St. Charles school officials expelled two high school students who they say shut down the district's computer network. Officials say the students overloaded the district's servers using their cell phones.
For almost a month, teachers were blocked from online grading and homework programs. The students were caught after they were overheard by staff members bragging to their classmates.
Both students enrolled in an online school and will be able to re-enroll in the district for the next school year. No legal charges have been made.
Nine months after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, the legislature passed a bill to replace it. The legislation, which defines eavesdropping and its consequences, is currently waiting on the governor's desk.
Already, the proposed law faces criticism, and a flurry of misinformation.
Here's a sampling of some headlines from around the web:
"Illinois Passes Bill That Makes It Illegal To Record The Police"
"Illinois law would make recording the police a felony"
President Obama's announcement that the U.S. will start talks on normalizing relations with Cuba includes plans to allow more exports to that country. Some say that could offer new opportunities for Illinois farmers and businesses.
One of those people is William Delaney. He chairs the International Business Council for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and reacted positively to the possibility of greater exports to Cuba being allowed.
"The impact would be direct, immediate and hugely beneficial for the state of Illinois."
Gov. Pat Quinn called a special legislative session for Jan. 8, 2015, to create a special election in 2016 for Illinois Comptroller. Incumbent Judy Baar Topinka died last week after winning re-election in November.
A public memorial service for the late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is scheduled for next week. The service will be held Wednesday morning at the Operating Engineers' Local 150 headquarters in Countryside.
Topinka died unexpectedly this week after complications from a stroke. Fellow state leaders, colleagues and family are scheduled to attend.
Meanwhile, Illinois officials are trying to figure out who has the power to name the state’s next comptroller and for how long.
Illinois political leaders are remembering Judy Baar Topinka.
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says he's "heartbroken" about the death of Republican state Comptroller. Topinka's office says she died early Wednesday after suffering a stroke. Quinn called her "a trailblazer in every sense of the word" and a "force of nature."
Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner, a fellow Republican, remembered Topinka for her "magnetic, one-of-a-kind personality." He said she cared "about what was best for the people" of Illinois.