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Police: Illinois warehouse shooting suspect killed himself

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 48-year-old man suspected in the fatal shooting of two co-workers and the critical wounding of another at a Springfield, Illinois, warehouse died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the city's police chief said F...

 

7 seek to fill 1st black Supreme Court justice's seat

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Seven Democrats are vying for a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court once held by the high court's fist black justice. Democrat Charles Freeman, who died March 2 at 86, held the post from 1990 to 2018, when he retired. P....

 

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation making the state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to min...

 

Union: Prison-inmate assaults on officers up 51 percent

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are cutting costs by putting violent prisoners in less-secure prisons, a driver behind a 51 percent increase in inmate assaults over two years, a state employee union said Thursday. The American...

 

Lawmakers face Exelon energy plan, derided as 'bailout'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A mammoth plan to save nuclear power plants in Illinois, derided as a corporate bailout by consumer advocates but hailed as a leap forward in energy-efficiency by environmentalists, faces an uphill climb this week in the...

 

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