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Experience, ideology focus of Illinois attorney general race

Oct. 21, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The quest to be the next Illinois attorney general is focusing on experience, ideology and gumption. Democrat Kwame Raoul touts his legal and policymaking experience and says Republican Erika Harold is too rigid in her conservative views to effectively manage the post of chief law...

State board recommends changes to teacher licensing

Oct. 20, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education has approved proposals to expand the teacher workforce. The board voted this week to seek legislative changes to make it less cumbersome for qualified professionals to move into teaching careers. The recommendations stem from a yearlong study...

Correction: Supreme Court-Unlawful Search story

Oct. 19, 2018 8:52 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In a story Oct. 18 about a canine's detection of drugs outside an apartment door, The Associated Press reported erroneously that in a 4-3 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled the search unconstitutional. It was a 5-3 vote. A corrected version of the story is below: Court:...

Sessions says reforms of Chicago police could boost crime

Oct. 19, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned Friday that reforms planned for the Chicago police force could cause a surge in violent crime and pointed to the recent murder conviction of a police officer as evidence that such reforms aren't necessary because officers who break the law are already...

Chicago police reform monitor finalists named by state, city

Oct. 19, 2018 5:52 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials have announced four finalists seeking the job of independent monitor of Chicago Police Department reforms that are part of a court order . Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the finalists Thursday. The attorney general's website contains...

GOP veteran struggles to adjust as seat suddenly isn't safe

Oct. 19, 2018 12:15 AM EDT

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — On primary Election Day in 2006, Margaret Prowell went to the polling place down the road from her new suburban Chicago home and asked for a Democratic ballot. The election judges were taken aback. This was Illinois' 6th Congressional District, a place represented for three...

New proceedings ordered in power-line land dispute

Oct. 18, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that had stopped construction of a massive power line through eastern Illinois. The court's 7-0 ruling Thursday affects 35 Edgar County eminent domain actions by Ameren Transmission Co. to obtain land for the remaining section of a...

Illinois lawmaker works on sports gambling bill

Oct. 18, 2018 1:26 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill to legalize sports gambling in Illinois likely won't be put before the General Assembly until next year, according to a state lawmaker. Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie told two House subcommittees on Wednesday that he's working on a sports betting bill, but lawmakers...

Illinois candidate once said harassment leads to promiscuity

Oct. 17, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Miss America who is running for Illinois attorney general once said that many victims of sexual harassment believe what is said about them and "become very promiscuous," and that some young people who are called names such as "whore" or "slut" think: "That's what I want to be."...

Pritzker pumps $146M of his cash into Illinois governor bid

Oct. 17, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker is showing no reluctance about pouring his own money into his quest to defeat multimillionaire Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in the race for Illinois governor. New state campaign finance reports show that Pritzker has pumped $146.5 million into his...