got a Ph.D. in math, and declared his candidacy on day 628 of Illinois' budget stalemate.

Four black people charged with a hate crime in an attack on a white mentally disabled man that was shown live on Facebook have pleaded not guilty.  The assistant public defenders for each of the four entered the pleas on Friday. They have been in custody since early January. 

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An estimated 600 people demonstrated at Willard Airport near Champaign-Urbana Sunday,  joining tens of thousands across the nation who protested in the US protesting President Donald Trump’s executive order, banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.  Illinois Public Media’s Jeff Bossert has more.



A law recently signed by Governor Bruce Rauner will make it easier for Illinois residents to access family members' social media accounts after they die.  The legislation requires that tech companies, such as Facebook, offer users a chance to name a beneficiary who would be given access to the account after they die or become incapacitated.  

A convicted felon is back in custody after Evanston police say they saw him in a Facebook Live video firing a gun at a shooting range in violation of his parole.  The Evanston Police Department says an investigator with its intelligence unit was monitoring social media and recognized an Evanston gang member firing a handgun in a real-time video post.

The Pekin Police Department says its use of social media is helping to fight crime. The department has been using its Facebook page since mid-2013 to inform residents of suspects who have been arrested and those they're still searching for.