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A judge has denied bond for a man with a long criminal history who is charged in the fatal shooting of a Chicago police commander.


A Cook County courtroom was filled with police officers at 44-year-old Shomari Legghette's hearing Thursday, including Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Legghette wore sweatpants and a Chicago Bears shirt along with shackles around his wrist and ankles. Legghette is charged with first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics in the death of Cmdr. Paul Bauer.

Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly's Black and Latino Caucus say their state is the worst place in the nation to raise a black child. 

The lawmakers made the remarks Monday at the first State of Black and Brown Wisconsin address in the state Capitol. Democratic Sens. Lena Taylor and LaTonya Johnson, both from Milwaukee, began the address by declaring that Wisconsin is the worst place to raise black children due to economic and health disparities between blacks and whites. 

State of Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health has appealed a decision adding severe pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.

The paperwork filed Thursday in Cook County comes weeks after a judge ordered “intractable pain,'' or severe and constant pain with no cure, be added to over 40 qualifying medical conditions.

The ruling stems from a lawsuit from 58-year-old Ann Mednick of Rolling Meadows. She argues medical marijuana would help treat pain related to osteoarthritis without her having to use opioids for treatment. 

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A Milwaukee school safety officer charged with body slamming an 11-year-old student on a concrete floor has been released from jail on his own recognizance as the case progresses. 

Sixty-year-old Charles T. Smith made his first court appearance Wednesday and left with his attorney without commenting to reporters. He's due in court again on Feb. 23. 

Milwaukee prosecutors say in charging documents that Smith initially denied the Feb. 1 incident at Lloyd Barbee Montessori School but relented when told surveillance video captured what happened. 

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The Champaign News-Gazette reports that the board approved the $3.47 billion budget request Tuesday. That amount includes money for public universities, community colleges, grants and other programs for 2018-2019. The Illinois Legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner will now consider it. 

Public universities would get about $1.1 billion. That's up $24.1 million from this year. But Illinois public university presidents had asked the board for another $100 million to restore funding to levels before the two-year state budget impasse.