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Former Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd has turned himself in to face perjury charges.

Rudd was indicted Wednesday on charges he lied on nominating petitions when seeking re-election in 2016. He dropped out of the Democratic primary after it was determined he didn't have enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions.

Rudd posted $15,000 bail and was released Thursday. He declined to comment on the case against him.

Defense attorney Jed Stone said he is having trouble understanding the motivation for the charges.

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An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10 percent of their high school's graduating class.

The News-Gazette reports that the House Higher Education Committee passed the bill Wednesday despite opposition from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Judge Denies Request To Halt State Worker Pay

Feb 16, 2017
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 A St. Clair County judge denied Attorney General Lisa Madigan's motion to halt state employee pay in the absence of a complete state budget.

Illinois has gone nearly 20 months without the governor and General Assembly coming together to create a full, balanced spending plan.

It means state employees will continue to be paid as lawmakers and the governor continue their fight over how to pay for Illinois government.

 

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Freeport officials unveiled a new City Hall as part of the city's 162nd anniversary

Illinois Lottery

The Illinois lottery is launching a new version of an instant game designed to provide funds to help the mentally disabled. 

It has a top prize of $50,000 and all proceeds go to the Special Olympics.  Human Services Secretary James Dimas calls the program rewarding.  

"The opportunities that Special Olympics provides to children and adults with intellectual disabilities are unparalleled," he says.  "Special Olympics helps to create a sense of belonging and a sense of community, while at the same time encouraging self expression."

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