SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has rallied Republicans at the Illinois State Fair by bashing Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and promising to make the GOP the "majority party." The first-term Republican rounded off a slate of candidates for statewide office at Governor's Day Wednesday. Rauner is facing his own tough re-election campaign against billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago activist who helped organize a protest march that briefly shut down Lake Shore Drive this month now wants to disrupt traffic with a Labor Day march on an expressway near O'Hare International Airport. At a Wednesday news conference, the Rev. Gregory Livingston said the anti-violence march will take place on Labor Day on the Kennedy Expressway.
CHICAGO (AP) - Drug Enforcement Administration officials have unveiled additional strategies to combat Mexican cartels alongside members of the Mexican government, military and federal police. Mexico's deputy attorney general told a joint news conference Wednesday that one priority is to capture the leader of the increasingly powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes. He's also known as "El Mencho." The DEA calls his cartel "one of the most powerful and fastest growing."
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Springfield Republican who holds the Illinois House seat once occupied by Abraham Lincoln says it's a "bad sign" that officials are seeking an auctioneer to sell Lincoln artifacts to pay a $9.7 million debt. Rep. Tim Butler says he was surprised to hear about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation's action Wednesday. The collection includes a Lincoln stovepipe hat and bloody gloves from the night he was killed. Butler says state money should be a last resort.
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