Latest Illinois state government News

Chicago prosecutor dropping R. Kelly sex-abuse charges

Jan. 30, 2023 18:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago prosecutor said Monday that she's dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly following federal convictions in two courts that should guarantee the disgraced R&B star will be locked up for decades. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced...

Grand jury gets case of July 4 shooting suspect's father

Jan. 26, 2023 15:18 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois prosecutors told a judge Thursday that they are presenting evidence to a grand jury for a possible indictment against the father of the man charged with fatally shooting seven people at a Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago. Robert Crimo Jr., 58, was...

Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

Missouri man gets life sentence for Illinois officer's death

Jan. 23, 2023 19:46 PM EST

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Missouri man was sentenced to life plus 13 years in prison on Monday for a first-degree murder conviction for the death of an Illinois officer who had tried to stop the man from fleeing police. Caleb Campbell, 24, of Florissant, Missouri, was convicted...

Illinois appeals judge's restraining order on gun ban

Jan. 23, 2023 19:13 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Monday asked a state appellate court to dismiss a temporary restraining order on Illinois' new ban on semiautomatic weapons. The two-week-old law was adopted in response to a mass shooting at the July 4th parade in the Chicago...

Illinois woman gets probation in disabled son's 2020 death

Jan. 21, 2023 16:59 PM EST

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — A northwestern Illinois woman has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty in connection with the death of her 15-year-old disabled son, who weighed 38 pounds when he died. A Rock Island County judge sentenced Jennifer Keim, 36, on Friday to four...

Judge OKs trial for Illinois paramedics in patient's death

Jan. 20, 2023 21:37 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois emergency medical professionals should be tried on first-degree murder charges after a patient they strapped facedown to a stretcher suffocated, a judge ruled Friday. Peggy Finley and Peter Cadigan are charged in the December death of...

Tax the rich? Liberals renew push for state wealth taxes

Jan. 20, 2023 18:40 PM EST

Supporters of taxes on the very rich contend that people are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a bigger appetite for what they’re calling “tax justice.” Bills announced Thursday in California, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and Connecticut...

State laws vary widely on whether felons can run for office

Jan. 19, 2023 19:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of a defeated New Mexico candidate arrested in a politically motivated shooting spree has turned a spotlight on an issue that has been evolving in the states: whether people with criminal convictions are eligible to run for public office. Solomon Peña...

Wisconsin Assembly puts bail amendment on April ballot

Jan. 19, 2023 17:27 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly gave a final, bipartisan push Thursday to a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder for violent criminals to get out of jail on bail. The measure will now go before voters to be ratified in the...