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Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit due to budget
CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come....

Tick-borne illnesses growing among Illinois residents
McLEAN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois health officials say they're seeing an increase in tick-borne illness among residents in the state....

Bicyclist killed after falling onto Chicago train tracks
CHICAGO (AP) -- Officials say a young man was killed when he fell from his bike onto rail tracks where he was hit by a Chicago Transit Authority train....

Black Hawk College president retiring at end of 2017
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) -- The president of a community college in western Illinois is planning to retire after nearly 30 years in various positons at the school....

Man spared the death penalty for murder dies in prison at 74
PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) -- A 74-year-old man initially sentenced to death for killing a central Illinois woman in 1983 has died in prison....