News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT

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CHICAGO (AP) - A judge says statements a Chicago police officer made to a detective shortly after fatally shooting a black teenager can be used by prosecutors at the officer's murder trial. The judge ruled in the case of Jason Van Dyke, who is charged with first-degree murder in Laquan McDonald's 2014 shooting. Van Dyke and the detective _ who was charged Tuesday with conspiring to obstruct justice to help Van Dyke _ both testified Wednesday.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois legislative leaders plan to meet again in continuing attempts to nail down a budget deal before a fiscal crisis that could erupt by Saturday. Thursday is the ninth day of a special session called by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He's disagreed with the General Assembly's Democratic majority for two years over a budget. Lawmakers are working to avoid starting a third consecutive fiscal year without an annual spending plan.

FARMER CITY, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say an Illinois State Police trooper has died and his canine partner was injured following a crash involving a semi-truck along Interstate 74. State police say Ryan Albin died after being injured in the Wednesday afternoon crash near Farmer City in central Illinois. Police say Albin's canine partner Biko was in the rear of his police vehicle and had minor injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Deadlines to enter various competitions are quickly approaching for this year's Illinois State Fair. State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says in a Wednesday statement that the ones fastest-approaching are Saturday's deadlines for the open show beef, dairy, sheep and goats. The deadline for the Twilight Parade is July 11. Fair officials say entries much be postmarked by the following Monday if an entry deadline falls on a Saturday.

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