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Illinois’ automatic voter registration delays worry experts

By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ top leaders trumpeted the benefits of automatic voter registration when signing a bipartisan plan in 2017 to change how the state finds and signs up eligible but unregistered voters: more civic participation, fewer barriers to the

Man accused of stealing $25,000 from youth baseball league

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A 44-year-old McHenry County man has been arrested on charges that he stole thousands of dollars from a youth baseball team in a league he once ran. Joey S. Maurer of Crystal Lake has been charged with a felony count of theft between $10,000 and $100,000. The

Rockford manufacturer creates world’s largest 3D printer

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Rockford, Illinois manufacturer’s polymer 3D printer has been declared the globe’s largest by the Guinness Fook of World Records. The Rockford Register-Star reports Ingersoll Machine Tools’ printer dubbed MasterPrint was sold to the University of

Bill would require lab testing of CBD items sold in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — A proposed bill would require all CBD products sold in Illinois to meet testing requirements that would be developed by the state Department of Agriculture. CBD is a cannabis extract that does not cause a high but is marketed as a healing remedy to alleviate conditions such as

Serial stowaway remains jailed after latest airport arrest

CHICAGO (AP) — A 67-year-old woman with a history of sneaking onto flights without a ticket will remain jailed after the latest incident in which police say she tried to get past security at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Marilyn Hartman was arrested Friday night and later

Chicago man faces charges linked to sports gambling

CHICAGO (AP) — A 35-year-old Chicago man has been indicted on federal charges that accuse him of illegal gambling and of hiding sports-betting income in a bankruptcy proceeding. A Friday U.S. attorney’s office statement says Michael Frontier used an online sportsbook based in Costa Rica,

Family donates $50,000 to Ag Complex Campaign

Barbara Davis of Sugar Grove recently made a $50,000 donation to Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture complex capital campaign to memorialize her family’s farming history. The donation, announced at Thursday’s board meeting, was made in memory of her grandparents, Walley and

Alderman uses $400K from campaign fund to pay legal bills

CHICAGO (AP) — Records show Chicago’s longest serving alderman has spent nearly $400,000 from his campaign fund to cover legal bills as he fights federal racketeering and other charges. Campaign finance disclosures say Ed Burke’s paid $245,000 from the fund in September to the