After initially thinking the drinking age was still 18, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, said he would support lowering it from age 21.

The 62-year-old Republican made the comments Thursday on "The Devil's Advocates" radio show. He was initially explaining his opposition to raising the age to buy a gun from 18 to 21.

He says 18-year-olds "ought to be able to vote, they ought to be able to have a beer and they ought to be able to buy a gun to hunt with."

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The suspect in the downtown shooting death of a Chicago police commander has been indicted on 56 counts, including first-degree murder.

The grand jury indictment announced on Friday says Cook County prosecutors plan to ask that Shomari Legghette be sentenced to life in prison if he's convicted because Cmdr. Paul Bauer was killed while performing his official duties. Legghette was also indicted on counts of armed violence and drug- and weapon-related violations. 

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The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees has signed on to a bill that would guarantee stable funding for the school while imposing several performance standards.

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A union representative for a newer Northern Illinois University bargaining unit says negotiations did not go well Friday.

AFSCME spokeswoman Sara Dorner says NIU’s negotiator Jesse Perez promised to bring a thorough wage matrix to contract negotiations Friday, but she says all that was given was information of other peoples’ current wages.

“So, basically, they gave us some information that we already had and no proposals and we’ve made no progress,” Dorner said.

Tentative Agreement Reached On Contract For Grad Workers At U Of I Urbana Campus

Mar 9, 2018
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A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the University of Illinois and striking graduate workers at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

The Graduate Employees Organization - or GEO - reported the tentative agreement Thursday morning on its Facebook page and on Twitter.