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CHICAGO (AP) - From San Diego to New York, Mega Millions players are dreaming of how they would spend the record $1.6 billion jackpot should they beat the astronomical odds of winning. The next drawing is Tuesday. Some would pay off bills and give to charity. Others would buy a new house, travel and put money away for their kids. Nebraska mom Michelle Connaghan said she would do "surprise good deeds for people."

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The quest to be the next Illinois attorney general is focusing on experience, ideology and gumption. Democrat Kwame Raoul touts his legal and policymaking experience and says Republican Erika Harold is too rigid in her conservative views to effectively manage the post of chief law enforcement officer. Harold says she has the independence and initiative to take on public corruption and insists that her political viewpoint won't impede her defense of current law. They face off is Nov. 6.

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is setting aside $5 million to eliminate slow zones on especially busy bus lines. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced the funding Sunday as part of the 2019 proposed budget. In a statement from his office, Emanuel said "these improvements will help make Chicago the first city to look at a citywide plan specifically around buses."

CHICAGO (AP) - An imprisoned former city of Chicago tow truck driver has been charged with forcing eight underage girls into prostitution. Lennie Perry is serving a nine-year term in an Illinois prison after being found guilty last year for using his truck to extort money from motorists. The 44-year-old Perry was indicted in U.S. District Court on charges of sex trafficking eight teenage girls, some of them between the years 2012 and 2014, and others in 2016 and 2017. It isn't known if Perry has a lawyer.

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