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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Three women in Illinois government who are studying sexual harassment and gender equity say a solution would be to elect women to half of all political offices in the state. The Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel issued a report Wednesday recommending measures for political parties to combat sexual harassment and make politics fairer for women.

(AP) - A review of state gun laws by The Associated Press found the activism that grew out of the Florida high school shooting earlier this year has not been a catalyst for widespread change. Aside from Florida, no other state dominated politically by Republicans passed sweeping gun-control legislation. Several states did ban bump stocks and pass so-called "red flag" laws, but many others expanded gun rights or took no action at all on firearms.

CHICAGO (AP) - The trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald resumes with the defense presenting evidence for a third day. Jason Van Dyke's lawyers haven't said who will testify first Wednesday. The focus Tuesday was on an animated video produced for the defense purporting to show Van Dyke's perspective as he shot McDonald 16 times. The animation sought to establish the officer had a legitimate fear for his life.

CHICAGO (AP) - Severe thunderstorms that swept the Chicago area toppled trees and power lines, cutting cut power to thousands of residents. ComEd says more than 30,000 homes and businesses, mostly in Chicago's west suburbs, were without power as of 9 p.m. Tuesday following the storms that brought winds in excess of 60 mph (96 kilometers per hour). Power had been restored to all but about ComEd 7,000 customers by Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported in Tuesday's storms.

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