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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to end mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles.

The Republican signed the measure Monday. It will take effect Jan. 1.

The Legislature approved the bill in response to a 2012 U. S. Supreme Court ruling that sentencing people under 18 to mandatory life without parole is unconstitutional.

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Happy hour drink specials will make a comeback in Illinois under legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

The discounted drink specials have been banned in Illinois since the late 1980s over concerns about excessive drinking and impaired driving.

A lawyer for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert says media reports of alleged past misconduct have severely complicated the hush-money case.

Attorney Thomas Green told a federal judge during a Tuesday status hearing that the allegations are "an 800-pound gorilla'' in the room.

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The Wisconsin State Assembly has passed a bill banning non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 

The Republican-controlled chamber approved the bill 61-34 Thursday. The Senate passed the measure in June. It now goes to Governor Scott Walker, who has said he will sign it into law. 

Under the proposal, doctors who perform a non-emergency abortion after 20 weeks could be punished by up to $10,000 in fines and 3 1/2 years in prison. The bill doesn't provide exceptions for pregnancies resulting from sexual assault or incest.  

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Illinois residents who want to add specific diseases to the state's medical marijuana pilot program have another chance to submit their suggestions starting tomorrow.

The Illinois Department of Public Health will accept petitions through July. Instructions will be posted on the program's website. An advisory board will review the petitions and hold a public hearing.

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The poisoning death of a Highland Park couple draws more attention to the potential dangers of keyless auto ignitions.

Pasquale and Rina Fontanini were found dead last week. Their son, who is a local fire department lieutenant, says lethal levels of carbon monoxide were in the home after the couple left their car with a keyless ignition running in the garage.

Safety advocates say up to a dozen deaths nationwide occur because of such scenarios and want immediate action.

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The board decided this week during a public hearing to vote on rezoning July 1 when no objections came from the crowd. Local officials say the April 9 tornado caused $7.9 million in damages to 90 properties in the small community of about 150 people. Only 25 houses withstood the storm.

Rezoning would ease restrictions if residents decide to rebuild. Many of the houses in Fairdale were in place before county zoning was established in 1948.  

The Daily Chronicle reports Fairdale residents can start rebuilding as soon as the next day if the rezoning is approved.

A judge has approved prosecutors' request to keep some evidence against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert secret.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin granted the motion for a protective order Monday. It says any discovery the U.S. Attorney's Office provides Hastert's attorneys may not be disclosed to anyone not involved in the case, even after the proceedings end. 

Prosecutors argued disclosing the information ``could adversely affect law enforcement interests and the privacy interests of third parties.'' They say lawyers for the Hastert agreed with the request. 

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A hospital group says Illinois could lease HealthCare.gov if the

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the subsidies that help some people afford

health insurance. An Illinois Hospital Association memo released to The

Associated Press lays out that option for Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers.

The memo is the clearest plan yet for how Illinois could pass legislation and

create a state-based exchange.

 An Illinois lawmaker has announced he will receive treatment for recently diagnosed esophageal cancer.  

State Rep. Frank Mautino of Spring Valley says his doctor found a mass in his esophagus during a routine physical in late January. The 52-year-old Democratic lawmaker says he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer after a biopsy was conducted in February.  

Mautino told The (Ottawa) Daily Times  during a phone interview on Monday that doctors have told him the cancer is 97 percent treatable.  

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