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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Six Illinois Democrats hoping for the chance to replace Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the fall square off in the state capital. A Wednesday night debate is scheduled at the University of Illinois at Springfield. It will feature candidates J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Dr. Robert Marshall. The primary election is March 20. Rauner also faces a primary challenge from legislator Jeanne Ives.

CHICAGO (AP) - Sandbags are holding back floodwaters as a storm sweeps across the Midwest and Great Plans, bringing heavy rains, snow and ice. Flood warnings are in effect Wednesday for parts of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas and Missouri. In the southwestern Michigan, sandbags are being used in the village of Mattawan to protect homes and businesses from a flooded river. In Indiana, homes and streets are flooded in the South Bend area.

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she will help get federal money to tackle Legionella bacteria problems at the Illinois Veterans Home. Duckworth made the commitment after a tour of the home in Quincy on Tuesday. She said she was impressed with how the staff is caring for veterans. However, she criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner for "not communicating" fully with her and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin about what is needed at the home.

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago man has been ordered held without bond for using a snowball to shatter a window at a judge's home. Felony charges of criminal damage to property and threatening a public official were filed against 36-year-old Michael Laureto. Cook County Judge Stephanie Miller was putting up a campaign sign on Saturday when Laureto drove by, yelled her name and swore at her. Her window was broken Sunday. Authorities say after his arrest, Laureto admitted he broke the window.

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