Jenna Dooley

The Rockford Police Department is switching to a fully encrypted system for radio transmissions. The changes take effect Monday morning.

Police Chief Daniel O’Shea says the move is meant to stay one step ahead of those who commit crimes.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that makes marijuana possession in small amounts punishable only with fines and no jail time.

A state official with knowledge of the governor's decision told The Associated Press the bill was signed Friday.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the signing had not been announced yet.

The new law means possessing 10 grams of pot or less will be a civil offense punishable with a fine of up to $200.

Dick Durbin said today at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that he’s focusing on the presidential race, and will make an announcement when the election’s over.

“Regardless of whether I run for another office anytime in my life, I am outraged by what I see in our state. I go down to southern Illinois and have Republican mayors tell me the devastating impact of this budget impact on their local economy. Losing jobs, people losing value in their homes, it is unacceptable.”

Illinois Lottery

State officials are officially seeking a new private manager for the Illinois Lottery after moving to terminate Northstar Lottery Group's contract last year.

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the release Thursday of a request for proposal on a 10-year $300 million contract.

He says proposed contract changes eliminate past problems.

Illinois awarded Chicago-based Northstar a contract in 2010. The company was criticized about its management style and not meeting revenue goals.

Under September's termination agreement, Northstar continues operations until 2017.

AP Source: Site For Obama's Presidential Library Chosen

Jul 27, 2016

A person familiar with the selection process says an exact location for President Barack Obama's presidential library has been chosen. 

The individual tells The Associated press that Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side for the library and presidential center.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the individual wasn't authorized to discuss the choice before a formal announcement.