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Illinois governor will not send National Guard to Chicago

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39 total views, no views today SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not dispatch the Illinois National Guard to Chicago to stem gun violence. The Republican said Wednesday that “the National Guard is not for neighborhood policing.” He dismissed suggestions that he call up the Guard after more than 70 people were…

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Illinois attorney general looking at candidate’s foundation

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25 total views, no views today CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general’s office is looking at a Chicago mayoral candidate’s charitable foundation after he’s handed out more than $300,000 in cash and checks to local residents. The Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation calls the office’s action an investigation that’s politically motivated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s allies.…

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Ex-rep withdraws from ballot after sex-photo scandal

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25 total views, no views today SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former state Rep. Nick Sauer has withdrawn from the November election ballot after an ex-girlfriend accused him of posting nude photos of her online. The first-term Lake Barrington Republican resigned from the House of Representatives last week. Politico reported that the Chicago woman claims Sauer posted…

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Lake County Board chairman ends re-election effort

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23 total views, no views today WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The leader of a county board in suburban Chicago who went on leave to undergo treatment for a drug addiction says he’s ending his re-election campaign. Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said Tuesday he’d rather “lose my job than lose my life” when he announced…

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Illinois lawmaker quits amid claim of posting nude photos

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28 total views, no views today by JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A first-term Republican state representative and member of an Illinois House anti-sexual harassment task force resigned Wednesday after an ex-girlfriend claimed that he posted nude photos of her on a fake social media account under her name. Rep. Nick Sauer of…

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Rauner OKs allowing medical cannabis for students at school

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29 total views, no views today SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring public schools to allow parents to administer medical marijuana at school to eligible children. The Republican took action Wednesday. It allows parents or guardians to administer a “cannabis-infused product” to a student on school property or a school…

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Obama endorses Pritzker, Raoul, 3 US House candidates

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22 total views, no views today CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. He’s also backing Kwame Raoul for attorney general and three Illinois Democrats looking to unseat GOP congressmen. Obama announced his first midterm endorsements Wednesday and said he expects to campaign for several of them this…

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Rauner signs law providing protection for EpiPen prescribers

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3 total views, no views today ELMHURST, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law protecting health professionals who provide police officers with life-saving epinephrine auto injections. The Republican on Tuesday signed an expansion of what is known as Annie LeGere’s Law. Thirteen-year-old Annie LeGere died in August 2015 after a severe allergic…

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House Speaker Paul Ryan uncovers Jewish roots on PBS show

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2 total views, no views today by BETH HARRIS, Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan was surprised and proud to find out he has Jewish roots. The Wisconsin Republican discovered his family history while filming a segment for the upcoming season of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates…

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Rauner bans payroll ‘off-shoring’ by governors

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5 total views, no views today SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring his and future administrations to pay employees from the budgets of the agencies they’re working for. The Republican signed Tuesday a ban on payroll “off-shoring” by governors. It was pushed by Democratic state Comptroller Susana Mendoza. She’s feuded…

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Chicago lawmaker chosen to run Democratic Party of Illinois

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97 total views, no views today CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago lawmaker has been named interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Rep. Christian Mitchell will replace Timothy Mapes, who stepped down from the post and from his job as chief of staff to House Speaker Michael Madigan amid sexual harassment allegations. Mitchell will…

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Legislature making new effort to pass a gun dealer bill

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425 total views, no views today SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday revived efforts to pass gun-dealer licensing legislation after a veto by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner stymied a previous effort. The new rules would make it illegal for retailers to sell guns without being certified by the state. The stores must first be…

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Illinois governor seeks to reinstate death penalty

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161 total views, no views today By JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Eight years after Illinois abolished the death penalty, the state’s Republican governor on Monday proposed reinstating the punishment for mass killers and people who gun down police officers. Gov. Bruce Rauner tied the death penalty plan to gun restrictions favored by…

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Illinois sends gov. plan on state’s handling of Quincy

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183 total views, no views today SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has voted unanimously to require administrators of state veterans’ homes to notify the public within 24 hours of an infectious disease diagnosis. The Senate voted 52-0 Thursday to require notification of staff members, residents and the Department of Public Health. It would be…

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Illinois debates effectiveness of racial profile data

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215 total views, no views today By SARAH ZIMMERMAN, Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state law requiring police departments to keep statistics on the race of motorists they pull over is set to expire, and debate is underway about whether the 14-year-old program is effective or simply an expensive, burdensome task for officers. The landmark…

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Illinois Democrats’ plan to override gun dealer veto fizzles

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242 total views, no views today By JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats’ hopes of overriding a veto of firearms-dealer licensing fizzled Wednesday, swamped by the inaction of a Senate and House afraid to take the vote without cover from the other. Democrats in the Senate, where the veto had to occur…

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Illinois Senate OKs stand-alone bump-stock ban

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161 total views, no views today SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Senate has approved another bump-stock ban. The Senate voted 38-10 Thursday on Sen. Kwame Raoul’s (KWAH’-may rah-OOLZ’) plan. It would outlaw the manufacture or possession of bump stocks or trigger cranks which turn rifles into assault-style weapons. It’s the device the gunman used in the…

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