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CHICAGO (AP) - The candidates for Illinois governor are clashing over taxes during their first televised debate. Democrat J.B. Pritzker says he wants to change Illinois' flat tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners are taxed at a higher rate than others. But he won't say what the new rates should be. He says it should be negotiated with the Legislature. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says Pritzker won't answer the question because "the truth is so painful." Pritzker says Rauner is lying.

CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors have called their last witness and rested their case in the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Defense attorneys for Officer Jason Van Dyke are expected to call their first witness on Monday.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A judge has found a 38-year-old man guilty of fatally stabbing his wife inside their Rockford-area apartment after he got upset with her over some text messages. Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato said Jose RodriguezAranda was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder. Authorities say Winnebago County Sheriff's deputies found Martina Chagoya-Espinoza dead on the kitchen floor after the couple's 9-year-old son called 911 on Nov. 21, 2015. She had been stabbed 23 times.

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Northern Illinois University's board of trustees has named a woman for president for the first time since the school opened its doors in 1899. In a news release, the DeKalb university says that Dr. Lisa C. Freeman is the 13th president. Freeman has been serving as acting president since July of last year.

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