CHICAGO (AP) - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker are meeting for their first debate of the Illinois governor's race. Rauner is trying to win a second term against Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune who's never held public office. Polls have shown Pritzker with a healthy lead. Also participating in Thursday's debate will be Conservative Party candidate and state Sen. Sam McCann and Libertarian Grayson "Kash" Jackson.
ROUND LAKE HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Officials say three middle school students were injured by a lightning strike near a school bus stop in Chicago's northern suburbs. The lightning strike happened about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Round Lake Heights as a wave of thunderstorms moved across the area. The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District chief says one child was taken to a hospital in serious condition, while the other two were in stable condition.
CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors will continue to present evidence in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke who is charged in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Prosecutors still haven't called to the stand several officers who were at the scene the night that the white officer shot the black teenager 16 times. It's unclear if two other officers who face charges of trying to cover up what happened to protect Van Dyke will testify Thursday.
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) - Illinois high school students are still healing a year after a teen shot a student in the cafeteria. The Journal Gazette & Times-Courier reports that part of the recovery effort in Mattoon includes a community service work day Thursday. Mattoon High School sophomore Rick Wright says it's a chance to give back to the community that supported students after the shooting. Police say a student shot at a girl in the cafeteria on Sept. 20, 2017. The gunshot missed the girl but hit another student.
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