Latest Illinois state government News

Illinois sues company after lead found in village's water

Aug. 17, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (AP) — Illinois alleges that a company that provides water to a Chicago suburb made changes without permission from state regulators that caused lead to contaminate the village's drinking water. Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a lawsuit Friday against Aqua Illinois, the company...

Illinois state senator pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over three years from the Teamsters while doing little or no work. Democrat Thomas Cullerton of Villa Park was due to be released on his own recognizance following...

Trump continues to weigh possible Blagojevich commutation

Aug. 16, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's still considering whether to sign commutation papers freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from federal prison in Colorado. Trump told reporters Thursday before leaving from Morristown, New Jersey,...

Illinois GOP urges Trump not to set Blagojevich free

Aug. 9, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Republican Party's chairman is urging President Donald Trump not to follow through on the idea he broached this week of freeing imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Tim Schneider said in a written statement Friday that officials found guilty should serve their full sentences,...

Trump, getting facts wrong, says he may free Blagojevich

Aug. 8, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump has sent his clearest signal yet that he may be about to sign commutation papers freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from federal prison in Colorado. The 62-year-old Democrat, who was once best known and the...

Trump says he's considering commutation for Blagojevich

Aug. 8, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the White House is continuing to review the possibility of commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving time on multiple federal corruption convictions. Trump suggested more than a year ago that he was...

Illinois state senator Indicted on embezzlement charges

Aug. 2, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has been indicted on federal charges that he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over a three-year period from the Teamsters while doing little or no work, prosecutors announced Friday. In a news release, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said Thomas...

The Latest: Lawyer denies state senator embezzled from union

Aug. 2, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on indictment of Illinois state senator's indictment on embezzlement charges(all times local): 1:25 p.m. An attorney for an Illinois state senator says his client is not guilty of the federal embezzlement charges that prosecutors announced. John Theis says in a written statement...

Illinois extends tax credits to producers working in state

Aug. 1, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation extending tax credits for film production through 2026, a move he says will attract more industry jobs to the state. The incentives, which give companies 30% tax credits on production costs and on salaries up to $100,000, were set to expire...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

Jul. 18, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald in 2014. He was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet the white officer fired at the black 17-year-old. Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke in...