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CHICAGO (AP) - The number of Illinois voters casting early ballots for the Illinois primary has far exceeded the number who voted early four years ago. Information compiled by the Illinois State Board of Elections shows more than 330,000 people had voted as of Sunday, and election officials say thousands more were casting ballots on Monday. The total in 2014 was just over 200,000.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - The city of Rockford could have one of the stiffest video gaming fees in Illinois if voters approve home rule. The Rockford Register Star reports that Mayor Tom McNamara's administration is proposing an annual fee of $1,000 per machine for those who operate video gaming terminals. A referendum will be included on the Tuesday primary ballot that asks city voters to approve home rule authority in Rockford. Home rule would provide Rockford with broader powers to tax and govern itself.

NEW LENOX, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a husband and wife died after their car plunged into a retention pond in Chicago's southwestern suburbs. New Lenox emergency crews were called to the scene in a business area Sunday night, where divers pulled both victims from the car and they were taken to a hospital. The Will County coroner's office identifies those who died as 68-year-old Gregory Real and 69-year-old Lana Real of Matteson.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Benedictine University is hoping to sell its Springfield campus as one piece of property, rather than divided into smaller lots for sale. The State Journal-Register reports that the Illinois school is committed to maintaining all of its campus buildings and grounds until they're sold as one parcel. The university announced last month that at the end of the spring semester it'll vacate the campus in favor of having classes at educational partner institutions.

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