CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come. At least two major ratings agencies have warned they will lower Illinois' creditworthiness to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget for a third straight year. That would increase the amount the state will have to pay to borrow money.
McLEAN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois health officials say they're seeing an increase in tick-borne illness among residents in the state. Department of Public Health entomologist Linn Haramis tells The Pantagraph that there were more than 40 confirmed cases in 2000. By 2010, the number increased to 200 cases. The provisional total for 2016 is nearly 350 cases. The full number is likely greater because the department only counts cases confirmed by testing.
CHICAGO (AP) - Police say two women were killed when a man trying to flee from officers crashed an SUV into their car on Chicago's South Side. Police say officers stopped the SUV about 1 a.m. Saturday after seeing some inside it firing gunshots in the Englewood neighborhood. Officers arrested the woman who was driving, but a man inside the SUV jumped into the driver's seat and started to drive away.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The city of Champaign has extended its moratorium on new video-gambling machines until Jan. 23. The original moratorium was scheduled to expire July 18. Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen said the moratorium was enacted to give the city time to discuss and analyze additional regulations on video gambling. A city council meeting is planned this fall to consider regulation methods.
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