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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is refusing to comment on a controversial statement made by his fellow Republican, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.

Asked last week about a recent cash payment to Iran contingent on the release of American prisoners, Kirk said President Obama was "acting as the drug dealer in chief."

Kirk and other Republicans have criticized the payment as ransom.

Rauner was asked Monday about Kirk’s characterization of Obama. He replied, "No comment."

An Illinois prison spokeswoman says an assault on six workers by five inmates at the maximum-security Pontiac Correctional Center appears to have resulted from a failure to follow workplace safety procedures.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said Monday that the agency's investigation of the incident will include looking into why procedures weren't followed and how future incidents can be prevented.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a slew of bills aimed at overhauling parts of the state's criminal justice system, including new rules for juvenile offenders.

Among the bills the Republican governor signed into law on Monday are proposals to change the minimum probation period for convicted juvenile, allow juveniles to immediately petition for expungement, and require an attorney be present when police question juveniles younger than 15.

Rauner says the criminal justice system should be approached "with more compassion."


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law eliminating sales taxes on feminine hygiene products.

The Republican signed the law Friday repealing so-called “pink taxes” on items such as tampons and menstrual pads. The change takes effect Jan. 1.

The Brennan Center for Justice says Illinois is the third state this year to eliminate the taxes after New York and Connecticut. California's State Assembly is close to sending a plan to the governor, and 11 other states proposed legislation this year.

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A judge has acquitted the former president of the village of Kingston in northern DeKalb County of misconduct and theft charges.


Judge Philip Montgomery found former Kingston Village President John Munro not guilty late Wednesday, according to the Daily Chronicle.

Munro called facing the charges "awful for our family."

Munro was charged with unlawful possession of a credit card, theft and official misconduct in October 2014 while serving as president of Kingston.