SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Democrats running for governor attacked Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and President Donald Trump but largely avoided jabs at one another during a debate in Springfield. Presumed front-runner J.B. Pritzker and Daniel Biss traded barbs over familiar issues such as each one's record on attacking a yawning pension debt in the state. But the five candidates who appeared at the University of Illinois Wednesday night mostly stuck to stump speeches on guns, the budget, and other issues.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - It just got easier for Illinois residents to look for tax liens. In a news release, the state's Department of Revenue says it now has a searchable database where people can go to locate all active liens and releases filed by the department.
(AP) - Thousands of students in Florida and many others at dozens of high schools across the country have walked out of class to protest gun violence and to honor the victims of last week's massacre in Florida. Some of Wednesday's protests lasted 17 minutes in honor of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Impromptu planning for demonstrations stretching from Arizona to Maine was shared on social media.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say a suspect has been arrested in the stabbing death of a 2-year-old boy in the city's Little Village neighborhood. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says police responding to a call from relatives of the boy found the child in an upstairs room of a home. He had several stab wounds. Guglielmi says in a tweet the "person of interest" was taken into custody by the Chicago agents of the FBI and Illinois State Police following a traffic stop in Kankakee County.
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