Illinois man sentenced to life for slaying of parents

BRIDGEVIEW (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 slaying of his parents.

Judge rules in favor of lawmakers seeking pay

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Illinois lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget, which has caused a pileup of more than $12.8 billion worth of unpaid bills.

PODCAST: Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing reacts to Carle ruling, reflects on term

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Study: Wide health disparities in Chicago's neighborhoods

CHICAGO (AP) — A hospital system's study of Chicago neighborhoods finds wide health disparities, including with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Sinai Urban Health Institute released a survey Thursday drawing upon responses from roughly 2,000 residents in nine Chicago neighborhoods.

Census Bureau estimates show Chicago-area's population slips

CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released Census Bureau estimates show the Chicago-area's population has declined two years in a row.

Solar panels at Waukegan schools generating energy

WAUKEGAN (AP) — Solar panels installed at seven Waukegan public schools are now generating power.

The Chicago Tribune reports ( ) the nearly 2,200 rooftop panels are up and running this week. Final touches are being made on monitors for each school's lobby showing how energy is generated.

Chicago man admits brokering 77 illegal gun sales

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he brokered 77 illegal gun transactions, sometimes selling weapons that had been stolen or had obliterated serial numbers.

John Thomas pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of dealing firearms without a license.

Rauner announces cybersecurity plan

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has unveiled a broad-based cybersecurity plan.

The Republican announced the framework Tuesday. He says cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing the nation and Illinois.

$875,000 settlement reached over death at Chicago nursing home

CHICAGO (AP) — A law firm says a Chicago nursing home has agreed to an $875,000 settlement for the family of a man who choked to death at the facility in 2012.

Illinois treasurer to auction off unclaimed property

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois treasurer's office is auctioning off almost 500 unclaimed items ranging from collectible coins to jewelry and baseball cards.

Treasurer Michael Frerichs said Monday the online auction will be held March 27 to 31.