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Illinois House leader: Revenue vote now set for weekend

“I want this done today,” says Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, as the Republican side of the aisle erupts in applause on the House floor after Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, says the House will be in session Sunday, during the overtime session at …

Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to misdemeanors

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during an investigation of his alleged affair with a top aide. In a remarkable fall, the mild-mannered 74-year-old Republican and one-time Baptist deacon stepped down as …

Mary Todd Lincoln funeral ledger found in Illinois capital

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An itemized list believed to be from former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s funeral has resurfaced after two of the oldest funeral homes in Springfield, Illinois, merged. The list shows her 1882 funeral cost almost $280, with expenses ranging from $225 for a casket to $1.50 …

TSA head: Expect more airport security delays despite funds

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration warned travelers Friday to expect long airport security lines to continue during the peak summer travel season despite Congress’ shifting of $34 million to the agency. Peter Neffenger briefed officials in Chicago on Friday about efforts to address crushing delays …