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A federal judge has set an April 2019 trial date for a former physics student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.

Illinois lawmakers continued the fight over the 2-year-long budget impasse in front of rape victims, sexual assault survivors, and people recovering from addiction.

A settlement conference in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth is happening at the request of the judge in the case.   Two employees of a home for veterans say Duckworth violated state ethics laws by taking action against them when she was head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

State Senator Chapin Rose says state regulators conspired to shut out Health Alliance on a technicality.  The Mahomet Republican was among the lawmakers in a legislative hearing Wednesday, questioning the decision to choose four other providers of Medicare Advantage retiree contracts.