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CHICAGO (AP) - The candidates for Illinois governor are clashing over taxes during their first televised debate. Democrat J.B. Pritzker says he wants to change Illinois' flat tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners are taxed at a higher rate than others. But he won't say what the new rates should be. He says it should be negotiated with the Legislature. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says Pritzker won't answer the question because "the truth is so painful." Pritzker says Rauner is lying.
CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors have called their last witness and rested their case in the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Defense attorneys for Officer Jason Van Dyke are expected to call their first witness on Monday.
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Northern Illinois University's board of trustees has named a woman for president for the first time since the school opened its doors in 1899. In a news release, the DeKalb university says that Dr. Lisa C. Freeman is the 13th president. Freeman has been serving as acting president since July of last year.
CHICAGO (AP) - An 11-year-old girl whose dance video led to a meeting with the rapper Drake says she's feeling a lot better with a new heart. Sofia Sanchez met with reporters Thursday, more than three weeks after she got a new heart in a nine-hour operation at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Drake surprised Sofia with a visit after seeing a video of her dancing in a hospital hallway to one of his songs while tethered to her IV pump. That was a week before her surgery.
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