CHICAGO (AP) - The sponsor of a measure to bar Chicago retailers from using plastic bags says he has the votes to get it approved by the City Council. Alderman Joe Moreno says the ban would be good for the environment. But the Illinois Retail Merchants Association says it is essentially a "hidden tax" because paper bags cost three times more than plastic.
CHICAGO (AP) - The president of Chicago State University is taking a big pay cut to comply with a new state law aimed at reducing Illinois' massive pension shortfall. The Illinois Legislature in 2012 closed a loophole that allowed university employees to retire and draw a pension, then start a new job earning close to the same salary.
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - A prominent Christian evangelist known for promoting a Bible-based home school curriculum has resigned from the Illinois-based organization he led following allegations of sexual harassment. Bill Gothard founded the Oak Brook-based Institute for Basic Life Principles. He had been on administrative leave since last month while the group's board investigated allegations he harassed women and girls.
HAMPSHIRE TOWNSHIP, Ill. (AP) - Authorities have discovered two more dead animals at a northern Illinois farm at the center of an animal cruelty case. A total of 11 animals and one fetus have now been found dead the Hampshire Township farm and at another property near Maple Park.
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