Illinois

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a judge to throw out the corruption case against him, arguing that authorities misinterpreted the law and overreached.

Lawyers for the Illinois Republican filed the motion to dismiss the case Thursday in a Springfield federal court. Among their other arguments is that the indictment "trespasses on land the Constitution reserves for Congress."

Prosecutors have denied that investigators overstepped legal lines by recruiting a confidential informant from Schock's staff as they built their case against him.

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The head of the Colorado Department of Revenue has spoken to a panel of Illinois lawmakers considering a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state.

Barbara Brohl, the department executive director, told Illinois lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday that she believes the legal market for marijuana is eating into the black market, funding drug abuse treatment and prevention, and providing a safer product, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Moody's Investors Service has placed six Illinois public universities on review for downgrade, impacting a total of approximately $2.2 billion of public university debt. According to a release issued by the company, the review is prompted by  "failure of the State of Illinois to enact a budget providing full operating funding to the universities for the current fiscal year 2017 and resulting operational and liquidity strains on the universities."

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Two Illinois State Senators are pushing to fight what they say is discrimination in car-insurance pricing.

The effort follows an investigation by Consumer Reports and ProPublica that found people in minority neighborhoods pay up to 30 percent more than drivers in white areas, even when they have the same accident risk.

Tanya Watkins is with the Chicago activist group SOUL — Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation.

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Governor Bruce Rauner is now accusing Illinois House Democrats of killing a deal to end the budget impasse.

When the so-called grand bargain failed last month - Senate Democrats said it was because Rauner had pulled Republican votes away from the compromise.

Rauner shared a new accusation; he claims House Democrats sent leaders of special interest groups to attack Senate Democrats in order to blow up the grand bargain.

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