SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate's "grand bargain" budget compromise is made up of 11 pieces of legislation, three of which are critical to the effort to keep Illinois from entering a third consecutive year without an annual budget plan. The three bills would provide a semblance of financial security after years of wrangling between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner left the state without a budget.
CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say a Chicago police officer has escaped serious injury after he was struck by an SUV that was reported stolen. Police say the officer was walking up to the SUV about 11:45 p.m. Sunday in the city's Lawndale neighborhood when the driver sped away, striking the officer. The officer was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. The SUV crashed nearby and two people were arrested.
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - The state's first African-American sheriff may soon have a roadway named after him. A planned Illinois Senate resolution would rename a major roadway through Decatur the "Sheriff Roger E. Walker Jr. Memorial Road" after the former Macon County sheriff who died in 2012. The resolution that is expected to be introduced by Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill would direct workers to erect signs along Business Route 51.
SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) - Police in suburban Chicago have identified the man whose body was found shot several times in a stairwell of a popular shopping center. In a news release, the Skokie Police Department says identified the man as 34-year-old Eric P. Cybak of Chicago.
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