Democrat Pritzker gives $15M more for Illinois governor bid

CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker has donated $15 million more to his campaign for Illinois governor, pushing his self-financing total to $161.5 million. Both Pritzker and multimillionaire Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner have been largely funding their own campaigns. The Chicago Tribune reports that Pritzker’s campaign reported the new donation to state election officials Saturday. The…Read more…

Company gauges interest for boosting Dakota Access capacity

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline is gauging shippers’ interest in a possible expansion of the volume of crude oil moved through the pipeline from 500,000 barrels to 570,000 barrels per day, despite ongoing tribal efforts to shut the pipeline down. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began seeking commitments from shippers…Read more…

Trump to hold rally for Bost in southern Illinois

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump is stopping in southern Illinois to support Republican Rep. Mike Bost’s re-election bid. Trump has scheduled a rally with Bost on Saturday at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro. His campaign says he’s expected to discuss his America First agenda and the need for Illinois voters to help protect…Read more…

Company takes step toward boosting Dakota Access capacity

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is gauging the interest among oil shippers in moving more crude through the Dakota Access pipeline. The $3.8 billion pipeline moves North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. From there it goes to the Gulf Coast. ETP is seeking commitments…Read more…

Mega Millions players would spend $1.6B on bills, charity

CHICAGO (AP) — With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S. The Powerball jackpot also has climbed. It’s up to an estimated $620 million for Wednesday’s drawing. That would make it the fifth-largest jackpot in U.S. history. But much of the focus has been…Read more…

Experience, ideology focus of Illinois attorney general race

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 enforcement officer. Harold says she has…Read more…

Minnesota frozen food company recalls pork, chicken products

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota frozen food and packing company is recalling more than 212,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and chicken products that contain vegetables that might be contaminated with salmonella and listeria. The Agriculture Department said in a release issued Friday that Buddy’s Kitchen Inc. of Burnsville produced the products between Oct…Read more…

Study: Illinois slaughterhouse big nitrogen polluter

BEARDSTOWN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois pork-processing plant released more nitrogen from animal waste into waterways than any other slaughterhouse in the U.S., according to a report from a nonprofit environmental organization. Environmental Integrity Project assessed water pollution by nearly 100 large meat-processing facilities in the U.S., The Chicago Tribune reported . The report found meat-processing…Read more…

State board recommends changes to teacher licensing

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 involving focus groups, data analysis and research review.…Read more…

China broadens its propaganda drive to heartland America

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — China’s propaganda machine has taken aim at American soybean farmers as part of its high-stakes trade war with the Trump administration. The publication last month of a four-page advertising section in the Des Moines Register opened a new battle line in China’s effort to break the administration’s resolve. U.S. farmers are…Read more…

Charges dropped against one of four suspects in violent Brownstown home invasion

FAYETTE COUNTY — Two more subjects were arrested in connection with an alleged violent Tuesday home invasion in Brownstown, with one being released later in the day and charges dropped. Effingham police arrested 21-year-old Jacob Neal and 20-year-old Anthony Bezroukoff Friday morning on warrants charging them with Class X home invasion causing bodily injury, Class…Read more…

UI criticized for response to sexual misconduct complaints

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Three women who accused a University of Illinois law professor of sexual misconduct say the university hasn’t done enough to protect students or discourage similar misbehavior. The News-Gazette reports that the women say they’re upset Jay Kesan remains a tenured faculty member with access to students. The university’s Office of Diversity, Equity…Read more…

Searchers find nothing as hunt for missing girl continues

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a ground search has turned up nothing useful as investigators look for a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who vanished after her parents were found dead. Deputies discovered Jayme Closs’ parents shot to death in their home in rural Barron early Monday. The girl was nowhere to be found . Investigators say she’s in danger…Read more…

Body found at old mine site in August still unidentified

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are still trying to confirm the identity of a man whose body was found in August at an old coal mine in southern Illinois. The body of what officials say was a middle-aged white man was found Aug. 11 in an advance state of decay at the Old Ben No.…Read more…