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Illinois Republicans have day at state fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Republicans have a series of events planned for the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

Thursday is Republican Day at the fair, and the big event is the Republican Day Rally at noon with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and the party's candidates for Illinois governor. Those candidates include state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. The rally will be on the Director's Lawn at the fairgrounds.

Later in the day Topinka and Kirk will attend Harness Racing Day at the fair grandstand.

GOP Day opens with a meeting of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee and Republican County Chairmen's Association.

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Jesse Jr. sentenced to two and a-half years

Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is going to prison.

Jackson was sentenced today (Wednesday) in Washington to 2½ years in prison for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson apologized during his sentencing hearing.

"I misled the American people," Jackson said. "I also want to apologize to my dad and my mother. I take responsibility for my actions and I'm very sorry for what I have done."

His lawyer, Reid Weingarten, said the sentence – less than the four years prosecutors requested– was fair. "No one's celebrating today, obviously. The fall from grace is complete.

My client, Jesse Jackson, went from an enormously respected, charismatic long-term member of Congress to a convicted felon who's about to be incarcerated, so it's a day of deep sadness," he said outside the courthouse after the sentencing.

Jackson served in Congress from 1995-2012, representing a district that included parts of Chicago and the South Suburbs, including Kankakee.

His wife Sandi Jackson, who was also part of the crime, gets one year in prison. Jesse will go first, reporting on Nov. 1, so Sandi can stay home with their children. She must report to prison 30 days after Jesse Jackson Jr. gets out.

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>>Law Requires Development Of New 911 Transfer System

(Joliet, IL) -- Calling 911 may not always be effective when you've traveled outside your area code. That's because many times the call will automatically be routed to an operator in your home town. But a new law requires the state to develop a 9-1-1 transfer system. It'll allow emergency operators to direct calls to the closest first responders and get people the help they need when they need it. Governor Quinn says the law is vital to keeping the public safe.

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>>Jackson, Junior Faces Sentencing

(Washington, D.C.) -- It's judgment day for Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. He'll find out whether he'll spend time behind bars for spending 750-thousand dollars in campaign funds on personal items, like buying his mistress a 40-thousand dollar Rolex.

Jackson pled guilty to the charges earlier this year.

Prosecutors want him to spend at least four years in prison for his crimes. Jackson's mental health issues may play a role in how the judge rules.

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I-74 rollover kills one, 3 hurt

One person is dead and three others were hurt last (Tues) night in a single vehicle rollover accident along Interstate 74 at Danville. Illinois State Police report a van rolled over shortly before midnight near the Bowman Avenue exit.

40-year-old Christopher Petrie of Crawfordsville, Indiana, died early today at Carle Hospital in Urbana. He was the driver. Three passengers in the van were injured.

Illinois State Police say driver fatigue may have caused the crash. The accident remains under investigation by both State Police and the Champaign County Coroner's Office.

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