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The head of security at Chicago's airports has been fired, just two weeks after a passenger was dragged from a United Airlines plane by security officers at O'Hare International Airport.

The Department of Aviation said in a statement Thursday that Jeffrey Redding, the department’s deputy commissioner of security, “has been terminated from his duties” at O'Hare and Midway airports. No reason was given.

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Suburban Chicago mayors are stepping into the statewide debate over freezing local property taxes.

The proposal is a key element of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's agenda. He has insisted on the freeze before agreeing to a state budget.

Leaders representing more than 150 cities and villages surrounding Chicago say a freeze would handicap local government and do nothing to address the Illinois budget problems.

The Will County coroner's office is reporting inconclusive results from the autopsy of a 16-month-old girl whose body was found in a northern Illinois home.

In a statement, the office said further study is needed to determine why Semaj Crosby was found dead early Thursday. Final results will depend on toxicology results and the police investigation.

Will County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson said during a news conference that the child's death was “suspicious.''

Increased revenues coming in to state coffers during tax season have allowed the Illinois Comptroller to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Wednesday that the money will go to nearly a dozen managed-care operations in Illinois serving Medicaid patients, according to the State Journal-Register.  Those organizations can use the money to pay doctors, hospitals and mental-health counselors.

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A new report by a court-appointed watchdog charged with looking into patronage hiring at the Illinois transportation department details how friends and relatives of top Democrats were hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn, even as many had little or no experience.


The Chicago Tribune reports the findings released Monday are the result of an inquiry that began in 2014 after a federal judge assigned a lawyer to dig into hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation.