Faced with a crucial mid-term election where Republicans are seeking to reclaim the governor's mansion, Illinois Democrats used an annual party gathering Wednesday to provide an early look at their strategy for victory this fall.
Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that sending National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border will defend not just his home state but the entire nation from "narco-terrorists" and that he doesn't know how long they will have to be deployed before the national threat is quelled.
Federal prosecutors say Karen Finley, the former Redflex Traffic Systems CEO, provided a bribe in exchange for city of Chicago contracts worth $124 million to the official previously responsible for managing the city's red-light camera program.
Springfield City Council members are asking the city's corporation counsel for additional details involving potential locations of local marijuana facilities before possibly taking up a proposal next week to change the city's zoning code.
The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education said earlier this month that it will look into complaints filed by education activists alleging "racially discriminatory" school actions and closings in Chicago.