2 plans to name Illinois highways for Obama in the works

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from Chicago want portions of Illinois highways named for former President Barack Obama.

Rep. La Shawn Ford said Wednesday he would write legislation to name Interstate 55 from Chicago to East St. Louis for Obama.

Durbin urges medical, dental schools to combat drug crisis

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants medical and dental schools in Illinois to have training sessions on responsible opioid prescription.

The Illinois Democrat sent a letter to Illinois schools Wednesday. He is urging them to work with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to provide better training to students.

ACLU calls out clinic for limited contraceptive procedures

PEORIA (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a federally funded Peoria-area medical clinic for its ties to a Catholic health care system that limits access to birth control.

Firm that shaped African-American museum to do Obama's

CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama Foundation says it has hired the firm that helped shape the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington to lead the exhibition design for the Obama Presidential Center's museum.

Cameras OK'd for ex-Illinois prosecutor's murder retrial

QUINCY (AP) — A judge has approved the use of cameras in the court for the retrial of a former Illinois prosecutor charged with first-degree murder in his first wife's death.

Mellencamp, Derulo among State Fair acts

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Fair has announced six acts for 2017.
Chase Rice will headline Aug. 11. The singer/songwriter has toured the world with Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley.

Rice co-wrote the song “Cruise,” which was recorded by Florida Georgia Line.
On Aug. 16, Alabama takes grandstand stage. The trio has released 21 straight chart-topping singles.

ISU seeks public input on its future

NORMAL (AP) — Illinois State University is asking the public to weigh in on the institution's future.

Illinois schools adapting to 'asthma emergency' law

CHICAGO (AP) — School personnel across Illinois are adapting to a new state law that requires districts to have an emergency protocol to deal with asthma emergencies.

Cleanup begins at Springfield's old Pillsbury plant

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Work has started to remove asbestos from the long-abandoned former Pillsbury Mills plant in Springfield.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports ( ) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency crews have started a cleanup that's expected to take six months and cost $1.8 million.

Ex-Illinois prosecutor's murder retrial set for next week

QUINCY (AP) — A retrial is set to begin next week for a former Illinois prosecutor charged with first-degree murder for the 2006 death of his first wife.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports ( ) Curtis Lovelace's second murder trial is scheduled to start Feb. 27 in Sangamon County.