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Judge denies request to halt worker pay

BELLEVILLE (AP) — A judge on Thursday denied a request by the Illinois attorney general to stop paying state workers unless lawmakers resolve an ongoing budget impasse.

Ex-GOP congressman Michel dies at 93

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Michel, an affable Illinois congressman who served as leader of the Republican House minority for 14 years and was skilled at seeking compromise critical in getting many initiatives of two Republican presidents through Congress, died Friday. He was 93.

A former staffer of Michel, Mike Johnson, said he passed away Friday morning.

4 dead after 3-vehicle crash in Des Plaines

DES PLAINES (AP) — Authorities say four people have died following a three-vehicle crash in suburban Chicago.

The crash happened Thursday night in Des Plaines when police say a speeding vehicle collided head-on with a car as the car turned into a parking lot. The car was then hit by an SUV. Police say that three family members who were riding in the car died.

Judge sets aside convictions of 4 in 1995 murders

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge on Wednesday set aside the convictions of four Chicago men who were imprisoned for years for their alleged involvement in 1995 double murder during an auto dealership robbery.

Freeport man charged with parents' stabbing deaths

FREEPORT (AP) — A Freeport man faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his parents.

PODCAST: David Merriman on Gov. Rauner's budget address

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Economist David Merriman of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs provides analysis and reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address Wednesday in Springfield.

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Poshard named head of Morthland College

WEST FRANKFORT (AP) — Former congressman and Southern Illinois University president Glenn Poshard has been named president of Morthland College, a private Christian liberal arts college.

The college in West Frankfort announced Tuesday that its board of trustees voted unanimously to name Poshard to the post.

Rauner urges OK of budget deal now in Senate

SPRINGFIELD — Amid a more than two-year-long budget stalemate that has left the state with a backlog of nearly $12 billion in unpaid bills, Gov. Bruce Rauner Wednesday called for passage of a budget deal now in the state Senate.

Exelon rivals sue to block subsidies

CHICAGO (AP) — Competitors of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday opposing legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to the power giant.

White backs mandate for school bus seat belts

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois secretary of state is backing a measure that would require seat belts on school buses.

Jesse White announced his support for the proposal Tuesday. It would mandate all public school buses come equipped with 3-point seat belts like those found in cars.