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A federal lawsuit claims Starbucks regularly overfills its cold drinks with ice instead of using the advertised amount of coffee or other liquid in its plastic cups.

The lawsuit was filed last week in Chicago on behalf of Stacy Pincus, a local woman who accuses Starbucks of misleading consumers.

The lawsuit alleges that an iced beverage advertised at 24 ounces contains about 14 ounces of fluid.

Starbucks spokesperson Jaime Riley said Monday that the company considers the lawsuit to be without merit.

University of Illinois police say two more large swastikas have been discovered drawn in campus buildings.

Police say the new swastikas were found by a campus employee on Sunday in an elevator and a wall in the Armory indoor track and field center.

Three other similar swastikas were found in campus buildings on Thursday. The 2-foot-tall symbols were drawn with markers.

Police spokesman Patrick Wade said Monday that like in the earlier incident, investigators have made no arrests and do not yet have any suspects.

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Several students at Kishwaukee College will get to show off their technical skills in a national contest next month.

Skills USA is an organization for students enrolled in technical programs including welding or nursing. Every year, the group holds competitions that give those students an opportunity to showcase their talents in events like mock crime scenes or repairing a dent in a car.

WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: May 2, 2016

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  The average price for a gallon of gas is $2.36.  That's according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.   

The average per gallon price of gas in Rockford is $2.22.  That's seven cents more than last week's average.  

The most expensive gas can be found in Chicago, at $2.84/gallon, while the least expensive gas price per gallon is in Springfield, at $2.13

Nationally, the average per-gallon price is $2.21.

  After stumbling on previous attempts to put a constitutional amendment question before voters, the group Independent Maps is hopeful about their measure in 2016.  The citizens' initiative announced it has collected more than enough signatures and that it has revised phrasing that led the courts to toss a question two years ago.   Its backers want to strip legislators from having the authority to draw their own districts. Instead, that'd be the duty of a specially-selected panel.

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  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will get a new leader in July.

When it opened in 2004, the presidential museum was touted as a world-class complex, and a tourist-luring gem for Springfield.

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The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at Northern Illinois University recently hosted a screening for a movie about the role of women in different media in the U.S.

The film was called Miss Representation, which was about how women are portrayed in American television, magazines, music and broadcast news and the issues those women face. It was the first time NIU’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center hosted a documentary screening like this, and the idea was to have people come watch it and discuss what they saw afterwards and relate it to their own experiences.

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A force in Rockford politics and education has died. Former State Senator Vivian Hickey was 100 years old. 

The die-hard Democrat was appointed to fill the term of Rockford’s first female State Senator when Betty Ann Keegan died. Hickey was elected to what became known as The Woman’s Seat: a string of women from Rockford were elected to the 34th District State Senate seat. 

Students living illegally in the U.S. who struggle to pay for college because they don't qualify for financial aid are urging Illinois lawmakers to make them eligible for state help.

    

Legislation that passed the state Senate this month with bipartisan support would make Illinois among the few states in the country that let immigrant students get financial aid regardless of their legal status.

The measure is awaiting action in the Illinois House.

Illinois patients who want to use medical marijuana legally will try again to expand the program to include chronic pain, diabetes, migraine and other health conditions.

Monday's meeting of the state's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board could lead to new recommendations, but Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has twice before rejected the board's suggestions.

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