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Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers.

The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants.

President Barack Obama's plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally suffered another setback Monday in a ruling from a New Orleans-based federal appeals court.

In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas-based federal judge's injunction blocking the administration's immigration initiative.

Republicans had criticized the plan as an illegal executive overreach when Obama announced it last November. Twenty-six states challenged the plan in court.

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Breastfeeding at Chicago's two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Rauner on Sunday signed legislation requiring large airports such as O'Hare and Midway International to have lactation rooms by 2017. Smaller airports in the state will have to add the private rooms when building new terminals or renovating existing ones.

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Opponents of a proposed tollway linking Illinois and Indiana want a public hearing on a rule to create tax breaks for the project.

The Environmental Law & Policy Center filed a hearing request after Governor Bruce Rauner's administration this week proposed a rule granting a sales tax exemption for construction materials to build the Illiana Tollway.

Rauner suspended the project earlier this year amid the state budget impasse. He also signed a bill authorizing $5.5 million for the highway.

Rauner says it was for consultants to wind down the project.

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The defense attorney for Rod Blagojevich says he will ask a full appellate court in Chicago to re-hear the imprisoned former governor's appeal.

That’s after a panel of three judges tossed out five of 18 corruption convictions.

The appellate panel threw out convictions linked to Blagojevich's attempt to land a post in President Barack Obama's Cabinet by appointing an Obama adviser to the president's old U.S. Senate seat.

The panel also ordered the trial judge to re-sentence Blagojevich, factoring in the overturned counts. / NBC News

Two national T.V. reporters won’t face sanctions for violating media security rules at former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment last month.

The verdict came after their attorneys apologized to a judge.

According to court documents, U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago accepted apologies from attorneys representing Brian Ross of ABC News and Gabe Gutierrez of NBC Nightly News during a closed-door meeting last week. The judge dismissed contempt filings.

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Minnesota will surpass Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week with the highest minimum wage in the Midwest.

The $9-per-hour wage taking effect Saturday is the second of a three-stage increase adopted last year. Next year, the wage will rise fifty cents and go up automatically with inflation in following years.

For now, this step gives The Gopher State the highest minimum wage of any state away from both coasts. The next closest wage in the region is South Dakota's $8.50 per hour, which is higher than Illinois's at $8.25.

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A published report says roughly one-third of Republican legislators haven't cashed checks given to them from Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign fund in the waning days of the legislative session.

The first-term Republican gave about $400,000 to all 67 Republican House and Senate members in May. Several Republicans say they felt it was inappropriate while issues were being debated.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that as of last week 22 lawmakers hadn't cashed the checks totaling about $119,000.

A Chicago community group is suing three suburbs, accusing them of not adequately monitoring gun stores they believe are the source of weapons that have filtered into the city.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger on Tuesday announced the lawsuits against Lincolnwood, Lyons and Riverdale. The activist priest says many of the guns recovered from Chicago crime scenes came from stores in those communities.

Lawyers for the Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming the suburbs' gun store regulations violate the Illinois Civil Rights Act. / Peoria Public Radio

The Republican nominee to replace ex-Congressman Aaron Schock says he spent most of his campaign talking about his record as a state senator and former prosecutor, not his famous former U.S. transportation secretary father Ray LaHood.

State Sen. Darin LaHood won his party's nomination Tuesday. He tells The Associated Press his campaign team hit the ground running early on and didn't take anything for granted.