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

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CHICAGO (AP) - Environmental groups are suing to block the proposed Illiana Tollway which would connect Interstate 55 southwest of Chicago and I-65 in northwest Indiana. The lawsuit filed on behalf of the Sierra Club and Openlands says the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't have the authority to continue developing the 47-mile road. Critics say it will destroy important farmland and wildlife habitat.

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Nearly 30 East Peoria homeowners affected by landslides are suing the city. Families were evacuated after backyards broke apart and slid down ravines during a rainstorm a year ago. Some houses still aren't livable and others have lost value.

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A lockdown at the largest maximum security prison in Illinois is mostly over. Prisoners at Menard Correctional Center were confined to their cells about two weeks ago after corrections officials discovered more than a dozen crude weapons and homemade alcohol.

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) - Workers in central Illinois have finished most of the repairs to the world's largest covered wagon. The 40-foot-long, five-ton wagon fashioned from Illinois oak and steel sits along Old Route 66 in Lincoln. It was damaged by 50 mile-per-hour winds during a January storm.

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