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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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CHICAGO (AP) - An internal state government memo released Friday says auditors have found the Illinois Medicaid program has paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records. The Associated Press obtained the memo through a Freedom of Information Act request. The memo states that more than $7 million has been recovered and the rest is expected to be recouped by year's end.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois has obtained a waiver from some parts of federal No Child Left Behind education law. The waiver will give the state more flexibility when it comes to setting standards for education. It also will let the state look at measures beyond test scores in determining whether schools are succeeding or failing. Illinois first applied for the waiver in 2012.

CHICAGO (AP) - Governor Pat Quinn has taken action on about 100 clemency petitions, granting 43 and denying 65. Quinn said in a Friday news release that the clemency petitions are part of dockets that date back to 2007. His office says those who were granted clemency have recently undergone criminal background checks.

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) - Suburban Chicago authorities say a teenager has died after he was pulled from a McHenry County pond. Fifteen-year-old Jose Esquivel was in the water for about 90 minutes Thursday night before rescuers were able to pull his body to the surface. He was found in about 8 feet of water around 10:30 p.m.

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