CHICAGO (AP) - A half-century of federal oversight of public housing in Chicago is coming to an end. A 1966 lawsuit accused the Chicago Housing Authority of violating the civil rights of tenants through a policy of segregation and racial discrimination. The court agreed and prohibited the CHA from further building in poorer, minority neighborhoods and ordered it to create housing in mixed income areas. U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen on Wednesday lifted the court order, noting the progress that's been made.
MARION, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man has been charged in the death of a 62-year-old Marion man whose body was found in his home. Ernest Alex Pulliam of rural Williamson County was arrested Tuesday in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Donald R. Schultz. The victim's body was found Saturday in his Marion home. The Marion Police Department revealed in a statement that Schultz may have been killed on Jan. 15 during an armed robbery.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois State Board of Elections has voted to end the state's participation in a multistate voter registration system. Board spokesman Matt Dietrich said Wednesday that the board voted 8-0 Tuesday to withdraw from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. Eight other states have left the program due to security risks and data reliability concerns.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois state officials are offering $100 million in low-interest or interest-free loans to federal workers going without paychecks during a record government shutdown. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Treasurer Michael Frerichs said Wednesday that the state treasury would put money in local banks that agree to offer the loans. The government is partially shut down because of Republican President Donald Trump's disagreement with Democrats on Capitol Hill over U.S.-Mexico border security.
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