SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is scheduled to unveil his first annual budget proposal amid an estimated $3.2 billion deficit. The Democrat will address a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday with his plans for state spending in the fiscal year that begins July 1. His administration this month estimated that without action, the state could be in a $3 billion hole in the spring of 2020.
CHICAGO (AP) - The survivors of a man who died of pancreatic cancer have filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago contending a shipping company lost some the man's cremated remains. The ashes of Joel D. Ford of Georgia were to be split into four urns and sent to his children. Trayce Ford-Reyes of Naperville and her brothers in Texas each received urns. However, a sister in Indiana didn't. The lawsuit contends the urn meant for Tyna Kirk was damaged by United Parcel Service and the ashes thrown in the trash.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's top prosecutor has recused herself from the investigation into the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx offered few specifics when announcing she was stepping back Tuesday. Her office says the decision was made "out of an abundance of caution." Police recently said the investigation "shifted" after detectives released two men who were initially deemed suspects in the case. Police have requested another interview with Smollett.
CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors will have to clear legal hurdles if they intend to charge and convict R. Kelly, even if there's video evidence. The R&B star's own 2008 trial at which he was acquitted illustrates the difficulties. At the heart of that child pornography trial was a VHS recording that prosecutors said showed Kelly having sex with a girl as young as 13. Speculation Kelly could face new charges arose after an attorney said he recently gave prosecutors a VHS tape of Kelly and an underage girl having sex.
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