SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A new study says the "scarlet letter" Illinois wears when it borrows money has cost it at least $80 million over a five-year period. The study from the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs compared bond sales against other states from 2005 to 2010 and found Illinois paid a "risk premium" based on its troubled fiscal reputation.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Republican leader in the Illinois Senate says the latest news about a troubled Illinois anti-violence program smacks of "pure cronyism." Public records reviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times show the husband of the Cook County circuit clerk received more than $146,000 in salary and fringe benefits to be a coordinator in the program. The governor's office says wasn't involved in Benton Cook's hiring and there was no favoritism.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - The reckless homicide trial of a trucker from Washington state is getting underway in Bloomington. Mansur Shakirov was driving a truck that crashed into emergency vehicles at an accident scene along Interstate 39 last year, killing Hudson volunteer firefighter Chris Brown and injuring five others.
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge is keeping a suburban Chicago couple accused of a multi-million dollar shoplifting spree locked up because he's afraid they might otherwise flee. Prosecutors say Branko and Lela Bogdanov and their daughter worked together for a decade to steal items from stores and sell the goods online. They live in a wealthy neighborhood in suburban Northbrook.
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