SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers will continue to look for ways to break a budget impasse with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner on Wednesday. Lawmakers and the first-year governor have been deadlocked for weeks over a spending plan. Democrats acknowledge they want to spend up to $4 billion more than they expect to take in. Rauner wants pro-business reforms before negotiating.
CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court has overturned a murder conviction for a northern Illinois man accused of placing an online ad for sex with his pregnant wife and then shooting her customer at the couple's home. The ruling means Timothy S. Smith is entitled to a new trial. The appeals court said the McHenry County trial judge should have let jurors consider convicting him of involuntary manslaughter in lieu of first-degree murder.
MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. (AP) — A memorial is planned later this month to mark the fifth anniversary of a northwestern Illinois grain bin accident that left two people dead. Alejandro Pacas and Wyatt Whitebread died after they became trapped in a Mount Carroll grain elevator. The July 28th event is co-hosted by the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition.
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — A fountain in Galesburg is being removed to make room for a statue of poet Carl Sandburg in his hometown. The statue will be 15-feet tall when it sits on the base. It should be installed before the end of September. Donors funded the $250,000 project.