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Illinois Father Strangled 2 Sons Before Setting House on Fire and Killing Himself While His Wife Slept

Illinois Father Strangled 2 Sons Before Setting House on Fire and Killing Himself While His Wife SleptAn Illinois man strangled his two sons to death early Tuesday morning and then set his home on fire before killing himself while his wife slept, PEOPLE confirms



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GOP Illinois Governor Signs Major Voting Reform Into Law

GOP Illinois Governor Signs Major Voting Reform Into LawIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a law Monday authorizing different state agencies to automatically register voters when they interact with them, marking a huge victory for voting advocates after Rauner vetoed similar legislation a year ago.



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Illinois Senate passes measure for neo-Nazis to be classed as terrorist groups

Illinois Senate passes measure for neo-Nazis to be classed as terrorist groupsA US state has passed a resolution calling for police to class neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organisations in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville. The Illinois Senate approved an anti-hate group resolution in direct response to the violence which erupted at a white supremacist rally in Virginia over the weekend leaving one person dead and scores more injured. The measure, which was passed on Sunday, stated neo-Nazism and white nationalism continue to pose dangerous threats to cohesion and society overall.



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Former Chicago professor accused of murder agrees to Illinois transfer

Former Chicago professor accused of murder agrees to Illinois transferA former Northwestern University professor who led police on a week-long manhunt after he was accused of stabbing to death a Chicago-area man agreed on Monday to be transferred from California to Illinois to face a murder charge. The manhunt for Wyndam Lathem, 42, and Andrew Warren, a second suspect who worked at Britain’s Oxford University, attracted international attention. Chicago authorities, who are seeking to extradite both men, have described the crime as domestic in nature, without offering a motive.



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Illinois man charged with Chinese scholar kidnapping pleads not guilty

Illinois man charged with Chinese scholar kidnapping pleads not guiltyAn Illinois man charged with kidnapping a female Chinese scholar who has been missing for more than a month pleaded not guilty during an appearance in a U.S. court on Thursday. Brendt Christensen, 28, is accused of abducting Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar at the University of Illinois from southeastern China, who disappeared on June 9. Zhang, who had been studying photosynthesis and crop productivity, was last seen when a security camera recorded her getting into a black car that authorities linked to Christensen, according to court records.



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Illinois House to take up governor's budget, tax vetoes

Illinois House to take up governor's budget, tax vetoesBy Dave McKinney and Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) – The fate of a spending plan and tax hike aimed at ending Illinois’ unprecedented two-year budget impasse moved on Tuesday to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, which will seek to enact the legislation by overriding the Republican governor’s vetoes. Steve Brown, a spokesman for Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, gave no time frame on possible House votes, though some House Democrats posted on their social media accounts that voting would take place on Thursday. “We’re still assessing when the best day will be for the people who supported passage of the legislation to return and deal with the veto message,” Brown said in an interview.



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Illinois risks rating cut to junk even with budget: Moody's

Illinois risks rating cut to junk even with budget: Moody'sBy Dave McKinney and Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) – Even if Illinois’ House of Representatives takes action to enact a new budget on Thursday, the state still risks a downgrade in its credit rating to junk, Moody’s Investors Service warned on Wednesday. The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday will attempt to overturn Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of spending and tax increase measures aimed at ending the state’s unprecedented two-year budget impasse. Moody’s said it placed Illinois’ Baa3 rating, which is one step above the junk level, on review for a possible downgrade.



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Illinois Senate mulls fate of budget that would end stalemate

Illinois Senate mulls fate of budget that would end stalemateThe fate of Illinois’ first budget since 2015 moved to the Senate on Monday after the House of Representatives completed its work by approving legislation to implement a spending plan for fiscal 2018. The measure, which passed in a 72-36 vote and includes a way to pay down the state’s $ 15 billion unpaid bill backlog, follows the House’s approval on Sunday of a $ 36 billion spending bill and a revenue bill boosting taxes by $ 5 billion that Governor Bruce Rauner has vowed to veto. All three measures, which passed the Democratic-controlled chamber with the support of some Republicans, are destined for votes in the Senate.



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Train derailment spills 20,000 gallons of Exxon's oil in Illinois

Train derailment spills 20,000 gallons of Exxon's oil in IllinoisThe cause of the derailment was unknown, a filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday. Twenty cars of the south-bound Canadian National train carrying crude oil were involved in the derailment, while three of the cars leaked, CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said.



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Chinese Scholar Was Kidnapped and Likely Killed by Illinois Man, Authorities Say

Chinese Scholar Was Kidnapped and Likely Killed by Illinois Man, Authorities SayThe FBI alleged that the suspect's phone had been used around April 19 to visit an "Abduction 101" web site.



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