A former U.S. Representative from Illinois has been deported from Zimbabwe. Mel Reynolds was forced to leave after pleading guilty to breaking the country's immigration laws by staying longer than his visa permitted.
Reynolds pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing pornography.
Governor Pat Quinn has hired Bill Hyers to serve as chief strategist for his 2014 re-election campaign. Hyers, an Illinois native, managed Pennsylvania for President Obama's campaign for re-election in 2012.
Hyers recently managed Bill de Blasio's campaign for mayor of New York City.
According to a news release, the campaign will announce additional senior staff in the coming weeks.
Quinn faces anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman in the March 18 primary.
The Civil War monument sits outside of the Stephenson County Courthouse. It was built the late 1860s. County officials have said there is no public money available to fix it up, so local residents started raising money. A new base was installed last fall. Ron Werntz is one of the main fundraisers behind the project. He says organizers were stuck at the halfway mark to continue restoration efforts. But recently received an anonymous donation of $40,000 from a local veteran.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving gives Illinois a top rating for efforts against impaired driving. Last summer, the state began requiring convicted drunk drivers to install cameras with devices to test blood alcohol levels. This was a key reason for MADD's 5-star rating.