SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is welcoming a new class of state troopers. Quinn attended a graduation ceremony for the 37 officers at the State Police Academy in Springfield on Friday. He says the graduates have been rigorously trained to uphold a "long and distinguished history of service to the state." Officials say the troopers will begin their respective patrols next week.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois county may put a freeze on all hiring to address a $2.5 million budget shortfall. Winnebago County officials are considering the cost-saving measure as they draft a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The hiring freeze would last for up to three months.
BERWYN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk continues to call for the removal of upper management at Hines VA Hospital outside Chicago. Kirk met Friday with Hines director Joan Ricard, whose removal he has repeatedly recommended. He says he suggested to her that she "get a criminal lawyer" for the FBI investigation he is going to recommend. Ricard didn't public ally comment.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state's prepared to help "in whatever way necessary" to preserve the well-being of unaccompanied children who've crossed the border into the United States fleeing violence in Central America. His Republican rival Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) says the U.S. needs a humane, prompt response that controls the border and ensures children are returned home safely.
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