SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's information technology chief has contracted to spend $208,000 in tax dollars for two professional memberships despite the budget crisis. Hardik Bhatt (BAHT') is Republican Rauner's $145,000-a-year secretary of the Department of Innovation and Technology. Some lawmakers say the spending is excessive at a time of budget crisis.
CHICAGO (AP) - Former President Barack Obama addressed civic engagement for young people during his first public appearance since leaving office, but he didn't mention his successor or detail his thoughts on current events. Obama gave advice on leadership, dealing with failure and even social media as he spoke Monday with students at a University of Chicago panel event.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago aviation officer who pulled a man off a United Airlines flight sys the man was physically and verbally combative during the incident. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press, the aviation department released the officer's version of the April 9 incident for the first time and named the officer for the first time.
BREESE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois sheriff says a suspect is in custody in the beating death of a high school senior at a party. Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss says 18-year-old Jacob J. Arter died early Sunday at a hospital in Breese (BREEZ). Clinton County Sheriff Doug Maue says a juvenile male is in custody. The sheriff's department is investigating with the coroner and Clinton County prosecutors.
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