Illinois workers protest Rauner’s planned labor deal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – State workers across Illinois put pressure on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to negotiate in demonstrations at 120 worksites. The demonstrations Thursday were organized by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents about 38,000 state employees. In Springfield, workers chanted “2-4-6-8, Rauner should negotiate.” In downtown Rockford, about…

Firearm deer hunting season opening in Illinois

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The firearm deer hunting season has arrived in Illinois. The Belleville News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2fADmOl ) the first part of firearm season runs from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon. Tom Micetich is deer project manager for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He says hunters should expect the same level of success…