News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. CDTPosted: Updated:
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) - After more than a decade representing a reliably Republican suburban Chicago district, Rep. Peter Roskam is suddenly among the most endangered House Republicans seeking re-election. His long right-leaning record in a safe GOP district may be his toughest opponent. Roskam, who faces Democratic business owner and scientist Sean Casten, is trying to navigate between his past positions and appealing to an electorate that supported Hillary Clinton over President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points.
CHICAGO (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to deliver a speech in Chicago one week after the Trump administration asked a judge to reject a draft plan to reform the city's 12,000-officer police force. There's no official word on what Sessions will focus on Friday when speaking to the Chicago Crime Commission, a private group that advocates for effective laws to fight crime. But last Friday, Sessions sharply criticized the proposal to overhaul the Chicago Police Department under court supervision.
CHICAGO (AP) - Four people who say they were sexually abused decades ago by five priests in parishes across Illinois are suing every diocese in the state for the abuse itself and what they say is a widespread and ongoing scheme to cover up clergy abuse. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago alleges the abuse by the priests took place between the early 1970s until the late 1990s.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that had stopped construction of a massive power line through eastern Illinois. The court's 7-0 ruling Thursday affects 35 Edgar County eminent domain actions by Ameren Transmission Co. to obtain land for the remaining section of a 375-mile cross-state power line. Justice Bob Thomas' opinion found that a circuit court did not have jurisdiction when it ruled that landowners were denied due process.
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