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SE Missouri State scores late to top Eastern Illinois 26-12

Nov. 16, 2019 6:02 PM EST

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Shabari Davis returned a punt 36 yards for a touchdown and, trailing at halftime, Southeastern Missouri State scored three late touchdowns to defeat Eastern Illinois 26-12 on Saturday, winning at O’Brien Stadium for the first time since 2010. After Davis’ punt return...

Lobbying by sitting Illinois lawmakers under scrutiny

Nov. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. The federal bribery charge last month against former Rep. Luis Arroyo laid bare the potential ethics tangle. Most states...

Illinois lawmaker charged with bribery resigns

Nov. 1, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state representative in Illinois charged with bribery, one of several prominent Democrats under scrutiny in federal investigations this year, resigned Friday. Rep. Luis Arroyo, a 13-year veteran, stepped down just hours before a special investigating committee of House members...

Report: Trump surveyed donors on freeing Blagojevich

Oct. 31, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump has again broached the idea of freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from a Colorado federal prison, where he is in his seventh year of a 14-year prison term for political corruption. Trump asked for a show of...

Illinois House launches probe that could lead to expulsion

Oct. 29, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of the Illinois House launched an investigation Tuesday into a Democratic lawmaker who refused to resign despite a bribery charge, a move that could lead to his expulsion. House Speaker Michael Madigan filed paperwork to create a committee to investigate fellow Chicago Rep....

Chicago lawmaker accused of bribing senator for bill support

Oct. 28, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state lawmaker bribed a legislative colleague with an offer of $2,500 a month in exchange for the state senator's support of sweepstakes-related legislation, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday. Rep. Luis Arroyo, 65, made the offer on Aug. 2 and handed over an...

In Chicago, Trump calls the city an embarrassment to the US

Oct. 28, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Visiting Chicago for the first time as president, Donald Trump disparaged the city Monday as a haven for criminals that is "embarrassing to us as a nation." The city's top cop sat out Trump's speech to protest the president's immigration policies and frequently divisive rhetoric. "There is...

The Latest: Illinois House Speaker demands lawmaker resign

Oct. 28, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Illinois state legislator charged with bribery (all times local): 3 p.m. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says a lawmaker accused of bribery in a federal complaint should resign or be removed. Madigan told reporters Monday that he will begin proceedings to oust fellow...

Illinois' automatic voter registration delays worry experts

Oct. 12, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' top leaders trumpeted the benefits of automatic voter registration when signing a bipartisan plan in 2017 to change how the state finds and signs up eligible but unregistered voters: more civic participation, fewer barriers to the ballot box and modernized systems. But Illinois...

Illinois state senator quits powerful panel amid FBI probe

Oct. 11, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois state senator under federal investigation for possible bribery and fraud involving state construction work resigned Friday as head of the powerful Senate Transportation Committee, hours after the chamber released an unredacted search warrant revealing more details about...