CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors will continue to present evidence in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke who is charged in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Prosecutors still haven't called to the stand several officers who were at the scene the night that the white officer shot the black teenager 16 times. It's unclear if two other officers who face charges of trying to cover up what happened to protect Van Dyke will testify Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say a baby and a 13-year-old girl are among four people wounded in a shooting following an apparent argument between people in two vehicles. Deputy Chief Kevin Ryan says the argument began Wednesday night about 1½ miles from the site of the shooting in the city's South Loop neighborhood. Police say a person wearing a ski mask got out of a van or SUV and opened fire on a car. Ryan says the shooting doesn't appear to be random.
CHICAGO (AP) - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker are meeting for their first debate of the Illinois governor's race. Rauner is trying to win a second term against Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune who's never held public office. Polls have shown Pritzker with a healthy lead. Also participating in Thursday's debate will be Conservative Party candidate and state Sen. Sam McCann and Libertarian Grayson "Kash" Jackson.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois has been awarded a $43.5 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the Illinois portion is part of more than $1 billion the agency distributed to all states as part of its five-point opioid strategy. Illinois will get about $29 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration. It's also getting a $14.5 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant.
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