SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner's criminal justice adviser has told an Illinois House committee that Rauner's plan to reinstate the death penalty is designed to "avoid the legitimate objections" associated with the capital punishment law the state abandoned seven years ago. David Risely is the Republican governor's director of criminal justice and public safety policy. He told the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee on Monday that Rauner's plan would apply only to criminals found guilty "beyond all doubt."
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - It's moving day for Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner, who are returning to the Illinois Governor's Mansion after $15 million in renovations on the historic home. The Rauners led the fundraising campaign to restore the 1855 home, which is one of the nation's oldest continuously occupied governor's residences.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A state inspector on Monday cited mismanagement by Governor Bruce Rauner's office for improper hiring. The Office of the Executive Inspector General's report found that Rauner's Department of Central Management Services hired seven people for positions that on paper were described as policymaking posts that are exempt from the personnel code. But the investigation discovered that the "regional client managers" didn't report to the people they were supposed to and did routine jobs.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A baboon on his way to a South Texas wildlife sanctuary escaped his crate and kept officers busy for two hours at San Antonio International Airport. Officers shot the baboon named Dawkins with a tranquilizer dart. The ape got loose Monday afternoon shortly after arriving on an American Airlines flight from Chicago. Airport spokesman Rich Stinson says officers managed to corner Dawkins in a baggage handling area outside the terminal. Stinson says the baboon never came close to travelers.
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